Lucifer is really struggling with his “Daddy issues”. Whenever he hears someone say “Oh God” for any reason, he takes it personally. He is looking for validation of his feelings about his father at every turn. There are also a number of opportunities during this episode for Lucifer to turn situations to himself, even Chloe’s issues with her mother.
Murder or Patricide?
As usual there is a murder to investigate. This time a famous chef is found poisoned to death. Initially, Lucifer seems very upset about the dead man, but then we realize that, his unhappiness is about how it affects him. He cannot believe he won’t be able to taste Javier’s cooking again! Because he was poisoned, everyone at the restaurant is a suspect, Lucifer and Chloe must interview all of them. It turns out that everyone saw him as a father figure and they all called him “Pops”. They all say, “I loved him. He was like a father to me.” Right before they tell about how hard he was on them and how it seemed that no matter what they did, it wasn’t enough. At this point, Lucifer is suddenly much more interested in the case. He is hoping to learn more about other people’s daddy issues, not to understand his own issues, but to excuse and justify his attitude and feelings about his father.
As the investigation continues, we learn that Javier’s own son, Junior, has had a very strained relationship with his father and had been rejecting his father’s wishes to follow in his footsteps, and did not want to inherit the restaurant. Lucifer is fascinated by Junior and what he perceives to be a similar situation to his own; he is convinced that Junior must be the killer. Then it becomes clear that Junior was not the killer, and Junior speaks about his problems with his father. He turns out to be very thoughtful and philosophical about his relationship. He makes some very good points about parents that we can all likely learn from. Junior said that his father is a part of him. He may have pushed him too hard, but in the end it made him into the man he is and he is proud of who he has become. Lucifer becomes very upset when he realizes that Junior’s response doesn’t help him at all. No matter what drama is happening Lucifer has to bring it back to himself.
The sous chef was a suspect until she became ill from the same poison as Javier did, with mercury and heroin. She was hospitalized and recovered. Later they realize that she poisoned herself with a non-lethal dose to take suspicion off of herself. Chloe and Lucifer confront her at the restaurant, where she has gone after leaving the hospital to get rid of the heroin she used in her poison. She escapes by knocking over a table full of flammable liquid and throws a match on it. Chloe and Lucifer are trapped in the kitchen, surrounded by fire. When Chloe asks him if he can think of any way to escape the fire, he breaks down the door and carries her out. His arm is burned. The irony of the devil becoming trapped then burned by fire is pretty amusing.
By the end of the investigation, Lucifer has come to understand that Junior was worthy of his father’s love and he had a chance at redemption. Will Lucifer ever realize this about himself? Or is he beginning to understand this about himself?
Chloe and her mother
Chloe’s mother has been a character in the series even though we had not met her yet. She had been a star of a sci fi show, and Lucifer was a fan. This is something that is very irritating to Chloe, especially when she appears and she immediately begins flirting with Lucifer. It appears that Chloe was forced to become responsible at a very young age when her mother was flighty and irresponsible. I understand Chloe’s character much better now. Thanks to the way her childhood was, she has a hard time letting go and not taking everything very seriously. Lucifer thinks that her mother is delightful, this upsets Chloe who tells him that she was like a child and all she wanted to do is doll her up and take her to auditions. Chloe has mommy issues and has done just what Lucifer did by becoming the opposite of his father, and has worked very hard to be just the opposite of her mother.
When Chloe discovers that her mother has been dressing Trixie up to take her out on auditions with her, she is justifiably incensed. While Chloe and her mother are arguing with each other, Trixie disappears.
At the beginning of this episode we see Maze in Dr Linda’s office looking for help. She says she’s stuck in a place she doesn’t belong and not going anywhere anytime soon. She wants Linda to fix it for her. Lucifer misses social cues on a regular basis, but Mazikeen is on a different level, she really does not understand how to behave in the human world and this causes many amusing situations. Linda tells her she needs to feel more connected to the people around her. Mazikeen’s understanding of this is that Linda means she should have sex. Linda corrects her and tells her she needs to make some friends. This makes Maze furious and she marches out of Linda’s office.
Maze then ends up making friends with Trixie. This is a fantastic scene; I think it’s my favorite of the episode. When Trixie disappeared from her house while her mother and grandmother were arguing, she used her mother’s Uber account and went to Lux to see Lucifer. She said, “He cheers me up”. So adorable. She is all dressed up and made up and Maze asks her who made her look like an old drag queen, great line! Maze, very inappropriately pours a drink for Trixie. She doesn’t even seem to realize that there might be something wrong with giving a 6 year old a drink. Once Chloe arrives, Trixie tells her that she made a new friend. Maze is seems happy to have been referred to as a friend and also seems to be trying to absorb this fact.
Maze finally goes back to Dr Linda and tells her that she made a friend, then asks her if she’s busy, she wants to make friends with Linda. Now Mazikeen is trying out and learning about human emotions. Will we see Maze become more kind and sympathetic the way Lucifer has?
Malcolm and Dan/Chloe and Dan
Malcolm continues to be creepy. Dan asks Malcolm what he plans to do with the gun. When Malcolm looks as though he is not going to answer the question, Dan tells him that he doesn’t care if he tells that Dan was the shooter, he wants to put an end to whatever Malcolm is doing. It almost seems as though Dan may not be quite the douche we thought he was. Malcolm intimates that he is going to kill Lucifer and tells him that he’s doing him a favor by getting him away from Chloe. Malcolm is really kind of crazy; those 30 seconds in hell seem to have unhinged him. Later, Dan shows some more non-douche behavior by asking Malcolm to meet with him with the goal of stopping him from killing Lucifer, despite how much Dan dislikes him. Malcolm plays dirty and they end up in an intense fight, it ends with Malcolm choking Dan until he passes out.
While Dan is lying there, his phone gets a notification. Malcolm takes it out of his pocket. It’s Chloe telling him that she wants to give their relationship a real chance. Malcolm texts her back on Dan’s phone, telling her that Dan is not interested. This is devastating to Chloe.
Chloe and Lucifer
The episode ends with another great scene that’s in the running for my favorite of the episode. These little scenes where we see Chloe and Lucifer having special and somewhat intimate moments together are great. Chloe arrives at Lucifer’s penthouse and she is very drunk. Lucifer sits down with her and comforts her. He tells her that she’s a kind person who puts the needs of others ahead of her own. “A horrific irony that my father invented”. She tries to kiss him. Lucifer pulls away to his confusion and dismay. I must admit that I am rooting for them to get together, I’m a romantic. Poor Chloe feels terrible that she is drunk, out of control, and throwing herself at Lucifer. She realizes that this is something her mother would do, and this upsets her all over again. Lucifer puts his arms around her and sweetly tells her, “We don’t all turn into our parents.” When he realizes that she fell asleep in his arms, he looks up and says the phrase that has been upsetting him whenever he has heard it, “Oh God.” I wonder if he will have a better understanding about himself after this. Each time there’s been a perfect learning opportunity, he has found a way to disconnect himself from the situation.
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