Of all the things I didn’t expect to learn in Monday night’s Lucifer is that our devilish anti-hero’s never owned a smartphone? With all the decadently delicious options of modern tech, Lucifer’s never taken the Apple/Android plunge? Mind = blown. All is not lost, however, as Lucifer more than makes up for the jaw-dropping faux pax with a bit of timely manipulation and as well as his uncanny ability to deflect and ignore the things he’d rather not deal with in his increasingly complex life.
It’s not a surprise to see Lucifer paying Dr. Linda a visit and he makes the good doc earn her money. She remarks on his preternatural skills at distracting himself—in particular, breaking his deal with God—fascinating himself with the shiny new toy. It wouldn’t be a visit with Dr. Linda if Lucifer didn’t turn her advice on its head, taking her comments on distraction and running with them straight to Chloe and the next murder case. Dead Nebraska transplant, poisoned by mandrake which eventually turns into two. Quick spoiler alert is that it was an accident, performed by a former friend whose bitterness in not making it big in LA fueled some bad decisions.
Now that the boring stuff’s out of the way, how about we get to the good stuff? Maze and Charlotte (AKA ‘Supreme Goddess’, AKA Mama Morningstar) is getting used to the dreadful life of a family woman. Our leatherbound demon’s loving it and there are moments of solidarity between the two women but it quickly devolves into abject disdain rivaling that of Charlotte’s disgust with her forced human life.
Amenadiel continues to figure out how to deal with his de-wingedness, confiding in Dr. Linda as best he can. Though, from her POV, it sounds more like he’s dealing with performance-related issues. Though, in a way, he is. He takes her advice to let loose and down a cocktail or two to help de-stress. It must be an angel thing because he takes it to the next level, imbibing on bourbon and frilly drinks until the hangover is real. Even so, he never shares his current predicament with Lucifer.
The guy time’s all well and good but the shining moments of “Lady Parts” (yet another blink-worthy episode title) is the Girl’s Night Out. Four episodes in this season and Chloe’s seemed…off to me. Turns out, coming to terms with her impending divorce, finding a new residence among other things has made Chloe a dull girl. Fear not as Lucifer bribes Maze to take Chloe out for drinks. The fun hits level ten once Ella and Dr. Linda join the party. A few drinks (and a few intimate secrets) later and the gals are yucking it up, karaoking to Pat Benetar, starting bar fights and drumming up clues that lead to solving the case. Pretty successful girl’s night out if you ask me.
Of course, there are bumps in the road, namely Chloe feeling the betrayal when she discovers the Lucifer’s wager with Maze to take her out for the night.
But the demon surprises, offering a not quite apology to Chloe while also reminding the good detective that they’re going to be roomies in Chloe’s new place. I can only imagine the fun and girl talk we’ll be seeing in the near future now that Lucifer’s favorite women are sharing a roof.
Finally, Amenadiel reminds Lucifer for the second time the fire he’s playing with by reneging on his deal with God. When Lucifer admits that Chloe was part of the deal, Amenadiel asks the $64,000 question: “What if Dad decides to take back His side of the deal?” Lucifer’s reply is firmly in the ‘what’s the worst that could happen’ category and it’s no surprise when Chloe, driving along to finalize apartment plans gets t-boned out of the blue.
Maybe Luci should’ve knocked on wood.
- It was good to finally see Chloe have a little fun. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the chemistry present between the ladies, “Lady Parts” would have been somewhat of a dud. As it turns out, the hour mirrored Chloe’s current situation so far this year. The stress of life has really turned her character into a bore but now that she’ll be rooming with Maze, it’s almost certain we’ll get a bit more of the fun, snarky side of Detective Decker we saw last season.
- Well, I guess we don’t have to wait much longer to find out what God thinks of His son’s loophole theory. There’s still so much we don’t know in regards to the story arc (Amenadiel’s loss of power seems as if it’ll play heavily into that), I’m certain that the Most High will be paying a visit to His wayward family.
- I’m not quite sure if Ella’s bonding truth about stealing cars is important, but I don’t believe for a second that was a throwaway line. There’s something not quite right about her, something I can’t quite pinpoint but know that, sooner or later, it’ll come out. The question, though, is how big of a wow will her story be?
Lucifer: “Lady Parts” – 4/5 pitchforks