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Recap / Lucifer (2016) S01E04 "Manly Whatnots"

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"No, but it's quite pressing. What if you have all those... manly whatnots and a woman still doesn't respond?"

Lucifer teams up with Chloe, in an effort to help her solve a missing person case and seduce her at the same time. Meanwhile, Chloe is still trying to figure him out, because despite his supernatural abilities, she's still dealing with a serious case of Arbitrary Skepticism. They trace the trail to a misogynist "player" convention, where Lucifer glibly blows Chloe's cover and has to throw a party at Lux to make up for it. Later on, Lucifer sneaks out in order to follow Carver and catch the culprits in the act. Also, Chloe catches sight of Lucifer's Nightmare Face.

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So she shoots him. And he bleeds. Whoops.


Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Chloe. It turns out to be justified, however, as Lucifer discovers his newfound lack of immunity to bullets in front of her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lindsay, the Victim of the Week, turns out to have faked her kidnapping in order to get back at Carver for taking her virginity and then not remembering her.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The men in attendance at Carver's presentation... two of whom hit on Chloe while she's wearing a skimpy party dress.
  • Disappointed in You: Dan, when he assume Chloe and Lucifer have a thing together (see Not What It Looks Like).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lindsay fakes her own kidnapping, then tries to kill Carver. Cue the discovery of yet another one of Lucifer's buttons.
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  • Eating the Eye Candy: Chloe has a hard time keeping her eyes off Lucifer when he appears in front of her in the nude, despite being adamant about not being even remotely interested in him in a sexual way.
  • From Bad to Worse: A Black Comedy example, pointed out while a very upset Lindsay is pointing a gun at Carver.
    Lindsay: I met you at the library. "Good place to score desperate babes". That's in Chapter Eleven, I believe?
    Lucifer: Oh, that's bad.
    Lindsay: I was a virgin, Carver.
    Lucifer: That's worse.
  • Glamour Failure: Lucifer's true face is spied by Chloe in a mirror.
  • He Knows Too Much: Lindsay's brother wants Lindsay to shoot Lucifer for being involved.
  • Immune to Bullets: Lucifer finds out that he's not.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Carver considers Lindsay's actions to be this. Lucifer disagrees.
  • Lady in Red: Chloe borrows a short red dress from Lucifer, left by one of his conquests.
    Chloe: If I get an STD from this thing, I'm gonna kill you.
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  • Ladykiller in Love: Carver. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chloe is understandably embarrassed over Lucifer appearing naked before her, until he turns around and she sees the scars on his back. When she shows sympathy (assuming they were due to parental abuse) and tries to touch them, it's Lucifer who's embarrassed and finds an excuse to leave the room.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Lucifer decides to make it "tit for tat" for Chloe after seeing her naked, and comes out wearing nothing but a Scenery Censor.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Carver gets a bit of this after learning the truth about Lindsay, Lindsay seems to realize she's gone too far after getting a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Satan himself, and Chloe is pretty freaked out when she lets Lucifer convince her to shoot him in the leg and he really gets hurt.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Dan walks in on Lucifer making breakfast and Chloe wearing nothing but a Modesty Towel.
  • Oh, Crap!: Maze's reaction to finding out that Lucifer has been shot.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Lucifer, while pleading with Chloe not to touch his scars.
  • Shipper on Deck: Trixie is very excited when it looks like Lucifer and Chloe spent the night together. At the end, she hopefully suggests that Chloe shooting Lucifer is a sign that she secretly likes him.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Trixie's theory about Chloe and Lucifer.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: The bodyguard at the Player's club. We find out when he confessed that he wants Lucifer, who used his ability to draw out his deepest desire, trying to get him to find a girl.
    Lucifer: (to the bodyguard and another, about to escort him and Chloe out) Have you two...?
  • Straw Misogynist: Carver presents himself as this, but while he does have misogynistic tendencies, he later turns out to be a Ladykiller in Love.
  • Tranquil Fury: Lucifer becomes furious when he learns of Lindsay and her brother's plan to screw Carver over despite the fact Carver has changed as a person and flat out is disgusted at Lindsay's justification as justice to someone who has improved whereas she hasn't. He slowly approaches her and even shows her his true face to scare her. The only reason he doesn't punish her is because Chloe stops him from going too far.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Lucifer tells Chloe "The berries are ripe and ready to be harvested".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lindsay, as she's obviously angry at Carver. But then starts to break down more when pressed to kill Carver and Lucifer, and especially when Lucifer threatens to punish her for thinking that killing Carver would justify things (and seeing his true face), leaving her in tears out of fear and guilt.
  • Wham Shot: Lucifer turns out to be actually bleeding and in pain after Chloe shoots him in the leg.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The final part of the episode focuses on the aftermath of Lucifer's shooting, and Carver and Lindsay's final status gets less closure than a lot of guest characters.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Lindsay only pretends to be kidnapped with the help of her brother - who pretends to be distraught over it.

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