“Mum” was the word on everyone’s lips as Fox’s Lucifer launched its second season — and yet the helluva matriarch’s whereabouts spawned quite a guessing game for much of the hour.
Indeed, Lucifer and Amenadiel’s search for Hell’s VIP escapee played into the show’s comedic strengths, as every recent death-cheater got scrutinized by the brothers, including a bank robber who amusingly answered their questions just right. (“I want to be free — of debt!”) And yet every seeming lead, including several suspects in the Case of the Week, proved a red herring.
Along the way, Chloe informed Lucifer that she was determined to get to the bottom of his own recent brush with death, by testing a blood sample. Though Lucifer welcomed the reality check, Amenadiel knew that to be a very bad thing, if humans had proof of Divinity. So Amenadiel sneaked into the cop shop to pinch the blood sample… only to discover that his time-freezing powers had gone glitchy! Related to his own recent cheating of the Reaper?
Regardless, Amenadiel needed to get Chloe off Lucifer’s scent, so he confronted her with the “truth” of the situation, by firing a gun straight into his own torso while standing in front of her… and then revealing a bulletproof vest and blood packs. He proceeds to do a pretty good job of “explaining” that because of their rough childhood, Lucifer created his “Devil” persona as a way of coping, that his “power” is merely one “of suggestion.”
Lucifer meanwhile had a couple of sessions with Dr. Linda, to whom he gave a bird’s-eye view of his family life, from Mom and Dad’s coupling resulting in “the Big Bang” to Dad’s tinkering with humanity “in the garage, to neglected Lucifer getting kicked out of the house. And just as the originally “lovely” Mom did nothing upon Lucifer’s banishment, he did “zilch” to help her when she got tossed out as well. That outpouring aside, Dr. Linda later cannot help but wonder if their sessions are working, seeing as Lucifer regularly contorts her advice to suit his own needs.
Maze resurfaced midway through the hour, but wasn’t entirely forthcoming with Lucifer about her disappearing act — which happened to coincide with his mother’s escape. Maze was surprised to hear that her former charge was now walking among them, but assured Lucifer that she would never abet her former prisoner. All Maze would say about her whereabouts was that she found someone who was helping her sort through her own issues, to find her new raison d’etre, now that they are “stuck” on Earth.
Still, the question persists: Where is Mum?
At episode’s end, as Lucifer takes to the black-and-whites to croon “All Along the Watch Tower,” we see that Maze’s new confidant is Dr. Linda, while the club owner receives an uninvited guest — a beautiful, leggy blonde. AKA “Mum!” Yet just as mother and son are reunited, she stumbles forth into his arms, hand clutching a dagger, her body covered in blood, as she gasps, “Help…me…“