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Sara Netzley
December 04, 2017 AT 09:00 PM EST

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+

That done, she heads back to Linda’s, where the slightly disheveled doctor unlocks the door to let her in. Maze confesses how weird it was to see Linda and Amenadiel together, and rather than get violent, she decided to talk through her feelings. Personal growth!

It’s not that she’s pining for Amenadiel, but she does feel left out and doesn’t want them getting together, if that’s possible — although she assumes that Linda wouldn’t want her sloppy seconds after she used every tool in the Amenadiel Swiss Army knife and touched nerves he didn’t even know he had. Ha!

Linda assures Maze that she has nothing to worry about, but as they hug, Linda’s face indicates that (a) it’s too late to honor Maze’s wishes and (b) Amenadiel is in fact hiding somewhere in her office, likely sans clothes. Say what you will about an angel/human relationship, but I love that Amenadiel is clearly a fan of Dr. Linda’s witty charm.

While all of this angelic drama’s happening, Chloe’s keeping busy, too. She and Charlotte arrive at a restaurant to ask Frankie and his lovable Disneyland mobsters about the Sinnerman. (Seriously, these guys are all gangsters with hearts of gold.) Charlotte gets in their faces to extract the information, but the two women leave empty handed.

Unbeknownst to Charlotte, this is exactly what Chloe had planned, hoping their questioning would compel Frankie to go after the Sinnerman. Charlotte’s crushed to learn that Chloe still doesn’t trust her and bails, leaving Chloe to stake the place out with Pierce, who appeared unexpectedly with food. (That’s the best kind of unexpected appearance.)

Their forced time together allows Pierce to explains to Chloe that the Sinnerman killed his brother in Chicago. He’s still grieving, and he plans to find the Sinnerman and make him pay.

Chloe then tells him that she requested the personal day for the anniversary of her father’s death. Although she recently found and arrested the man who killed him, it wasn’t easy. And she doesn’t talk about the painful stuff to anybody, “not even to Lucifer.” In the end, she urges him to think about what he really wants before he does something he’d regret. And what gorgeous symmetry to have Chloe give Pierce the same advice that Lucifer gave Maze.

Just when the duo spot a man outside the restaurant, they get a call from a newly freed Lucifer, who describes the Sinnerman as he saw him on television. “Would you believe he wore a sweater vest? His greatest crime yet,” Lucifer snips.

Chloe and Marcus are shocked to realize that Lucifer’s describing the man they just saw. They race inside at the sound of gunshots and find the mobsters all dead. Then the Sinnerman turns and gleefully opens fires on the two cops. Chloe chases the Sinnerman into the kitchen and out the back door, where Pierce gets the drop on him. He holds the Sinnerman at gunpoint for a long, fraught moment before deciding to slap on the handcuffs.

When Lucifer arrives, he’s delighted to finally have the Sinnerman in the flesh, but Chloe restrains him, promising he’ll get his chance to question him. Unbeknownst to the police, though, the Sinnerman’s tucked a pen into his shirt sleeve.

At the station, time slows as Lucifer watches Chloe walk by, watches Pierce get accolades for the arrest, watches Chloe smile moonily at Pierce getting accolades for the arrest, watches Chloe walk away with Dan. Then when the coast is clear, Lucifer heads into the interrogation room to look into the Sinnerman’s eyes so he can reveal what the man truly desires and plot its destruction.

But when the Sinnerman pivots in his chair, Lucifer discovers that he’s gouged out his own eyes with the pen. “Now you’ll never know what I want,” the Sinnerman taunts through his pain.

Stray feathers

  • Well, we’ve finally met the Sinnerman. His plan felt a little disjointed — how long would Lucifer really remain trapped with his car parked out front? — and I wish they’d played up the cat-and-mouse of it all a bit more before, you know, the eye thing. Still, if the reveal about the Sinnerman’s origin and motivations is as explosive as I know this show is capable of, all of my little quibbles will be washed away.
  • This week’s perfect little details: Charlotte’s face while drinking the crappy police station coffee. Hogwarts in the Sky. (Make it happen, Hollywood!) Maze and her gorgeous new wavy hair getting banned in Ohio. Dan’s pep talk encouraging Charlotte to keep trying to be good. Maze opting for talk therapy rather than violence. Lucifer is harvesting the fruits of two seasons’ worth of character development, and we’re all better for it.
  • Okay, let’s discuss Pierce and Chloe. I don’t understand how anybody could stand next to Lucifer/Tom Ellis and have eyes for anybody else, but apparently Chloe does. Maybe she prefers hard to get (rather than Lucifer’s oh-so-easy to get)? And what of Pierce? Is he truly as oblivious as he seems, or is he playing a long, brusque game? And how aware is Lucifer about this burgeoning relationship?
  • We need to decide right now: Lamenadiel or Amenda? Cast your votes in the comments!
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