There’s a new ruler in charge of the Lyons’ den on Fox’s “Empire” Season 2 after Camilla (Naomi Campbell) named Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) the new CEO of the record label. Lucious (Terrence Howard) and the rest of the family will now attempt to get Camilla out of the picture to restore order to the empire they built. However, Hakeem could take things into his own hands in episode 12, titled “A Rose by Any Other Name.”
According to the episode synopsis, Camilla will “dig her claws deeper in Hakeem,” as the rest of his family tries to reel him back onto their side. Little do they know, Hakeem has his own plan to run Empire. The promotional video reveals that part of his plan is making himself the face of Empire after Hakeem unveils a new logo for the company, which is artwork featuring his face.
Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) was named head of artists and repertoire (A&R) of Empire in episode 11, and she will continue to run Lyon Dynasty after having Hakeem buy the label. This is part of her plan to eventually push out Camilla. Lucious will look to take matters into his own hands as he’s shown holding a gun up to Camilla at the end of the episode 12 promo video.
Aside from the family drama, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) will run into problems of his own with his fans in episode 12. In episode 11, Jameson (William Fichtner) told Jamal he didn’t want to work with him anymore after Lucious told him that he had hooked up with a woman. Could this revelation also become known to Jamal’s fans?
Andre (Trai Byers) and Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) will now have to adjust to life after losing their baby. The synopsis says their marriage will be tested in episode 12 as they both attempt to push through their pain. Andre could begin to ponder Rhonda’s loyalty after he’s shown questioning her about whether she’s been cheating on him in the promo video. She assures him he’s acting paranoid, but there could be something to his accusations.
The promo video also reveals that Anika (Grace Gealey) will come clean about being pregnant with Hakeem’s child. Anika’s revelation will send waves through the Lyon family. Hakeem will finally learn he’s going to be a father, while Cookie and Lucious will be far from happy.
Watch a promo video for episode 12 below:
“Empire” Season 2, episode 12, “A Rose by Any Other Name,” will air on Fox Wednesday, April 6, at 9 p.m. EDT.