Lucifer S02E11 “Stewardess Interruptus” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Just when Lucifer and Chloe are about to kiss, one of Lucifer’s casual flings – an air stewardess called Jana – strolls into Lucifer’s apartment and destroys the moment. Chloe leaves but Lucifer decides not to have sex with Jana.
- It’s no good, though, because the interruption has given Chloe time to reassess her relationship with Lucifer and she grows cold on him again.
- The next day Jana is found dead. Lucifer is a suspect.
- Lucifer is even more of a suspect when Jana’s flight crew colleague, Raj, is also found dead… he’s one of Lucifer’s exes too!
- Chloe thinks that a jealous ex may be killing Lucifer’s other lovers, so she interviews a whole bunch of his exes.
- Lucifer is chuffed that they all attest to his sexual prowess but depressed that none of them think of their liaisons with him as anything other than meaningless fun.
- The interviews lead them to Suki, a Lucifer stalker, but she proves harmless, if a little creepy. She’s never had sex with him; she just admires him from afar
- Suki’s incredibly detailed records of all Lucifer’s conquests link Jana and Raj to a pilot named Tim Pickman who, it appears, is smuggling drugs.
- But when they track him down, he’s actually scared of being killed as well, and drugs are all in his past. A friend of Jana’s known only as Burt tried to get him to smuggle drugs but he refused. Then a package went missing during a flight and Burt is working his way through the potential thieves who were on that flight.
- Chloe gets Maze to pretend to be another air stewardess from that flight to entrap Burt. But Burt is now convinced Jana gave Lucifer the package. Sending a decoy to distract Maze, Burt seeks out Lucifer.
- But Lucifer brings Burt down and Chloe arrests him.
- Elsewhere, the guy who really stole the package off Jana is tracked down by a mysterious figure. The guy dies, apparently as the result of something inside the package that broke, and the mysterious figure takes the package.
- In other news, ex-Mrs God and Amenadiel plot to bring Lucifer and Chloe together because it will mean their passport back to heaven.
- Dr Linda thinks Maze needs to recognise her self-worth, even if Maze is in denial.
- Maze is pissed that Dan is freaking out about getting the Russian mafia to kill Deputy Warden Perry Smith, rather than being on a high about it.
- Maze also lets slip to Chloe that Dan slept with ex-Mrs God.
- Having heard what all his exes had to say about him, Lucifer tells Chloe that she’s right – they are too different to make a go of things.
- But Chloe finds Lucifer’s new self-insight dead sexy and snogs him.
For a worrying moment there it looked like Lucifer had hit the reset button when it came to Mr Morningstar and Chloe’s relationship, but instead the episode turns out to an exquisite exercise in delayed gratification. Finally, they properly snog in the very last frames. But, of course, with what ex-Mrs God and Amenadiel now know about Chloe’s origins now, that may not be such a good thing. Well, we can’t have our two leads in a comfort zone for too long, can we?
There is so much to enjoy in this episode, including a mad stalker who’s all kinds of fun; Lucifer stopping a plane with his car in the kind of action scene we rarely see on this show; ex-Mrs God embarrassing Amenadiel by banging on about sex; and Maze vamping it up as a air stewardess. Even Dan gets some great scenes.
But the centrepiece of “Stewardess Interruptus” is that massive montage of Chloe interviewing all of Lucifer’s exes. This has to be the show’s defining moment so far. It starts off as comedy gold, with Lucifer glowing with pride at how all his conquests wax lyrical about his pleasuring abilities (“he did this thing with a pan fruit and a butternut squash”, “It’s a move I call, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’”) but then things become melancholy as Lucifer realises how hollow and transient those experiences were. They meant nothing. He was having no emotional impact on these people’s lives. It’s a lovely change of tone that perfectly paves the way for the episode’s ending. While the experience makes Lucifer feel unworthy of Chloe, his newfound humility resonates with her. Hence: snog. It feels more genuinely earned than if it had happened at the end of the previous episode.
For a while, even the crime-of-the-week – often the weakest element in an episode of Lucifer – is more gripping than usual thanks to Lucifer’s personal involvement, but it goes seriously off the boil towards the end with the usual reliance on a linear chain of evidence leading from one suspect to the next. Thankfully, you don’t really care who the killer is by the end, because attention has shifted to a new mystery: what’s in the box and who’s that guy who’s after it? Seems like there’s going to be a whole new mini-arc for the second half of the season and a new villain.
“Steward Interruptus” isn’t a gamechanger but it is an intriguing soft reset. There’s a lot of potential in this “new normal”, and a feeling of self-confidence to show currently that makes you hopeful that it’ll be able to capitalise on that potential.
- The entire, lengthy montage of Chloe interviewing Lucifer’s exes is one of the show’s best set-pieces so far. Not just very funny, it also has a significant – and poignant – effect on Lucifer (and to a lesser extent Chloe and Dan).
- Maze’s choice of breakfast is so, well… Maze!
- Suki was a whole load of fun (and a little creepy, especially when she started sniffing Lucifer). She didn’t seem to be being set up as an ongoing character, but we’d be quite happy if she was.
- What a gorgeous film noir image! This is only director Greg Beeman’s third episode of Lucifer, but we wish he’d work on the show more often.
- The car/plane chase was wonderfully gratuitous. It had a whiff of, “This’ll look in trailers!” but remains immensely entertaining to watch.
- And here are some of our favourite lines:
• “I’m a homicide detective, not the slut police. And I mean you. Not her.”
• “I’m just trying to piece together a time line. A lot can happen in five minutes.”
“You can’t be suggesting …?”
“That you slept with her? I’m not.”
“No, that I’m a two-pump chump. If we’d slept together she wouldn’t have left till morning.”
• “A list of everyone you’ve slept with in the last eight weeks.”
“Right, you’ll need a much bigger notepad.”
• “No it’s definitely not sexy Richard Nixon.”
- And, of course, that kiss.
- Tom Ellis’s “Lucifer glare” when facing off against Burt is hilariously goofy.
- While the crime plot was a little more interesting than usual, it still descended into a rather banal game of pass the parcel at the end.
- Maze and Dan made such a fun partnership in the last episode it’s a shame there’s friction between them again so soon.
- In fact, Maze’s entire plotline in this episode rings slightly untrue – would Maze really need lessons in self-confidence?
- So, what’s in the box? Um, dunno. But they looked really, really dull. If something’s that crucial to the plot, it should at least have the decency not to look like replacement parts for a Phillips screwdriver.
And The Random:
- The journalist who wrote the story in the far right column of the newspaper is Christan Milot, a name we last saw on a list of suspects in Lucifer 2.08 “Trip To Stabby Town”.
- How long before those dolls become available on Etsy?
- Also in that picture above… has Suki been drawing pictures of Lucifer as a demon? Is that girl more perceptive than she’s letting on?
- Although Chloe seems surprised to find out that Lucifer is bisexual, it was established as early as episode two, season one (“Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil”) that he happily batted for both sides – “it’s called a Devil’s Threesome for a reason” he says after climbing out of bed that’s got both a man and a woman in it.
- “As a wise man once said, opposites attract.”
“I believe that was an animated cat in a music video.” Chloe is referring to MC Skat Kat from the video for Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” (1989).
Review by Dave Golder