“Supergirl” Episode 609 Recap: Guardian, Angel

Supergirl and the Martian Manhunter jump in to stop the guard but he has his band of aliens use their powers to help them get away.

The warden holds a press conference saying that the guard had been kidnapped by rogue prisoners, and Kara, who apparently hasn’t been paying any attention, assumes the warden simply doesn’t know the truth. Kelly feels bad, like she did the opposite of what she promised Joey, but Kara promises her they’ll fix this.

After Kara leaves to talk to the warden, Alex sees her girlfriend go out onto the Feelings Balcony and promptly follows.

Alex watches Kelly walk out on the balcony

Emotional Support Girlfriend: Activate!

Kelly is worried she made things worse for Orlando, but Alex reassures her that she did the right thing. They exposed something bigger and now they can try to fix it. She knows Kelly won’t give up.

Kelly tells Alex something she had been apparently holding onto since Kara got home; when they all had their fear visions on the way to the Phantom Zone, Kelly’s anxiety that she wasn’t a useful part of the team manifested as everyone on the team turning into Phantoms and telling her that she had nothing to add to the team, that she was weak, and that she started to think she was right.

Kelly looks sadly at her gf

“I think I get why Kara and Lena like these balconies so much.”

Alex reassures her that the real her doesn’t believe that at all and asks how the vision ended. Kelly says she realized that she might not have any powers or super strength but she could do the one thing that comes naturally: she could protect her friends. So she used some shrapnel like a shield and stood between the Phantom and her friends.

Alex smiles like this turn of events doesn’t surprise her at all. She calls her girlfriend smart and strong and powerful, because she is, in her own way. She says taking risks and pushing at the limits of our boundaries and fears is how we figure out who we are. Alex also says that Joey is lucky to have such a fierce protector in his corner, and knows the kiddo will be better off for it. Then she hugs her girlfriend tight and it’s a beautiful thing.

Supergirl 609: Dansen, Alex and Kelly hug on the feelings balcony

By this point I was enamored with enough shots that I looked up the director and it’s Shannon Kohli. I always seem to know even when I don’t know, you know?

At the prison, Kara explains the real situation about the missing aliens and guard, and the corruption, and the bomb, and surprising literally only Kara, the warden wants to sweep it under the rug. Despite everything he said earlier about believing in the Second Chances program, he keeps showing his cards by calling them “dangerous alien criminals” and tells her he’ll handle the situation and that she should stay out of it.

The next time Nia goes into her dreamscape, she hears Nyxly out again about her offer. Freedom for a day with her mother. The white owl perches nearby and uses some fantasy riddles to warn her against believing the imp; and Nia says that her mother loved owls so when Nyxly tries to shoo it away, Nia is dubious of her intentions.

Supegirl recap 609: Nia in her pretty blue dress considers Nyxly's offer

Is there a reason Nia is dressed like she’s about to be JoJo Siwa’s partner on Dancing with the Stars or…

Over at CatCo, Kara is doing more research about the prison and asks William for his CIA contact’s help. Just regular journalism folks, nothing to see here.

Andrea stalks up and demands to know why there’s not so much a Which Superfriend Are You quiz on her desk yet and in a rare moment of Over It, Kara snaps. “Who cares about the ratings?” she asks with a defeated sigh.

Kara says that there are real issues and real stories and a puff piece about local celebrities isn’t what they should be focusing on. But Andrea points out that all the important stories about real issues won’t matter much if no one is reading them, and the way to get people to read them is to attract them with shiny Superfriends interviews.

Andrea looks surprised Kara talked back to her

“Listen I only have two reporters the rest of the people here are just seat fillers, I need you to cooperate.”

Kara, lucky she didn’t get fired on the spot, says she understands and gets back to work.

Across town, Kelly heads to the foster home to check on Joey, and when she gets there she sees Joey’s powers surging and watches as the foster mom turns from Stef Foster to Miss Hannigan and zap Joey with his power dampener. Kelly is FURIOUS.

Kelly looks furious with Miss Hannigan

“Wait until Daddy Warbucks hears about this, she’ll own this place in a second.” “She?” “Oh yeah that’s just what we call Lena when we need her to pay for something.”

Kelly gives Miss Hannigan the what-for and says she’s going to report her and protect these children her damn self. Miss Hannigan knows full well that the system will rule in her favor because it’s not worth the fuss but her brush-off isn’t going to stop Kelly from trying. She storms off to start making waves, and the little justice-loving girl, Esme, watches her go with hope in her eyes.

Also doing things her own way is Kara, who is ignoring Andrea’s orders, is following a lead about a suspicious donor to the Second Chance program, Cyprus Holdings. It’s a shell corporation that is actually owned by Bruno Mannheim, the least creative man in the world. Which I say because he named his gang Intergang. He puts gang right in the name! Bad marketing, if you ask me.

In the dark of the night, Kelly borrows Alex’s motorcycle and creeps up to the side yard of the foster home and uses some fancy spy equipment to steal the security camera footage of Miss Hannigan zapping Joey. And I knew it was Kelly, there was no doubt in my mind it was Kelly, and yet, when the visor flipped up and revealed it was Kelly, I still got chills and smiled so wide. I love this journey for her already and it’s only just begun.

Kelly looks proud of herself, as she should be

You know, I assumed it was Alex’s bike, but they could have Hers & Hers motorcycles for all I know!

Alex tracks the missing prisoners and sends Supergirl to the scene. The guard has told the prisoners that this is their last job and that they will be released when this is over, but WE know that the Warden has instructed the guards to kill them after the job is done because Kara is on their heels and they don’t want any loose ends.

Supergirl and her Space Dad show up and fighting ensues and there’s this one brief moment when the guard has a gun pointed at Kara and she pauses to deliver a line and doesn’t even flinch about it and just casually takes him down and it’s very beautiful to watch.

Supergirl releases the prisoners from their power dampeners and wants to take them back to the prison (??) to clear their name but the prisoners would much rather gtfo tyvm. They stand in the prisoners’ way as they try to escape, holding their ground but only using the powers on the defensive, trying to show that they don’t mean them any harm.

Orlando explains that the system is broken, and Kara doesn’t disagree, but she knows that if he goes on the run now, that broken system will haunt him and will keep him from being able to see his brother again.

Kara gives her hope speech

We do love a Hope Speech.

He says that he really believed the lie they sold him about the work release program, he really thought it was his way out, but it was just another way to exploit people like him. Kara says she understands, that she’s seen the injustice in the world, that she’s dedicated her life to fighting it. She does try to empathize by saying she’s an alien on this planet too, but I do wish she had qualified it with something like “and I can’t imagine how much harder it is for you.” Something that acknowledged that despite being marginalized as a woman in America, as a pretty, straight-passing, cis white person with a Pulitzer and a loft apartment, she doesn’t face the same struggles as a poor Black man with a child to take care of just because they’re both aliens.

Kara does say she wants to use her privilege to help them. She wants to help their voices be heard. Orlando considers this but luckily deems Supergirl more trustworthy than the Warden and has the prisoners stand down.

And, feeding two birds with one scone, Kara also gives William a CatCo exclusive Supergirl interview to appease Andrea.

Kara is interviewed by William

“As a lesbian…supporter.”

And Andrea is, in fact, delighted by this.

Kara is still frustrated that Andrea cares more about Supergirl than the story but William says that Andrea has a point. When Supergirl speaks, people listen. And while it would be nice if people paid as much attention to news stories without a hook, the truth is, a respected celebrity is a good way to get the message out to more people. And my suspicions were right; William bothers me a hell of a lot less when he’s not trying to court Kara. I like Kara and William as coworkers.

Kara looks perplexed

I know, Kara, I made the same face after I typed that sentence.

Later that day, Kelly joins the NCPD at the foster home to watch Miss Hannigan get dragged away. Joey is so happy that his protector kept her word and she has another surprise for him: Orlando was pardoned and released from prison, so now the brothers get to be together. Kelly watches these boys run to each other and sees for the first time what Alex has been telling her all along: you don’t have to have superpowers to make a difference in someone’s life.

Kelly Olsen smiles

“I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but I know something’s starting right now…”

Kelly feels a little tug on her sleeve and looks down to see Esme aka Little Lady Justice smiling up at her. She knows Kelly was behind all this. She calls her their Guardian Angel and my heart swells nearly to bursting.

When Kelly gets home, Alex welcomes her with a glass of wine and a kiss.

Supegirl recap 609:: Dansen, Kelly and Alex lean over the couch to kiss

The gay gasp I let out at how adorable this was.

Kelly tells Alex about her day and how empowered she feels, like she finally knows how to make a real difference in the world, her own way. That she’s not a fighter, she’s a protector. And so she wants to do just that. She wants to join the Superfriends in a more official capacity, picking up her brother’s mantle. She wants to become Guardian.

Alex goes to the closet and luckily doesn’t a) go in b) pull out a tiny umbrella to make us all cry, but instead brings out a giant box that I have to imagine she got out of storage today while Kelly was at work in anticipation of this conversation. When Kelly opens it, she sees the Guardian helmet gently placed inside. Alex knew this moment would come, but also knew it had to be Kelly’s idea. Rushing her into it or asking it of her wouldn’t have been the move. But Alex had been hoping this is where her road was leading her ever since she saw her use a shield during CRISIS. Kelly, who probably was worried on some level that Alex would be against Kelly putting herself in more danger, only to have her be above-and-beyond supportive, is so, so happy.

Kelly smiles at her loving girlfriend

Is their new ship name Sword & Shield?

And I love this so much. It makes me even more sad that the show is ending (even though I have many pitches for a Sentinel & Guardian: Supergirlfriends spinoff) because I feel like these two are only at the beginning of their journey, as individual heroes and as a couple. But luckily for us, Chyler and Azie are so talented and so thoughtful that even though we don’t get to see every step of their relationship or evolvement on screen, every conversation they have makes it clear that they are happening. Some shows have their queer characters and couples develop painfully slowly because they only move forward while they’re on screen, but Alex and Kelly kept the train rolling even when the cameras weren’t. And as much as I love a teen coming out story full of relationship drama, I am also loving this trend we’re seeing of adult queer women with their healthy relationships whose drama and storylines have nothing to do with interpersonal tension, but external situations or individual growth. (Also looking at you, Legends of Tomorrow!) As someone who is considered Old by the social media apps I frequent, this soothes me.

Supegirl recap 609: Alex Danvers beams

Maybe love isn’t a lie. I love this for them and for us.

We end the episode where it began, in Nia’s dreamscape. She reiterates the terms of the deal: If she lets Nyxly out, Nyxly will bring her mom back for 24 hours. And because apparently Nia never saw that one episode of Buffy, she zaps the owl away and accepts Nyxly’s terms.

Nia does some magic hand motions

“Yes I have watched all of The Magicians, thanks for asking.”

Nyxly grins wickedly and I have a feeling her tricks will be far less mundane than Mr. Mxyzptlk’s antics.

I have no idea what’s in store for next week because apparently the CW has given up on putting together promos for this show and I don’t want to read the description on TV guide or anything because they’re always too spoilery, so I’ll see you for my next Supergirl recap and we can find out together. Maybe Lena will be back, maybe Nia’s mom will be a zombie, maybe we’ll get an Alex/Kelly training montage, who knows!

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  1. I fully support your headcanon on the Dansen Orphange, as long as it doesn’t get brought up in a song, a la the finale of Hamilton.

    Nia’s dreamscape looks like an Evanescence music video.

    While Nia absolutely should not trust Nyxly in any way shape or form, she is also the only Superfriend we have not had a doppelganger for. And I would love to see Nightmare, the skanky and evil and kinda gay version of Dreamer.

    If there is a training montage, we can just lie down and refuse to cooperate until the inspirational power chords go away.

  2. “You see, she wants Nia to use her powers (the same powers that accidentally conjured a pink panther back in Midvale) to materialize her in the real world.”

    Great catch!

    Au contraire to you, was legit shocked when it was Kelly under that helmet (it’s a Double Dykes on Bikes couple! 😄)

    I love Melissa as Kara/SG: I feel like, lo these nearly 6 years now, I haven’t said that nearly enough. This character could seem so stiff, or preachy, but she just doesn’t. This Kryptonian is very, very, human and Rao, am I ever going to miss her. Wah. 😭

    Agreed, William is perfectly fine as a friendly, caring co-worker. [Just like the Glorious Revolution of 1688, All Hail William&Mary!😉]

    But completely disagree re that alien girl. Call it my total lack of maternal instinct, but she was so {cringe} I had to Mute her. [Promise me she’s not going to be adopted by A&K???]

    I guess Ireland is East of El Lay, I mean National City?

    Inasmuch I’m interested in the Kelly and Nia plot developments . . . this was an ep that made me very much look at the clock: 11 episodes left.

    Lena, COME BACK! Your girl’s still a-leanin’ for you!

    • Just wanna say: hmm, who could Nia have discussed her Nyxly dreams with?

      So Brainy’s away. Lena too. Kara, along w/ Alex (and by extension, Kelly), are still dealing w/ her Post-Phantom-Zone-Trauma (PPZT). I guess she’s not that close to J’onn?

      Hmm, who else? Oh, I don’t know, maybe *the very Super Friend she discussed her dreams with “way back” in 5×19???* Or is that, like everything else about ***M’Gann*** supposed to go down the memory hole? [Am getting annoyed about her unspoken disappearance, or couldn’t you tell?]

  3. “Kara, lucky she didn’t get fired on the spot, says she understands and gets back to work.” that hasn’t happened since snapper fired her in season two and that girl has incredible job security these days. “you don’t have to have superpowers to make a difference in someone’s life.” and you don’t have to be a costumed hero either but these writers don’t realize that

  4. ’twas a long break! But waited and watched the latest episodes back-to-back.

    I dunno, maybe after that tense first part of the season, it’s been a slow start, with a bit of Supercorp spirit sprinkled here and there.

    Lots of feels again when the Danvers sisters were supporting each other during troubled times. This, this will be one of the relationships I will miss the most. Oof.

    I also thought there were fewer episodes left to the season. Weird, but also good for us that we were wrong.

    • It’s the Eternal Conundrum of super hero movies/shows: just how much Real World Problems are you going to pack into shows about people who can, e.g., fly?

      I kinda love Kara’s “Who cares about the ratings?!” to Andrea, but in the Real World, viewers often tune into super hero shows to ESCAPE Real World Problems (not withstanding that worrying about ratings is now a thing of the past for “Supergirl”—so ***Supercorp Endgame No Possible Fecking Reason NOT To?***—there are still bunches of staff, inc writers, who have to worry about their careers. And, ergo, ratings.

  5. Ah, Intergang. What can I say; it was named in the early 70’s, which were not a time for subtlety, especially in comics.

    The name could have been worse: “Intergang” originated in the same DC plotline that introduced evil space-god “Darkseid” and his home planet of “Apokolips”.

    (Geek Trivia: In one of it’s comics incarnations, Intergang was brought down by the reporting team of Cat Grant and Clark Kent.)

    • For some reason Darkseid I enjoy the name of…I’d never heard of Apokolips though hhahaha very on the nose. And I can definitely see how those things are interesting in print but some of the magic is definitely lost when you hear people say them out loud haha

    • To be honest I’m ready for this show to end. It used to be a fun girl power show. Now it’s gotten boring and preachy. I watch these shows to escape from this world’s problems and see a fantasy world without them. Now they’ve brought the real world issues into the show (heavyhandedly) and it’s too much. I might as well just watch the news.

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