Kara and Alex’s dad, Jeremiah, returns and the emotional rollercoaster that sets into motion ultimately brings Mon-El and Kara closer together.
The Good News v. The Bad News
Before we get started, let’s all remember the rule of thumb of the DCTV universe: If it seems like it’s too good to be true, it most definitely is. Anyway, let’s start off with a mostly naked Mon-El waking up in Kara’s bed.
Yep, as it turns out, Supergirl’s Valentine’s day was, well, super, because Kara and Mon-El totally did it. Except, Mon-El is a bit insecure about the whole thing considering he woke up in Kara’s bed alone. His performance anxiety is short lived, though. Kara flies in with flowers and coffee just in the nick of time. The two are very much wrapped up in one another, sharing smooches and longing glances. Kara even remarks how nice it is kissing a guy without breaking his nose.
Everything isn’t quite as blissful as it seems, though. Case in point, Kara asks Mon-El to keep the relationship quiet “for now” because the last time she liked someone everyone “watched and commented.” It feels like there’s more to it than that, but it’s clear he doesn’t want to rock the boat too much, so he gives in… until he doesn’t.
The second they walk into the D.E.O., Mon-El blurts out that he and Kara are in a relationship. Which then prompts J’onn to tell them to report to HR because of their relationship. Kara didn’t even know they had an HR department. Same, Kara.
On a more serious note, Winn and the team find that Cadmus is acting a fool again. Kara goes to check it out and manages to stop one of the getaway trucks with the help of Guardian. Inside, she finds her long lost father, Jeremiah Danvers. Dun dun dun…
They bring Jeremiah back to the D.E.O. and he explains that Cadmus saved him so that he could save Henshaw. He tells both Alex and Kara how he tried to escape but couldn’t. But, that his priority was always about keeping them safe.
On an a slightly more pressing note, it turns out that Cadmus has a nuclear fusion bomb. A nuclear fusion bomb that they fashioned from Kara’s heat vision that they took from her when she was captured. And, just to twist the knife a little bit further, their plan is to use the bomb to destroy National City and blame it on the aliens.
Mon-El is skeptical of Jeremiah, especially because of how it seemed that Cadmus made things a little too easy with finding Kara’s father. He let’s it go for the moment, because everyone is too hyped up on Jeremiah being back to consider that he could be right. Further proving that point, Maggie, Mon-El, and J’onn are invited over for a Danvers family dinner.
At first, things go swimmingly. Everyone’s getting along and having a good time. There’s even margaritas! While the kids entertain themselves, the Danvers parental unit has a heart to heart. Jeremiah tells Eliza that he’s missed so much and wants to make it up to her. But Eliza doesn’t agree. She says they have to learn each other again because they don’t really know one another anymore.
When everyone congregates together again, Jeremiah gives a little speech. He admits that Cadmus tried to change him and that they made him dangerous. Despite that, he wants to return to the D.E.O. knowing that they might see him as a risk. It appears everyone is willing to take that risk, except Mon-El. In a snarky jibe to Kara, he points out how intensive his integration into the D.E.O. has been, and how they’re just letting Jeremiah waltz back in.
His anger gets the better of him, and he directly calls Jeremiah out about in front of everyone. Alex gets incredibly defensive and it causes Kara to take Mon-El to the side. Where she then, too, freaks out on him. But only after explaining that he doesn’t listen to her or take what she says to heart. Mon-El is then unceremoniously escorted out of the apartment.
Once outside, Jeremiah ominously warns Mon-El that he “knows who he is” and he doubts Kara would like the truth.
Later, Mon-El and Winn meet for a drink. Mon-El tells Winn that he suspects that Cadmus might have let them find Jeremiah. Winn is skeptical at first, but then agrees to keep an extra eye out and his guard up when it comes to Supergirl’s dad.
It turns out to be a good thing, too, because Winn and Mon-El have to corner Kara to tell her that Jeremiah broke into the D.E.O. system. At first, it seems that Kara is more angry that they’re spying on Jeremiah than his apparent misdeed. In fact, she goes directly to Jeremiah about it and he almost instantly cops to it. He says that he tried to use his old login, but it didn’t work so he had to use a work around. Then, in what feels like a decidedly emotionally manipulative move, he tells them that he was simply looking at case files from the last 24 months, to know what his daughters were up to. Winn does a little digging and it looks as though his story checks out. The news should make Kara vindicated in her anger at Mon-El over the whole thing, but her feelings seem more like frustration. Frustration that tells her that even though she wants her boyfriend to be wrong, she can’t shake the fact that he might be right.
Someone who is not at all impressed with what’s been going on? Alex. She’s pretty damn mad at Kara for questioning Jeremiah at all. She accuses Kara of being like Mon-El and taking any stances that he takes. In spite of herself, Kara admits it is kind of weird that he broke into their system. Alex is only made more mad by Kara considering Mon-El’s conspiracy, and tells Kara that she guesses she chose her side. Kara said that’s not the case, but Alex isn’t receptive to anything other than accepting Jeremiah.
Right All Along
Winn finds out that Cadmus moved the bomb and the crew is immediately on the case. Jeremiah even tells the girls to stop Cadmus, “once and for all.” The thing is, they go in to find their target, but there’s nothing there.
It’s a set up.
Jeremiah walks away from the control center and heads for the computers yet again. J’onn is hot on his heels. He tries to stop him, but when he comes into contact with his arm he notices that Jeremiah is not the man he once was. J’onn says that Mon-El was right about him, and Jeremiah tries to say that it’s not the whole story. Guardian comes in and fights Jeremiah, but he knocks him out with his cyborg arm and gets away.
J’onn tells the team about his arm, and on a grander scale, how he is part cyborg and basically corrupted by Cadmus. While that’s entirely unpleasant for the team to hear, on the bright side, Winn had the wherewithal to put a tracker on Jeremiah, who is currently meeting up with Lillian Luthor.
Jeremiah hands her the drive with the files in it from the D.E.O. that she asked for. Almost as soon as that happens, Alex and Kara storm their operation. They quickly distract Kara with a train they’ve doomed to fall off of its tracks and leave Alex on her own.
Jeremiah tries to run away but Alex catches up to him. She makes him look at her before she confronts him about his betrayal. Yet again, he tries to appeal to Alex’s love for him to manipulate her. He tries to tell her all of his misdeeds were done for her. Alex tries to stand tall and tells him she’s brining him in. He says the only way she’s getting him is if she shoots him, and that he wouldn’t blame her if she did. He proclaims to Alex that she is the best part of him and she finally cracks. She puts her gun down and lets him get away.
Back at the D.E.O., J’onn asks the girls how they are. Alex is hesitant to respond and quickly goes over to her mother. J’onn tells Kara the ordeal will make them stronger. Except, not yet. Because later, a clearly distraught Alex seeks comfort in Maggie’s arms after drinking alone.
Kara isn’t don’t much better, either. Mon-El finds her crying on her couch, curled up in a blanket. He tells her he’s not going to talk and he asks her to tell him what she needs. She simply asks him to be there with her and so he holds her as she cries. She tells him what she wants is to wake up with him (full circle moment!) and he says he’d love to.
Unfortunately, the impossibly warm and fuzzy, total rom com material moment is interrupted when Winn calls Kara. He breaks the news that Jeremiah stole the alien registry for Cadmus and both Kara and Mon-El are ready for action.
In the end, Lillian tells Jeremiah he did good work and that they’re plan will come to fruition soon.
I don’t know about you guys, but that episode was the perfect blend of drama, romance, and angst. I’m giving this episode of Supergirl a well-earned A+. Here’s to hoping that next weeks continuation of the Jeremiah debacle will be equally as juicy.
HollywoodLifers, what’s the deal with Jeremiah? Is he good, bad, or somewhere in between?