Lucious surprises Anika with an ovation, though he warns her to be cautious about announcing the news. Meanwhile, Jamal spends what money he has to spend a day recording at an impoverished studio. Agent Carter orders Cookie to testify in a seventeen year old criminal case; when she does, she realizes her life is potentially in danger. Hakeem proposes an elaborate music video for his new song that Andre balks at, but Lucious greenlights the project. When Andre asks Cookie if Tiana can appear in Hakeem’s video, Cookie agrees only if she can have something in return. Andre seeks to sabotage Hakeem’s video by posting a scandalous picture online, which throws the shoot into chaos and sends an enraged Hakeem storming off the set. Elsewhere, Jamal’s session is interrupted when a group of thugs rush the studio and threaten to end the session. After Cookie finds a gift on her doorstep, she believes someone from her criminal past has come back to haunt her. Back at the Empire offices, Lucious asks Anika’s father, Dr. Calhoun, to sign a document to help secure Empire’s financial future. Working together to put the video shoot back on track, Cookie advises Tiana, while Lucious must try and convince Hakeem to resume work. Later, Jamal confronts Hakeem, and the brothers come to blows. That evening, Cookie learns that she was mistaken about who left the gift on her doorstep — and that the blood of an innocent man is potentially on her hands.