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Episode 13 Season 4 Recap

"What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the America Way" was quite an episode! We got to see Manchester Black's Elite for the first time, Nia got to visit the Fortress of Solitude for the first time, and The Super Friends made their debut! Tonight also mirrored some elements from the comic book source material as well! Er, Superman comic book source material. As any good episode of Supergirl has, tonight there was action, adventure, emotion and comedy. Here's what stood out to us!

  1. Fortress of Solitude: Nia got to see the Fortress of Solitude for the first time! Additionally, Kelex 2 made his debut. The robot envy between Brainy and Kelex 2 was hilarious. Brainy and Nia will use the Fortress as a safe place for Nia to train her abilities.
  2. Manchester Black's Escape: J'onn is betrayed again by Manchester Black. He was called into the prison to have a chat with Manchester where The Hat was already in place. An electrical charge paralyzed J'onn long enough that The Hat and Manchester could escape. They also got Menagerie as well. Just as Supergirl shows up a Morai hits Supergirl into the wall. The Hat takes a hostage which gives The Elite enough time to escape.
  3. The Elite Call Out Supergirl: Ben Lockwood has been wielding the news coverage to rile up his base and get more recruitment for the Children of Liberty. Manchester and his Elite take to the media as well. They start killing Agents of Liberty around the world. In an attack in London, Manchester calls out Supergirl to come face him one on one. He calls her the Girl of Yesterday to further diminish her in the eyes of the media.
  4. Manchester England: Manchester Black meets Supergirl in a bar in Manchester, England. He is joined by the Elite. While eating breakfast, Manchester admits he can't beat Supergirl and wants to let Supergirl continue to be Supergirl but asks that she leave the Children of Liberty to him. Supergirl, of course, can't allow that but it is then that Manchester reveals that the United States is launching a satellite that will bring down any incoming alien ship entering our atmosphere. Supergirl heads to DC to confront the President in the White House.
  5. Supergirl Seeks Alex's Help: Appearing as Supergirl, Kara asks for Alex's advice in her current situation. It would seem that an action to stop the Claymore satellite would mean Supergirl aligns with The Elite, however inaction would mean she is aligned with The Children of Liberty. Alex tells her that the only thing she can do is what she feels is right. Supergirl then asks if Alex can help her but Alex declines knowing that if she gets involved she will put the DEO at risk.
  6. The Satellite Launch: The Superfriends arrive at the launch site just as the Elite arrive as well. Kara put a tracking device on Menagerie's ring. The battle begins and the Elite are pretty out-matched. Both Dreamer and Brainy are able to predict most of the Hat's moves. In a surprise, Alex joins the fight. She says she needed to do what she felt was right and being there supporting Supergirl was what she needed to do. The Hat is able to get the upper hand on Brainy however and steals his ring. Alex throws Supergirl her super suit and she flies into orbit to destroy the satellite before it shoots the White House.

In the final wrap up moments, Alex invites Supergirl to work with the DEO "from time to time". Kara confronts the president about his Satellite. It is revealed that The President is making his own alien defense force. Colonel Haley wasn't even informed. Ben Lockwood is added to the President's cabinet as a director of Alien Affairs. Ben Lockwood then heads to one of his meetings where he is challenged by the DC branch leader. Ben makes his point that he is still in charge of the Children of Liberty by beating the man to death.

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+2 #47 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 RecapKaraD 2019-03-06 09:58
Quoting ks774:
Don't know if anyone's mentioned this yet, but I loved the interactions between Lena and Alex this episode! Alex was able to show off her science-y smarts and even Lena was impressed. I'm looking forward to some Alex/Lena team-ups


Agreed! Actually, I think besides Lena-James and Lena-Kara (only a few times), Lena has pretty much been alone. I miss the whole team up when they were helping Sam in season 3. This year, one of the best episodes of the season was when Lena, Eve and Kara were at LCorp. I don't get why the writers want to complicate the show with too many arcs when they can simply give us these types of episodes. They killed the Graves siblings too soon. They could have been the big bads of the season. Plus, Lex is coming and Red Daughter.
+3 #46 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 Recapks774 2019-03-06 09:39
Don't know if anyone's mentioned this yet, but I loved the interactions between Lena and Alex this episode! Alex was able to show off her science-y smarts and even Lena was impressed. I'm looking forward to some Alex/Lena team-ups
+5 #45 More thoughts on the episodesuperbill 2019-03-05 17:56
Quoting KaraD:
A special mention to Melissa who again, had a very good performance. You could see how hurt and angry Supergirl was when Manchester was attacking her on tv. He sure can get under Supergirl's skin. Plus, when meeting with Manchester, you could see in her eyes how scared and sad she was when he told her about alien ships that would be destroyed by the satellite.


Yes, I loved her performance, and these scenes were great. I also loved the scene in Alex's apartment, especially how right after Alex says "something my sister said" a brief flash of sadness crosses Supergirl's face. Melissa is terrific at subtle expressions like these.
+2 #44 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 RecapLibertyPrime 2019-03-05 16:59
Quoting RobertAnthony:
Liberty Prime...you don't mean...MXY?!

I would say between The Hat and Batman's The Mad Hatter, The Hat "tops" him...you're welcome!

Filled to the brim with puns, I see!
+3 #43 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 RecapRobertAnthony 2019-03-05 16:18
Quoting LibertyPrime:
It occurs to me--a bowler hat aka derby hat with 5th dimensional properties...

Wonder if the Hat got the hat from anyone we know.


Liberty Prime...you don't mean...MXY?!

I would say between The Hat and Batman's The Mad Hatter, The Hat "tops" him...you're welcome!
+1 #42 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 RecapRobertAnthony 2019-03-05 16:13
Quoting Captain Past:
The obvious historical analogy to the fellow in the White House is President Tyler. Of course, you have to wonder if the writers know that bit of history. Tyler was Harrison's VP...Tippecanoe and Tyler, too. A month into office, President Harrison died of pneumonia and Tyler became President. Tyler had not been vetted very well when the convention gave him the VP nomination; they wanted someone who would appeal to Clay's partisans. Tyler's policies were the opposite of the Whigs' with Harrison, just like Supergirl's new President's policies are the contrary of his predecessors, and destroyed Whig credibility.


Quite the historic analogy there Captain.
+1 #41 K suitCaptain Past 2019-03-05 13:16
It seems to me that the Kryptonite suit was worn by Supergirl, and Alex does remember that there is a Supergirl. Even Colonel Haley would become suspicious if suddenly no one at DEO remembered that ther is a Supergirl. Only the memories that Supergirl and Kara Danvers are the same person have been suppressed.

Quoting Sully:
I think that this episode probably checked a lot of the boxes if one is a comic book fan and enjoys that sort of thing. It definitely was a fast paced episode. Not sure they spent more than 20-30 seconds on any one scene.

I liked seeing them bring back the Kryptonite suit - showing that it may actually serve a useful purpose outside hiding Melissa's absence earlier in the season. Really enjoyed having her go out into space after the satellite.

Apparently, J'onn's PI office serves a dual role as Manchester's eating establishment, too. ;-)

Curious as to how Alex can remember the Kryptonite suit since it was attached to memories of Kara.

If Alex is still going to fight along-side Kara (which I'm okay with), I'm really not certain what the purpose of the mind-wipe is and I have to say, I'm not a fan of the new intro if it's an indicator of this being a more 'permanent' situation. Really ready for it to be finished.

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Surprised none of the prison guards had guns; but then we wouldn't have Manchester's skills on display!
Prison guards actually don't carry weapons inside the facility. Not sure where the rest of the officers who would carry them were at though - must have been a minimum security prison ;-) .

Still awaitin' on the Red Daughter.
+5 #40 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 RecapKiwi 2019-03-05 10:40
Quoting KaraD:
A special mention to Melissa who again, had a very good performance.


+1 on that comment KaraD, I think 90% of the enjoyment I got from the episode was from Melissa's performance, simply wonderful.

I'll also add that I liked the dress Kara wore in the opening Catco scene and I was struck by a moment of the beauty of the Supergirl costume (and the lady wearing it) when she was @ the President's office. Gorgeous.
+5 #39 More thoughts on the episodeKaraD 2019-03-05 06:51
Supergirl sure knows how to make an entrance ! I love how she decided not to use the door when meeting with Manchester. Also, I never get tired of seeing her super speed her way out of a place like when she had a meeting with the President.

Question : when Brainy refers to his friend ''Val'', who could that be? I looked it up on the Web, all I see is Val-El from Krypton. Also, was this more of an Easter egg or a hint that we might see this friend soon.

I wish for: some interaction between Supergirl and Lena. We don't even know where they stand. Last time we saw them together was when Supergirl saved her at LCorp. I want Supergirl to learn what Lena is up to. I'm suprised that James did not talk with Kara about the reasons for his break-up with Lena. You know : ''Kara, you're best friend is working for the government and wants to give superpowers to normal people.'' At least, he could talk about it with Brainy, his new brunch buddy! ;)

A special mention to Melissa who again, had a very good performance. You could see how hurt and angry Supergirl was when Manchester was attacking her on tv. He sure can get under Supergirl's skin. Plus, when meeting with Manchester, you could see in her eyes how scared and sad she was when he told her about alien ships that would be destroyed by the satellite.
#38 RE: Episode 13 Season 4 RecapBrandtm2 2019-03-05 06:40
Quoting Captain Past:
The obvious historical analogy to the fellow in the White House is President Tyler. Of course, you have to wonder if the writers know that bit of history. Tyler was Harrison's VP...Tippecanoe and Tyler, too. A month into office, President Harrison died of pneumonia and Tyler became President. Tyler had not been vetted very well when the convention gave him the VP nomination; they wanted someone who would appeal to Clay's partisans. Tyler's policies were the opposite of the Whigs' with Harrison, just like Supergirl's new President's policies are the contrary of his predecessors, and destroyed Whig credibility.


This is an interesting analogy. As a history buff myself I'll add that Tyler and Clay were personal friends until Tyler became President. Then everyone found out too late that on the issues of the day Tyler had very little in common with Clay and other Whigs.

Maybe here perhaps Baker when he was VP made a show of false "friendship" with President Marsdin. He seems like someone who alternates between fawning and bullying. Perhaps that will do him in.


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