Lucifer S3E20 Review: The Angel of San Bernardino

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Lucifer: The Angel of San Bernardino

Original air date; April 16, 2018

Warning: Spoilers

Lack of sleep Lucifer was hilarious, and I laughed out loud more at this episode than I have at anything for a long while. It was worth the two-week wait. Lucifer binge-watching Bones is now my most favorite thing ever. I love how he thinks he’s the Temperance Brennan of the group. Besides Lucifer, Bones was one of my favorite FOX shows. I won’t say I watched it a lot—but I did happen to recognize the actor guy (Scott Rinker) from the show. (He really was in S3E6! IMDB it if you don’t believe me.) It’s little things like this that I love– it’s a relatability thing. It makes the characters seem more real and it’s fun, which was needed in this episode; because things got heavy.

Until the last part of the episode, Pierce was making me so angry. When he flat out said he didn’t care about Decker’s feelings I just about lost it. Much to my dog’s chagrin, I spent a good long time yelling at my television. It seemed like Pierce still didn’t get it: it wasn’t about getting Decker to fall in love with him, it was about him putting someone else’s needs before his. The moment he broke it off with Decker before she could say she loved him—I knew that would be the sacrifice needed to remove the curse. He finally performed a selfless act, and it was beautiful. The pang of Chloe’s suffering, her shock and confusion around Pierce just ending their relationship, was heartbreaking. At the same time—Pierce has genuine feelings for Chloe! It shows that Chloe was right: he is a good man (I’m sure she isn’t feeling that way right now), and now with this development I’m at a crossroads. Would Pierce, with real emotions, be a good fit for Decker? He was making her happy; could they reach the same level of happiness when he is being his true (for the most part) self with her?

To Pierce’s credit, he found the perfect partner in crime with Maze. She is so good at messing with people. She got inside Lucifer’s head so quickly it was like she had help from his dad. If he wasn’t at the receiving end of this gaslighting, I think Lucifer would have been super proud of her. It hurts me that she is still suffering, and I hope she can eventually recover from all that has happened. Now I by no means think a person needs a significant other to make their life complete, and relationships can’t fix all the problems a person may have—but I do think a relationship could help Maze move on. Maze was thriving when she became her own demon and I know she has a long history with Lucifer– like a few lifetimes– but she needs to let go. If one person could put her first, it would help so much.

As much fun as it was to watch Lucifer stay awake, Dan and Charlotte had some great moments. Him waiting for Charlotte, naked in the closet, and being found by the manager of the bar was too funny. Charlotte taking both shots and sneaking away—loved it. I enjoy this Charlotte, but I don’t think we will be seeing her again soon. She thought she had a free ticket to Heaven and when Amenadiel corrected her, you could feel her heart sink. She now thinks she is going to Hell and can’t be redeemed. That is a sad and horrible notion. I hope Amenadiel or Dr. Linda (or both) can help her through this, and she realizes there is always time for redemption. I think she needs to be balanced between pious Charlotte and the way she acted in this episode.

LUCIFER: Kevin Alejandro in the “The Angel of San Bernardino” episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, April 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX

What I find amazing about this show is how it can be so funny and then turn on a dime and get dark, and yet remained well balanced. It never feels too heavy on any one aspect. As fun as the episode started out as, there was an underlying sadness with Lucifer. He is on the verge of a complete meltdown and a broken heart. If Maze is any indication of what can happen when a Celestial is scorned—woah doggy are we in for some crazy episodes. The previews for next week show Lucifer wanting Chloe to choose him over Pierce. Will he then actively fight for her? Or is he just hoping for the best? It looks like Pierce is going to bring his A game, but will showering Decker with gifts and a marriage proposal just accentuate the Bond she has with Lucifer? I can’t believe we are winding down this season! With each episode this show gets better and better. I’m glad I only have to wait a week for the next episode.

Just a final thought—how is it that Lucifer hasn’t given Pierce and Decker the couple name of Pecker?

One more thought—can we nominate Ella as the once and future ‘King of the Lab’? (For those of you lost, watch Bones. It will be a great show to watch this summer when Lucifer is over.)


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