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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 3 E 12 Motherless ID

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Jefferson and Anissa join forces with the ASA to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Lynn is forced to continue battling her demons.


  • Absentee Actor: Lala, Lady Eve and Henderson don't appear.
  • Badass Crew: One is formed to extract Lynn, in reference to the Outsiders, composed of Jefferson, Anissa, Jennifer, Gambi, Brandon, TC, Grace, Sergeant Grayle and Erica Moran.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Dr. Jace returns for the first time since the Season 2 finale.
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    • Grace returns after a few episodes of being absent.
  • The Corrupter: Painkiller tries to convince Khalil that he needs him and has a Villainous Breakdown when Khalil eventually turns his back on him.
  • Enemy Mine: Jefferson and his friends are forced to join forces with the ASA (more particularly, Major Grey) to free Lynn. Naturally, nobody's happy with it.
  • Eureka Moment: Jennifer's advancing powers are what's needed to extract Khalil from his own mind.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Mosin speaks of Odell as "the devil" when he reveals to Lynn that it was none other than him who got her hooked on Green Light.
    • Dr. Blair is obviously disturbed when Major Grey forces him to implant a kill protocol inside of Erica, in case they can't extract Lynn, meaning Erica will be forced to kill her.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Grace and Anissa have a little sparring match after the latter tries to stop the former to come to Markovia with her.
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  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When we first see Dr. Jace, she has made a plan to try and befriend Lynn, and is convinced it will work. Cue Gilligan Cut to Lynn giving Dr. Jace a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Lynn tries her best to not take the Green Light pill the Markovians are offering her, but she eventually relents.
  • I Am a Monster: After realizing what the ASA did to him and made him do, Khalil tells Jennifer that he can't be with her.
  • I Gave My Word: Jefferson makes Major Grey promise to give all of his friends and family immunity in exchange for their help.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Lynn's kidnapping is revealed to Jefferson and his friends/family, as well as her attempt to free Tobias by Sergeant Grayle.
    • Jefferson also reveals her addiction to Anissa.
    • Mosin reveals to Lynn that it was Odell who got her hooked on Green Light.
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  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: TC enters Khalil's consciousnes through his brain chip. Eventually, Jennifer is able to get the real Khalil out of there after locking up Painkiller.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Jennifer's powers are able to drive Painkiller behind a firewall, allowing TC to lock him up and leaving Khalil to take back his body.
  • The Mole: Nurse Allen is revealed as this for the Markovians.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Lynn gives Dr. Jace a beating for everything she has done, which gets broken up by the Markovians.
  • Noodle Incident: Gambi has been to Markovia in the past, he even speaks the language.
  • No Social Skills:
    • TC can't convince Khalil on his own to leave his mind prison due to not being good with people.
    • Evil version with Dr. Jace, who tries extremely awkwardly to win Lynn's trust.
  • Not So Above It All: TC does a mocking dance off to Painkiller once he is locked inside the Firewall.
  • Not So Different: Dr. Jace tries to pull this card on Lynn, who is rather disgusted by the comparison.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Painkiller is locked up in Khalil's mind, but not destroyed.
  • Shock Collar: Mosin has put this on both Dr. Jace and Lynn.
  • Troll: Lynn gives Dr. Jace her aunt's peanut butter cookie recipe instead of the stabilizing formula.
  • Villain Has a Point: After Anissa, Jefferson too eventually concedes that they will be unable to enter Markovia without the help of the ASA.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Jennifer is still angry at everybody for keeping Khalil being alive a secret from her.
    • Anissa gives her father a rebuke over keeping Lynn's addiction a secret and helping the resistance instead of her, though she also assures him that her addiction isn't his fault at all.
  • You Are What You Hate: Nurse Allen points out that Tobias is black himself when he gets insulted by him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Dr. Jace is in constant fear of this, now that Mosin also has Lynn. Tobias gleefully rubs it into her face.
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