Well…I think that was the first Lucifer episode that honestly left me completely speechless, Lucifans. “Homewrecker” quite frankly was firing on all cylinders, and brilliantly brought together all the slowly building story-lines on a cliffhanger that’s going to make the next week very long. Home is the name of the game and it’s one thing I’m definitely going to be thankful for this upcoming Thursday.
Without further ado, shall we dive in?
What are you looking for?
Lucifer, I know you mean well, but a bus tour of LA was not going to show the LA you know and love to Amenadiel. About the concept of home, however, Linda brings up an excellent question when she refers to what he said in his argument with Mom last week. He admits he didn’t realize how true that statement was until he yelled it in her face. Linda, brilliant woman that she is, poses the question of – if he came here running away or looking for something? More on that later though!
Dinner is a dangerous meal
The case of the week delves into the murder of a real estate mogul who was stabbed with his own champagne flute and, coincidentally, was the owner of a block of buildings including Lucifer’s very own Lux. Fast forward to Lucifer’s nightclub and he’s given the news by none other than the murder victim’s son (an hour after he was found dead) – he’s selling all the property and Lucifer is being promptly evicted.
From this moment forward, Lucifer is a man on a mission, that mission being to save his “home,” and seeing him leap into action was frankly adorable, but ends up being even more touching by the end of the hour. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Mom’s only want what’s “best”
Maze marches over to have a chat with Amenadiel about Mom, and while her initial suspicion may have been wrong, she hits the nail on the head when she describes her as “dangerous.” She firmly believes “Charlotte” killed the mogul to take Lucifer’s home away from him, and while she may have been innocent of that, it doesn’t take long for her to take advantage of his death.
Her manipulation of Amenadiel is painful to see, because he truly just wants to go home. Mom, however, just wants to get her way and is willing to do *anything* to get Lucifer to leave LA behind. Getting to brass tacks, she manipulates her way into being the defending lawyer of a suspected bomb builder for the mafia (and crosses paths with Dan in the process), asking for his expertise in bringing down…. a nightclub.
A man on a mission
Lucifer barrels through what he believes to be a one-man mission to save Lux, his home amid the investigation. While his efforts are noble (sort of) it’s only because of a brilliant one time stunt by Chloe that he does not get in trouble for partying away with the crew sent to pack up his club. His mother is forced to stop blowing it up (for the time being) and while skillfully pretending to support Lucifer staying here, meets Linda, who Lucifer makes clear is up to speed on all things celestial.
The ensuing conversation was honestly terrifying to watch, as the good doctor thanked God’s “ex-wife” for creation and the look on Tricia Helfer’s face during this exchange shot shivers down my spine. For as much love as she has for her sons, her complete lack of regard for humanity shows the most with her transformation into someone who might as well have been made of stone, and literally had me screaming “Linda, run!” at my screen.
It only got worse after Lucifer, in his excitement at Chloe stopping him from being arrested, drags her out on the dance floor. Their moment of complete unbridled happiness matched by the widest smile on my face, quickly turned into apprehension when Linda clarified to Mom how much he “loved” this place, nodding at Chloe. Thanking her for her insights, the change was immediate for this wayward goddess – it was much more than a building that her son was unwilling to leave behind.
Investigations of the subtle kind
Lucifer and Chloe’s investigation takes them off into the realms of lies and blackmail, and their trip to see the son trying to evict Lucifer only gets stranger after he jumps off a building and admits to needing to sell as soon as possible to get out of debt. A useless venture, but it does point our dynamic duo to the lady buyer, who wants to make a huge mall on the street. A mall.
The far more sinister agenda of Charlotte lures Dan into the mix, under the premise of a date and gets him to speak about Chloe and this “guy she spends a lot of time with.” Their kiss at the bar was only topped by their extra guests across the room. Amenadiel and Maze spying on them made for some lighter conversation as he fumbled through the “my mom can do whatever she wants are you really making me talk about this?” spiel.
The next morning, Charlotte revises her request asking for a bomb she’ll personally be taking care of (yes this was the point where I started my internal freak out) and Lucifer and Chloe crack the case when the son and his fiancé both take blame, and despite Chloe telling them straight up they’ll both go to jail for confessing, they don’t care they only need each other to be home. (Hint hint)
Pianos make music even when the keys aren’t moving
Post investigation closure Chloe finds Lucifer sitting at his piano saying a private goodbye. Realizing that, as much as he fought for Lux, the fact is, he can just build a new club elsewhere (the girls will follow him anywhere, he says, oh Lucifer), Chloe sits down and admits this will be a bit anticlimactic as she’s found a (legal) way to save Lux.
Calling in a favor with a councilman, my favorite detective saved Lux for her friend. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Lucifer admit he’s at a loss for words and his offer of a nice dinner just to say thank you is so genuinely sincere I teared up at the sight.
Home is more than 4 walls and a ceiling
Coming full round back to Linda’s office, Lucifer is relating to her recent events including how he was completely floored at Chloe stepping in to save Lux for him, when he didn’t even ask her to. His surprise is questioned by Linda, and she reiterates her inquiry from the beginning about what he believed to be his home, which pretty much leads Lucifer to realize that Lux, as important as it is to him, is not his home.
Even more critical was that, Linda, upon meeting his mother, realized she was the only human to know his real identity. Even though he’s never lied to Chloe about who he is, he also knows she doesn’t believe him, and up to this point, he has not shown her his true face to convince her, as he did Linda. The question of why stands in the air as she gets to the heart of the matter, “is it because you’re afraid of how she’ll react? That you care that much of what she thinks?”
Lucifer, confused as to what she truly means, needs to be guided by Linda into realizing that, what, while she believes he did come to L.A. looking for something, he’s stopped looking now … because he found it.
When he met Chloe Decker.
The implication hangs in the air, and then Lucifer predictably freaks out, breaks my heart and stands Chloe up for dinner (and she looked freaking gorgeous.) Walking out to her car alone, we see a device locked to the bottom of it beeping, and out steps Charlotte holding a trigger in her hand, to kill the one human who Lucifer Morningstar won’t leave behind.
My only question now is if this was the penultimate episode, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN DURING THE MID SEASON FINALE?!
From start to finish this episode was beyond phenomenal, bringing together the stories of Lucifer’s family struggle, his deepening relationship with Chloe and sharing the truth of his identity with Linda. These writers are beyond brilliant on ever aspect, not only toppling me over with shipper feels the entire hour, but keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. The board is set, the pieces are in place and I will be spending the next week praying the Thanksgiving holiday distracts me long enough to not count the hours till next Monday at 9 pm. (I lied, I already have a countdown on my phone.)
How about you Lucifans? Did Deckerstar feels overwhelm you as much as it did me? Are you excited/scared for Lucifer to confront his mother on trying to blow Chloe up? What do you think will happen next?!
Lucifer airs Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.