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Isabella Biedenharn
December 06, 2017 AT 10:59 PM EST

Empire

type
TV Show
genre
Drama
run date
01/07/15
performer
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett
broadcaster
Fox
seasons
2
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

But then they start talking about the song, and Jamal can’t believe he was going to put Warren on his album. Hakeem goes over to the computer and deletes Warren’s vocal tracks from the main file one by one. “Bye ho!” he says. “Bye again!” Jamal is delighted, and the two of them record a new version of the song, with a slick verse by Hakeem in place of any of Warren’s singing. It’s like early Empire — bonding, goofing around, and creating great music out of real pain. I love this scene!!

The happiness doesn’t extend to everyone though: Andre sits alone in his apartment, calling Pamela and begging her to come over so he can explain what happened. Turns out she was already on her way. She comes in and puts the gun she used to kill Marlowe Jones on the table, reminding him once again about the “huge secret” she told him. Still, she won’t accept Andre’s apology. “You accuse me of treachery even when I trusted you with the biggest secret of my life!” she exclaims. “I killed someone! I murdered him! Do you have any idea what that feels like?”

That’s just the cue Andre needed to launch into a confession. “I do know how it feels…”

As he sets up his story, Thirsty is over at Lucious and Cookie’s with some news. Turns out he did some extra digging, and there’s no one in the NYPD called Pamela Rose. “Andre’s getting played,” he says.

Oh NO.

Back at Andre’s, Pamela is prodding him to tell her. Cookie calls Andre’s cell, but he silences it. They race to his apartment.

But while they’re on the way, Andre finally says it. “The car bomb. It was me. I tried to kill my father.”

Instead of understanding, Pamela smiles. “I got you. I have a confession, too, Andre. I’m not NYPD. I’m Vegas Metro, undercover.” And that’s not all. She says she’s been after him for quite some time. She knew about the car bomb — and the poor guy who built it — and then tells him he’s got to be the dumbest criminal in the history of crime. (That seems a little harsh, Pam. It did take you a few months to get this out of him.)

I hoped Andre would grab the gun, but she gets it first, and points it to him while reading his Miranda rights. But Andre launches at her to wrestle the gun out of her hand, and they tussle onto the ground. Then, as Andre squeezes her…the life runs out of her body. Pamela’s dead.

Just then, Cookie and Lucious arrive at the door. Andre is crying and panicking and apologizing. “I didn’t mean to do it, Ma! She lied this whole time!” Cookie tells him it’s okay, and seems concerned about Andre, but not as concerned as she should be about, I don’t know, a dead cop?

But then she drops a bomb. “There’s nobody in here but you and us. See for yourself.” He looks to where Pamela’s body was lying, and Cookie’s right: There’s nothing there.

We see flashbacks of Andre and Pamela’s whole relationship, and in each scene she flickers out of it like an image being deleted from a computer screen. Apparently, in the scene at the cafe, people were staring because he was yelling at the air. (Doesn’t this make you want to rewatch every Pamela seen just to make sure no one else interacted with her?!)

So in the end, Diana DuBois’ plan worked even better than I expected. And also, Lucious was wrong: Earlier he’d told them that Diana goes for the Lyon boys’ hearts instead of their brains. With Andre, she went for the brain and ended up getting the heart, too, as a bonus.

Will Andre ever get the help he really needs?! Can we please put Diana, Angelo, and Anika away once and for all? And what on earth is going on in Shine’s house in the ‘burbs?

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