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Sara Netzley
October 30, 2017 AT 09:00 PM EDT

Lucifer

type
TV Show
genre
Fantasy
run date
01/25/16
performer
Tom Ellis, Lauren German
broadcaster
Fox
seasons
3
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

This week, Lucifer is all about loopholes, Dan downs pudding, and Charlotte struggles to find her footing.

The first loophole of the week comes when Chloe explains swear jars to Lucifer, who assumes she’s paying her child every time Trixie slips up. Upon learning it’s the opposite, he slips Trixie a stack of bills and some whispered advice.

Then he apologizes to Chloe for not being there when she was almost shot last week. He blames his Father for manipulating things to teach him a lesson and declares that he’s over letting God get in his head. As usual, Chloe straddles the line between reminding Lucifer that it’s not all about him and letting his Dad-rants roll off her back.

Now it’s time to respond to the murder of the week. An unlucky security guard found Pudding Plus food chemist Simon Fisher face down in an enormous vat of what turns out to be Dan’s very favorite dessert. (It has twice the protein of its competitors, and now twice the scalded dead guy!)

Simon created the pudding’s secret formula, and the company guards it zealously, to the point that CEO Adrian Yates lawyers up and refuses to turn over the security tapes covering Simon’s death. Gee, whoever could his lawyer be?

Cut to Charlotte Richards waking up alone in a to-die-for apartment. She runs on the treadmill, she puts on her makeup, she delicately examines the scars on her abdomen, and the whole time she looks unsettled. Thanks to her morning pep talk into the mirror, we learn that she can’t remember the last few months, and it bothers her.

When Charlotte arrives at the precinct, Lucifer makes his usual leap and assumes Charlotte’s returned to his life for a reason, possibly having to do with the return of his wings. Charlotte stays on message though, making sure the company’s secret recipe stays secret. Adrian does state that the scuffle happened outside of the frame, which tells Chloe that the killer might know about the cameras.

When the meeting ends, Lucifer objects when Charlotte prepares to leave, and she coolly replies, “Which part of me closing my briefcase did you not understand?” Oooh, Charlotte Richards, I’m glad you’re back!

Ella, who’s learned how hard it is to clean pudding off a corpse, fails to keep Dan from spotting Charlotte. She breezes by him without a second glance, but her face twists in confusion once she’s walked past.

Meanwhile, Chloe’s investigation brings her to Grace Foley, Adrian’s former partner, who left to start her own company, Heavenly Pudding. Chloe and Lucifer find her on the set of a commercial shoot, although Lucifer’s distracted leaving messages for Charlotte. Chloe suggests that Lucifer could use a distraction. She means the case, but Lucifer prefers to be distracted by Grace’s commercial, which features scantily clad models dressed as angels and perched on clouds for a porny pudding shoot. “Not at all accurate, but I approve,” Lucifer purrs.

While Lucifer’s eyes wander, Chloe stays on task, getting Grace to admit that she tried to poach Simon (poor choice of words for a fella who was scalded by pudding) and start to call her lawyer. Chloe prompts the distracted Lucifer to ask what she most desires. He does, and Grace confesses that she wants to stop using sex to sell her inferior product. And actually, Simon offered to sell her the secret Pudding Plus formula three days ago but died before they could finalize the deal.

Chloe then notices a man in a trench coat lurking around the set. She pegs him as a fixer hired by Pudding Plus to prevent corporate espionage, and he immediately lawyers up. This pleases Lucifer as it means another visit from Charlotte.

Speaking of, Dan drops by Charlotte’s office to confront her about the cold-shoulder treatment. She bluffs her way through, asking him to DTR for her. Easy: She seduced him, called him her favorite human, almost died, then ghosted him. He concludes by saying he’ll just let Lucifer deal with her since they were always close. Charlotte latches onto this news.

At the precinct, Chloe gets a call from Trixie’s school to report that she’s been using creative language like “cluster duck” and “motherflunker.” She knows exactly who’s to blame and scolds Lucifer for teaching her daughter loophole swear words. Lucifer replies that he’s done with parental “mind games.”

He’s even more frustrated when he sees an underling from Charlotte’s firm with the fixer, so he storms home and is surprised to find Charlotte waiting for him. He’s even more surprised when she kisses him.

“What in Dad’s name are you doing?” he sputters, horrified. Since she can’t remember the last several months, she guessed from Dan’s words and Lucifer’s attempts to contact her that she was “sleeping with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome.”

If she’s not, though, she’s back to having no idea how her life got ruined over the last few months. When she came back to herself, she discovered that she’s divorced and not allowed to see her kids, and she doesn’t know why. Worse, she can’t ask for help or people will think she’s crazy.

Poor Charlotte! I know Lucifer’s had a lot on his plate, but can you imagine what she’s been going through? Assisting her in the immediate aftermath seems like it would’ve been a great job for Amenadiel. (Next page: Charlotte tries to clean her slate)

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