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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 4 E 3 Despite All My Rage

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Jefferson is feeling even more lost after a frustrating therapy session. Meanwhile, Anissa continues to care for a still comatose Grace. Lastly, Lynn has a breakthrough.

  • Bait the Dog: Just when Jefferson thinks he can finally patch things up with Lynn, he sees her at a table with Tobias Whale, who sent the invitation to both of them.
  • Be Yourself: The therapist gives Lynn this advice.
  • The Bus Came Back: TC makes his first appearance this season, helping Jennifer set up a social media presence to reclaim her own narrative from Rebecca Larsen.
  • Continuity Nod: During his talk with Mayor Billy Black, Tobias mentions Metropolis.
  • Deal with the Devil: Tobias Whale offers Lynn to fund her genetics research if she works on a cure for ALS for him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The smear campaign by Rebecca Larsen against Lightning is obviously inspired by the real life slander against the BLM protests. At one point in the episode, there is even a close-up on a paper for a George Floyd memorial.
  • Dream Intro: The episode opens with a (recurring) dream Jefferson has about Tobias invading his home and effortlessly beating him senseless while taunting him.
  • Fight Clubbing: Lala is running an underground cage fight ring that is livestreamed through the internet. Jefferson finds out that his colleague Marcel Payton is also participating.
  • History Repeats: Lynn realizes during her therapy session, that throughout her life, she has always tried to fit in where she didn't belong.
  • Hypocrite: Jefferson once more points out Lynn's hypocrisy when he sees her experimenting with Jennifer's powers.
  • Magical Security Cam: Turns out, some random kid was recording the shootout between The 100 and the Kobra Cartel that Lightning broke up last episode. Said footage is eventually aired on Rebecca Larsen's show. Of course, all the footage is simply recycled footage from last episode, complete with several different angles and cuts. Most egregiously, the footage ends with Lightning shooting right towards the camera, yet apparently not noticing the guy with the cell phone 20 feet in front of her.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: The cage fighter Marcel fights in his second fight is much bigger than him and he eventually brutally loses against him. Jefferson also has to lay a lot of effort into defeating him.
  • My Own Private "I Do": Anissa has Darius getting ordained on a quick note, so he can oversee herself and Grace getting married, shortly after the latter wakes up from her coma.
  • Mythology Gag: Lynn mentions that her brother joined the army shortly after college. Her surname is Stewart, confirming that, much like in Young Justice (2010), her brother is John Stewart (though since Diggle from Arrow is meant to be John, it's unclear if she's referring to him, or if this is a case of Expy Coexistence).
  • Nerves of Steel: Despite knowing who Tobias Whale is, Mayor Billy Black is not so easily threatened, outright refusing to take the funding away from Garfield High School.
  • Nothing Personal: Lala's underling tries to talk himself out of responsibility for having killed Marcel's son this way, saying it wasn't deliberate, but just collateral damage. Lala then promptly turns it back on him, telling him it's nothing personal while beating him to death.
  • Oh, Crap!: Both Gambi as well as TC have this reaction when they see the new DEGs produced by Lauren easily ripping a hole through the old Black Lightning suit, and on its lowest setting no less.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Lala kills his underling that is responsible for shooting Marcel's son, not out of moral reasons, but because he brought them the attention of Thunder and Lightning.
  • She's Back!: Grace finally awakens from her coma.
  • Strawman News Media: "Larsen Line", moderated by Blonde Republican Sex Kitten Rebecca Larsen who slanders Lightning, on the obvious Fox News-parody network GBS.
  • Visionary Villain: Tobias Whale plans to build a clinic dedicated to curing ALS.