REVIEW: Lucifer, S3E13 – Til Death Do Us Part

In “Til Death Do Us Part,” Lucifer focuses on various people trying and failing to come together. Specifically, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Cain (Tom Welling) have a hard time working together to solve the case of the week and the mystery to immortal life – but they’re not the only ones. Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), Dan (Kevin Alejandro) and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) collide in their search for connection, resulting in some surprisingly honest moments. Thank goodness Chloe (Lauren German) was around to be the lone voice of reason in an episode otherwise full of wacky self-discoveries.

Smile for the neighbors!

Cain comes looking to cash in on Lucifer’s promise to help him die, but he’s quickly disheartened when he sees that the Devil is resorting to the usual grenade down the through and acid bath tricks. By the time Lucifer decides to look into his frienemy’s psychology, the other has has had enough and would rather devote his attention to solving the latest murder of a drug-supplier-turned-suburban-teacher. Luckily there’s a way to kill two birds with one stone: undercover couple time! It takes “Til Death Do Us Part” longer to introduce the gimmick than expected, but it’s absolutely worth the wait. Lucifer dives right into the fictional romance, worrying about even the smallest details like table settings in his quest to uncover all of his partner’s secrets, and it’s clear Ellis is having a ball. For his part, Welling’s deadpan delivery works better than ever given how displeased Cain is to be put on display in such a manner. But perhaps the most interesting part of their fake marriage is how their discomfort is reflected in the very couple they’re trying to impress. We know the secrets Lucifer and Cain are hiding, but seeing similar behavior displayed by their new neighbors helps get us invested in the case itself and the secrets they keep.

Of course, no murder would be complete without Chloe’s expert investigative skills, and she winds up being the one to keep the boys on task when they veer too far into their own disagreements. She helps ground the case and “Til Death Do Us Part” as a whole, but the joy of the episode lies in just how ridiculous it lets itself get. For example, the biggest highlight of the night (other than “Mark and Luke” having a huge blowout at their neighborhood party before reuniting with a smooch worthy of any TV show’s OTP) was Lucifer battling against lower-level drug dealers outside a karaoke bar. Kpop playing while Lucifer beats down the dealers of an Ecstasy-like drug called “Kpop” epitomizes just how inventive this show can be with the same old tropes.

In the end, solving the murder does lead to some honest introspection from both men and a promise to actually work together. Cain fears staying alive because he’s tired of being alone and he won’t let anyone in for fear of losing them, but in order to finally be at peace he’s going to have to do exactly what he’s afraid of. At least with Lucifer, seeing as Chloe got rejected outright. Hopefully that won’t make things awkward at work next week.

Guess it’s true what they say about pheromones…

Speaking of awkward, it wasn’t clear where “Til Death Do Us Part” was heading with its other story at first. Maze falls for Charlotte’s body spray(?) and makes it her mission to get closer to her, which of course interferes with Charlotte’s mission to go on a normal date with Dan. Normally I’m all for Maze owning her sexuality, but in this case Charlotte seemed so deeply uncomfortable that it was hard to see where the humor lay. Dan’s reactions to Maze suggesting a threesome underscore Alejandro’s excellent comedic timing, though, and the final moments really sell the story. Maze gets Charlotte to open up about the pain she’s feeling, realizing she’s no longer interested after Charlotte admits how badly she wants to feel normal and how far she is from it. But before she abandons ship, she vouches for Dan’s genuine interest in Charlotte no matter how much of a mess she is.

The conversation that follows is very honest and sweet, indicating that a slower pace may prolong the longevity of their relationship. Lucifer has been slow-burning these two for so long that a legitimate romance between them seems rather far-off, but I look forward to seeing it when it does eventually happen. Juxtaposing their tentative steps forward with Lucifer and Cain’s cautious descent into 1000 Ways to Die wraps up the theme of “Til Death Do Us Part” in a neat little bow: whatever path you find yourself walking, it’s best not to walk it alone.

Lucifer airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.

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