In Review: Supergirl, “Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?”

The heroes know about Red Daughter and Ben Lockwood makes a change.

Supergirl, “Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?” Broadcast on May 5, 2019

Teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers and Natalie Abrams

Story by Derek Simon

Directed by Shannon Kohli

Previously on Supergirl: Alex reveals to Kara she wants to be a mom, Kara reveals Dreamer to the world through a live broadcast, Ben Lockwood wants Dreamer captured and ends up discovering that James has super powers, Ben assists in the arrest of an alien, sparking the alien wife to kill Ben’s wife, and Kara and Lena find out that Lex had dealings with Kaznia, so they decide to go there.

Now: Much to Kara’s chagrin, Lena offers to fly them to Kaznia since her self-flying jet is the fastest way to travel. Alex gets a call from the adoption agency telling her that she can adopt a baby that’s about to be born, but she must decide in the next twelve hours. Ben leaves his wife’s funeral during son George’s eulogy to go to the DEO to scream at the agents that they need to find Dreamer at all costs, including anyone associated with her. James Olsen is the one to start with. Cue opening title sequence.

There different stories to follow in this episode. Kara and Lena find where Red Daughter has been raised by Lex, but encounter Eve Tessmacher who claims to have rejected Luthor and locked behind to rot because of it. Neither Kara or Lena believe her. Eve has several surprises for the pair that appear after the facility’s auto destruct begins. Alex is with Kelly Olsen sharing her feelings about what it means to become a mother and if she’s worthy of being one. Ben gets some opposition in his investigations thanks to Brainy, though the antagonist makes a discovery that even the Coluan was unprepared for, resulting in a major change.

The good: Kara and Lena make a great team as Melissa Benoist and Katie McGrath are super together. The scene at the end of the episode on the jet is a fantastic, classic moment for both characters. Chyler Leigh gets the heavy acting in the episode, with her character baring her soul to Kelly. She makes her scenes work well. Sam Witwer plays crazy fantastically as maniacal man on a quest for revenge. Glad to see son George giving his father the worst possible news. Andrea Brooks gets some solid scenes as Eve, especially against Lena. The closing moments with Bruce Boxleitner as President Baker are great.

The bad: Not much for Mehcad Brooks, Nicole Maines, or David Harewood in this episode. They’re in a major sequence, but it’s pretty quick. With a cast this big it’s hard to give everyone a lot of time. Supergirl’s fight against her opponents in the final act had her really weak — I just couldn’t believe that they would be a threat, even with the weapons they held. The opening threat to the jet didn’t look great, but I can understand if the budget is being saved up for the battle with Red Daughter.

The final line: The heroes know about Red Daughter and Ben Lockwood makes a change. A solid episode with three stories in play. I enjoyed the pairing of Kara and Lena the most. It was also nice for Alex’s story to give her character some strong moments, creating some honest reality among the super proceedings. The cliffhanger was great! Overall grade: B+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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