Lucifer dealt with some very big emotional issues during “Favorite Son”. This was the first time we saw him avoid oversharing about himself. He did not out and out lie, but he avoided the truth. While Lucifer works on his issues, each character continues his or her agenda. Dr. Linda is determined to get him to admit to what she sees as his identity issues. Amenadiel is busily manipulating Linda to find Lucifer’s weaknesses. Maze is working to get Lucifer away from Chloe so that they can go back to hell. And of course Chloe is dealing with her ex, Lucifer and any feelings she may have for him, Trixie, and last but not least the murder she is investigating.
The episode began with Lucifer sitting at the piano at Lux, singing. I wonder how the rest of you felt about it because I found it awkward and uncomfortable to watch. Maybe that was the point, maybe it was the song, or maybe Tom Ellis shouldn’t be singing. When I watched it a second time I tried to pay attention to my reaction and it was the same as before, strange and uncomfortable. During Lucifer’s song, a container was being stolen from the warehouse where it was stored, and the warehouse security guard was murdered. The container is very important to Lucifer, he tries to minimize his worry over what happened to it, but he is clearly distressed about it.
The next scene begins as though Chloe is in the middle of an interrogation, and she sort of is, she is trying to get Trixie to admit she ate a piece of chocolate cake. Trixie is sitting there looking adorable with chocolate all over her face denying she ate the cake. As usual she steals the scene and is a breath of fresh air. Dan is also there, and I must admit that I am finding his character to be tedious. I’ve been a fan of Kevin Alejandro since he played Jesus on True Blood so I don’t want to say that. Something needs to change in this dynamic, “Detective Douche” can be entertaining for only so long.
Lucifer meets Chloe at the murder scene and does his best to annoy her, it’s like she has a toddler with her. When she tries to get him to take the death of a human being seriously, his response is, “I’m amazed by the deferential regard you people hold for rotting flesh.” This is a classic comment by Lucifer, it is inappropriate yet funny. Along the way, we learn that the container belongs to Lucifer.
They discover that a biker club called Los Diablos (Is the name apt, or is the name is a bit obvious and unimaginative?) runs the docks and might know who murdered the security guard and where the container is. Chloe and Lucifer head to the biker hangout. When they go into the place, Lucifer immediately puts them in danger, antagonizing the badass bikers by calling them “Village People rejects” then he demands that they give him back his property. They begin to close in on Chloe and Lucifer and it looks as though it will not go well for them. Luckily the leader shows up in the nick of time and calls them off. They don’t learn much from him and leave, much to Lucifer’s dismay. Chloe understands the biker dynamic and tells Lucifer that the leader will be leaving to confront the person he believes is guilty as it is a direct defiance to his authority. She is correct and they follow him and watch him confront the suspect who immediately shoots the leader then drives away on his motorcycle. When Chloe gets out of the car to go to the man who was shot, Lucifer takes the car and follows the killer. He is very determined and aggressive. They end up at an abandoned factory where the killer runs from Lucifer. Lucifer is quite calm and doesn’t chase, he follows the guy who ends up cornering himself on the roof. My immediate thought was, he’s going to jump off, be thrown off, or fall off the roof, when there is a roof and a conflict someone always goes over.
It turns out that the container was inside the factory, Chloe goes with Lucifer to open the container. He told her earlier that it contained Russian dolls, and there we see a very old trunk full of Russian dolls. Chloe is disappointed and leaves. Once she’s gone, Lucifer opens a hidden compartment that is empty; he’s devastated and says, “They’re gone”.
During the episode, Chloe and Lucifer have a few heart to heart talks. Lucifer is not his usual cocky self; he even apologizes to Chloe for his behavior at the murder scene. Lucifer never regrets what he does and certainly doesn’t say he’s sorry. He tells her that he really needs her to help find the container. A bit later they have another heart to heart; here Chloe tells him that for once she thinks he is not being 100% honest with her. Then she tells him that she actually likes working with him. This is very unexpected, but nice to know too.
Linda is focused on what she believes is Lucifer’s identity issue. Amenadiel is really kind of creepy to me while he talks with Linda about Lucifer. He finds an opportunity to talk with her and tells her that he knows the bible very well and can help her speak with Lucifer as if he really is the devil. She thinks the devil is a metaphor, Amenadiel suggests that she should embrace his belief that he is the devil and act as if he really is the devil. He tells her he knows how to get to him and talks about how the devil is basically a rebellious son; he gives her information about the devil that will affect Lucifer.
Lucifer goes to see Dr. Linda after all the drama with the container. She is prepared to use what she learned from Amenadiel to get through to Lucifer. She talks about how the stolen items bring up feelings of loss that connect with feeling of who we are. This takes us back to her theme of Lucifer’s identity. She tells him that before he fell he was known as Samael, the light bringer. She suggests that God cast him out of heaven because he needed him to do the most difficult of jobs. Lucifer is furious and yells that God shunned him and vilified him. He gets blamed for every bad choice made by mortals. It is the most intense we have seen him on the show. Linda tells Lucifer that when angels fall they also rise, he just has to embrace all that he is. (That doesn’t make sense to me.) He is horrified and says he can’t, and then he suddenly jumps up saying “because they stole them from me!” After this he punches a hole in the wall. What is Amenadiel trying to accomplish by getting Linda to push Lucifer like this? It feels as though Amenadiel wants Lucifer to unravel and lose control.
At the end we see Lucifer looking over the balcony at his place looking furious and tortured. Mazikeen comes up behind him. He says to her, “Someone’s got them, Mazikeen, someone’s got my wings!” We don’t know why he had Maze cut his wings off. Was it so he could fit in as a human? This leaves me wondering, where are Amenadiel’s wings?
It was his wings that were in the container!!! Holy cow! And they are beautiful.
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