One Before Another



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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.


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
Bre-Z Murray
as Freda Gatz
as Shine Johnson
Morocco Omari
as Tariq Cousins
Taye Diggs
as Angelo Dubois
as Chicken
Samuel Hunt
as Xavier Rosen
Geno Walker
as Gus Rodriguez
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Critic Reviews for One Before Another

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…

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…