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Recap / Lucifer (2016) S04E08 "Super Bad Boyfriend"

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A teacher at a high school is murdered and Chloe, Lucifer and Ella investigate this. Amenadiel is anxious about becoming a dad, and when he meets Caleb, a teenage boy, he tries to bond with him in an effort to learn to be a good father. Caleb is a somewhat troubled teen however, since he's selling drugs—and after Caleb is arrested for (seemingly) having murdered the teacher, things spiral out of control.

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Meanwhile, after Chloe tells Lucifer of the prophecy that evil will come to Earth when the Devil finds his first love while on Earth (Lucifer interprets "first love" as Eve), Lucifer wants to break up with Eve. This proves to be harder than he thought.

Also, a heavily pregnant Linda is giving Lucifer and Eve relationship therapy, and Maze is looking for a long-term relationship with someone (thinking that will make her a better god-parent) through online dating.


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Tropes present in the episode include:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Not that Amenadiel needed it but Dan prevents two cops from shooting Amenadiel.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Ella starts acting like this towards Chloe, despite knowing that their relationship is Better as Friends.
  • Completely Missing the Point: The thing Eve gets out of "When the Devil walks the Earth and meets his first love, evil shall be released" is that Lucifer loves her. He promptly lampshades her therefore overjoyed reaction to it with a "How did you get that out of it?"
  • Dirty Cop: The cops who come arrest Caleb act overly violent towards the latter and Amenadiel, when he tries to stop them; it's all but stated that the cops were racially prejudiced.
  • Evil Is Petty: The drug dealer had Caleb killed for quitting on him.
  • Expy: The first date Maze goes on is basically with... Maze. They look alike, have the same fashion sense, the other woman has the closest thing to Maze's old job modern society probably has (prison guard), both love to fight, and have the same blunt, casual approach to everything. When Maze rejects her at the first opportunity, it's obvious how the rest of her attempts to find outside relationships are likely to go.
  • Internal Reveal:
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    • Lucifer finds out that his sister, archangel Remiel, visited Earth because Amenadiel tells him; this is something the viewer already knows from watching the last two episodes.
    • Lucifer is told of the prophecy by Chloe—a prophecy he didn't know of but the viewer heard Father Kinley tell Chloe in the last episode.
  • It's All My Fault: Lucifer finally comes to the conclusion that everything that has been happening to him is not a result of other people but himself.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The reason his body has been transforming into something more monstrous is a result of Lucifer's own self-loathing and hatred.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: What Amenadiel comes to see humans as.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently Amenadiel hit a bridge while flying.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Invoked by Lucifer. He deliberately uses the wrong words to Linda to try and get Linda to break him and Eve up. It ends with Linda and Eve bonding over Lucifer's flaws.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lucifer can only do this at the end of the intro when Eve, deliberately missing the point of the prophecy, refuses to break up with him.
    Eve: I promise you that I will never, ever, ever... give up on you. You know why?
    Lucifer: ...surprise me.
    Eve: 'Cause I love you too!
    Lucifer: ...shit.
  • Online Alias: Much like the Vanity Plate on Lucifer's Corvette, both Eve and Lucifer end up getting fitting gamertags when they play Killer Instinct on the XBox One during the "bad husband" monstage. It qualifies as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, with the screen only being visible for a couple of seconds. Eve's is F1rstWoman, while Lucifer goes for MFNDevil. And rather appropriately for the Devil, Lucifer was playing as Cinder.
  • Please Dump Me: This is the crux of Lucifer's plot for the episode, with him desperately trying to get Eve to dump him after finding out the prophecy.
  • Poke the Poodle: The majority of Lucifer's attempts at being a bad boyfriend are having people over for football and ignoring Eve while playing video games rather than make any attempts at being an actual Bastard Boyfriend.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner
    Amenadiel: I know who did this.
    Lucifer: I'll drive.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Just because most of the cops shown have been fairly good when it comes to racism, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, as Amenadiel finds out. Dan may file a complaint on the two cops for their brutal arrest and racial profiling, but it likely will not change anything.
    • Just because Lucifer has regained his faith in Chloe due to her attempt to shield him from the explosion doesn't mean he wouldn't still react with suspicion when Chloe reveals that she went to see Father Kinley in prison, saying that she's probably trying to send him back to Hell.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Amenadiel embarks on one, when the teenager he was mentoring is killed.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Caleb finally stops selling drugs and beats the murder charge against him but ends up dead just as he was about to turn his life around.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Lampshaded after 4 seasons of people walking in and out of the Lux when it's supposed to be closed.
    Lucifer: God, I really need to put a lock on that elevator.

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