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Rashad makes her debut in this week's episode and is expected to appear in at least a few others.

Sydney Scott
Nov, 30, 2016

Phylicia Rashad is making her Empire debut this week and in the recently released sneak peek, she's not here for Cookie's tardiness. 

Rashad plays Diana Dubois, the mother of Taye Diggs' character Angelo. The Dubois are a wealthy influential family with Papa Dubois holding a Harvard degree, political aspirations, and a desire to do good. And while Angelo is an ambitious city councilman, Mama Dubois wants more for her son.

This week's episode sees Cookie trying to impress Rashad's character, but after her recent scandal and her tardiness, Mrs. Dubois doesn't seem too keen. After inquiring about the whereabouts of her son's new love interest, Dubois says, "Am I to understand that I'm being stood up by this woman after what the whole world saw sagging in a pitiful little naked photo." OUCH. 

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Looks like it's going to be an uphill battle for Cookie, because Mrs. Dubois is pretty unimpressed by the Lyon matriarch. Undoubtedly, there will be a showdown between the two and we can't wait. 

Empire airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on FOX.