Loretha "Cookie" Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), née Holloway, has had it with Lucious (Terrence Howard) and his trifling ways. It's been two weeks since she walked out of their house (and out of their relationship) and Lucious, suddenly realizing that meant Cookie won't be around to caress his peg leg through difficult times, is now wondering when she's coming home. Not fully grasping Cookie's grand gesture at the end of last week's Empire episode when she handed over her keys and threw up the deuces, Lucious thinks they can still work things out. He's in for a rude awakening.
In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday's episode, Cookie makes it clear that she has no intention of throwing herself back into their vicious cycle of fights and reconciliations. Those therapy sessions have opened her eyes to the toxicity of their relationship so, barring a complete personality overhaul from Lucious, there's no way she's walking back into that minefield of emotional distress. Lucious played her for the last time.
"You want me to come home now, Lucious? After what you said about my measly $400,000?" she asks in the preview. "I'm tired of getting crumbs and begging for what's rightfully mine, so you win. You win, Lucious."
Cookie's monologue hits with the emotional gravity of Mary J. Blige ripping off her earrings at the apex of "No More Drama." This woman is tired and in those harsh words to Lucious we can feel the fatigue reverberating from every inch of her body.
Call it a wrap and give Taraji the Emmy, already. She ate that.
Empire airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox.