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If you go through with it, I will dig up the dirt of your past and bury your Empire and everyone in it.

—Beretti [to Lucious]

False Imposition
Season One, Episode Four
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Air date: January 28, 2015
Writers: Wendy Calhoun
Director: Rosemary Rodriguez
Premiere: 11.36 million
The Devil Quotes Scripture
Dangerous Bonds

False Imposition is the fourth episode of the first season of FOX television series, Empire, and the fourth episode overall. It aired on January 28, 2015.

Lucious attempts to steal a super-hot, chart-topping artist from his rival at Creedmoor Records. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles to compose original music and Cookie tries to forge a relationship with her estranged son, Hakeem.


Lucious is frustrated with Hakeem's hopes of shooting a new music video for his songs, to which Hakeem compares to Jamal's struggle with adapting to his new apartment after his confrontation with his father. Lucious wants Hakeem's album to be released the day Empire Entertainment goes officially public. Cookie interrupts Lucious's meeting, demanding a better office, and full benefits for her assistant, Porsha, since she has become a stronger part of the company. Once Hakeem makes a comment on Cookie being Jamal's assistant, she confronts him, telling him that No Apologies was his best performance because it was dedicated to Bunkie. As Cookie moves into an office, smaller than she expected, Tiana requests Cookie to listen to her demo of Keep It Movin', feeling as if it needs something, and acknowledges her management with Jamal. Lucious urges Hakeem to make new music for his album, but Hakeem wants to go to a show for a rapper, Titan, in Brooklyn. To force Hakeem to make more music, he gives the tickets to his assistant, Becky, to increase the competition with Jamal.

Becky, arriving at Titan's concert, witnesses a violent altercation involving Titan after he performs Hustle Hard. As a result, Titan is arrested, and apparently, his contract renewal is stalled. Meanwhile, Lucious finally reveals to Anika his battle with ALS after the side effects arrive once more. Cookie informs everyone in the Empire Entertainment meeting room, that she will be managing Tiana.  

Lucious is determined to get Titan to join the record label, despite his conflict with Billy Beretti and Creedmoor, because of his authenticity as an artist, and a way to seek vengeance against Beretti. However, it may be impossible for Titan to be released from jail due to previous encounters, but Anika takes the initiative to help Titan get released.  

Jamal and Michael into a new, smaller apartment, and Cookie visits, disappointed in Jamal because of his current writer's block. Tiana and Hakeem are asked to perform at the Teen Choice Awards Nominations in order to represent Empire, Cookie agrees to Hakeem performing Keep It Movin' with Tiana, despite Lucious and Anika's judgement of Tiana being managed by Cookie. Meanwhile, Cookie arrives in a disguise, at Titan's mother, Sister Fatima, reflecting on her life in jail, and discussing Titan's trouble after leaving the Nation, part of his religion. 

Detective Calvin Walker arrives at Empire Entertainment interrogating Lucious about Bunkie's murder, asking if he recalled being around Bunkie's murder at 9 pm. A flashback depicting Andre and Lucious's relationship during his childhood correlates with Andre covering up for Lucious, even though he doesn't know about Lucious murdering Bunkie. Vernon is very suspicious with Andre's intentions. Meanwhile, Anika and Lucious arrive to discuss Titan's status on Empire with his manager, but it goes awry when a drive-by occurs, leading to Lucious insisting that Anika stays out of it because of the dangers.

Tiana attempts to ask for Hakeem based on his careless attitude towards Cookie. Later on, Lucious reunites with major adversary, Billy Beretti, based on Titan's career. Beretti threatens Lucious, telling him not to let his company go public and cancel his IPO, or his life and family will be jeopardized. Tiana, meanwhile, catches Hakeem with his flame, Camilla in a hot tub. 

Hakeem visits Jamal's apartment in frustration and trepidation of dealing with Tiana, who confronts him, telling him not to ruin things for her success. She dislikes Hakeem's disrespect towards Cookie. Meanwhile, Jamal continues with his writer's block, but a song continues in his head. At the Teen Choice Awards Nominations Concert in Laviticus, Tiana and Hakeem perform their duet, Keep It Movin'.

Lucious arrives at a jail to have a meeting with Titan, and convinces him to join Empire Entertainment, and turn against Billy Beretti, believing that he will sell his soul to him. Therefore, he gives Titan his cellphone to write lyrics and sign with Empire. Cookie attempts to apologize and rekindle her relationship with Hakeem, despite their estranged stance, but Hakeem refuses to accept her forgiveness.  

At home, Lucious watches the success of Hakeem's performance on TV, while Becky receives songs from Titan, and everything is successful thus far. In the end, Lucious thanks Cookie for her recourse in bringing Titan to the record label, and tells Cookie that they always did make a good team, Cookie adding that she makes Lucious better.  


Main Cast

Recurring Cast


Song Title Performer(s)
Hustle Hard Titan
Keep It Movin' Hakeem Lyon and Tiana Brown


Lucious: You know something, you and I always made a real good team.
Cookie: You damn right we did. I make you better. Don't you forget that.
Lucious: Thank you, baby.
Cookie: Baby? You might want to clear that with Anika.
Lucious: Okay, baby mama.
Cookie: Still crazy, Lucious.

Beretti [to Lucious]: If you go through with it, I will dig up the dirt of your past, and bury your Empire and everyone in it.

Lucious: Hakeem, I can't make you love your mother, but you will respect her. Because she's lived through a hell that you have to understand if your music is every going to elevate to the place of poetry where it resonates in the hearts of its listeners.

Lucious: You know, I never forgot about you.
Cookie: Keep telling yourself that, Lucious.

Cookie [to Lucious]: The Nation killed your father.

Lucious [to Cookie]: What you need to handle is your client. I hear he's having a little trouble since he been waving his little rainbow flag around telling everyone he doesn't need my money.

Cookie: I know how bad you wanted Titan, but they're going to break his ass in prison. You lose your soul when you feel like the world's forgotten you.
Lucious: I never forgot about you. Couldn't. I did some things that I had to do in order to make sure that when you got out you would have all of this stuff.
Cookie: This stuff, meaning this material stuff? You just stopped coming. No calls, no letter, no explanation. Just left me twisting in the wind.

Anika: We need somebody like Titan.
Lucious: I don't want someone like Titan. The Empire wants Titan. Bring him here.

Lucious [to Hakeem]: This race between you and Jamal? It's yours to lose. Prove to me that you as bad as Titan. That's all I want.

Lucious: What I want is for everyone to be talking about Empire until this IPO is launched. What I want is everyone talking about Hakeem. What I want most of all is for you to put Donkey Kong in a barrel and get the hell out of my office.



EMPIRE First Look "False Imposition"


Empire 1x04 Promo "False Imposition" (HD)


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