Otherworldly artifacts really make bad playthings for mortals. This fact has beenÂ well documented in literature, film and television from The Monkey’s Paw to the Ark of the Covenant in the firstÂ Indiana JonesÂ movie to pretty much every episode of Warehouse 13. So, a few weeks ago, when Lucifer killed his brother, Uriel, with a knife stolen from their sister, Azrael, the Angel of Death, one would’ve assumed that he would’ve stored the blade somewhere really, REALLY safe.
Well, to be fair, he figured burying it with Uriel in an unmarked grave in the middle of nowhere would be pretty secure. He didn’t count on his mother drawing a map to the location and handing it out to a bunch of her law firm clients to play treasure hunt with.
Lucifer and Amenadiel convince a reluctant Maze to lend a hand with the off-the-books search while Lucifer seeks out the expertise of police forensics technician, Ella Lopez (the always awesome Aimee Garcia), to help narrow down who ransacked Uriel’s grave (after Amenadiel and Maze have moved Uriel’s body, of course). As a favour to him, Ella does this analysis off-the-books as well but when Lucifer insists on returning the favour, she whispers something that he finds a challenge to grant which is intriguing to say the least, especially as he calls her a “nasty little nerd” when he acquiesces.
It turns out that Azrael’s blade really likes its defined purpose and drives mortal wielders to seek relief from their deepest grudges by stabbing it out with the offending parties. Chloe catches its first victim, Maddy Howard (Lisa Chandler, Supernatural) as a homicide case (stabbed nineteen times, hence “Stabby Town”) and the investigation leads to a yoga studio with a cult-like hierarchical organization.
Although the episode begins with Lucifer talking with his therapist, she’s still preoccupied with the actuality of his devil-ness and he’s concerned that he’s permanently broken her. However, by their next session, she is starting to come around although she seems to be spending far more time on the couch during Lucifer’s sessions than our darling devil is. It’s a clever reversal of roles, albeit one that Lucy finds by turns exasperating and confusing. As the doctorÂ is wrapping her brain around the celestial Who’s Who (“The Angel of Death is a chick?!?”), Lucifer is grappling with the concern he feels for humanity which his mother seems annoyed by.
Meanwhile, Azrael’s blade continues to cut a swath through the population of Los Angeles which was the former Mrs. God’s plan all along. Since her ex won’t answer her prayers, she thinks having the humans he loves so much stab each other to death might get his attention. Just as the initial knife-wielder is identified, he goes on a spree in the yoga studio but gets skewered himself and the knife finds a new buddy and disappears.
Lucifer and Ella’s furtive collaborating hasn’t gone unnoticed by Chloe and she begins to speculate that her consultant is keeping something from her. Her suspicions are further fueled on the scene of the yoga studio massacre when Ella almost gleefully reenacts the order of killings utilizing Lucifer’s person as part demonstration mannequin, part dance partner, part punchline. It’s possibly the most macabre yet endearingly funny scenes they’ve ever put together on this show. Really quite delightful.
This episode gives Aimee Garcia some overdue spotlighting. Ella Lopez isn’t just a super keen forensics geek, after all, she’s got game both mentally and morally. As she’s analyzing the crime scene, she realizes quickly that one of the victims from the studio, who was most likely the initial assailant, matches the identifying clues from Lucifer’s “favour” empty grave scene. She immediately confronts him and demands an explanation.
What really sets Ella as a character apart from the rest of this not-so-rogue’s gallery is that she is the only one willing to take things on faith. Lucifer calls upon this faith to avoid having to come clean with her (and potentially “breaking” her the way he shattered Dr. Martin) and Ella actually gives him the benefit of the doubt. And a hug. Which Chloe promptly walks in on.
The case wraps up dramatically with Lucifer tracking the blade down to the home of yoga guru, Jensen Glory (Ryan Alosio, Days of Our Lives) where he’s been killed by yoga instructor, Corrina Huff (Andrea Bogart, Ray Donovan). As the police descend, the blade once again goes missing but not far as Lucifer finds it in Dan’s hand by the pool.
The two have a really intense chat, with Dan blaming Mr. Morningstar for everything that has gone wrong in his life over the last year – his marriage, his job, his missing puddings at work – and taking a couple of swipes with the celestial blade. While Dan strugglesÂ against the blade’s demands for a moment, Lucifer manages to wrest it away and the detective comes out of the stabby stupor feeling much better for the realizations he came to while under the blade’s sway.
In a last session scene with Dr. Martin, she and Lucifer gently settle back into therapist and client roles, although her curiosity about the punishments he meted out to history’s greatest monsters is probably still niggling at her. In a beautifully ironic twist, Lucifer carries through on his return favour to Ella and attends church with her. I sincerely hope for more Ella content to come.
Finally, the celestial triad convenes at Lucifer’s penthouse as the episode winds down and Mom reveals her ultimate plan is to return to Heaven with Amenadiel and Lucifer. Lucifer scoffs but Amenadiel agrees with their mother and argues that they shouldn’t be on earth, that the heavenly shouldn’t mix with the mortal. And, in the face of this plan, Lucifer comes to his own realization. He never wanted to be in either Heaven or Hell: Earth is the first place he ever felt valued and happy. His temper causes the blade in his hand to flare and, seeing this, his mother backs down quickly and leaves with Amenadiel, indicating that she has found a new way to their goal.
Lucifer airs Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on FOX.
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