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Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up

The first episode in May finally has a title and a synopsis! This episode is the 20th of the season and features the first writing credit of Natalie Abrams, who used to cover the entire Arrowverse for Entertainment Weekly! The title is "Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up". The story sounds like its going to be a big one with Miss Tessmacher laying traps for Lena and Kara which may force Lena to learn the truth about who Kara actually is! Additionally, Agent Liberty is taking a bold stand in the DEO and James is dealing with his new powers?  (We thought he didn't get powers, but that might be out of context or addressed in upcoming episodes). Check out the full synopsis below:

MISS TESSMACHER RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE — Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath) head to Kaznia to hunt down Lex. However, Eve Tessmacher (guest star Andrea Brooks) sets a trap for the duo that could ultimately reveal that Kara is Supergirl. Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) gets a long-awaited phone call, James (Mehcad Brooks) practices using his powers, and Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) takes a dangerous stand inside the DEO. Shannon Kohli directed the episode with story by Derek Simon and teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers & Natalie Abrams (#420). Original airdate 5/5/2019.

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#37 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpLibertyPrime 2019-04-21 19:30
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.

No villification from me. It would make for a decent arc for him. The only real objection I have is that it is yet another thread, and I am concerned they don't have enough time left in the season to do justice to the ones already in play.
+1 #36 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpBrandtm2 2019-04-21 16:51
Quoting Kelly:
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.


James needs to learn a strong lesson, that carries on throughout the rest of the series or his character IMO is lost, and may already be there as far as a good amount of fans are concerned. But, if he learns the lesson that being a hero is not just about being strong, and getting the fame....and he realizes (as Kara has told him before) he has been a hero long before he became Guardian, through the lens of his camera and all that he has done with that. He needs to go back to who he is, and that is a photograph with the ability to take the influential shots.....maybe then he can be the James that people enjoyed in season 1.


Excellent point. I also liked James a lot in season 1. Then he was a levelheaded, unassuming gentleman and a calm, mature influence on Kara, a kind of ideal big brother. Unfortunately ever since what another contributor aptly called the "Guardian nonsense" James has been much less attractive.
+1 #35 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpKiwi 2019-04-21 16:20
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers.


Interesting thoughts Brierrose, certainly an opinion that has generated a few responses. Personally I don't really want to see James with superpowers as it would seem to only take further action away from Supergirl (and it's definitely felt like she's had much less this season). If the multiple heroes that exist on this show are there to prevent burning Melissa out then I think we already have enough. We've currently got Martian Manhunter, Brainy, Dreamer and Alex (with her Supersuit and gun which was shown in Episode 10 of this season to be more powerful than Supergirl in taking down the Morai), adding James (even on a temporary basis) is just too much.

I also don't think every character needs a piece of the action (James already got his anyway in Season 2 as Guardian) as you end up diminishing Supergirl's worth and what makes her unique. As I think about it MM,Brainy, Dreamer, Alex and James between them could take down Lex so what do you need Supergirl for?. Of course Supergirl should have the big fight with Lex in the Finale and defeat him but then the question becomes what do you need the other characters for?.
+3 #34 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpKelly 2019-04-21 15:21
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.


James needs to learn a strong lesson, that carries on throughout the rest of the series or his character IMO is lost, and may already be there as far as a good amount of fans are concerned. But, if he learns the lesson that being a hero is not just about being strong, and getting the fame....and he realizes (as Kara has told him before) he has been a hero long before he became Guardian, through the lens of his camera and all that he has done with that. He needs to go back to who he is, and that is a photograph with the ability to take the influential shots.....maybe then he can be the James that people enjoyed in season 1.
+2 #33 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpRobertAnthony 2019-04-21 11:05
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.


Brie...there is the magic word...no not SHAZAM...but TEMPORARY. If James is to have powers, make them a one or two trick pony, BUT...give James the final punch at Lex.
+1 #32 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand Upsuperbill 2019-04-21 10:24
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.


I'm OK with this too, as long as it is temporary. It actually seems inevitable; every one else who has been exposed to Harun-el has powers, so I have no reason to doubt that James will as well. I like your analogy to the Whittemore book. But it better not be permanent!
+1 #31 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpBrandtm2 2019-04-21 10:19
Quoting Brierrose:
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.


I hope his powers are temporary and that Kara as Supergirl does get the final takedown. Unfortunately there's some reason to be concerned this won't happen. The writers have wasted too much time trying to turn James into a superhero and there are too many episodes where Supergirl ends up as a victim who has to be rescued. I'd like to think that won't happen in the climactic Lex Luthor episode but in view of what's happened in the past Supergirl fans could be disappointed.
+3 #30 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpBrierrose 2019-04-21 09:43
I’m probably gonna be vilified for saying this but I’m good with James TEMPORARY having powers. I think it could be a good character moment for him to actually realize how heavy the cape is by walking a mile in it. Perhaps the Harun-El works like the substance that gave humans powers in the Jo Whittemore book. The substance in the book was like gas in a car, using their powers used it up until they didn’t have powers anymore. While Kara should absolutely have the final takedown as payback for trying to kill him multiple times James should get to punch Lex.

I’ll go to my corner now.
+2 #29 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpStewart Tick 2019-04-20 21:27
Quoting KaraD:

I hope that Lena finally learns about Kara being Supergirl and that's not simply a tease. I thought it might be this week but apparently not.


I just hope it's not anything this obvious!

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/f/f0/Action_Comics_345.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081231014845
+1 #28 RE: Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Stand UpStewart Tick 2019-04-20 21:18
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If they must go this route, I want Turtle Boy or Giant Turtle Man.

Of course, he was temporarily a speedster a short time before the Flash showed up, so there is precedent for that as well.

But Mehcad Brooks as a giant turtle--pure gold!

http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/504/jimmy53a.jpg


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