LUCIFER shares a moment with Chloe and they’re just about to kiss when “Stewardess Interruptus.” Jana, one of Lucifer’s many sexual partners, drops in unannounced and kills the mood. Chloe runs off but Lucifer catches up to her later to explain he didn’t invite Jana over or do anything with her after Chloe left. Then, they find Jana murdered in an alley.
Their first lead is a man that texted Jana several times on the night she was murdered, right up to her visit at Lux. Andy Kleinberg is a wealthy a-hole that met Jana on his flight. He claims to have texted many women that night and has a few that will provide alibis. His story gets stronger when another murder victim turns out to be one of Lucifer’s male lovers. The only connection the two victims appear to share, is Lucifer.
Most of “Stewardess Interruptus” shows Lucifer making an effort to prove to Chloe he’s ready for a relationship. However, he gets a frightening lesson in self exploration when Chloe suspects one of his former lovers may be the murderer. She has Lucifer make a list of all the sexual partners he had over the last eight weeks and calls them in for questioning. This starts off as a fun scene, the parade of male and female types Lucifer enjoys is impressive. Chloe questions them in the interview room while Lucifer listens from the other side of the glass. That’s the nightmare. Lucifer listens to each sexual partner describe him the same way, right up to the point where they call it meaningless. None of them are jealous of the fact that he moves on to the next one so quickly, none of them think enough of him to murder for him.
This concept hits Lucifer hard, he never realized how little these people cared or thought of him. Maze is also looking inward this episode. She feels good about teaming with Detective Dan on the Warden Perry Smith murder. Maze proudly reads the headline to Chloe but doesn’t understand why Chloe isn’t happy to hear the man who murdered her father is dead. She says she wanted him to rot in prison and whoever killed him was just as bad. Maze thought she was doing the right thing and turns to Doctor Martin for guidance.
Doctor Martin steers Maze inward. She tells her she shouldn’t seek the approval of others. Maze shouldn’t need someone to tell her she’s awesome, she should feel awesome. Maze is a great mirror character for Chloe. They both share strong virtues with one major difference, Chloe always thinks she’s right. Maze is concerned with doing what feels right. They are both loyal and determined. In relationship to Lucifer, Maze is his primal virtue, while Chloe represents his more evolved side. He’s in a great place with these women whether he looks left or right, they’re both correct for different reasons. Almost everything Maze does is for the good of someone else, including handing Perry Smith over to the Russian mob.
Lucifer recognizes Chloe also puts her energy into other people, mainly her daughter. His final revelation is that he doesn’t deserve to be in a relationship with Chloe, but does want to remain her partner. After hearing this, Chloe kisses him. All along Chloe’s main issue is that their two lives are so different. Lucifer has fun in bed with other people. Chloe has fun reading to her daughter. Little has changed except she realizes how hard he’s trying to understand her. I’d add he’s also much more tolerant than she is.
There is a weird sequence in “Stewardess Interruptus” where Lucifer and Chloe track down Suki, a stalker obsessed with Lucifer and his sex calendar. They find a stalker wall in her apartment and surprise Suki in the bathroom. That part of the scene is hilarious; imagine facing someone you were obsessed with unannounced when you’re stepping out of your bathroom. Suki is harmless, she didn’t kill anybody, but she does help steer them in the right direction. This is another lesson for Lucifer, he never slept with the one person that does care for him most, Suki.
Chloe teams with Dan, Lucifer, and Maze to sting the killer. They nail a smuggler named Burt but he wasn’t moving drugs, he was looking for s different package he owes to a secret client. Andy Kleinburg stole the package. He also though it was drugs, but it turns out to be something else. He broke one of the vials and it made him sick. The Mystery client kills Kleinburg before he can escape.
The kiss is an interesting turn. Chloe is a miracle baby and Charlotte thinks she’s key to getting back to the silver city. Lucifer may also be headed for another long break. Fox has an exciting line up of new shows, but these breaks are killing me, they sap the momentum right out of the long narrative.
Season 2, Episode 11 (S02E11)
Lucifer airs Mondays at 9PM on Fox
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