|Not nearly enough hashtags in the world....|
This was what I needed. I know I owe you two episodes, and that's sort of deliberate. There are two types of cliffhangers. There are the ones that make you shout, "Aw, shit!" and practically run for your laptop. Then there are the cliffhangers which make you pause, like you've just seen an incomplete episode and you need to know what happens next before you can comment.
Since this is a BGNO post, I need to remember not to recap the whole episode because that's not what this series is about.
So...focusing only on Cookie now.... Week before last showed Lucious heavily favoring Cookie in ways which had some commenters/critics raising a skeptical eyebrow. With the IPO looming over Empire, Lucious needs investors, needs to put on a show for them, needs to give them a great speech...but can't do the last item because of his illness (as for the show itself, I think this is the first Jamal/Hakeem number which had fans asking WTF happened). Lucious asks Cookie - at the last moment, over Anika, over Andre - to give a speech to the investors (see image above) and she nails it. She dismisses the teleprompter and speaks from the heart, which Lucious was counting on. When she nails it, he cheers under his breath, "I love you, Cookie" - in front of Anika.