“Blurred Lines” sees J’onn learn more of his past and his brother, as Kara battles a spidery alien organism.
This recap of Supergirl Season 5, Episode 3, “Blurred Lines”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Another week, another villain, more gradual unfurling of subplots and themes, and Sean Astin in another “Everyone knows I’m Sean Astin but here I am trying my hardest not to be” role, which are always my favorite. Supergirl Season 5, Episode 3 certainly has the right ingredients, and in truth, it was probably the best episode of the fifth season thus far.
“Blurred Lines” begins with William Day (Staz Nair) — what’s he up to now? — meeting Dr. Niles Jarrod (Malcolm Masters) in a bar, where he hooks with a woman who has tattoos of spiders that come to life and kill him. Pleasant!
Jarrod’s death is kind of a big deal, especially to Kara (Melissa Benoist), who knew him, and thinks it’s just a wee bit suspicious for a researcher of gene therapy to suddenly die young. Unfortunately, Andrea (Julie Gonzalo) arbitrarily disagrees, and William backs her up, saying he has looked into the story and there’s nothing else to it, though his elevated heartbeat gives away his deception. Kara decides to team up with James (Mehcad Brooks), still hilariously contemplating a Senate run, and investigate the mystery herself, since William won’t give anything away even after she confronts him.
Inside Jarrod’s dead heart, Kara discovers a spider tattoo, which turns out to be a parasitic alien organism. The tattooed hottie who seduced him is Caroline O’Conner (Brea St. James), an elite military get-stuff-done type who mysteriously went AWOL two years prior and hasn’t been seen since. Supergirl tries to ambush her at her apartment, but even with the help of Guardian, O’Conner gets the best of them with sticky webs and infectious tattoos — the latter has to be removed from Guardian’s face by Alex (Chyler Leigh) using a magnetic resonance gun that sucks out all the heavy metals.
O’Conner’s next target is a doctor at National City Hospital, and Supergirl loses the fight again, but luckily Alex is on-hand with the magnet gun to suck the organism out. Free from its influence Caroline is free to be interrogated, but she’s swiftly assassinated by a speedy black cloud.
The next stage of Lena’s (Katie McGrath) evil revenge plot is cooked up in Supergirl Season 5, Episode 3, with the help of Eve (Andrea Brooks)-as-Hope. She needs the Q-wave research coded into Lex’s childhood journals, but they’re safely locked up at the impregnable Fort Summit. Manipulating a still-guilty Kara, Lena convinces her to bust into the government facility and retrieve the diaries, which she does against her better judgment, pocketing a portal watch in the process. She delivers them to Lena, and at the end of “Blurred Lines”, we see Hope/Eve start to decipher Lex’s essays on how to use Q-waves for mind control.
A big chunk of Supergirl Season 2, Episode 3 is devoted to J’onn (David Harewood) discovering more of his memories with the help of Nia (Nicole Maines), and what he discovers about Malefic (Phil LaMarr) is devastating for him even before it’s revealed he was complicit in his erasure from the Martian hivemind consciousness. At first, Nia allows J’onn to believe it was M’yrnn (Carl Lumbly) who wiped away all memory of Malefic, but Brainy’s (Jesse Rath) insufferable poetry recitals send her crackers and she confesses the truth: It was J’onn who deleted all memory of his own brother, to help salve his father’s grief.
It’s all very Shakespearean. And if you’re wondering how all this relates to Sean Astin, then I’ve got you covered. Malefic shapeshifts into Astin’s character, Pete, a buddy of Kelly’s (Azie Tesfai) who is suffering from PTSD, in order to trick her into unlocking his mind control powers using Q-waves (you’ll recall that in the previous episode Malefic overheard how this works during his literal fly-on-the-wall moment.) He’s successful and tries to have Kelly kill herself, but J’onn arrives in the nick of time so that he and his brother can snarl in Martian at each other, and let me tell you it’s hilarious to see Sean Astin doing this. With his mind-control powers, Malefic is able to make an escape, but Kelly is now linked to him thanks to some hand-wavey business with Obsidian’s technology, so she can see him even when he’s shapeshifting. As a precautionary measure, it’s decided that James should take Kelly away for her own protection since she’s now a threat to Malefic. Kara gives him Lex’s portal watch in case they run into trouble, which they inevitably will.
In a final last-minute see-you-next-week twist, William meets a man on a park bench and receives an envelope full of money. He’s up to something! But what?