This week in TV, we encountered a few scares: Empire announced that it is episodes away from its winter break, and Bob’s Burgers aired its Thanksgiving-themed episode—meaning there may not be a new episode of Bob’s until after the holiday. UGH! In Shondaland, Scandal entertained us with secrets, lies, and revelations–as always. There was a breakup on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and How to Get Away With Murder made us second-guess just about everyone/everything, as per usual. But we’re burying the lede: NICK JONAS IS BACK ON SCREAM QUEENS!

**This is your regularly scheduled spoiler alert! Look away now if you’re not caught up on this week’s new episodes, and return to us once you’re ready to recap.**


Empire
(FOX)

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon.

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon.

Cookie had Laz “open up the cookie jar” and so, their love affair begins. But will it last? Hakeem doesn’t trust him, and Laz’s boss can sense him falling for Cookie. Aside from Cookie and Laz and their hot-and-heavy situation, the episode raised a few questions: (1) When is Andre going to ask Rhonda for a sonogram? (2) How many flashbacks did Kelly Rowland tape as young Lucious’s mom? (3) When are we going to find out why Lucious is as devious and crazy as he is? (4) Will Jamal ever become a breakout star? I’m tired of waiting! (5) Didn’t Hakeem undergo serious head trauma in the last episode? How is he suddenly cured and acting like a young Puff Daddy? (OK, that was two questions in one, but still.) The less realistic Empire becomes, the more inclined I am to turn away. But I can’t. At this point, it’s so bad, it’s good. —Taj Rani

Scream Queens
(FOX)

Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich,  Billie Lourd as Chanel No. 3,  Skyler Samuels as Grace Gardner,  Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, and  Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill.

Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich, Billie Lourd as Chanel No. 3, Skyler Samuels as Grace Gardner, Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, and Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill.

He’s back! Nick Jonas is back! Unfortunately, his character, Boone Clemens, is only around for the last few minutes of the latest episode, he isn’t shirtless, and he’s pretending to be Joaquin Phoenix, because he’s one of the Red Devil killers. But, whatever…he’s back!

After focusing on the Feather versus Dean Munsch fiasco last week, Scream Queens returned to the hunt for the serial killers plaguing campus. The episode kicked off strong with Jamie Lee Curtis putting a satirical twist on her mom’s ICONIC shower scene from the movie Psycho, which was a fun touch in an episode all about mothers. Later, it was revealed that there are actually three Red Devil killers. (Well, actually two Red Devils and one Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia). Munsch survives the three-on-one attack, miraculously. In the KKT house, the girls are focused on finding incriminating evidence to prove that Zayday and Grace are the killers. Meanwhile, Grace sets out to prove that she is the bathtub baby of KKT lore. All of the sorority girls are unsuccessful in their quest, the house’s beloved candle vlogger is brutally murdered, and Grace discovers the real identity of her mother, who is not the woman who died in the bathtub.

Although it wasn’t really a huge shock, Gigi and Boone are confirmed as two of the three campus serial killers—the final killer remains a mystery. Grace has already begun to figure out Gigi’s role in the murders, just as Gigi’s co-conspirators seem worried she’s not pulling her weight, given her Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia costume. Who can possibly be the third? I’m thinking Chad Radwell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that Grace’s mom is secretly NOT dead. Either way, do not take Nick Jonas from us again, Scream Queens. —Brittany Spanos

Scandal
(ABC)

Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope.

Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope.

Scandal opened with Olivia Pope in handcuffs, and I immediately assumed that she’d let Fitz in on her deep, dark secret: Rowan Pope escaped maximum security with her assistance. Although Liv was planning to come clean eventually, David Rosen sped up the process, after he uncovered the source of Papa Pope’s escape. He delivers the news to an eager Cyrus, who couldn’t be happier to hear that Fitz’s beloved has betrayed him. There’s no telling what Rowan has up his sleeve now that he’s a free man, and when he reveals to Liv that he’s being “hunted” it’s hard to believe, given his meticulous moves in the past. Who is trying to kill Rowan (besides everyone)? This week’s ending threw me for a loop: Huck tracks down and subdues Rowan for an intense Q&A. We’ll have to wait until the winter finale to see what Huck has planned for Liv’s father. —Camille Augustin

How To Get Away With Murder
(ABC)

Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt.

Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt.

For a second, I thought Asher had gone to the dark side, but his discoveries on this week’s episode have changed my mind about his character. Almost everyone had a breakthrough in Annalise’s eyes, except for Wes. He’s still reeling from Rebecca’s suspected death, and can’t seem to focus on Caleb and Catherine’s case. A painting provides all the answers Annalise and Co. need to know. Catherine gifted Wes with a portrait that was the same image seen in a photo of Phillip, the man we all thought was about to harm Oliver last week. In the plot twist of all plot twists, Phillip and Catherine are actually very familiar with each other, so much so that we might assume that she killed her parents and Caleb is innocent after all. HTGAWM keeps the theories churning. –Camille Augustin

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(FOX)

Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords and Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta.

Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords and Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta.

When Rosa decides that it’s time to dump Marcus, she enlists the help of his uncle Captain Holt. To them (and me), break-ups should be cut, dry, and tear-free (vulnerability can be terrifying)! After the breakup, Rosa realizes she can acknowledge her sadness with Holt. Turns out that because they’re similar personalities, they can create a safe space in which to cry or talk candidly. —Anne T. Donahue

Bob’s Burgers
(FOX)

Bob Belcher.

Bob Belcher.

Bob’s Burgers delivered a Thanksgiving special as anxiety-inducing as Thanksgiving itself. When a snowstorm threatens Bob’s favorite holiday, he manages to make it home from Linda’s sister’s home by hauling her—and her fake sprained ankle—across town in a kiddie pool. He relies on her to do the same for him, after he falls from a tree when rescuing her cat. The moral of the story? Families can be weird, but they’re still ours. Even if Thanksgiving dinner is ruined by well-meaning family members (never trust Linda to cook a turkey), someone will come through with microwaveable egg rolls. –Anne T. Donahue ♦