The CW
Sara Netzley
October 16, 2017 AT 11:41 PM EDT

Supergirl

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
1
run date
10/26/15
performer
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
broadcaster
CBS
genre
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

We gave it an A

Supergirl’s not wasting any time this season exploring its new characters, or its returning characters in their new situations. Let’s recap!

The episode opens with morning routines. Alex and Maggie share morning kisses and jewelry commercial-ready shots of their engagement rings. Samantha nudges her sleeping daughter awake. Kara eyes the empty side of her bed. You know, she’d probably feel a little better if she embraced the starfish sprawl to reclaim her space.

During the school drop-off, Samantha reminds Ruby that it’s her first day in a new position at work, so she’ll be late getting home. Ruby’s more interested in how her mom lifted that tower off of her at the waterfront. Samantha passes it off as mama-bear adrenaline.

It’s also Lena’s first day at CatCo. She flummoxes James by showing up unannounced, inviting everyone to use Cat Grant’s private elevator, and breezily saying that she’ll be a free-range CEO with no office, all the better to roam around and ask questions. In fact, she’s arranged for a fill-in at L-Corp so she can be full time at CatCo for now. Then almost immediately, Kara bails when Lena tries to assign her what I can only assume is a non-politically motivated story on Morgan Edge. Yeah, uh, did anybody think how this was going to go with a non-James boss hanging around as Kara literally flies in and out?

At the DEO, J’onn breaks up a brewing Sanvers fight over wedding band versus DJ by declaring that a DJ keeps you jiggy on the dance floor. J’onn has spoken, y’all. Respect his authority.

The team summoned Kara because a woman has robbed two banks so far using no weapons or overt shows of force. When a third alarm sounds, Supergirl flies in and finds an unconcerned blond woman (Yael Grobglas from Jane the Virgin) who sniffs, “Oh, you think you’re the cat and I’m the bird? You’ve got it backward.” She explains her motivation — more money, more happy — and then hits Supergirl with the opposite of the Care Bear stare, leaving Kara cowering against a wall. Afterward, J’onn scans Kara’s mind and finds residual psionic interference only used by metahumans.

These thwarted superheroics kept Kara from a news department meeting with Lena — a meeting to which James was not invited. So James is displeased at being excluded, and Lena’s displeased when Kara races out again, this time for another suspect sighting.

J’onn tries to create a psychic shield from afar for Supergirl, but the woman overpowers him and crows that she’ll win this fight of mind over matter.

“Fear is a powerful tool,” she says, hitting Kara with her memories of escaping in a solitary pod as Krypton burned behind her. We get a cool first-person-shooter-type view of her flight through what I assume are the remains of her planet, and when Kara comes to, the robber is gone.

At least the DEO has identified the woman as Gayle Marsh from Skokie, Illinois, a formerly law-abiding citizen who suddenly started robbing Midwestern banks. Authorities named her Psi, and J’onn declares her the most powerful psychic he’s ever encountered.

Kara doesn’t want to worry J’onn and Alex, so she pulls Winn aside to tell him how awful it was to relive her time stuck trapped and alone in the pod. She urges him to use this information to tweak the psychic dampeners he’s working on, then races back to CatCo.

Lena’s no dummy and busts Kara for lying about where she’s been, although she guesses it’s related to Mon-El. Kara says no, but it’s personal and she doesn’t want to talk about personal things on the job.

Fine. Lena can play that game. She tells Kara it’s unacceptable for an employee to miss staff meetings and blow off tasks at what Lena considers her new investment. “I didn’t spend $750 million on a company as a favor to a friend,” she tells Kara. Daaaang. Kara grimly marches off to contact a potential source Lena found for the Edge story.

However, when Kara steps on the elevator, she gets a call from Alex about yet another Psi bank heist. She rips open her shirt to reveal her S but ends up huddled in a corner, once again victim to Psi’s claustrophobic mojo. She fixes this problem by bursting out the top of the elevator, which seems like it’ll be hard to explain.

When Winn checks her over, though, he diagnoses this as a regular human panic attack. She leaves, and when Alex asks what’s going on, Winn’s obvious lies don’t hold up to her stone-cold interrogation face. He babbles out the truth, and Alex heads to Kara’s.

She finds her sister reciting a Kryptonian mantra as a mind-strengthening meditation and chides Kara for not telling her. “You fight the most dangerous and evil people on the planet, so I’m kind of always gonna worry,” she says. Kara tells her that reliving the scariest moment of her life was torture. And worse, it’s affecting her job as Supergirl. Her Kara persona’s broken thanks to no Mon-El and a shifting work/friend relationship with Lena, and now Psi is stealing her ability to feel strong and make a difference as a hero. “If I don’t have Supergirl, what do I have?”

“You’ve got me,” Alex says, pulling her in for a sister hug, which is perfect. (Next page: Supergirl puts mind over matter)

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