The 15th episode could very well bring the house down — or maybe just the label. 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. Eager to take Empire to new heights, Eddie's motives are questioned when numbers don't add up. 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. Meanwhile, with Anika still behind bars, Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family, and Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal's new song. 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.
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. Cookie recalls her complex relationship with her mother, while she continues her search for her friend's orphaned daughter. Also, Jamal struggles to rebrand his image, Hakeem adopts a new role as musical mentor and Andre recruits Lucious to help him uncover the truth about Eddie's intentions. Meanwhile, Hakeem worries about his secret involvement with the DuBois family and Claudia guest star Demi Moore helps Lucious with a breakthrough. Andre recovers from his mental breakdown in the hospital, Shine tries desperately to protect his secret and Eddie Barker is concluding his tenure at Empire. 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.
Meanwhile, Hakeem makes a major move with Tiana, Andre continues to struggle with his guilt and Becky is faced with a difficult situation. That leaves fans numerous ways to watch online and live stream it. However, Cookie reveals a potential upper hand in the power play for Empire, after doing a little digging into her past. Fox's hit drama revolves around the music and entertainment empire built by Lucious Lyon, a former drug dealer who made good with a career in the world of hip hop production. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he's wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Cookie springs into action when a girl group from the past re-unites and threatens to expose secrets about Empire and Lucious.
Meanwhile, Tiana's new 20 for 20 single takes off, leading to an unexpected change in her demeanor. Being as impulsive as he is, that could lead to a monumentally dumb decision. As Cookie and Lucious hash out their wrongdoings, Kai comforts Jamal through this process. So when they receive two interesting offers that will launch them back into power in the music industry, they make a surprising decision. Meanwhile, the success of Jamal's new anonymous group climbs, Hakeem brings Haven to the showcase to make Tiana jealous, and Andre is put to the test and must decide between the family or his career. Meanwhile, Hakeem continues to search for his place. Meanwhile, Candace becomes vindictive after feeling betrayed by Cookie and Giselle uncovers a key to her future.
Meanwhile, in an effort to reclaim the Lyons' position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper, Treasure. Meanwhile, Claudia grows more possessive over Lucious, who has unlocked a new way to understand music through his paintings. Then, when tensions rise in Jamal and Tory's new band, Preacher Azal inspires Jamal with an idea to get everyone in sync. When Kingsley pulls a power move of his own that has major financial repercussions for Lucious, Cookie thinks back to their early struggles. As Lucious and Cookie hire an old acquaintance to help track down the money Eddie stole, Andre tries to convince Devon's record label to let him record with Empire.
Meanwhile, Jamal decides to put his family first and move back to New York, leaving Kai with some tough decisions. 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. The family is now completely dispersed and coping in their own ways after experiencing unimaginable tragedies. 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. Empire season 3, episode 15 has a tough act to follow considering what happened a week ago. Just as Andre's feelings for Detective Pamela Rose guest star Teyonah Parris intensify, she reveals information that's been uncovered regarding the explosion. .
Meanwhile, Andre makes a power play of his own, Hakeem's high spirits comes to a quick end due to a threat, Jamal and Tory struggle to cope with the success of their new music group, tension boils as the Lyons face Empire's most existential threat yet and someone's past mistakes leads to a deadly consequence. Meanwhile, Teri and the Lyons pray for Andre's health, and Cookie faces the truth about her relationship with Damon Cross. Meanwhile, Lucious is at a crossroads, as he tries to put to rest the anger from his past life. Meanwhile, Cookie is desperate to fulfill a promise to a friend before it's too late. Meanwhile, Lucious and Eddie continue their fight over Empire and Eddie makes a power play at the grand opening of Empire's 20 for 20 showcase.
Meanwhile, Andre begins to spiral out of control, wondering what she could have in store for him. Also, Jamal's sobriety is put to the test and Shine gives Hakeem advice on how to maintain a balance between his work and personal life. The series stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Although they're confident in Hakeem's ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations her team brings to the trial. Then, Jamal and his band anonymously release their latest single and Hakeem tests out a career in film. Meanwhile, Treasure and Tiana fight for the female vocalist track on Jamal's new song. Meanwhile, the feds pressure Thirsty, due to his affiliation with Lucious and Damon Cross, and Andre receives startling news.
Amidst the chaos, someone's life hangs in the balance. Cookie panics that Lucious has gone missing on Claudia's watch, until she realizes he found his way to Uncle Eddie, a music icon who has since become family to the Lyons. Jamal and Kai reach an understanding, while Hakeem attempts to figure out where he stands among his relationships. When it becomes clear that Lucious is going to have to turn his empire over to one of his three sons, the real drama begins, as the struggle for control of the family business begins. Eddie Barker guest star Forest Whitaker jumps in to help Lucious get back in his groove and make music in the studio. Also, Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious, Andre begins seeing a new therapist, and one of Becky's old flames returns. While Lucious bets on the chance to meet an up and coming rapper in a high stakes poker game, Cookie takes to the streets to find untapped talent in a set of auditions.
Kai's research for an expose on Empire uncovers some dirty activity within the company and causes conflict with Jamal. A devastated Cookie struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse, Claudia guest star Demi Moore. 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. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Tiana find common ground and Becky reveals the secret she's been keeping from J. So whether it be Angelo, Lucious or Giuliana, someone is about to feel the wrath. Meanwhile, Andre flounders, Hakeem anxiously prepares a release strategy for his 20 for 20 single and Jamal and Tory try to find a new team to make their own first non-Empire single.