Lucifer S03E03 – Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith
Another week brings yet another pretty flawless Lucifer episode. Back in March, it was announced that the four extra stand-alone episodes would air within season 3, this was the first of them. Back in August Joe Henderson spoke with TVLine about the episodes and described them as “some of our most interesting episodes to date” and “very much the show, but flexing a very different muscle.” He was definitely accurate in that statement, as we’ve seen during this standalone episode.
Mr & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith was written by Joe Henderson and Alex Katsnelson and is all about our favorite demon. It was wonderful to see Lesley-Ann Brandt back on Lucifer and what an episode to make her return in. Brandt truly shined during this episode and it was glorious to see her take center stage in an episode all about Mazikeen Smith or well Mazikeen of the Lilim.
As we said the episode is about Maze and her search for what she wants in life. We learned back in the season 2 midseason finale that Maze doesn’t have a soul because she’s a demon. That means when she dies she just dies there’s no heaven or hell awaiting her. The opening of this episode gives us a little more to that as Lucifer points it out as the reason for why Maze is so well Maze. She lives in the moment but the moment is getting boring. Maze seems to be growing tired of the drinking, shagging, and hunting, she wants a challenge, and that’s what this case brings.
The case seems simple at the start; track down Ben Rivers who is charged with murdering two teenagers. He’s a conman who hasn’t been able to get caught by any of the regular bounty hunters so it seems like an easy job for Maze. She talks to an overly Canadian clerk called Norm and gives a very sensual massage to Rivers’ mark Muffy and then finds him at a bar. There are some flirting and Rivers speaking of recognizing a kindred soul in Maze before he gets one up on her. Maze wanted a challenge and that’s exactly what she got.
The case turns out to be a bit more complicated than she expected when Rivers claims to have been framed and then they the room service lady tries to pump them full of bullets. Maze buys them some time by sending a knife at the woman allowing for them to escape, only that Rivers has been shot.
These are the parts where Brandt truly shines; despite her claims that she has no souls, she is still very clearly worried. Of course, she claims it’s that she just wants to return her bounty in one piece but her face says otherwise. Chloe gets worried when Maze doesn’t answer so she sends Dan to check up on her. Dan was in a layover in Vancouver on his way to Hawaii.
So Dan and his hilarious shirt come to lend Maze a hand. I think this is one of the parts that surprises Maze the most. She’s surprised that he actually came, and that Chloe would send him. She’s surprised that she has people who would go to these lengths for her and I think that’s part of what makes her decision at the end easier for her.
Maze and Dan help rescue Rivers from the people who want him dead. Dan deals with the situation when the Mounties approach while Maze and Rivers go away. Maze tells Rivers he is now a free man and that he could go home, he claims otherwise. He says there are people beyond Herrera that he needs to watch out for and that she should watch her back as well because these people know more than she thinks.
She doesn’t consider it a problem, and then he asks her to run away with him. Here is where we see make her decision. He might not have roots but it turns out that she does, she has a family waiting for her, and she actually misses them.
Brandt portrays Maze’s realization beautifully. Yes, she has changed but she’s alright with that. She’s happy where she is. She’s happy being with her family, which consists of Lucifer, Chloe, Trixie, and Linda, it’s more than she ever thought she’d have. But there’s nowhere she’d rather than with them. We see that despite her claims of being soulless, maybe she does have a soul after all.
Lucifer and Chloe take the backseat during this episode but are still present enough to help Maze out when she needs it. Normally in Lucifer, it’s Tom Ellis and Lauren German who deal with the emotional moments while Lesley-Ann Brandt takes on the role comic relief making those emotional moments lighter. This episode turned those tables as Brandt took on the emotional labor while Ellis and German were there for the lighter moments. It just goes to show how talented this cast truly is because no matter what you throw at them, they all kick some serious ass.
Lucifer and Chloe both represent different aspects of Maze’s personality. Lucifer truly cares about his friend but he tends to sometimes get blinded by the fact that that he knows how capable she is so he doesn’t think he needs to get worried about her. No matter what she can handle it, but the fact is that just like with himself and Amenadiel, Maze is changing and her humanity is growing.
As Lucifer himself would tell you, humanity makes things more complicated. Chloe (alongside Trixie and Linda) represents said humanity. It’s through her interactions with Chloe, and especially Trixie and Linda that we see more and more of Maze’s humanity come out. As we learn during that last scene, Maze has been growing some roots just like Lucifer.
The hilarious parts come from the fact that at different parts of the episode Lucifer and Chloe both act like the overprotective parents. First, it’s Chloe when she finds out Maze is going to Canada and starts tracking her movements. She notices something is off about the case and is worried about her friend, and Lucifer points out to her that this is Maze she can handle pretty much anything.
After a visit with Dr. Linda, where they get a call from Maze about needing help to save her bounty, he witnesses Maze fluffing a pillow, then he gets worried. Chloe calls him out on the fact that now it’s him who is acting like the worried parent. Lucifer being Lucifer tries to prove her wrong and of course gets the security guard to fess up but only to prove Chloe’s hunch was right, as usually happens.
It’s great to see how their professional dynamic has grown from the pilot to here. She might not believe his claims that he’s the devil but she does believe in his abilities. Nowadays she just has to give him a look and he’ll do his magic and get the person to tell them exactly what they need to hear.
Chloe Decker: I’m not worried about Maze. I’m worried about Canada.
Lucifer Morningstar: Maze and I have gone through the plagues, the floods, the Dave Matthews Band.
Lucifer Morningstar: He broke my Maze.
Maze: You may not have roots but turns out I do… and I might even miss them.
Maze: I’m exactly where I want to be.
*Linda is a very adorable drunk also I love how they keep coming to her with medical issues despite the fact that she’s claimed multiple times that she’s not that kind of doctor.
*Maze and Trixie have one of the cutest handshakes ever and it’s always great to see them sharing scenes.
*Chris McKenna did a wonderful job as Ben Rivers and his chemistry with Lesley-Ann Brandt was pretty damn good. Who else thinks that the Sinnerman has his hands on this as well? After all, it would make sense, as he is our season’s bad guy.
*The folder with the names of the celestial/demonic beings is very interesting, as is the name Gaudium who is a character from the Lucifer comics.
* I loved this episode but yes it did have a few nitpicky flaws (which arise mostly from the fact that it was supposed to air after the season 2 finale). At the moment I think it fits really well exactly where they decided to place it but if you think of its original placing there are a few continuity errors, but nothing too major.