Friends, I want to take a moment to discuss that last scene in this past Sunday’s Supergirl, “The Missing Link.” You know the one — where Lena, metaphorical cap in hand, visits her ex-best-friend, Kara, and apologizes for doing literally everything wrong. She stands what feels like miles away from the best person in her life and tearfully explains how she’s become her own nightmare.
She has honestly had what is probably one of the worst days of her life. She’s just gone toe-to-toe with her brother after realizing this project she’s poured her heart and soul into — a project she created so she could stop feeling the pain of her best friend’s betrayal — won’t and will never work. She finds out that Lex knew this all along, after he throws it in her face, screaming at her like a child. She lets his words deflect off of her, her perfect makeup and sharp clothing acting like a protective armor. She must have felt like her world was ending, but she refused to let him see it.
Picture it — she heads home from the altercation, taking a shower to wash the stench of him and the prison off. She chooses clothes with shaking hands, trying to decide what to wear to admit to her best friend that she has, in fact, become the villain she never wanted to be. Does she choose one of her Fortune 500 suits? Or even one of those Dr. Wendy Carr cosplay outfits that I love so much? No. No, she does not.
She heads to the place in National City where she’s likely had her best memories — game night, holidays, just casual nights in with her best friend — and she dresses accordingly. She wears…jeans.
That’s right, Lena Luthor, billionaire CEO and former owner of Catco Magazine throws on a casual pant and begs for forgiveness from the first person whose feelings about her had nothing to do with her last name.
I know it’s just a pair of pants, but it really struck me. I think she chose to be casual and comfortable because she knew she didn’t need the kind of confidence her usual armor provides for that conversation. She needed the confidence of feeling loved by Kara Zor-el, the love she has felt a thousand times in that bright, sunny loft. She knew she had no one to impress, because just being herself has always been enough for Kara.
And so, like for every single other thing in Lena’s life, she dressed accordingly.
Fashion aside, Katie [McGrath] and Melissa [Benoist] broke me in this scene. It was arguably one of the best scenes in the series for me, definitely for this season, and has given me hope for what’s to come — hope I wasn’t sure I would have again.
It seems that the smartest person in National City has finally realized who her real friends are, and she’s finally overcome the huge betrayal of who she thought was her family. I know it’s not going to be all board games and boy bands from here on out, but I finally feel like one of my favorite relationships on the show is moving towards a good place.
Not today, not tomorrow, and almost definitely not Sunday, but…soon.
Supergirl airs Sundays at 9:00pm ET on the CW and Showcase.
Monica is a queer fangirl who lives in Pittsburgh with her wife and cat. She cohosts a Wynonna Earp podcast called There’s Something in the Heir, her favorite Buffy episode is “Doppelgangland,” and one of her favorite TV couples is Ben and Leslie. You can find her shouting about strong female characters and queer representation @lesbiyinzer on Twitter.