Empire Recap: Life With Father

March 12, 2015 3:36 PM

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Practically realizing they had one last episode to get their act together before they go all out with the two-hour season finale next week, the Empire writers seemed to put a lot more effort in the season’s penultimate ep, the oh-so-aptly titled “Sins of the Father.” After weeks of seesawing between trashiness and earnestness, the show fully embraced its soapy side — and it made things a whole lot more exciting.

With most of the episode taking place at Lucious’s mansion on the night the family signs off on their shares so Empire can go public, the show ratcheted up the melodrama instead of, you know, the ratchetness. The episode was certainly a kitchen-sinker, piling on all the conflict until it came to a v...

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