This episode was honestly cathartic for many members of the fandom, and it gave a couple of well-received resolutions to issues and questions we had from last week’s episode. This week’s opened with an average American family on a road-trip. Mom and Dad are being embarrassing and singing along to “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars. Their daughter is un-amused, and when a cop pulls them over, she cracks a joke about the police not enjoying their attempts to sing either. The officer approaches and alerts Dad that he has a broken taillight; He offers to help temporarily repair it with reflective red tape. Dad gets out, pleased by the offer, but when the cop grabs him and aggressively tries to arrest him, he tells his family to run. We learn that it’s a family of aliens, and unfortunately they fail to escape. A CADMUS-run Van approaches, takes them to prisoner, and vanishes.
At the DEO, Kara is vexed about the multiple abductions that have been happening across the United States. Winn is exasperated, admitting that he has no leads to follow, and suggests that Jeremiah taught CADMUS how to avoid the DEO’s surveillance. J’onn states that because of his actions, Jeremiah Danvers is to be treated as an enemy combatant and is to be arrested on sight. While Alex says she has no issue with the declaration, she’s obviously uncomfortable with how they’ve decided to treat her father. They try to brainstorm a way to warn the nationally registered aliens about the abductions, and Supergirl realizes that the only viable option is to use her CatCo resources to put an article on the front page. Alex is skeptical that Snapper would agree to that, and she turns out to be right. Kara follows her boss through CatCo, pleading with him to run the article. Snapper refuses to cause an unwarranted panic, and tells Kara that she can’t make Supergirl her only source. She suggests that HE interview Supergirl to ensure everything is on the up-and-up, and he tells her to make it an exclusive.
At the dive bar, the world turns on its axis when Maggie beats Alex at pool. She tells the agent that because she won, Alex owes her dinner, a bottle of scotch, and a flash grenade. The joke falls flat when she notices how spacey Alex is being, and when she asks, Alex admits to Maggie that she’s concerned about her dad being caught in the cross-fire between the DEO and CADMUS. Maggie comforts her girlfriend by saying Alex will be there to protect her father. With her fears temporarily assuaged, Alex calls double-or-nothing on the pool game, because there’s NO way she’s giving Maggie a grenade.
Across the room, James is meeting Lyra for the first time. Both she and Winn are nerding out over the movie Dune, and James jokes that while her English is superb, her ability to “Speak Winn” is even more impressive. Lyra gets up to get more drinks, and James and Winn have a “bro moment” over how happy Winn is. They’re interrupted by an explosion and a flood of CADMUS agents. Alex, Maggie, and James go all badass and start taking down agent after agent. Winn, disoriented, tries to find Lyra, who has joined he fight against CADMUS. She’s over-powered, and the agents manage to capture her and another alien. When Alex pursues and tries to stop them, she ends up with a gun to her back. Maggie tries to diffuse the sudden hostage situation, but it’s the appearance of Guardian that knocks the agent unconscious. In the moment of distraction, the CADMUS Van escapes, and Winn is forced to accept that Lyra was taken.
While keeping a watchful eye on their new CADMUS-connected prisoner, Winn releases his frustration and fear for his girlfriend on Alex. He blames her father and expresses his concern that they don’t know what’s going to happen. While J’onn, Mon-El, and James try to calm him down, Alex sneaks down to the cells to confront the prisoner herself. He tells her he has nothing to say and when she starts beating on him, she bets that he’ll have loose lips. She obviously loses it, and though she’s asking about CADMUS, she gives him no time to respond as she lands punch after punch. J’onn tears her away from the prisoner and explains that he can’t provide information if he’s dead, to which Alex says that she would’ve stopped. J’onn is obviously concerned that Jeremiah being alive and working for CADMUS is clouding her judgement.
At CatCo, Kara informs Snapper that Supergirl is waiting for him in James’ office. Snapper sits down with The Girl Of Steel, and when she admits that an unlisted black ops site had reported the missing registry to her, he tries to weasel the name out of her. She tells him he has enough to run the story and leaves him with that. When Kara approaches and asks how it went, Snapper grumpily explains that because she gave no facts and it was all hearsay, he wouldn’t run the story. After her long day at the DEO, Alex is enjoying the peace and quiet of her apartment. She’s startled by the arrival of her father in her kitchen. He begs her for help, and explains that CADMUS intends to execute every alien on the registry; He can stop them, but he needs Alex to retrieve a magnetic field disruptor from the DEO.
Alex tries to convince him to go to J’onn, but he persistently says that J’onn isn’t family. After some internal debating, Alex agrees to help, but when she turns back, Jeremiah transforms into J’onn. As she frantically tries to explain, he tells her that her judgement is too clouded, and suspends her from duty. Pan to the CADMUS facility, where Lillian approaches to discuss “Project Exodus.” She compliments him by saying he’s the only Superman that Earth needs, and Jeremiah simply looks on as guards escort their captives from the hangar onto a large frigate space-ship.
Back at Alex’s apartment, Alex had called Maggie and Kara to help with her sudden suspension. Kara explains that what J’onn did was unfair, and while she doesn’t agree with his methods, she DOES agree with his assessment. Regrettably, she has to leave and work on her article, and Maggie approaches Alex to let her knowing that she disagrees with her sister. Alex asks if she’ll help, and Maggie lovingly says “Ride Or Die.” (What a damn nerd, I love her.)
The following day, Lena finds Kara at Catco – they were meant to have lunch, but with everything happening in Kara’s life, it slipped her mind. Lena notices how off Kara seems, and when she asks what’s wrong, Kara tells her that Snapper won’t take her CADMUS article. When Lena asks what her mother had done this time, Kara explains the situation. The CEO suggests that Kara become a citizen journalist and post a blog. In the interim, Kara asks Lena to look into any L-Corp tech that might help locate aliens, but Lena says she’l do one better – When Lex was CEO, Lillian was on the board. She suggests that maybe her mother left a paper trail.
Somewhere in National City, CADMUS attempts to abduct an alien named Brian. Alex and Maggie stop the abduction and Maggie, who got to use Alex’s alien gun, tells her she’ll have to borrow it more often. While Maggie uncuffs Brian, Alex downloads the coordinates of everywhere the van had been from their GPS. The two part ways when Alex tells Maggie that she’s going to go after CADMUS alone and the couple kisses goodbye before parting ways. While at L-Corp, Lena is thoroughly sifting through Lex and Lillian’s activities, when she notices that Luthor-Corp had shadowed her brother’s Naval Solutions project. Even though the project had long since ended, L-Corp was still getting billed for metal equipment. Lena asks her assistant (Not Jess the saint, who is a blessing to this planet) to bring the tax returns for the past decade. When the assistant leaves Lena’s office, we find out that she’s an agent for CADMUS. She informs Lillian about Lena locating their site, and Lillian tells her to “re-direct” her daughter.
Alex is sweeping through the CADMUS facility, but when she takes out a couple of guards, she ends up surrounded. Jeremiah stops them from getting hostile, and Alex is forced to lower her weapon. Jeremiah gives his daughter a tour of the facility, and after entering the command center, he explains CADMUS’ plan. They’re forcing the aliens to return to their own planets, with no way to return to Earth. Alex disagrees with this tactic, especially when she learns that it was Jeremiah’s idea. Alex frustratedly tries to explain that many of them went through famine and war, and forcibly deporting them is unacceptable and abhorrent behavior. When Jeremiah tries to excuse his actions by saying that he’d done it for Alex and Kara, she asks him in what world would Alex and Kara ever approve of his decisions?
Meanwhile, Kara is internally debating her choices regarding the CADMUS article, when Mon-El enters loudly. (And incredibly annoyingly, in my opinion.) He notices how off she seems to be and convinces her to “Blob the article,” (as he says it) by telling her that she’s the most morally-centered person he knows, and if she believes it’s right, it is. Obviously anxious, she’s interrupted over her “blobbing” issues by a call from Lena. Lena tries to tell her she’d found something, but she drops her phone when she’s attacked by CADMUS goons. Kara hears her telling them to stay back, and comes to the rescue when the goons accidentally push Lena over the balcony edge. Supergirl takes care of the goons, Lena cradled safely in her arms, before telling the CEO that she was, fortunately, getting coffee with Kara Danvers when they’d talked on the phone. The Luthor woman tells Supergirl that she knows where CADMUS is hiding, and sends The Girl Of Steel on her way.
In the CADMUS facility, Alex tries to convince Jeremiah to stop this, but Lillian is prepping to launch early. Jeremiah asks what changed, and Lillian blames an article that Kara Danvers had posted to the internet. Lillian sets the launch, and Alex pulls out a bomb-stick. She tells Lillian that if she doesn’t stop the launch, she’ll blow the mines she’d strategically placed around the facility. Lilian calls Alex’s bluff, so the former DEO agent presses the button. A few of the mines explode, and Alex explains that the bombs are on a deadman switch – If her finger moves away from the button, the rest of the building will go up in flames. In the midst of the stalemate, Alex tries to convince Jeremiah to help her stop the launch, and Lillian claims that she’d declare war against the entire Danvers family if he does. He’s persuaded to help when Alex says that Lillian can go ahead and declare war, that they’ll protect each other.
Despite his willingness to help and the amazing father-daughter moment, Lillian ruins it by telling them that the only way to stop the frigate’s launch is to drop the bomb-stick and destroy the facility…so obviously our favorite DEO agent does just that. As explosions erupt all over CADMUS, Jeremiah tells his daughter that while she goes onto the ship to try to stop it from inside, he’ll see what he can do from the control center. As he tries to stop the launch, Jeremiah is attacked by Cyborg Superman. While they duke it out, Alex gets onto the frigate and manages to locate Lyra. She frees the Starhavian and enlists her help in getting the other victims off of the ship, while she tries to cancel its automated directions. Unfortunately, just as she reaches the command room, the ship launches and no one manages to escape.
The DEO has gone into a panic after detecting the launch, but Winn gets a call from Alex claiming that it’s her. The agent explains to Alex how to put the ship on manual controls so he can take over, but nothing seems to be working. She warns that if they don’t stop the frigate before it hits orbit, it’ll go into hyperspeed and there will be no coming back. Luckily for them, Supergirl arrives (Thank you Lena, you brilliant, sharp-jawed queen) and says she’ll slow it down. Just below, in the CADMUS facility, the real Hank Henshaw manages to knock Jeremiah unconscious, and it’s assumed that he and Lillian kidnap him before escaping. Back to the night sky, where the ship sees Kara as a threat and targets her. She takes out its weapon systems and starts pushing against the nose of the ship to slow it down.
She pushes herself hard in a valiant effort to save everyone, but as hard as Kara tries, she can’t seem to stop the ship. Alex, fully dedicated to her baby sister, never doubts that Kara can do it. Determined to ensure Alex’s safety, Supergirl pushes so hard against the frigate that the strain blows out one of the engines, effectively slowing the ship down. In the aftermath, Winn and Lyra reunite at the dive bar. When Kara returns to work, she learns that because of her blogged article, Snapper has decided to fire her. Though eh had to make a tough call, he admits that he’d been rooting for her to become a top-notch reporter.
Alex approaches J’onn in the DEO and apologies for continuing to pursue the case. She also tells him that what he did to her was cruel, but after he explains that hew as protecting her, admits he was wrong, and apologizes in return, the two hug it out and she gets re-instated. As Alex returns to Maggie in the DEO lobby, the Detective asks if her girlfriend got her job back. When Alex says yes, Maggie teases that she’s not dating some unemployed slacker, despite Alex making good arm candy.
Inside Kara’s apartment, Mon-El arrives with a giant bag of Postickers. He notices how unhappy she is, and tries to comfort her by saying she helps people as Supergirl. When Kara explains that when she writes, it’s all she needs – it’s her yellow sun, her superpower as Kara – Mon-El tells her that she has so much to offer and no one should be able to say otherwise. After a moment, she smiles and suggests that maybe having him and being Supergirl is enough. Meanwhile, just on the outskirts of Earth’s orbit, the aliens that had been tracking Mon-El arrive. They appear to be either Kryptonian or Daxamites, and they make comments about how powerful and different they feel under the light of the yellow sun. That’s it for this episode, tune in every Monday for the newest episode of Supergirl! Thanks for reading!