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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 1 E 4 Black Jesus

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A dangerous new drug called "Green Light" hits the streets and Jefferson has to deal with it both as principal and Black Lightning, while Anissa launches her own investigation into the drug.

Tropes seen in this episode:


  • Apathetic Teacher: The School Board who wants to expel Bernard over ODing, despite his otherwise unimpeachable record. It's implied that most of the board are affluent whites who have little contact or concern with the life that the majority of Garfield's students face.
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  • Body Horror: Lady Eve embalms someone while they're still alive.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Tobias and his sister are a villainous version of this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Anissa utterly wipes out a bunch of bigots from the impacts caused by literally stomping the curb.
  • Downer Ending: Khalil's spinal cord is damaged beyond all repair so he'll never walk again, Bernard is forced into rehab after Jefferson ceded some of his authority to the school board to keep him in school, and fails to find who is bringing the drug into town, while Anissa learns the realities of being a vigilante the hard way. If there is a silver lining it's Gambi and Jefferson learning that the 100 isn't the only evil in Freeland.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Tobias and his sister are delighted to see each other.
  • Fantastic Drug: "Green Light" which is designed to be immediately addictive from just one dose — dealers give out a free "sample" ensuring that the victims are hooked for life. The drug also temporarily increases one's strength, as shown when Bernard easily rips out a urinal and throws it with enough force that it shatters upon hitting a wall.
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  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A picture in Jefferson's office shows him wearing a Superman shirt.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: On his sister's urging, Tobias is plotting to turn public opinion against Black Lightning.
  • Mugging the Monster: Some homophobes who've been harassing Grace come after her while Anissa is there. It doesn't end well for them.
  • Multitasked Conversation: When Henderson and his wife are over for a dinner with the Pierces, the dinner conversation turns to Black Lightning. While apparently just participating in the general conversation, Lynn is raising her concerns to Jefferson, which he recognizes. Meanwhile, to the obliviousness of everyone else, Anissa's defense of Black Lightning as a superhuman helping people is clearly her trying to justify her own plan of action.
  • Old Friend: Jefferson finds out that an old friend of his nicknamed Two-Bits is helping to spread Green Light. He goes to talk to him as Jefferson, but Two-Bits refuses to say anything on the subject. Then he shows up as Black Lightning, beating up the dealer's goons before threatening to do the same. Two-Bits convinces him not to call the cops, as he already had his two strikes, and a third arrest would send him to prison for a long time. Jefferson agrees. Two-Bits tries to take a selfie with Black Lightning, only for Jefferson to punch him out.
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  • Reality Ensues: While Anissa is a skilled martial artist and now has Super Strength, she has no experience in combining the two when facing live opponents. As a result when she attacks two drug dealers and takes each out with one punch, she nearly kills the both of them and has to call an ambulance for them.
  • Sadistic Choice: Jefferson is given two choices by the school board: prevent Bernard from being expelled for using drugs but lose complete authority over expulsions, or retain the authority but Bernard gets expelled. They won't allow him both. In the end, he chooses the option that allows Bernard to stay... which becomes meaningless when Bernard ODs again and is forced into rehab.
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