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Recap / Lucifer (2016) S01E07 "Wingman"

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"Fair enough. Considering we're on a clock now, I could use a wingman."

Mazikeen, playing the role of The Vamp, lures Sergei up into the hot tub upstairs. Instead of the sexy times he'd hoped for, Maze starts to torture him. Oh, well, Maze is happy anyway. Lucifer, though, knows the man doesn't actually have anything to do with it - much like the last guy Maze interrogated. And the one before that. And the one before that. And the one before - oh, you get the picture. Maze is put out, but what the boss says goes, so Sergei gets off only mildly traumatized.

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At the precinct, Chloe is even more a pariah as usual. That's because the man she was investigating on suspicion of being a Dirty Cop, Malcolm, is about to be taken off of life support, and Dan encourages her to wrap it up so that his grieving family doesn't have to go through more than they already do. Lucifer pops in on Chloe while she's trying to do so, and before Chloe can finish proposing a "quid pro quo" scenario, off Lucifer pops again - to see Amenadiel.

Amenadiel is less than pleased to find out that a physical piece of divinity is out among the humans, but refuses to help his irresponsible little brother who left Amenadiel in charge of the mess he left behind. Back to Chloe! She's not happy Lucifer ditched her, but agrees to help him, since he'll help her. Oh, and Dan's coming, too. The three replay Palmetto, and the APB Chloe put out leads Lucifer (and Amenadiel, who's decided to help his little bro out after all) to an auction that specializes in illicit religious artifacts. Fake religious artifacts - which includes the wings, no matter how gorgeous they are. A very upset Lucifer hunts down the auctioneer, Carmen, who's been staring at the real deal in rapt appreciation. He's no longer able to live without them, but Lucifer doesn't care and decides to go to brood on a beach with them (and sadly not shirtless, this time).

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As it turns out, Amenadiel gave Carmen a tip. He's naturally unhappy with being stuck with the worst job in the universe, so he wants his baby bro to do it. What a nice brother! Lucifer isn't having it, and uses his cigarette to set his wings aflame. "In case I haven't made myself abundantly clear, I'm never going back to Hell." Cue the beginning of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Amenadiel, who only stops when Lucifer starts taunting him, encouraging him to "Become Wrath. Fall as I did!"

Meanwhile, Dan helps Chloe (pretend to) reconcile with the rest of the police over Malcolm during his memorial. Chloe says she's closing the case, but really, she's going to pursue it off the record. Malcolm's life support is cut, but Amenadiel isn't finished scheming yet, and brings him back to life. Back at Lux, Maze tells Lucifer she's in it for the long haul, but it doesn't stop her from looking mournfully at a single feather...

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Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Back from the Dead: Malcolm, thanks to Amenadiel. This later turns out to be a bad idea.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Lucifer, furious though he is, still has plenty of sass left in him.
    Lucifer: I'm a man that believes in one simple divinity: the almighty dollar.
  • Burning the Ships: Lucifer burns his own wings so he can't go back to hell.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The feather naturally comes into play later.
  • Hypocrite: Amenadiel loathes running hell, but he sure seems to have no problem with manipulating his younger brother back into the hot seat. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Sure, Lucifer mocking Amenadiel over his wrath might have stopped his big brother from continuing to beat him up, but Amenadiel is right back to scheming afterwards.
  • Jerkass Realization: Chloe has one upon seeing Malcolm's grieving family.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Lucifer needs a smoke after the stress of recovering his wings. He also needs the cigarette to burn his wings and prove his point to Amenadiel.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Amenadiel briefly delivers this to Lucifer.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We never do find out what Lucifer does to Carmen, although considering how utterly furious he is, it definitely wasn't good...
  • Tranquil Fury: Lucifer again, although his eyes are also suspiciously bright over the ill treatment of his wings, which just adds insult to injury.
  • Undying Loyalty: When Maze said she was going to follow Lucifer forever, she meant it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chloe gets called out on having an open investigation on Malcolm due to the fact that since he's getting the plug pulled, her investigation could cost his innocent family his pension and benefits. She also gets told off by Malcolm's grieving wife (who has tears streaming down her face the entire time) when Dan takes her to the hospital.
    Malcolm's wife: You have no right. What do you want from us?
    Chloe: Um, I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Malcolm's wife: Just go. Please.

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