Tension mounts between Hakeem and Jamal. Meanwhile, Cookie and Anika don't hold anything back when it comes to taking over the company. Anika is sent to Chicago to handle one of the label's star. Lucious attempts to brand Empire Entertainment as a tight-knit, "family-run" company. Jamal warms up to his daughter. Lucious and Cookie become romantically involved, and Anika comes home to find them making love.