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Supergirl recap: How Does She Do It

Kara babysits Cat Grant’s son while a mad bomber targets National City and Maxwell Lord.

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

How does she have it all? Is it a possible to have it all? These are all questions facing Kara in tonight’s episode, which might Supergirl‘s first dud. Thankfully, the show bypasses the pronoun in the question posed by the episode’s title and forces James to also struggle to balance his work life with his personal one. 

After defeating Reactron, Supergirl is riding high and thinks nothing can bring her down. As she’s enjoying some time in the sky, she notices a drone following her. She assumes it’s from the DEO, but Hank denies it. Alex points out the technology is way too advanced and that she’s never seen anything like it. Alex assures Kara that she can trust Hank. This is one of those moments that would’ve worked if this episode had aired before last week’s. 

Kara rushes to the office where Winn is drowning in phone calls as he tries to cover for her. Everyone is calling to congratulate Cat for beating Lois Lane for an award for the first time ever. However, Cat isn’t enjoying her win as much as she should because of her mother who is failing at being a grandmother. The award ceremony is in Metropolis, but Cat can’t go unless she finds someone to watch her son, Carter. So, Kara volunteers. Cat warns her that Carter is gifted but shy and might not take to her immediately. 

Over in the do-not-care-at-all column is Lucy and James’ drama. The ex-lovers share some dessert at a restaurant near work as Lucy tries to convince James that she’s there to get him back, but James doesn’t care. Kara overhears them having an intense conversation in the restaurant by work and lends James an ear once their meal is over. James reveals that Lucy was the one who dumped him, which surprises Kara. A bomb goes off in a building across town and hits the pause button on this relationship nonsense because Kara has to fly off and save the day. Using her super strength, Kara stops the building from falling while a similar drone from earlier in the episode monitors her activity. 

It turns out the drone and bombing are connected as both share similar components that Alex is able to trace back to Maxwell Lord. Using their fancy badges that can look like any government agency they choose, Hank and Alex decide to pay Mr. Lord a visit and find out how he’s connected to the bomb. 

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Meanwhile, Kara has to rush off because she forgot she was supposed to pick Carter up. As Cat warned, Carter is very reserved, and not even Kara’s nervous talking thing is enough to get him out of his shell. The one thing that gets him talking is Supergirl, who he has a huge crush on. When they get back to the office, he asks if James, who is currently drowning because Cat put him in charge, could ask Superman to introduce him to Supergirl, because like mother, like son. James tries talking to Kara about his girl problems, but Kara shuts him down because Alex warned her that talking about Lucy would get her Friend Zoned. 

Naturally, Maxwell turns down the DEO FBI’s protection because he doesn’t trust the government and he doesn’t want anything ruining the launch of his super train. Hank leaves Alex in charge of protecting him, and the two nerds bond over how awesome physics is. Basically there are romantic sparks because why the hell not. Unfortunately, a bomb is discovered in one of Max’s labs. At first, they try to disarm it themselves but mess everything up, so they have to call Supergirl for help. There’s very little time, so Supergirl tries to get the bomb as far from the city as quickly as possible. She throws it into the sky but doesn’t clear the explosion fast enough and gets knocked out by the bomb.

NEXT: Supergirl finds her archnemesis