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When we last left Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and Mon-El (Chris Woods), they were all but set to seal the deal. As expected, the deal was indeed sealed, albeit off-screen. Mon-El wakes up in post-sex happy mode the morning after, only to find himself alone in Kara’s bed. Before self-doubt starts to take hold, though, Supergirl reappears with some coffee and a big smile on her face. While Mon-El slept, Supergirl did what real superheroes do: She thwarted a few petty crimes and saved a few lives on her way back from the cafe. All seems super-right with Supergirl’s world: She’s keeping National City safe from dangers domestic and foreign (and alien). She has a day job she apparently loves as a reporter for CatGo Media (though we’ve barely seen her at work in recent episodes), and she’s connected on a deep emotional and physical level with Mon-El (maybe not emotionally). It helps that she doesn’t break Mon-El’s nose when they kiss, a problem apparently suffered by Kara’s human suitors.

Kara’s day only gets better, though, when the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) discovers a once dormant Cadmus facility has gone back online. Before long Supergirl and J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), also known as Supergirl’s “fly guy” descend on a souped-up, well-armed convoy. They expect to fight space-tech weaponry. Instead, they find Kara’s long-lost adopted father, Jeremiah (Dean Cain), chained up in the back of a trailer. Not surprisingly, it’s happy reunion time for the Danvers clan. Alex (Chyler Leigh), DEO agent extraordinaire and Hank’s second-in-command, couldn’t be happier with her biological father’s return. Kara and Alex’s mother, Eliza (Helen Slater), reluctantly welcomes Jeremiah’s return, but wants to ease back into their relationship slowly. It’s Mon-El, however, who raises multiple red flags about Jeremiah returning to their lives, especially with Jeremiah’s news of a new attack by Cadmus, the alien-hating, super-secret org led by prison escapee Lilian Luthor (Brenda Strong). Something about the ease of his rescue doesn’t sit right with Mon-El.

Mon-El’s 100% right, of course, but Supergirl and Alex can’t look past their emotions, at least not initially. Mob-El’s vocal doubts about Jeremiah’s return threatens his future with Supergirl. It takes old reliable Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), Kara’s long time friend, to convince her something’s amiss with the how and why of Jeremiah’s return. By the time she comes around, though, she’s off chasing a phantom nuclear weapon, leaving the DEO exposed and only Hank and Winn to safeguard the DEO’s super-secret alien registry. They fail, utterly and completely, leaving Supergirl and friends to clean up a major, not to mention bone-headed, mess based on misplaced trust. Maybe next time, Supergirl, Alex, and Hank won’t let another long-lost relative free, unsupervised reign within the DEO’s facilities.

Not a chance. Where there’s a will (scriptwriters, we mean), there’s a way (characters shedding IQ points as needed). The loss of the alien registry plays into next week’s episode presumably pitting Supergirl and friends, alien and human alike, against Cadmus, Lilian, and Lilian’s Henchman No. 1, Cyborg Superman (David Harewood in a dual role). Let’s just say that Supergirl and it’s producers aren’t being particularly subtle in ramping up the pro-alien, pro-immigrant forces on one (good) side and the anti-alien, anti-immigrant forces on the other (bad/evil) side. In the meantime, though, we’re here to root for Supergirl to find some personal stability, with or without a romantic partner to fulfill her desire for conventional coupling. Alas, James “Don’t Call Me Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) was sidelined once again, but maybe he’ll get a few minutes of screen time next week or the week after that when his superhero persona, the Guardian, makes a less than needed appearance.

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