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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 3 E 7 Hendersons Opus

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Anissa and Jefferson have a heart-to-heart and she tells him she needs Black Lightning's help in escorting meta refugees out of the perimeter. Meanwhile, Gambi implores Lynn to help get him access to the Pit. Lastly, Jennifer grows closer to Brandon.


  • Bait-and-Switch: The ASA storms Reverend Holt's church, with it at first seemingly like they are about to storm the room where he holes up with the kids.....then it turns out they are already safely away in Two-Bits' bar.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Major Grey actually acts friendly towards Jennifer when talking to her. She spends the rest of the episode as an utter Hate Sink.
  • Blindfolded Trip: Lynn tells Gambi that the ASA always picks her up like this, due to not wanting to reveal the headquarters location to her.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Reverend Holt has a golden gun.
  • Cooldown Hug: Anissa has a whole programme designed to cool Grace down when she is in a bad mental state. Later, Jefferson also managed to cool her down with a hug.
  • Crazy Survivalist: A couple of them engage in a fire fight with the ASA.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Shortly before receiving the mission to kill Black Lightning, Khalil disposes of another sparring partner this way, this time a metahuman called Vernon, who is five times as strong as the average man.
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  • Easily Forgiven: Averted with Reverend Holt, who doesn't trust Black Lightning after screwing up their plan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: An ASA Sergeant named Grayle objects to one of his comrades beating up a helpless old man during a raid.
  • From Bad to Worse: According to Gambi, the firefight between the ASA and the Markovians (which led to Odell getting shot) has caused the ASA's subjugation of Freeland to somehow become even more aggressive and ruthless.
  • Frontline General: Major Grey is the acting leader of the ASA but also goes into direct combat with the soldiers under her command as part of her old position as well.
  • Get Out!: After an argument on how to proceed with Khalil, Lynn sternly orders Gambi out of the ASA headquarters, threatening to call the guards.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When Lynn calls out Dr. Blair for shamelessly sucking up to her, he tells her that he (a black man) was born with a brown nose.
  • Internal Reveal:
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    • Jefferson learns about Henderson and Reverend Holt being part of the Underground Railroad.
    • Lynn learns about Khalil being alive and brainwashed.
    • Grace learns about Jefferson being Black Lightning.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Lynn strongly objects about the way Gambi talks about the new Khalil.
  • Kick the Dog: The ASA executes a bunch of insurgents after they are already incapacitated.
  • Manly Tears: Gambi weeps with Anissa over her probably not seeing Grace again anytime soon.
  • Meet the New Boss: Major Grey takes over as acting director of the ASA while Odell is in recovery, and to no one's surprise, is no less awful a person as him.
  • Mook Horror Show: Grace as a leopard horrifies and brutally mauls to death an ASA agent.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Lynn refuses to give up on Khalil, as Gambi suggests, seeing it as a chance to make ammends for all the kids that died under her watch.
  • Mythology Gag: Erica Moran is a Gender Flip of Eric Moran, a member of the Outsiders from the comics with the exact same powers.
  • No-Sell: Erica, another metahuman child, completely ignores an ASA agent wailing on her with a bat, absorbing and redirected all the kinetic energy.
  • Not Quite Dead: Much to the surprise of nobody, Odell isn't dead but hospitalized, sitting this episode out, with Major Grey serving as the acting director in his absence.
  • Power Incontinence: Grace's powers have been malfunctioning badly due to the high amount of stress she has gone through lately.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Lynn makes Gambi promise not to tell Jennifer about Khalil.
    • Grace figures out that Jeff is Black Lightning by his smell and promises not to tell anybody.
  • Shout-Out: Jennifer calls Sara Grey Eddie Munster.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Major Sara Grey makes Lynn actually miss Odell.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Henderson calls Jefferson out for screwing up their plan, getting past an ASA checkpoint. Jefferson calls him and the Resistance out on their recknlesness, specifically using bombs.
  • Would Hurt a Child: All the ASA agents indiscriminately open fire on Jeff and the kids he is escorting.
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