REVIEW: Lucifer, S3E8 – Chloe Does Lucifer

“Chloe Does Lucifer” was all about characters trying to be someone other than themselves, with varying degrees of success. First up is Lucifer (Tom Ellis), who finds himself enjoying Monopoly with Chloe (Lauren German) and Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) and desperately sets out to fix that with a return to his shallow, superficial ways. His attempts at finding his old self put him far behind the curve on the case of the week, which is naturally all about appearances being deceiving.

Domesticity with dolls.

A plain-looking computer engineer named Kim is killed by blunt force trauma, and Lucifer is convinced that it happened because she tried to step out of her ‘shoe’ lifestyle and become a ‘top hat’ through a dating app called Top Meet. The Monopoly analogies alone are proof that time with Chloe has already fundamentally changed him, but he insists on proving how interesting and exciting he is through his work on the murder mystery. When his usually spot-on instincts start to go awry, Chloe must turn herself into a female version of him to slip into the dating app’s mixer and find Kim’s potential suitor/killer.

What does it look like when Chloe tries to be the fun-loving and seductive ‘Luciana?’ It’s awkward and embarrassing for one, but certainly not short on laughs. The best part of “Chloe Does Lucifer,” though, is how quickly she drops the facade and decides that being herself will get her answers faster. It’s even more fun due to the reactions of her partners: Lucifer is dumbfounded by her choice while Dan (Kevin Alejandro), who is steadily becoming my favorite character, just sits back and enjoys the show.

Another character whose reactions improve almost every scene is Ella (Aimee Garcia), who this week is faced with the prospect of Charlotte (Tricia Helfer) using her as a guide in the quest to improve her soul. Ella continuously dodges the unrelenting defense attorney in what starts as a running joke, but also essentially serves as decent meta-commentary. Ella does not owe it to Charlotte to fix her life, especially when she’s got her own issues to deal with – even if those issues remain primarily off-screen. But once Charlotte produces the evidence that links Kim to the creator of Top Meet, revealing that she was actually the one who designed the software, Ella softens and even inadvertently inspires Charlotte to take a job in the DA’s office. It’s a minor detail, but one that points to the latter’s commitment to her eternal salvation and promises more scenes between these two hilarious ladies in the future.

Sometimes it sucks knowing everything.

While everyone else is busy trying to solve Kim’s murder, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) goes to check on Linda (Rachael Harris) after learning about her ex-husband’s death. As much as I cringed at this plot last week, it works here to give the therapist a new perspective. Linda is going overboard planning Rhys’ funeral to cover up for the fact that she doesn’t feel bad about his death, but soon enough she’s tearfully admitting how overwhelming it is to be a celestial insider. For once the tables are turned and she’s in need of some counseling, which Amenadiel is more than happy to provide. There is an undercurrent of chemistry in these scenes, suggesting Lucifer may be heading in that romantic direction soon.

Lucifer does help uncover the location of the murder weapon, but otherwise he spends most of “Chloe Does Lucifer” too busy hiding from himself to be of any real help to the investigation. This allows the rest of the cast their moments to shine on the job, but it is a reminder that the show has been treading water for a few weeks. There have been episodes left over from last season to wade through, and they’ve been enjoyable in their own right, but it’s time to get back to the main arc of the season. Unfortunately there’s no hint of the Sinnerman in this week’s episode, and while Chloe does her best to remind Lucifer that everyone deserves to be loved for who they are, it doesn’t seem as if the lesson sticks. On the other hand, there are plenty of funny bits and heartwarming moments between the characters to keep the story entertaining – even if it’s not particularly earth shattering at the moment. After all, we wouldn’t know that Lucifer turned Oscar Wilde gay if not for this episode.

Lucifer airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.

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