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I don't think Ray is dead at all. He is close to dying and infected so the flies were buzzing around him. They wouldn't send him out like that. The Finale was my last favorite part of the Season though. I hope they do something better then the CIA missions next year. Not really a fan. Still an awesome season none the less.

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I've been a huge fan of this show... but this finale two episodes was a bit of a head swirl. They packed so many things into the 2 episodes that I actually started thinking some of it was going to be a dream sequence or something. It was a little bit overwhelming. I think they could have cut it in half, and dealt with things a bit more slowly... save a few of the major events for next season!! 1. Cookie sleeps with 2nd man ever only to be ripped out from her own company as a revenge from Lucious
1a) Malcolm quits and boom, Cookies new relationship is over 5 minutes later.
2. Hakeem takes on his father and gets punched, then sleeps with Anika and threatens to join the competitor.
3. Billy Boretti makes a big threat to take legal action on Lucious but with a little balcony hanging from Jamal (which personally just seems very weird and not very believable) he's suddenly a non-threat. Boretti has seemed like a toothless tiger the whole season when it comes to the crunch.
4. Suddenly from a whole season and lifetime of prejudice and anger towards Jamal, Luscious said, "Oh I love you now. You're the head of the company.' And Jamal says, 'oh yeah cool. its all forgiven no worries.' like in the space of 2 minutes!
5. Lucious trys to get Andre back. Is rejected. Immediately corrupts Andre's new faith in the church, and makes Hudson a star gospel singer in his massive performance... ummm really?
5a. Andre's stint with the church and finding himself disappears as quickly as it appeared, and suddenly his mental health is ok again - I just feel like they overlooked some seriously important topics here and rushed through it. It's an arc that could have been played until halfway through next season in all honesty. It feels like Andre's whole breakdown and recovery was in the space of a few days. I just think it was a theme thats really important and wasn't properly addressed.
6. Cookie finds out Lucious killed Bunky and tries to kill Lucious, and then gets thrown out of the company for the 2nd time and removed from the building. A bit of a theme going on here?
8. Jamal is the head of the company now... like he's already making the decisions? Reallly??? Isnt he meant to start being groomed.... He's just instantly the head. Ok.
9. Anika and Cookie finally take each other on. That was good. But working together that soon... nahhhhhh.
10. Rhonda leaves Andre, then comes back. And she's pregnant
10a. Ohh and she kills Vernon in the process... Reallllly??
11. Lucious gives a seriously unbelievable speech about how he now accepts homosexuality and then gets arrested for Bunkies murder.
11a) Suddenly arrested 2 mins before he can perform... ??? Police wouldnt have even made it through the security in that amount of time. He would have at least had ample notice.... too much. They should have given him his performance.
12. The same FBI agent who was with Cookie before is somehow involved in a local police investigation to nab Lucious for Bunkies death.
13. So many cameos you can't even take one in before the next one comes to edge him out.
14. Jamal does a show down 8 mile style with the homophobic rapper.
15. So many flashbacks I felt dizzy!
16. Oh yeah... the whole IPO thing was passed (the main topic of the show since 5 minutes in), and all the pending dramas didn't stop it.
17. Oh and the other main topic of the series so far... Lucious is suddenly cured! He's not dying. It's all good. Everyone can hate him without feeling guilt. That was dealt with very quickly. I really think that revelation could have been stretched out another season. It was literally the only thing that could give his character any sympathy...
18. Despite the amazing amount of Bold and the Beautiful style events occuring in this finale, I didn't feel one moment of emotional empathy with any character, which is the first time in the whole series. They all came across as seriously self involved and pretty unlikeable. I think Malcolm was the only one who showed integrity... Hahah well that's my 2 cents :) .....

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they could bring aiden back from the dead whilst they are there fetching conrad and maybe daniel too!!... they shouldnt kill off so many good characters all the time!

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I don't know how a Nolan and Louise hook-up would be either. But I do really love Nolan and Louise!! Louise is sooo stunning. A real life 'Jessica Rabbit.'
Emily and Jack are just a bit weird... does she really like that Ben guy. he's so boring. I think emily just has some comitment issues and some healing to do with her father, aiden etc. Kind of ironic that both her parents are alive in the end.
Speaking of bringing characters back from the dead (which this show is getting nearly as good at as B&B) could the writers pleeeeeease bring back Conrad soon! I miss the Victoria and Conrad debates so much. Hell I miss the whole Grayson family. Just get Daniel back as well. Actually isn't Charlotte still alive? Who can even keep track. I don't care what lame story they concoct to keep Victoria on the show... as long as she stays I am happy. That woman is pure gold!

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I thought tonight's episode was really funny! I didn't see it as yawn worthy at all

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I think that the males in the family did know about Andre's condition. Because Jamal knew how to calm him down, they didn't seem as if it was their first encounter with it. It might also be why Lucious doesn't fully trust Andre to run the company. I don't think Cookie knows though. Both scenes with Andre breaking down were so emotional and hard to watch. I think it is really great that a big show like Empire is addressing this mental illness. It affects so many ppl and is really hard, and so rarely spoken about

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Jaime King is so stunningly beautiful. She stole every scene she was in tonight. The character of Lemon was just so hurt and fragile, and yet incredibly strong at the same time. It was amazing to watch. I love how Lavon was there for her and rather then adding to her worries, he gave her the freedom to be her, it actually brought a tear to my eye. I also still like the comic relief of the banter between Zoe and Lemon, and how Zoe just sort of accepts Lemon's bitchy little quips now with a shoulder shrug. Shelby was at her best tonight and Magnolia was slightly more mature then usual. I would still like to hear the mama's reason for abandoning her daughters... it's pretty hard to imagine why, or how Lemon can forgive her. I found it quite moving to hear Magnolia say, 'Lemon you're the only mother I ever really had.' It does sum up how much the mum left them. I actually thought the Wade storyline was sweet. Goofy but funny. they needed the happy comic relief storyline, Zoe and Wade don't always have to be in full drama mode. I don't really buy AB and George's chemistry to be honest. When I remember the scenes with him and Zoe in season 1... well it just feels a bit forced to me... but it's ok. If it means Lemon and Lavon finally have a turn I'll settle. I do prefer George and Tansey though, even though I think that that is well and truly done to death now. A really nice episode and good review :)

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I'm so seriously addicted to this show! It's awesome. Every character is just so watchable. One thing I don't get. Andre seems to have so little connection with the rest of his immediate family aside from his father. I see scenes with his mum worrying about Jamal and Hakeem and also saying the only thing she wants is to love her three baby boys - but i never see her display any interaction or affaction with Andre at all. I also never see him have any human moments with his brothers, its almost as if they are strangers who are business colleagues, rather then growing up together. And in the flashbacks, we did see him singing with his father. I think he does get that world, but its like he is repressed or outcasting himself. The last two episodes featuring him have been really sad. Jamal's rendition of that song, and the way they edited it was just pure genius. With alll three brothers, uncle and Cookie giving their support. It was so powerful. And Luscious looking down like the Emperor. The only character I don't like in the show is Anika, and it's because it feels like they haven't given us any reason to like her in any way. Even Luscious, although you think he's a shit, you still see his charisma, and drive and backstory. With her it's just ... i dont know doesnt fit properly. If she was gone no one would miss her. Hakeem coming over to congratualte his brother was so awesome and also Camilla is awesome! Naomi Campbell will never stop stunning!

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A record label and business that big, it's pretty normal to have huge parties pretty often. They are usually targeted at different events

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Anika is an evil bitch. Spiking someone's drink is such a very terrible thing to do. No matter what her revengenda was with Cookie, that was when she lost any ounce of decency and the compassion of the viewer. I think the competition that Lucius has with the three brothers is silly. He needs all three of them to unite and run the business. None of them have the individual strength or experience to do the whole thing. When he started it was a small business and he grew with it. Now its massive. They need Andre's practical business skills, Jamaal's humanity and charisma, and Hakeem's raw energy and power. Honestly they really need Cookie to for her people skills and production skills. None of the sons are really capable of handling that company on their own. The father should have the vision to realise this - united is stronger then divided. The shower scene really shook me with Andre. I feel for him. It is so lucky he has such a supportive wife, because he seems to go relatively unnoticed and unappreciated by everyone else, and he does sooooo much for the company. Naomi Campbell is still sooooo stunning! Does she never age?? Wow!