One Before Another
Season Three, Episode Five
Air date: November 9, 2016
Writers: Joshua Allen
Carlito Rodriguez
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Premiere: 8.15 million
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One Before Another is the fifth episode of the third season of Empire and the 35th episode overall. It aired on November 9, 2016.

Lucious and Andre are on high alert as they wait for Shine to retaliate after their latest business encounter went south. Jamal, who has yet to perform in front of his fans, teams up with Hakeem for a performance that he thinks could help him face his fears. Meanwhile, Cookie is caught off-guard during a routine meeting with her probation officer.




Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Romeo Miller as Gram
  • Samuel Hunt as Xavier Rosen
  • Tobias Truvillion as D-Major
  • TaRon Patton as P.O. Sharlene Davis
  • Geno Walker as Gus Rodriguez

Major/Highlighted Events

  • Shine almost kills Andre.
  • Shine finds out Nessa has been sleeping with Andre.
  • Hakeem trashes Jamal, Andre and Nessa after he finds out that Nessa and Andre are together.
  • It is revealed that Shine and Tariq are working together.
    • Shine gets to work with Freda Gatz.
      • Shine only wanted her so Tariq could build a case on Lucious on Frank Gathers' death.


This Episode was postponed for three weeks. First due to the Third Presidential Debate on October 19 and then due to Games 2 and 7 of the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on October 26 and November 2 respectively.

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