We were happy to see the return of Freda Gatz but her and Jamal's relationship has changed since the show's second season. Freda shot Jamal in season 2, episode 17, "Rise By Sin." Jamal never blamed her for her actions because he knows she was trying to shoot his dad, Lucious Lyon. Freda couldn't control the anger that she felt after finding out that Lucious killed her father so she tried to kill him but Jamal stepped in front of the bullet.
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Freda asks him why he hasn't released any new music and Jamal explains that he's laying low. Freda tries to motivate him to get back into the studio but Jamal has another panic attack and leaves.