Cookie is our spirit animal: Taraji P. Henson stars as Cookie in "Empire," on the Fox network. The show keeps making gains in ratings from week to week, breaking all sorts of TV records. Just like you, it seems, we cannot stop watching.

Cookie is our spirit animal: Taraji P. Henson stars as Cookie in "Empire," on the Fox network. The show keeps making gains in ratings from week to week, breaking all sorts of TV records. Just like you, it seems, we cannot stop watching.

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So, we were talking about Empire one day (Who am I kidding? Every day) and we decided to video our free-ranging discussions about it and anything else that caught our attention, be it in the newspaper or on TV or on the street. And we're inviting you along for the ride.

To recap Wednesday night's episode: Lucious dipped into the Cookie jar. And Boo Boo Kitty bared her claws and did some dirty; you knew it was coming. The boys buried their beef and hugged it out. And the investor shindig was a rousing success because of a speech from Cookie. And, Elle Dallas? Well, junkies don't do well when they're drugged by itty bitty kitties. And "That's So Raven" was a no-show, but her kid sure was.

Ask us what we think about your favorite shows and the week's news stories that hit home (this week, we tackle hot flashes and acupuncture for dogs and cats). I'm sure one of us is already ranting about it, too. I'm at @DawnBurkes and Tawnell is at @Tawnell.

Join our no-holds-barred conversation on Twitter by using the hash tag #FromtheHip. And watch and share with your friends. The Empire will never be the same. No court jester jokes, please.

Dawn Burkes

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