Empire - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Outspoken King



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Episode Info

Lucious goes into damage control when controversy arises around the involvement of one of his artists in a shooting ahead of Empire's IPO launch; and Cookie proves to be invaluable by helping turn a crisis into a triumph. However, Lucious's plan to stage a huge performance for Hakeem, but not Jamal, doesn't sit well with his ex. Meanwhile, the police begin to investigate Bunkie's murder.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun, Anika Gibbons
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
Macy Gray
as Tasha
Malik Yoba
as Vernon Turner
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
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Critic reviews for The Outspoken King

The best part of Empire's second episode is the same as last week's series premiere: Cookie.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

There were A LOT of things happening on Empire Season 1 Episode 2, as the freshman series kept chugging along and gave us a highly entertaining hour of television.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

After last week's trainwreck of a pilot, anything would have been an improvement. But, let's give credit where credit is due, because Lee Daniels and co. came out firing on both cylinders with this week's Empire.

March 1, 2015 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

This show stares down subtlety and smacks it in the face, repeatedly.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

As much as "The Outspoken King" states its lofty ideals, it doesn't always deliver on them.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Outspoken King," the show's sophomore episode, certainly does have a lot of shrews that need taming.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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