“Do you need a kidney?”
Renee means it as a joke, but there are probably kinder words to say when visited by your estranged daughter. This week’s episode picks up where we left off last week, with Cookie visiting her mother’s home for the first time in forever. (Maya’s reaction to Poundcake’s death has shaken her.) Cookie almost heads out the door running after her mother’s joke, but is convinced to stay for tea…or “something stronger.” After they break out the whiskey, Cookie discovers the photos in her mother’s kitchen: Though her father had put a hit out on her mom, her mom had been watching her and her sisters from afar and snapping shots of them with a telephoto lens.
Meanwhile, Thirsty is ordering his goons to dispose of Shyne’s body by distributing his body parts throughout the four boroughs. The men aren’t thrilled with doing this dirty work after being promised that Thirsty was going “legit” when he joined the Empire team, but Thirsty reminds them that they now have 401Ks, so they should be grateful. Perks! Thirsty and Lucious are celebrating their victory when Andre shows up to inform them that Anika has been meeting with some of Empire’s most powerful board members and is trying to convince them to reject Eddie’s resignation. Andre says he’s run the numbers and they should have enough support to stop that from happening, if they have Shyne’s backing. Lucious informs him that Shyne is on a “permanent vacation” and Andre informs him that if Shyne doesn’t cast a vote, it’s as good as a vote for Eddie. A replacement board member could be named, but not until Shyne is declared dead. That could prove difficult, seeing that his body is all over New York…
But they are indeed able to put “Humpty Dumpty” back together again and — after the title card — we find Lucious and Cookie getting ready to attend Shyne’s memorial. They have a plan: They’re going to befriend Shyne’s love, Tiffany, in hopes of getting her on their side once she’s named Shyne’s replacement on the board.
At the memorial, Becky calls Jamal out on the track he and his band of misfits (including Tory) released on the internet anonymously. She promises not to snitch but warns him that it’s just a matter of time until his parents find out. And because a memorial is the perfect place to talk business, Anika takes the reception to continue to build up Eddie’s resumé in the minds of the board members while Becky informs Hakeem that he’s been offered a role in a movie. She questions if he’ll be able to balance the shoot with his duties at House Empire, but he says he can handle it.
Lucious is comforting Tiffany when Eddie shows up promising that Empire can help Shyne’s other baby mamas financially for a while if that makes Tiffany’s life easier. Lucious responds that he is the only one who speaks for Empire, but that they would indeed help if needed. Once alone again, Tiffany informs Lucious that it’s not her who will be taking Shyne’s boad seat, it’s his star performer, Nessa. Nessa and Cookie do not get along, so this should get interesting. (The drama continues on page 2.)