Lucifer Season 5B is now a reality! As you already have the review, we’re going to sit here to choose 5 scenes that you can’t miss from each episode, either because they are essential for the development of the episode or because they’re the ones we like the most because, after all, this is our list. It’s the turn of Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner”.
DADDY IS IN TOWN
The opening scene of Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner” had to be in this piece of 5 scenes you can’t miss. I mean, it’s God! But more than that, I chose to list this scene because of the way Lucifer reacts when he sees his father. The root of much of his troubles and his trauma. I think the first reaction is one of surprise. He didn’t expect to actually see him again.
And for him it’s like … does he really care about us? Does he really care about me? Does he really love me? Lucifer has always needed the love of his father, for his father to show him that God loves him, as we will analyze a little later. However, after the initial shock, anger takes over. His father has witnessed everything Michael did, how Michael almost destroyed his life, how he almost took the person he loves the most and did … nothing. He allowed it to happen, he didn’t even punish Michael… not like what he did to Lucifer when he rebelled.
Now to see his father play at happy family is the most ridiculous and bizarre thing that could happen. And he is not willing to play.
DECKERSTAR AND THEIR “I … YOU”
The return of God is a handicap for Lucifer and makes him go back to his old habits. He always does these things when a situation overwhelms him: tries to forget with alcohol and parties, taking refuge in himself and in what he knows, in his safe place, in a safe place that allows him not to think. He isolates himself from everything and everyone.
But there is Chloe. She is not like the others but they are … distant. The interrupted conversation and the arrival of his father have opened a gap between them. Lucifer built the walls again, higher than ever and he wants to let her in, he really wants to but something … prevents him. That’s why he lets her go.
Chloe came to the wrong conclusions about Lucifer’s words. He is so tired of feeling that he can never be what others want or need him to be and, although he tries to clarify to Chloe that he is not referring to her or them, that they are the only thing that gives him peace at the moment, Chloe just can’t hear it. It’s too painful standing there knowing you’ve opened your heart to someone who isn’t ready to do the same to you … and who may not feel the same way.
And Lucifer lets her go while she still believes that his words had to do with them. And maybe she’s right. A bit. Because he feels that he doesn’t deserve Chloe, that he doesn’t deserve her love, and he doesn’t think he ever can. Deep down, Lucifer thinks that he can’t be the man Chloe needs him to be, the man she deserves… because he’s too damaged for that.
As for Chloe, it hurts her. She is devastated but she believes in them, that what they have is the most real thing they have ever had. They love each other, it’s just… Lucifer needs more time to realize it. Chloe is aware that Lucifer, beyond being the devil, is just a damaged man. And she is willing to give him time to heal until he is ready, even if it destroys her. And I admire her for it.
THE scene. We could absolutely put the entire episode on our list of 5 scenes you can’t miss from Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner,” from Linda’s hilarious reaction to the final scene that leaves us absolutely dehydrated from crying so much. But I want to focus on two aspects of this scene: the discussion between Lucifer and Michael and the conversation between Lucifer and God.
I think the discussion between Lucifer and Michael is really illuminating. We see here for the first time why Michael is doing all this: envy and a feeling of inferiority. He is envious of Lucifer and feels inferior to his brother. Deep down, he knows that everyone prefers him, especially his father. No matter what he does, Lucifer will always remain the favorite, the one with the love of his father, the shining star while he … has nothing.
So Lucifer’s hell, for Michael is a tenth of the hell that he has lived. It always seemed that his father was close to him, but he never felt that way, he always felt that who his father loved was Lucifer, not him.
It’s great character growth for Lucifer to make it clear to Michael that he is responsible for his actions. They both suffered and had shitty immortal lives but they both made different decisions about it. And Lucifer … Lucifer feels practically the same. His father banished him, literally sent him to hell, isolated, alone … while Michael, Amenadiel and everyone else stood by his side and got his forgiveness, his redemption, his love.
This brings us to just the other part of the scene about Lucifer and God. As we mentioned before, Lucifer always wanted to feel that his father loved him. Until then, he only felt that his father despised him, but now his father is here, in front of him and … it is now or never. So he asks.
His voice here, broken, full of fragility, vulnerability … it kills me. And his father answers with a riddle. Here I hated God quite a bit. Lucifer didn’t need a riddle, he needed a clear answer. A “yes.” He’s always needed it and now he overcame his pride, his fear of being rejected, to ask his father if he loved him, the least he deserved was a clear answer.
However, fear does bad things to Lucifer’s head and heart. It poisons them. His father did not answer directly but his answer is a clear yes. Lucifer went to that dinner with two goals: for God to recognize what a bad father he was and to know if he was loved. With God’s answer he got both. God recognizes that he was not a good father (“if you have to ask … it is because I didn’t do it well”) and, at the same time, makes it clear, between the lines, that he really loves him.
It’s a powerful scene and it’s the beginning of the end of the show. I mean, Lucifer’s problem from episode 1 is this, it’s here. And we’re beginning to fix it.
MAZE AND HER SOUL
This scene is … it had to be on our list of 5 scenes you can’t miss from Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner.” With God on Earth, Maze thought everything would be easier. God can give her a soul. She doesn’t need Lucifer to agree or ally with a snake like Michael. But, as always, God never says anything clearly … And Maze finds a negative.
It’s curious. Because for Maze, no one wants to help her, but she has a soul already. She has people who love her, whom she loves, who she would do everything for … and it is reciprocal. She is lost, yes, she needs to find a part of her that feels lost but that part is not a soul and that is what God is trying to make Maze see.
She’s perfect just the way she is, tough, badass, sometimes a bit mean … but with a heart so big that it doesn’t fit in her chest. That’s what Lucifer Season 5B is for Maze, but it breaks my heart to see her on the verge of crying, so sad… all her dreams were just shattered before her eyes.
I hate this scene. I can already say it clearly. I. HATE. THIS. SCENE. But it’s important in Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner” so I had to include it in our list of 5 scenes you can’t miss (and also to be able to criticize it, wink, wink.)
Lucifer, as almost always, comes to all the wrong conclusions. Misinterpreting what his father says, he concludes that his father cannot love … and neither can he. But Lucifer, my sometimes too stupid love, YOU’VE BEEN LOVING CHLOE ALMOST SINCE YOU MEET HER. If you didn’t you wouldn’t have literally died and gone to hell for her. Twice. You wouldn’t have let her choose when you thought she had no choice in loving you. You wouldn’t have forgiven her when her fear overcame her.
It’s clear that Lucifer loves Chloe. The problem here is that he never knew love so he cannot identify it as such. He doesn’t understand it. He will. But not now.
And my Chloe … goodness, it was hard to hear those words from the love of her life, from the person to whom she opened her heart, from the person with whom she chose to be vulnerable and expose herself … .and I want to hold her tight.
That said, apart from this half-breakup, I hate this scene because it’s not truly explained. That is, what we have commented here about Lucifer, his father and the dilemma of love is something that we deduce from the story of the show but Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner” doesn’t explain at all how Lucifer goes from almost telling Chloe that he loves her in episode 8 to telling her that those words would be a lie.
They leave it too much to the discretion of the viewer and these are not things that can be left unexplained. We need an explanation of how we got from point A to B. Urgently. And the episode just doesn’t give it to us and we stay as WTF?! And the general reaction is disappointment, shock, … not knowing what you’ve seen.
Don’t get me wrong, a breakup always hurts, but it hurts more when it’s absurd. This Deckerstar breakup…I think it makes sense within the Lucifer story but, for that, they should have explained it to me so that I could cry but I could also understand why. This show is way better than that, and here I was disappointed.
I said what I said.
And these are the 5 scenes that you can’t miss from Lucifer 5×09 “Family Dinner.” Stay tuned for the 5 scenes you can’t miss from episode 10 that we will publish tomorrow.