I appreciate how the Shadowhunters writers get right to business at the beginning of an episode. They have a habit of ending each show with a juicy cliffhanger, so it’s nice to jump right back in where we left off the week before. Remember how Clary and Jace found his dad in a metal locker at Valentine’s old hideout? Meliorn said, “I can help you find your father.” Knowing that seelies can’t lie, was that generally directed toward Jace? Or are we to believe Clary’s Spidey-sense that something is off with Mr. Michael Wayland?
Before we can celebrate with a grand reunion, Jace needs medical attention from that pesky demon’s tentacle jab to his neck. Michael and Clary drag him to Jade Wolf, where Luke suppresses his desire to play 20 questions with an alive and kicking former member of the Circle. Who cares about the dying shadowhunter in front of him? Where’s Jocelyn? Michael explains that Valentine would never hurt her. He’s still in love. She’s safe somewhere. They will find her.
While Jace tries to not die in his father’s arms, Clary and Simon attempt to secure a few blood bags from Raphael the only way that seems logical — blackmail. Simon reports to Raphael that he heard some vamps talking about how Camille used to have subjugates, which are the human version of cocktail hour. Wouldn’t the Clave like to know about these ghastly people who basically punch a straw directly into their necks like a Capri Sun for vampires? Surely she kept human blood on ice somewhere, right? Simon will keep his mouth shut in exchange for a few bags. Raphael rolls his eyes, punches a code into a keypad, and sighs as a painting rises to reveal a refrigerator full of O-Negative.
The transfusion is a success. While Jace rests, Michael reminisces about how Clary reminds him of Jocelyn. She’s fearless, loving, and stubborn. Instead of defending herself, Clary settles into the truth of that statement. Michael knew Jocelyn was pregnant with Clary and never told Valentine no matter how much he tormented him. This puzzles Clary. Valentine thought her mother was dead. Why would he be asking about her? Michael changes the subject, suggesting Clary go check on Jace.
I’m so glad that Clary didn’t let it go. She tells Jace that something is definitely not right with his father. He’s been a loving, supportive man for the last hour. How can this be the same dude who broke the neck of his kid’s falcon? Jace defends Michael. How else was he supposed to learn to not let emotions get in the way of his training? Besides, finding Michael will definitely lead to Valentine, which will lead to Jocelyn. Clary smiles and asks Jace if he remembers anything from the other dimension. He doesn’t. She wonders out loud if what she felt over there for him was real. They had a good thing going in fantasy land! Jace responds with a very real, very aggressive kiss. Hey now.
Once Jace gains some strength, he joins the others just as Clary asks a very rational question: Why would Valentine tell a prisoner what he’s planning on doing? Michael has an answer. Valentine injected him with downworlder blood as an experiment. Little by little, he developed enhanced hearing and vision. He learned that Valentine was moving his base of operation closer to the Institute in an old smallpox hospital called Renwick’s. Jace bolts up and vows to scout the location. Clary gives him a look. He needs rest. She will scout with Luke. End of story.
Jace isn’t the only one who has been benched. Izzy is on trial for treason, and there’s nothing Alec can do to stop it. In fact, the high inquisitor with major cleavage just arrived with a silent brother in tow. The trial begins this evening! Alec rushes over to Magnus Bane. Shadowhunters do that a lot on this show. Alec wants Magnus to be Izzy’s defense attorney. This warlock is 300 years old. Surely he secured a law degree in the last few centuries, right? Magnus agrees to do it. His price? He wants Alec pro bono. Pitiful innuendo aside, Alec refuses and trades his bow and quiver for Magnus’ services. We have an accord.
NEXT: Reunited and it feels so good