Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) have had several set backs with their new label, Lyon Dynasty, thanks to Lucious (Terrence Howard) on Season 2 of Fox's hip-hop drama "Empire." However, Lyon Dynasty make finally catch a break in episode 5, titled "Be True," thanks to someone Cookie has been refusing to work with.
The synopsis for episdoe 5 reveals that Cookie with get some help from Anika (Grace Gealey) and a new promoter named Laz Delgado (Adam Rodriguez) to throw a block party to launch their label. Hakeem will headline the show with "a signature anthem" which he wrote all by himself. The song won't be the only new thing in Hakeem's life. At the end of episode 4, Hakeem found a new lead singer for his girl group named Laura (Jamila Velazquez), who he could get into a relationship with.
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) will be back in the studio with Lucious producing for him. However, Lucious won't be the only one in the studio with Jamal as singer Ne-Yo will guest star. The R&B singer co-wrote Jamal's previous song "No Doubt About It," which he performed with Pitbull in episode 3.
Meanwhile, the promo video shows it could also be a very busy episode for Andre (Trai Byers). After Lucious learned Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) killed Vernon (Malik Yoba) he agreed to welcome Andre back to Empire. Andre does not look exactly thrilled with his return and is haunted by what happened with Vernon. He'll get baptized in episode 5 in an attempt to wash away his past sins and in a way be reborn again. Lucious isn't happy about this because he looks at himself as a God and wants Andre to follow what he wants.
That's not the only big change for Andre. Cookie and Andre may finally have a good mother-son moment as well. Prior to his baptism he tells Cookie, "I'm not a good person Mom, I've done horrible things." "So have I Dre, God knows your heart," she tells him.
Episode 4 came to a close with a bang, after Thirsty (Andre Royo) and Lucious left Vernon's dead body in Roxanne Ford's (Tyra Ferrell) car. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and if she has a next move to try and put Lucious behind bars for good. Ford already put a stop to Lucious' Apex radio deal, so he'll be looking to get another one over on her as well.
Watch the episode 5 promo below:
"Empire" Season 2, episode 5, titled "Be True," airs on Fox Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. EDT.