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EMPIRE Season Three Episode Guide

By on September 15, 2016

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Episode 3×14 “Love is a Smoke”

A BETRAYAL AND A NEW PLAYER START DRAMA

Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives,” “Telenovela”) Guest-Stars

Cookie gives Lucious unexpected news that makes him feel uneasy about the future.

Hoping to make Cookie jealous, Giuliana (guest star Nia Long) moves in on Lucious and persuades him to comply with her new plans. Meanwhile, Anika and Tariq devise a new plan and Charlotte Frost (guest star Eva Longoria) holds the EMPIRE Las Vegas dream in her hands.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Eva Longoria as Charlotte Frost, Nia Long as Giuliana Green, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, April 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×13 “My Naked Villainy”

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH

Estelle Guest-Stars

Jamal releases a teaser of his new album, “When Cookie Met Lucious,” which wreaks havoc on Cookie and Angelo during the primary election.

Meanwhile, Andre proposes a new business deal that could take Empire in a new direction and Hakeem is faced with the fallout from his birthday party that results in a lawsuit.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Estelle as Delphine, Nia Long as Giuliana Green, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×12 “Strange Bedfellows”

 THE PAST IS PRESENT

Angelo makes an unsettling discovery and is concerned that Cookie’s past isn’t in the past and will hurt his chances of becoming the Mayor. Anika is faced with a life-changing decision after Tariq reveals what he is really after. Meanwhile, Hakeem’s 21st birthday party takes an unexpected turn.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Nia Long as Giuliana Green, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×11 “Play On”

 COOKIE IS TORN BETWEEN ANGELO AND LUCIOUS

Nia Long (“Beaches”), Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) and Rumer Willis Guest-Star

Cookie tries to move forward with Angelo, while struggling with guilt over her run-in with Lucious.

Meanwhile, Leah seeks out Tariq’s help in taking down Anika, and Jamal and Tory team up in the studio.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×10 “Sound and Fury”

COOKIE AND LUCIOUS CLASH IN THEIR BIGGEST BATTLE YET

Rumer Willis Guest-Stars

After launching a deadly missile at Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno, and puts everyone on notice – especially Cookie, who then vows to knock him off his throne for good.

The two engage in an epic clash – fueled by a history of love, loyalty and betrayal. Meanwhile, Jamal befriends musician Tory Ash (guest star Rumer Willis) during his stay in rehab, Andre continues with his plan to take over EMPIRE, and Hakeem and Tiana battle Nessa for a spot in the music showcase.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×09 “A Furnace For Your Foe” (Fall Finale)

THE DRAMA KEEPS ON COMING

Cookie attempts to help Angelo appeal to the masses and win the mayoral bid, by hosting a free park concert. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate Lucious and freezes all of Empire’s assets, which has major repercussions.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×08 “The Unkindest Cut”

ANDRE GOES TO EXTREMES TO HELP NESSA’S CAREER

Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) and Gina Gershon (“Red Oaks”) Guest-Star

Andre sabotages Tiana’s big appearance at a fashion event in an attempt to get Nessa into the spotlight. Meanwhile, Tariq works with Leah to try to bring down Lucious, and Jamal works with Philip to get over his PTSD in the all-new “The Unkindest Cut.”

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, Juan Antonio as Philip, Phylicia Rashaud as Diana DuBois, and Gina Gershon as Helen Von Wyeth.

Air Date: Wednesday December 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×07 “What We May Be”

COOKIE THROWS A DINNER PARTY

Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) Guest-Stars

Cookie looks to Candace for tips on how to plan an elaborate family dinner that will impress Angelo’s mother, Diane (guest star Phylicia Rashad). Meanwhile, old home videos cause Cookie to face secrets about her relationship with her father that she had tried to hide from her kids, and Andre organizes an unlikely duet in the all-new “What We May Be” episode of Empire.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Tasha Smith as Carol, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Vivica A. Fox as Candace, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Birgundi Baker as Teen Carol, Lawnyae Marie as Teenage Candace, Aijiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, Angela Yee as Herself, Juan Antonio as Philip. Ray Austin as John Halloway, Tobias Truvillion as D-Major, Phylicia Rashad as Diana DuBois.

Air Date: Wednesday, November 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×06 “Chimes at Midnight”

EMPIRE GETS HACKED

Empire is hacked and the leak creates feuds between artists and among the Lyon family. Andre takes advantage of the leak to step up and prove his worth to the company. Meanwhile, Lucious continues to try and drive a wedge between Cookie and Angelo, and Jamal finds himself in a love triangle in the all-new “Chimes at Midnight” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins.

Guest Cast: Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Romeo Miller as Gram, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, French Montana as Vaughn, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Juan Antonio as Philip, Matthew Yee as Agent Hughes, Samuel Hunt as Xavier Rosen and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major.

Air Date: Wednesday, November 9, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×05 “One Before Another”

THE TRUTH COMES OUT

Lucious and Andre are on high alert as they wait for Shine to retaliate after their latest business encounter went south. Jamal, who has yet to perform in front of his fans, teams up with Hakeem for a performance that he thinks could help him face his fears. Meanwhile, Cookie is caught off-guard during a routine meeting with her probation officer.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Taye Diggs, Romeo Miller as Gram, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Samuel Hunt as Xavier Rosen, Tobias Truvillion as D-Major, TaRon Patton as P.O. Sharlene Davis and Geno Walker as Gus Rodriguez.

Air Date: Wednesday, November 2, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×04 “Cupid Kills”

THERE ARE SO MANY LOVERS

Things heat up between Cookie and Angelo (guest star Taye Diggs), so Lucious finally recognizes Angelo as a formidable rival and prepares to take him on.

Meanwhile, Jamal is finally able to face Freda Gatz, a big first step on his journey to recovery.

Also, Anika goes back to work at Empire and instantly causes turmoil, while Hakeem starts falling for Nessa, even though she might be into a different Lyon.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Taye Diggs as Angelo Dubois, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, Jessica Klaas as Sonja, Denzel Love as Barry, Juan Antonio as Philip, Ray Austin as John Holloway, Samuel Hunt as Xavier Rosen, Lisa Branch as Vivian Plumber, Malkia Stampley as Bridget Pearce, Marika Engelhardt as Gabrielle Gerard, Daniel Cantor as Judge, Martin Yurek as District Attorney, Bryson Thomas as Moonshine and Lauren Michelle as Gia Copeland.

Air Date: Wednesday, October 12, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×03 “What Remains is Bestial”

IT’S NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE

Global Icon Mariah Carey Guest-Stars

Cookie calls in a favor with mega-superstar Kitty (guest star Mariah Carey) to record a new song with Jamal, hoping he will overcome his inability to perform. Meanwhile, Andre runs into some trouble and things don’t go as planned. Cookie and Lucious are at odds, Hakeem and Gram (guest star Romeo Miller) fight for Tiana’s attention, and things heat up between Cookie and Angelo Dubois (guest star Taye Diggs) in the all-new “What Remains is Bestial” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Mariah Carey as Kitty, Taye Diggs as Angelo Dubois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Romeo Miller as Gram, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Jessica Klaas as Sonja, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Ben Marten as Max Perkins, Sean Michael Sullivan as Gus, Juan Antonio as Philip, Matthew Yee as Agent Hughes, Justin Morgan as Hot Delivery Man, Alexa Hartfield as Treece, Anthony McDonald as Bailiff and Mary Beth Burns as Judge Reid.

Air Date: Wednesday, October 5, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×02 “Sin That Amends”

THERE IS TROUBLE IN THE LYON’S DEN

Taye Diggs (“Best Man Holiday”) Guest-Stars

In an attempt to cope with life after being shot, Jamal teams up with businessman Angelo Dubois (guest star Taye Diggs), to talk about gun violence and host a summit for awareness. When he tries to perform again, things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Lucious attempts to win over Cookie, Hakeem starts to record new songs with Shine, and Andre runs into some trouble with the police in the all-new “Sin That Amends” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Taye Diggs as Angelo Dubois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Birgundi Baker as Teen Carol, Lawnyae Marie as Teen Candace, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, Jessica Klaas as Sonja, Angela Yee as Herself, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Mo McRae as J Poppa, Biz Markie as Himself, Denzel Love as Barry, Aneisa Hicks as Fatima and Cardeion Banks as Young Tariq.

Air Date: Wednesday, September 28, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 3×01 “Light in Darkness”

THE LYONS ARE BACK ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON THREE PREMIERE OF “EMPIRE” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, ON FOX

French Montana and Birdman Guest-Star

EMPIRE picks up exactly where Season Two ended – Hakeem left at the altar, Lucious and Anika married and Anika and Rhonda fighting on the roof – until someone falls. Also, Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while clashing with his half-brother, Tariq (Morocco Omari), who is leading a federal task force investigating him in the all-new “Light in Darkness” season premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Tasha Smith as Carol, Vivica A. Fox as Candace, French Montana as Vaughn, Birdman as Himself, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Tyla Abercrumbie as Nurse, Patrick Clear as Doctor, Tha Pope as Jack, Eric Lane as Drop, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, David Lively as Butler, Birgundi Baker as Teen Carol, Lawnyae Marie as Teen Candace, Ivan Ellis as ROYALE-T.

Air Date: Wednesday, September 21, (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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