Don't expect jail - or a murder hit - to slow Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) down when Empire returns.

After he finds himself locked up in the same prison as Frank Gathers, the man Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) testified against, he realizes that he's going to have to fight for his life if he ever wants the chance to wrest back control of Empire.

Unfortunately for him, Gathers isn't the only one out to get him. Though Cookie wants Lucious out of jail, the last thing she wants is him back in charge. In order to protect herself against this, Cookie - along with Hakeem, Andre and Anika - begin plotting to remove Lucious as CEO by recruiting the hip-hop savvy venture capitalist Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) to their side.

Of course it wouldn't be Empire without a few betrayals. So while the coup doesn't exactly go as planned, one Lyon uses it as an opportunity to let everyone else know who's really leading the pack.

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