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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 2 E 5 Requiem

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Gambi is attacked and declared dead. Meanwhile Anissa starts volunteering at Rev. Holt's clinic. Jennifer and Khalil start to reconnect, while Khalil feels the pressure of having to fill Syonide's shoes for Tobias.


  • Action Prologue: The episode opens with Gambi having a night out, only to be attacked by hit men - implied to be ASA agents.
  • Character Death: Gambi is attacked and his car blows up. We never see the body (well what's left), and it's possible he might still be alive but for all intents and purposes he's probably dead.
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  • Crazy-Prepared: Gambi's innocuous-looking tailor van is actually armored against bullets, though it doesn't last long enough to make a big difference.
  • Faking the Dead: Invoked. When told of Gambi's death, Jefferson is shocked but knowing how Crazy-Prepared Gambi is - "the man has contingency plans for his contingency plans" refuses to believe it until he can see the remains for his own eyes; basically he's being in denial about it, while the rest of the Pierce family have accepted it.
  • Get Out!: Lynn orders security to remove Dr. Jace after her lie to Lynn about the serum causes half of the kids in the pods to die.
  • Hope Spot: It seems like Lynn has made a break through in saving the kids in the pods — only for the serum to kill the majority of them, because Dr. Jace lied to her about it to get her to take action.
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  • Lack of Empathy: Dr. Jace was always a Sociopath but it's extremely disturbing to see it in action, as she doesn't understand why Lynn would refuse to use a serum that would save a handful of the kids, but kill the rest.
  • The Needs of the Many: This is how Dr. Jace justifies killing 14 people, as she claimed to believe that even working with Lynn they would never find a solution to save all of the pod children, and that they would ultimately all die from inaction. This is what she claims.
  • The Reveal:
    • Proctor's briefcase contained a cache of information — information that Whale can use to his advantage by blackmailing Freeland's elite to do his bidding, starting with a city councilman who accepted donations from Proctor.
    • Something Meta is going on with Grace. Dark spots appear and move all over her skin, and she needs hydration and meds to keep at bay.
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the sheriff who pulled her over starts twitching inhumanly, and mysterious figures start darting around in the woods surrounding her, Anissa immediately turns around and drives away.
    "Oh, hell no."
  • Shout-Out: The attack on Gambi is more than a little similar to the first attack on Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Talk to the Fist: Lynn punch Dr. Jace in the face for lying to her.
  • Token White: Two Bits acknowledges that Gambi was "the only white dude in Freeland other than the police".
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