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Lucifer finally scored that season six renewal over on Netflix. Cue fans all across the internet dying of happiness again because we got a season five part one release date on Monday. So it seems things are moving at a decent place with the Lucifer fandom, now that Netflix has caught up with the necessary news of the release dates.

Since season five of Lucifer will air on Netflix in about two months, it’s probably a good time to refresh memories. After all, it’s been about a year since Lucifer dropped season four on the streaming giant. So a refresher is just what the devil ordered as we wait for Lucifer to drop its newest season on Netflix.

Here’s everything you need to know going into season five.


Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German) “will they, won’t they” dynamic has been a major source of conflict for the series. At the end of season three of Lucifer, Chloe saw Lucifer’s “devil face” and realized that he wasn’t delusional after all. At the start of season four, a month has passed for the duo. Chloe took Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) and went to Rome. 

While in Rome, Chloe met Father William Kinley (Graham McTavish), who decided to use her status as a miracle to lock Lucifer in Hell forever. While the plan was all well and good in Rome, things changed when Chloe went back to LA and interacted with Lucifer regularly again. Despite pretending to be okay, Chloe was having a hard time accepting Lucifer’s real nature as the Devil.

Lucifer wasn’t very thrilled when he learned about Chloe’s real feelings or intentions. Eve (Inbar Lavi) reentered his life and the two fell into a relationship. Chloe and Lucifer, however, still had their connection. Most of season four was reforging their relationship into what it once was.

Chloe eventually learned to accept all aspects of Lucifer: angel and devil. While Lucifer, with Chloe’s help, learned to forgive himself for things outside of his control. Lucifer had to return to Hell, but before it happened he told Chloe that she was his first love. Chloe also confessed her love for Lucifer, begging him not to go.

But, well, he had to go.


During season three of Lucifer, Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris) and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) had a relationship together. At the beginning of season four, Linda learned that she was pregnant with her and Amenadiel’s baby: the first half-human, half-angel. The duo spent a lot of the season dealing with the pregnancy in different ways. 

Linda, with the help of Amenadiel and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), prepared herself to give birth. Amenadiel felt torn as to whether or not to raise their child on Earth, where he would face systemic racism, or Heaven, where Linda as a living human couldn’t go. Eventually, little baby Charlie was born: healthy and happy. 

By this time, however, the demon Dromos was possessing William Kinley’s body, who was killed by Eve, and seeing Lucifer refused to return to Hell, went to get a new King. The choice was Charlie, who the demons felt they could raise into the king that they needed. Lucifer, however, was able to send the demons back to Hell and rescue Charlie. Still, in order to make sure Charlie’s safe, Lucifer went to Hell to keep an eye on the demons.


What about everyone’s favorite demon, Mazikeen? During season four, she juggled her best friend being pregnant with a baby half-angel and falling in love with Eve. Yeah, it was a real heartbreaker for poor Maze. She was in love with Eve who was in love/obsession with Lucifer. 

After Eve’s need to get Lucifer back led to Charlie being kidnapped, anything tentative between them ended. So Maze is a free demon and stuck topside as far as we know as Lucifer returned to Hell without her. Luckily, she has Linda and Charlie to look after along with her other human friends.

The non-Celestial insiders

Season four of Lucifer saw Dan (Kevin Alejandro) back to season one levels of douche. Though given that he blamed Lucifer for Charlotte’s (Tricia Hefler) death at the end of the third season, it’s not that big of a surprise. Still Dan really wanted Lucifer to hurt as much as he was hurting. It ended with him slipping that Lucifer broke the back of the son of a quasi mob boss.

Trixie, however, was visiting when the guy’s goons attacked Lucifer and Eve. Everyone was fine, but Dan switched that blame onto himself in a big way, especially when Ella (Aimee Garcia) covered up evidence to protect him. This led to the two sleeping together and things got awkward.

Meanwhile, with Ella, she had gone from Catholic to atheist over the course of season four. Even with this conversion of sorts, Ella still felt adrift and maybe a bit lonelier than before.


Lucifer binge recap: Double trouble in season 5, part 1

Lucifer rose from the dead for a miracle fourth season last year, and since then has been renewed two more times: once for a two-part season 5 (the first eight episodes dropped Aug. 21, with the back half being held for an unannounced future date), and then a surprise renewal giving it a sixth and final season.

Lucifer (Tom Ellis) ended last season revealing his true identity to Chloe (Lauren German) before returning to hell to assume control and keep the humans he loves safe. Season 5 finds the Devil on his throne in hell and Chloe solving murders topside, with plenty of celestial pining to go around. Let's dive in!

Episode 1: "Really Sad Devil Guy"

Okay, let's get the most important thing out of the way first: Chloe has bangs.

Also, she's doing fine. The man who's been pursuing her for years turns out to be the Devil, they confessed their love for each other, and then he hightailed it to hell, presumably forever?

She's fine. She just has bangs now, okay?

As for the rest of the cast, Lucifer season 5 opens two months after the events of the season 4 finale, so let's do a quick check-in:

Maze is working crime scenes and hitting bars with Chloe, but she's so devastated by Eve's departure that she can barely bring herself to speak her name.

Ella's hurt that Lucifer ghosted her when he moved to Florida to help with his family business (ha!), and she's worried about her attraction to the bad boys.

Dr. Linda's going way overboard in educating her very special child (STEM classes! Japanese lessons! Yoga! Art appreciation!), while Amenadiel's trying to root out drug dealers at Lux to keep the world safe for little Charlie.

Dan, of all people, helps out both new parents with some simple advice: Be there, and be present. The rest will come. Looks like Detective Douche's new interest in essential oils, self-help books, and CrossFit is doing a bit of good as he copes with Charlotte's death.

As for Lucifer, two months on earth have been thousands of years in hell, so imagine his surprise when he spots a familiar face in one of the hell loops he's overseeing: Lee Garner, a.k.a. Mr. Said Out Bitch from the previous three season premieres.

After Lucifer gifted him money and gold in season 4, Lee started living a yacht-and-leopard-print-bikini life, but he took a few bullets in the chest and ended up in Lucifer's care. When the king of hell realizes who's in his clutches, he can't resist the temptation to help Lee solve his murder since he's pretty sure which Los Angeles detective will also be investigating it.

And he's correct! Earth-side, an obviously hungover Chloe is interviewing Lee's sister Meg, who says she and her brother were estranged when he died and she has no idea why the murderer would've severed Lee's hand at the wrist postmortem.

Chloe's next stop is a high-stakes poker game run by Dirty Doug Dargesian, where Lee lost big. She and Maze infiltrate the exclusive game, and Chloe in her gorgeous poison-green suit gets to play and lose big to attract Doug's attention, with Maze as her slinky arm candy.

Intercut with this scene is Lucifer walking through the same venue with Lee, searching for clues the way Chloe would. But when Lee can't help him, Lucifer lashes out and destroys the shadow version of L.A. he'd created, leaving them in a dark, dusty hellscape.

On earth, Chloe's attempt to question Doug rattles a henchman in the background who bolts, with Maze in hot pursuit. (Getcha a woman who can rock a silver minidress and drop armed guards without breaking a sweat.)

The suspect runs into the road and gets creamed by traffic Meet Joe Black-style. In hell, Lucifer meets this poor unfortunate soul and pops one of his demons into the man's battered body on earth with a message for Chloe about the case: "It's safe where you stored it."

Chloe, who's overwhelmed by this unexpected contact from Lucifer, has no idea what this means, but Ella does: Lee's case notes reference the You Stored It facility.

At the storage unit, they find Meg and an empty biometric safe, which explains the missing hand. Meg says it's hard to accept that her brother's really gone and suggests the murderer may be one of Lee's old crew after his stash of treasure.

Meanwhile, things between Lucifer and Lee have broken down further. Lucifer accuses Lee of manipulating him and, enraged, ups the torture by showing Lee the root of his hell loop: his sister's baby shower. He sat outside rather than walk through the door, and he never had another chance to reconcile with his family.

Lucifer taunts Lee for choosing an eternity alone over disappointing his family again. Then Lee cuts right to the heart of Lucifer (and Lucifer) when he asks, "This isn't just about me, is it?" Oh, silly man. It never is.

Lucifer insists he's only in hell to protect Chloe &#x; er, all of humanity &#x; from the demon revolt he quelled at the end of the last season. Then a demon shows up with a newly arrived soul to warn Lucifer that Chloe's in trouble.

The dead man is a member of Lee's crew, dispatched just now by Chloe when they mounted an assault on her and Meg in Meg's home in the hopes of finding Lee's money.

On earth, bullets are flying everywhere when Chloe orders Meg to run while she draws fire in what's clearly a suicide mission. And without warning, in strolls Lucifer, whistling the show's theme song. (Eeee! How great is an in-episode nod to a show's theme song?)

Chloe freezes for a moment, and then they immediately pivot to taking out the rest of the goons. Lucifer saves Chloe and Chloe saves Lucifer, and when they're finally face to face, Chloe pulls him in for a kiss.

Y'all. There is nothing I love more in this world than a wordless kiss the first time a couple sees each other after being separated. This was good, good, good.

Except maybe not for Chloe. She says Lucifer seems different, but he explains that for him, thousands of years have passed. "The only thing that kept me going was thinking of you."

The episode ends with Ella hooking up with Dirty Doug, and Maze, whose lonely and confused advances on Chloe were rejected, showing up in Lucifer's penthouse to destroy his grand piano in an orgy of efficient violence. (Is there any other kind with our favorite demon?)

And then we cut to Lucifer in Lee's hell loop, declining to help Chloe during the shootout because she'll be fine without him.

So if that's not Lucifer, then who's hugging Chloe?

Stray feathers

  • To the devil with the Netflix trailer maker for giving away the dual Lucifers we'll be seeing this season. I would so have preferred to be surprised by the bait-and-switch in the final minutes here.
  • RIP, Lee! Opening the season with his death feels like a huge indication that season 5 was originally planned as the show's final one before a last-minute decision added a sixth season. I'm already looking ahead to the final season premiere to see if there's some way to work Mr. Said Out Bitch into the episode one last time.
  • Ella's front-and-center attraction to bad boys gets mild side-eye from me. Seems like we haven't seen her with all that many men, period, but if this is the story the show wants to tell this season, I'm happy to roll with it.
  • So. Two Lucifers. Who's excited? Let's dive into episode 2!

Episode 2: "Lucifer! Lucifer! Lucifer!"

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by Tom Ellis' American accent.

There's nothing technically wrong with it. It's good, even! But to see that face and that suit but not hear that posh accent emerge from those lips&#x; it's difficult, friends. It's difficult.

And that's entirely the point. That naked man standing in front of the mirror practicing his British delivery is actually Michael, Lucifer's twin brother, and it's impressive how Ellis makes Michael-as-Lucifer's performance ever so slightly off from the suave Devil we know.

Chloe's bothered by it too. For one thing, Lucifer's telling lies now, and he's asking people what they fear instead of what they desire. Lucifer explains that spending a few thousand years in hell changes a man.

Chloe brings her concerns to Dr. Linda, who's also surprised Lucifer changed his policy on honesty, and frets that Lucifer didn't actually tell her he loved her back before he left for hell.

At the precinct, the situation gets weirder for Chloe. Michael-fer doesn't do any of the things that Chloe always pretended to hate: drinking from a flask, hitting on random women, losing his cool with suspects, messing with Dan. There's nothing impulsive, inappropriate, or sinful, and it's freaking her out.

Maze gets answers a little quicker than Chloe does when she attacks the person she thinks is Lucifer in his penthouse, enraged that he went back to hell without her.

Michael, who's visibly favoring one shoulder as if it's injured, pops his dirty gray wings and says he got tired of his angelic siblings singing "Lucifer, Lucifer, Lucifer's" praises in heaven. When he'd had enough, he assumed his brother's identity and set out to wreck his life to get Lucifer to reveal his true colors.

Maze warns him that humans are smart, especially Chloe, but Michael has diabolical plans to break her heart. Maze reluctantly agrees to his plans since she too would like the chance to get some Lucifer revenge.

Now to the crime of the episode: Biochemist Judy Mason was murdered in the second Mars Project aerospace simulation, which was packed with rich civilians training to be the first colonists on Mars.

One of the mission control employees is Sam Chavez, who went through the first simulation and says it changes a person to be away from friends and family for so long. Following that conversation, Michael-fer confronts Chloe's concerns head on: Yes, he's changed, but his feelings are the same. He just needs a little more time.

And what better way to pass that time than staking out disgruntled Mars Project ex-employee Donovan Glover? Glover drives his car straight at them, so Michael-fer unfurls his wings and sweeps Chloe safely into the air, to which I say thank you, Netflix special-effects budget! That was a spectacular shot.

Glover explains that Judy was having an affair with the Mars Project owner Anders Brody, the rich jerk we met in episode 3 of last season. While they wait for their chance to interview Brody (he's on a suborbital flight, which is pretty good as far as excuses go), Chloe shows up at the penthouse with Lucifer's favorite burger and fries, only to find him making out with Maze. BETRAYAL!

Gotta say, this was hard to watch, even knowing it was actually Michael. A visibly upset Chloe tells him she's trying to be patient, but she doesn't know how to trust him anymore. Seriously, poor Chloe. This is so much for her to process.

The next day, Brody is nothing but happy to see the devil who helped him find forgiveness the last time they met. But Michael-fer hits him with the "What do you fear?" whammy and finds out Brody's actually terrified of space and created a sham project to compete with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Billionaire peer pressure is the worst.

Also, Anders and Judy were having an affair, and when she found out that the whole project was fake, she threatened to tell the world. Still, he swears they made up and he's not the killer.

Back at the precinct, Chloe and Maze have a stilted conversation wherein Maze looks regretful that she upset Chloe so much in her bid for Lucifer revenge, particularly when Chloe says she knows how wounded Maze is by Eve's absence. Of course, she also says Lucifer was clearly desperate to have reached to Maze for comfort, which&#x; solid burn, lady!

Okay, Chloe had better be playing all of them at this point because I have to believe she's too mature to refer to sex as "the next level" under any normal circumstance.

Anyway, she executes her next-level plan by trying to seduce Michael-fer with close talking, gentle touches, and charged looks over coffee, telling him she's ready to evolve with this new version of Lucifer.

Catching sight of their reflection in the vending machine glass (so romantic!) provides the next clue, and Chloe's off to check the security footage for reflections of the killer in all that shiny Mars Project equipment.

Ella finds Mars Project footage with a reflection showing an inferior oxygen tube setup compared to the Red 2 project. When Chloe murmurs that change should be considered an improvement, they're off to talk to mission control employee Sam Chavez, who participated in Red 1 with an older model suit.

Sam says he also knew the Mars Project was all a publicity stunt and assumed Brody was the murderer, but twist! His co-worker Mandy confesses that she killed Judy out of jealousy. Mandy and Sam are in love, but when he got back from the isolation of Mars 1, he was so different that she worried he didn't love her anymore.

Sam assures her that whether he's on earth, the moon, or Mars, his feelings for her are the same, which is lovely but also very sad because she's about to be tried for murder.

Speaking of people we'd all like to murder, Michael-fer gets a talking-to from Dr. Linda about his lying and his abandonment of hell. After all, the last time that happened, the demons kidnapped her baby.

Michael-fer hits Linda with the fear whammy and tells her she has good reason to worry that she'll be a bad mother. First, I'm desperate to know what that means, and second, LEAVE DR. LINDA ALONE, YOU MONSTER.

After all that, Michael decides he's going to slip right into Lucifer's life, and into Chloe's bed while he's at it, even if he has to choke out Maze to do it. (She had a change of heart about hurting Lucifer by hurting Chloe because deep down Maze is a good person &#x; er, demon.)

When Chloe rolls into the penthouse, Michael-fer tells her he loves her, fakes recognizing the bullet necklace, and gets ready for some Chloe-loving. But she has a different idea and shoots him to prove he's not the devil she knows.

OH THANK GOD, SHE WAS PLAYING HIM. She knew something was off from the first kiss, and seeing him with Maze clinched that he wasn't the man she loves. She swears she'll never lose faith in Lucifer.

Then Michael tells one actual truth: Chloe is a gift, made explicitly for Lucifer by God himself. She claims not to believe him but is clearly shaken.

By the end of the episode, Chloe's lost in thought, Maze is awake and angry, and Linda's gazing sadly at an old Polaroid that looks an awful lot like herself holding a baby in

Amenadiel approaches Michael in Lux and orders him back to heaven, but the worst angel threatens to tell Remy about Charlie. (Remember, Remiel isn't a big fan of unsanctioned celestials.)

Amenadiel merely gloats that Lucifer is and always has been better than Michael, which Michael seems to take as a personal challenge, and Amenadiel heads straight to hell to tell Lucifer that he's needed topside.

Stray feathers

  • Won't you join me in a huge sigh of relief that this fake-identity story lasted exactly one episode, and we can all move forward from there? A episode show would've kept that going for at least a month, so here's to brisk plotting!
  • Further props to whichever writer named one of the rich astronaut wannabes Venus Hyatt. That's hot.
  • Michael threatened to achy-break Chloe's heart, and I couldn't help but wonder: Does Billy Ray Cyrus play on a loop in heaven?
  • I sincerely hope someone else out there saw Amenadiel wearing little Charlie in a sling at Lux and thought to yourself, "You have a baby! In a bar!"

Episode 3: "¡Diablo!"

Lucifans, can you believe it took the show this long to do a Hollywood-spoof-of-Lucifer episode?

Lieutenant ¡Diablo! features a brilliant, unorthodox investigator with a huge ego and a sharp suit who's partnered with Detective Dancer, a breathy sexpot who went from the stripper pole to the detective pool in three short years.

We also get the reunion we've been waiting for when Lucifer returns to earth, and it takes approximately 30 seconds in the presence of his vanity and his desire whammy to convince Chloe that he's really back.

She greets him with a hug instead of a kiss this time (watch Tom Ellis' face soften as he melts into her arms &#x; swoon!), but alas, future kissing is highly unlikely after Lucifer confirms that what Michael said is true: He's known for a year that Chloe was a gift from God, created for him.

Lucifer assures her that it doesn't change how much he loves her, but Chloe's world is (understandably) rocked. If Lucifer's the only reason she's on earth, where is her free will? Is her whole life a lie?

Don't you worry &#x; the case of the episode's going to drive this point home! Lieutenant ¡Diablo! showrunner Matt Owens has been murdered, and after Lucifer went to the trouble of doing him a favor by introducing him to a network exec and talking to him for hours about his work with the LAPD.

Lucifer is, of course, delighted by the fictional homage of a detective who comes up with wild theories based on people's yearnings, other than the fact that the Diablo actor uses hot cinnamon vape cartridges.

But Chloe's horrified at the oversexed way her character is portrayed and asks the actress if it bothered her that she has no say in what her character does. Dancer replies earnestly, "There are strippers out there considering becoming detectives now." Hey, representation matters! You can't be what you don't see.

Their next visit is with Matt's No. 2, Keri Belwood, who says he was a lazy control freak who routinely threw out the writers' work and replaced it with plot innovations such as "another lap dance!" Also, he used to work in a seedy motel full of tweakers and burnouts, which raises Chloe's suspicions.

At the motel, the actors playing Diablo and Dancer bust in, certain they've just cracked the case thanks to a motel matchbook Diablo stole from the crime scene. (Lucifer's pleased at this on-brand action.)

But they quickly determine that Matt was at the motel not to score drugs, but to write in a place where he found inspiration early in his career. At this point, Chloe's had enough and kicks out all actors and kings of hell so she can focus on her job.

A hot cinnamon vape cartridge found at the crime scene sends them to question the actor playing Diablo, but alas, he's dead in his trailer, killed by a prop knife.

And where do they find that bloody knife stashed? In second-in-command Keri Belwood's office. Chloe swiftly slaps on the cuffs.

Meanwhile, Maze and Dr. Linda check out Lieutenant ¡Diablo!. Maze is suuuper into her depiction as a huge, buff bald man who makes out with a sexpot Dr. Linda. (Linda is far less pleased with her portrayal.)

Side note: I'm enjoying this tiny little meta-commentary on how too many shows and movies dial up women's sex appeal far beyond reason while limiting the ways they can be physically tough. This is obviously exaggerated to prove a point, but dang if it's not still highly recognizable as a frustrating entertainment industry trope.

Anyway, Maze is also up in her feels about how everyone just comes and goes in her life, including Linda, whom she predicts will drop dead in five years. Linda tries to joke that at least they'll be able to hang out in hell, and then she digs into Maze's fears of abandonment.

At first Maze says all she has are her blades and they never let her down, but by the end of the episode she's had too much to drink and tearfully asks why Lucifer, Chloe, and especially Eve all left her.

Oh, these two. They're my favorite powerhouse duo on the show! Also, can we talk really quickly about the good doctor's belief that she's going to hell? Linda, baby, no!

Okay, let's solve this case. On the Lieutenant ¡Diablo! set, Chloe chats with Dancer, asking how she feels about playing a character whose every action is in service to another character. Dancer drops her positive attitude about the show and admits she hates saying those insipid lines and wearing those tacky clothes.

Around the time that Dancer's waxing poetic about a tiny indie film she wants to do, Chloe has figured out that Dancer wanted her freedom from the show, so she killed Matt, framed Keri, and killed Diablo when he "deduced her yearning" in real life.

This leaves Lucifer free for a wing-off with Michael, who calls him Samael and gloats that he incepted Lucifer into rebelling against God, tempting Eve, and taking this walkabout on Earth. It launches a fight that's both fierce and hilariously undignified as they grapple in the piano wreckage like two brothers fighting over who fragged whom in Call of Duty.

But the battle ends with Lucifer grabbing one of Maze's blades and slicing it across Michael's face. Whoa. Identical twins no more.

A battered, bloody Lucifer shows up at Chloe's, but Chloe's not super-sympathetic to hear that Michael's been manipulating him since the dawn of time.

Chloe shoots back that this situation doesn't compare in the least. He's a celestial being, and she's a human who was created to fall in love with the Devil. Boo hoo that his brother's a jerk sometimes.

It's safe to say this isn't the reunion Lucifer spent thousands of years in hell imagining. Then again, Chloe's feeling something similar. "I thought what we had was real," she says before walking out.

UGGHHH, I get it, the show wants to keep them apart some more, and as conflicts go this one is resonant and true to both characters. But&#x; let them kissssssssss already.

In the final minutes of the episode, Maze rolls into Chloe's place and finds someone she thinks is Lucifer. She starts to apologize and says he wasn't the one she was upset with when she attacked him.

Then Michael reveals the nasty knife wound to the face and stops Maze from hurting him further with the promise of a secret Lucifer's been keeping from Maze. Hmm, curious&#x;

Stray feathers

  • Don't you love a show that plays with its opening credits on occasion? RIP, Lieutenant ¡Diablo! (and actual Lieutenant Diablo). You were too cheesy for this world.
  • Let it be noted: Chloe's grief bangs are gone, and the no-nonsense detective is back.
  • So now Ella's getting texts from someone showing off his tattooed penis? Again, this doesn't feel totally in character for the Ella we've known, but I still cannot wait to see what this is all building toward.
  • Anybody from Netflix want to slide us some outtakes from Lucifer and Dan doing a script reading from Lieutenant ¡Diablo! in space?

Episode 4: "It Never Ends Well for the Chicken"

Who's ready for a clever, gimmicky episode that lets the actors stretch their wings while also moving the plot forward a hop or two?

Lucifer's disappointed when Trixie arrives without Chloe for game night, and when she rightfully points out that Monopoly is terrible to play with two people (or any number of people, really), he agrees to tell her a story. Her topic of choice: the origin of his ring.

From here, the action jumps to New York, rendered in gorgeously lush black and white. Decked out in a natty suit and hat, Lucifer strolls into the Garden Club to hear the best chanteuse in the city perform.

It's Maze's mother, Lilith (also played by Lesley-Ann Brandt), who tears through Eartha Kitt's "I Want to Be Evil" while Lucifer grins in appreciation. After the performance, Lilith &#x; going by Lily Rose here &#x; takes Lucifer to her dressing room, where she changes behind a picture-perfect backlit dressing screen.

She's upset because her ring, the only item in the universe of value to her, has been stolen, and she requests Lucifer's help getting it back.

"The Devil solving crime. It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," he muses.

His first stop is P.I. Jack Monroe, and when Trixie interjects that she wants some gender equity in this story, Lucifer switches his narrative to cast Chloe in the role, complete with suit and hat. For purposes of the story, though, let's stick with a male pronoun.

Jack, a hard-boiled World War II vet straight out of the Maltese Falcon school of private dicks, takes Lucifer to the club where brassy bartender Gertie (Dr. Linda, sporting charming cat-eye glasses) gives them some intel: A handsome, beefy, strong-jawed, eye-patched man named Lucky Larry was hanging around Lily's dressing room the night the ring disappeared.

A nearby patron invites Jack to meet him in the alley, where they're set on by toughs. Fisticuffs ensue until a shadow dramatically appears at the end of the alley, holding a gun.

The shadow belongs to Garden Club's owner, Tommy Stompanato (Ella in a mustache, having a marvelous time). Lily is Stompanato's girl, and Stompanato doesn't want them poking around the club anymore.

That night, we follow Jack home and witness his strained marriage to Shirley (Charlotte! So good to see Tricia Helfer again!). Poor sweet Shirley tries to keep up a conversation over dinner, but Jack is surly and unpleasant. Then Lucky Larry shows up to expire on their doorstep with a knife in his back. Cue the s music crescendo!

Amusingly, Gertie the bartender serves a similar function to Dr. Linda in that she listens to Lilith discuss why the missing ring is so important to her. The stone is the only thing she took with her when her marriage to Adam ended and she was cast out of the Garden of Eden. She was glad to be exiled, but "I sure did love that garden."

In return, Gertie shares that her husband, Bill, was wounded in Guadalcanal, and the doctors have warned her that he's not likely to recover, so she treasures every day they have left together.

Lucifer and Jack have a new lead: Willy the Sausage Prince argued with Lucky Larry the day before. While they drive, Jack explains the cold war between him and Shirley: She's a call girl Jack's captain procured him to roust him out of his postwar shell shock.

Lucifer congratulates Jack on marrying an experienced woman, but Jack can't shake the knowledge that their marriage is based on a lie. (We see you, parallels.)

Willy's a pompous rich man (played by Dan, naturally) who proudly serves his guests mini-sausages, causing Lucifer to quip, "My dear friend Sigmund would've had a field day with you."

Willy, a collector of war memorabilia who ducked out of serving in WWII, admits to buying questionably procured items from Larry in the past but denies killing him.

He does provide Larry's address, and in that depressing hovel (even Lucifer's shook, and he's seen Kafka's hell loop), Lucifer and Jack find an expensive cigar stub favored by Stompanato.

Off they go to Stompanato's mansion, where he's been murdered, his heart cut out of his chest, a mask on his face, and a hieroglyph symbol drawn on one eye.

Lucifer recognizes the Eye of Horus, which sends them to a secret occult shop overseen by Melvin the Magnificent (a jocular Amenadiel). When they ask him about any Egyptian heart-removal ceremonies, he offers them a variety of packages on a sliding cost scale. (The economy option includes a presacrificed chicken heart and the mask from Stompanato's murder scene.)

Melvin denies having anything to do with Stompanato's death and says he'd love to sell Lilith's ring of immortality, but he's never gotten his hands on it.

So that ends the trail. Lucifer breaks the news to Lilith, and then we get my favorite scene in the episode: Not only are we reminded that Lucifer's grateful she sent him her children to be his army and his only companions, but she explains how her ring became linked to immortality.

After crossing the ocean with Cortés, she hooked up with Montezuma, lied about being a virgin, and ended up sacrificed in a volcano. Naturally she survived, but her escapades were recorded on a stone tablet, and the legend began.

When she wishes she could see the thief's face when he realizes her ring doesn't convey immortality, she and Lucifer hatch a plan. She'll make a big show of hinting that a big gaudy bracelet is necessarily in activating the ring's immortality, then Shirley dressed as a cigarette girl will stash it in her dressing room. Jack will lie in wait to catch the person who tries to steal it.

That night, Shirley tells Jack that after this is over, she's moving back home to Des Moines. Lilith watches them talk and asks Lucifer if he's ever made an emotional connection with a human. He shudders and says it'd take a literal miracle. (We see you, winking reference to the present!) Then he seats himself at the piano to accompany Lilith on "Someone to Watch Over Me," and it's absolutely lovely.

The plan works like a charm, and Jack catches Willy trying to use the bracelet to activate the ring. But twist! It was Gertie who hired Larry to steal the ring to save her beloved husband's life. Lilith doesn't understand what drove Gertie to these lengths, and she explains that she'd rather die trying to save Bill's life than live forever without him.

When the police arrive, Jack gently suggests that Lilith skip mentioning Gertie's involvement, and she agrees to leave let her stay with Bill. Then Jack asks Shirley if he can travel with her to Des Moines so they can talk things out, and their subsequent kiss hints that they just might make a go of the marriage after all.

All the human goings-on have made Lilith reflective, and she decides that knowing life comes to an end is what makes the rest of it count. With that, she places her immortality into her ring and gives it to Lucifer.

He offers to bring her children up to say goodbye, but she doesn't want her perfect, unbreakable offspring to unlearn their lessons from hell. Because of how they were raised, they can never be banished or abandoned or cast out of the garden. Then she walks off to start the process of aging and dying.

Back in the present, Trixie is pleased to hear that Jack and Shirley moved to Des Moines and thanks Lucifer for the story. But once she's on the elevator, she's greeted by Maze, who hands her a wad of cash and asks to hear the story she just extracted. Clever, clever, clever.

This leads Maze to Reno, where she finds an aged Lilith. When Maze asks why Lilith abandoned her children, she says she wanted to make her children strong, and it worked. "I can see you don't need anyone."

Maze is unmoved by this answer, and I'm excited to see what comes next for hell's head torturer.

Stray feathers

  • What a beautiful love letter to s cinema, style, and storytelling! Again we've got special credits that reflect the episode's content, and everything from the music cues to the florid use of light and shadows made this outing feel retro and nostalgic in marvelous ways. The cast clearly had a ball playing brand-new characters, and bonus points for finding a way to get Brandt to sing again. Maze's rendition of "Wonderwall" was one of my favorite parts of season 4.
  • What a good sport Kevin Alejandro is as his character's evolved into such a consistent butt of jokes. That said, my word, he's got a face made to be a s movie star. Casting directors, take note.
  • So will Lilith's ring offer a convenient way to imbue Chloe with immortality down the road so she can spend an eternity with Lucifer? Or am I adding import to a one-off story line?

Episode 5: "Detective Amenadiel"

Hey, how about a little character growth this hour? Good growth. Deckerstar growth. *happy dance*

But let's start with Maze, who seeks out Linda after finding "the bitch," a.k.a. her mother. Linda's defense of Lilith raises Maze's hackles, and Linda confirms what we've all been suspecting: She gave up a baby when she was 17 by simply slipping out of the hospital when she realized she couldn't raise her daughter.

Maze is disgusted and correctly guesses it's why Linda assumes she's going to hell. "I think about her every single day," Linda whispers. Then Maze shocks her by announcing that she knows exactly where her daughter, Adriana, is.

The two women drop by an open house hosted by the blond, bespectacled realtor, who's unfailingly friendly as Linda struggles to string a single sentence together and Maze aggressively grills her about her abandonment issues.

Afterward Maze calls Linda a coward, and Linda snaps that Maze needs to back off and let Adriana decide if she's ready to meet her biological mother.

Sadly, it's too late for Maze, who arrives back in Reno to learn that Lily Rose died a couple of days ago. No chance to say, "I hate you." No chance to say, "I forgive you." She's just gone.

But it gives Maze some clarity, and she returns to Linda's with an apology in the form of a release form for bio parents who'd like to meet their children. The women hug, and wow, these two are both really going through it this season.

Okay, now let's hit the crime of the episode. Chloe (hair check: back to messy bangs!) asks Lucifer to give her time to process the revelations about her origins and dives into a case to distract herself from the God stuff.

Alas, the murder victim is nun-in-training Victoria Reynard. She's found dead of blunt-force trauma at her nunnery, with bruising on her neck that doesn't match the cross necklace found with the body.

When Chloe has a small meltdown about God sending her nuns, she realizes she needs backup and calls in&#x; Amenadiel! He's available because he left hell after he heard his father's voice telling him he was no longer needed as its warden. (Lucifer isn't exactly happy that he was on guard duty for millennia, while Amenadiel gets sprung after one sleepover.)

Chloe's crossing her fingers that he'll have a gift similar to Lucifer's desire mojo. He assures her he doesn't, but as they speak, they become aware that all the nuns have gathered around them in a smiling circle, all eager to talk to the beautiful angel. LOL!

With very little effort, Amenadiel gets the nuns to reveal that their mother superior, Angelica, committed a murder years ago and ran away to join the convent.

Angelica readily turns herself in (hi, Ivonne Coll/Abuela from Jane the Virgin!) and says she killed in self-defense when she was 16, but she reconciled with God and definitely didn't kill Victoria to cover it up. Then she gives Chloe a pep talk about faith and free will. "You have more control than you think, my child," she says kindly.

Lucifer, meanwhile, isn't thrilled to see Amenadiel taking his place with Chloe. Worse, he ends up paired with Dan doing the grunt work of background checks and witness statements.

Wanting to speed up the conclusion of Chloe's case so they can resolve their issues before he has to return to hell, Lucifer suggests they just seduce the truth out of the 30 nuns.

But Dan reverently describes his portion of the investigation as putting together a giant puzzle with no corner pieces or picture for reference, and once you find that one important piece, the whole thing clicks together. (Show of hands if you've been doing lots of puzzles during lockdown and this metaphor worked unexpectedly well for you in &#x;)

Anyway, Dan's work pays off when they find that Victoria received tons of calls from pop star Destiny Page, who was upset when the nuns refused to sell her their convent.

Amenadiel's a secret Destiny Page fan &#x; "please don't tell Lucifer," he begs Chloe &#x; and confirms that her recent albums are all about her newfound faith.

Chloe then overhears Lucifer ask if Amenadiel feels guilty for being the one who "laid a blessing" on Chloe's parents, and she hauls them both into interrogation.

First, is Amenadiel her actual father? That gets a swift no.

Second, does she have any cool powers like laser beam hands? Again, no, she's just the perfect Mrs. Morningstar. "I'm not even a person. I'm just a thing, created for someone else."

So, uh, things aren't going well there, although Amenadiel does apologize for not having Chloe's sense of curiosity. If he'd asked a few more questions when he was God's right hand, perhaps he'd have the answers she's looking for.

With that, they're off to interview Destiny, but bodyguard Hank stops Chloe from interrupting Destiny's prayer time. Amenadiel appears in Destiny's dressing room under the assumption that a woman of faith will be drawn to talk to him. Instead, she shrieks for help.

Yep, her faith is all an act, and Victoria was her assistant, sent in to gather intel to help her purchase the property. But Victoria fell in love with the life and planned to join for real.

As for her alibi, Destiny says she's newly sober and received her one-month chip the night of the murder. She can't prove it, though, because she was dressed in disguise for AA and went to goat yoga afterward, where the chip fell out of her pocket and got eaten by a goat. (Based on what I know of goats, this all tracks.)

Guess who ends up going through goat poop? Dan, of course! Lucifer spends his time canvassing the attractive yoga witnesses, and he makes Dan proud by actually reading the transcripts Chloe sent over. Because of that work, he was able to recognize a description of Destiny's disguise.

He noticed an engagement ring on a chain around one witnesses' neck, which is the missing piece they need: the bruising on Victoria's neck could've come from a ring, as if she were hiding an engagement as a novitiate. So who's the murderous fiancé?

They get an answer when Sister Francine shows up to talk to Amenadiel and plants a kiss on him. She's thoroughly confused about what she's feeling, and Amenadiel eventually pieces together that he reflects her own love of God back at her. (Weird that he hasn't noticed this before with other people of faith whom he's surely encountered on earth, but eh, let's push forward.)

Alongside that revelation, Francine says Victoria found a secret room in the convent, so Chloe and Amenadiel head off to investigate and are confronted by bodyguard Hank, Victoria's secret fiancé.

He was disgusted that Victoria would choose this "made-up nonsense" over marrying him, and their argument culminated in her murder. Then Amenadiel has one of his most badass moments of the entire series by stepping in front of Chloe to protect her from the bullets Hank unloads in her direction.

He then unfurls his wings to show Hank just how real Victoria's faith was and delivers a powerful angel clap that knocks Hank unconscious. In the end, Amenadiel was happy to break his "no letting on that you're an angel" rule because Hank sucked and deserved the comeuppance.

More important, he figured some things out: If he reflects people's faith back to them, then perhaps Lucifer reflects people's greatest desires. Chloe says she's never seen her desire in Lucifer, which means that she isn't the gift. The gift is that she's the one mortal who sees Lucifer for who he truly is. By that logic, everything they shared is real.

She heads straight to the penthouse to tell Lucifer and offer Amenadiel's second revelation: Lucifer chooses to be vulnerable around her. She sits next to him on the piano bench and declares that if so, she chooses to be vulnerable around him too.

They kiss, and it's tentative and lovely, and then it's deeper and passionate, and the camera lifts up to show their embrace reflected in the ceiling.

Is it&#x; is it happening? Is it finally happening?

Stray feathers

  • Unconventional pairings really paid off this week, huh?
  • I loved the use of "Personal Jesus" as Chloe walks into the convent almost as much as I loved Lucifer's hilariously irreverent sign of the cross when Sister Angelica's being released. But nothing compares to Lucifer and Dan exploding it out when their grunt work pays off. Bracelet bros!
  • Lucifer's guesses for an unexpected voice to hear in hell: Mother Teresa, Mr. Rogers, and Adele. That tracks.
  • Y'all, what are you waiting for? Get to the next episode already!

Episode 6: "BluBallz"

Wellness check: How's everybody doing okay after this MEGA EPIC EPISODE? Because I had to pace around in a circle for a bit before I could settle down and recap for you fine people.

I'm fine now, mostly. Let's do this.

This episode's murder victim is DJ Matt Pexxa, whose sabotaged headphones electrocuted him in the middle of a rave. When Chloe and Lucifer arrive at the crime scene, they're brushing fingers and sharing looks that are positively scorching.

Ella notices the new vibe immediately, and Chloe confesses that Ella's call interrupted kissing, but she'd prefer not to make a big thing about her sex life at work. And although Lucifer's eager to get back down to bedroom business, Chloe insists they stick around to interview the hundred drunk, high witnesses.

As she leaves the scene, Ella bumps into cute, dorky reporter Pete Daily (Alex Koch), who's new on the job and immediately asks her out. But she turns him down because her type is bad boys, not earnest nerds, as this season has repeatedly reminded us.

Speaking of boys, Chloe's got complications when she realizes that mega-popular DJ Karnal was also playing the rave. She knows Karnal better as Jed, her first love. (He's played by Justin Bruening, and I'm not sure what the Venn diagram of Sweet Magnolias and Lucifer viewers looks like, but I'm hoping others out there giggled as much as I did to see Cal in this setting.)

Jed is thrilled to see her, calls her Cherry Jane, and asks if she's in a relationship. Chloe says no, right in front of Lucifer. COME ON, CHLOE. You can just say, "I'm at the beginning of something promising"? I mean, you have to know that Lucifer's going to spin out about this! Even assuming she was rattled by Jed's sudden appearance and didn't want to talk about dating at work, it's a puzzling response.

But okay, it happened, and it left Lucifer hurt and outraged and ready to prove that Jed's the killer. After all, those were his headphones Pexxa borrowed. Chloe goes in the other direction and wonders if Jed's the actual target.

One suspect is the man protesting that Jed's foundation is building low-income housing at the marina where Jed's studio's located. (That would be the Cherry Jane Foundation, and Chloe declines to explain the origin of her nickname to Lucifer.)

Chloe swiftly determines that the protester isn't the culprit, but the man does tell them that a woman broke into Jed's studio recently. Moments later, the studio explodes, knocking Chloe and Lucifer to the ground. He immediately checks to be sure she's all right, but they again disagree over whether Jed's the target or staging this to get Chloe's attention.

When Chloe argues that nobody would go to those lengths to woo her, Lucifer points out, "I did go to hell and back for you twice, but who's counting?" Ugh, jealous Lucifer is just too delicious!

Dan's also having a hard time with Jed's reappearance. He was Chloe's last boyfriend before they got together, and Dan worries she never got over "his stupid chiseled face." He tells Amenadiel he'll never be able to live down all the bad things he's done in his life, but Amenadiel firmly says that he knows evil, and Dan isn't that. I LOVE THIS FRIENDSHIP, Y'ALL.

Back on the case, Chloe found the woman who broke into Jed's studio. She makes recordings of animals having sex and had planted recording devices to bust Jed for sampling her otter-sex sounds without paying her.

So Ella's off to review the audio while Chloe combs through the DJ Karnal message boards searching for any dangerous fans. Then Maze rolls in dressed in Ella's quirky-girl clothes, channeling her innate niceness. See, Dr. Linda recommended that Maze try to be more emotionally available to avoid dying alone like her mother, so she's trying it out. It's&#x; weird.

When Chloe finds a possibly obsessed fan online and Ella discovers the sound of a dying hearing aid battery on the audio surveillance of Jed's studio, the women decide to stage a fake DJ Karnal rave at Lux to see if any fans turn up in hearing aids.

Lucifer's not involved in the plans because Chloe's not seeing him that night. Ella wrongly assumes she's avoiding him out of fear of STDs or not measuring up sexually to his thousands of past lovers, but Chloe nervously admits it's because Lucifer's ghosting her.

And why would he do that? Jed, of course! Lucifer took Chloe's ex to his penthouse for safekeeping (and to keep him away from Chloe) and desire-whammies him into confessing that he wishes he hadn't caused Chloe to dump him.

Now Lucifer wants to know everything Jed did wrong so he can steer clear, and Jed starts giving absolutely terrible advice. He says that once their unresolved sexual tension resolved itself, there was no mystery for Chloe to solve, and she lost interest.

Lucifer vows not to wear his heart on his sleeve anymore, which PLEASE DON'T DO THIS, LUCIFER. Sadly, he doesn't listen to me and starts screening Chloe's calls in order to be mysterious. UGHHHH.

Then Lucifer and Jed arrive to help Amenadiel and Dan try to soothe a screaming Charlie, and they're both surprised to hear of the sting at Lux. Also, Dan gets to gloat about having a baby with the woman that three of them are/were in love with, and honestly, good for him.

At Lux, the rave is in full swing, and Chloe, Ella, Maze, and Linda all split up and talk to every woman there, looking for a telltale hearing aid.

Maze is forcing herself to be nice to a dull-as-dirt raver name Karen, but when she spots Ella making out with some random bald-headed tough guy, Maze pulls her away.

Ella calls herself a magnet for losers, and Maze says if that's what Ella thinks that's what she deserves, maybe Ella shouldn't be Maze's model for how to be a good person.

Elsewhere, Chloe and Linda have an amazing conversation about the Lucifer sexual experience. (His penis is non-forked, well above average, and generally perfect.) But also, Linda warns, he's unfathomably narcissist, terrified of intimacy, and the most immature person in the universe, so sex will probably be the least of their problems.

Chloe tries calling Lucifer again, but he's tossed his phone out the window to preserve the mystery. At this point, Dan tells Lucifer that this is terrible advice (I never thought I'd say this, but thank God for Dan!), and they both realize that Jed's disappeared, presumably to head to the rave.

Dan steps out to look for him, and Lucifer's so enraged that he goes full devil face. Weirdly, that stops Charlie from crying. Amenadiel begs Uncle Lucifer to do it again. He complies, and Charlie loves it, so he sticks around to help out his brother and his nephew.

By now, Jed's hit the stage to dedicate a song to Cherry Jane, and this causes superfan Karen to make a beeline for him. Maze tackles her, but it turns out to be Karen's estranged hearing-aid-wearing husband who's wielding a gun.

Yep, Jed slept with Karen (he didn't know she was married!), and her husband went off the deep end, particularly after his friends gave him a hard time for letting Karen walk all over him.

Chloe draws her gun and tells the husband that he should talk it out with Karen to explain how frustrating yet incredible Lucifer &#x; er, Karen is.

After the man's hauled off, Jed acknowledges that he and Chloe are over and encourages her to work it out with Lucifer. Good guy, Jed! I hope he finds his Cherry Jody or a Cherry Joanna someday.

Meanwhile, Ella bumps into Pete, and, thinking about Maze's words, asks him out. He stammers an excited yes. (Awww! But also, my dude, don't date someone who's likely to be a consistent source on your beat!) Then Ella tells Maze that she doesn't need to be nice because she's a good kind of scary. Lean into that, and she'll find her soulmate.

Wrong thing to say, Ella! Maze snaps that you can't find a soulmate if you don't have a soul.

Back at three men and a baby, Charlie's asleep, and Lucifer's getting relationship advice from Amenadiel and Dan, who suggests he quit asking people for advice and just go to talk to Chloe already.

Then Dan heads out, but he gets a call from Lucifer asking him to come right back. He turns around and spots Lucifer rocking baby Charlie in full devil face with Amenadiel right next to him.

He speeds away in a panic, and we see that it was Michael, sporting a wicked scar, who called him back. YES, GIMME THAT ANGST OVER LUCIFER'S SECRET!

Okay, brace yourselves, Deckerstar fans. Chloe arrives at the penthouse, and she and Lucifer both apologize. (Chloe hair check: down and flowy.) She tells Lucifer that they're incredible, and for a long, fraught moment it looks like they'll go their separate ways for the night.

Instead, they fall into each other's arms, and Chloe silences her phone when it rings. She silences her phone! You know what that means?

Yep. It's on. They're kissing against a wall, they're unbuttoning Lucifer's shirt, they're slowing down to look at each other &#x; really look at each other, silently checking in about what this means for him, for her, for them. And then Lucifer takes Chloe's hand and leads her to his bedroom.

"Incredible," Lucifer rasps, and the parting shot is of their bodies moving together in the dimness as Chloe gasps his name.

Stray feathers

  • *dead*

Episode 7: "Our Mojo"

"I was so ready to have my Deckerstar dreams crushed again."

Yep, Ella is all of us, cheering for our star-crossed couple as they face down challenges big and small in the penultimate episode of this half of the season.

At first their morning-after talk is sweet and giggly and genuinely intimate. Then Chloe jokingly asks what Lucifer truly desires, and he's compelled to tell her he'd like to have sex with her another four times. No, six.

She assumes he's messing with her, but he isn't, and it's a major problem for him. He heads straight to Linda's, breezing right past the sex-having to fret about losing his power. If Chloe can do what he used to do, what does he bring to the relationship?

Ella's also thrilled to learn that Chloe and Lucifer finally consummated their relationship, and then she rushes to add how happy she is with Pete, who turns out to be not so nice when it counts, ifyouknowwhatimean.

Now to the murder of the episode, which turns out to be the work of a serial killer who paralyzes his victims, straps them to a chair, shoves lilies into their arms, and severs their vocal cords.

Chloe (hair check: sleek with partially controlled bangs, a happy medium!) tries out her new mojo powers on the first few suspects before she concludes that while Lucifer isn't able to whammy anyone anymore, Chloe's powers only work on him.

She rather blithely blows off how upset he is about losing that mojo and encourages him to just enjoy their new relationship. Sure, but like&#x; that's his superpower, and he's an egomaniac! Of course he's rattled!

She finally realizes that she needs to make him feel included in the investigation and does that by talking up his charm, his connections, his capacity with languages, even calling him her personal Swiss Army knife.

When he refers to it as "our" mojo, Chloe's touched, but he still tries to have sex with her to see if it'll transfer the power back. She takes a pass, as she's not into sex with an agenda.

Next he suggests couples therapy, which Chloe thinks is a touch soon, but she agrees. Dr. Linda actually sides with Lucifer on the emotional grounds that sex with someone you care about requires giving up power. She asks how Chloe would feel if someone gave her gun and badge to Lucifer and chipped away at her identity and suggests Chloe look for the root of Lucifer's concern here. As always, stellar advice from the good doctor!

Dan could probably use a little of that, to be honest. He was deeply shaken at seeing Lucifer's devil face the night before and falls sobbing at Charlotte's grave as he processes what it all means.

He assumes that she's in heaven, he's bound for hell, and Chloe and Trixie's souls are in danger. As he begs for help, Michael appears with his wings out and white robes on, offering Dan redemption in exchange for one little errand. None of us likes the sound of that, yeah?

Back at the precinct, the show has shifted into fairly standard crime procedural tracking-a-serial-killer territory. They find crimes with similar MOs in Phoenix and San Antonio and curse the linkage blindness that makes it hard to track these things. Lucifer turns profiler and suggests that slashing their vocal cords is about taking away their power, not their voice. You know, it's the standard "We must stop him before he kills again!" playbook.

Ella was beating herself up for missing clues, but a pep talk from Pete has her focused on what she can do right from here on out. Lucifer, who was already baffled at how excited Ella was to speak Klingon with Pete and head to a Star Trek convention with him, quietly observes this display of support and sharing.

When they identify the flower shop that sold lilies to a Les Klumpsky, they're able to track his Uber to an apartment where the hallway's straight out of The Shining, complete with a kid on a trike.

Lucifer finally tells Chloe to knock off the excessive flattery and kicks down the suspect's door as soon as the warrant comes through. Ugh, why are serial killer apartments always investigated in the dark? Flip on a light switch already!

They find banana-pants amounts of printed photos of his next victim and a receipt for flowers purchased a few hours ago, which means his next murder is imminent. Chloe summons Ella from her convention, and she and Pete arrive in Starfleet uniforms and Vulcan ears to help search the place for clues.

Flashlights everywhere! Seriously, if this guy could be off killing right now, wouldn't it speed things up to TURN ON A DANG LIGHT?

Ella finds a darkroom full of hanging photo negative strips, which is insanely creepy. She and Pete start looking through them and find a shot of the next victim standing in front of a door surrounded by the distinctive wallpaper and carpet of the very apartment building they're currently in. All they can see is the number 9 on the door, so they race to the ninth floor and start knocking.

When Lucifer steps into a unit with the door ajar, the killer injects him with a paralytic. Lucifer grabs him by the neck and growls, "How does it feel to be powerless?" But the drug eventually drops him, and the serial killer does that thing where he calmly explains his evil motivations while the helpless victim listens. Blah blah those women were all strong, blah blah they have to listen now. You know, just serial killer stuff.

When Chloe enters the apartment, she finds Lucifer propped against the wall unable to speak or move, and for some reason she doesn't immediately turn around to find the person who did that. Instead, he has to signal her with his eyes to look behind her.

Thankfully, she's able to fight Klumpsky off and shoot him in the shoulder. After he's arrested, his malevolent gaze lingers as the elevator doors close on him and the cadre of police escorting him out. It's unsettling.

Pete laments that he'll be covering this whole series of events for his news outlet, and his editor's clamoring for him to call Klumpsky the Whisper Killer (because, you know, you can still whisper if your vocal cords are cut).

Ella encourages him to write the story he wants to write, and while they make a delightfully supportive team, I do hope he's going to be fully transparent about his involvement with the case. Best practices are typically not to have a journalist report on a crime he helped solve, ya know?

Anyway, Pete and Lucifer then engage in a little guy talk as Pete admits he was terrified that he's not good enough for Ella until he realized that in the end, the choice is up to her. It gives Lucifer something to chew over.

At the end of the day, Lucifer finds Chloe going over the Klumpsky case photos at the penthouse. She's got the nagging sense that she's missing something, and she'd also like to make this daily wind-down a part of their routine.

Lucifer's into it, particularly when he coaxes her out to the balcony for a drink. There she's finally able to empathize about how hard it would be for Lucifer to feel powerless and vulnerable.

She also suggests that if she can use the mojo on him, that might mean he's starting to drop his guard around her. He quite likes the sound of that, and things are moving in a romantic direction again when a distraught Dan steps off the elevator brandishing a gun.

He tells Chloe that he has no choice and fires. Lucifer falls to the ground, and this is the second episode in the row that ends with Chloe gasping his name &#x; but for a very different reason this time.

Stray feathers

  • Oh, Dan. He's been lost since he lost Charlotte, but this newest turn happened quickly. I'd love to have seen a little more simmer on his anguish here, but brisk storytelling demands efficiency. And just when I was coming around on him, too!
  • Maze does a little more growing this episode when she tries to break Amenadiel out of his daddy-duty rut by fighting and f&#x;rench kissing. But she's frustrated to realize it doesn't do a thing to soothe her own angst over what she's missing. Good guy Amenadiel assures her that whatever it is she needs, she's be able to find it. Then he returns home to Linda, happy to be Charlie's dad but already dreading the time when the little tyke doesn't need him anymore. Wow, do I love the work this show's doing with all of these supporting characters this season!
  • For a hot second, I legitimately thought Pete was the murderer, or at least a murderer. He was just so squirrelly in that dark room! That said, I love this relationship for Ella (assuming he's, you know, murder-free).
  • Who's thinking Chloe really did miss something about the Whisper Killer (sorry, Pete!) case? I'm telling you, something about that guy's parting stare said he wasn't done with Chloe & Co. yet.

Episode 8: "Spoiler Alert"

Oh my God!

No, seriously, that's God in that cuddly cardigan, and he's perfect! Lots of drama before we get there, though, so let's dive into the final episode of the first half of season 5.

Lucifer shakes off Dan's bullet without a hitch because he's suddenly invulnerable around Chloe. (Great misdirect with the Carpenters' "The End of the World," though!)

Dan can't believe that Chloe knew about Lucifer and he's suddenly the bad guy for trying to save the world from the Devil. He hightails it out of the penthouse, leaving Chloe worried about&#x; well, everything, really.

Ella's worried too. Pete gave her a key to his apartment, and she frets to Chloe that it's all too soon. But Chloe has to stop Lucifer from putting a revenge snake &#x; non-poisonous, if that matters &#x; into Dan's drawer, so she just tells Ella to go with it.

Rather than allow Lucifer to goad Dan anymore, she takes him with her to interview Les Klumpsky, who complains about the Whisper Killer moniker: "That doesn't even make sense. I don't kill whispers."

While Lucifer tries to get tips from the serial killer to mess with Dan, Chloe attempts to trick him into admitting that he didn't commit the three murders that didn't happen in his apartment building.

Afterward, she and Lucifer split up to pursue different tasks. She has an intense dark-web session, while Lucifer throws himself into elaborate Dan revenge plotting. When Lucifer finally surfaces, he finds a distressing voicemail from Chloe.

She tells him she has a lead on who really committed the other three murders and starts to give him info on an Arts District address, but she's cut off by the sounds of a struggle. He flies straight to her place and kicks down the door, but she's gone.

Lucifer and Ella are both distraught (and both agree that it's kind of his fault for getting distracted by Dan revenge) but they immediately team up to find her.

At Chloe's they find an address that takes them to Scotty Thomas, who's assembled a nerd squad to help design a VR game where you play as a serial killer. Chloe found him on a site for murder aficionados, and she was supposed to meet him to see transcripts of DMs with Klumpsky.

Ella scans them and notices lots of references to LilyMan Chillingly, all his posts on the murder site are firsthand accounts of Whisper Killer murders with non-public details. Klumpsky's a copycat, and LilyMan85 is still out there. So, uh, that's not good.

At this point, Lucifer reaches out to Maze, but she's not talking to him because he kept the truth of her mother from her. Amenadiel points out that Lucifer has no idea that Maze is freezing him out and suggests she pick up. She does, and her anger disappears when Lucifer explains that Chloe's missing.

She materializes into Klumpsky's cell &#x; he's thinking he prefers the Voice Box Killer &#x; and prepares to torture some information out of him.

Meanwhile, Scotty's nerd squad traced IP addresses and found an address for LilyMan Lucifer kicks the door down, and inside they find a woman's body in a chair. Both Lucifer and Ella assume the worst, and then are relieved it's not Chloe. RIP to that other woman, though.

As they leave, Pete turns up to cover the newest murder, worried that that Ella might think he's using her for access. She kisses him and assures him that it's all good. Then he offers her a box of Whisper Killer research that's at his apartment. FOR REAL IS HE THE KILLER?

Desperate, Lucifer turns to Amenadiel and begs him to slow time, but he can't anymore. Also, he's at the pediatrician's with Charlie, who's caught a standard cold, so it's not the best time. He does assure Lucifer that he learned from Chloe and can use his Detective Morningstar skills to find her.

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A Very Sinful Recap of Lucifer Season 5

Since Lucifer’s move to Netflix in season four, the lust factor has been upped. Photo: Netflix

In the first half of Lucifer’s fifth season, sins abound. The Netflix original, ported over from Fox in its fourth season, has morphed into a show that’s not just about the Devil gallivanting around L.A., but also concerned with self-determination and the nature of love. But predictably, considering the subject matter, gluttony, lust, and wrath (among others) aren’t exactly in short supply. And if it’s a sin to close on a cliffhanger, this half-season is guilty.

When we left off at the end of season four, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) had chosen to return to Hell, leaving behind a lovestruck Chloe (Lauren German), depressed Dan (Kevin Alejandro), and wayward Ella (Aimee Garcia). Demon bartender Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) didn’t get Lucifer’s invite and stayed on Earth. Lucifer’s brother Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), an angel, and the human Linda (Rachael Harris) had their baby, Charlie. For those left on Earth, season five picks up two months later. Chloe sports quarantine bangs, Dan is too into CrossFit (which must be at least a venial sin), and Charlie is adorable. For Lucifer, though, it’s been millennia, and once he returns to Earth, there’s plenty of opportunity to make trouble. So to help you keep track of the chaos, here’s a spoiler-filled episodic recap of everything that goes down in part one of this season, one sin at a time.

We open with gluttony. A boat party that threatens to sink under the weight of Champagne brings back Lee Garner (Jeremiah Birkett). Last we saw him, Lucifer was pressing gold bars into his hands and telling him to skip town. He instead bought a yacht and got murdered for his troubles. When Lucifer sees Lee in hell, he realizes that Detective Chloe Decker and the rest of the LAPD must be on the case. The episode slides between them hunting for clues — Lucifer in hell, and Chloe in the City of Angels. But what we really learn is that Lucifer is a glutton for punishment. He communicates with Chloe via recently dead people, but refuses to go to Earth to save her. Wait, but who’s the guy who looks exactly like Lucifer swooping in to her rescue? This doppelgänger is on Earth, but Lucifer remains in a hell of his own making.

Since the show’s move to Netflix, the lust factor has been upped. In short, they can now air footage of Tom Ellis’s butt. In episode two, the man we are pretty sure is not Lucifer admires himself in the mirror. He cycles through Lucifer’s catchphrases. Does every body-swap episode include a naked mirror scene, or is this a Buffycallback? As Chloe and “Lucifer” work on the case, the lust remains, though some spark is missing.

After Maze attacks “Lucifer,” he admits that he’s Lucifer’s twin, Michael, in his inexplicable American accent. We learn that where Lucifer can sense desire, Michael can sense fear. Lusting continues apace when “Lucifer” and Chloe make a date to hook up. The tension shatters with a gunshot: Chloe knows. We close with Amenadiel admonishing Michael. And then God’s favorite child flies down to hell to retrieve the prodigal son. Lucifer is back, and even damnation can’t dull the lust factor of that accent.

We learn in this episode that Michael has been manipulating Lucifer since the dawn of time. Rather than sussing out what people desire, Michael trades in fear. Like Michael and Lucifer, desire and fear are two sides of the same coin. Also, Lucifer is back, telling Chloe that he knew she was a gift from God. She doesn’t respond well. Cut to the show within the show, Lieutenant ¡Diablo!, a procedural rife with Hollywood greed. Lucifer did a favor for its showrunner, and the guy copied him and Chloe (here an ex-stripper called “Detective Dancer”). When the showrunner and star end up dead, Chloe discovers that “Dancer” wanted control of a narrative determined to objectify her. She killed for her career, out of greed, but Chloe gets it. Chloe asks Dancer, “What’s the secret to getting up every day knowing everything you do and say is only servicing another person?” It’s a callback to Eve coming to terms with her creation for Adam, as Chloe wrestles with her free will.

After Dancer’s arrest, Michael pays his “bro” a visit. Two Tom Ellises fight; the Devil wins. Michael heads off to find Maze and put his plan into motion. Michael’s manipulations are all grounded in greed. We don’t know what he wants, but, like his Father, Michael works in mysterious ways.

“Sloth” derives from a Greek word meaning “without care.” We think of it as laziness, but it can also mean a neglect of duty, doing the same thing over and over because it’s easier that way. In this flashback episode, Lucifer hasn’t yet broken out of his king-of-hell rut. He’s been doing the same thing forever: ruling in hell, messing around on Earth, rinse, repeat.

Maze’s mother Lilith, Adam’s first wife, is a s lounge singer. With the crew recast in noirish black and white, we hear Lucifer recount how Lilith gave up immortality. There’s a case of the week: Lilith’s ring is gone, and a hard-boiled detective, played by Chloe, helps find it. In the end, Lilith decides to live as a human and gifts Lucifer her ring. In effect, seeing Lilith relinquish immortality foreshadows Lucifer’s choice to live in the human world. And when we learn that Maze paid Trixie to get the truth about Lilith and she drives to Reno to confront her aged mother, it’s heartbreaking.

Honorable sloth mention: Ella’s shirt in episode eight, with a cartoon sloth and the slogan “Not Fast Not Furious.” 

There’s plenty of wrath to go around in episode five. After learning that Linda abandoned her daughter, just as Lilith did, Maze hunts for Linda’s child. She forces a meeting with the unwitting daughter and guilt-stricken mother, then storms out — back to Reno, to find that Lilith died. Stunned, Maze shatters the poster from the previous episode. She can only express emotion through violent wrath. Chloe’s simmering with something like wrath, too, as she processes the facts of her creation. After a murder at a convent spoils her plan to avoid God things, she enlists the closest guy to the divine, Amenadiel, for help. And Amenadiel unleashes some wrath of his own. It’s awesome in the Biblical sense — so Godly it hurts to look. After the nun’s ex-fiancé confesses to her murder, Amenadiel unveils his wings and tells him it’s all real. “Have faith, Hank,” he bellows.

Lucifer and Chloe let go of their anger in the episode’s last scene. They kiss after Chloe realizes that Lucifer has chosen to be vulnerable. It’s a sweet end to an often-angry episode.

This episode features a jealous Lucifer and Dan. But for once, they aren’t envious of each other. Chloe and Lucifer’s hookup is interrupted by a murder. The intended target? Chloe’s first love, a dude named Jed, or “DJ Karnal.” Jed manipulates Lucifer into ignoring Chloe and plays on Lucifer’s jealousy to try to win Chloe back. Cut to an elaborately costumed rave, a sting staged to lure the killer. Chloe’s got space buns, Linda’s getting hammered, Maze is attempting to be nicer, Ella is trying to break her bad-boy habit.

But Lucifer is distracted, trying to get Charlie to stop crying — accomplished only when baby sees his uncle’s Devil face. Michael then steals Lucifer’s phone and gets Dan to turn around at precisely the wrong moment. Bam: Another mortal is in on the celestial secret. As Chloe arrests the killer and Ella asks out Pete, a nice guy, Lucifer realizes his envy got the best of him. As Linda tells Chloe, Lucifer is “the oldest, most immature person in the world.”

Lucifer, unaware that Dan has just seen him … au naturel … apologizes to Chloe. Finally, those two get to know each other. In the biblical sense.

It’s fitting that pride is the sin most associated with Satan. In these final two episodes, Lucifer must get over that pride. At first, it comes from his “mojo,” the ability to glean people’s desires. When his desire — Chloe — is realized, his powers transfer to her. He can’t process sharing his gift. Meanwhile, Ella and her boyfriend Pete share everything, even fluency in Klingon. But Lucifer’s pride trains itself on a new target. After Dan, at Michael’s behest, shoots him, Lucifer swears revenge. Not that the bullets did anything: Lucifer is invulnerable. And Chloe’s pride is hurt; she knows that invulnerability means an emotional wall.

Back to our killer. After arresting a copycat, Chloe realizes something’s wrong. As she investigates, she leaves Lucifer a voice-mail. He’s focused on Dan, filling a whiteboard with potential tortures, including “perm.” The voice-mail ends with a struggle, and Lucifer goes to find Chloe. Meanwhile, Ella finds her boyfriend’s murder lair — we all saw this coming, right? But Pete didn’t kidnap Chloe. Turns out she’s in an abandoned zoo with the archangel Michael bringing her speciality coffee. After Chloe’s rescue, it seems Deckerstar is finally going to DTR. But time stops — thanks, Amenadiel. Cue an epic fight scene with three angels and a demon.

To be prideful is to think you know better than God. The best way to get over that belief is some admonishment from the man upstairs. And for the first time in Lucifer’s run, that’s what we get. God has floated down to LAPD headquarters. Will His visit put a stop to sin? Judging by the Bible, probably not.

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Spoilers! How 'Lucifer' says goodbye to a devilish good time in series finale

Spoiler alert! The following contains details from Season 6 of "Lucifer," including the series finale, "Partners 'Til the End."

The devil is back in hell. 

After six seasons, one cancellation by Fox, a rescue by Netflix and lots of romantic tension between Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), "Lucifer" said goodbye as the sixth and final season arrived on Netflix Friday. 

What started as a fantastical police procedural based on characters from Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" comics evolved into a mythology-driven drama about heaven, hell and the people muddling between on Earth. The final episodes still had a few mysteries for Lucifer and his detective to solve, but mostly focused on the devil's fight to find his place in the world, whether ascending to heaven to replace his father as God, staying in his beloved Los Angeles or something else. 

Lauren German as Chloe Decker and Tom Ellis as Lucifer in the final season of "Lucifer" on Netflix.

In 10 final episodes, "Lucifer" tied up its dangling plot threads while introducing a few new wrinkles. The emotional, action-packed finale was superb, surprising and cathartic, and might end up on the list of the best series endings of all time. Without veering too far into fan service, it managed to stick the landing, angel wings intact. 

The majority of Season 6 deals with the appearance of Rory (Brianna Hildebrand, "Deadpool"), Lucifer and Chloe's daughter from the future. She traveled back to the present through angelic self-actualization, because she was so very angry at her father for abandoning their family. This is news to both Lucifer and Chloe, who can't imagine a reality in which Lucifer abandons his child after suffering from being cast out of heaven by his father for so many millennia. 

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In the penultimate episode, Lucifer spends what he thinks might be his last day on Earth saying heartfelt goodbyes to his friends and soaking up every last moment with Chloe. When Lucifer survives past midnight, the couple thinks they have thwarted the future, until Lucifer receives a call from Le Mec (Rob Benedict), the mercenary who killed Dan (Kevin Alejandro). Escaped from prison and freed from his possession by Dan's ghost, Le Mec has kidnapped Rory and brought her to the very intersection that Lucifer is supposed to disappear from in Rory's future. 

Tom Ellis as Lucifer and Brianna Hildebrand as Rory in the final season of "Lucifer" on Netflix.

Chloe and Lucifer head to the warehouse to get their daughter back, fighting through Le Mec's minions. Lucifer eventually breaks through to find the mercenary, with his gun to Rory's head. Le Mec felt Lucifer had tortured him, and he wants to impart that same torture on the devil. Lucifer, who always has a way with words, explains that Le Mec should kill him instead. If he dies, he won't get to see his daughter grow up, which would be true torture. 

Before Le Mec can kill Lucifer, Rory breaks free and grabs him, intent on killing the man who threatened her father. Caught in paralyzing rage, Rory's face begins to take on the devilish features Lucifer once wore, but Lucifer talks her down from her anger. Spared from Rory's wrath, Le Mec tries one more time to kill Lucifer before Chloe comes in and shoots him. 

It seems as if our dynamic trio has stopped the inevitable future, but Rory is convinced that Lucifer is still going to leave. As they talk over events, Rory helps Lucifer realize Dan stopped possessing Le Mec because his soul was finally able to conquer his guilt and move on to heaven, all because of something Lucifer said to him. His real calling wasn't to be God, but rather to help lost souls escape hell after they make amends and alleviate their guilt. 

But in order for all of this to happen without messing with timelines, Lucifer has to return to hell permanently and leave Chloe (now just barely pregnant with Rory) behind. Rory has to grow up without a father so that one day, she'll travel back in time and help Lucifer realize how he can help the universe. As she's pulled back to the future, she makes the devil – who never lies – promise he'll abandon her. 

After a tender goodbye, Lucifer leaves Chloe behind for hell. A poetic montage follows, showing how Team Lucifer moves on after he goes back below. Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) ends up as the new God, intent on fixing more of Earth's problems than his father ever did. He still has time to be a father to his and Linda's (Rachael Harris) toddler son Charlie, who finally sprouts wings. Chloe returns to the LAPD, working with and promoting Sonia (Merrin Dungey), the Black officer trying to fix even a little bit of the systemic racism in the department. Ella (Aimee Garcia) and Carol (Scott Porter) are happy together, running the foundation Lucifer left for her. Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Eve (Inbar Lavi) are married, bounty hunting and deliriously happy. Dan is in heaven, reunited with Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), his true love. Eventually Chloe brings baby Rory home to this found family.  

In the future, Rory returns to her old, ailing mother on her deathbed. As Chloe dies she goes to heaven, where Amenadiel finds her and asks if she wants to go home. We finally see what Lucifer has been up to all this time: In a room in hell that looks just like Linda's therapy office, Lucifer is helping souls, including Linda's ex-husband Reese (Patrick Fabian) and even Le Mec. A knock on the door reveals Chloe, back in her young body, ready to spend eternity with him. The pair lean into each other, and the credits roll. 

Emotionally satisfying, unpredictable and well-earned, it's a finale angels and demons can both be happy about. 

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Lucifer season 6 binge recap: The devil says goodbye

In the beginning, there was a Fox procedural featuring the devil solving crimes in L.A. And behold, it was very good.

Six seasons and a new streaming service later, Lucifercomes to an end with a final ten episodes, and it remains a divine gift of a show. Let's recap!

Episode 1: "Nothing Ever Changes Around Here"

A truth-seeker and a wonder-chaser walk into a magicians' bar to spend their last night on Earth. And no, that's not a joke. It's just Chloe (Lauren German) and Lucifer (Tom Ellis) on a date.

Wonder-chaser Lucifer's gotten cold feet (cold wings?) about taking over as God, but after pushing his coronation a few times, he's now declaring this his last night in L.A. I'm as freaked out by his choice to spend it in the world's only private magicians' club as the truth-seeker when Lucifer calls her "Chloe" instead of "detective."

But first, callback alert! Although past seasons have kicked off with Mr. Said Out Bitch, our favorite criminal is happily settled in Heaven after dealing with guilt. So the show gives us a new unrepentant sinner: Officer Diggs, the motorcycle cop Lucifer bribed in the pilot. It turns out that Diggs has been happily dancing his way toward Hell with his bad behavior ever since, so here's a round of applause to the showrunners for closing that loop for us.

On to the magician's club to catch the final performance of Magnar the Magnificent! His act is cut short when his protégé dies performing a trick &#x; sorry, an illusion &#x; and in short order, Dan's friend Carol from the season 5 finale shows up to investigate, with Ella (Aimee Garcia) in tow. Naturally, she's delighted to be running into Chlucifer after six weeks.

Chloe's not about to stand by and watch an investigation happen, so she starts her own parallel inquiries, frustrating Carol to no end. Ella, meanwhile, unknowingly twists the knife in Lucifer's side by confiding that she's been praying a lot, but it feels like nobody's listening, which forces Lucifer to wrestle with the idea that God has to be ever-present for everyone, always.

Lauren German and Tom Ellis in 'Lucifer'

When it's revealed that the true murderer is Magnar's son, the case also drives home Lucifer's fear of stepping in for dear old Dad. "You are not worthy of your father's legacy," he bellows after Chloe manipulates the baddie into confessing his crimes.

For a moment, it looks like Chloe could be the murderer's next victim, but she's still holding on to Amenadiel's necklace, which gives her superhuman strength. Once Magnar's son is arrested, Lucifer's left to wonder how he can keep loving Chloe after he's forced to care about the rest of humanity.

Where better to get clarity than the special purgatory he's created for Dan (Kevin Alejandro)? The poor guy's been stuck for a thousand years in a badly lit version of his precinct, playing ping pong with the demon Belios, who's a truly terrible partner.

Dan begs Lucifer to become God and whisk him to Heaven, but Lucifer refuses on the grounds that it would destroy free will if he acted against Dan's subconscious wishes, where he clearly still harbors guilt that's keeping him from paradise.

After Lucifer leaves for Earth, thunder and lightning rattle the precinct, and we glimpse a pair of female legs on Hell's throne.

Stray feathers

  • When you think about it, it's clear why Lucifer admires magicians: they employ skill, cunning, and deception without overtly lying. That's been his MO for six seasons, after all.
  • No way did I forget about the rest of the cast! Over Satan's whiskers cocktails and deviled eggs, Linda deftly pokes at the cracks in Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Eve's (Inbar Lavi) relationship until it becomes clear that neither of them truly wants to move to Hell. Instead, they profess their love and get engaged, with Maze crooning, "You're my Hell" to her fiancée. Then Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) breaks the news that he's joining the LAPD, which Maze can't wait to mock him for.
  • If you were spending your last night on Earth, where would you go and why would it never, ever be a private magician's club?

Episode 2: "Buckets of Baggage"

Thank Dad that Lucifer stuck around long enough to let Mr. Morningstar duet in a drag club.

This episode's an over-identification twofer as Lucifer navigates how to care about the seven billion humans who aren't Chloe, and Ella deals with her well-earned trust issues.

We open on the wreckage of Lucifer's apartment after he and superpowered Chloe romped all night long. Good for the lovebirds! Then Amenadiel arrives to chide Lucifer about not assuming the throne, and Chloe argues that he just needs a bit more time.

Amenadiel (rightly) points out that they just fought a war to put him on the throne, which sends Lucifer to Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris). In typical fashion, he interprets her advice badly, and it sends him on a quest to help a random human in order to prepare himself to care for the rest of the pack.

The human he chooses is Carol, who's been dorkily flirting with Ella over the Michelle Yeoh/ Jackie Chan flick Supercop. Hit with Lucifer's desire mojo, Carol confesses that he wants someone he can spend the rest of his life with. Lucifer's horrified to learn that he's been without sex for fifteen months and vows to help him.

Naturally, that entails propositioning all the suspects in this episode's murder investigation, despite Carol's pleas that he not. When Carol describes his perfect partner &#x; great hugger, wearer of cute T-shirts &#x; Lucifer sees what's up and makes him over into the bad boy of Ella's dreams.

Unfortunately, the leather jacket-and-sunglasses makeover goes over like a lead balloon with Ella, who sees this as evidence of Carol's deceitfulness and, well, she's already struggling with trust issues after dating a serial killer last season.

So she and Chloe swipe Carol's personnel files and find out he was an undercover vice cop for two years before going dark for a year. Then she and Lucifer break into his place and discover a bottle of scotch in a locked trunk with a note that says, "One day at a time." There's one secret uncovered, anyway.

Aimee Garcia on 'Lucifer'

But hey, let's talk about the murder of the episode. The victim is Fred, also known as drag queen Fiona Fierce, and suspicion soon falls on his protégé Brian, a.k.a. Busty Bazoongas. Half in and half out of drag, Brian/Busty delivers a knockout speech about the pressure on drag queens to have it all figured out, like some god-like figure. And although Brian/Busty struggle with self-esteem, they say queens like them know that to change the world, they need to realize that they're enough.

While following a lead, Carol's confronted by the killer: the victim's boyfriend, the drag club manager, who erroneously thought he was being cheated on thanks to his own trust issues.

Lucifer and Ella arrive in time for Lucifer to remind the killer (but really Ella) that just because someone hurt you doesn't mean someone new will do the same. Then Carol mouths "Supercop" at her, and they take the bad guy down Yeoh and Chan-style.

Afterward, Ella admits that she stole Carol's file and broke into his house. He, in turn, confides that he went to rehab during his dark year. With that out of the way, they go on an outstanding date to see Supercop, and afterward, when Ella shoots a quick prayer of thanks skyward, a frog falls from the heavens. RUH ROH, SCOOBY.

Things are happening in Hell, too. The mystery legs on the throne belong to an angel with razor wings, who gets wind that Dan almost succeeded in killing Lucifer. She makes him a deal: he shares what he knows, and she'll fly him back to Earth.

At first, Dan declines, but when the angel points out that Lucifer could've made that trip at any time, Dan's willing to deal. If this final season tarnishes Dan's personal growth, so help me&#x;

In the final shot, Chloe and Lucifer cuddle in their snug bed and agree to take their time figuring out how to turn Lucifer into God, but something tells me the frogs won't want to wait.

Stray feathers

  • Consider this your warning, Lucifer: happy ending for Ella, or else.
  • Chloe and Maze have an epic sparring session in this episode that clearly points to the detective's struggles with her new role and new powers. But it also shows how much Maze has evolved when she recognizes that something's wrong and asks Chloe what's up.
  • The razor-winged angel? That's Brianna Hildebrand, a.k.a. Negasonic Teenage Warhead from the Deadpool movies, for those who like to watch actors float between the Marvel and DC comic universes.

Episode 3: "Yabba Dabba Do Me"

Who's ready for cartoon Lucifer?

Trick question; nobody's ever truly prepared for cartoon Lucifer.

As part of his "becoming God" plan, the devil decides to help somebody he hates: Jimmy Barnes, the first murderer he ever caught. Unfortunately, Barnes died after losing his mind when Lucifer revealed his devil face to him in the pilot.

Off to Hell Lucifer and Chloe go, with the latter clutching Amenadiel's necklace. (Side note: I have so much anxiety that she hasn't put it on a chain or something. Carrying it loose seems like an invitation to drop it or misplace it when she needs it the most.)

Chloe describes Lucifer's towering throne as lonely &#x; she's not wrong &#x; and then they step through a door into Jimmy's Hell loop. They're immediately transformed into cartoon versions of themselves, complete with a zany soundtrack and Ken-and-Barbie smoothness in their pants. Oh, and the exit disappears, taking Lucifer's powers with it. So they're stuck in Jimmy's broken loop.

Time to deal with cartoon Jimmy, who's reliving his wedding day, facing down an over-the-top devil Lucifer. After engaging in a cartoonish brawl, Chloe suggests that Lucifer fix Jimmy's brain to get them out.

Lucifer knows his way around Hell and takes Jimmy deeper into his loop, which turns out to be a hilariously cliché '80s city street. We've got break dancers, aerobics fanatics, a DeLorean, and the first band Jimmy ever managed. The group fires him, and Lucifer, whose powers are back, hits Jimmy with the desire whammy.

That desire? The return of Jimmy's mother, who abandoned him in a cheap motel to pursue her own musical dreams. All little Jimmy had for company were the cartoons on the motel TV.

Lucifer's moved by Jimmy's pain, and although it's no excuse for his adult behavior, he takes pity on the child and halts the Hell loop so Jimmy can stay with his mother for eternity.

And hey presto, here's an important step toward becoming God. If Lucifer can grow to care about Jimmy, maybe he's ready to help the rest of humanity. But before they leave Hell, Chloe asks to see Dan, and that's when Lucifer realizes he's gone.

Yep, Dan's back on Earth as a ghost with the razor-wing angel. Thankfully, Dan had no intention of betraying Lucifer. Still, he's unable to warn him before the razor-angel gets the drop on Lucifer when he enters the penthouse. Then she shocks all of us by announcing that she's Lucifer's &#x; wait for it! &#x; daughter.

Stray feathers

  • OH NO, DR. LINDA. The best character on the show has a secret: she's writing a book called Sympathy for the Devil: My Time With Lucifer Morningstar. She spends this episode both hiding her notes and gently extracting rich details from the main players, and I'm already worried about how this reveal's going to go down.
  • Let's hear it for the callbacks in this episode. Lucifer declares Bones the perfect combination of procedure and banter, then scoffs at the idea of guyliner, which makes Chloe (and us) snicker. And I'll say it now: I miss the early-seasons guyliner.
  • We meet Amenadiel's training partner in this episode. The stern Officer Sonya Harris (Merrin Dungey) has a fierce reputation, but she explains that it's because she wants to make sure officers are there for the right reasons. And she walks the walk by not arresting Maze, who commits a crime to support Amenadiel on his first day. Instead, she takes her to a women's shelter for the help she needs.
  • On that note, anybody else slightly disappointed that we didn't get to see Maze's mind-bending, anti-elderly graffiti?

Episode 4: "Pin the Tail on the Baddie"

Lucifer, a dad? Inconceivable!

*pause so you can all appreciate the pun*

But seriously, Lucifer tells razor-angel that there's no way he could've had a child, then is annoyed when Ghost Dan helpfully points out that Amenadiel managed to procreate. The angel eventually pulls an "I never asked to be born" huff and storms off.

Once they're alone, Dan doesn't respond well to the news that Lucifer left him in purgatory on purpose, nor that his lingering guilt is still keeping him out of Heaven. It gets worse when Dan realizes that he can't interact with any of the people he loves because of his ghostliness.

Frustratingly, Lucifer decides to keep Chloe in the dark about his possible daughter and sets off to investigate solo. His only time on Earth in the '90s was an orgy in Miami, so Maze (who was also there, of course) helps him track down the possible baby mama. Of his 36 partners, four gave birth nine months later.

The first three are easy no's, leaving Lucifer to breathe, "Thank Me, I'm not that dad." All the women agree that he's not the sticking-around type. Offended, he declares that he's about to be the world's best dad to seven million people.

One of the women is eager for round two and drops her robe just when Chloe arrives to see what Lucifer's up to. She's displeased that he kept her in the dark, and they agree to track down the final woman together.

She turns out to be a Bostonian who became a rabbi following her transformative encounter with Lucifer. Also, she has a daughter, Mira, who ran away five years ago to solve the question of her paternity. Chloe's already struggling with jealousy, and it gets worse when Lucifer casually lets it spill that his daughter is also an angel and that Dan's back on Earth.


Their investigations take them to an avocado commune, where they find young runaways being held captive. Enraged on behalf of the women, Lucifer doles out punishment to their captors while super-Chloe fighting by his side.

After the baddies are brought to justice, Lucifer tells one of the runaways to say a little prayer if she needs help in the future. Not gonna lie, I got a little thrill seeing Lucifer growing into this new godly role. I'm still not convinced it's the right one for him, but it's a delight watching him stretch to fill it.

In the end, he tracks down Mira's actual father, but Mira's just a human girl, not the razor-angel. He encourages Mira to reach out to her mother, and then Mira's dad sets him on the path to the truth: he knew Mira was his daughter the moment he looked into her eyes.

Flashback to Lucifer staring down at razor-angel and experiencing a similar bone-deep knowing. Too bad she's still in the wind.

Back in L.A., Dan's struggling to communicate. First, he visits Maze, who's in the middle of a clothes fitting. She doesn't hear him, so he bellows, "Everybody knows that LA is way too hot for leather!" on his way out the door. Ha!

And double ha! It turns out Maze actually could see Dan; she just liked messing with him, of course. He's also able to talk to Amenadiel, and they make amends for the fight they had just before his death.

But then he visits Chloe and sees her comforting Trixie, who's crying over his death, and he begs Lucifer to take him back to Hell so he won't have to watch his family grieve. Lucifer somberly informs him that because Dan is incorporeal, Lucifer couldn't carry him back even if he wanted to.

Oh, but that's not the last surprise of the episode. The razor-angel shows up at Chloe's apartment and rushes to hug her, calling her "Mom."

Stray feathers

  • Gotta give it to the showrunners. They've really mastered the art of the Netflix cliffhanger to get us to click the next episode.
  • Of note: Amenadiel's still wondering if Charlie might be able to become an angel, and the wings on Lucifer's daughter have renewed his hope.
  • I'm glad to see Chloe wondering how time works in Heaven and what's going to happen with Trixie because let me tell you, I share those questions. Wither poor Trixie in all of this?

Episode 5: "The Murder of Lucifer Morningstar"

Meet Rory, everyone! She's Chloe and Lucifer's time-traveling angel daughter, here to punish her father for being absent her whole life.

Gotta say, Chloe takes this news far better than I would've in her shoes. She and Lucifer both melt a little at the news that they have a daughter, but that's pretty much the last of the good feelings this episode.

Rory says she was going through something major in the future, and when Lucifer didn't even show up then, her rage led her to self-actualize into the past. Furthermore, she announces, Lucifer's going to disappear from an intersection in Van Nuys in three weeks. Future Chloe always refused to tell her why he left, and Rory's been living with that rage her whole life.

Lucifer insists that he would never have abandoned his child and jumps to the conclusion that someone must've murdered him with Azrael's blade. He plans to return the blade to Heaven for safekeeping, although Amenadiel's necklace will be deactivated once it's there. He doesn't spare a thought for what it would mean to Chloe to lose her super-strength, though.

Thinking quickly, Chloe suggests they solve his future murder, so off to Van Nuys they go. A dentist's office sits at the fateful intersection, and when the pair head in to investigate, they accidentally goad the receptionist into announcing that he's been sleeping with the dental hygienist. Unfortunately, he's married to the dentist, who kicks him out. Having lost his marriage, job, home, dog, and friends in 60 short seconds, he vows to kill Lucifer.


Rory, meanwhile, stomps downstairs to Lux, where she messes with Maze and Amenadiel by pretending not to recognize them. But she's just teasing, having learned torture skills from Auntie Maze herself. Still, she's not about to give up the goods on what happens to anyone in the future. It's Time Travel , don't you know?

While Eve swoons over what a good mother Maze will be, Amenadiel realizes he didn't feel Rory's presence and starts to worry. He'd just assured Ella &#x; who's convinced she's seeing signs of the apocalypse &#x; that he'd know it if things were amiss.

He apologizes to Ella for dismissing her concerns, but she blows it off as an overreaction&#x; until Amenadiel leaves and she unlocks an investigation board where she's started to put together the clues: Lucifer's the devil, Amenadiel's an angel, etc. As far as walls of crazy go, it's pretty basic, although her theories about Dan-the-frog (escaped pet, low-key biblical plague, pudding side effects) are pretty funny.

Back on the future murder, Lucifer suggests hightailing it out of the country for the next three weeks, but Chloe insists on sticking around to solve the case, which is a pretty perfect snapshot of their partnership.

They bring the dental receptionist back to the penthouse to make amends, but all he wants is his wife back. Impatient, Lucifer decides to give the man Azrael's blade to get the murder attempt over with, but the blade is missing.

Lucifer accuses Rory of stealing it, which means it's time for a family therapy session on Dr. Linda's couch. Hilariously, Rory announces that the only Linda Martin she knows is a convicted felon, although she's only kidding&#x; probably.

Rachael Harris on 'Lucifer'

The session ends with Chloe blaming herself and Rory and Lucifer showcasing the same stubborn streak before Rory storms off.

Back at the penthouse, Chloe admits that she's the one who hid the blade. Lucifer finally gets a clue and realizes that Chloe doesn't want to give up on her super strength, so much so that she allowed him to think Rory might be his murderer. He reaches to take the blade from her, but Chloe fights back.

This turns into an all-out brawl that's honestly upsetting to watch. These two, who love each other so much, fight without holding back, and it ends with Chloe straddling Lucifer, blade to his chest. Thankfully she snaps out it, and Lucifer gently tells her that every human who touches it ends up in Stabbytown. Chloe admits that she'd lost control before she touched the blade.

And okay, the show kiiiiind of hinted at this before, but wow, Chloe's devolution happened fast. Then again, Lucifer was incredibly blasé about yanking her powers away, so no wonder she reacted badly.

It's Maze who comes through with the good advice, telling Lucifer that he can't fix Rory's past, but he can ask how he can help her now. Yes, Auntie Maze!

Finally, before the blade leaves Earth, Lucifer brings Dan to see Chloe while they can still interact. They reminisce about their past, and Chloe says she's felt powerless since he's been gone. Dan tells her that she doesn't need Amenadiel's necklace to be strong. With that, her powers slip away, and although she can't see or hear him anymore, she thanks him for giving her what she needed.

It's a downbeat ending to an episode that already carries emotional weight, but it's moving us closer to the action that's going to mark the end of the series.

Stray feathers

  • A daughter from the future is a brilliant ploy to give us hints about what becomes of our favorites. But seriously, Linda's not actually a future felon, right?
  • Ella's close to cracking the case! I can't wait to see what happens when she comes face to face with the full truth.
  • Are you Team Eve, requesting a spike- and moat-free wedding? Or like Maze, do you think nuptials need a little extra drama?

Episode 6: "A Lot Dirtier Than That"

This episode was inevitable. Amenadiel announced his intention to join the LAPD at the end of the previous season, and after the real-world calls for justice and reform in the summer of and beyond, his role as a Black man on the police force was always going to fall under the microscope. Like so many shows before it, Lucifer enters the conversation with the best of intentions, but unlike many of the shows that have attempted this storyline, it mostly centers the conversations around the experiences of two Black police officers.

Called to the scene of a murder of a young Black man named Kevin, Amenadiel is appalled to learn that the detective in charge is Reiben, the uniformed cop who pulled a gun on him and poor doomed Caleb Mayfield in season 4, episode 8. And Reiben hasn't changed his stripes post-promotion, dismissing the case as nothing more than a gang hit.

Training officer Harris tells Amenadiel not to rock the boat, but he immediately asks Ella to do a more thorough investigation of the scene. Although it's clear that she wants him to confide his angelic secret, Amenadiel's too distracted to notice.

He turns to Chloe next, and she offers to look into Reiben's history but says that the department usually gets promotions right. Ghost Dan also confesses that he never followed up on his complaint against Reiben and laments that he didn't spend more of his time pushing back against police racism. It's a familiar cycle of excuses, inaction, and apologies.

Kevin Alejandro and D.B. Woodside in 'Lucifer'

Amenadiel continues his investigation, getting compliments from the victim's neighbor for his community-centric policing, but Reiben calls him into a private meeting where he blames their first encounter on fear and adrenaline. He swears that's not who he is, then suggests that Kevin was murdered by his girlfriend, who had gang ties in high school.

Amenadiel blames himself for putting a target on an innocent Black woman, and Harris tells him that this is why she stays on the job, despite the stigma in their community: she's able to keep an eye on the bad actors they work with.

With her help, Amenadiel tracks down the girlfriend, Michaela, who's gone into hiding. But the real killer opens fire on them, and backup arrives as they scramble for cover. Unfortunately, Reiben controls the scene and orders the police to take down a bloody, terrified Michaela instead of the real killer.

Nobody listens to Amenadiel when he shouts that she's the victim and the killer is the white man right there who just tossed his gun. Unlike the scuffle with Caleb, this time, Amenadiel doesn't back down and instead puts his body, protected by a police uniform, between Reiben and the innocent woman. Reiben settles for arresting both Michaela and the killer.

At the precinct, Amenadiel tells Harris that he's not sure he can keep doing this, but she points out that his presence protected Michaela, who's been cleared thanks to his actions.

That's when Chloe shows up at the precinct to review Reiben's files, and there's Ghost Dan, too, looking on. They meet Amenadiel's gaze, and without speaking a word, it's clear that Amenadiel knows they'll never understand what it's like for him, in or out of uniform.

In the end, this episode is more of an indictment of the patterns and privileges inherent in policing than some other shows that have addressed the same topic (The Rookie, Brooklyn 99, Law & Order: SVU). However, it still offers no solutions and little comfort. Amenadiel's still there, as is Harris. But so is Reiben.

Stray feathers

  • Hey, I didn't mention Lucifer in that recap, did I? This was Amenadiel's episode, but Luci did try to make up for a lifetime of neglect by showering Rory with Christmas gifts and throwing an elaborate rager at Lux, where Auntie Maze has supplied plenty of hot ladies for her niece to ogle. There's even a drive in his beloved Stingray (which actually belongs to Rory in the future). None of it works, and when he sincerely and without his mojo asks what she desires, she tells him it's to be left alone. But at the end of the episode, he returns to the penthouse to find her singing and playing a guitar, and he joins her on the piano. They harmonize, and when the song ends, they exchange their first smiles.
  • How fun to see Rory talk about her big sis "T." It's also a relief to hear her assure Chloe that she's an amazing mom. At least the razor-angel had that growing up.
  • Let's hear it for the best bit of physical comedy in this episode: Ella groping the air over Amenadiel's head mid-hug, searching for a halo. Tell her already, y'all!

Episode 7: "My Best Fiend"

What wedding doesn't have a little drama? And what drama can't be fixed by popping a few demons into some freshly dead bodies?

The problems start for Maze and Eve when Adam &#x; yes, the Adam, played to dirtbag perfection by Scott MacArthur &#x; appears to bring Eve back home with him.

Eve hotly informs him that although she didn't get to choose her husband, she's freely choosing Maze to be her wife. So Adam heads to a counseling session with Dr. Linda and, upon learning she's the wedding officiant, kidnaps her to thwart the marriage.

When the brides-to-be apply pressure on him to reveal Linda's location, Eve realizes that Maze goaded Adam into meddling with the wedding because our favorite demon got scared after Eve offhandedly mentioned motherhood.

"I can't be the only one that believes in us," Eve sniffles, and just like that, the wedding's off.

A distraught Maze calls Lucifer for help. First up is dealing with Adam, who's been keeping Dr. Linda captive so she can help him sort out his toxic masculinity. Lucifer assures him that even the most primitive of men can evolve, just like the toughest of demons can soften. This prompts Maze to invite her demonic siblings to attend her nuptials, and although only a few actually show up, she's thrilled by their support.

Maze stages a big grovel outside of Eve's window and says that although she's terrified of turning into her own mother, she'll never stop trying to be better for Eve. And just like that, the wedding's back on!

Brianna Hildebrand and Tom Ellis in 'Lucifer'

Things aren't working so well for Lucifer, though. He tells Rory that his tailor will make them both wedding suits, but he misses their appointment when he gets busy helping Maze. In his defense, Rory said she wasn't going to show up. When she does anyway, she's crushed that her father's not there.

And now it's time for a wedding, on the Walt Disney Concert Hall grounds, no less! It's a small ceremony, and if Maze's side smells like decomposing flesh, well, nobody's perfect.

Maze is walked down the aisle by Linda and looks smashing in a demonic black gown. Eve, in flowing ivory, turns down a kind-of-reformed Adam's offer to give her away, having embraced her identity as an independent woman. Dr. Linda crushes the ceremony, and the women exchange the vows they wrote. It's perfect, and if your eyes were dry through the whole thing, you're made of stone.

At the reception, things fall apart quickly. Ghost Dan is frustrated at not being able to interact with anyone, and Rory's mind is blown to learn from a currently-younger-than-her Trixie that Lucifer was around for her game nights. She angrily tells her parents that she arrived in the past from Chloe's deathbed (don't worry; since she's part angel, she's older than she looks).

Then Ella gets drunk and reads them all for filth. She grabs the DJ's mic to shout that Lucifer's the devil, Amenadiel's an angel, Maze is a demon, Eve is Eve, and zombies are real. She chides them all for keeping her, the only true believer, in the dark when she could've helped them.

When everyone looks at her blankly, she asks, "Wait, are you guys telling me that you don't know the world is ending?"

Stray feathers

  • Hire Linda for all your wedding needs, friends! And while you're at it, ask Carol to be your date. He's really the perfect man.
  • Poor Rory, having to duck questions about the future from literally everyone. At least she's firm about the time-travel rules.
  • Chloe career update: She's decided to return to the LAPD to help Amenadiel clean up what ails the police force. But after seeing Rory's wings, she's worried that the razors are her way of self-actualizing protection after Chloe's work put them in danger. Bless him, Amenadiel gently reminds Chloe that as a white woman, she has the privilege of being able to decide if she wants to work for justice and police reform, or nah. Well played, show. And good job getting Chloe back into the precinct.

Episode 8: "Save the Devil, Save the World"

A clip show, but make it significant. That's the assignment, and this episode pulls it off.

A still-angry Ella runs down her evidence that the world is ending and chides her friends for sidelining the scientist.

One thing they all agree on is that it's time for Lucifer to become God. But his wings won't cooperate. Thanks, self-manifestation! So Amenadiel heads to Heaven to check things out, wowing Ella with her first visible proof of angels. Her delighted awe is spectacular.

Lucifer heads right over to Dr. Linda, who's passed out after an epic night with the wedding sommelier (get it, Linda!), and she pulls out her book manuscript to help them sort it all out.

Instead of being angry, Lucifer's delighted to be the focus of a doorstop of a novel. (Honestly, I should've known.) He summons the Scooby gang to scour the book for clues, including Maze in some wild wedding-night gear.

At this point, we learn that Linda's book is an interpretation of the events of the past six seasons, mostly seen through Lucifer's eyes. This gives us delightfully slanted retellings of events with a perfect Chloe, an incompetent Dan, a bubbly Ella, etc.

But it's not just Lucifer. Maze and Dan compare notes on that time they killed a guy, and although the dialogue is identical, they each cast themselves as the aggressor and the other as the scaredy-cat. It's such a treat to see these characters bounce their ideas about each other around, skewing things in their own favor the whole time.

But after a while, everyone realizes that the manuscript gets things wrong about all of them, and Linda mutters that this is her Hell loop: her friends complaining about her biggest professional accomplishment.

Then there's Ella, who's still wounded by everyone's silence. Lucifer compliments the way she accepted the divine without proof, but she shoots back that nobody helped when she lost her faith after Charlotte's death. Score one for Ms. Lopez.

Chloe's also struggling as the book reminds her of all the times Lucifer walked out after every emotional breakthrough. To cut through the riot of memories, Lucifer demands that Linda show him the last chapter. When she hesitates, he realizes that she doesn't think he can become God. Linda hates that this means her five years of therapy have failed.

But Lucifer proves he's vulnerable around Rory by letting her shoot him, and when she does, Linda realizes he can self-actualize vulnerability. That means his conscious and subconscious minds are acting in concert. His wings don't control him; he controls them.

In other words, he's ready to be God &#x; except now he realizes that deep down, he's never wanted that. Furthermore, he takes it well when Chloe tells him she's going back to the LAPD, and he assures Linda that she helped him put others first, repair broken relationships, even connect with the love of his life.

Rory also makes a breakthrough; after reading Linda's book, she sees how much Lucifer risked to protect Chloe, and now she believes Lucifer loves her too. She also assures Chloe that the razor wings are a reminder of how tough her mother is.

Ella and Carol take a jump forward in their relationship when he tells her that he trusts her and doesn't need her to share secrets that aren't hers. They kiss, and it's adorable. Also, Maze offers to torture Dan until he figures out what guilt is keeping him out of Heaven. What a good friend!

Aaaand the episode concludes with Amenadiel flapping in to say that he knows why the world is ending.

Stray feathers

  • Imagine being Ella, and on top of everything else, learning that your imaginary childhood friend Ray-Ray is actually Azrael the Angel of Death. She held it together well in this episode, all things considered.
  • Anybody else think for a scary moment that Linda had spent the previous night, um, picking apples with Adam? Bullet dodged there!
  • Fun fact of the episode: Dan's parents are sponsoring his improv troupe, the Danimal Crackers, in his honor.
  • At first I thought Linda burning the pages of her book was merely symbolic since she'd have a copy on her hard drive somewhere, but since Rory's apparently reading it for the first time, does this means it's never published?

Episode 9: "Goodbye, Lucifer"

Tears are jerked in the penultimate episode of Lucifer as the Devil makes peace with the people he loves and prepares for the battle of fate versus free will.

The day of Lucifer's disappearance has arrived, and he and Chloe agree that he'll just stay away from 10th and Swanson, the last place he's seen. Then Chloe leaves to run errands, and girl, wut? Stay with your man! Splitting up is bananas.

Lucifer uses the solo time to build a panic room in the penthouse, but Rory arrives to drop some time-travel theory. Since she's still in the past, it means she's still mad at him in the future. They're locked in a time loop, and it's unchangeable. So why not enjoy his last day?

Father and daughter live it up in L.A.: pastries, Sumo-suit fighting, jewelry buying, karaoke, water balloon fights. He even introduces her to Bones, but mostly he just soaks in time with her. It's daddy-daughter adorableness.

Chloe's frustrated, though. She's just confirmed that she's pregnant with Rory, and she's angry that Lucifer isn't choosing to stay with them, despite Rory's time-loop explanation.

They part ways again, and Lucifer seeks out Dr. Linda. She advises him that no one is promised tomorrow, so he should make sure the people he loves know how he feels about them. Before he heads out to do just that, he takes the time to tell her that she's one of the most wonderful friends the devil could ever have. This is the first of many tear-producing moments in the episode.

Lucifer's next stop is Ella. He apologizes for not making sure she knew the real truth, and she forgives him. Then he presents her with a pencil stamped with the words "Miss Lopez STEM Initiative." Yep, he set up a foundation in her name to encourage young women to follow in her footsteps. I'm crying again. It's fine.

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And just so we know the new, improved Lucifer retains much of what makes him such a delightful character, a knock on the door prompts a response that the donuts must have arrived. A playful jab at law enforcement? Nevertheless, Chloe walks through the door prompting a magnificent call and response to end the series. “Hello, detective.” And in a perfect tie-in to the episode’s title, Chloe responds, “I thought you could use a partner.” We don’t know the mechanics involved, but since Amenadiel now occupies God’s throne, we can assume Chloe’s been granted free passage between Heaven and Hell. A happy ending for sure.

Nevertheless, it’s not all about Lucifer and Chloe, and the members of Team Lucifer deserve and receive nicely presented scenes that provide enough closure to keep everyone happy. Ella meets the first group of girls for her STEM program and her relationship with Carol appears to be thriving. As much as anything Lucifer does in his final days on earth, this simple act shows not only that he cares, but that he listens to what people truly desire. Dan and Charlotte relaxing at an outdoor cafe would have been enough. Nevertheless, the writers hit a homerun adding a swanky metal serving dish whose removal reveals one of Dan’s beloved pudding cups. Again, brilliant.

Even though Merrin Dungey joins the cast late and appears only briefly, her character plays an important role in Amenadiel’s ascendance. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see her working side by side with Chloe and Ella now that she’s a detective, but we know her heart’s in the right place, and she’s working with the right people. Though I didn’t hear the tinkling of a bell, an angel gets his wings which absolutely thrills his parents. We could have done with a bit more Linda, but Lucifer’s homage at the end pays tribute nicely. And the powerful scene in which the celestials kneel before their new God drives home the fact that the human race is in magnificent hands.

Arguably the most delightful and engaging couple, Eve and Mazikeen work together as bounty hunters, but it’s the phone call they receive while out on a job that reminds us what a strong bond Team Lucifer retains. Chloe brings infant Rory home from the hospital to meet the family that will love and support her through the challenging days ahead. These charming snapshots of the near future feel completely natural.

We’ve reached the end of our journey with Team Lucifer and the LAPD, so what do we know? Amenadiel has taken over as God now that their Father left this universe to be with his wife in another. Dan, Charlotte, and Chloe find themselves rewarded with new lives in Heaven, while Ella, Carol, Sonya, and present day Chloe hold down the fort at the precinct. Half-angel Charlie gets his wings, but we don’t know the status of Linda’s manuscript devoted to her experiences with Lucifer. 

With Lucifer down under, who will occupy the penthouse? Chloe will likely want to stay in her home with Trixie and baby Rory, however, Lucifer’s old digs seem perfect as a base of operations for Maze and Eve to begin their lives together. And what of Lucifer? The Devil reinvents himself, leaving the traditional perception of Satan in the dust in favor of a kinder, gentler figure. Eventually, we know he’ll reunite with Chloe, but for now, there are patients to help.  


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The eagerly awaited Lucifer Season 5B is dropping on Netflix this month but can you remember what happened in 5A? Get your recap to Lucifer Season 5 Part 1 here.

Lucifer Season 5 Part 2, or Lucifer 5B, is set to be released this month.

The much-anticipated second half of the hit Netflix series, which sees Tom Ellis star as the titular character, had been previously delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now, the next part of the devilish fifth season is almost upon us, can you remember what happened in the first half? Get a recap of how Lucifer Season 5 Part 1 ended and find out what we can expect from 5B.

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How did Lucifer season 5 part 1 end?

After being convinced to end his life, Dan shoots Lucifer and Chloe runs to his side. However, Lucifer finds that he's gained his invulnerability and the bullet does him no harm. Dan is shocked to see that Lucifer is the devil and reveals that Lucifer's brother Michael set him up to it.

Chloe is kidnapped while searching for the serial killer and goes missing without a trace, which sends Lucifer on a rampage to find her.

Elle's boyfriend Pete is discovered as the serial killer and when he returns to his home and realises Elle knows, he tries to kill her. However she stabs him and takes him into the police station for questioning.

Lucifer asks Amenadiel to stop time and help him find Chloe, but he reveals that he's unable to because his powers have stopped working.

Amenadiel is concerned that Charlie has a fever and the baby is rushed to the hospital. When it's clear that the baby just has a cold and he will be fine, Michael helps him realise it's no cause for celebration as the baby is a mortal.

Dan and Lucifer talk at the precinct and it becomes clear that Michael has taken Chloe and Dan may know how to find her.

Maze heads to the cave and attacks Michael for kidnapping Chloe, but he convinces her to join his side.

Lucifer and Dan eventually get to the cave and free Chloe. She then talks to Lucifer about their relationship. She asks why Lucifer can't say those "three words" and just before it seems as if he is about to, she ends up being frozen. It turns out that Amenadiel has been able to regain his time-stopping powers but isn't able to fully control them.

Michael - Lucifer's brother, turns up and the pair have a showdown. Maze is also fighting against Lucifer and when Lucifer asks her why, she reveals it's because Michael promised her a soul.

The three spread their wings ad if to engage in battle, but then a mysterious voice tells them to stop. It is clear that God has come down to earth to intervene in the brothers' fight and stop the chaos.

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When is Lucifer Season 5 Part 2 out?

All episodes of the final half of Lucifer season five will be released on Netflix on Friday 28 May.

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What is the plot of Lucifer Season 5 Part 2?

Lucifer Season 5 Part 2 will see God himself come down to earth to sort out his wayward children after Michael and Lucifer's actions at the end of part 1. Based on the trailer, God decides to retire, which sees Michael and Lucifer go to war as they battle for the throne.

The tagline "It's time to meet your new maker" suggests that this will be one of the main themes of 5B as well as the relationship between Chloe and Lucifer, who he cannot seem to utter those "three words" to.

READ MORE: Find out more about Lucifer Season 5 Part 2 here

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