Lucifer S03E06 – Vegas with Some Radish
Sometimes writing reviews can fall into two categories. Either you’re trying to salvage something dreadful wanting to remain positive about it and other times you’re at a loss because an episode is just that good. This past episode of Lucifer definitely falls into the latter category. Week after week the show just keeps raising the bar and it’s a joy to watch so sometimes it’s hard to fully contain the love I have for this show. If I were to point out parts where this episode fell a bit, it would feel slightly nitpicky as they are minor moments. They’re all things that can be explained away with plot reasons, like certain characters being MIA or why Lucifer won’t text Chloe.
What it boils down to is that Lucifer right now is one of the best shows on television. It helps that it doesn’t sacrifice characterization for CGI or special effects. Lucifer is truly the whole enchilada. This episode is another reason for why the show is so great. Sheri Elwood and co-showrunner of Lucifer, Ildy Modrorich, wrote this week’s episode entitled “Vegas with Some Radish”.
Quick Trip to Vegas
One of the things Lucifer excels at is pairing up unlikely couples and seeing how it works out. This week it was Ella and Lucifer on one side and Linda and Chloe on the other. We’ll get to the latter later so let’s focus on the former. Tom Ellis and Aimee Garcia have a really fun dynamic and it was great to see the show explore that. Like a lot of the things in this show, it’s a dynamic that perhaps shouldn’t work but yet it does. After all who would have thought the actual devil and a devout Catholic would be such good friends?
This episode gives us a bit more of an insight into who Ella was before she became a part of the LAPD while still keeping the mystery alive. The case this week is notoriously simple, but that’s okay because this episode revolved more around the characters than on the case. So it definitely works to have the case be lowkey. In the middle of Chloe’s precinct birthday celebration, Lucifer gets a call that his ex-wife Candy is missing and so with the help of Ella he takes a quick trip to Sin City to find out what happened to her.
Being in Vegas allows for Ella to wear something other than jeans and a funny t-shirt. Aimee Garcia looks drop-dead gorgeous in that gold dress. Honestly all the outfits she wears this episode are wonderful as she was definitely the prettiest Vegas Showgirl. The case leads them to a casino where we find out that Ella used to count cards and as a result got herself banned from quite a few casinos. Lucifer looks more and more impressed as the episode goes on and her hidden talents are revealed.
When asked about why she used to count cards Ella says it was her coping mechanism and that it helped quiet the voices. Which just bring up the question, what voices? Last season we got a mention of how Ella sees a therapist and she mentioned there was a lot of “darkness” in her head. So the voices are definitely another piece of the Ella Lopez puzzle and I hope we get more of it as the season goes on.
Through flashbacks, we find out how Candy and Lucifer actually met and decided to get married. Lucifer is drowning his sorrows at the bar where she sings and she manages to steal his wallet and his ring before he even realizes it. Lucifer is impressed and then he realizes she has a loan shark after her. He shows up at her apartment and she pretends to be slightly ditzier than she normally is and tells him a sob story with fake crying and everything. Of course, he doesn’t believe that the tears a real but think the story is and from that, a friendship is born.
We knew back in season 2 that these two did care about each other in some way and here we see the how it happened. There’s no bonding experience quite like drinking and ice cream while wearing snuggies. Seeing Tom Ellis in a pink snuggie is something we didn’t even know we needed. In a way, it was better for Lucifer to open up to someone who doesn’t know the situation at all because it gave him a chance to be completely honest. The chemistry between Lindsey Gort and Tom Ellis is effortless and there’s no doubt that there’s a real friendship between the two. As Lucifer states, they are quite similar. He tells her he’ll pay off her debt if she can do a little bluffing for him.
We get a little show and dance number that includes Ellis singing Sinatra’s Luck Be a Lady and Garcia dancing in full Vegas showgirl outfit. After some mirror magic and a great shot by Ella, still in that glorious outfit, the case is closed. Candy asks Lucifer how things are going with Chloe and then tells him once again not to mess things up with the detective. And so Ella and Lucifer go back to LA.
Birthdays can be very tough. Especially when your best friend leaves no warning and goes to Vegas bringing up old feelings. Chloe goes to Linda to see if she knows where Lucifer is and that sets the tone for the rest of the episode. Chloe doesn’t want to go the apartment alone just in case things are like last time and so they go to the apartment and it’s empty but there are no sheets covering the place. They decide what better place to spend her birthday than drinking Lucifer’s alcohol and dancing around his apartment.
We get some phenomenal comedic and emotional acting from Lauren German during these scenes. We have the normally composed Chloe dancing around a la Risky Business in Lucifer’s shirt and no pants. Linda finds an autographed copy of Hamlet as Chloe dances around the room. The interactions between Rachael Harris and Lauren German are flawless, especially in a scene where they are talking about Lucifer and he calls Linda. Speak of the devil indeed. This is where they find out that Lucifer is in Vegas and all those feelings come rushing back.
This part of the episode has smidges of what is referred to as a bottle episode, where the entire episode is set during one location and the characters are usually just dealing with a particular subject. With the exception of the scene in the precinct and the scene in Linda’s office, all of Chloe’s scenes are in Lucifer’s apartment. The subject she is dealing with is her emotions of hurt that he left on her birthday and didn’t say a word. Then when she finds out he is in Vegas again it brings back old feelings.
As Linda points out Chloe hasn’t actually dealt with her emotions regarding Lucifer’s last Vegas trip and that’s why the feelings of hurt are coming back. The audience knows that the situation is not the same but because Chloe is still not privy to the divine realizations she is still in the dark as to why Lucifer acts the way he does. We know he’s helping out a friend but she understandably thinks the worst. She’s going to leave when she accidentally drops the clown painting and it reveals a safe.
They can’t think of the combination so they call Dan to come help them out. It’s a bit of an unusual birthday but it works out. We do get a great scene between Linda and Chloe as the latter is freaking out about stucco. Linda gets her to admit it’s not the stucco but rather the fact that Lucifer left on her birthday. She’s hurt that when these kinds of things happen she gets no explanation and just is supposed to accept them. Which isn’t fair to her if we’re being honest.
This is part of why I hope we get Chloe finding out the truth this season. Also because I think if the show is going to actually go for Deckerstar it can’t be before Chloe knows the truth. It won’t work out otherwise. Linda pointed out in the season two finale that she went into her friendship with Lucifer knowing everything, the good, the bad and the crispy. Chloe deserves the same chance.
Bullets and Bluffing
Lucifer doesn’t tell Chloe about the trip and ignores her texts and although he had a good reason he still hurt her anyway. He didn’t want to answer her texts because he didn’t want to lie to her and telling her he was in Vegas would bring up painful memories for her. Of course, that backfires because the lack of response worries her and she still ends up finding out about Vegas and imagining the worst. Ella points out to him that him not telling Chloe still counts as lying to her and it does seem to strike a chord with Lucifer.
This leads to the scene at the end of the episode. I really hope I manage to do this scene justice because I truly loved it more than words. Lucifer gets home to find everyone passed out on his apartment and Chloe is sleeping in his bed. Lucifer admits that he went to Las Vegas and that he didn’t tell her because he didn’t want to dredge up old feelings. During the speech he realizes that bluffing and lying are the same, calling back what Ella had told him earlier on. It’s been great to see Lucifer come to these realizations without anyone having to guide him, it shows that he is actually improving himself.
The audience can see that she’s actually awake and has heard all of his confession. Yes, it’s cliché but clichés are called so for a reason, and here it just works really well. Lucifer and Chloe are people who have really high walls and are afraid to be vulnerable and those were reinforced after what happened last season. There’s no way Lucifer would have said all of that if he knew Chloe was awake and Chloe needed to hear that. For two people who are very clearly in love with each other, they truly suck at communication.
She pretends to wake up and he reveals what was inside the safety deposit box, her birthday gift. He didn’t want to give it to her in public so he had to wait until they were alone. She opens the box and there’s a beautiful necklace inside, and then reveals it’s the bullet she shot him with all the way back in season 1.
If you’d asked me what I thought Lucifer would give to Chloe as a gift this would have never come to mind but it makes perfect sense. It’s also very meaningful that he kept that bullet all this time and then had it made into a necklace for her. It wasn’t a gift that you could buy but rather a moment that was very personal for the two of them. That was when Lucifer learned that Chloe made him vulnerable and for a man who doesn’t like being vulnerable it is a big step. The episode ends with a beautiful hug between the two of them.
Ella Lopez: Not a fan exactly, more like a tiny helpless space capsule being sucked into a deadly black hole.
Lucifer Morningstar: Miss Lopez you are an enigma wrapped in a hoodie under a jaunty ponytail.
Ella Lopez: So you fake-married Candy to avoid Chloe even though you care about her, who’s the enigma now?
Lucifer Morningstar: The truth is… I went to Las Vegas, and even though it was for a very good reason, I didn’t tell you because…last time I went on a Vegas jaunt there were some very unpleasant feelings involved for both of us. And, well, I didn’t want to dredge any of those again. So I… bluffed. But I’ve come to realize that perhaps bluffing is the same as lying and that’s, as you know, something I never want to do. Especially to you.
Chloe Decker: What is it?
Lucifer Morningstar: It’s the bullet from when you shot me, remember in the warehouse, early in our partnership?
Chloe Decker: Oh yeah… I remember.
Lucifer Morningstar: Well, I thought since I’ll never likely penetrate you, I’d commemorate the one time you penetrated me.
*A nice easter egg for fans of the show was that the clown painting that was covering the security deposit box is the same Lucifer got during “A Good Day to Die” in exchange for the ingredients for Chloe’s antidote. The events of that episode and the one after that “Candy Morningstar” are the ones referenced in this episode.
*How is it that they managed to find a cast as talented as this one? Not just talented actors but they sing too! Lindsey Gort and Tom Ellis are both wonderful singers and it’s always a joy to see that included in the show.
*You can tell this episode was written by women by the fact that Candy and Lucifer are eating mint chocolate chip. Nothing helps heartbreak like mint chocolate chip ice cream.
*I’ve mentioned before about how much I appreciate what they’ve done with Dan’s character but it bears repeating. Normally exes don’t get along so well so it’s a breath of fresh air to see Dan and Chloe being friends first and exes second.
*Just like with “Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith” this was another one of the 4 episodes that were pushed back to season 3.
*Just on a personal note this was the perfect episode to air the day after my birthday because it had all my favorite things: Deckerstar, Hamlet, Linda and Chloe friendship, Lucifer singing and of course Lucifer and Ella bonding! So thank you again to Sheri Elwood and Ildy Modrovich for this wonderful episode.