Poor Yorick



Critic Consensus: Empire doesn't necessarily earn the big reveal in "Poor Yorick," but Taraji P. Henson's performance is enough to make the episode work.

Episode Info

The Lyons collaborate on a music video, putting aside their differences long enough to capitalize on Hakeem and Jamal's duet from Hakeem's leaked album. Meanwhile, Lucious, who has the federal murder case hanging over his head, decides the answer to his problems is to find Vernon and make him permanently disappear.


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 Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
Marisa Tomei
as Mimi Whiteman
Kelly Rowland
as Leah Walker
Andre Royo
as Thirsty Rawlings
Tyra Ferrell
as Roxanne Ford
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Critic Reviews for Poor Yorick

It's too bad Hakeem's girl group Mirage à Trois didn't pan out, because this episode could really have used some more choreography montages.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Last night solidified why I love Empire.

Oct 16, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm willing to accept [Lucious] as purely a plot device from this point on, if only because his affect on the others has spurred some interesting moments.

Oct 15, 2015 | Full Review…

It makes every Wednesday feel like the cheat day for my viewing diet.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Props to Cookie, though, for invoking Sandra Bland, the African-American woman whose mysterious death in police custody was ruled a suicide this summer, during her arrest. ("If I die in police custody, it was not a suicide!")

Oct 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Watching Cookie hustle is one of the best parts of Empire. Like the animals whose prints cover her shoes, she's at her fiercest when she's backed into a corner, ready to claw her way out.

Oct 15, 2015 | Full Review…

There's nothing more Shakespearean than dead bodies and family quarrels, and Empire had both this week.

Oct 15, 2015 | Full Review…

All in all, the episode wasn't lacking in drama, but the over the top feel was taken down a few notches, and I can only hope Lee Daniels and Co. are packing their furs and flashing lights away with the intention of keeping the show tasteful.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Cookie clearly won the Empire war this week - she dug deep and came up with a fantastic counter to Lucious's monopoly over the airwaves.

Oct 15, 2015 | Full Review…

"Poor Yorick," which was written and directed by Empire co-creator Danny Strong, further exposes how unsturdy a foundation this show is built on.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…