Et Tu, Brute?

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Critic Consensus: "Et Tu, Brute?" ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger that fits perfectly with Empire's soapier tendencies.

Episode Info

Lucious makes a reckless play for the streaming service that he believes will put him on the map as the most powerful man in music, but in the end this move could cost him big time; and Cookie decides to stage a concert at the prison where she was locked away from her family for 17 years.

Cast

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
Alicia Keys
as Sky Summers
Marisa Tomei
as Mimi Whiteman
AzMarie
as Chicken
Dan Flannery
as Tony "Tricky" Trichter
Patrick Mulvey
as Jago Locke
Jacqueline Williams
as Warden Athena Myers
Reggie Baker
as Ralph Anderson
Da Brat
as Jezzy
Jessica Klaas
as Lucious's Assistant
Will Kinnear
as Leonard Bernstein
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Critic Reviews for Et Tu, Brute?

The way the show treats Jamal and Skye's brief time together as a positive thing that just "happened," even with that awkward racial identity analogy thrown in, is ultimately refreshing.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…
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I would hazard some predictions about what Empire has in store for us next year, but I have a sinking feeling, given its recycling of season one stock, that we've seen most of the show's tricks.

Dec 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

In the explosive mid-season finale, Rhonda may or may not be alive, Lucious Lyon is removed as CEO of Empire by his youngest son and Cookie Lyon heads back to prison.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…

What is there to say about Wednesday's winter finale of Empire other than GOOD LORD? After a half-season that was at best uneven and at times actually kind of boring, Lee Daniels and company really pulled out all the stops for "Et Tu, Brute."

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

I am trying to be hopeful about what's to come on Empire, but this first half was like Kelly Rowland's solo career: it has had its share of bright spots, but I've needed my flashlight to navigate through the darkness more times than I'd like.

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…

As with every episode in the season, even when something devastating happens, everything still came up Jamal.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…

The show was back to doing what it does best: throwing soap opera-like curveballs that will have you either gasping, or shaking your head at the sheer excess of it all.

Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

If you weren't hooting and hollering the moment the saliva went flying, what the hell are you watching TV for? That's entertainment, folks.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Once again, the Empire is spinning out of control. On tonight's midseason finale, "Et Tu, Brute?," Lucious was challenged perhaps the most he's ever been.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…

We're left with so many questions. Can Rhonda survive the fall? Will Lucious make good on his threat to kill Hakeem? And most important, as this season continues to go off the rails, will you still be around to watch?

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…