Empire - Season 1, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Dangerous Bonds



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Episode Info

An anonymous gift from a secret admirer is received with trepidation from Cookie, who suspects it's a veiled threat from a person from her prison past. Meanwhile, Lucious takes charge of Hakeem's first video shoot.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Malik Yoba
as Vernon Turner
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun, Anika Gibbons
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
as Tiana Brown
Tasha Smith
as Carol Hardaway
Nealla Gordon
as Agent Harlow Carter
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Critic reviews for Dangerous Bonds

Has this show stumbled at all yet? Empire Season 1 Episode 5 was another solid installment full of catchy music, further character development and another celebrity cameo, this one of the Anthony Hamilton variety.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

I know they have iTunes downloads to sell as their big promotional tie-in, and they have a dozen or more episodes yet to unleash on us, but Empire is dragging its feet.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a new day, friends. Women can have sidepieces too. Feminism!

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

"Dangerous Bonds" points the show in the right direction. A strong follow-up to last week's also surprisingly good episode, "Bonds"... shows each member of the Lyon family following separate paths.

March 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Dangerous Bonds" is an incredibly dense, chaotic episode, and it's fun to watch even as it makes sloppy, unfortunate choices.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Empire doesn't need another crime subplot... But Cookie's a lot more interesting than Lucious, so this twist opens up a lot more possibilities for the show.

March 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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