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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 4 E 2 Unacceptable Losses

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While things are still not looking great between Jefferson and Lynn, the criminals of the city are fighting their own war.

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Anissa as Blackbird has Lala and Destiny brought before her and forces a treaty between them that protects a stretch of land (called the Blackbird zone) where Freeland's homeless can safely spend their nights, under the threat of killing them otherwise.
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  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Lady Eve's underboss Destiny can handle herself in a gunfight pretty well.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite over a dozen gangsters shooting at each other from about 20 feet away from each other, not a single one even gets grazed, let alone hit. The only injury is an innocent bystander, but that happens after the main gunfight is over.
  • Cape Busters: Chief Lopez upgrades her entire police force with next-generation DEG weapons against metahumans.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Lynn's excuse on how she got her head injury after going out on the streets again. Jefferson obviously doesn't buy it.
  • Death of a Child: The young son of Jefferson's colleague Marcel Payton gets fatally shot in the shootout between The 100 and the Kobra Cartel. And after Child Protective Services took away his 3 other kids, too.
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  • The Dreaded: When Lightning arrives on the scene of a shootout between the 100 and the Kobra Cartel, all gangster (save for one) immediately put their weapons down and make a run for it.
  • Dull Surprise: Marcel Payton's other kids barely react to their sibling being shot.
  • Friendless Background: Lynn realizes in another of her therapy sessions that she doesn't have any friends and hobbies.
  • Healing Factor: Jennifer's powers have developed one. When she gets hit by a large piece of glass after an explosion, she flies up into the atmosphere, absorbs the energy and heals up immediately.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Jefferson confronts Lynn over always accusing him of being addicted to his powers, when she just traded Green Light to metahuman power serums. She immediately deflects and tries to blame him for it.
    • Both Anissa and Jennifer try to get Lynn to stop trying to be a hero with her Meta Booster powers because she's going to just get in the way and get herself killed... when both of the girls themselves have been in the exact opposite position with Jefferson and Lynn herself being the ones trying to talk them down when they first started trying to be superheroes.
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  • Idiot Ball: Marcel Payton is driving with his kids when he happens upon the shootout. Instead of high-tailing it the other way and calling the police immediately, he stays and watches, which gets one of his kids shot and the other three taken away from him by the CPS. Likewise, despite an ambulance having gotten to the scene long before, Payton waits for Anissa and Darius to show up before calling for help.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: During the shootout between The 100 and the Kobra Cartel, not only do none of the thugs actually manage to hit each other, but they don't even damage the cars everyone is hiding behind.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Anissa's new co-worker, Dr. Darius Morgan, hits on her, but since she is gay, she quickly shuts him down. He takes it pretty well, though.
  • The Mole: Gambi apparently accepts Lauren's job offer as a means to get information on the DEG weapons they are producing.
  • Never Be a Hero: Anissa and Jennifer tell Lynn to "stay in her lane" and stop trying to fight crime alongside them, since she's just an amateur relying on temporary, borrowed powers and not an experienced, highly trained superhero like they are, and that she will only be a liability in battle.
  • No-Sell: Tobias Whale had his skin insulated, making him immune to Jefferson's powers.
  • Power Incontinence: It becomes very clear that Lynn doesn't have any experience with the powers she uses (this time it's Wendy's wind powers. She only just barely manages to distract the thug who tried to shoot Jennifer and gets wounded herself for her troubles. Her two daughters later try to convince her to stay off the streets.
  • Skyward Scream: In the middle of the night, after having another nightmare about Henderson's death, Jefferson sneaks out to do one of these, accompanied by using his powers. Due to him still not wearing his suit, this results in him knocking himself out.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gambi berates Jefferson for his reckless, self-destructive behavior recently, but Jefferson is having none of it. He ignores Gambi's warnings, tracks down the thug who shot Mr. Payton's son, beats him to a pulp, and breaks his leg, still without wearing his suit.