Empire season 3 episode 12 is titled “Strange Bedfellows.” According to the episode synopsis, “Angelo Dubois makes an unsettling discovery. He is concerned that Cookie Lyon‘s past will hurt his bid to become mayor; Anika Calhoun faces a life-changing decision after Tariq Cousins tells her what he’s really after; Hakeem Lyon‘s birthday party takes an unexpected turn.” For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 11.
In the Empire season 3 episode 12 promo video, Cookie tells Lucious Lyon that Anika is still coming for her. Lucious adds, “Who knows what she overheard?” Cookie tells Hakeem that they know it’s his birthday, but they can’t celebrate until some of the drama dies down. Later, Angelo asks Cookie what Anika has on her. Then, Lucious and Cookie confront Anika. Lucious tells her, “You’ve got 30 seconds to convince us why we should let you live.” Leah Walker enters with a gun and says, “Let your mama do it.” Watch the Empire season 3 episode 12 preview video below.