[Lucifer] 320 • Angel of San Bernardino

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A MYSTERIOUS GUARDIAN ANGEL CAUSES LUCIFER TO WORRY

Lucifer and Chloe investigate a murder during which a witness claims a winged guardian angel saved her life, causing Lucifer to become paranoid about his own actions. Meanwhile, Pierce and Chloe’s relationship takes an interesting turn and Lucifer discovers something that could change everything.

Airdate: 4/16/18

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They’re surprised to find Matt giving the best man’s toast at a wedding, and Lucifer immediately pegs him as the murderer, not just of Kevin but also of that hospital employee whose body was burned. Chloe hesitantly asks if Lucifer is perhaps thinking of an episode of Bones.

In fact he is, and Matt boasts that playing the murderer in “The Intern in the Incinerator” wasn’t easy. Turns out, he works for Masquerade, a company that provides actors to play family or friends for people who don’t have any but want to look like they do. Tonight he’s a wedding ringer, but in the past, he was hired anonymously to be Kevin’s party buddy, making sure he stayed high.

Okay, so real-life actor Scott Allen Rinker played Evan Klimkew in that episode of Bones, and on Lucifer, Rinker plays an actor named Matt Kessman, who played Evan Klimkew in that episode of Bones. You don’t have to be as sleep-deprived as Lucifer to struggle to wrap your head around that fun casting factoid.

And boy, is Lucifer sleep-deprived. He’s pale and trembly, and he freaks out when Chloe confronts him about it. He tries to explain that he can’t sleep because his father might make him fly around helping people, but Chloe says he’s just bent out of shape about her and Pierce and demands to know why it upsets him so much. Gee, I don’t know, because he loves you, as you well know?

Lucifer insists it’s because Pierce is actually biblical Cain and is using her to get rid of his immortality curse, but Chloe hotly insists that Marcus is a good man, almost blurting out that she loves him before ending the whole awful conversation.

Okay, I’m trying so hard not to get irritated with Chloe throughout all of this, but she’s more than aware of how Lucifer feels about her. Even if he covers up his hurt with his usual bluster and threesomes and whatnot, she’s not a stupid woman. The show would’ve been better served to have them both acknowledge that seeing her with anybody she truly cares about would be painful for Lucifer, and the fact that it’s Pierce makes it that much worse. Instead, Chloe acts like she has no idea why Lucifer would object to her being with Pierce when even an iota of her detective skills should clue her in. And it’s especially galling on top of this that Chloe feels for Pierce in a relationship that felt forced from the jump.

Anyway, both Lucifer and Chloe separately crack the case when they realize that Kevin’s ex-girlfriend Mary hired Jeremy, a Masquerade actor, to pretend to be her husband in order to keep up appearances after she got pregnant and Kevin chose heroin over her and the baby.

Jeremy turned his pretend husband gig into the real thing after Mary fell in love with him, and when Kevin came back around, clean and hoping to reclaim his family, Jeremy killed him. When Lucifer confronts him, Jeremy admits everything and then tries to stab Lucifer, but the knife shatters against his chest.

Lucifer then terrifies Jeremy into confessing that there was no angel there the night he killed Kevin; the homeowner was simply confused by the angel figurine’s shadow, and Jeremy swiped it for fear of leaving fingerprints.

And suddenly, Lucifer’s overidentification with the case of the week works in his favor: Jeremy hired someone to drive Kevin to self-destruction by playing on his weaknesses. Gee, who might be doing the same thing to the Prince of Hell? By the time Chloe arrives to arrest Jeremy (alone, which seems unwise and possibly against department protocol), Lucifer’s ransacking his apartment to find the figurine, reasoning that if Ella can pull Pierce’s prints off of it, maybe Chloe will believe him.

Then Maze arrives and takes great pleasure in explaining that she was the one gaslighting him from the beginning, planting the figurine in his apartment and donning fake wings to save that family. As awful as it is to see Maze turn on Lucifer, wow did she play him beautifully, using his selfishness and daddy issues against him. Once he realizes what’s happening, he leaps into his car, red-eyed and desperate, to reach Chloe… who’s in the process of inviting Pierce to stay the night and have breakfast with Trixie the next morning — a huge step for a single mom. But just as she’s ready to say, “I love you,” Pierce cuts her off and coldly tells her it’s not worth it, saving his own anguished breakdown until he’s out of her presence.

When Lucifer finds Chloe catatonic and heartbroken, he beelines to Pierce’s house in a rage. Pierce says all he needed was for Chloe to say the words, but he couldn’t let her open the door to the eventual hurt that would’ve caused her. He’s resigned to any punishment Lucifer chooses to give him, but before the beating begins in earnest, they both realize the mark of Cain is gone.

So Pierce took the Prince Charming angle and assumed true love’s kiss would cure him, but he actually needed to pull a Pinocchio and commit an act of sacrifice to become a real boy.

Mission accomplished, but at what cost to the characters?

Stray feathers
• Okay, I doubt next week will actually feature Lucifer dispatching Pierce in the first two minutes of the episode so we can all move on to other plot lines, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

• Naked Dan fumbling with his badge was almost as enjoyable as Charlotte trying to cut down Ella before concluding, “You’re pretty great, actually.” And Lucifer’s determined, late-night convertible drive set to In the Air Tonight was a very cool Miami Vice shout out. Different ocean, same mood.

• As you may know, Fox hasn’t yet decided whether to bring Lucifer back next season. If you’d like to make your voice heard, you can join the chorus of Twitter users encouraging Fox to #RenewLucifer.

• But seriously, name a more enjoyable montage (non-makeover category). I’ll wait…

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