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EMPIRE Season 5

By on September 3, 2018

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson on Season Five of EMPIRE premiering Wednesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Patrick Hoelck/FOX

Episode 5×09 “Had it From My Father” (Fall Finale)

THE STRENGTH OF THE LYON FAMILY IS PUT TO THE ULTIMATE TEST

The financial security of the Lyon family is on the line as their LFM showcase quickly approaches.

Kai’s (guest star Toby Onwumere) research for an expose on Empire uncovers some dirty activity within the company and causes conflict with Jamal.

Meanwhile, Hakeem and Tiana finally reach an agreement on how best to move forward with their relationship, Andre struggles with his decision to let a new love interest in and Kingsley strikes a deal with Giselle.

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Scotty Tovar as Carlito, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Pej Vahdat as Kelly Patel, Tisha Campbell as Brooke, Opal Staples as Tasha, Melanie McCullough as Denise, Amanda Detmer as Tracy Kingsley, Skylan Brooks as Quincy, Jeremy Carver as Young Lucious, Meta Golding as Teri and Mario as DeVon.

Air Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Episode 5×08 “Master of What is Mine Own”

KINGSLEY PULLS A COSTLY POWER MOVE

The cost of running Lyon Family Management starts to put pressure on Cookie and Lucious’ relationship.

When Kingsley pulls a power move of his own that has major financial repercussions for Lucious, Cookie thinks back to their early struggles.

Kai (guest star Toby Onwumere) becomes upset when Jamal announces their engagement on live TV and Tiana hits a crossroad with Hakeem, who refuses to set aside his beef with Blake.

Meanwhile, Candace becomes vindictive after feeling betrayed by Cookie and Giselle uncovers a key to her future.

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Vivica A. Fox as Candace, Tasha Smith as Carol, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Scotty Tovar as Carlito, Wood Harris as Damon Cross, Kevin Frazier as himself, Amanda Detmer as Tracy Kingsley and Mario as DeVon.

Air Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

Photos: “Master of What is Mine Own”

 

Episode 5×07 “Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils”

THE LYONS AND EMPIRE ARE FORCED TO WORK TOGETHER

In an effort to bridge the gap between Lyon Family Management and Empire, Lucious must play nice with Jeff Kingsley, so that the two companies can get girl group TBD back on the map. Meanwhile, Jamal grows frustrated with Cookie when she tries to steal his London artist, Wynter (guest star Joss Stone), out from under him, Andre works with the mother of one of his old inmates to help free her innocent son and Cookie realizes her sister is in danger. 

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Vivica A. Fox as Candace, Tasha Smith as Carol, Meta Golding as Teri, Joss Stone as Wynter, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Tisha Campbell as Brooke, Opal Staples as Tasha, Melanie McCullough as Denise, Damon J. Gillespie as Franklin, Sean Gallagher as Lawyer, Bella Chanel as Bella Lyon, Kevin Gudahl as Kevin, Amanda Detmer as Tracy, Anthony Lee Irons as Mouse and Marcell Johnson as Marcel.

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

Photos: “Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils”

 

Episode 5×06 “What is Done”

COOKIE AND LUCIOUS RACE TO FIND MORE UNTAPPED TALENT

In an effort to sign more artists, Cookie and Lucious make a bet to see who can find someone first.

While Lucious bets on the chance to meet an up and coming rapper in a high stakes poker game, Cookie takes to the streets to find untapped talent in a set of auditions.

Meanwhile, Hakeem refuses to leave the studio when his rage inspires what he considers his best music yet and Jamal finds himself at a crossroads when Becky claims he’s spending too much time with Kai.

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Tim Streetzz as Big City, Amy J. Carle as Elizabeth Landry, Tisha Campbell as Brooke, Opal Staples as Tasha, Melanie McCullough as Denise, Sarah Loveland as Shelby, Wood Harris as Damon Cross, Ryan McBride as Evan, Joel Smollett as Karl Binyan, Marcell Johnson as Marcel, and APD as Maureen Lowenstein.

Air Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

Photos: “What is Done”

 

Episode 5×05 “The Depth of Grief”

[EDITOR’S NOTE: In the event that a World Series Game 7 IS necessary, EMPIRE and STAR will be preempted, and local programming will air in primetime on the West Coast.]

THE LYONS WONDER IF THEIR NEW ARTIST HAS WHAT IT TAKES

R&B and Pop Hit Artist Mario Guest Stars

Lucious and Cookie prep their new artist Devon (guest star Mario) for a premiere listening party, but worry he may not be ready for that kind of pressure. Hakeem is determined to convince Tiana that he’s matured, but she has a hard time letting go of everything they’ve struggled through the past couple years.

Meanwhile, Cookie becomes concerned about Jamal. 

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Bella Chanel as Bella Lyon, Kevin “Webb” Wigfall as Webb, Vivica A. Fox as Candace, Tasha Smith as Carol, AsMarie Livingston as Chicken, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Brian Keys as Jackson Carls, Chris Amos as Ethan, Greg Anderson as Ramsey, Cage Sebastian Pierre as Theo, Katlynn Simone as Treasure, Skylan Brooks as Quincy, Marcell Johnson as Marcel, Meta Golding as Teri and Mario as Devon.

Air Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

Photos: “The Depth of Grief”

 

Episode 5×04 “Love All, Trust a Few”

THE LYONS THINK THEY’VE GOT THEIR NEW HIT ARTIST

R&B and Pop Artist Mario Guest-Stars

The Lyon family works to get back in their groove with a brand-new project underway.

As Cookie and Portia attempt to sign Devon (guest star Mario), who has just the sound they’re looking for, Andre tries to prove himself useful to Lucious on the business side of things.

Not having heard from Kai (guest star Toby Onwumere), Jamal panics and looks back at their history together.

At Empire, the new management entangles itself with a dangerous tie from the Lyon family’s past.

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Mario as Devon, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, Jennifer Latimore as Janice Jones, Johnny Lee Davenport as Sonny, Brian Boland as Eric Nelson, David Folsom as Mike Battaglia, Daniel Ruben as Remo, Nia Kay as Insta-Thot, and Daryn Harrell as Janae.

Air Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

Photos: “Love All, Trust a Few”

 

Episode 5×03 “Pride”

THE LYONS BAND TOGETHER TO GET BACK ON TOP

Cookie and Lucious push to get back in the music game, but they’ll need the whole family and some old allies to make serious sacrifices in order to do so.

Meanwhile, Andre finds a risky way to make a name for himself among his fellow inmates. 

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Bella Chanel as Bella Lyon, Kevin “Webb” Wigfall as Webb, Vivica A. Fox as Candace, Tasha Smith as Carol, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Al’Jaleel McGhee as Gusto, Anthony Lee Irons as Mouse, Skylan Brooks as Quincy, Maurice Cobige as Mark, LDorado Jonez as Matthew, Paul Stolli as J.J. Norton, Debrah K. Neal as Mabel, and Meta Golding as Teri.

Air Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Photos: “Pride”

 

Episode 5×02 “Pay For their Presumptions”

COOKIE AND LUCIOUS STRUGGLE WITH THEIR NEW ARTIST

Cookie and Lucious learn the difficulties of launching an artist without Empire Entertainment’s resources, and their future with new artist Treasure (guest star Kaitlynn Simone) is jeopardized.

So when they receive two interesting offers that will launch them back into power in the music industry, they make a surprising decision.

Meanwhile, Jamal decides to put his family first and move back to New York, leaving Kai (guest star Toby Onwumere) with some tough decisions.

Air Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:00 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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Toby Onwumere as Kai, Pej Vahdat as Kelly Patel, James T. Alfred as Tyree, Ashley Livingston as Chicken, Claudette Burchett as Jaunita, Kaitlynn Simone as Treasure, Japhet Balaban as Bryson, Al’Jaleel McGhee as Gusto, LDorado Jonez as Matthew, Maurice Cobige as Mark, Andrew Perez as Math, Brandi Jiminez Lee as Science, Adriana Leonard as Moira, Anthony Irons as Mouse, Jesse Bob Harper as Ted Marsh, Skylan Brooks as Quincy, and Marcell Johnson as Marcel.

Photos: “Pay For Their Presumptions”

 

Episode 5×01 “Steal From the Thief”

THE LYONS WORK TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES WITHOUT EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT

Two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker), Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces.

The family is now completely dispersed and coping in their own ways after experiencing unimaginable tragedies.

Meanwhile, in an effort to reclaim the Lyons’ position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper, Treasure (guest star Kaitlynn Simone). 

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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker, Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling, Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya, and A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley.

Guest Cast: Forest Whitaker as Eddie Barker, Toby Onwumere as Kai, Katlynn Simone as Treasure, Kevin “Webb” Wigfall as Webb, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, Pej Vahdet as Kelly Patel, Mark L. Montgomery as Jackson Sterling, William Bannon as Steve Lawrence, Steve O’Connell as Joe Breck, and Bella Chanel as Bella Lyon.

Air Date: Wednesday, September 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Photos: “Steal From the Thief”

 

About Empire

Golden Globe-nominated Empire continues to be one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment.

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