Lucifer: 3.18 The Last Heartbreak
After a few weeks of disappointing episodes, The Last Heartbreak is a bit of a reprieve. It's not great, but it isn't as tedious as the last few episodes have been, in part because it is less about Lucifer.
This week's case involves a copycat killer who is murdering couples where one of them is cheating on a partner or spouse. The killer they are copying, the Broken Hearts Killer, has just died. It also turns out that Pierce was responsible for his case in the Fifties, so for him it is somewhat personal. We learn that Pierce had a brief flirtation with a waitress at a bar he frequented in the Fifties, and that, much as with Chloe, he was incredibly stand-offish. It is nice to learn something more about Pierce's past, especially considering it is such a long one. Going back sixty years in the past gives a bit more time context of just how long he has been bitterly travelling alone, afraid to connect with people because in the end they will die and he will remain.
Back in 2018, Pierce decides to join the case, after his date the night before with Chloe. This upsets Lucifer, so he spends his time trying to convince Chloe that Pierce isn't necessary and that the two of them are enough to catch the killer. This subplot ends surprisingly well, considering how ineffectual Lucifer's weekly epiphanies have been recently. After talking to Dan about how he got used to being in Chloe's life, Lucifer realises, quite rightly, that it is up to Chloe to choose who she spends her time with and that she is capable of maintaining different types of relationship with different people; no one can be anyone's everything. Hopefully this decision sticks as Chloe and Pierce continue in their relationship, though that does seem somewhat sketchy.
As they are investigating Pierce goes back to the bar he frequented in the Fifties and sees the granddaughter of the woman that he almost entered a relationship with. He discovers that his partner at work eventually married her and that he continued to investigate the case of the Broken Hearts Killer, because even though they caught him they never discovered how he picked his victims. When it is found that the only common link between the victims in the Fifties was a radio show, Pierce and Chloe pose as a couple, with Lucifer being Chloe's jilted lover. Not exactly a subtle hint at the three's current situation, but a bit of a giggle nonetheless.
This plan leads to Chloe having dinner at Pierce's house, with Dan and Lucifer outside waiting for the killer to strike. Whilst waiting, Chloe and Pierce discuss their relationship and decide to give it a go. This, combined with Lucifer's epiphany, gave me a bit of hope for episodes to come. I am tired of the romantic entanglement between Lucifer and Chloe. So, for Chloe to enter into a relationship with someone else who she admires and who cares about her, would be refreshing at the least. However, at the end of the episode there is a short scene back at the bar where Pierce says that he isn't afraid of giving away his heart, but rather he is happy as Chloe is 'the key to getting what he's always wanted'.
Now, on that face of it, this sentence may be oddly phrased, but it still has a nice sentiment. However, when you remember that Pierce has used this phrase in reference to Chloe before, and that in that context he was talking about how she makes Lucifer as vulnerable as any other human, its pretty creepy. Is he spending time with Chloe because he likes her, or because he wants to find a way for her presence to break his curse and allow him to die.
Meanwhile, over in Chloe, Maze and Trixie's apartment Maze has gone off the deep end. When Dan brings Trixie back after staying at his house he finds the house littered with sleeping bodies; there is even one in Trixie's bed. This leads to a confrontation between Dan and Maze, one which Maze diffuses by threatening to tell Chloe about the time Dan and Maze organised to have someone killed. Something which I had forgotten about, but am now surprised didn't come up sooner.
However, after Maze sends Trixie into school with pot brownies, Dan has had enough. He confronts Maze again and this time she snaps and says she is tired of all humans, even Trixie. It was obvious that Linda and Amenadiel's relationship had hit Maze, especially considering that last week she tole Linda to 'go to hell' despite Linda breaking up with Amenadiel and apologising. A phrase which holds a lot more weight when you know that hell is real and just how awful it is. But I am surprised by this, even just a couple of episodes ago Maze's bond with Trixie was going strong. What changed from that episode to this one? Why has Maze reverted back to how she was at the beginning of Season One? I don't know, but it will hopefully be resolved sometime soon because Maze learning to interact with humanity and deciding for herself what to do and who she cares about has been one of the most charming aspects of the series as a whole.
This weeks episode was entertaining enough, but the potential it opens up for a few less Lucifer oriented episodes in the future gives me hope for a better month of episodes to come than the ones recently provided. It's nice to be intrigued again, I have questions I want answered, rather than feeling like I am just watching an entitled man child walk about LA pretending to have character development.