While the Pierce parents are figuring out those newfound troubles, their daughter Anissa re-establishes herself as my favorite character on the show by wondering what she can do to help the parents of Green Light babies who are now being denied access to their family members. When it becomes clear that Freeland families will have to sue the government if they want to see their loved ones again, Anissa decides it’s her responsibility to help them. This ignites another age-old debate between her and her father, with Jefferson singing his old tune about how real change is only possible from within the system, while Anissa argues that these people need extracurricular help if they’re ever going to affect the system. Forgoing her Thunder costume, for now, she puts on an Antifa-type black outfit to rob some drug dealers, Omar Little style. This sequence is definitely the episode’s action highlight, as the hoodie-clad Anissa’s extended hallway fight with these criminals almost resembles The Raid movies in its kinetic action.
Jennifer, unfortunately, is still not adjusting as well to the superpowered life as her older sister. Part of the reason for that is her powers are much stranger. At the end of last season, we saw the enormous potential of Jennifer’s battery-like abilities when she brought her father back to life, but now it’s taking all kinds of new forms. She floats in the air while sleeping now, and after watching a news report about a new metahuman rising from within his own body bag, Jennifer locks herself in the family bathroom while an uncontrollable aura of orange light surrounds her. Only Jefferson helps bring it under control by entering the bathroom and absorbing some of the excess energy into his own body. The Pierce family’s lives keep getting weirder and weirder, and Lynn doesn’t sound quite so insane for suggesting that Jefferson and Jennifer see a therapist.
One hanging plot thread from last season is Kara, who started as Jefferson’s secretary but was eventually revealed as Proctor’s ASA spotter. Tobias sends Cyanide to hunt her down, but it turns out we won’t be seeing his favorite female minion around anymore — Kara stabs her in the neck with a super-sharp high heel. This enrages Tobias, as you might expect, and he later welcomes Kara to his office by shooting her in the stomach with his beloved harpoon gun. This doesn’t stop her, though — she just jumps out the window! I expect we’ll be seeing more of Kara (especially since she’s come to Gambi looking for help getting the ASA off her trail), and maybe we’ll even find out how she learned to fight so good.
The real climax of this episode, though, is learning that Jefferson has decided to resign as Garfield principal. It’s either that or let the board close the school down, but it seems like now more than ever, those kids could really use a superhero watching over them.