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Sara Netzley
November 14, 2017 AT 12:11 AM EST

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 a B+

Following last week’s devastating breakup with Maggie, Alex hits the road with Kara to head to their hometown of Midvale in J’onn’s vintage convertible.

While Alex gets mean drunk upstairs, Eliza frets that Kara’s shutting down her Mon-El pain and pretending she’s fine, but Kara argues that too many people depend on her to give in to those vulnerabilities.

When Kara makes it to their shared bedroom, Alex is in the mood to fight, snarling that Kara has no right to push her to talk about Maggie when the Girl of Steel shut down for months post-Mon-El. But Kara didn’t sign up for drunken verbal abuse, so they go to bed angry. It’s awful.

Then we jump back 10 years to a time when Alex and a newly adopted Kara exist in mutual, unadulterated loathing. Kara uses her speed to beat Alex to the bathroom and then whines about having to waste time in school, while Alex, sporting the perfect mid-aughts choker, resents being Kara’s babysitter.

At school, history teacher Mr. Bernard has to pull an “Earth to Ms. Danvers” (ha!) to bring Kara’s attention back to class, where Alex shows her up with all the answers. “Try and keep up,” she whispers. Later that day, Kara zooms up the rope in gym class and volleys back a “Try and keep up” of her own.

Before we move on, please join me in LOSING YOUR MIND over how well cast young Kara (Izabela Vidovic) and young Alex (Olivia Nikkanen) are, from looks to voice to acting. Incredible work, Supergirl!

In line at the cafeteria, there’s chatter about Superman’s recent takedown of Lex Luthor, but when Kara joins in with her hero worships, the kids scoff that Superman wears his underwear over his tights. Alex tells them to stuff it but brushes off Kara’s thanks. Then Alex’s crowd are jerks to Kara’s friend Kenny, who says it’s because he’s got dirt on basically everybody.

Kara accepts an invitation to go stargazing with Kenny that night, and he busts out a fancy telescope, explaining that he downloads the photos to his laptop. They talk and smile and almost kiss, but Kara pulls away at the last minute to tell Kenny he’s the only person in Midvale who makes her feel like she belongs.

Then Kara sneaks in the window and Alex busts her, yelling, “Before you crashed in that pod, I had a great life with two great parents, and now I have you. And you are not worth it.” Ouuuchh. With Kara mourning the literal loss of her whole world and Alex missing her dad and adjusting to a new sister, it’s no wonder their communication is 70 percent screaming.

The next day, Kara super-hears police scanner talk about the body of a 17-year-old male. “Great Rao,” she breathes and races to the scene, where she’s crushed to see Kenny’s body. Back in school, she brushes off Alex’s sympathy, accusing her of being as bad as everybody else crying crocodile tears for someone they always ignored.

Then quarterback Jake makes an “Oh my God, they killed Kenny” joke, and, enraged, Kara charges into the locker room to accuse him of hurting Kenny because Kenny had dirt on him. In the tradition of pathetic cretins everywhere, Jake accuses Kara of being on her period, so she slams him around until he confesses that Kenny caught him smoking pot. But he’s got a solid alibi for the night before.

Kara then visits Kenny’s house to share her condolences with his parents, who haven’t recovered his telescope. Sheriff Collins kindly tells Kara that for her own safety, she shouldn’t dig around any further. Kara agrees and then heads straight to the forest crime scene. When a noise startles her, she swings her laser eyes around and almost zaps Alex. When she’s scared, she can’t always control them, okay?

Alex confesses that this was where Kenny secretly tutored her in calculus (she likely kept it a secret because Kara’s such a snot about superior Kryptonian math education), and she came there to remember him. She then encourages Kara to use her powers to look for his telescope in the dark. Kara does and finds his laptop buried in leaves.

Kara wants to turn it over to Collins, but Alex suggests they check it first. It’s full of encrypted files, so they send them to Clark’s tech-savvy friend Chloe.

Then they find an email Kenny sent Mr. Bernard with a photo of him kissing Alex’s friend Josie. Look who just became a suspect! When Alex confronts her, Josie says she and “Samuel” are in love. Alex points out this is statutory rape, and “Samuel” needs to be locked up. Josie tells Alex to stay out of it. “Like Kenny should have?” Alex snaps. Yes, girl, channel your baby DEO agent mojo! (Next page: The sisters take down a murderer)

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