Empire - Season 1, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

Unto the Breach



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Episode Info

Cookie declares war on Anika after discovering the big, backstabbing secret that her ex-husband's girlfriend has been keeping; at the same time, Lucious comes face-to-face with a longtime rival; and Jamal cozies up to a famous artist when he and his brothers take drastic measures to save Empire Entertainment.


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
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
Judd Nelson
as Billy Beretti
as Delphine
Derek Luke
as Malcom
as Tiana Brown
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Critic reviews for Unto the Breach

I blame the show's insatiable need for drama at the cost of any investment in its people. I think Empire is better than this.

March 5, 2015 | Full Review…

This was another week heavy on the emotions and it's really setting us up nicely for the final two episodes.

March 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The feeling that Empire has done a great job of driving home from the start, though, is that particularly complicated sensation that allows us to still receive so much joy from a piece of art, even when we know of the awful deeds done by the artists.

March 5, 2015 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

As much fun as it is to watch Empire pull out all the stops (and then throw in a few songs for good measure), the show runs the risk of going too quickly.

March 5, 2015 | Full Review…

For all its tonal seesawing, Empire once again showed, like it did in "False Imposition," that it works best when the family bands together for the greater good.

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

Mental illness is real, and Andre's continual downward spiral is probably one of the hardest things I've ever watched on television. But the necessity of this image - much like Jamal's sexuality - within the context of a black family can't be overlooked.

March 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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