The story began with Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong)’s trial, at which Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) testified against her. Lillian had a plan, though, and used Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) to frame Lena for helping her, which was easy to get a Luthor-wary National City to believe. Lena got arrested, and Lillian had Metallo (Frederick Schmidt) bust her out to help Lillian in her evil master plan.
Meanwhile, Kara (Melissa Benoist) always believed in Lena, but had her work cut out for her in proving it while fighting Metallo and stalking Mon-El (Chris Wood)’s date, Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks). By the end, “Luthors” revealed a lot about the Luthor family tree and future evil plans, Kara and Mon-El’s love life, and an unexpected visitor who will feature prominently next week.
These are the five biggest moments from “Luthors.”
The producers revealed Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot) would appear this season, but nothing could have prepared fans for his grand entrance. It’s one thing to materialize Kara’s apartment and break up her private moment with Mon-El. That actually happens a lot, but his first words are, “My name is Mr. Mxyzptlk and Kara Zor-El, I love you.” Come on strong much?
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Fortunately, Supergirl didn’t leave us hanging there. The preview for next week’s episode shows much Mxyzptlk mayhem. He puts Kara in a wedding dress, strips Mon-El to his skivvies (no complaints there) and shows up in a Superman costume himself. Will Mxzyptlk follow his comic book history? In Adventure Comics #386, a disguised Mxzyptlk also professed his love for Supergirl, but this time he’s introducing himself. Will he make her immune to green kryptonite and expose her to red like in Action Comics #283? Red kryptonite has already made an appearance on Supergirl.
One thing that’s for sure is how next week’s episode will end. The only way to defeat Mxyzptlk is to trick him into saying his own name backwards.
Supergirl introduced Lena Luthor as the adopted sister of Superman’s ultimate nemesis Lex Luthor. She’s been making every effort to overcome her family’s bad name, turning the family company into the more generic L-Corp and even turning her mother Lillian in to the authorities. Lillian had some shocking news for Lena though: She’s actually her husband Lionel (Ian Butcher)’s biological daughter, with his mistress.
This explains Lillian’s resentment towards Lena. And if evil runs in the family, there may be nothing she can do to resist it. Even at the end when she flashes back to playing chess with kid Lex (Aidan Fink), she gives that knight a very enigmatic look. Is she plotting a game of chess against Supergirl?
Alex (Chyler Leigh) came out to her family, Kara and Eliza (Helen Slater). This week she introduced Maggie (Floriana Lima) to J’onn (Harewood), James (Mehcad Brooks), and Winn (Jeremy Jordan). Team Alex needed to explain to Mon-El that some Earthlings don’t accept LGBTQ, because on his home world of Daxam it’s not an issue.
The Alex coming-out storyline has been monumental to Supergirl fans. Many gay viewers shared stories about how the show actually saved their lives and help them come out to their families, showing the real-world value of keeping this storyline going. J’onn already knew, but let Alex decide to come out herself because it was her news to share, providing a little lesson on how not to out someone before they’re ready to reveal the information themselves.
Mon-El totally blew his date with Eve. In his interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Wood even teased that Eve would figure into Mon-El’s relationship with Kara. Eve told Kara the whole thing, how he talked about Kara all night. To be honest, who hasn’t been on either end of that date?
This was all set to resolve with Kara admitting her feelings for Mon-El, until Mr. Mxyzptlk showed up. So once they deal with him, everything will be back to normal, right? Right? Please be right.
Not only is Lillian Luthor running Project Cadmus, but she’s also kept all of her son’s evil lairs maintained. The one she took Lena to this week was only one. It was one of his’s satellite’s embedded in a mountain looking for extraterrestrials. Lillian brags he’s got stashes around the world full of various weapons to use against aliens, presumably Kryptonians like Superman and Supergirl.
The satellite mountain had Lex’s warsuit, an Atomic Axe, and a Black Mercy. We’ve already seen a Black Mercy send Kara into a Kryptonian coma. The Atomic Axe can cut anything, even atoms, but will it work on Kryptonian atoms? On Smallville it could. In the comics, it was The Persuader’s weapon. The warsuit has been an invention of Lexcorp or an alien battle suit from the planet Lexor. Either way it gives Lex the ability to fly, withstand Superman and even put up a fair fight.
Then there’s what’s in the box that Lillian takes with her. The box looks too small to be Lex’s Kryptonite Ray Gun, but maybe he made it the size of a pistol. Could it be the Kryptonite ring Luthor wore until it cost him his whole hand? Come on, what’s in the booooooooox?
Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8/7C on The CW