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Recap / Lucifer (2016) S04E04 "Expire Erect"

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An antique car enthusiast is found murdered in what appears to be a disagreement with a fellow collector over his latest acquisition.

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  • And Then What?: Amenadiel poses this question to Eve, who clearly hasn't thought things through in regards to her decision to come back down to Earth, especially what happens if her time with Lucifer comes to an end. Eve's answer (that if she can't get back into Heaven she and Lucifer will just keep the party going in Hell) does not reassure Amenadiel.
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  • Ax-Crazy: Marco holds a bar fall of people hostage, shoots Lucifer and gets pissed off at a slightly wrong food order, all to get in touch with his ex-wife, whom he was going to murder.
  • Bi the Way: Eve is perfectly happy to make out with Ella. Ella didn't have a problem with it either, but she was pretty high at the time.
  • Birds of a Feather: The Adorkable Eve and Ella immediately hit it off, with hugs no less.
  • Call-Back: Chloe brings up the time Lucifer disappeared and came back married.
  • The Chessmaster: Amy, Marco's ex-wife. She masterminded the bank robbery and got off scot-free. That is until Marco forced her hand so that she had to show up but even then she manages to take out Marco by appealing to his emotions.
  • Cool Car: The first murder victim is an antique car collector owing several pricey pieces. Lucifer owns a red Aston Martin in addition to the Corvette we've seen thus far.
  • The Corrupter:
    • Maze keeps tempting Dan to embrace and act on his darker impulses as a cop because, to her, the best way to catch a criminal is to think like one.
    • Amenadiel believes that Eve is going to be this for Lucifer by reminding him of his pre-Character Development self, who sowed chaos and destruction just for the hell of it.
  • Dramatic Irony: Ella's Crisis of Faith finally causes her to come to the conclusion that God doesn't exist. Of course, the very premise of this show already disproves her Heel Realization. Especially when two other humans have had the opposite realization and Ella was actually pals with Azrael for most of her childhood.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Lucifer, despite slowly bleeding to death, greatly appreciates the sight of Eve and Ella kissing.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Chloe lampshades that she and Amenadiel haven't talked since her big revelation.
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  • Genre Savvy: Downplayed. Chloe asks if Eve has any supernatural powers that might help. Good general question for someone in an Urban Fantasy story, but resurrected humans don't get anything special when they come back in this ‘verse. Also asking if Eve is a supernatural threat, which, in a roundabout way, she turns out to be.
  • How We Got Here: The episode starts with Lucifer drinking something while spitting up blood, Ella and Eve kissing and Chloe looking at a sandwich muttering "This is the answer". It then cuts to 36 hours earlier.
  • In Medias Res: The episode starts with Lucifer bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound in his gut, Eve and Ella kissing, and Chloe examining a sandwich and declaring that it is the answer. Then, we cut to 36 hours earlier.
  • Internal Reveal: Amenadiel finds out Eve is on Earth. Also Eve finds out Chloe is Lucifer's Man of Kryptonite.
  • Medieval Stasis: Averted with Heaven; despite Eve and Lucifer complaining that it's super boring, apparently they have access to all of Earth's technological advances. Eve mentions that Adam has gotten addicted to ESPN.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Eve gets plenty of opportunity to show off her body while she's living with Lucifer.
  • Nice Girl: Eve is cheerful, upbeat, easy-going, and so damn nice that even Ella, who was determined to antagonize her for Chloe's sake, ends up bonding with her instead.
  • Not So Different: Eve and Amenadiel. Both rejected Heaven to come back down to Earth and start a new life.
  • Official Couple: Lucifer and Eve become this at the end of the episode.
  • Skewed Priorities: Subverted. Ella seems like she's got this as she's busy fangirling over the victim's car but she quickly gets herself back on task and informs Chloe of the murder.
  • So Proud of You: Amenadiel tells Chloe that "it's no wonder your father is so proud of you."
    Chloe: That's nice of you to say, but my father...
    Amenadiel: [smiles]
    Chloe: [crying slightly] Thank you.
  • Swapped Roles: Just as Lucifer's willingness to take an ax for Chloe causes her faith in him to be restored, it's Chloe throwing herself on top of Lucifer to protect him from a bomb that restores his faith in her.
  • Taking the Bullet: Chloe jumps on top of a prone and semi-conscious Lucifer when it looks like the Villain of The Week is going to set off the bomb, intending to shield him from the blast with her own body.
  • Taking You with Me: After her plan falls apart, Amy tries to blow up the building with herself in it. Unfortunately for her, Ella's already dismantled the bomb.
  • Title Drop:
    (After Eve kisses Ella)
    Lucifer: Ladies. Oh, it's a comfort to know I'll expire erect.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Lampshaded by Linda after realizing that Eve existing on top of all the other crazy stuff she knows about, including the angel baby she's carrying, is not all that crazy in comparison.


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