'Empire' season 3 spoilers: Lucious gets in the way of Cookie and Angelo's blossoming relationship

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As things heat up between Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and new love interest Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs), Lucious (Terrence Howard) will see the potential threat the latter brings in the upcoming, brand-new installment of FOX’s hip-hop drama “Empire” season 3.

Titled “Cupid Kills,” episode 4 will see many relationships blossoming with Cookie and Angelo as the focus. The synopsis reveals that Lucious finally recognizes that Angelo is a formidable rival and prepares to take him on.

In the promotional video, Angelo says, “I truly believe and commit to this work,” to which Cookie quips, “You’re in my world now so sit back and enjoy the ride,” as they enjoy their time during a fancy event. However, Lucious can be heard warning Angelo that Cookie always comes back to him afterwards but the former seems confident about their new connection as he replies, “We’ll see about that.”

In an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Sanaa Hamri confirmed that Angelo is really one of the good guys in the current run, “He’s going to be mayor of New York. He’s a good guy. We do have characters that are who they are. He just wants to do good. He’s our Obama.”

Moreover, Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) starts falling for Nessa (Sierra A. McClain) even though she might be into a different Lyon sibling, predicted to be Andre (Trai Byers). In the clip, the two are talking as they ask each other if they are willing to take what is theirs.

Meanwhile, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is finally able to face Freda Gatz (Bre-Z) as he tries to recover from having post-traumatic stress disorder. It can be recalled that she was the one who accidentally shot him when she attempted to kill Lucious. Also, Anika (Grace Gealey) goes back to work at Empire but she instantly causes turmoil.

Season 3 episode 4 of “Empire” is slated to air on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.