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
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.

Oct 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

Oct 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.

Oct 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?

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Ugh, the twists, the turns, the dramaz!

Oct 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.

Oct 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Empire Season 2 Episode 5 was a very Andre centric endeavor, as he was looking to confess some sins and getting ready to be baptized.

Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

This episode was flipping tremendous.

Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

When tonight's episode - "Be True" (as in the Shakesperean "To thine own self...") - dunked the eldest of Emperor Lucious the First's three sons in the baptismal font, it also put him in the hot seat.

Oct 22, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a disappointing twist. There have been so many family feuds and reconciliations in every single episode of Empire this season that there hasn't been a chance for the drama to escalate into a full-blown war, which the show really needs.

Oct 22, 2015 | Full Review…