It's like A Christmas Carol arrived three months late tonight in music empire form.
Think about it...
He has alienated his entire family at the start of the episode. They can barely stand to look at him.
He might as well have added a "Bah, humbug!" after he refused everyone.
But then Lucious gets some amazing news: He doesn't have ALS, after all. He was misdiagnosed.
And he falls into a deep, drug-induced sleep where a Bunkie hallucination arrives, much to Lucious' Scrooge-like horror.
That song Jamal and Lucious made together was my favorite for the entire season, I think.
And the flashbacks served to show how Lucious has grown as a father.
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Lucious has to face his present demons, especially Andre's bipolar disorder and his decision to search for happiness with God.
As soon as he's seen hooking up with Anika, Lucious sees what he could have had. He also realizes what a mess he's made of his family and his company. Hakeem has the most growing up to do. And not just because he's the youngest.
With the misdiagnosis, Lucious realizes he must make things right and gives his sons meaningful gifts to get their forgiveness.
Of course, he's too arrogant to use it wisely. And it's a little too late, especially when he accidentally confesses everything to Cookie.
Plus, Empire isn't a kid's story, and it definitely isn't filled with Christmas cheer....
We are a long way away from a happy ending.
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