After last week’s episode of CW’s Superman & Lois left us reeling from Lucy’s (Jenna Dewan) betrayal, we pick back up where we left off with “30 Days and 30 Nights”. General Lane (Dylan Walsh) awakens after being drugged by his daughter. Ally (Rya Kihlstedt) escapes, safely crossing over into the other world. The action wakes Clark (Tyler Hoechlin), who dons his Superman (Hoechlin) gear and dashes off to stop her. When he arrives, Ally is already gone. The soldier that aided Ally in the escape warns Superman he wouldn’t get through. Despite appearing to cause himself damage, Superman pushes through the portal to get to Ally.
A month has passed, and we see life in Smallville without Superman. We’re shown Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) waking up alone, Jordan (Alex Garfin) training with his grandfather, and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) working at the grocery store. When a plane nearly crashes, it is John Henry (Wolé Parks) who saves the day.
The polls open and the Kents are there to support Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui). However, the townspeople express their displeasure with Jonathan’s actions, causing the football season to end early.
Sarah (Inde Navarrette) attempts to find time to talk to Jordan since he spends most of his time training, but he hears a fire in the distance. Quickly dashing to save the day, Jordan flies for the first time to save Kyle (Erik Valdez). John Henry joins to save the day, recognizing Jordan.
Back at the polls, Natalie (Tayler Buck) explains to Sarah that today is the day her mother died. Her attempt to make her mother’s waffle recipe for breakfast went unnoticed by her father. When she’s back home, John realizes the source of his daughter is anger and apologizes. The two disagree on how to preserve their Lois’s memory.
As a result of finding out Jordan saved Kyle, Lois confronts him. They don’t see eye to eye on him filling in for Superman. Jordan tells her his grandfather has been training him.
Lois speaks with her father at the site of the fire. Sam (Walsh) assures her that life without Superman is only temporary. The two find a charred X- Kryptonite inhaler and they talk to Jonathan about getting the dealer’s name. Sam promises Candice (Samantha Di Francesco) immunity for information on the operation.
Jordan offers his super-hearing to help catch the dealers. Reluctantly, Lois agrees.
Sarah takes care of Kyle as he recuperates from the fire. She brings his belongings over to help him decorate and provides him with a reality check that this might be a permanent living arrangement.
John Henry reminisces about his Lois, watching the video of Nathalie’s birth.
Sam, Lois and Jordan go on a stakeout, using his hearing to aid them in their quest. Lois and Sam inspect the operation while Jordan stays in the car. Eventually, a member of the operation takes Lois and Sam hostage inside. They call out to Jordan for help, and without delay, he saves them both. Lois realizes that the X Kryptonite goes beyond Smallville.
The votes are in and Lana becomes the new mayor of Smallville. Sarah confronts Jordan about putting her first, and he’s unable to give her answers to what has been keeping him away. She gives back the necklace, breaking up with him.
John Henry makes amends with Natalie, making Lois’s waffle recipe for dinner and they watch home videos together.
While walking Candice home, Jonathan gets a headache. Back at the farm, Lois tells Jordan she’s proud of the hero he’s becoming. Jonathan approaches, but Lois immediately realizes it’s Bizarro Jonathan (Elsass). When questioned about Superman’s whereabouts, he simply says Superman was too late.
Superman & Lois “30 Days and 30 Nights” was a mild emotional rollercoaster. It’s difficult for everyone without Clark and Superman. Lois comes to terms with having a son with powers and decides when to let him, but seeing all that Clark has gone through has to have some bearing on why she is hesitant to let Jordan save the day.
Jordan really stepped up to keep Smallville safe. The town feels Superman’s absence, but John Henry and Jordan fill in while Superman is off-world.
I love the progression of Natalie and John Henry reconciling the life they had and the life of their present. Being in this world with a Lois, who isn’t their own, brings the grief to the forefront. John Henry’s approach was to move on, but for his daughter, he took a step back to remember and honor Lois. They are the only people who know and remember that Lois.
It was such a surprise to see Bizarro Jordan, and I was excited to see a quick glimpse of Superman at the end of the episode to show that he seemingly made it to Bizarro world in one piece. As always, this episode leaves us with more questions. The biggest of all being, can Superman truly stop Ally before her plans succeed?
Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on The CW. You can stream it the next day on The CW app.
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