“Batwoman” Episode 302 Recap: Are You My Mommi?

Hello and welcome to another Batwoman recap! Before we get into the episode, I do want to mention the Ruby-sized elephant in the room. Heather expertly summed up Ruby’s allegations as well as the awareness and the fight IATSE has brought to unsafe working conditions on many Hollywood sets and writers’ rooms. The safety of the cast and crew of this show is paramount, and thanks to Ruby, we know a bit more about the details surrounding her departure. What I will say, is if you haven’t already, please watch Azie Tesfai’s Instagram live featuring Javicia, Candice Patton, and Anna Diop. In addition to gassing each other up and showing each other so much love, they also describe the racist abuse they encountered in their workplace and fandoms. I do not mean to suggest an “Oppression Olympics” of any kind, I merely wish that the outrage for Black women’s documented abuse matched that of Ruby’s. Ya know, rising tides and ships and whatever that metaphor is… Again, for more on this, please read Heather’s piece and the deeper conversations in the comments. For now, onto the recap! 


Previously on Batwoman, Ryan and Sophie learned that Ry Ry’s birth mother is still alive, the team discovered several of Batman’s villain trophies were missing, we met the one and only Renee Montoya, and she forced Alice and Ryan to work together in order to recover all of Batman’s missing trophies.

Diving right into (hehe) this week’s episode, a young couple is on a late night date at an empty pool (the bar for what passes for romance among hets is the actual floor). Not long after they jump in, the dude is pulled under the water by forces unknown before he bursts out of the water, gets tossed around a bunch, and he and his lady friend are killed leaving behind nothing but blood in the water (and the Legally Blonde: the Musical soundtrack in my head).

We cut to Arkham Asylum where Alice is being released from custody in exchange for her help with finding the lost artifacts. She’s not empty-handed though, because her release also comes with a shiny new ankle monitor courtesy of Renee Montoya. It seems the gang’s all here, because Ryan appears and warns Montoya yet again that working with Alice is going to blow up right in her gorgeous face. Renee tells her that it is in Ryan’s best interest to make sure that doesn’t happen because if Alice screws up, it’s the end of the road for Batwoman too. Ya know, I can’t even knock Montoya’s hustle; she’s giving us the Ryan/Alice teamwork we deserve! And hey, maybe they’ll even learn something from each other in the process.

This is the face of someone who’s been told to “play nice” one too many times.

Gotham’s hardest working reporter, Dana DeWitt, is on the scene at the pool where she reveals the crime to have the hallmarks of former Batman villain, Killer Croc.

Down in the Batcave, Luke gives Mary and Ryan the rundown of the OG K.C. — Waylon Jones, professional wrestler, unknown infection, croc’ed out, Bruce tried to help, GCPD blew him to smithereens. Tale as old as time. All that was left of him was the tooth that most likely carried the infection and that was coincidentally floating around Gotham somewhere.

And then from behind the Bat team, a voice calls out with a question. It’s Alice! And not for nothing, her question about why there’s a tree in the cave is a valid one. Bat motif aside, there are literally 44 floors in this otherwise empty building and they decided to work down here?? When I tell you I screamed at Alice just hanging out in the Batcave. This is gonna be FUN.

“Am I…the drama?”

Ryan is less convinced about Alice’s presence bringing joy though; she leaves Alice alone and pulls Luke and Mary upstairs to get an update on the Batwing suit progress. She’s going to need his help to take down Croc. And then the heavens open up and Sophie comes in bearing arms* (*a forensics report detailing the poison present in Croc’s saliva). The friends are soon interrupted by a helicopter casually landing at Wayne Tower. Wouldn’t ya know, it’s the CEO of Jeturian Industries, Jada Jet. As Sophie realizes that Ryan, as acting CEO, is going to come face-to-face with her birth mom, she decides to tell Ryan the truth about Jada’s identity.

Me when I’m convinced I left my flat iron on, even though my hair is literally in braids.

Now, everyone say “Thank you, Mary!” because holy hell, homegirl hooked Ryan UP with a fit. And Sophie girl, I SAW THAT UP AND DOWN YOU GAVE RYAN IN THE MIRROR, YOU NOT SLICK! Y’all, real talk, there are a few scenes in this episode I wasn’t sure how I would recap without just yelling “BLACK WOMEN!!!” from the rooftops, and this is one of them. If you haven’t watched this scene yet, please go do it right now because I don’t know if I can do justice to the chemistry between Javicia and Meagan.

“Okay, but would you date me if I wore this?”

Ryan is nervous as all heck to meet Jada and she looks to Sophie to help get her through it. Soph asks Ryan what she wants from Jada, and Ryan is blunt. She doesn’t want anything but to get through this meeting with the woman who didn’t want her. The two run down Jada’s resume and while it’s clear the CEO is a fighter, Sophie reminds Ryan that she is too. Jada gave Ryan nothing, so she can’t take a damn thing away from her. AND THEN THEY HOLD HANDS as Sophie tells Ryan, “You got this.”

Hands.

And then the music shifts, and in struts Jada Jet wearing Robin Given’s face. Remember how I literally just said I didn’t know how to recap a few scenes? Well, here’s another one! The absolute power of these two women — one, outwardly sure of herself while fighting a raging emotional battle inside; and the other, all fire and boss energy ready to take down whoever dared to hack into her systems.

“Did someone call for a boss bitch?”

The two introduce themselves and Ryan genuinely holds her own against Jada, who spends their encounter trying to bait her daughter into sharing more information about the breach. Ryan doesn’t waver and asks again why Jada is there. She’s there to deliver a warning and also a masterclass in how to enter and exit a room, apparently. As soon as Jada is out of sight, Ryan absolutely crumbles.

I’m obsessed with the way Javicia played this scene. She expertly portrayed the emotions that many Black women go through when they’re expected to be outwardly strong, even when they don’t particularly feel it. It takes such a huge amount of energy to wear that mask and I felt that exhaustion the second that Ryan let it fall.

Meanwhile, Luke and Mary are trying to figure out why the Batwing suit keeps malfunctioning. When Mary learns that Lucius programmed his voice as the suit’s A.I., she adorably asks “Mr. Fox” for deets on Luke as a child. The two figure out that the suit’s failsafe triggered the shutdown because it thought Luke was injured. Mary suggests they make sure Luke is actually okay before they assume the suit is what’s faulty.

Luke’s childhood photos are WILD, y’all.

Down in the Batcave, Alice is still by herself, doing the thing we all do when we’re bored. We Google how to remove ankle monitors, obviously. Ryan shows up after her meeting with Jada, which Alice knew all about. Ryan tries not to fall for Alice’s barbs until the blonde dangles info about Croc’s next attack right in front of her. It turns out, having a killer on the Bat team is hella useful, because Alice reveals that the pool duo wasn’t Croc’s first kill. She’s already compiled a list of missing persons who are most likely actually victims of Killer Croc 2.0.

Ryan is always just exasperated by Alice, and I’m obsessed.

And now it’s time for the weekly yelling of “RACHEL SKARSTEN, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!” In this moment, is the delivery of “No, well yes. But that’s not the takeaway.” for me.

Moving on! A tiny Megan Rapinoe in training is practicing her soccer moves at some camp grounds when she kicks her ball into the woods and FOR SOME REASON, decides to go after it. She finds her ball slashed and before she can do much investigating, she’s dragged out of sight.

Have I mentioned that I love having Sophie on comms? Because I LOVE having Sophie on comms. She’s in Batwoman’s ear while B-Dubs (I have no idea, I’m so sorry) and Alice survey the scene in the woods. They realize he’s stashing paralyzed victims so he can eat them later. Yum.

“What step of his skin routine do you think ‘shedding’ is?”

Down in the sewers, Tiny Rapinoe (I think the captions said her name is Whitney, but sorry, your name is Tiny Rapinoe now) wakes up surrounded by dead bodies, tries to escape on her injured leg, but stops as soon as she hears growling.

Meanwhile, Alice tries to make small talk with Ryan about her “mommy.” She asks why Ryan keeps pretending not to care about what Jada’s like because she’s sure as a kid, Tiny Ryan probably wondered every day. Ryan tells Alice that Jada is absolutely incredible, but she doesn’t want or need her in her life.

The trail ends at a sewer grate and Ryan makes Alice go first because she still doesn’t trust that her motives are anything but selfish. And here’s part of why Rachel Skarsten is so damn good. She turns on an emotional dime and reminds Ryan that she WAS that little girl and she won’t give up on Tiny Rapinoe the way everyone gave up on her. Hard outer shell with a gooey center is my absolute favorite character trope, and Rachel and these writers are so good at reminding viewers just how complex Alice is. It’s not all quips and facial expressions over here.

“Being a little girl who needed saving is my whole entire thing.”

The duo discovers a bunch of meat hanging in the sewer and realize someone else is hunting Croc 2.0: his father.

I am VERY gay, but I’m also not blind and Luke Fox can GET IT. Mary understandably short-circuits upon seeing Luke’s abs and attempts to take his vitals. Luke’s heart rate starts to skyrocket the closer Mary gets to him and honestly, relatable. Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, Luke insists the problem is with the suit and he’ll just override the failsafe.

I can’t believe this screenshot made it in.

Back in the sewers, Croc 2.0’s father explains that his son, Steven, cut himself on what turned out to be OG Croc’s tooth and that led to an infection that caused good ole Stevie to croc-out. Father Croc tried to chain up his son, but much like Troy and Gabriella, Steven broke free. Ryan tries to convince Father Croc that they just want to help, but he doesn’t believe them, and uses one of those electricity pole things (I’m sure it has a wonderful name, don’t @ me) to electrocute Batwoman.

Meanwhile, Sophie’s monitoring her girl and sees a power spike in the suit. She’s so worried about Ryan, y’all!!

Croc 2.0 shows up and drags his father away. White people family dynamics are wild. Anyway, Alice grabs the device and short-circuits her ankle monitor before skipping away.

Ryan informs the rest of the Bat team that Alice escaped, and asks Batwing to help track her down while Batwoman goes after Croc.

As Alice starts to leave the sewers, she hears the little girl crying out for help so she doubles back. Once she realizes Tiny Rapinoe is just going to slow her down, she decides to teach her the lesson she wishes she knew. That the only person she can count on is herself and no one else is going to save her. She insists Tiny Rapinoe will thank her for this advice before leaving her alone.

“Look! Look with your special eyes!”

And look, in some ways Alice is right. The only thing we can control in this world is ourselves, our actions, and how we react to situations we’re in. But does that mean we ignore everyone else in the process? I had a conversation with a friend recently about how we’ve swung so far to the side of “self-care above all!” and “I’m just going to do me!” that we’ve inadvertently swung back around to the brand of selfishness that harms other people. Alice has been let down so many times by people who were supposed to care for her, so I get why she’s reluctant to trust anyone. But let’s break that cycle, girl. The line is very thin, but you can save yourself without isolating everyone else.

Meanwhile, as Ryan searches for Steven, she expresses how lucky he is to have a parent who cares so deeply about him. But she’s too late; Father Croc is already dead.

I’m not sure who’s running things at City Hall, but can we get Montoya some better lighting in her office?! Another detective comes in and tells Renee that they lost Alice’s tracker signal.

“Would you believe this office is a step up from what I’m used to?”

Alice almost manages to escape (still skipping, by the way), but she’s stopped by Batwing. The two engage in some beautiful fight choreography before Batwing injects Alice with nano bites that will track her every move. GOT ‘EM!

The moment you realize you got got.

Back in the sewers, Tiny Rapinoe is still trying to drag herself out (bless her heart) when Croc finds her and Batwoman finds them both. Ryan shoots a batarang net at Croc 2.0, pins him to the wall, and carries Tiny Pinoe to safety.

At the scene, Montoya congratulates Batwoman on finding Croc 2.0 and is about to go in on her for losing Alice, but Ryan points out that Alice is waiting in the car. Waiting to be taken back to Arkham and can we PLEASE stop locking Alice up?? Has it occurred to any of you that the more you jerk her around and use her, the more trauma she experiences?? Not to be all Mad Hatter about it, but #FreeAlice.

If you thought Supergirl was the only show with a Feelings Balcony, you would be INCORRECT because it’s time for another scene I had no idea how I would recap. Sophie apologizes to Ryan for telling her about Jada. Ryan doesn’t blame Sophie at all; she’s so hurt that the woman who gave birth to her spent millions of dollars to hide Ryan’s existence. Sophie gently reminds Ryan that, before she judges Jada too harshly, they have no idea what Jada’s options were at the time. Ryan maintains that she doesn’t want to know, but Sophie says that she’s very familiar with laying bricks in a wall built to protect herself. It’s okay to peek out from behind the wall and be vulnerable. And if Jada doesn’t want anything to do with Ryan? Well, that’s Jada’s loss.

“I’m hooked on all these feelings.”

Check.

Meanwhile, Luke tries to talk to his dad via the suit, but it doesn’t work. They deduce it’s because they removed the failsafe. Mary figured out that the pain the suit was detecting was psychological, not physical. Luke’s body may have healed from his gunshot wound, but that doesn’t mean his whole self is healed.

At City Hall, Montoya is evaluating what they believe to be Poison Ivy’s vine. She decides to test it with some water and her theory is correct; it’s not the real thing. How does she know? SHE’S SEEN IT UP CLOSE! How close, Montoya? HOW CLOSE WERE YOU? Ahem.

And then… BLACK WOMEN!!! Jada’s in her office staring into the middle distance like Rachel on Orphan Black when Ryan gives her a taste of her own medicine and barges in to see her (looking FOINE, I might add). Ryan honored Jada’s request to stay out of her business, but this meeting is personal. She tells Jada that she’s her daughter and not for nothing, Jada looks genuinely shocked by this. Is she playing Ryan? Is she just surprised that Ryan actually knows?!

Mate.

Next week we meet Ryan’s brother and the business outfits continue!

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8 Comments

  1. I was OVERWHELMED by how hot everyone was this episode. Truly every single character!! Ryan’s acting CEO outfit (and hair and makeup look)?!? Sophie being all supportive in that confident but kind way? Ryan’s mom? Mary? Alice’s little smirk before she started fighting batwing? I was swooning the whole goddamn time.
    And I’m with you on the free Alice in some way scenario. Arkham is a bad place. I am not over Ryan breaking her promise to Alice last week after she helped them w/the mad hatter. there has to be another way that doesn’t involve continually getting her hoped up and then going back on their word!

  2. Can you imagine if the next crossover featured the Legends and Team Bat? Mary and Fashion Zari would have a field day giving the teams a makeover.

    Mary and Luke playing “doctor” is proof that even the straights can be utterly oblivious to their feelings.

    Nanites! The cause of, and solution to, all of the Arrowverse’s problems.

    It’s know it’s only the second episode, but I hope Sophie gets a substantial arc this season. Maybe Montoya will try to recruit her for her task force. Or for … other things…

  3. Everyone looked unbelievably hot this episode. Who is in charge of clothes?? And I didn’t even miss sophie at the club because her scenes with Ryan were so good.

    Thanks for anther great recap.

    #FreeAlice

  4. The energy that Robin Givens’ Jada Jett brought in her first episode singlehandly offset all my gripes about one whole season of Jacob Kane. I have faith that I’m like three more Mommi Jada scenes away from forgetting him entirely.

    Love that for me.

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