While Alex calls the police, Josie heads straight to Mr. Bernard to tell him what’s going down. After school, Kara and Alex are walking home together — a first — when a car comes barreling at them as they’re crossing a bridge. Kara sweeps them both over the railing to hover in safety.
After the police take their statements and send them home, there’s someone waiting to talk sense into Kara. “Mom?” asks a shocked Kara. And while it’s Erica Durance, who now plays Kara’s mother, she introduces herself as FBI Agent Noel Neill, who knows about Kara and Clark. Noel says she and Alex may have solved the case, but Kara’s only 15, and it was sheer luck that Alex wasn’t injured. It’s time for Kara to stop using her powers.
Poor Kara tells Noel that she remembers her real family, and now she’s here in a place that will never feel like home. “I just want to live with Clark and be super!” No, Noel says, she has to be human. But Noel’s kind about it, and, defeated, Kara says, “I love you, Mom” in Krypton, then promises to curb her powers.
Satisfied, Noel leaves the Danvers home and climbs into a familiar blue convertible, shifting into J’onn’s human form, and now I’m melting at J’onn having looked out for Kara all of her life on Earth.
The next visitor to the Danvers home is Josie, who announces that she’s grounded forever, Samuel’s been arrested (as he should be!), and, oh yeah, she was with him during the attempted murder by car. Despite the news that the killer’s still at large, Kara has Noel’s words ringing in her ears and wants to drop it. Disappointed, Alex says she thought they were doing something important together, then sets off to investigate on her own.
She finds Sheriff Collins at the football games and tells him it wasn’t Bernard, but they have Kenny’s laptop, and one of the other people in his pictures is likely the murderer. At this point, Collins, who might as well be wearing a neon T-shirt that says, “ME ME ME I AM THE MURDERER,” walks Alex into a secluded part of the high school.
Meanwhile, Kara gets an email from Chloe with the unencrypted files, one of which is a photo of Collins engaging in some sort of illicit drug deal. She calls and warns Alex (on her flip phone!), and Alex tries to play it cool, but Collins is no dummy and pulls his gun.
He hits redial to see where the laptop’s stashed, and Alex shouts, “The stadium! Here’s here!” before he hangs up. At home, Kara paces for two seconds before bursting out the window to fly to Alex.
Although Collins is giving the patented pre-murder “here’s my motive” villain speech, Alex isn’t scared. “Someone’s listening right now. Someone who can hear every single word you say, every time you breathe. Can you feel it? She’s coming.”
She shouts for Kara, and the Supergirl theme plays as Kara busts through a wall, knocking out Collins and hugging Alex. “I knew you’d come,” Alex tells her sister.
The next day, Alex receives as old-fashioned high school shunning and sits at Kara’s lonely table. They busted a pot-smoking quarterback, caught a predator, and solved a murder, and now everybody hates them. Kara says Alex’ll get used to being on the outside.
Oh, and Chloe found a file on Kenny’s laptop that she printed for Kara: a shot of her flying across the night sky. Kara’s astounded that he knew her secret but didn’t tell anyone, then is swamped with regret that she didn’t kiss him when she had the chance. “He liked me. All of me,” she marvels, which is such a universal teenage girl feeling, it hurts. When Alex asks to go flying later, Kara declines. “I’d rather be human than risk losing you.” Feeeelings!
That night, the girls are laughing together in their bedroom when Eliza delivers Kenny’s telescope, which was in Collins’ car. Kenny’s mother wanted them to have it as a thank you. Before they fall asleep, Kara agrees to let Alex use the bathroom first tomorrow.
And then we’re back to the present, where Alex pulls herself out of hungover misery sleep to find Kara on the porch with the telescope. Kara says Kenny was one of the first people she lost on Earth, and it never got any easier.
Alex says that was the first time she really understood what it could mean to have a sister, and Kara says it was the first time she felt like a Danvers. And while she still doesn’t feel completely at home on Earth, “I feel at home with you.” They both apologize, Alex for being mean and Kara for bottling up her own healing process.
By the time the sisters Danvers are ready to leave, Alex has shaken off her gloom and insists on driving because, while an accident didn’t sound too bad on their way to Midvale with Kara behind the wheel, today Alex would prefer to avoid that. The women don their sunglasses and drive off in the sunshine, singing along to Gwen Stefani’s perfectly on-the-nose “Sweet Escape.”
Snaps of the cape:
- So many Superman universe Easter eggs tonight! You’ve got Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane on Smallville, portraying Noel Neill, the name of the first big-screen Lois Lane from the 1940s. And then, of course, there’s the reference to Clark’s old high school buddy Chloe Sullivan, a.k.a. the best character on Smallville. They even mention Chloe’s wall of weird!
- Thank Rao that Supergirl’s returning to the sister dynamic that provided so much of the heart of season 1. Presumably this is the first step in Alex’s journey of grief and healing; here’s hoping we keep seeing this level of sisterly support in future episodes.
- Did you love watching these high schoolers testing their crime-fighting moxie as much as I did? Let me know in the comments!