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Empire Season 5 Episodes

18 Episodes 2018 - 2019

The Lyon family is in shambles after their fall from grace: Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) scramble to repair their legacy and reputation, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) makes a life for himself in London with new flame Kai (Toby Onwumere), Andre (Trai Byers) is in jail for murder, and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) is unsure of his path with his career on a standstill. The Lyons claw their way back into Empire, but their struggle is not without sacrifices. Unveiled secrets from Lucious' past, as well as an on-going FBI investigation, also threaten to undermine the Lyons' climb back to the top. The ensemble cast for "Empire" Season 5 includes A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky Williams, Andre Royo as Thirsty Rawlins, Serayah as Tiana, Alicia Coppola as Megan Conway, Wood Harris as Damon Cross, Phylicia Rashad as Diana DuBois, and Forest Whitaker as Eddie Barker.

Episode 1

Steal From the Thief

Wed, Sep 26, 2018 60 mins

The Season 5 premiere: Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker. 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.

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Episode 2

Pay for Their Presumptions

Wed, Oct 3, 2018 60 mins

Cookie and Lucious learn the difficulties of launching an artist without Empire Entertainment's resources, and their future with new artist Treasure 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 with some tough decisions.

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Episode 3


Wed, Oct 10, 2018 60 mins

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.

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Episode 4

Love All, Trust a Few

Wed, Oct 17, 2018 60 mins

The Lyon family works to get back in their groove with a brand-new project underway. As Cookie and Portia attempt to sign Devon, 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, 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.

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Episode 5

The Depth of Grief

Wed, Oct 31, 2018 60 mins

Lucious and Cookie prep Devon 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.

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Episode 6

What Is Done

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 60 mins

In an effort to sign more artists, Cookie and Lucious make a bet to see who can find someone first. Lucious bets on the chance to meet an up-and-coming rapper in a high-stakes poker game, while 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.

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Episode 7

Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils

Wed, Nov 14, 2018 60 mins

Lucious plays nice with Jeff Kingsley so that their companies can get TBD back on the map. Meanwhile, Jamal grows frustrated with Cookie when she tries to steal his London artist, Wynter, 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.

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Episode 8

Master of What is Mine Own

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 60 mins

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 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.

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Episode 9

Had It From My Father

Wed, Dec 5, 2018 60 mins

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

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Episode 10

My Fault Is Past

Wed, Mar 13, 2019 60 mins

With the control of Empire within reach again, the Lyons must pull out all the stops to prove Lucious and Becky's innocence in the data-mining scandal. Meanwhile, Cookie struggles with Lucious' past and Jeff Kingsley's place in it, Jamal and Kai try to figure out where they stand and a mystery begins to unravel.

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Episode 11

In Loving Virtue

Wed, Mar 20, 2019 60 mins

A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.

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Episode 12

Shift and Save Yourself

Wed, Mar 27, 2019 60 mins

Cookie is offered a career game-changer that would put her future in the family business in jeopardy. Jamal works diligently to try to make Tiana and Treasure's track a success, as Lucious, Cookie and Giselle deliberate future plans for Hakeem and the rest of the artists at Empire. Meanwhile, the feds pressure Thirsty, due to his affiliation with Lucious and Damon Cross, and Andre receives startling news.

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Episode 13

Hot Blood, Hot Thoughts, Hot Deeds

Wed, Apr 3, 2019 60 mins

When Empire launches its national tour in Philly, things heat up and egos clash. Jamal and Kai's relationships gets complicated and Treasure has an embarrassing mishap on stage. Cookie tries to grapple with her feelings for Damon, while the Feds start investigating Empire

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Episode 14

Without All Remedy

Wed, Apr 10, 2019 60 mins

After receiving news about Andre's health, the Lyon family does everything to support him, while continuing the tour. As Cookie and Lucious hash out their wrongdoings, Kai comforts Jamal through this process. Meanwhile, Maya comes to terms with where she stands with Blake and the others, and the rest of Empire must make sure the tour stays afloat.

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Episode 15

A Wise Father That Knows His Own Child

Wed, Apr 17, 2019 60 mins

As the Feds close in on Empire, Jeff Kingsley seeks the truth about what really happened between Lucious and Tracy Kingsley. Meanwhile, Teri and the Lyons pray for Andre's health, and Cookie faces the truth about her relationship with Damon Cross. Jamal and Kai reach an understanding, while Hakeem attempts to figure out where he stands among his relationships.

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Episode 16

Never Doubt I Love

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 60 mins

It's a special day for Jamal and Kai, but drama might ruin it when AUSA's Meghan Conway continues to pursue the Lyons by any means necessary. Meanwhile, Damon shows up, threatening to expose Cookie's secret; Teri confides in Cookie, sharing a big secret; and Andre asks Lucious for help with a life-altering task.

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Episode 17

My Fate Cries Out

Wed, May 1, 2019 60 mins

Cookie gets picked up by AUSA Conway, while Lucious is visited by his past. Becky, Hakeem and Andre devise a plan to save Empire by putting on a show with special guests Sevyn Streeter and Ty Dolla $ign. Meanwhile, Andre helps Empire by getting help from the last person the Lyons expect and Cookie may never forgive Lucious for what he's done.

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Episode 18

The Roughest Day

Wed, May 8, 2019 60 mins

In the Season 5 finale, Cookie and Lucious deal with each other's betrayals and wonder if this could be the end for their relationship. Meanwhile, Andre's life hangs in the balance and the future of Empire is in jeopardy as the Feds close in and the mystery of who is in the coffin is finally revealed.

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