Supergirl Recap

Supergirl Recap: I'm Startin' With the Martian Manhunter in the Mirror

Monday’s episode of Supergirl brought us one week closer to The Flash’s arrival in National City. But until Grant Gustin’s masked hero makes his appearance, we’ll have to settle for a whole slew of flashbacks. (Eh? See what I did there?)

Fortunately, the CBS drama’s latest installment was chock full of blasts from the past, which revealed a whole lot about its core characters. (Are any of us surprised that Winn had a super-dorky hairstyle two years ago? The matted-down look does not become you, Mr. Schott Jr.)

Now that Hank has revealed himself to the public as J’onn J’onzz, it falls on Lucy Lane and her colleague, Col. Jim Harper, to investigate the threat that J’onn poses to society. And you know what that means: origin stories!

While Lucy and Jim interrogate Hank and Alex throughout the hour, we learn the following:

* Ten years ago, Hank Henshaw — the real Hank, who apparently liked to give his employees Dead Poets Society-esque speeches — rounded up his team to find and kill Martian Manhunter, located somewhere in the Peruvian Andes. But when Jeremiah Danvers was confronted with a deadly snake in the middle of the woods during the mission, he was saved at the last minute by J’onn J’onzz, who befriended Jeremiah and told him the story of his tragic past on Mars.

Jeremiah, feeling particularly sympathetic as the foster parent of an alien, vowed to tell the rest of the DEO that J’onn was not a threat — but before he could do so, he was interrupted by Hank, hell-bent on taking J’onn down without protest from anyone else. As he stood over J’onn, ready to off the Martian with a custom-made bullet to the chest, Hank was tackled by Jeremiah, and the two men tussled until Hank was sent sailing off the edge of a cliff. (But Jeremiah also met his demise during the scuffle, revealing a knife in his side after Hank fell to his death. “Take care of my girls,” he urged J’onn — sob! — who shapeshifted into Hank from that day forward.)

Supergirl Recap* But as compelling as J’onn’s transformation into Hank is, Alex wins the evening’s award for Most Surprising Backstory. Just three years prior, Alex had super-long hair (!), knocked back shots of liquor like it was no big thang (!!) and got arrested for public intoxication (!!!). But the elder Danvers sibling put the party-girl lifestyle behind her after landing in a jail cell for one night, where she was visited by J’onn-as-Hank. Without telling Alex how he knew her family or her scientific prowess, Hank offered Alex a shot at redemption by recruiting her to the DEO. (And what better way to prove you’re a mature adult than by chopping off your hair into a super-stylish bob?)

* We also get a glimpse at Kara’s first interview for the CatCo assistant job, where she used her X-ray vision to anticipate Ms. Grant’s needs (especially those of the prescription drug variety). But despite her commitment to being Cat’s right-hand woman, Kara clearly had some reservations about stifling her superhero potential indefinitely. (Cue Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” in 3… 2… 1…)

After spending their afternoons hooked up to a polygraph, Hank and Alex still aren’t able to convince Lucy and Jim that they don’t pose a threat to society, and they’re carted off to Project Cadmus, a genetic engineering facility that treats aliens like guinea pigs, and humans like… well, apparently it’s too appalling to say. In order to free the duo, Kara at last reveals her Supergirl identity to Lucy, in the hopes that Lucy will trust Kara enough to help save her sister. (Long story short: She does.)

In what is undoubtedly the episode’s most badass moment, Kara and Lucy hop on dirt bikes, track down the Army vehicle transporting Alex and Hank to Project Cadmus, and successfully run it off the road. But when Hank attempts to wipe Jim Harper’s memory of the day’s events, he pulls a Game of Thrones and ends up seeing inside Jim’s head, not only revealing that Jeremiah Danvers is at Project Cadmus, but that he’s alive. Alex vows to Kara that she’ll track down their dad somehow, but given that Alex is now a fugitive, that’ll prove mighty tricky.

Other highlights of the hour:

* Desperate for revenge after she was fired from CatCo, Siobhan sends an e-mail to Cat, pretending to be Kara, in which she is brutally honest with Ms. Grant about all of her shortcomings. But Siobhan’s plan fails spectacularly at the end of the hour, when Winn reveals that he compared his makeout buddy’s typing speed with Kara’s, revealing that Siobhan was the author of said e-mail. Siobhan promptly gets fired again, but on the plus side, her super-powered Silver Banshee scream keeps her from falling to a grisly death off CatCo’s balcony.

* After Jim Harper’s memory is wiped, he enlists Lucy as the new director of the DEO. And even though Alex is now on the run, Lucy gets her own spunky, short-haired second-in-command.

* Seriously. Winn’s flashback hair. Can we discuss?

In fact, bring all of your thoughts on this week’s Supergirl to the comments section, hairstyle-related or not.

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  1. Laurie says:

    I loved this episode. The casting is amazing! There is such warmth there and I can’t pick a favorite character! Loved Lucy getting in on the action! And the Hank / Alex moments were stellar as always. CANNOT wait for next week. The Flash crossover looks like so much fun!!!!

  2. Mary says:

    I’ve been wondering if they were going to do the twist of having Jeremiah becoming Cyborg Superman. Guess we’ll find out by the end of the season.

    Also, no meeting between the fastest man alive and Martian Manhunter just yet.

  3. drhenning says:

    2 big thumbs up on this episode.. I think the back end writing of this season has been pretty good and better than first 13… You can feel some of the Berlanti soapy touches coming through along with music. The cross-over will be awsome. Lots of of cool touches in this episode.. “I’ve been working out” ( call back to Sup 2) and Kara talking to her step dad..”Already a Superman in the world” spoken by the former TV Superman. I also liked the lead-lined glasses to help out with cutting back on X-Ray vision. Is that something I missed after all of these years of being a Super fan?? or was that something that was added in more recent years???

  4. Lea says:

    I don’t get what’s the fuss about Winn’s flashback hair. It looks pretty much the same but less unkept.

  5. Ms Thang says:

    This missed other important points: young Kara saving the mother and infant in the vehicular accident; which led to her conversation with Jeremiah to keep her identity secret.
    Also, Lucy (for) now heads the DEO.
    Thankfully, the recap writer does not work for Cat Grant or she would have already been fired for her half-hearted, haphazard writing.

  6. Mr. Tran K says:

    Another great episode. Can’t wait for next week’s superhero event when Barry Allen/The Flash comes to National City and join forces with Kara Danvers/Supergirl. Also, Cat Grant is like the female version of Donald Trump on The Apprentice (YOU’RE FIRED).

    • Ash says:

      How about just a straight up female version of Trump. She is foul and disgusting and needs an attitude adjustment. I cringe with every monologue and feminism and sticking it to the white man she says.

      • tvjunkie says:

        That would make her a liberal feminist, which is about as far from Trump as you can get. Though both tend to be bullies.

  7. Ann Marie says:

    Will this Jim Harper become or be related to the DC hero, the Guardian?

  8. ToyCannon says:

    Does this mean we will now be seeing less of Hank Henshaw/Manhunter and Alex on the show?

  9. Cyndi says:

    Amazing episode! I couldn’t believe it went by so quickly. I feel so bad Alex and J’onn J’onzz are on the run. Can’t wait for them to rescue Jeremiah Danvers.

  10. tyranthraxus says:

    Utterly confused about Lucy being in Charge of the DEO. WHat the hell?

    • Ash says:

      So apparently the writers are messing with the part of the show that works which is J’onn Jones and the Danvers sisters. The rest of the show which is a mess is being left intact. So the opposite of what love the idea that feminism is about women being in charge. Feminism has evolved beyond that narrow and given today’s context problematic view.

      • Ash says:

        What I meant to say is this show is idea of feminism is about women and only women being in chrage. It is b.s. and is ruining this show, other then the awful dialogue and lack of logic.

        • vanvon says:

          Well, then, why do you keep watching?

          • Ash says:

            Because I am a Supergirl comic fan. Plus I can only imo critique the show if I watch it. I feel there is a good show somewhere within the show however the writers preaching about there false feminism ideals is suffocating what works. I am really worried what will happen after next week when the Flash visits and leaves.

          • tyranthraxus says:

            The issue being the show needs to be able to stand on it’s own two feet and not beholden to crossovers or guests of the week. I just dont know if Supergirl is finding that niche yet which is a bit of a worry being so close into the season. Are they hoping that the Flash appearance will shove ratings up and get the show renewed.

            No Superman show has ever really been able to balance the Clark Kent/Superman screentime well (hell some shows went out of their way to make sure they didnt have to : Smallville). The problem Supergirl as a show has is that it needs to make both Kara’s ‘normal’ life compelling whilst continuining to make ‘Supergirls’ life interesting too. And vice versa.

    • Tenney says:

      I have to agree with you about Lucy being in charge of the DEO…. I was scratching my head. Maybe I missed something but how does one go from being in the Army, to not being in the Army and working in the private sector, to just being back in the Army again? Then to have one of the underlings just say “oh hey, your now in charge of the DEO”. What???? Other than that, I really did like the episode.

    • tvjunkie says:

      She had resigned her commission from the military. I guess “daddy” pulled some strings to get her back into the military. However, why they would give the job to someone who only a short time ago didn’t even want to be in the military makes little sense.

      • Becky says:

        It could be that Hank used his mind-control power to get Lucy in charge. Remember, the guy that was working with Lucy to prosecute “resigned” and left Lucy in charge. I don’t doubt that Hank was behind his resignation.

  11. Jason says:

    I think those scenes with Kara and Winn were old filmed scenes..becasue they talked about how they filmed the glasses scene awhile ago but had to cut it

  12. Mary says:

    Was that Dean Cain as Jeremiah in the first Hank flash back at the DEO and in the rainforest? It did not look like him. But it was Dean in the Kara flashback when he was talking to her after she saved the lady and baby in the burning car, correct? It didn’t look like Dean in the Hank flashbacks.

  13. I really did not like this episode. The whole interrogation/mock trial was beyond words stupid. Maybe they could railroad an alien and take him off for “experiments” but a human (who is Supergirl’s sister) and in front of all those people. Come’on. Do they not expect her to come after HER SISTER.

    I was happy with the Catco story line (geez that ex-assistant is a horrible person). And I loved the flashbacks. It provided more insight in to Kara and Cat… as for Ms Lane as no head of the DEO but was part of that heinous interrogation… that I believe, its a government transition team.

  14. jfjake says:

    “A deadly snake”? It was an ilbino Burmese Python. Not poisonous, or particularly deadly.

  15. Sandy Duncan's Eye on Network TV says:

    I keep watching and keep hoping that the show will improve. Unfortunately, the casting of Chyler Leigh and David Harewood really makes it obvious how weak the rest of the cast is. Chyler Leigh has more charisma in her little finger than Melissa Benoist has in her whole body. Benoist, next to the writing is the weakest link.

  16. mike says:

    Gonna call it now: Jeremiah is used as part if the cloning process to make a young Kon-El. Since we don’t (yet) have a Lex in this universe. I’m glad he’s gonna be back in some capacity.

  17. HAP says:

    I thought it was cute casting to have Dean Cain on the show. afterall, he played Superman in 87 episodes of Lois&Clark back in the 90s. So when does Brandon Routh show up?

  18. Phun says:

    Another awesome episode. Loved the Danvers sisters hug at the end! I love the loyalty/bonds MM, Alex and Kara have with each other.

  19. trooperwife says:

    Maybe Winn was a Glee/Blain fan

  20. Leo says:

    Wasn’t ready for this twist in the series. Alex Joining Hank as fugitives kinda squashes the light airy feel of the show as well as the charming interactions of Alex and Kara as sisters. This will be a temporary change in tone and feel, I’m sure, yet complicates Kara’s association with Cat Grant. It is an intriguing direction to take this show.