Lucifer: Infernal Guinea Pig
Original air date: March 5th, 2018
Lucifer’s big plan to help Pierce was to bring Abel up from Hell (he’s their first occupant) and put him into the body of a recently passed person. By doing this, Abel is no longer (technically) murdered and Pierce’s curse should be lifted. Of course, it didn’t work and even plan B (Abel killing Pierce) didn’t work, so Lucifer and Pierce are back to square one– or I guess back even farther than that since Lucifer is dissolving his pact with Cain. Lucifer thinks the bomb scare was his Dad threatening to take away the most important thing he could lose—Chloe.
Amenadiel warned Lucifer it could happen, and with his nightmare about losing Chloe fresh in his head, I can see how he believes it– but was it really God’s will or Lucifer’s lack of attention to details? Bree Garland (Lauren Lapkus) was the fresher of the two dead bodies, so I can see how Abel’s soul went into her body instead of the old man—I just don’t know if God played a part in that. I guess that is kind of the point of the whole series, how much (if any) is God’s will versus Lucifer doing it to himself? I just had a horrible thought—what if this is Lucifer’s Hell? He is condemned to a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy that takes away the things he loves? God, that would suck.
Anyway, we get to meet Abel—the real asshat of the family (Pierce calling him an asshat may be my newest favorite thing). Abel/Bree loves women, and his only goal is to get some before Cain kills him again. I loved Lapkus in this role! She did such a good job—her physicality made for a convincing performance, and she was hilarious. I would have liked to see this character for another episode, but an ambulance had a different idea. Therefore, no more Abel and no more hope for Pierce.
Though Abel couldn’t help Pierce, he did help Charlotte. She wants to be better, but didn’t want to relinquish any control or to fully open up to Dr. Linda. Abel saying he was willing to do anything not to go back to Hell put things in perspective for her, and she did what Dr. Linda wanted—she talked (for the first time) about exactly what her Hell was, and it sounds bad. It’s Hell, so I guess that’s apropos. I think what makes it particularly sad, is that each Hell is built on a person’s guilt. Charlotte’s guilt stems from defending criminals, letting them back out on the streets. It also shows that she did care for her family—I hope she is able to be part of their lives. I think that alone would help her a lot.
Maze finally got to really confront Amenadiel about sneaking around with Dr. Linda. She wanted to beat the crap out of him, but he stopped fighting and took away any joy she was getting from the confrontation. He says they were sneaking around to protect her—I think that is the real problem. She doesn’t want protection from her friends, she wants inclusion, she wants her voice to matter. For the longest time she was just Lucifer’s hench-demon. By becoming friends with Dr. Linda, she was becoming her own person. Dr. Linda not listening when Maze asked her not to date Amenadiel just fed into her fears. So she regressed back to what she knows—violence.
My favorite part of the entire episode was the fact that Chloe got a little jealous of Pierce and Lucifer working together. First, I like that it showed a vulnerable side to her, that she thinks their partnership had something to do with a fault in herself. Why I like this (because writing it down, it sounds horrible) is because we can all relate to thinking another’s actions are a consequence of something we did, when it fact it has nothing to do with us at all. Her lack of certainty made it such a beautiful little moment when Lucifer refused to leave her side as she defused the bomb. That look of relief and thankfulness on her face—melted my heart.