This week’s Lucifer begins in a hospital where a man is waking up from a near-death experience. He doesn’t seem to know what happened to him. The man asks if his wife has been to see him, but she says he has had no visitors. He decides that since he has a second chance at life, he should try to make amends with his wife. However, when he gets home he finds his wife has been sleeping with Lucifer. He follows Luci to Lux to find more about the man who is having an affair with his wife. Lucifer approaches him and assumes the man is trying to pick him up. However, the man, Reece, informs Lucifer that he wants to punish the man who is sleeping with his wife (Lucifer, of course, has no idea Reece is talking about him). Lucifer convinces the man to tear whoever is sleeping with his wife completely apart. Reece thinks it’s a great idea and begins to try to find more out about Lucifer.
Turns out Reece is a journalist. He is interviewing people at the police station to dig up dirt on Lucifer. Everyone states how much they love him except for Dan. Dan brings up his missing pudding and the fact he is mildly jealous of Lucifer and Chloe. Chloe approaches and Reece informs her that he has gained clearance to ride with her. She’s not happy about it but doesn’t have a choice.
The group arrives at a crime scene where a woman has been killed. She has Botox injections stabbed into her neck, and she is surrounded by breast implants. The lady was a natural beauty guru, so the team is wondering why someone would have displayed so many unnatural beauty items around her. Reece deduces that the killer may have been trying to expose her as a fraud. (his statement about it is clearly loaded and directed at Lucifer)
Back at the station, they find out that two other similar murders have happened. They have a serial killer on their hands, one who targets phonies. Lucifer leaves the room and Reece takes the opportunity to ask Chloe what Lucifer gets out of their partnership. She tells Reece that he will have to ask Lucifer that question.
Reece follows Lucifer to a warehouse where Lucifer passes off a leather bag to a man who brings him a similar bag back. Reece calls his wife and leaves her a voicemail stating he wants to work things out. As he is about to leave, Maze shows up and threatens him. She wants Reece to leave Lucifer alone. He tells Maze he’s been threatened by worse than her… Maze assures him he hasn’t.
Reece returns to his office and asks a colleague to look up anything he can find out about the warehouse Lucifer was at. The colleague tells Reece that his wife is in Reece’s office. Reece asks how he looks and goes in to meet the woman he is so obsessed with making things right with. It’s none other than Dr. Linda. She’s come with divorce papers. Reece can’t come to terms with the fact their marriage is over. They’ve apparently been separated for two years, but Reece can’t handle the reality of it. He asks Linda to give him 24 hours, after which he will sign the papers. Clearly, Reece thinks that whatever he might dig up on Lucifer will change Dr. Linda’s mind about divorcing him.
Reece makes his way to Lux where he sneaks into Lucifer’s loft. He finds the bag he saw Lucifer exchange but is distracted by the sounds of a woman who is bound and gagged on Lucifer’s bed. Lucifer walks in and catches Reece snooping around and confronts him on what kind of story he’s really working on. Reece informs Lucifer that he is going to expose him for the fraud he is. However, everything Reece had seen from Lucifer has a valid excuse. Reece seems extremely disappointed by not being able to find any dirt on Lucifer.
As Chloe and Lucifer work their way through the case Reece seems broken. By the end of it, Reece admits he was working on a way to expose Lucifer, but that he isn’t going to do anything with the story. He realizes that Lucifer is just an annoyingly charming guy. Chloe walks out of the room, and Lucifer walks into the interrogation room. Reece is still on the other side of the mirror, which Lucifer is clearly oblivious of. Lucifer questions the suspect they have in the murders with his devil face on… and Reece sees it.
Reece goes to Dr. Linda and tries to convince her she is sleeping with Satan. Dr. Linda is extremely upset by the invasion of privacy by Reece. (It should be noted that she is still sleeping with Lucifer at this point, and doesn’t know he’s actually Satan, so this is set during season 1.)
We then get a time-lapse scene where Reece obsesses over Lucifer over the course of a year. Chloe and Lucifer then appear at his office asking for his help in the serial killer case they’d worked on the year prior. They have some new information and want his help scouring the internet for comments on articles written by his paper. He tells them his assistant can help. Lucifer then asks the disheveled Reece if he ever got his revenge on the man who was sleeping with his wife. Reece tells Lucifer he thinks the man might be invulnerable. Lucifer tells him he isn’t thinking outside the box enough, and then tells Reece he has to leave because it is time for his therapy session.
Reece shows up to Dr. Linda’s office where Lucifer is having a session. He tries to warn Dr. Linda about Lucifer. Lucifer asks Dr. Linda if she also knows Reece, to which she tells Lucifer that Reece is her ex-husband. Lucifer at first gets excited and proclaims them to be “tunnel buddies” (I don’t want to admit how hard I laughed at that), but the laughter is soon dropped when Reece pulls out a gun and shoots Lucifer. Lucifer is upset Reece ruined a perfectly good suit, but Reece is just concerned with showing Dr. Linda the proof that Lucifer is the devil. Dr. Linda tells Reece she already knew Lucifer was the devil and tries to calm Reece down. Reece can’t understand why she would be friends with “evil incarnate,” but Dr. Linda explains that Lucifer is actually a good man. He realizes that all the time he has spent trying to convince Linda of Lucifer’s devil status, not only did she already know, she didn’t care. He leaves dejected.
Back at his office, Reece gets reprimanded by his boss for spending so much time looking into Lucifer with nothing to show for it. When she leaves, he becomes frustrated and begins to tear his office apart. Eventually, he puts the vulnerability of Lucifer when he is around Chloe together, and comes up with a plan.
Using the comments Chloe and Lucifer had asked him for, he finds the serial killer and goes to his house. He tells the killer he knows “the biggest fraud he’d ever encountered” and would like him to help take him out. The killer seems all too eager to take out another fraud.
Later at Lux, Reece meets with Chloe. Reece knows if Chloe is in the room, then Lucifer will be vulnerable and the killer will be able to take him out. He tells Chloe he has the comments she had asked for but stalls her with conversation. Reece looks behind Chloe to see the killer approaching Lucifer. At first, the killer seems to be poisoning Lucifer, but at the last minute, Reece sees the killer switch out the drinks to save Lucifer. Instead, an innocent girl drinks the poison and dies. Confused, Reece is about to leave but stays when he sees a knife and realizes he needs to take things into his own hands.
Reece approaches Lucifer in his penthouse. Lucifer is angered that Reece is responsible for an innocent girl’s death. Reece blames Lucifer for everything that has happened, but Lucifer insists that he never makes humans do anything. Humans sin all on their own. Lucifer also lets Reece in on a secret he’s never told a human before. Lucifer has no say in who goes to Hell. Humans send themselves, driven down by their own guilt. He also states that none of the doors in Hell are locked. Humans can leave whenever they want, but they never do because they are so intent on punishing themselves for their own guilt. They live their sins over and over again. Lucifer then uses his power to see what Reece really wants. Reece just wants Linda to love him again. Finally, Lucifer puts together that HE is the guy that has been sleeping with Reece’s wife. Reece asks Lucifer how he got Linda to accept him, but Lucifer doesn’t know. Lucifer thinks maybe the fact that he laid everything on the table is why Linda forgave him.
Reece arrives at Linda’s office and tries to take responsibility for why their marriage fell apart. It isn’t enough for Linda, though. Reece then becomes agitated and lets out that he is responsible for a girl’s death. Linda goes to call the police, but Reece tries to stop her and ends up causing her to hit her head. When he realizes he has hurt Linda, he apologizes and tells her to call the police, that he will turn himself in.
He returns to his office and takes a drink, to find out he has been poisoned. The killer then approaches and tells Reece that Lucifer wasn’t the fraud, but Reece is. That is why the killer has poisoned Reece. Reece laughs at this though, because he knows that the police are on their way, and therefore he’s helped catch the killer. Reece thinks he has now set things right, and wonders, as he draws his last breath, if this will turn things around with Linda.
We are then taken to the same scene the episode started with. Reece is waking up in the hospital after having a near-death experience. Apparently, Reece has been dead the whole time and in Hell, reliving this piece of his life over and over again.
This episode was pretty good. I have been enjoying the stand-alone episodes, but I do feel as if they have created a bit of a disjointed feeling this season. As much as I’ve liked them, I will be glad when we are through them and can get on with this season’s overall story arc. I need more Sinner Man in my life. Probably the most fun thing about this episode was the way Lucifer was so clueless as to him being the man sleeping with Reece’s wife. Hopefully, next week we will get back into regular episodes.
Lucifer airs on FOX Monday nights at 8PM ET.