Supergirl Recap: 'Cause the Power You're Supplying, It's Electrifying

As you and your family gather ’round the Thanksgiving table next week, and Grandma launches into an uncomfortable political rant after Glass of Wine No. 4, just remind yourself of one thing: You’re having a way better Turkey Day than Kara Danvers.

Not only did Monday’s Thanksgiving episode deliver an energetic new villain to Supergirl‘s doorstep, but Kara spent the holiday mediating a fight between her sister and her foster mom, Eliza (played by former Supergirl Helen Slater) — and not even Winn’s puppy-dog eyes could distract Kara from the fact that James was on a romantic Thanksgiving getaway with Lucy. (Because, oh yeah, they’re back together now.)

Let’s break down Kara’s biggest obstacles in “Livewire”:

ELECTRIC SLIDE | As you may have guessed from the episode’s title, Kara’s Adversary of the Week is Livewire, the evil alter ego of shock jock/CatCo employee Leslie Willis. After getting major flak from Cat re: her on-air bashing of Supergirl (seriously, how much thought did she put into the mechanics of Supergirl’s sex life?), Leslie is reassigned to the radio station’s nightly traffic report. But her first ride in the traffic chopper — I’m sorry, the “CatCopter” — occurs during a major thunderstorm, and when a bolt of lightning strikes the helicopter, it’s up to Supergirl to save Leslie from the crash. She does, of course… but not before another lightning bolt hits Kara and Leslie, putting the latter woman in a coma.

When Leslie comes to, she’s completely transformed into Livewire, complete with some awesome silver-blue hair — and the ability to manipulate electricity, which does not bode well for Cat’s Wi-Fi-dependent media empire. Livewire has got a serious bone to pick with Ms. Grant (considering Cat put her in that ill-fated helicopter and constantly censored her radio broadcasts), so she heads to the CatCo offices and destroys every single electrical outlet, desktop computer and obscure fancy statue in her path. (Supergirl shows up just in time to get Cat to safety and temporarily drive Livewire away, but because we haven’t reached the last 12 minutes of the episode yet, we know she’ll be back.)

Supergirl LivewireIn the meantime, Cat and Kara do a little bonding in the workplace. Kara explains that she grew up with foster parents (because her real parents died “in a fire” — wink wink — when she was 13), and Cat’s icy heart melts a bit at this information. In exchange, Cat reveals she’s got some mommy issues of her own, and she takes the blame for turning Leslie Willis into the National City threat that she is now. (I wasn’t prepared for this much Cat Grant altruism so early in the season!) She decides to team up with Supergirl to take Livewire down once and for all — and all it takes to defeat the foe is a blast of icy water to the face. (Seriously. It’s all very Wizard of Oz, the way Livewire gets bested.)

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES | But for Kara, taking down yet another villain is practically child’s play in comparison to her family’s disastrous Thanksgiving dinner. In the days leading up the holiday, Alex is worried sick that her mom will scold her for allowing Kara to come out publicly as Supergirl — and, although Eliza tries to play it cool at first, Alex’s hunch is ultimately right. After Kara’s first battle with Livewire, Eliza reveals that she’s furious with Alex for not protecting her little sister better. In fact, Alex gets reprimanded so much at Thanksgiving dinner that she finally decides to tell her mom — before the turkey is even carved! — that she works for the DEO, where her entire job is to keep Kara safe. Eliza takes it poorly, Alex storms out… and poor Winn doesn’t even get a slice of chocolate pecan pie. (But in true superhero fashion, Kara saves him some leftovers.)

Later, when Alex returns home, she finally confronts Eliza with the million-dollar question (and Chyler Leigh is heartbreaking as she does): “Why wasn’t I ever enough?” Eliza finally admits that she was always easier on Kara as a child, because she’d been through so much adversity at just 12 years old. Alex got all the tough love because Eliza knew she could handle it — and if you tell me you didn’t burst into tears as Eliza said, “You’ll always be my Supergirl,” I won’t believe you.

But that’s not all! (Is it ever?) After Alex and Eliza’s heart-to-heart, Dr. Danvers has an announcement to make to her two girls: Alex’s dad, Jeremiah (hey, Dean Cain!), didn’t die in a plane crash after all. Rather, he had been recruited to work for the DEO years ago — he volunteered to do so when the organization came looking for 12-year-old Kara — and he actually died working for… Hank Henshaw?! (Combine this information with Hank’s Freaky Red Eyes, and you just know this won’t end well.)

Oh, and let’s not forget about the events that occurred in The Friend Zone this week: After being invited to Kara’s Thanksgiving celebration — but forced to leave due to some major family drama — Winn returns to work on Monday ready to tell Kara what he’s most thankful for: her! (He even kisses her on the cheek, which totally makes her uncomfortable!) But Winn’s romantic moment is cut short by the return of James, who somehow looks even more muscular after a trip to Ojai than he did before leaving. Poor Winn. Hang in there, buddy.

OK, your turn. What did you think of “Livewire”? Drop all of your thoughts on the episode in a comment below.

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  1. This was the best Episode since the pilot. People really need to tune in. The cast is excellent. I do hope we can see more of Helen Slater and Dean Cain.

  2. garantinsley says:

    Is it just me or did Cat finally start to realize that Kara is Supergirl this week?

    • I’m thinking the reason that Cat doesn’t recognize Kara appearance wise is so that they can actually piece together Kara’s background and investigate her!

    • kath says:

      I don’t think she saw that Kara was Supergirl yet.
      But she did start to see Kara as a real person. Not Winn though.

    • Angus says:

      It’s just you.

    • laura says:

      I personally think she recognized that Kara was Supergirl when they met for the one on one interview. Cat said “it’s you.” Since then she keeps acting like she knows Kara is Supergirl but is “protecting” (in Cat’s mind) her by not confronting her. That’s why she reacted so strongly when Kara told her that her parents had died in a “fire” – I think Cat knew she was actually talking about her parents dying when Krypton blew up. Cat is just playing it smart by keeping her cards close to her chest – which is why she asked Kara about contacting Supergirl via the FBI. Plus I think in the preview for next week’s show when Cat asks about the wind noise over the phone and Kara replies she has the windows open – the weird look is because she knows Kara is probably flying while on her cell. That’s my opinion.

      • robandco says:

        I think you’re right. I hope you’re right. But I think the “it’s you” storyline was a way for the writers to ensure they have some leeway if they want to go there. I could have been a it’s-the-first-time-I-am-seeing-Supergirl-IRL-and-she’s-flying-and-I-can’t-believe-it “it’s you”. It is whatever we want it to be until they decide to go there.

  3. that promo for next week did not look like a promo for episode 4.

    • BBussey says:

      Yes it did. Supergirl holding up the building is from Episode 4. And CBS already has announced that the episode is airing next week.

  4. Sandy says:

    Favorite episode so far. ..

  5. Dave says:

    Anyone know if CBS will air the eppy originally scheduled for tonight?

    • tyranthraxus says:

      Probabl next week. They might even air 5 before 3.

      To be honest, Im still not seeing any chemistry future or present between Kara and Winn. As soon as James walks back in the door , Kara seems to light up.. change tone.

      I got a little confused by the episode. Dean Cain’s father character everyone thought had died, didnt die where he was supposed to .. he was actually part of the DEOand worked for Hank. How would Alex not have found this out? And all this exposition still dosnt actually confirm is HE dead. Just that he probably is.

      Its a little confusing.

  6. John Corbae says:

    LiveWire gets taken down by comic canon. This isn’t some stupid tactic designed by TV writers, rather it’s by comic writers.

  7. herman1959 says:

    Thanks for this episode because last week’s was so iffy that I was sort of on the fence about the whole series…ah, so many great touches. Evidently, the Cat character took a quantum leap because an episode was skipped; it’ll be interesting to see how different she is in #4.

  8. While certainly better than last week’s episode, due to Brit Morgan’s brilliant Live Wire, Alex Danvers continues to bore me and Eliza was just condescending!

  9. ninamags says:

    This was a great episode. Very emotional in parts.

    Love how Cat called the police guy “Agent Mulder?”

    Please don’t make Winn the pathetic Chloe Sullivan character in this story. Poor guy. He’s too cute for her. 😛

  10. Bella says:

    They switched episodes because the one scheduled for tonight involved bombs and they thought it was too soon to air it after the weekend terrorist attacks in Paris.

  11. Me me says:

    Best episode. Kara and Wynn need to get 2gether!

  12. Eric says:

    I loved Cat’s line…”Yes, congratulations. You have the wit of a YouTube comment.”

  13. Robert Walker says:

    This was a good episode for confessions, revelations, and character development, particularly the continuing humanization of Cat Grant. Also, the opening fight sequence shows that Kara is clearly honing her combat skills.

  14. ? says:

    Although I think it was silly to pull the episode originally slated to air tonight (people aren’t so sensitive), it may have really been to the show’s benefit. This was the best episode yet with the least cringe-worthy moments and it hit a much better tone. Looks like the show is beginning to find what works and what doesn’t like I hoped it would. Although I will say it’s very distracting how the actor who plays Winn can’t play straight. And Helen Slater’s acting was also distractingly bad, which I attributed to her being out of practice, but apparently she’s worked recently so that’s no excuse.

  15. Cam says:

    Awesome episode! They totally need to bring back Livewire!!

    Easily the best villain so far.

  16. Rafael says:

    Livewire does have her weakness, which is the same as all electricity’s weaknesses: water. As Kara/Supergirl mentions at the end of the episode: “Water and Electricity do not match at all”, which is correct, so far…

  17. Phillip says:

    It’s so frustrating when the show doesn’t disguise Kara better. I mean, Cat is a foot from Kara and she doesn’t recognize her as her assistant. Arg!!!

  18. Tatharnio says:

    Regarding the ‘Oh yeah, they’re back together somehow’ comment, don’t forget that we skipped episode 4. I’m sure there’s something in there about WHY the two are back together, as well as why Cat seems to have shifted her attitude away from being critical of Supergirl.

  19. Liz says:

    So is National City supposed to be Los Angeles? I keep trying to figure these DC cities out. I think Star City is Seattle on Arrow, still havent figured out Flash’s Central City.

    This episode was really good. Cat seemed to grow a lot this week. I appreciated her not publishing paparazzi pics and dirt too. Wish real media would do that.

    • Badpenny says:

      The DC cities are amalgams of several real US cities. Star is an amalgam of Seattle and Portland – fictional pacific northwest. Central City is St. Louis/Chicago – fictional midwest. National is the fictional westcoast city.

  20. robandco says:

    Now Supergirl has my attention. That episode was very solid, probably the best yet. I was afraid Supergirl and her sister were just going to be DEO lapdogs but the general plot is evolving nicely.
    Cat is great, I like the character. But she can’t be THAT blind. Or is her ego blinding her. Her finding out the truth will happen on the season finale. They have a good dynamic.
    I was ready to give up on the show but this week got me back on track.

  21. Mr. Tran K says:

    This is one of the best episodes so far this season and Calista Flockhart delivers an amazing performance. The flashback scenes really was intriguing and they should have more to do with the whole origin like story that has to be needed in the episodes to come.

  22. Ms Thang says:

    Solid episode. The cast is phenomenal and the special effects keep getting better!