‘LUCIFER’ RECAP: Season 1, Episode 6, “Favorite Son”, Aired on Feb 29
This week our favorite, charming devil finally loses his cool and it all comes down to the contents of a certain container that goes missing at the top of the hour. What an eventful episode. Maze was her usual charming self, as Luci and Chloe came together to work on the case of a murdered security guard, and Lucifer’s purloined container. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, beware of spoilers.
That’s right, folks! Tom Ellis can SANG! The episode opened with Lucifer on the piano at Lux offering a delicious rendition of Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman”. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-watched that video at this point, and thanks to the wonderfulness that is YouTube, I may have instigated a duet between Ellis and Simone. Gotta say that it was amazing. If you missed the episode and Ellis’ fine set of pipes, check out the video at the end of the recap. You’re welcome. Those lyrics are enlightening:
He said, child, where were you
When you oughta been prayin’?
I said, lord, lord, hear me prayin’
The song does almost as good a job of getting into the devil’s head as Dr. Martin does by the end of the episode. The song ends with, “Don’t you know I need you Lord.” Could it be that Lucifer’s very passionate performance of the song isn’t talking about mortal sinners, but the “Sinnerman” in question is himself?
I’m jumping too far ahead. During that awesome cold open, we also see a robbery in progress and a security guard being murdered at some warehouse. Let’s go back to that opening scene at Lux. It was intercut with a brand new location. Newly minted consultant Lucifer gets the call about the new case just when Maze shows up with the “Brittany Buffet”.
Luci passes on the foursome and goes to work quite happily. A fact he shamelessly admits to Chloe not long after when he realizes being a consultant for the LAPD isn’t all shootouts and drug dens. Lucifer’s immediately bored with the CSI: LA deal and tells Chloe to call him when she has something a lot more interesting than a dead security guard.
Back at Lux, Maze reveals that the container stolen from the warehouse belonged to Lucifer. Initially, Luci’s all kinds of blasé about it until Maze keys in on the fact that people think he’s weak and that they can steal from Lucifer. This sends him back to the warehouse to insinuate himself in Chloe’s investigation …. again.
He tells her that the murderer stole something that belonged to him. A gift from his father. The detective spends a good deal of the episode glowering at her civilian partner. She grudgingly admits to enjoying working with him, but she hates the fact that she knows he’s keeping her in the dark about something. She enlists the help of her ex-douche. Chloe sends Dan to Lux so that he can check out the devil’s books.
To his credit, Dan doesn’t appear too intimidated by Lucifer’s “pet”. Clearly, it’s no surprise when Maze knocks Dan out. He wake’s up at Chloe’s and without a stitch of clothing. Apparently, Maze has a master plan for getting Chloe out of Lucifer’s life.
- Slip a naked Dan into Chloe’s bed √
- The two humans bump uglies
- Chloe & ex-douche reunite
- Chloe kicks her future love (read: Lucifer) out of her life for all eternity
Thanks to Dan and savvy negotiator, Trixie, Chloe never even realizes Dan was there … wearing nothing more than a look of panic and a pillow. In exchange for a year’s supply of chocolate cake, Trixie outfits her dad in a pink velour sweat suit and an NYSNC t-shirt. Chloe’s? The only thing that would put this over the top would be if, Dan would’ve turned just a teeny bit to give us a glimpse of words “Juicy” across his backside.
The murder investigation takes Lucifer and Chloe to a biker club called “Los Diablos”. Lucifer’s still coming to terms with that whole mortality thing and the fact that he can get hurt. That doesn’t stop him from facing off with a room full of bikers. The biker club leader, Hank Cutter (Tom Sizemore) agrees to talk to Chloe and Lucifer. The devil works his mind game mojo to find out the biker’s deepest desire. His own fashion line and take Los Diablos mainstream. Chloe and Luci are certain Cutter knows something about the murder and robbery. They hang around near the Diablos’
They hang around near the Diablos’ hangout, waiting for Cutter to make his next move. Alone, Chloe finally confronts Lucifer for not being totally honest with her about whatever he’s hiding in that container. Luci swears that he’s never lied to her and never will. What’s in the container? Russian dolls, of course. Clearly, Chloe doesn’t believe him, but it doesn’t matter they end up following Cutter right to the murderer. The same murderer that shoots Cutter. While Chloe rushes off to help, Lucifer steals her car and trails the killer to his hideout.
Lucifer admits to enjoying the thrill of the hunt and corners the man on the roof. Had she arrived, but a few moments earlier, Chloe might have finally seen Lucifer’s true face. Instead, she made it just in time to see Lucifer trying to stop their bad guy from jumping to his death.
Chloe finally gets a look at the inside of Lucifer’s container. What’s there? Oh, just the Russian dolls as Lucifer said. He’s never lied to her. Well, only if lies of omission don’t count. Once he’s alone, Lucifer checks the hidden compartment for the true contents of the container he wanted back. Only, it’s empty.
Dr. Martin picks possibly the worse moment to change-up her tactics and use the Biblical knowledge that Amenadiel fed her to get under Lucifer’s skin. She calls him Samael and Lightbringer. She tells him that God didn’t truly cast him out. He had important work for Lucifer to do. God needed Lucifer to do the most difficult of jobs. Perhaps she shouldn’t have kept pushing, but then we wouldn’t have broken through that lovely facade of charm and sex. Dude’s in some serious pain and has the mother of all daddy issues.
Lucifer: He shunned me. He vilified me. Eons spent providing a place for dead mortals to punish themselves. For all eternity my name will be invoked to represent their depravity.
All of the tension that’s been building since that opening song at Lux and then Lucifer tracks down his “empty” container finally explodes when the therapist tells Lucifer, “When angels fall. They also rise. Embrace all that you are and rise.”
He can’t. And it becomes quite clear right in that moment as he punches a hole in the wall. Lucifer can’t rise. Because as he reveals soon after to Maze … they’re gone. Someone has taken the devil’s wings.
Here’s the video I wrote about earlier. Can that man sing or what? Be sure to hit the comments section below with your thoughts. Am I reading too much into the “Sinnerman” lyrics or what?
Lucifer airs Mondays on Fox at 9/8c
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