'Empire' recap: Andre flushes medication, snaps

March 5, 2015 4:33 PM

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Mental illness is real, and Andre’s continual downward spiral is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched on television. But the necessity of this image – much like Jamal’s sexuality – within the context of a black family can’t be overlooked.

Reviewing his backstory, Andre occupies a unique and complex space. The oldest of the Lyon cubs, he’s the only one who was truly at an age to understand the malarkey that was the start of Cookie’s 17-year stint in jail. After graduating from an Ivy League institution, it was his skill set that helpe...

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