REVIEW: Supergirl, S4E20 – Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?

Supergirl was full of close calls and ugly truths this week, as “Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?” pitted Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath) against several Eves. Meanwhile, Lockwood (Sam Witwer) unraveled more than ever before, and Alex (Chyler Leigh) turned to Kelly (Azie Tesfai) when her lifelong dream hit what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle.

A recipe for romance.

The heart and soul of the episode belonged to Alex and Kelly, which was ironic seeing as they were the furthest removed from the overarching plot of the season. But they were deeply tied to a storyline that’s been brewing for Alex since early last season: her longing for motherhood. Upon receiving a call that a 17-year old girl is giving birth and has chosen her to become the adoptive parent, Alex found herself spiraling without her sister there to offer advice. Thankfully, Kelly was able to step in and talk things through with her new friend. Not only that, but together they traveled to Portsmouth and shared their hopes and fears as they waited for the birth mother to complete labor – after which they had to share the heartbreak when Alex learned the birth mother had decided not to give her child away after all.

It’s been clear that Supergirl was setting Alex up for a new romance from the moment Kelly arrived, but “Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?” is the first episode in which they are able to spend quality time together. Kelly already opened up about her relationship with her brother, but this time she shared the painful romance in her past with Alex while giving her hope for a second chance. After this week, I certainly hope they both get their second chance together.

On the other hand, Kara wasted several chances to tell Lena the truth about her secret identity only to decide it was too late at the end of the night. The ladies traveled to Kaznia together – by private jet much to Kara’s chagrin – in order to learn Lex’s plan, and Supergirl had to come out more times than you can count. But despite helping Lena land the sabotaged plane, using her laser vision to burn Lex’s lab, and fending off a ton of copies of Eve Tessmacher, Kara still couldn’t find the right opportunity to tell Lena who she was… Until Lena declared that Eve’s lies were so terrible that the only person she could trust from now on was Kara, so of course the latter couldn’t possibly reveal her own lies anymore. This part of the episode felt a little trite, like the showrunners were looking for an excuse to claim Kara had tried to come clean with her best friend.

Secrets, secrets are no fun…

But at least the excursion did help Lena and Kara uncover what Le had been up to, and even find top secret files that Kara could take back to the President. Unfortunately, it seemed the President himself was a traitor and highly unconcerned about Kaznia plotting an American invasion with a clone of Supergirl. He didn’t just take the files from her and lock them away, he threw a bag over Kara’s head and flat out kidnapped her. How will the Girl of Steel get out of this one without further compromising her identity? And when will we see Lex again?

Then there was the issue of Ben Lockwood after the death of his wife, which had him losing his last grip on sanity. No longer content with a passive hunting of aliens, he abandoned Lydia’s funeral in the middle of their son’s speech to actively hunt down the woman who killed her as well as Dreamer. This meant that Brainy (Jesse Rath) had to ditch an adorable superhero training session with James (Mehcad Brooks) and Nia (Nicole Maines) to keep Lockwood from shaking down the DEO. While he admirably stood his ground – and didn’t get outed as a nonhuman – he couldn’t keep the Harun-El serum out of Lockwood’s grimy hands. But that didn’t stop him from engaging in another heroic stand-off, which would never have been possible if not for his growing relationship with Nia.

Instead of allowing Lockwood to use “enhanced interrogation” techniques on innocents, and joining the DEO and FBI in taking down Dreamer and Guardian, Brainy actually convinced his fellow agents to follow their hearts instead of their orders. Of course, Lockwood simply took the serum at that point, and unrealistically became as good as James at using his new powers in two seconds. It was great to watch the three friends fight side by side, however. And perhaps the sweetest victory of all was when young George, instead of blaming aliens for his mother’s death, took his father to task for caring more about his personal vendettas than their family. Maybe there’s hope for real growth, after all.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 8/7c on the CW.