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It’s wedding day on Empire and Lucious is getting sentimental!

In an exclusive clip from Wednesday’s episode, the Lyon patriarch is a no-show at his son wedding, with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) convinced that he scared Lucious (Terrence Howard) away by asking him to help walk him down the aisle.

“I’m angry,” he tells Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). “I’m not some little boy that he threw in the trash. I’m a grown man. And I’m pissed off; I’m mad and I’m disappointed at the fact that he’s not the man that I thought he was.”

And in that moment, Lucious storms in, and, thankfully, he’s got a good excuse for being late. But more importantly, he’s got a nice speech prepared for his son, whose sexuality he’s often grappled with.

“You thought I was ashamed of you,” says Lucious. “I’m ashamed of me. I still can’t make heads or tails of this stuff, but none of that matters. What matters is that you are my son.”

“Never Doubt I Love” is a big episode for multiple reasons. Not only does it feature a wedding between two gay black men (a story line that Smollett was extremely proud of), it also could be Smollett’s final episode, considering he won’t be in the final two installments of season 5 and his future on the show remains unclear.

Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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