This is the Lucifer episode we’ve been waiting for. The noir episode, “It Never Ends Well for the Chicken,” is the story of how the Devil got his ring. You know, the black ring Lucifer (Tom Ellis) always wears.
This is such a cool episode. Check out the noir photos below the recap.
This is the story of how the Devil got his ring, as told by Lucifer Morningstar to one Trixie Espinoza (Scarlett Estevez).
The year is 1946. Lucifer is in New York City visiting his really good friend, Lilith (Lesley-Ann Brandt). Lilith tells Lucifer that someone stole a precious ring from her. She asks Lucifer to find it for her, because he owes her a favor, a.k.a. birthing a demon army. Lucifer enlists the help of his old friend Jack Monroe, who looks exactly like Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). Jack isn’t really interested in looking for a ring, but Lucifer pays her a hefty price so she can’t refuse.
The first person they question is the bartender at the Garden Club, Gertie, who looks exactly like Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris). Gertie tells them that a husky fellow has been lurking around Lily’s dressing room. His name is Lucky Larry and if they find him they might find the ring. Jack tries to question a young man in the bar, but the young man doesn’t want to get in any trouble, so he tells Jack to meet him in the alley. When Jack gets to the alley, a couple of goons jump her. They even give her a black eye.
The goons belong to Tommy Stompanato, who looks exactly like Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia). Stompanato tells Jack to stop questioning people in her club. She tells Lucifer that he’s luck that he’s Lily’s friend and to stay away from her. Jack decides to call it a night and he goes home to his wife, Shirley. She looks exactly like Lucifer’s Mom, Charlotte (Tricia Helfer). Shirley tries to ask Jack about her black eye, but she doesn’t want to talk about it.
Someone knocks at their front door, and Jack answers it. It’s Lucky Larry. He takes one step inside the house and falls forward dead. Someone’s stabbed him in the back. Jack calls the cops and Lucifer. While Jack is on the phone with an informant, Lucifer starts flirting with Shirley. Shirley declines his advances, and Jack tells him to stay away from her wife. Jack finds out that Lucky Larry got beat up at the docks the night before. He was in a fight with the guy known as Willie the Sausage Prince.
Lily tells Gertie that she was married once to a guy name Adam. Adam’s family wasn’t too fond of her, and they kicked her out of the family. Before she left she took one stone from the garden, and she made it into a ring. As much as she didn’t like her life back then, she loved the garden, so that’s why she took it. Gertie is married. Her husband, Bill, fought in the war and is seriously injured. He’s in a hospital in Upstate New York. Gertie is desperate to find a way to make him better. Lily finds that sad and romantic.
Willy looks exactly like Dan (Kevin Alejandro). He’s heir to a bratwurst empire and he is a brat! He laughs when they accuse him of murder. He has an alibi, though. Willy hired an artist to paint his portrait as his favorite war heroes. He gives them Larry’s address.
When the duo gets to Larry’s apartment, Jack figures out how Larry was killed. Lucifer finds a cigar butt on the floor, and it’s the same brand that Stompanato was smoking when they met him in the alley. They surmise that Stompanato killed Larry for the ring so he could give it back to Lily. They go to Stompanato’s house but everyone is dead. Someone’s cut her heart out, and she has an hieroglyph drawn on her eye.
IT NEVER ENDS WELL FOR THE CHICKEN
Lucifer recognizes the hieroglyph as the Eye of Horus, a sacred ceremonial symbol. Jack knows of a place called The Secret Eye, and they go there to interview the store keeper. His name is Melvin the Magnificent and he looks exactly like Amenadiel (D. B. Woodside). Melvin tries to sell them the Ceremony of Anubis package and economy pack. The difference is a live chicken. It never ends well for the chicken.
While selling the economy pack, Melvin says that in the modern age men fear death. But the ancients knew that death meant power. That makes Lucifer and Jack think that Melvin killed Stompanato. He denies it and has an alibi. They think one of his customers may be the killer. Melvin says he sold so many maps to Lilith’s tomb that it could be anyone.
Lucifer breaks the bad news to Lilith, and she’s devastated. That ring is a reminder for Lilith of who she is and what she’s done, including birthing an army for Lucifer. He knows what she did for him and without her he would be alone somewhere. He can never repay her, and he’s truly sorry about the ring.
Lucifer asks why everyone thinks the ring makes her immortal. She says it’s because when she was with Montezuma, they thought she was a virgin and sacrificed her. She survived, and they wrote the miracle into history. Lilith wishes she could see the look on the thief’s face when they find out the ring doesn’t work. That statement gives Lucifer an idea.
They put the word out that the ring only works with a matching bracelet. They set up a sting in the club. Shirley joins in on the fun, but she tells Jack that she’s going to her mother’s afterward. The plan is for Lily to get on stage to sing. She will hand the bracelet to Shirley for safekeeping. Shirley will put it in Lily’s safe. Whoever took the ring should follow Shirley and then try to take the bracelet.
And that’s exactly what happens. Jack catches the thief red-handed, and it’s Willy the Sausage Prince. He killed Stompanato, and he has the ring. He hooks the ring to the bracelet, thinking he’s immortal now. Willy reveals that Larry sold the ring to Stompanato, but Willy didn’t hire Larry to steal it. Gertie did.
Gertie holds the room at gunpoint. She found out about the ring from Melvin the Magnificent, as did Willy. Gertie paid Larry to steal the ring. Stompanato paid Larry to get the ring back for Lily and killed Larry in the process. Willy killed Stompanato and performed a fake Egyptian ceremony on him to activate the ring. Got it?
Gertie wants the ring to save her husband. She knows it works, because she saw Lily get shot one night, several times. To prove it doesn’t work, Lucifer shoots Willy. Willy screams like a girl and falls to the floor. The amount of blood proves that the ring doesn’t work. Lily asks why Gertie would risk everything for a ring when she could have died. Gertie says she would rather die trying to save the man she loves than live forever without him.
Willy goes to jail, kicking and screaming. As for Gertie, Lily decides not to press charges. Jack bids Lucifer farewell and sees Shirley leaving the club. Her bus leaves at midnight, Jack says she still has time to catch it. Shirley walks away and Jack stops her. She suggests that they go to Shirley’s Mom’s together and they can talk on the way. Shirley is happy and kisses her husband.
Lilith has her ring back, but she’s not as happy as she thought she would be. She decides that she wants to be mortal. She observed everyone’s relationships, and realized that their connections mean something because they know there’s an end. Lilith blows her immortality into the ring and gives it to Lucifer.
Lucifer asks if she wants to say goodbye to her children, but she doesn’t. They can never know she gave up her immortality, because it might undo everything they learned in Hell. Her children are perfect, and they must never know that she gave up her immortality. Lily Rose kisses Lucifer and says goodbye.
Trixie is in awe of the ring, knowing it has Lilith’s immortality. Lucifer just thinks it’s special because it reminds him of an old friend. As for Jack and Shirley, Lucifer says they moved to Des Moines. Trixie likes to think they worked everything out and were happy.
Storytime is over, and Trixie thanks Lucifer for a fun night and gets in the elevator where Maze is waiting for her. She pays Trixie for the story. The next day, Maze finds Lily Rose (L. Scott Caldwell). Maze introduces herself, but Lily practically shuts the door in her face. She says she gave something a shot, and it didn’t work out. Maze asks why Lily abandoned her. Lily says she left so her children would be strong, and it worked. Maze looks like she doesn’t need anyone. Maze agrees and leaves.
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