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Empire “True Love Never”

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EMPIRE: L-R: Guest stars Raquel Castro, Jamila Velazquez and Yani Marin in the “True Love Never” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

Aaaannd we’re back to Suspension of Disbelief Land. Welcome to a world where preachers randomly show up in music studios, mothers sneak out to get drunk with their sons and B-list starlets train their ex’s new love interest to be a star!

Lucious’ petty ass is not having a good week. His eldest son has gotten saved and refuses to commit adultery for his flailing company, his middle son gets validation from an icon right after he gets rejected and his youngest still doesn’t need him. To top it all off, everyone has picked this time to let Lucious know that if his rapping were a board game, it was be “Sorry.” Good grief!

EMPIRE: L-R: Guest star Adam Rodriguez and Taraji P. Henson in the “True Love Never” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.
Guest star Adam Rodriguez and Taraji P. Henson in the “True Love Never” episode of EMPIRE. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

On the other hand, Cookie is having a great time, full of naked nights with her gangster promoter and bonding with her obviously favorite son. Lyon Dynasty is on the rise with snazzy looking offices and an increasingly likable girl group. If Cookie’s Cookout were an actual event, I’d want to go.

Unfortunately, this show’s cast is incredibly bloated and we can’t focus on fun things like music festivals and tense family dinners. We have to introduce a weird side story with Mimi’s wife or girlfriend and meet the founder of a made-up music streaming service. Worst of all, the flashbacks of Lucious’ mother showcase the writers’ complete ignorance when it comes to mental illness. It can be hereditary, but it usually manifests itself in different ways. A habit of playing Russian Roulette is not genetic, guys.

I was not impressed with this episode and am not looking forward to more of Lucious’ childishness or Cookie’s blindness. He needs to learn how to be supportive when it comes to his sons and she needs to wake up and smell the scam when it comes to Laz.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

UP: Mirage a Trois drama! I’ve missed girl groups and boy bands so much that I’m obsessed with this fake one.

DOWN: Marisa Tomei has managed to take the sludge the writers are feeding her and turn it into even goopier slop. Down with the slop.

UP: Cookie+Jamal 4eva! They have great chemistry and make great music together.

DOWN: Lucious opening up actually turned into a huge down. His past his ripe for a real song, which wasn’t magically created just because he added a few empty gunshots to a chorus.

EMPIRE: L-R: Terrence Howard and guest star Marisa Tomei in the “True Love Never” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.
Terrence Howard and guest star Marisa Tomei in the “True Love Never” episode of EMPIRE. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

WTF Moment of the Night (there were several, but I picked just one)
Mimi and Lucious decide to have a threesome instead of each going to their separate Playboy mansions with their own whores. And they kiss each other. Blech.

Final Grade: C-