One Before Another
Empire Season 3



Critic Ratings: 5
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Episode Info

Retaliation seems inevitable after Lucious and Andre's latest business encounter with Shine goes bad. Meanwhile, Jamal thinks performing with Hakeem could rid him of his fears; at the same time, Cookie finds herself caught off-guard during a routine meeting with her probation officer.

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Critic Reviews for One Before Another

Without getting into everything else that happened during the World Series-induced hiatus (though some characters tonight made some pretty apt allusions), it's good to be back with the most predictably unpredictable pack in the fictional-music business.

Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The councilman's attempt to make virtue out of vice serves as a neat little mission statement for this week's episode. As the still-young third season of "Empire" has made abundantly clear, the Lyons are locked in an endless cycle of conflict.

Nov 10, 2016 | Full Review…

I can't be blamed for wanting the family matriarch to knock some sense into her youngest.

Nov 10, 2016 | Full Review…

In Empire's "One Before Another" -- which peaked with an ugly and captivating family showdown -- we got glimpses of father and son that brought previously obscured parts of them into sharp view. That reveal was most surprising for Lucious.

Nov 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of good moments on Empire Season 3 Episode 5, but for the most part, this was a lackluster installment. Lucious continues to be a thorn in everyone's side, and the bickering between the brothers is getting old.

Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 3.8/5 | Full Review…