The Unkindest Cut



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Episode Info

In order to get Nessa into the spotlight, Andre sabotages Tiana's big appearance at a fashion event; Tariq teams up with Leah to bring down Lucious; and Jamal hopes working with Philip will help him finally overcome his PTSD.


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
Leslie Uggams
as Leah Walker
Ajiona Alexus
as Teenage Loretha
Jeremy Carver
as Teenage Lucious
Phylicia Rashad
as Diana DuBois
Gina Gershon
as Helen Von Wyeth
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Critic Reviews for The Unkindest Cut

You've got to feel for Cookie Lyon. Everything she does is for the good of her family, and everything they do seems designed to sabotage it.

Dec 8, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

There's no denying Dre's methods prove effective in bending Gina Gershon's absolutely ridiculous/fabulous/not-so-subtly racist fashion designer Helene von Wyatt to his will.

Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

On the strength of the third excellent Empire episode in a row, it's now safe to declare the show on a hot streak.

Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Every now and then... the show will hit it out of the park. It's like Empire suddenly got a full night of sleep and had an açaí-smoothie bowl before showing up to work instead of snorting a packet of Emergen-C like it usually does.

Dec 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

NESSA IS COLD!!!!! I was on her team before, but I don't think so anymore.

Dec 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…