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Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon, has always ruled unchallenged, but a medical diagnosis predicts he will be incapacitated in three years, which prompts the sharks to circle. Without further damaging his family, he must decide which of his three sons will take over. His favorite, young Hakeem, is a gifted musician but values fame over hard work. Middle son, Jamal, is talented and shy but gay -- embarrassing to Lyon. The oldest, Andre, is business-minded but lacks charisma. The reappearance of Cookie, his ex-wife, complicates things; she says he owes her for taking the fall for the drug-running that financed his early career.

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Cookie and Lucious devise an elaborate plan to take down Diana Dubois; Andre recovers from his mental breakdown; Shine tries desperately to protect his secret; Eddie Barker is concluding his tenure at Empire; someone's life hangs in the balance.
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Diana DuBois' master scheme unfolds; Cookie and Lucious take matters into their own hands; Andre wonders what Diana could have in store for him; Jamal's sobriety is put to the test; Shine gives Hakeem advice.
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Cookie must find a solution when Calvin and Portia go on strike; Lucious tries to prove himself by arranging a deal on Hakeem's behalf; Jamal and Andre express feelings for their significant others.
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The Lyons band together to help Hakeem with his custody battle for Bella; Claudia grows more possessive of Lucious; Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious; Andre begins seeing a new therapist; one of Becky's old flames returns.
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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.
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Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire's 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label's top artists; the family plans a special Prince and Princesses-themed birthday party; Lucious finds himself at a crossroads.
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Cookie recounts her time in prison; Lucious struggles with his demons and tries to learn of the ways he's wronged his family; the NYPD is still on Andre's case about the events in Vegas.
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With Leah still insisting that he is a monster, Lucious sneaks away to find out what type of person he was before the explosion; Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family; Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal's new song.
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Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas; the Lyon family members each have their own interests in Lucious regaining his faculties.

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