Empire begins with Lucious having lunch with Harper. They flirt and discuss his new music video. Cookie, however, interrupts their lunch, emphasizing that they remain professional. She tells him that they will need to win over The Board, before they elect and outsider as the new CEO of Empire. Elsewhere, at a club Hakeem turns up with his entourage, dancing and performing with strippers, and getting drunk off of champagne. Laura tries to reach him, but he ignores her. The next morning, she tracks him down to the club and demands to know what is going on with him. She tells him she does not care he is no longer the CEO of Empire. He tells her that he got Anika pregnant before they met. She slaps him and leaves! Later that morning, Andre tells her that The Board indeed does plan to hire an outsider. She feels if the Board sees the Lyons united behind Lucious they will accept him back as CEO. She enlists Andre’s aide with helping. He agrees to help her on the condition that they form a charity for mental illness and he comes out as someone who deals with it. Cookie feels it is an excellent idea.
Andre meets with his brothers and tries to talk them into helping Lucious regain his role. Hakeem laments over the current state of his life and having a child on the way. He soon realizes he has hurt Andre. The latter admonishes him for his selfishness and thoughtlessness. He tells him to step up and take control of his life. He encourages Jamal to stand up to Lucious and reminds him of how he treated him when he was younger. Hakeem baby proofs his apartment and then invites Anika over to show her that he is committed to their son. She dismisses his claims and then tells him about Lucious threatening her life after she gives birth. Hakeem confronts Lucious in front of his mother and tells them if anything happens to Anika or his baby that he too will disappear. Cookie reminds Lucious they need the entire family on board to get Empire back. She goes to talk to Anika to smooth things out and finds the paramedics are there wheeling her out. She demands to ride in the ambulance and there gets Anika to calm down when she begins to have a panic attack.