I am going to crow for a bit to say that I called it about Hank Henshaw way back in episode 2 where his eyes glowed red. I am not 100% sure that we, the audience, were supposed to guess it that easily but if not, then I feel pretty astute considering everything I know about the character comes from Smallville.
There are two villains in tonight’s episode 1) the earthquake that hits National City and 2) the alien Jemm
Jemm and the DEO aka the Truth about Hank Henshaw
Kara notes how Alex does a great job pretending to still trust Henshaw and she says that she has to in order to find the truth about what happened to her father.
Henshaw needs Alex’s help in dealing with Jemm who is in his DEO cage. The two are protected from Jemm’s mind control but unfortunately, the earthquake hits and Alex can’t contain Jemm’s cell in time and he has escaped.
The Alura AI tells the DEO that Jemm is one of the most dangerous criminals from the Phantom Zone because of his mind control and the only person that can stop him is Kara. Too bad that Kara doesn’t have her powers so instead Henshaw takes two agents (who all have neuro inhibitors to protect themselves from Jemm’s mind control) with him to try and find Jemm, despite Alex wanting to go. Henshaw needs Alex to man the fort with Donovan (Luke McFarland). Alex and Donovan lose contact with Henshaw and the agents. The end result is the agents are dead but Henshaw is still alive.
Alex wants to go out there and find Jemm and what really happened. Donovan wants to stay put but when Alex tells Donovan how it is fishy that once again Henshaw is the only one alive from a mission that he agrees to go. Alex finds the two agents and sees that their two neuro inhibitors are still working (Henshaw said they weren’t). Alex manages to get hers on but not Donovan who soon falls under the control of Jemm.
Eventually, Alex finds Henshaw and confronts him about lying about what really happened out there. Henshaw lied so Alex wouldn’t be stupid to confront Jemm. Alex reveals to Henshaw that she knows the truth about her father and how he was blackmailed to work for the DEO. Alex gets Henshaw to handguff himself to a pipe and leaves but Henshaw says that he isn’t the enemy. Meanwhile, Alex has lured Jemm to where she wants him by saying that she can get what he wants.
As Jemm enters the control room of the DEO, Alex opens fire on the alien. Their fight ends up with Jemm losing the crystal from his forehead and just as he is about to kill Alex, Henshaw falls from the ceiling and kills Jemm. Henshaw reiterates that he isn’t the enemy.
Later when alone, Henshaw tells Alex the truth and says she can’t tell anyone, not even Kara. So the truth is Henshaw isn’t Henshaw, he died the same time her father did back in Peru. Jeremiah and Henshaw were down there to pursue an alien, the last of his kind. Jeremiah was compassionate and wanted to protect this alien refugee while Henshaw had other ideas. “Henshaw” tells Alex that her father died a hero in protecting this alien. “Henshaw” reveals that he is this alien and that he is a shapeshifter that took over Henshaw’s identity. “Henshaw” made a promise to Jeremiah to protect his daughter, which has by recruiting her into the DEO. “Henshaw” then finally reveals how he is really is: J’onn J’onzz, the last Martian and he reveals his true self. While we can tell it is CGI, it was pretty cool CGI of how the Martian Manhunter looks like in the comics.
Human for a Day
The episode opens with the DEO doing tests on Kara since she has no powers. Kara is under a sun tanning bed to train and speed up her recovery and she gets some words of wisdom from her AI mom, who is a better AI than Jor-el in Smallville.
Since Kara is now human, she catches a cold that Cat isn’t too happy about so decides to take a day off. Winn meanwhile is going to work on finding out when Kara would get her powers back.
Kara meets up with James, who tells her that he is looking at apartments with Lucy. When James says that Kara should enjoy her day off, she agrees and says the world can do without Supergirl for a day. However, the earthquake hits and James pushes Kara out of the way before she gets hit by a car. When Kara falls, she breaks her arm.
Kara returns to CatCo and watches a news story about Maxwell Lord wondering where is Supergirl when the city needs her and suggests that National City probably doesn’t need her.
Cat is up in arms about what Maxwell Lord has said and enlists Winn (whom she called Witt and Wick) to get the station up and running to do a live hit. During this live hit, Cat defends Supergirl but says that everyone in National City can be a hero and wants the people to share their stories of heroism.
Kara too isn’t too happy with Lord and goes with James on the pretense of a photo op. Lord continues on about National City not needing Supergirl and believes tha she is MIA because she lost her powers after her fight with Red Tornado. Lord implies that since it has been over 48 hours since that fight and since she is still MIA, means she probably doesn’t have her and probably won’t get them back.
This upsets Kara but she doesn’t have time to dwell when a young woman screams for someone to help her father. Lord, Kara and James arrive on the scene. Lord and the woman makes all these suggestions that if Kara had her powers she can help. Kara tries to use her x-ray vision to help but alas cannot and she is forced to let the man die.
At a bus stop, Kara is upset that she couldn’t save the man and when she sees a looter going to rob a grocery store, she wants to help and stop it. James tries to stop her because she isn’t bulletproof but Kara insists and says the robbers don’t know she doesn’t have her powers.
In the grocery store, Supergirl arrives and we see she is very scared but outside she uses her words to get the guy to turn over his gun. James captures this moment on camera, becoming one of Kara’s favorite pictures.
Back at CatCo, James shares the story of his first phot, that of his dad, who never cam back from the Gulf War and he never put the camera down. The two share a moment that Winn witnesses. Winn, visibly hurt and what he saw, shares what can bring Kara’s powers back (Krytonian adrenaline) and leaves. Seeing that Winn is upset Kara follows to try and explain. However, an explosion rocks CatCo and people are trapped upstairs.
James opens the elevator doors and climbs up a few floors top open the elevator shaft. People are rescued but another explosion rocks James so he has to hold on to the elevator cables. As James is a bout to plummet to his death, this gets Kara’s adrenaline going and she flies down to save James. James and Winn encourage Supergirl to go out and help National City which she does, promptly saving a school bus and putting out a building fire while Lord stares up watching.
Now that Kara’s powers is back, she tries to apologize to Winn about what he saw with her and James. I do with that Kara would return Winn’s feelings. I like Jeremy Jordan in this and he is so adorable. But Kara also has some chemistry with James based on that scene in his office.
Kara decideds to visit Cat as Supergirl, who reams out Supergirl for going MIA when the city needed her most; when they needed someone to inspire them. Supergirl tells Cat that she was the one to inspire the city with her TV broadcast. Cat seems pleased with the compliment and Supergirl flies off. However, mid-flight, Supergirl is brought back down by Astrid’s men and comes face to face with her aunt.
This show truly is getting better and better. The show has two Supergirls, one in Kara and the other in Alex. I really love Laura Benanti as both Alura and Astrid. And Benoist is definitely a great Kara and I want to note that her arms have definitely gotten more buff especially when you compare her arms in an episode from Glee.
Next week is the winter finale and lets see where this aunt-niece showdown leads us.