Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Lucifer 2x02 Recap: “Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire” (Hello, Mama Morningstar) [Guest Poster: Ilene Friedman]

“Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire”
Original Airdate: October 3, 2016

This week’s episode of Lucifer is an eye-opener — literally. It begins with Lucifer’s mother bouncing around dead bodies trying to find a host that does not immediately die after she enters their body. She finds a host in Charlotte Richards, the victim of the week.

Charlotte is a high-powered attorney who is murdered by a screwdriver to the back of her neck. However, once Mama Morningstar enters her body, she only has one thing on her mind — finding her son. Eventually, Lucifer’s mother finds him, but he is rightfully skeptical of her motives. Lucifer then forces his mother to re-visit the crime scene to make sure her story about how she received Charlotte’s body is true. He spends the majority of the episode trying to prove that his mother killed the two other people found in Charlotte’s hotel room.

Lucifer even manages to get Detective Decker involved when the dead bodies show up and become an official investigation. Lucifer is all too eager to help, but Decker is sick of Lucifer blaming everything on his mother. And speaking of mommy issues, Decker is having some of her own. Trixie “murdered” a doll because she wanted her mother to buy her a new one. Decker obviously refused, because destroying a doll and throwing a tantrum is no way to behave and get. Decker is trying to teach Trixie a lesson, something that is completely lost on Lucifer, who buys Trixie the doll behind Decker’s back.

Meanwhile, Lucifer has told Masikeen to guard his mother, much to Maze’s annoyance. While Lucifer is away, Maze lets it slip to Lucifer’s mom that her son made a deal with her ex to return her to hell. Mama Morningstar is not too pleased at this, obviously. So she head-butts Maze and escapes with a corporate credit card… only to turn up at a grocery store with a crap ton of cheese.

Lucifer eventually catches up with his dear old mum in the parking lot and tells her that because she is still “alive” as Charlotte, she has to play the part. Charlotte’s murderer, it seems, is coming back for seconds. Luckily, Chloe followed Lucifer and was able to take down Charlotte’s killer. But not before Lucifer looked on Chloe with pride (and longing), which his mother totally noticed. Anyone else think this might eventually be a problem?

Chloe tells Lucifer that doing what’s best for your child does not always make them happy. Ding, ding, ding! It’s time for the moral of the episode! Lucifer thinks about this as he meets his mum back at his place. His mother presents him with incinerated mac and cheese, and explains her side of things. She tells Lucifer that God wanted to kill him and that she sent him to hell to save his life. Lucifer apparently buys the story and allows his mother to stay. However, once Lucifer leaves, his mother looks up towards the heavens with a knowing look and an obvious plan.

Finally, Amenadiel is losing his powers. His wings look like they have gone through hell and back, as his feathers slowly drop to the floor. What is going on?

Final Thoughts:
  • I am super freaked out by Amenadiel losing his powers. Is it because he is “sinning”? Was that a red feather that dropped earlier? If he apologizes enough, will he get his powers back? I really, really hope so because I am not digging this storyline. 
  • I am in love with Tricia Helfer as Lucifer’s mother and I hope she keeps the whole “I have no idea how the human world works” going throughout the season. It’s hilarious
  • I really hope Maze never leaves. I love her too much. She is flawless and hilarious and perfect. 
  • I need Lucifer to always look at Chloe like she is the best thing to ever happen to this earth. And I need more Lucifer using his powers. 
What did you think of this week’s Lucifer episode? Sound off in the comments below!


  1. First of all, thank you for reviewing this guilty pleasure of a show (how much of a guilty pleasure is it? My born-again, stalwart of her church wife was caught singing "I love Lucifer, he's so great..." not long ago:-))

    As for the episode itself, any show that spends most of its time putting Tricia Helfer in (and out) of a variety of... impractical outfits is doing something right! But fanservice aside, her character is showing intriguing potential (and yes, that look at the end was genuinely creepy).

    Heartwarming moment - Lucy is no longer freaked out that Trixie likes him and seems to be rather enjoying it now, even if buying her expensive presents is not what Chloe wants.

    I think I'm going to disagree with you on Amenadiel though - I think it's intriguing that he seems to be paying a price for the increasingly morally compromised behaviour he's started showing and that he has to try and find a way back. I hope they don't spend too much time on his angst and he continues to be a useful member of the ensemble though.

    All in all - thanks for the review, will you be doing the rest of the series?

    1. Yes I will be!!! I am so glad you liked the review.

      I am so concerned about Amenadiel it's not even funny. I am not a huge fan of angst. I watch Lucifer for the twisted humor especially between Lucifer and Amenadiel. I am all for Amendadiel suffering for his "sins," but I have to know if Angels are expected to be spotless. Like where is the line between sinner (devil) and saint (angel)? I really hope they explore this more.