Two iconic pieces of music from bookend this week’s speech-heavy yet satisfying Supergirl episode.
We open with the Elite hitting the town to the tune of “Stuck in the Middle with You,” which definitely brings to mind another group of stylish criminals. With a hearty, “Clear eyes, full tums, can’t lose,” Manchester and The Hat set out to mess up Ben Lockwood’s inaugural outing as the director of Alien Affairs, leaving Menagerie to hunt for her dinner solo. (Dinner = a human.)
The Superfriends capture her pre-chow time, then arrive mid-attack on Ben, where he and his aid, Quentin (Jonathan Bennett, whose hair really does look sexy pushed back), aren’t nearly grateful enough, the jerks.
Nia, who’s so excited by her Dreamer duds that she’s suited up night and day, isn’t thrilled to have Pamela/Menagerie in her custody, as “There’s only so much footwear advice I can take.” (“Gucci all day, Prada all night,” Pamagerie offers, and oh my God, stay on this show forever, girl.) In the end, Supergirl delivers Pamegarie to the DEO with a note saying “you’re welcome.”
At the DEO, Haley leans on Lena to finish her super soldier serum ASAP, and although the best Luthor isn’t capable of being bossed around by anybody, she does feel enough pressure that she blows off Eve’s attempts to warn her that James is looking into L-Corp’s budget.
Then Haley breaks the news to Alex that President Baker wants her in charge of Lockwood’s security detail. Alex is understandably not happy about this, and Lockwood himself is awfully smug for somebody whose personal bodyguard actively hates him.
He has the audacity to touch Alex’s shoulder as he thanks her for being human and compares himself to Winston Churchill, which is…bold. Then he takes the podium and tells the press that he’s calling for a repeal of the Alien Amnesty Act and invites them to a rally the following day. The American flag pin on his lapel is a particularly nice touch.
Watching on TV, Kara and J’onn are horrified as this invites Elite violence and attempts to overturn a crucial law. They also have a quick convo about how much Manchester gets under J’onn’s skin before Nia wakes up with a dream-produced location for The Elite. When Kara and J’onn arrive, all they find is a cast-off Morae claw. That’s one gnarly manicure, but hey, at least J’onn can use it for tracking purposes.
That leaves Kara free to meet Alex for Chinese food and sympathy about her new assignment. Kara reminds Alex that she’s a hero who’ll do her job and keep everyone safe, alien and human, which is exactly what Haley said. Then Kara swipes all the pot stickers, yet again proving that the Davners sisters are a pitch-perfect pair.
Meanwhile, the three remaining Elite arrive at the Fortress of Solitude, where The Hat produces fancy gloves to help him lift the dense front door key. They stroll in like they own the place. The Hat argues for breaking out Menagerie, but Manchester wants to kill Lockwood. The ensuing argument over priorities causes them to split up, with The Hat swiping some tech and vanishing.
At this point, J’onn’s tracked them down with Nia’s help, and when the Superteam arrives, Dreamer warns the Morae, “Yield or die.” Supergirl urges or to take it down a notch, and without missing a beat, Dreamer commands, “Yield or else.” Aww, baby superhero!!
Rather than risk capture, Manchester runs through a fancy door in the wall of Fortress. Alas for him, it contained a sun eater, which is basically a living bomb. J’onn’s conflicted that with Manchester dead, he can’t sense his rage anymore, but Nia understands the feeling of having a weight lifted, as people can affect you in ways you don’t recognize until they’re gone, both good and bad.
Thanks to the Superteam, the Morae becomes the second Elite to be marched through the DEO in handcuffs, leaving Brainy to cluck, “The mouth on that one, honestly,” as she walks by chittering. Then he provides a status report to Haley on her request that he track down an online organizer named #AmericanAlien, who’s planning an alien-rights rally the same day as Lockwood’s speech.
Brainy says he’s having a hard time accessing the message boards, which is weird for a 12th-level intellect. He suggests just letting the march happen peacefully, but Haley points out that it could also spiral into violence and puts him charge of the security team to keep the peace.
Turns out, Brainy himself is #AmericanAlien, and he organized the march because although he’s been feeling vulnerable without his Legion ring, he realized that change doesn’t come from superheroes but from people standing up and raising their voices as one.
“Stronger together,” he reminds Kara and asks her to march with the crowd, as she’s not just a symbol of hope, but also a citizen of Earth. Kara and Nia decline in order to patrol as a costumed peace-keeping presence. (Next page: Someone at CatCo better call 9-1-1)