I’ve heard of “eat your heart out,” but this is ridiculous.
Supergirl’s lone February outing finds our heroes tracking down a heart-eating, jewel-swiping symbiote in the midst of heart-and-roses Valentine’s Day.
First things first, though, RIP (forever, hopefully) to James and Lena’s relationship. En route to a romantic Paris getaway, Lena tells James that the government wants to partner with her on her research to super-charge humans.
James loathes the idea of her research being weaponized and tells her she’s better than that, at which point, Lena’s driver barely comes to a rolling stop to boot him out of the car. Lena ends the episode more isolated than ever, and she agrees to go into business with the government. She looks fabulous the whole time, of course.
In the main storyline, the Danvers sisters visit J’onn’s new PI shop—Alex thinks it’s her first visit sob sob—and find it awash in V-Day goodies from grateful alien clients. As they munch on marshmallow roses, Alex talks about how much she’s put her life on hold, even though she hoped assuming control of the DEO would lead to more stability. But she’s not dating, and she never did finish her adoption application.
Kara suggests she act as Alex’s wingwoman at Nia’s Valentine’s party that night, but a call about a meteor collision site and a slew of bodies pull Alex away. Kara’s bereft to be left behind, but at least she has chocolate to soothe her.
The villain of the week seems to have a sweet tooth for human hearts and gems and precious metals. Also, it shed its skin, leading Brainy to suggest that it underwent a metamorphosis, which relieves him. “I would much rather face that than anything snake-like, which I do have a deep phobia about, much as any rational being would.”
But Brainy’s distracted. Earlier, he stopped by Nia’s, awkwardly offered his condolences on her mother’s death, and offered to train her. She declined, and even though he intentionally shoved her party decorations to the floor, she invited him to the party. Now, he’s trying to figure out a good gift to give her to express his interest, assuring Alex that even 85 percent of his focus on DEO business is the equivalent of a very capable CSI team.
It turns out, J’onn’s new case overlaps with the DEO’s. He’s investigating the disappearance of Anthony Stuart, the director of Alien Affairs, and turns up at CatCo to suggest he and Kara pool their resources. He also compliments the office redesign, and while I didn’t see a big difference, Kara agrees that it looks like a real newsroom—you know, like The Washington Post. Their research leads them to believe that Stuart was having an affair with Madison Sinclair, a diamond broker, so they head to her place to see if he’s there.
And he’s there all right, along with Madison. Both of their hearts are missing. Then the DEO storms in, pursuing the heart-eater. Big sis tries to protect little sis from the crime scene, and little sis covertly X-rays the place and then “bumbles” open a hidden panel concealing a safe. Madison’s diamonds are gone, so Alex swabs the venom that dissolved the metal door and everybody heads to Nia’s party, where Brainy can analyze it for clues.
Nia and roommate Yvette’s party’s in full swing, and Alex bumps into one of her dates from her oats-sowing days. Kara encourages them to catch up. Becca, whose name Alex can’t recall (awkward!), is all smiles and asks how Alex’s adoption process is going. Alex stammers that she dropped the ball, just like she was too busy to call Becca for another date all those months ago.
Kara, meanwhile, chats with the still-mourning Nia and encourages her to honor her mother’s wishes and fight for good, regardless of her sister’s anger. Then Brainy pops up to announce the results of his venom analysis, which he conducted in a closet, where he was hiding from the dance-crazy Yvette.
He found human DNA belonging to Pamela Ferrer comingled with the alien venom. Kara’s ready to roll out, and Alex reluctantly agrees she can come along to Pamela’s provided J’onn stays by her side.
They arrive at Pamela’s place, where Brainy admits that his distraction prevented him from realizing that the alien would become a symbiote with a human host. And sure enough, ol’ Pamela turns up with a fanged snake that shoots out of her neck to spray smaller snakes all over the room.
So the hearts were for the alien, and the jewels were for the human thief, who declares, “We are Menagerie.” Kara stealthily blows the snakes away from Alex, while Alex freaks over Kara possibly getting bitten. (Next page: Dreamer suits up!)