Watch: Empire (Season 5, Episode 1 - Steal from the Thief)
The Plot: Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been
diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over
the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie,
has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place
in the company.
Genre: Drama, Music
Stars: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett
Lucious and Cookie prep their new artist Devon (guest star Mario) for a
premiere listening party, but worry he may not be ready for that kind of
pressure. Hakeem is determined to convince Tiana that he's matured, but
she has a hard time letting go of everything they've struggled through
the past couple years. Meanwhile, Cookie becomes concerned about Jamal.
In an effort to sign more artists, Cookie and Lucious make a bet to see
who can find someone first. While Lucious bets on the chance to meet an
up and coming rapper in a high stakes poker game, Cookie takes to the
streets to find untapped talent in a set of auditions. Meanwhile, Hakeem
refuses to leave the studio when his rage inspires what he considers
his best music yet and Jamal finds himself at a crossroads when Becky
claims he's spending too much time with Kai.
In an effort to bridge the gap between Lyon Family Management and
Empire, Lucious must play nice with Jeff Kingsley, so that the two
companies can get girl group TBD back on the map. Meanwhile, Jamal grows
frustrated with Cookie when she tries to steal his London artist,
Wynter, out from under him, Andre works with the mother of one of his
old inmates to help free her innocent son and Cookie realizes her sister
is in danger.
When the secret about Lucious' memory is exposed, Cookie tries to
convince the board that he is fine; Eddie Barker helps Lucious in the
studio; Detective Pamela Rose reveals information about the explosion;
Claudia helps Lucious with a breakthrough.
Claudia takes her job to a new level and kidnaps Lucious. Cookie tries to rescue him with no other help and use the skills from in prison0 Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are recovering from their battle with the Dubois.
On the brink of a lucrative tech deal, Eddie realizes that he must work on rebranding Empire. Cookie springs into action when a girl group from the past re-unites and threatens to expose secrets about Empire and Lucious. Meanwhile, Hakeem makes a major move with Tiana, Andre continues to struggle with his guilt and Becky is faced with a difficult situation.
A Lyon health scare shakes up Empire; Andre and Jamal try to right their wrongs; Jamal makes a shocking revelation on live TV; Eddie's motives are questioned when numbers don't add up; Becky reveals the secret she's been keeping from J. Poppa.
Hakeem leaves the altar, and a rooftop fight between Anika and Rhonda leads to a tragic fall; Lucious uses his streaming service to pursue his music legacy and clashes with Tariq, who leads a federal task force to investigate him.
Jamal partners with Angelo Dubois to host a summit for gun violence awareness; Lucious tries to win over Cookie; Hakeem and Shine start to record new songs together; Andre gets into trouble with the police.
Lucious and Andre are on alert waiting for Shine to retaliate after their latest meeting. Jamal teams up with Hakeem for a performance. Cookie is caught off-guard during a routine meeting with her probation officer.
When Empire is hacked, the leak creates feuds between the artists and among the Lyon family; Andre tries to prove his worth to the company; Lucious is determined to divide Cookie and Angelo; Jamal is caught in a love triangle.
Andre sabotages Tiana's big appearance at a fashion event in an attempt to get Nessa into the spotlight. Meanwhile, Tariq works with Leah to try to bring down Lucious, and Jamal works with Philip to get over his PTSD.
Hakeem's birthday - the big 21, didn't stay big as long as expected. Meanwhile, psychotic Dre is still trying his best for Nessa to breakthrough. Lucious, the father Lyon lessons his youngest son Hakeem - just on time. Jamal, the wise Lyon isn't being able to wisely choose between his two lovers. As for Cookie, mama Lyon just gave her gun away, all eyes on Leah there.
Empire faces an expensive lawsuit after the attack at Hakeem's Birthday party. Luscious becomes ill and Andre reveals his plans for Empire's Vegas venture. Angelo and Cookie watch the election results.
The Lyons fear that the Dubois family is to blame for their latest family crisis, so when no one is willing to give up any information, Cookie takes matters into her own hands. Jamal and Lucious reach a breakthrough in a song on which they have been working, and Andre lashes out. Meanwhile, Cookie sets her eyes on a new plan for Empire in Vegas.
When Cookie is banned from Leviticus Vegas, she pulls together a team of her own allies to seek revenge on Giuliana and steal her secret weapon. Meanwhile, Jamal is encouraged to put his album on hold, so as not to compete with Lucious' "Inferno."
As Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana at his side, Cookie pulls together her own team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening. The final five minutes will leave viewers speechless in the second half.
The Empire has been splintered. Lucious is on the run from the FBI as a fugitive. Running the Empire throne is Andre, who encounters competition for company control. Meanwhile, Cookie has moved on and has become a popular TV personality.
Cookie confronts Damon about why he lied to her; Andre is forced to deal with an unforeseen family complication; Becky and Giselle try to get the star power they need from their first Bossy Media artist; Tiana helps Devon find his sound.
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