Fox’s Lucifer season three episode two begins with the sexy Devil (Tom Ellis) starting to strip off his clothes as he makes out with a gorgeous woman. His wings unfurl in all their glory and he apologizes for premature unfurling. She claims to be into cosplay and offers to dress up as the Devil, but he doesn’t want to have sex with himself. Mood ruined, he sends her away so he can cut off his wings.
Lucifer’s talking about this sexual encounter with Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris) and she admits she’s worried he’s self-mutilating. However, Lucifer claims he’s only chopping off his wings because he doesn’t his dad to have any control over him. Besides, what he’s really worried about is the mysterious Sinnerman.
Lucifer notices Dr. Linda’s still in pain, but she wants to concentrate on his problems right now and of course he’s fine with that. He carries on expressing his outrage with Sinnerman, pissed this stranger has stolen his shtick of giving out favors for a price to be named later. Dr. Linda reminds Lucifer he hasn’t done that in a while, and Lucifer doesn’t care. He invented that and doesn’t want anyone else claiming it as their own.
At the station, Chloe (Lauren German) shows Lucifer a photo of Sam’s killer (from the end of episode one) and he’s definitely not Sinnerman. The killer confessed so Lucifer thinks that means he’s working for Sinnerman. Lt. Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) walks up just then, hears “Sinnerman,” and asks if they’re big Nina Simone fans. Chloe doesn’t want to talk about it and Marcus hands her a new case.
When he walks away, Chloe informs Lucifer Sinnerman is an urban myth. Criminals use Sinnerman to hide their bad behavior, so no way would she tell Marcus they want to arrest Sinnerman. However, if Lucifer has evidence he’s a real person, she’ll look into it.
On to the new case and it’s a bizarre one. Dan (Kevin Alejandro) is already at the crime scene and has learned the victim’s name is JD Woodstock. There’s a book of bad jokes with his dead body, and apparently he was a comedian. Lucifer forgets Dan’s improv is supposed to be a secret and he spills the beans to Chloe by saying the victim and Dan are kindred spirits. Dan explains stand-up is different from improv, and Chloe’s indignant she didn’t know he did improv.
Ella (Aimee Garcia) breaks up the improv/stand-up comedian conversation to alert them as to the cause of death. She recognizes the Woodstock name because he was just in the news blaming comedian Bobby Lowe of The Bobby Lowe Show for stealing his jokes. Lucifer feels sympathy for the victim since his life was apparently stolen and used by another comedian for fame and profit.
As they’re speaking, the camera zooms back to show Marcus is spying on them. He’s listening to their conversations while watching through binoculars. WTF?
Lucifer and Chloe watch JD’s YouTube video in which he says he has proof Bobby is a fraud. Unfortunately, he didn’t post the truth online before he was tortured and killed. Ella doesn’t believe Woodrow and thinks Bobby Lowe is genuine and believable. When Lucifer and Chloe say they’re heading out to interview Bobby, Ella fangirls and practically begs to come with them.
Meanwhile, Dr. Linda and Amenadiel (DB Woodside) meet for a drink so she can thank him for saving her life. She knows she wouldn’t be there without him, given that he slowed down time so she wouldn’t bleed to death. He asks, seriously, how she’s really doing and she claims to be fine. She mistakenly believes he has his powers back and is sorry to hear he doesn’t. Amenadiel thinks dad is testing him and says he’s ready this time.
Amenadiel’s been avoiding doing what he has to do in the penthouse and Dr. Linda offers to help him without know what she’s getting herself into. She heads to the penthouse and it turns out Amenadiel needs help getting rid of Lucifer’s wings so that a human doesn’t find them. Linda can’t believe what she’s seeing, calling the sight gruesome.
Dan has a one-on-one with Marcus, attempting to convince his boss he’s not a dirty cop. Yes, he did what he was accused of but he had a reason. It turns out Marcus is glad Dan came to see him because he wants everything Dan’s got on Lucifer.
Next comes the best one-liner thus far in the episode. Lucifer and Chloe are walking through a stage and a giant chicken walks by. “Biggest cock I’ve ever seen,” says Lucifer.
As Bobby Lowe (Kevin Christy) is preparing to tape an episode, Ella, Chloe and Lucifer are ushered over to see him. Bobby’s furious these strangers are on his set, calling Woodrow a failure when he learns his visitors are there investigating the murder. He’s obnoxious, but Ella is so starstruck she doesn’t realize Bobby is a massive jerk.
They stay for a taping and Chloe and Lucifer are not impressed. The show stars Bobby and a bunch of puppets who represent his imaginary friends. Lucifer interrupts the taping, pushing aside a puppet and ripping another’s head off causing a kid in the audience to scream. When Bobby demands Lucifer leave the stage, Lucifer puts a lamb puppet on his hand and does a bizarre lamb-ish voice. Bobby freaks out and tells Lucifer to put it down. It turns out there’s a gun inside the puppet and it goes off, shooting Bobby in the arm. Everyone stares at Lucifer and he holds up his hand, still wearing the puppet. “He did it,” says the show-stopping Devil.
After the audience leaves, Bobby admits it’s his gun and the puppet was one they don’t use on the show. The gun isn’t the murder weapon and Bobby claims once again he didn’t kill JD. Lucifer uses his Devil power and Bobby reveals he wants out of this hell. He hates working with puppets and because JD is dead, he can’t end the show. Bobby admits he did steal JD’s act, basing the show on JD’s life. Now he can’t quit because he’d lose all the money. Plus, he is getting death threats and that’s why he hid the gun on the set. The threats were anonymous and Chloe asks for the emails.
Up in the penthouse, Amenadiel and Dr. Linda place the wings in trash bags, and Linda can’t believe how painful it must have been for Lucifer to cut off pieces of himself. Amenadiel knows he’s being tested since wings are the one thing he desperately wants back. Dad always has a plan and if it was easy, it wouldn’t be much of a test.
Back at the station, Lucifer and Chloe go through the emails and they all threaten Bobby’s life. However, the threats end right after JD posted his video revealing these were his jokes. The guy who wrote the emails must have realized JD was the comedian actually making fun of him, not Bobby, since Bobby didn’t write the jokes.
Chloe says the show started off much edgier and although she doesn’t want to say this out loud in front of Lucifer, she finally reveals it dealt with a guy’s insecurities about his micropenis. Lucifer can’t just let that pass without a comment, saying, “Hold me closer, Tiny Donger. So, you say we’re looking for a needle in a penis stack?”
Chloe says when they changed it to a family show, they removed the penis. All this micopenis discussion has led Lucifer to believe the killer is really the victim in all this. Chloe reminds him that’s not how it works.
Lucifer’s home and he rings up Maze about tracking down Sinnerman, but she has a hectic schedule. She then pretends the call’s cutting out and hangs up.
After the call ends, Lucifer discovers he has an uninvited guest at his home: Marcus. Marcus says he’s figured out what Lucifer really is. Marcus doesn’t know why Lucifer calls himself the Devil, and Lucifer assumes that means Marcus thinks he’s the Sinnerman. He’s insulted when Marcus says he’s not that calculating and smart. Marcus looked into Lucifer’s history and now considers him impulsive and short-fused. He also thinks Lucifer’s an idiot, so he came to warn him not to look into the Sinnerman anymore. He shouldn’t throw the name around and he shouldn’t talk about him at the precinct. Marcus came to LA to get away from the Sinnerman after butting heads with him in Chicago. Despite Marcus trying to warn Lucifer away, Lucifer says he’s going mano-a-sinnermano.
Amenadiel and Dr. Linda take the wings up to the trash can on the roof and set them on fire. Linda thinks they should say something as the wings burn, and Amenadiel’s frustration comes through when he replies to that suggestion. Burning the wings pains him in his soul, but Lucifer treated them like trash. Linda doesn’t think Lucifer understands how much this hurts his brother, and Amenadiel agrees. “Everything he does seems designed to hurt me,” says Amenadiel. Linda points out Lucifer’s testing him, and Amenadiel finally sees what’s been right in front of his face all along. His test is Lucifer and it always has been.
The next day at the station Lucifer tells Chloe about his chat with Marcus regarding the Sinnerman. Dan interrupts with news the emails were sent from a comedy club on Sunset and they were always sent during open mic night. Chloe wonders how they can draw out the killer and Lucifer suggests they pull everyone’s pants down and arrest the one with the tiniest weenie.
They go with a different plan and Dan takes the stage for open mic night, determined to insult the killer into showing himself. His act doesn’t start off well, although he does mention the micropenis right off the bat. He’s flopping and Lucifer boos him, saying a micropenis is a medical condition. Chloe eggs him on, with Lucifer delivering jokes about a micropenis from the audience. Chloe keeps checking the audience as Lucifer heckles Dan, suggesting maybe Dan is the one with the “baby carrot.” Lucifer wants Dan to drop his pants and then pelts Dan with tomatoes as he runs off the stage.
After the set is over, they meet at the bar and Dan is furious. “I didn’t want to do this to begin with. I told you stand-up and improv are completely different!” says Dan. Dan wants to know why Chloe didn’t stop Lucifer and she says it’s because someone might have viewed Lucifer’s heckling as sympathetic to their micropenis. She’s right as a man wanders up to thank Lucifer for what he said.
At the station, they show the micropenis dude photos of Woodrow dead and he admits he sent the threatening emails to Bobby. “All the chuckle bunnies talk,” says the comedian, who apparently toured with Bobby before he was famous. Lucifer’s intrigued there’s a term for women who like to sleep with comedians, suggesting he should have “Devil bunnies” or “Lucifans.” He didn’t like Bobby telling jokes about his micropenis on the show but when he found out JD actually wrote the jokes, he wasn’t upset. That didn’t bother him because a struggling comedian using his life as the source for a joke is one thing, but a millionaire doing it is something totally different.
The micropenis comedian says JD had a sad life, but he did just mention a warm-up comic wanted to meet with him about a gig. The warm-up comedian was named Sheila, and Chloe knows that Bobby Lowe’s warm-up comedian is Sheila.
Lucifer and Chloe head back to the stage which is now dark and empty. As they walk by a row of puppets, a tiger follows them. Chloe and Lucifer separate and Chloe finds Bobby beat up and on the floor. He blames Sheila, saying she was angry because he said he was going to quit. She hit him in the face with her gun. Chloe calls out to Lucifer to let him know Sheila is there and that she’s armed.
Lucifer confronts Sheila and she admits killing JD. She also admits she’s okay with Bobby stealing JD’s jokes since Bobby did them better and since he brought her along for the ride. As they’re talking, Chloe distracts Sheila long enough for Lucifer to knock her out.
Back at the station, Marcus admits Lucifer is right and the Sinnerman is in LA. Marcus has brought the Sinnerman’s murderous thug in, admitting he can’t get anything out of him. Marcus hands him over to Lucifer, suggesting Lucifer can make him talk. Again, he tells Lucifer to shut his mouth about the Sinnerman so others don’t get hurt. He reminds Lucifer Chloe has a kid and no one wants anything to happen to her.
Lucifer heads into the interrogation room to talk with Alonso. He wants to know more about the Sinnerman and why Sam was skewered under the pier. Lucifer uses his Devil mind trick and Alonso says he killed Sam because he didn’t want his girlfriend to sleep with him anymore. He claims to have no idea who the Sinnerman is, swearing he doesn’t know anything. Lucifer believes him.
Lucifer visits Dr. Linda again and he’s still convinced Alonso was telling the truth and was just a deranged jealous boyfriend. Linda changes the subject to talk about his wings. He admits they grew back again and she tells him to stop cutting them off. He agrees because cutting them off is exhausting and messy. He doesn’t want dad to win, and Linda says external factors shouldn’t define him. Lucifer has an epiphany and says, “It’s not about the idea. It’s about the execution. It’s about how I use the wings.” Linda agrees, complimenting him that that’s pretty wise. But then Lucifer adds he’ll just tuck them away and pretend they’re not there. Not so good, says Linda. He also says he does favors better than anyone else and now he needs to get back into the favors game to reclaim his position as the best at it.
The scene switches to find Lucifer relaxing in a booth at Lux as what appears to be hundreds of people line up to see him. He asks each in turn, “What is it that you truly desire?”
More on Lucifer Season 3:
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 1 “They’re Back, Aren’t They” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 3 “Mr and Mrs Mazikeen Smith” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 4 “What Would Lucifer Do?” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 5 “Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 6 “Vegas With Some Radish” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 7 “Off the Record” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 8 “Chloe Does Lucifer” Recap
– Lucifer Season 3 Episode 9 “The Sinnerman” Recap