Empire - Season 2, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Be True



Critic Consensus: "Be True" is loaded with the family dynamics that makes Empire such a juicy drama, including a memorable baptism scene and a shocking cliffhanger.

Episode Info

Cookie and Anika work with Laz to organize a big block party to launch their company, an event that will be highlighted by a signature anthem written by Hakeem, who finds himself entering into a tender romance with the lead singer of his girl group. Meanwhile, Jamal collaborates with Ne-Yo; and Andre takes steps to rid his soul of past sins.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
as Tiana
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
Adam Rodriguez
as Laz Delgado
as Himself
Charles Malik Whitfield
as Reverend L.C. Price
Bre-Z Murray
as Freda Gatz
Kelly Rowland
as Leah Walker
Andre Royo
as Thirsty Rawlings
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Critic reviews for Be True

In the thrilling episode, Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) has been kidnapped, while Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) tries to make one with God.

October 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Whatever the pleasures audiences take in Empire's familial warfare, I think people also genuinely want to see the Lyons repair their relationships, and it seems as though Andre is laying the groundwork for such a thing to happen

October 26, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Empire's writers helpfully introduced this new group of antagonists to extort and terrorize Lyon Dynasty right at the moment when it doesn't seem like the First Family of Hip-Hop/Duplicity could hate each other more.

October 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Nothing mattered this week except for Magic Mike alum Adam Rodriguez, who sadly did not do any stripping but sparked Cookie's interest anyway by bringing a gun to the studio. She likes her men prepared for the worst, OK?

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Ugh, the twists, the turns, the dramaz!

October 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Being forgiven for mistakes doesn't always equal gainful employment, but in the Empire universe, having a seat at the table is the worth its weight in gold.

October 22, 2015 | Full Review…

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