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Recap / Lucifer (2016) S03E11 "City of Angels"

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How Lucifer, Maze and Amendiel first came to Los Angeles is revealed along with the circumstances behind Chloe and Dan breaking up.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Berserk Button: Lucifer completely flips out when Amenadiel calls him "evil"; for the record, Amenadiel meant it as a compliment of Lucifer's skills.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: In-Universe, Lucifer recognizes the victim's girlfriend as a porn star exclusively by her boobs, as everything else was outside the picture. Amenadiel is incredulous but hardly surprised.
  • Call-Forward: Several.
    • When Lucifer first sets foot in the suspect's club, he comments that he could get used to this place; said place will eventually become Lux.
    • Turns out that Amenadiel was so pissed off at Lucifer in the Pilot not just because he had to watch over Hell while Lucifer was partying in Los Angeles, but because Lucifer tricked him into letting him stay on Earth.
    • "Taco Tuesday" is mentioned by Chloe, who tells Dan that she'll pick up some tacos for dinner and suggests they make it a tradition from now on.
    • Lucifer was seen about to watch Hot Tub High School, which is how he recognize Chloe later on.
  • A Datewith Rosie Palms: Lucifer unzips his pants, while turning on Hot Tub High School with the obvious intention. When Amenadiel walks in, he hurriedly puts a pillow over his crotch.
  • Deal with the Devil: Amenadiel has to strike one with Lucifer in order to get the latter to help him find the necklace. He ends up regretting it when Lucifer tells him what he wants in return.
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  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Subverted. Maze having sex with the suspect to get information is played for comedy while an earlier episode had a female rape victim being played seriously... but the suspect was crying "tears of joy" afterwards, implying that he was anything but an unwilling participant.
  • Ensign Newbie: Chloe is still a police officer; this it the first time she takes the initiative in an investigation, wanting to prove she has what it takes to become a detective.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Amenadiel first met Chloe when reporting the theft of his necklace. He was wearing sunglasses and very different clothes at the time.
  • The Hedonist: The second thing Lucifer does after arriving in LA? Get laid at an orgy. (The first is purchasing a new suit to replace the outdated one he's wearing.)
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  • Innocently Insensitive: Amenadiel casually says that the only way to find someone evil is to ask for help from someone just as—if not more—evil, referring to Lucifer. This deeply hurts Lucifer, who's the punisher of evil and not its root.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Maze tries to torture the suspect but she gets so turned on by the infinite methods of hurting him she has now, in the human world, that she decides to have sex with him instead.
  • Missed Him by That Much: In the club that will become the Lux, Lucifer and Chloe are standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder, but neither sees the other. Though Lucifer sensed her.
  • Not So Different: Lucifer, to Amenadiel: "Pride's your sin, too." Doubles as Foreshadowing, considering that Lucifer fell because of his pride.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Maze is openly crying as she's cutting Lucifer's wings.
  • Origins Episode: For the series as a whole.
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: At a porn set, Amenadiel is mistaken for an actor and is dressed as a cleaner. It takes him a minute to figure out what's happening, when a porn star tries to remove his clothes. Naturally, Lucifer is having the time of his life watching this.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Even though he's clearly in a great deal of pain, Lucifer flashes a victorious smirk at his Father as Maze is cutting his wings.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Lucifer has had enough of trying to win his Father's approval and decides that since he's going to be viewed as "evil" no matter what he does, he might as well rebel in earnest and stop playing his allotted part in his Father's plan. So he abandons Hell, has Maze cut his wings off, and takes up permanent residence in Los Angeles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Lucifer shows his fiery red eyes to Amenadiel when he's about to fight his brother for real.
  • The Reveal: A few due to the flashbacks.
    • The reason why Amenadiel hates Lucifer is revealed by how Lucifer tricked him into staying on Earth.
    • Why Maze stuck around with Lucifer? Finding out how much sex on Earth pleased her.
    • The meeting between Chloe and a pre-possessed Charlotte Richards fills in the backstory on why Chloe was so against Charlotte when she later showed up.
    • And of course, just what sparked Lucifer to finally quit, cut off his wings and stay in Los Angeles.
  • Take That!: As a nod of to how they only play out of tune torturous music in Hell, Lucifer comments how they recently been playing music "by this chap named Bieber."
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Lucifer and Amenadiel have a really hard time working together.
  • Torture Technician: Maze is Hell's finest torturer and even though she doesn't actually torture her victim, she gets the information they need.
  • Training Montage: Parodied. Amenadiel has to learn to realistically fight like a human and hide his super strength. So the montage starts with him effortlessly lifting huge weights and ends with him appearing to struggle with them.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The episode takes us back five years, at the time Lucifer first came to LA.


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