Kara finally unloads on Mon-El, and Sam discovers her killer side
Hey, Super-fans! Long time, no recap! But we’re back, and just in time to watch some of our favorite characters make tough choices on behalf of the people they love tonight.
First, let’s catch up with Lena and Sam. Lena’s been running tests while Sam’s in a medically-induced coma, and she’s got proof that Sam’s cells mutate during her blackouts, turning her into Reign.
Sam strenuously (and understandably) denies this. Bless Lena’s evidence-loving heart, she offers photos of Reign’s appearances that match Sam’s blackouts, but Sam still refuses to believe her (even though that’s clearly herself wearing dark lippy and a Reign mask).
Lena refuses to let Sam leave her L Corp cell, for her own sake and for Ruby’s, which causes Sam to lash out: Ask an oncologist for a diagnosis, and they say it’s cancer. Ask a Luthor, and they’ll tell you you’re a supervillain. Ouch.
Lena stays ice cold and starts needling Sam, asking how she can possibly forget attacking Morgan Edge, punching Supergirl, and ripping those criminals apart, all while living with her vulnerable daughter. “You’re not a mother, you’re a monster,” Lena announces.
The tough love does its job and triggers a Reign episode that transports Sam to a dark forest where you’d definitely never want to picnic.
Sam wakes up to find footage of her Reign transformation playing in her trashed cell, and when she sinks to the floor weeping, Lena deactivates the cell and steps inside to comfort her friend. “All those people,” Sam sobs, and Lena assures her that they’ll find a fix thanks to the Reign DNA she collected while Sam was out.
While Lena’s been working with Sam, she’s been neglecting James, but he proves himself to be an exemplary boyfriend for someone with a secret, telling her she doesn’t need to confide in him while offering advice, a listening ear, and take-out dinner.
Having a little more fun at the beginning of this episode are Kara and Co. as they gather to play charades. (Myr’nn cheats by both shapeshifting and using his mind-reading powers, but c’mon, who among us wouldn’t, if given the chance?)
Then, as the kids say, he spills the tea on his son, telling the group that J’onn used to switch the pieces on his Ok-Rock-Tock board and blame his imaginary friend, a fifth-dimensional imp named Zook.
An SOS interrupts the night, and everyone heads to the alien bar, where a Kalanorian went berserk and started tearing the place apart. She even tosses Supergirl into the arcade game where Kara held the high score. Rude!
The DEO are surprised by the Kalanorian’s unusual behavior, which J’onn chalks up to her psychic abilities and Mercury rising. (The sisters Danver are amused that the explanation is astrology, to which J’onn replies, “More like complex luminal and gravatic shifts that determine Kalanorian brain function, but sure. Astrology.”
J’onn may joke, but but he’s also worried about his father, who’s struggling with za-alet, the decay of memory. Without informing anyone, J’onn decides to bring Myr’nn to the DEO to perform the Ta’ar-Kar’riq ritual, which moves information from the decaying parts of his mind to the healthy parts. Yep, I’m sure nothing will go wrong with that!
Elsewhere in the DEO, Mon-El explains that the still-unidentified third Wordkiller, Pestilence, should be the easiest to see coming because it presents as a plague, bringing illness and death in its wake.
To prepare, Kara and Mon-El review some Brainy-provided 3D imagery of past Reign fights and decide to do some Legionnaire-style training. Specifically, Mon-El cape-splains that both of their uniforms cloaks are made of Kryptonian smart cloth, which he mastered using as a weapon during his time in the future.
Kitted out in his old Legion suit, Mon-El shows Kara how to wrap her cape around an object and toss it, but she struggles. Hard. And the more she struggles, the more frustrated she gets until she’s yelling about all those times Mon-El tanked his training, but he was generally hungover at the time. (They may not be in sync, but you’ve gotta love the coordinating reds and blues of their super-suits.)
Elsewhere, Winn and DEO tech guy Demos also get shouty, and when Demos calls Winn an “egotistical little son of a serial killer,” things get physical. Even the locked-up alien baddies are as agitated as the good guys, including Alex, who angrily breaks up the nerd fight. When Kara storms in to stop Alex, J’onn throws metaphorical cold water over everybody with a psychic barrier. In the middle of it all, Myr’nn fervently chants.
J’onn finally confesses that Myr’nn’s anger and fear as he employs Ta’ar-Kar’riq is causing a powerful psychic bleed that’s amping up the aggression of everyone in the vicinity. J’onn thought he could shield the DEO and keep them all safe, and now he fears the option left is using dampening technology on his father.
But he doesn’t want to lose the father he just got back, and he’d rather face a football stadium full of Worldkillers than do the one thing that centuries of imprisonment by White Martians never did: strip his father of his independence and dignity. (Next: Kara gets some things off her chest)