Things get super intense and extremely emotional in the latest episode of Supergirl, and as a fan I can only hope things look up for our heroine. Kara takes a trip to the alien dive bar to explain to Mon-El why she can’t be with him and why they’re not a good match. The Daxamite has improved in his bartending skills, as he produces a perfectly made club soda for the reporter while she talks. Unfortunately, her entire ramble regarding their relationship serves only to hurt Mon-El’s feelings – it was mostly her implying that his personality isn’t what she wants. He nods and walks away, obviously wounded, and after a moment M’gann approaches asking if she needs a drink. Kara tells her she’ll have whatever Mon-El has been drinking, only to learn that (and I quote) “he’s been drinking exclusively club soda for the past week.” Kara smiles and tells M’gann she’s fine, before staring thoughtfully (and perhaps a little longingly?) at Mon-El.
Alex soon arrives and pretends to be shocked when her baby sister says that Mon-El revealed his feelings. The two quickly change subjects, and Kara goes into an excited rant about her Earth birthday. It’s been thirteen years since The Girl Of Steel crashed on Earth, and she wanted to celebrate by attending some sort of line-dancing party; She’d even made reservations Alex, looking extremely guilty, asks if they can postpone Earth Birthday because Maggie scored them tickets to a BareNaked Ladies concert, which happens to be one of Alex’s favorite bands. And this is where I have to say hold the phone. Let me get this straight (Pun intended) Alex, who JUST CAME OUT, is a Super-Fan of a band called BareNaked Ladies? Am I the only one who sees the irony here? Anyway, just as Alex dropped the birthday bomb, Maggie excitedly skips over to inform Alex that of of her cop buddies is doing security at the show and landed V.I.P. passes for the coule. Kara, trying and failing to hide how upset she is, grins and bears it before telling Alex to go to the concert.
Just outside of the bar, M’gann is taking out the trash. She sighs and calls out to a homeless man. She tells him she knows he’s been following her as different people, and it turns out to be J’onn. At first, M’gann assumes that he regrets releasing her from prison, but he assures her that he just wants to make sure she has backup when the White Martians come for her. M’gann tries to tell J’onn that the martians haven’t actually arrived yet; it becomes a foot in mouth moment when a White Martian lands and attacks the duo. The baddie gets the upper-hand until Supergirl conveniently arrives to save the day. The martian flees, she pursues, and as usual it (temporarily) gets away.
Meanwhile, in her apartment, Alex is fretting over having hurt Kara’s feelings, to which Maggie tells her that her days of squashing down her feelings are over and that Alex should go make sure her sister is okay. Back at the dive bar, M’gann is shutting down for the night when she’s approached by a scary-looking man with a scar on his face. She calls him Armek, and he tells her that she’s going to come with him one way or another. We find out that Armek is/was her husband, and before he leaves he gives her an ultimatum: surrender to him in two hours, or he will go after her green martian and kryptonian friends.
Alex catches up with Kara at the DEO, where the latter insists that she was simply being immature and Alex shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to spend time with her girlfriend. They head to the command center, where J’onn arrives with M’gann and asks Winn if he has a lock on the White Martian’s location. Winn says he doesn’t yet, but who cares about what they’re discussing at this moment because I noticed that VASQUEZ RETURNED FOR THIS EPISODE, AAAAYY. Honestly, she’s one of my favorite background characters, and this episode highlights why. Moving on, as they’re reviewing the information on the White Martian, the REAL M’gann walks down the stairs to talk to J’onn. Everyone in the room freezes, until the martian, Armek, reveals himself. He and J’onn start fighting, but when the lights go out, Armek vanishes. J’onn puts the building on lock-down, explaining as he does so that the only way to catch the White Martian is to trap him. Kara passingly mentions that Armek could be posing as any one of them.
Everyone gathers at the table in the middle of the command center, and as they all speculate, one of the agents draws his gun on Vasquez. He claims that she’s looking at him funny, and the tensions rise as all the others draw their guns as well, while Alex and J’onn try to get everyone to holster their weapons. The agent briefly aims his pistol at Alex, and Supergirl gets minorly aggressive when she tells him to lower it. The longer the group stands around, the more they try to find ways to weed Armek out. Winn suggests asking personal questions, but J’onn tells him that the martians know everything about the person they’ve shifted in to. Kara opts to have J’onn scan everyone’s minds, but he’s stopped by some sort of psychic interference. M’gann claims that there’s only one sure-fire way for them to discover who’s who, which leads the group to the labs.
They surround a bunsen burner, while J’onn talks of a time when Green Martians explored beneath the surface of Mars. Whites would send in spies to infiltrate the colonies; it got so bad that anyone who entered the cave systems would have to put their hands near an open flame. It would shed away their disguise and reveal the true skin underneath. M’gann shows them and reveals her White Martian self under the skin of her hand, knowing Armek wouldn’t impersonate her again. The paranoid agent forces Vasquez to go next, and she casually tells him he’s a moron before passing with flying colors. He goes next, smug in how he passes for human. J’onn, third in the mix, is forced to face his extreme phobia of fires. M’gann tries to comfort him, offering her support. His hand changes green, and he, too, passes the test. Kara asks Winn to go next, and he protests for a moment before stepping up to the bunsen burner.
He lifts his hand, it shifts to a White Martian’s, and he laughs. Jeremy Jordan (the actor who plays Winn) finally got to see a crazy fight scene when he takes on J’onn. He and the DEO director exhange blows before he runs out of the lab. Kara tries to stop him and heat-visions his leg, but loses him along one of the corridors of the DEO. She returns to the command center, where the team is arming themselves to hunt Armek down. M’gann inquires as to why Kara doesn’t just use her X-Ray vision throughout the building to find him, and Kara snarks that J’onn had the entire building lined with lead. The alarms start going off, and Vasquez warns that the building’s power reactor is going critical. J’onn explains that if the building explodes, it’ll take out ten city blocks. Kara tries to reason that Armek wouldn’t blow up the building while he was still inside, but M’gann says her husband would gladly give his life it meant completing his mission. They’re split into three teams: J’onn and M’gann take one wing, while Alex and Kara take another. Vasquez and the other agents are to wait at the command in case the martian decides to come back through.
While they have a moment to themselves, Kara admits that she WAS upset about Alex ditching her for Maggie. She confesses that when her parents sent her to Earth, it didn’t really register what was going to happen. Kara goes on to say she felt like her family abandoned her, and it feels a lot like Alex is doing the same thing. Alex promises that she would never do that to her sister, and the two reconcile their feelings. Meanwhile, J’onn and M’gann are having their own heart-to-heart. J’onn tells her about how there was a hole in his heart after his family was taken from him, and how he never thought anyone, much less a White Martian, would ever fill that hole. They have a loving moment, before M’gann spots Winn, unconscious and trapped in some sort of White Martian goop. They stumble across another body, and J’onn frantically contacts Kara to tell her that there’s a second martian. He tells her the martian is posing as Alex, and Kara turns to face off. Not-Alex transforms into the second White Martian, and the two start fighting relentlessly.
As J’onn helps Winn to his feet, he explains that the reactor is about to go boom, and Winn tries to explain that he can’t fix it from the tablet M’gann provides. He tells the duo that he has to go to the reactor room and handle it remotely. J’onn decides to escort him there, while M’gann remains with Alex, who seems a little out of it still. As they arrive, they find Kara and the second martian tossing each other around. Winn gets to work and tries not to focus on the things going on around him, while J’onn gets side-tracked when he’s attacked by Armek. M’gann arrives to help, and takes on the skin of a Green Martian. Armek tells her she looks like a monster, to which she responds that they are the monsters, and the skin of a Green is beautiful. Armek once more gets the upper hand when he pins J’onn to the ground, but M’gann grabs a pipe that had broken from the wall and stabs him with it, confidently telling the martian that his journey had ended.
Kara manages to knock the other White Martian out, just as Winn shuts down the reactor. She mentions how close it was, to which he jokingly responds “Close? We had like…12 seconds to spare.” As they’re taking a moment to breathe, the second Martian tries to attack them. Ever the showoff, Alex arrives just on time and shoots the alien with the gun she’d acquired on Slavers Moon. She smiles at the group, before asking if she’d mentioned how much she loves her new gun.
As the DEO comes up from it’s lockdown, and everyone begins to leave for the night, Alex realizes she’d missed the concert with Maggie and immediately runs off to tell her. Winn tells Kara he’s going to go see if James needs any help with his night job, and Kara says that she can’t stop him, and hopes they’ll be safe. J’onn and M’gann step to the side to talk, where she tells him that she’s going to return to Mars. She explains that there has to be more White Martians like her that want to speak out, but have no one to help them do so. He tells her that she could be killed the second she touches the surface, and she admits that, while that’s true, it’s worth the shot. On the balcony of the DEO headquarters, she and J’onn say their heartbreaking goodbyes. She transmats onto Armek’s ship, which had been orbiting in Earth’s atmosphere, determined to save her planet and her people from further destruction.
At her apartment, Kara is watching netflix and spending her Earth Birthday alone. She hears a knock at the door, and when she uses her X-Ray vision, she sees Alex, holding a cupcake with a candle in it. Kara opens the door and invites her sister in, and as The Girl Of Steel divides the cupcake for them to share, Alex asks about the conversation Kara and the White Martian had. The agent describes it almost like a dream, but confesses that she remembers the conversation happening. She tells Kara that she will always be there for her, and reassures her that she isn’t going anywhere. Kara smiles in relief, but the smile soon fades when Alex pinpoints another issue. She asks Kara if she’d put all of her focus on celebrating Earth Birthday because she was avoiding her feelings for Mon-El, and Kara eventually admits that, yes, she is. Alex jokingly says that she went through some big romantic changes recently, and offers the advice that, essentially, you won’t know unless you go for it.
Kara decides to do just that, and the following day at Catco, she runs into Mon-El…”Mike,” who had just been leaving with another woman. She mentions that she has something to talk to him about, and they should meet up later. As the woman momentarily leaves them alone to retrieve her cellphone, Mon-El tells her that he understands that she doesn’t return his feelings, and so he’s trying to move on. Kara tells him that’s great, and when the woman returns, she says that the things she had to discuss are no longer important, before walking away in a hurry to hide her heartbreak. I can only imagine what Episode 12 will bring us, considering it’s going to be a Valentine’s day themed episode. Be sure to tune in every Monday on The CW to check out the latest Supergirl episode, and as always, thanks for reading!