Lucifer: Season 4, Episode 8 “Super Bad Boyfriend” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Caleb (Denny Love) talking to Amenadiel after being locked up.
Caleb (Denny Love)
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As Lucifer comes to a crossroad, Amenadiel faces what the future may hold for his son, and we finally get an episodic story worth noting.


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Claudia Yarmy
Writer(s) Jason Ning
Air Date 5/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Caleb Denny Love

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Let The Downward Spiral Begin: Dan, Ella, Lucifer, Maze, Eve

After Dan and Ella hooking up, things are very weird between them. Leading to Ella being extra, especially around Chloe, and Dan having to worry about that and it being known a cop revealed Lucifer’s name to the criminal in the last episode. The one who sent a hit squad that nearly killed Trixie. So, needless to say, Dan is feeling a bit of guilt.

However, someone not feeling any guilt is Maze who decides to, as Eve tries to make things work with Lucifer, use her to get a sense of connecting to someone. Which Dan calls out, since he decides to strangely drink at Luxe, vs. the many bars in LA, and picks with Maze in hopes she’ll beat him up. However, while into punishing people, she realizes Dan would suffer more without getting beat up, so she leaves him be.

The Black Experience: Caleb, Amenadiel

While Lucifer isn’t really a political show, and its depth doesn’t extend beyond the celestial beings having issues with human emotions, it decides to talk about police brutality, prejudice, and circumstantial evidence. Making for the rare moment when you have to address the case of the episode for it seems like it is made for more than Lucifer’s puns or to flesh out his latest therapy session. But, funny thing is, this case ends up having little to do with Lucifer and instead focuses on Amenadiel.

The skinny is, a boy named Caleb goes to a prep school where he is likely one of the handful of people there who aren’t white and middle class. Because of that, he doesn’t really have friends so he seeks connection in his urban, poverty-ridden environment and hooks up with a local drug dealer. One who uses him for his prep school connection but Caleb wants out. This leads to him wanting to ask Lucifer for a favor, because even teenagers from the hood apparently know Lucifer, but him coming across Amenadiel instead.

This leads to Amenadiel taking the kid under his wing, not literally, and getting a taste of what it would like to be a father. Which, frankly, horrifies him for while the conversation is good and getting ice cream is fun, then there is LAPD being rough with Caleb, pointing their gun at Amenadiel, and Amenadiel coming to terms of what it is like for Black humans in Los Angeles. Leading him to question if he may really want his son raised amongst them.

Who Am I Really?: Lucifer, Chloe, Eve, Linda

As seen throughout the season, Lucifer is having a bit of an identity crisis and is now coming to the point of being unsure what is driving him more insane? Is it Chloe pushing that he is better than he has acted recently? Could it be Eve reminding him of who he once was? Heck, even his dad is brought in since isn’t that could also be what is causing him to go mad.

And of course, Linda is part of all this. He tries to use her to find ways for him and Eve to break up. Becomes his go to when he hits rock bottom, and yet he realizes all he can truly do is sternly break up with Eve since she can’t take a hint.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Why isn’t there a lock on that elevator considering how often people just wander upstairs, many times with ill intentions?
  2. How do teenagers know about Lucifer and his favors?
  3. Does Amenadiel know he is considered Black by humans?

Highlights

Amenadiel Experiencing What It Means To Be Black

While Lucifer has occasionally had its moment of social relevance, it is far and few between. Thus making this deep dive (deep for the show anyway) into the Black experience in LA surprising but welcomed. In fact, it pushes you to wonder why must every case exclusively appeal to Lucifer and not reach out and affect other characters on this show? It should be noted Caleb isn’t the first time this has happened, as I believe Ella’s backstory was fleshed out due to a past case, so why does this feel like such a rare thing?

Maze & Eve

All things considered, Maze and Eve seem perfect. Both aren’t exclusive to any specific gender, Eve wants excitement, to be part of violent acts, as well as someone who is ready to commit, and Maze likes violence, sex as much as Eve, and wants a personal connection to someone. So while Eve is stuck on Lucifer, one can only hope she may see Maze there, and Maze is still interested when Eve comes around.

A Case Which Reverberates Across Multiple Episodes

The fact a case from episode 6 is still affecting episode 8 is shocking but also exciting to me. Since, as said in episode 7, most shows which use cases or patients to flesh out an episode have everything wrapped up in a single half hour or 60-minute set. Often times making it, unless the guest actor is just that damn good, them being forgettable and barely worth taking note of.

Yet, between what we get from Caleb this episode, and Julian’s involvement in the past, it seems the show might be compensating for Dan and Ella’s weak storylines by making the guest more poignant.

Low Point

Can’t Ella Have A Better Storyline?

I get Ella is supposed to be a counterbalance to how serious Chloe and Dan are, and a grounding force compared to Lucifer, but does that mean she doesn’t deserve a quality storyline? We know about her criminal history from past seasons, and in this season it seemed her issue would be a crisis of faith. Something touched upon each episode, but not given the weight it deserves. Plus, considering Lucifer was flirting with the idea of revealing the celestials to Ella, it could have been interesting for him to take notice of her wavering faith and perhaps, as some weird attempt to get it to rebound, push her to know the truth.

Which I’m not saying would be the best storyline, but it would be better than pushing her with Dan just so something would be going on.

On The Fence

Dan’s Downward Spiral

I find myself flip-flopping about Dan’s downward spiral. A part of me enjoys him being troubled, if only because it makes him vaguely interesting. Yet, with the likelihood of him being written off or in jail minimal, I know I can’t take anything which happens to him seriously. Making all this probably, like Ella’s storyline, not something which will get fleshed out much and is just something for Dan to do as someone tries to figure out what is there for him beyond mourning Charlotte.

Lucifer Questioning Who He Is

While nothing new, there is a need to question how long can Lucifer really have a conflict of who he is? I understand he spent thousands of years being a torturer and living up to his legend, making this change in the last few years a bit drastic. However, the way it is being handled just doesn’t come off that appealing. Maybe because we’re so used to seeing Lucifer as silly, and the tone of this show, it makes it hard to take the whole thing seriously? Either way, one can only hope by the finale he is clear on who he is and stops the madness.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 4, Episode 8 “Super Bad Boyfriend”As Lucifer comes to a crossroad, Amenadiel faces what the future may hold for his son, and we finally get an episodic story worth noting.
Director(s) Claudia Yarmy
Writer(s) Jason Ning
Air Date 5/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Caleb Denny Love
  • Let The Downward Spiral Begin: Dan, Ella, Lucifer, Maze, Eve
  • The Black Experience: Caleb, Amenadiel
  • Who Am I Really?: Lucifer, Chloe, Eve, Linda
Season 4, Episode 9 “Save Lucifer”As someone learns what Dan did, Lucifer shows signs things are getting worse for him. Also, Maze begins to fall hard, and Dan finally goes to therapy.
Director(s) Lisa Demaine
Writer(s) Joe Henderson
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • Admittance of Guilt: Dan, Ella
  • And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going: Maze, Eve, Lucifer, Father Kinley
  • Fear & Self Loathing In LA: Chloe, Lucifer
Season 4, Episode 10 "Who's Da New King of Hell" [Season Finale]Season 4 of Lucifer ends on a rather strange note. If only because it seems more like a possible series finale than a season finale.
Director(s) Eagle Egilsson
Writer(s) Ildy Modrovich
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • Abdicating The Throne: Lucifer, Father Kinley
  • There Will Be A King: Lucifer, Linda, Amenadiel, Father Kinley
  • Accepting What Is & What Must Be: Lucifer, Chloe, Eve, Maze, Amenadiel, Linda
Season 4, Episode 5 “Expire Erect”Just as it seems things may settle to how they were, plus Eve, a bomb gets thrown in which simply can’t be ignored.
Director(s) Viet Bguyen
Writer(s) Mike Costa
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • Libido Killer: Eve, Linda, Lucifer
  • Clearing Some Things Up: Amenadiel, Eve, Lucifer, Chloe
  • You Dropped A Bomb On Me: Lucifer, Chloe, Eve
Season 4, Episode 6 “Orgy Pants To Work”Well, if you were wondering what Lucifer may do without the shackles of network TV, visiting a nudist sanctuary is the answer.
Director(s) Louis Shaw Milito
Writer(s) Aiyana White
Air Date 5/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Remiel Vinessa Vidotto
  • Get A Life: Maze, Eve, Lucifer
  • It’s Never Good To See Family: Remiel, Amenadiel
  • Choosing Me: Chloe, Linda, Maze, Lucifer, Eve
Season 4, Episode 7 “Devil Is As Devil Does”As Lucifer reverts back to the devil he once was, Amenadiel is forced to face Remy to protect his child. Also, Dan decides to get petty, and Maze develops a crush.
Director(s) Richard Speight, Jr
Writer(s) Jen Graham Imada
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • Punishing Criminals Is The New Kink: Eve, Lucifer, Chloe
  • Not My Baby: Amenadiel, Remy, Linda, Maze
  • The Point Of No Return: Eve, Chloe, Linda, Lucifer, Father Kinley, Maze
Season 4, Episode 3 “O, Ye of Little Faith, Father”It might be the beginning of the end for Lucifer and Chloe, especially if she can’t accept who he is wholly and not just the devilish figure she came to like, maybe love.
Director(s) Jessika Borsiczky
Writer(s) Jason Ning
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • Losing Faith In The System: Maze, Dan, Ella
  • Oh Ye Of Little Faith: Lucifer, Father Kinley, Linda, Amenadiel, Chloe
  • Take Me As I Am: Chloe, Lucifer
Season 4, Episode 4 “All About Eve”Eve reveals what has brought her out of heaven as Linda has a slew of scares due to the baby and it’s committed godparents.
Director(s) Sherwin Shilati
Writer(s) Chris Rafferty
Air Date 5/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Eve Inbar Lavi
  • It Takes A Village: Linda, Amenadiel, Maze
  • You Knew?: Maze, Linda, Chloe
  • The Banana Of My Eye: Eve, Chloe, Lucifer
Season 4, Episode 2 “Somebody’s Been Reading Dante’s Inferno”Can Chloe be trusted anymore as she finds herself in bed with the Catholic Church?
Director(s) Sam Hill
Writer(s) Ildy Modrovich
Air Date 5/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Father Kinley Graham McTavish
  • The History of Lucifer: Father Kinley, Chloe
  • Looking For Purpose: Amenadiel, Linda
  • What Does Your Faith Tell You?: Father Kinley, Chloe, Lucifer
Season 4, Episode 1 “Everything’s Okay” [Season Premiere]Lucifer returns, and outside of some cheeky action, it’s largely the same – and this is perhaps the rare occasion using such a phrase is a good thing.
Director(s) Sherwin Shilati
Writer(s) Joe Henderson
Air Date 5/8/2019
  • A Month Gone By: Chloe, Dan, Amenadiel, Linda, Lucifer, Maze
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Chloe, Lucifer, Maze, Trixie, Ella
  • Chloe Has A Secret: Chloe

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