Previously on Supergirl, Lex Luthor was evil and put in jail, there was a Martian staff of psychic powers, and Lena refused to start human trials because her serum wasn’t 100% ready yet because she’s GOOD unlike her brother who we may have mentioned is evil. And is also Jon Cryer for some Raoforsaken reason but we’re trying to move past that.
We open this episode four years ago, with Lex monologuing to Lena while they watch destruction and chaos on the news. Lena looks scared, and it turns out she’s tied to a chair… though that’s not stopping her from telling her brother that what he’s doing is wrong, and that the world can’t survive under a red sun.
But Lex doesn’t care because know who else can’t live under a red sun? Superman. He thinks Superman has become a false god and wants the people to see him bleed, and Lena hisses that at least Superman’s good. Lex isn’t deterred and when the cops come to get him he still seems confident he’ll come out on top of all this.
Cut to present day, where Lena walks out of the Luthor mansion in a sexy rainproof trenchcoat situation to a medivac.
When the doors open to reveal her brother hooked up to an oxygen machine and immediately sasses him about having a stroke just to see her via sympathy furlow. Once settled inside he explains that he feels weak and helpless and he hates it and he wants the Harun-El serum to cure him. Lena does find delight in the irony of Lex having poisoned himself with kryptonite and now needing an element from his enemy’s home planet to cure him, but it’s not ready for human trials yet. Which he knows because they’ve been talking for the past few months.
But she tells him to rest assured; she fully intends on making sure he lives out the rest of his prison sentence.
Eve comes in and Lex tries to give her his coffee order but she ignores him and tells Lena that it’s about James.
You see, Kara got a James-is-in-danger alert from his special watch (pressed by the Risen Mitten from PLL) and Supergirled him to the hospital. Knowing the shooting happened at CatCo, not knowing the fate of her friend, Lena hugs Kara so hard when she sees her.
Then she remembers she’s actually there to see James and ignores everyone’s protests that they won’t let anyone in to see him yet and marches away saying that she owns this hospital and can go wherever she damn well pleases.
It turns out James was shot in the back with a hollow bullet that shattered and splintered inside him. J’onn is so sure it’s Manchester so he goes off to find him.
Alex goes to find Lena and tell her that even though surgery is an option for James, it’s still risky and he might not survive it. But one thing that would heal him completely is the Harun-El serum. Lena is stressed and says it’s not ready, but Alex believes in her and says that there has to be something she hasn’t tried yet, a resource she hasn’t tapped.
Lena is inspired by Alex’s assertion and runs off.
J’onn and Kara are about to leave to find Manchester when Alex asks why Kara would be leaving her best friend in the hospital. Kara mutters something about how James would want her at CatCo and scurries off.
Lex doesn’t understand why Lena wants to save James so badly since they’re broken up now, but Lena explains she only pushed James away because she knew he would never approve of her working with Lex. But she has to, and she knows this now, because no one knows kryptonite better than him. So she asks for Lex’s help to finish the serum. She’s having a hard time finding the balance between the healing and the super parts of the serum and it’s causing that pesky side effect they warn you about in prescription drug commercials: death.
Back at the hospital, Nia blames herself for this, saying she should have seen this coming and been able to save James. Brainy feels like it’s HIS fault because he didn’t predict it and that Manchester having his Legion ring must have helped him get into CatCo undetected. But their pity party is interrupted by Alex who comes to check on them, and then by a doctor who decides to tell this not-next-of-kin that he was put in a medically induced coma but that he needs a true next-of-kin to decide the next steps. Alex tries to be James’s medical proxy but then, who swoops in just in time, but Kelly Olsen.
Kelly of course knows all about Alex and is glad to finally meet her. And maybe it was just in my heart but I’m pretty sure the music started tinkling a little happier when she arrived. Before she goes to talk to the doctor about next-of-kin stuff, she tells him that Alex, Brainy and Nia are family, and should be treated as such.
And then right there Kelly Olsen won my whole heart and she can stay forever.
At the Luthor Mansion, Lena puts on a suit?? I do not know why. I do not care. I love it.
Lex tries to take credit for Lena’s accomplishments, saying that she was always trying to impress him and it was only because he didn’t give her any encouragement that she continued to thrive. But that he’s proud of her, especially of how she made kryptonite.
He’s coughing up blood but she’s mostly just annoyed and has mixed feelings about everything her brother is saying.
Lena goes out to the garden to have a think and let everyone see her suit in the sunshine.
Eve comes out to talk to Lena, saying she’s concerned about how much access Lex has now that he’s working on the serum with her. But Lena assures her that right now Lex is just looking out for number one, and until he cures himself, that’s as dubious a plot as he can hatch.
When she gets back inside, Lex is on the floor with the DOC agent just standing over him, so Lena uncuffs her brother and helps him up.
Alex goes into James’s hospital room to check on him and Kelly, and to thank Kelly for the access. Kelly says James has always been a chosen family kind of guy, so she knows this is what he would want. They realize Kara still isn’t around but before they can wonder too much about where she is, James starts seizing and they’re ushered out of the room.
A doctor comes out and tells Kelly that James is looking pretty rough and that he needs surgery STAT. Kelly consents, but as soon as the doctor leaves, Alex tells Kelly about Lena’s serum. She says the serum isn’t ready, but that she believe it will be soon, because she’s seen Lena Luthor do impossible things before. Kelly doesn’t trust a Luthor enough to bet her brother’s life on one, and so her and Alex have a bit of a standoff about what’s best for James.
Meanwhile, Lena and Lex are working together and fixing the issues with the serum and even speaking in unison when they realize they’ve almost solved it.
Alex calls Kara and scolds her sister for not being there when James needs her. She says James is about to go into surgery and Rao forbid anything goes wrong, Kara won’t have the chance to say goodbye unless she gets her butt down here right now. How could she possibly help J’onn with Manchester? What is she going to do, report him to death?
Word that James went into surgery gets to Lena, and she fears she’s too late to save him.
Lex tells Lena about a dog he had when he was little, before Lena showed up, and that Lillian sent Lex on a business trip instead of letting him be with the dog when he died. At first Lex was pissed because his dad spent the whole time with this mystery woman, but the mystery woman ended up being a lovely Irish angel and was kind to him when his own parents weren’t. And this woman was Lena’s mother. Lex tells Lena this story to remind her that no matter what shadow the Luthor name casts over her, she should always remember that she was born of light.
I’m just going to wrap up J’onn’s storyline in this ep here because I didn’t care at all. Manchester has the psychic staff and gets in a fight with J’onn and J’onn’s path of peace is tested. Manchester torments J’onn with memories of his daughters dying, and then false images of Alex and Kara being dead and asking why he didn’t save them.
Eventually J’onn succumbs to this torture and kills Manchester dead. Just, evaporates him. And J’onn is officially no longer a man of peace.
At the hospital, Alex brings Kelly Jell-O and Kelly accepts the olive branch, and at first I was like, “Hm, that’s not very queer, what with the gelatin” but then Kelly started processing her feelings by way of the Jell-O and my gaydar spiked. Kelly tells Alex that she was a military psychologist and that she’s no stranger to visiting her brother in the hospital.
When Kara shows up, Kelly hugs her, and immediately sees that Kara and Alex need a minute alone so she and J’onn peace out. Kara apologizes and says that she couldn’t just sit around and feel helpless while James was hurt, but she realized in giving J’onn advice earlier, that sometimes the best thing you can do for someone might not look like action at all, but might just involve being with them. So she hugs her sister and stands by her side.
Lena shows up and Alex and Kara take her to James’s room. And I know that’s a boring sentence but listen I like being able to use all three of their names okay?
Anyway, in another corridor of the hospital, Nia finds Brainy in a battle with a vending machine and he’s having a bit of a mental breakdown. To try to calm him, Nia pulls him into a kiss. I scream with joy, then the lights start to flicker. (But it turns out only one of those things was because of the kiss.)
Kelly and Alex realize that if the hospital power goes out in the middle of James’s surgery, he’s screwed, and Alex says that while the surgery was the right choice for Kelly to make at the time, desperate times might call for desperate measures, and the serum is ready right now. Alex says she understands not trusting Lena since she doesn’t know her from a hole in the wall, but looks her in the eyes and asks her to trust Alex instead. And Kelly does.
Eve pops up and says, “Did someone say serum?” and just happens to have one so they rush off to find Lena to administer it. Lena kicks open the OR door and says that she’s about to do some crime so all the doctors leave. For some reason, despite having been shot in the back, they had started opening him up via the lower abdomen, so he’s face up and in the perfect position for Lena to jab a needle right into his heart.
Kelly and Alex watch on nervously but together.
The serum starts to work and creeps through his veins and starts to heal his wounds until finally James snaps awake with a deep breath. He sees three of his favorite ladies standing over him and isn’t too mad about being alive. Kelly gives Lena credit for saving him, and Lena tosses some of that credit back to Supergirl, and even though they’re all being humble, look at these three ladies.
Kelly tells James how much she likes his friends, and also PS she called their mom so have fun with that byyyye. It was very sisterly and cute.
For some reason Brainy doesn’t think, statistically, he and Nia will work as a couple because relationships brought on by fraught situations aren’t set up by success, but I guess he’s forgetting about all the groundwork they put in to lead up to this moment. In any case, Nia is not deterred and is sure Brainy will come around eventually.
Lena goes to see Lex, pissed, because she’s realized that it’s his fault the power in the hospital went out and forced her to test her Harun-El on a human subject.
Lex admits that she’s right, and also that he had James (or Jimmy, as he calls him) shot in the first place; he wanted the cure for himself but wanted it tested on someone else first and new Lena needed a little… prodding. But since it worked so well, he’s already taken the cure. Oh and by the way, the jerky DOC agent? Has been that bad brother from the beginning of the season this whole time. Otis Graves? Yeah he’s been using Lena’s image inducing technology against her, that jerk.
They cuff Lena to a chair and as if Lena’s day hadn’t been bad enough, in walks Eve Teschmacher pointing a gun right at her boss.
I will not lie to you my friends… I gasped. I never in a million years suspected her, I thought she was a science angel sent to listen to Lena talk out loud in the lab so she wasn’t talking to herself all the time. I am hurt and confused and Lena is, too. Especially when Eve claims she’s been on Lex’s side this whole time. Which… WHAT whole time? Since before she started at CatCo? Or just since she joined Lena’s science squad? I NEED ANSWERS, TESCHMACHER, AND I NEED THEM NOW.
But I’m pretty sure she’s not secretly double-crossing Lex because when another DOC agent comes in to see what the commotion is, Eve shoots him without flinching. (Then again maybe she knew he had a bulletproof vest?? I’M SO TORN.) Anywho, they knock Lena out with some chloroform, hop into the medivac and fly off, where Lex is delighted to come face to face with Supergirl.
Next week, hopefully more Kelly! Because I know she sticks around and I know I love her. Also, pro tip, keep an eye on Azie Tesfai on instagram and Twitter, because she’s best friends with Nicole Maines and Katie McGrath (#Nikazie) and they are QUITE the trio. I’m low-key obsessed but if my otherwise very professional and not fangirly at all Twitter account turns into a Nikazie stan account, don’t be too surprised.