Empire Episode 8 ended with Hakeem denouncing the Lyon name after he won the rap battle against Freda Gatz. We learn that Lucious decided to name himself “Lyon” while he was homeless as a child and slept under a lion statue.
After the battle, Lucious attempts to rile up some drama by mentioning he and Cookie’s bet, in which if Hakeem won the rap battle, Cookie would get to release Jamal’s upcoming album through Lyon Dynasty and if Freda won Lucious could release Hakeem’s album under Empire Records.
This likely wouldn’t happen anyway, with Hakeem now not calling himself a Lyon. But Jamal asks for a ceasefire in all of the fighting and Lucious concedes. Lucious soon realizes that a new drama is brewing as we meet one of Cookie’s sisters, Candice (Vivica A. Fox), who comes to Cookie to tell her their other sister Carol has left her kids and taken off because of something having to do with Cookie. We also learn that Cookie’s real name is Lauretha.
Meanwhile, Anika is pregnant, likely with Hakeem’s baby and she is starting to get clingy while being anxious as to how she should tell him. At this point, Hakeem is dating Laura and doesn’t know. But we also note that Anika goes to talk to Shonda, who is also pregnant. Shonda tells her how caring Lucious has been since finding out about her pregnancy.
Jamal is in the running to be an ambassador for Pepsi and has to create a song for the company. Amid Cookie and Lucious’ fighting, Jamal decides to mash beats made by both his parents into one song. The risk was successful as he wins the Pepsi competition.
In Empire Episode 9, Jamal connects with a new Empire Records artist Skye Summers (Alicia Keys), who apparently has secrets. She tells Jamal if she ever sung about her truth it could affect how her fans see her.
Meanwhile, Cookie (or Lauretha) and her sister Candice are looking for their other sister Carol and Cookie notes that their family didn’t have much concern for her while she was in prison.
Anika is still vying for Hakeem’s attention; however, he still doesn’t know she is pregnant,. Lucious is excited about being a grandfather.
Cookie will supposedly find out the truth about her beau Laz (Adam Rodriguez); however, Laz has now truly fallen for her and is more invested in their relationship than the scam.