Now let’s check in with Ella, who’s startled to find Charlotte waiting in her lab. Charlotte’s decided that Ella’s innate goodness might teach her how to avoid Hell. Horrified, Ella claims to be too busy and uses Dan’s entry into the lab as an excuse to bolt, with Dan following right behind. Poor Charlotte! People are literally fleeing from her.
But she doesn’t take no for an answer and tells Ella that she’s in a forensics shadow program, with Ella as her mentor. You know, for court. Her first question: How does Ella keep her eyes from glazing over when talking about other people’s kids? I…would like to know that answer, myself.
When Ella realizes there’s no mentorship program, she declines to help a liar. To make amends, Charlotte digs up some information on the murder case du jour: Years ago, Kim developed the Top Meet app and hired Mack, the high school graduate/spin instructor, to be its public face. Well, look who just become suspect No. 1.
Charlotte tells Chloe and Ella that — hypothetically, and not based on her own lawyering experiences *cough* — seasoned killers know to ditch a murder weapon, while newbies don’t. Hence, if Mack’s the murderer, he might have kept the dumbbell. However, she cautions, it’ll be difficult to get a warrant with such scanty evidence. In the end, Chloe decides to exploit being just Mack’s type.
Unaware of these developments, Lucifer, hoping to get his top hat back, arrives at Mack’s house to ask him on a bachelor bacchanalia Vegas weekend and is shocked to find a glammed-up Chloe already there in insaaaane gold heels. (Let’s assume those are from Maze’s closet.) The two argue over who gets to hang with Mack, who leaves to grab a beer as they figure it out.
Chloe quickly fills Lucifer in on Mack’s activities, and before you know it, they’ve found the bloodstained weight stashed inside the fireplace.
Suddenly Mack’s there with a gun. He says Kim wanted to make the app accessible to everybody, which led to the murder. Lucifer disarms Mack by tossing a weird Mack-head statue at him, and he drops the gun to catch it. Oh, vanity.
All right, now let’s check in on Dr. Linda. When Amenadiel arrives at her office to see how she’s coping with Reese’s death, he finds her threatening a candle seller over the phone. Then she drags him to the beach to scope out the best spot for the 350-person memorial service.
At first Linda claims she’s heartbroken over Reese, but in truth, she’s far more upset by her own recent brush with death. And furthermore, she’s grappling with the loss of uncertainty. She used to wonder about the great unknown, including perhaps being reincarnated as a chameleon. But now she knows everything, including where she’s headed, strongly implying that she doesn’t expect it to be Heaven. Near tears, she concludes, “I wish I’d never met any of you.”
She bails but eventually comes back to find Amenadiel stretched out in the sand. At his invitation, she joins him, and he tells her that there’s still plenty they both don’t know. Linda agrees that she has as many questions as before, just different. He gets her laughing and looks down at her with such tender concern that suddenly, a new ship is launched. Linda + Amenadiel. Lindenadiel! Also, Dr. Linda’s relaxed beachy look is gorgeous.
At Lucifer’s next session with the good doctor, he’s still marveling that Kim the shoe turned out to be interesting and laments the time some people spend trying to be interesting. (It comes effortlessly to him, of course.) Then he asks how Linda’s doing, and oh, do I love these flashes of good-friend Lucifer.
Linda tells him that someone helped her gain perspective when she was in a dark place, then quotes, “We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars.” Lucifer sighs that he gave Oscar Wilde that line and, when Linda asks for all the details, Lucifer confides, “Well, he was straight when I first met him.” The skillet!
One last Charlotte/Ella scene: Ella thanks her for providing the Kim/Mack contract, and Charlotte confesses that she stole it actually. Good takes practice, Ella says, giving her a pass for doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
Charlotte’s delighted to hear it because she going to accept an offer to join the DA’s office, where she can get more practice being good. “And bonus, I’ll be around here more!” Ella is not pleased.
Finally, Trixie and Chloe are playing Monopoly when they realize the shoe piece is missing. Wherever could it have gone?
Yep, it’s sitting on top of Lucifer’s very shiny piano, where he’s tickling the ivories (with mussed hair again!) when an attractive woman in lingerie and a very on-the-nose top hat calls him to bed. He suggests Monopoly or face painting, but when she declines, he obediently shrugs off his robe and crawls into bed.
- (Top) hats off to commenter Milo, who totally called Charlotte joining the DA’s office this season. Smart move; it’ll give her a reason to appear in future episodes.
- Fantastic tension this week between the cozy domesticity that Lucifer’s scared to want versus the hedonism he feels obligated to maintain. Could Luci truly be happy as a shoe for the long haul? And on the flip side, when Chloe’s a top hat, she removes Lucifer’s bullet necklace because it doesn’t match her style. Interesting commentary on their relationship, no?
- Speaking of Chloe, she tells Trixie that she enjoyed meeting people at the mixer once she started being herself. Does this mean she’s officially ready to mingle?
- In conclusion, chameleons are cool, Dr. Linda.