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Review – Lucifer S03E21: Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better

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I don’t know what it is about Lucifer that every time the writers make me doubt them they follow it up with a really good episode. It’s not perfect and there are two things that are still weird, but for the most part we are back on track. “Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better” was written by Alex Katsnelson, who has written some of my favorite episodes, so I guess it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I liked this one. This episode featured heartbreak, ballerinas, a mission from God and a surprise ending.

Blowing God’s Freaking Mind

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LUCIFER: Tom Ellis in the “Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better” episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, April 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX

Let’s start things on a lighter foot with a section I fondly refer to as #TeamLucifer. We’ll get to Linda later; for now, we’re focusing on Dan, Amenadiel, and Charlotte. Dan was absolutely incredible this episode, a true hero. First there’s an exchange of looks with Lucifer when he hears that Marcus broke up with Chloe, as if neither of them believes that could be possible. Then telling Lucifer he is on his side, and of course, the crowning moment is him spitting out lemon bars because Pierce made them.

The other two members of this very exclusive team are, of course, Amenadiel and Charlotte. Lucifer asks for Amenadiel’s help in proving that Cain is the Sinnerman—a name we haven’t heard in a while—Amenadiel goes to Charlotte. Charlotte is day drinking in a 3-star hotel preparing for damnation, because that is what she claims she deserves. Amenadiel fills her in about everything, including Chloe’s miracle status and how he sees it as his duty to get Chloe and Lucifer back together. He’s a good brother, that one.

The moment Charlotte gets wind of the idea that this could help clear her ledger she jumps on it. What follows is a lot of hilariousness as the duo follows Pierce. Instead of letting him get away Charlotte steals a motorcycle and utters the best line of the episode: “Don’t worry, it’s for God.” Pierce catches her but she manages to bluff her way out of it. Our duo heads to Pierce’s house; they can’t find much, but Charlotte is not about to give up. The interactions between Tricia Helfer and DB Woodside are incredible as he looks on, looking proud of her.

Moments like this we see why Charlotte is so special; she perseveres like no other and that’s truly admirable.

 All I Want is to Fall With You

Lucifer loves Chloe and Chloe loves Lucifer. They both practically admitted it during this episode. The problem is that they didn’t admit it to each other. And considering the result of everything, there’s just one last hurdle they need to get over. This case hit a little too close to home for both of them. The writers are great connecting the case to whatever our characters are going through but this was especially brilliant.

It was all about love and missed opportunities. Every single character was faced with this, from the people in the case, to Lucifer and Chloe themselves. Things were especially clear in Chloe’s case. That Deckerstar dinner confirms what a lot of people were saying: her feelings for Pierce were basically just projections. I don’t doubt she has a crush on Pierce or is in lust with him, but she’s not in love. She’s very clearly still in love with Lucifer. And is practically begging for him to tell her he loves her back.

That dinner scene broke my heart in a thousand different ways, and Lauren German was magnificent in it. From the hopeful look on her face when she thought he was going to admit to feelings, to the heartbreak when he didn’t. It was truly masterful. The chemistry between German and Tom Ellis is heartbreakingly poignant as she tells him he can’t have it both ways.

It comes to a head during the confrontation where the culprit is basically saying what Lucifer can’t say: that he’s afraid Chloe doesn’t love him back. But she does, and she’s afraid that he doesn’t love her, but he does. This plot seems to be just angst for angst’s sake and these characters deserve better. Hopefully it does get resolved soon. Both Lucifer and Chloe have suffered enough.

Throwing Away his Shot

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LUCIFER: Tricia Helfer in the”Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better” episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, April 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX

Lucifer, what are we going to do with you? This episode showed us a Lucifer who was in a much better mental state than in last week’s episode, but he still screwed up big time. In his quest to win over Chloe he focused on the wrong thing. He focused on beating Pierce rather than getting Chloe back. I love that his extra ass bought her a million dollar car, and yes, that is Eleanor, the car from Gone in Sixty Seconds, but all he needed to do was use his words.

Since we’re in a theme in this review, there’s a line from a little musical called Hamilton that fits Lucifer’s situation to a tee. “So scared of what your enemies will do to you. You’re the only enemy you ever seem to lose to.” Pierce is basically a nonstarter; Lucifer’s real enemy has always been himself. His own doubts and insecurities are the reason he is losing the love of his life. Chloe loves him but understandably she can’t wait around until he is finally ready to say the words.

Linda is truly the best therapist and friend around. She is the final member of this episode’s #TeamLucifer. Rachael Harris and Tom Ellis scenes are always wonderful but this one was even better than the rest. Linda finally gets through to Lucifer about how his Father has no hand in either his feelings or Chloe’s. We get treated to one of the best scenes in the series when someone finally asks the devil what it is that he desires. The raw emotion on Ellis’ face as he admits that he wants Chloe to choose him breaks my heart and shows us why it is that he is our leading man. But is he too late?

Don’t tell Pierce, but I’m Not Getting Married Today

Just because this episode was miles better than the last one doesn’t mean the writers are completely off the hook. We still need to talk about the proposal nonsense. Because it is exactly that: nonsense. We can write off Chloe thinking she was in love with Pierce last episode as her projecting her feelings for Lucifer. We can write off the weirdness as to it being a new relationship. But that ending? I’m afraid there’s no in-character way to explain that away.

Chloe would not get engaged to a man she’s been dating for 3 weeks. I mean, she’s a single mother with Trixie to think about. Trixie, who hasn’t really met him? Chloe knows next to nothing about Marcus Pierce. And this is a man who’s been manipulating her and Lucifer for the entire time he’s known them. He’s been racist to Dan, her ex and father of her child. And again, the man has very few redeeming qualities, and no his arms don’t count.

You’re going to tell us that despite the fact that she didn’t even want to go on a date with him a few weeks back now she’s okay with marrying him. That’s just slightly insane and like I said in one of the previous segments it’s just angst for angst’s sake. Especially when you’ve spent an entire episode with Chloe being very obviously in love with Lucifer and not wanting to hear Pierce’s excuses. I know it’s not going to last which is why I’m not as angry as I could be. But it still feels like a bit of a cheap trick. You know you can be better than this.

Quotes

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LUCIFER: Tom Welling in the “Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better” episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, April 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX

Lucifer Morningstar: Let’s rock and roll.

 

Dan Espinoza: Personally I’m with you buddy, Screw that guy.

 

Linda Martin: Why do I feel like I should have stopped him this time?

Charlotte Richards: I’m sorry but I’m going to need to borrow your bike. Don’t worry, it’s for God.

 

Amenadiel: Lieutenant Pierce has been leading a double life for quite some time. Now, I need to prove it. And then I need to get him out of the picture so that Lucifer can be with Chloe.

 

Charlotte Richards: You don’t quit when you’re doing God’s work.

 

Lucifer Morningstar: All you had to do was tell Amber how you felt, but you blew it, and so did I.

 

Linda Martin: By not telling Chloe the truth, you’re taking her choice away.

Lucifer Morningstar: No, it’s different.

Linda Martin: The truth is, no one really knows what your dad is responsible for, we’re all just guessing, even you. But you know what he can’t control? What you do in this moment right now. So I ask you—the devil—what do you truly desire?

Lucifer Morningstar: I want her to choose me.

 

Additional

*Wow, that is a long episode title, and I’ve been stuck with that song in my head ever since I first found out what the title was. 

*Dan is still the man, and Kevin Alejandro is everything we need. 

*Can I mention again how good Tom Ellis and Rachael Harris were in that final scene? Definitely one of my all-time favorite scenes. And kudos to Lauren German for that heartbreaking performance in the dinner scene. Chloe let out of all of the emotions she’s been feeling since season 2 and it was raw and wonderful.

*I can’t believe the Sinnerman was brought back; I thought that had been dropped. 

*We still have no idea where the Maze plot is going but it’s making me dislike someone who used to be one of my favorites. Framing Lucifer for Pierce’s death? Did she really think something like that would work out?

*Charlotte Richards on a motorcycle in a full leather outfit. That’s just iconic.

*Yes, all the subheadings are related to musicals, but with that episode title… I just had to, okay? If you’re wondering what they relate to, the first is from “You and me (but mostly me)” from Book of Mormon, “My Shot” is from Hamilton, “Rewrite the Stars” is from The Greatest Showman and “Getting Married Today“ is from Company.


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Maii is a 27 year old writer, who can get emotional and protective over certain characters and their stories, also pandas. And don't get her started on A Song of Ice and Fire because you'll never hear the end of it. She graduated in film and has a certificate in Art History so the nerdiness comes out from time to time.

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