The missing kids take a backseat this week due to Jefferson being framed for a crime, and Gambi attempts to redeem himself with the Pierce family. Here’s our recap of “Black Jesus: The Book of Crucification”!
In the new facility where the bodies of the children are being held, Kara shows up and asks if everything is okay.
One pod is having trouble, but the doctor says they’ll fix it. Kara tells him if he loses one more person, she’ll have to acquire more subjects.
In another part of town, Black Lightning and Thunder are kicking ass, with Gambi’s help, to take down the facilities.
Thunder opens the door, but the kids have been moved from there. What’s in that room is a ton of weapons that could take down Black Lightning.
Jefferson wants Gambi to check the satellites, but the ASA has figured out Gambi’s plan and somehow disabled the electrical tracking. He wants both of them to come back, but Jefferson torches the building with the weapons first.
Kara is walking to her car when she gets a phone call. She is telling whoever is on the phone that most of the kids are stable, but one of the ASA’s armories was blown up.
Kara tells Proctor again that there’s no way Jefferson Pierce could be Black Lightning, but she agrees to help him take down Jefferson.
Back in Gambi’s cave, he tells Jefferson and Anissa that he’ll use a radio signal to find the pods. When he knows something, Jefferson tells him to tell him, but he wants to get out of his suit. This leaves Gambi alone with Anissa.
She tells him looks awful and even points out the severity of his injuries. Then she questions him on his injuries and he tells her to ask her dad about them. Then warns her about the ASA.
“The ASA will be looking for us. All of us.”
Gambi tells Anissa to make sure that Jefferson uses his instincts and she needs to help him make rational decisions.
Meanwhile, Kara (hiding behind some plastic and chain link fence, tells Cayman that everything he needs is in the trashcan in front of him. She obviously putting things into motion to frame Jefferson with the help of the crooked Freeland PD.
“This needs to be legitimate and fast. Tomorrow if possible.”
“Okay, speedy warrants. Got it. Who’s the target?”
Cayman’s face is like…dammit. He knows there will be serious repercussions because of this arrest.
— Black Lightning (@blacklightning) April 5, 2018
Anissa asks Jefferson what happened to Gambi. When he tells her that Gambi was tortured to find out the identity of Black Lightning, Anissa points out that Gambi didn’t say anything, so they can trust him.
“So, he says the ASA is gonna be looking to kill us.”
“So then I don’t know, shouldn’t we all just get along?”
“”Can we all just get along?””
“No. Rodney King asked, “Can we all get along?” See, it’s an existential question rather than a directive.”
“Okay. So can we? I don’t know.”
The pods are starting to malfunction, and one says “Not Viable”. The doctor goes to check, and the kidnap victim is dead.
Jefferson gets to work the next day, and he’s greeting kids as they walk into the school. Anissa and Jennifer are arguing over who gets to drive to school. The girls stop and say hi, tells Anissa to keep an eye on Jennifer.
In class, Jefferson is talking to a group of young men when sirens start wailing. They all watch from the windows as the cops show up at the school.
They search Jefferson’s car while everyone watches from the windows, including Jennifer who is in another class. It’s obvious that they’re planting evidence because of what Kara told them, and they find a bunch of Green Light in his car and then find it in his desk.
When Jefferson tells them that this is ridiculous and that they can’t just come in his office, they pull their guns and ask if he’s resisting. He raises his hands.
“I am not resisting. I am complying.”
Then they push him against the wall and handcuff him.
Jennifer runs out of her class and calls for him. He sees that she’s about to lose it, so he talks to her slowly and tells her to be calm. She has her fists clenched at her side. The kids that he was in class with block the doorway and refuse to let them leave with Mr. Pierce.
“Well, ya’ll, not just gonna take Mr. Pierce.”
“Look, son, this ain’t no rap video. Step aside.”
“Hey, look, my daddy name is Lamont, and you damn sure don’t look like a Lamont.”
“Tavon. No one wants to see another black man in cuffs today. Well, you wanna help? Keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing and make sure all the other students do the same. Can I count on you? I didn’t hear you, Tavon.”
“Yes, sir. You can count on me.”
Kara stands off to the side, and she’s guilty as hell.
As he’s being loaded into the car, Anissa rushes towards him, and she’s about to use her powers when he tells her to stop. Her job now is to take care of everyone here while he’s gone.
The cop car pulls away from the school, and Jefferson looks out of the back glass and sees his daughters and Kara standing there watching, along with all the school.
At the police station, Henderson sees as Jefferson is brought in, and he stops Cayman. He tells him that he wants to see the search warrant they got for Jefferson Pierce.
— Black Lightning (@blacklightning) April 4, 2018
Henderson isn’t happy with Jefferson being arrested, and he doesn’t hold back when it comes to the Cayman. You know that Henderson isn’t letting his go.
“Jefferson Pierce is one of the most distinguished members of this community.”
“Was. Then we discovered he’s a drug dealer operating out of a school. I have to give him credit. Smart way to corner the market.”
“You don’t believe that your damn self.”
“Tread lightly, Inspector. Don’t be blinded by personal feelings.”
“My eyes are wide open.”
“Good. I’d hate to see anything happen to you.”
“You gotta bring ass to get ass. Don’t forget that.”
At school, Anissa and Jennifer are walking around the school while Kara is talking on the intercom. She’s telling them to get through the day in a way that will make Principal Pierce proud, and to remember they’re the future.
Then she logs in to her super secret ASA email. Jefferson will be taken to a black site where they will verify if he’s Black Lightning or not.
In jail, Jefferson gets book in and his mug shots taken. As well as fingerprints. They push him against the wall and use way too much force. So much force, he has to pull back his powers.
He goes through all the degrading processes of being placed in jail, and I really, really wanted him to burn it all down.
On the television at the station, the news is relaying the information that Jefferson Pierce was arrested at Garfield High with a large amount of controlled substance in his possession. Lynn arrives and says that she needs to Jefferson Pierce.
She’s asked for her ID and tells the officer at reception that she’s his ex-wife. The woman hands Lynn her wallet back and tells her that she can’t help him. When Lynn asks to speak to Inspector Henderson, he shows up behind her and leads her to another hallway.
Lynn tells him that something really bad could happen to Jefferson in there, and Henderson asks if she trusts him.
“No, but Jefferson does.”
Anissa arrives at Gambi’s and tells him that she’s suiting up and getting her dad out. Gambi talks her down because if she reveals her secret identity, she’d be putting her mom and Jennifer at risk.
Gambi tells her that the ASA can push buttons in local law enforcement, and this isn’t a good thing. They need to lay low. Jefferson could get out of that jail if he wanted to anyway.
If Jefferson is moved from the prison unexpectedly, he’ll be taken to a black site and then killed.
“What we need to do is prove that Jefferson Pierce isn’t Black Lightning.”
“How do we do that?”
In jail, Henderson goes in and talk to Jefferson. He releases him and tells him that there are ears everywhere. Henderson tells him that they’re checking his clothes for traces of Green Light.
“There not going to find anything.”
“You’d be surprised at what they can find.”
Henderson brings up Lala, and Jefferson says that he just used his relationship with Lala to make sure Garfield was off limits. Henderson asks him why the 100 broke into Garfield then and took his daughters.
“Henderson, I’m being set up.”
“Who would want to set you up?”
Before the questions can go further, the dick cop comes in with transfer orders.
“I have a transfer order above your pay grade and mine.”
“Hell if I know. It’s a national security directive, but I wouldn’t wanna be you.”
We see the news reporting on Jefferson Peirce’s arrest.
Two people are saying it’s unreal to think that Mr. Pierce would be selling drugs, and an old, white lady latches onto the “Black Jesus” nickname and says that it’s just awful that he has kids call him that.
Instead of accurately reporting the news, the newscaster then goes on to say:
“Shock, disbelief, and disillusionment.”
Completely disregarding the two people’s opinions WHO KNEW HIM.
Lynn turns off the T.V and answers her phone. Henderson is telling her that the Feds are transferring Jefferson, and he doesn’t know why they’re doing it.
“The order came. They’re moving Jefferson.”
Anissa and Gambi are rolling the dice on a experimental technology to try and prove that Jefferson isn’t Black Lightning.
Gambi tells Anissa that one misstep could ruin everything.
“There won’t be a misstep.”
At the old Pierce home, Lynn is telling Jennifer that it’s okay to be strong and scared at the same time. Jennifer is completely broken by what’s happening to her dad, and she’s been through so much that this is a tipping point for her.
“What if daddy never comes home.”
— Black Lightning (@blacklightning) April 7, 2018
At the jail, Henderson tries to get Jefferson to talk to him about why he would have anything to do with national security, but Jefferson won’t tell him anything.
“Yeah, I’m still gonna help you. I was just hoping you’d make it a little easier for me.”
Later, Henderson calls in another cop, Glennon, and basically says, “I caught your ass.” This man took a very large bribe, and Henderson tells him that he doesn’t want him…he wants Cayman, the Deputy Chief.
Glennon sits down and Henderson is about to get to the bottom of all this.
Kara is out trying to find kids who are showing powers after taking Green Light, but she hasn’t found any yet. Her luck is about to change big time, though…
Thunder is out and about and she’s got a Black Lightning hologram with her, so that people don’t get suspicious about his disappearance.
That’s when Kara’s detector goes off, and the ASA starts chasing Anissa.
With some legit awesome help from Gambi, they seem to have proven that Jefferson has nothing to do with Black Lightning.
Kara looks happy about this because she isn’t sentencing Jefferson to death, but we can’t like her because she’s trying to kidnap and hurt kids. You’re going to need to redeem yourself a bit more Kara…
On her secure computer link, Kara sends a message to the ASA asking for Jefferson to be released since it’s obvious he’s not Black Lightning, but their response is less than friendly:
“Your job is to monitor and facilitate.”
She tells them that he’s not the target, but they don’t care.
“Just do your job.”
Henderson opens Jefferson cell and hands him his clothes.
“Glennon admitted to planting the evidence. You’re being cleared for release.”
Jefferson looks extremely relieved and thanks him, but then Chief Cayman shows up and tells Henderson that he’s thrown away his job by letting Jefferson free.
Henderson and Cayman walk out, and then Henderson pushes him against a wall and tells him that Glennon told him an awful lot once he got to talking, and it was mainly about Cayman.
“I’m embarrassed that it took me this long to do the right thing, start weeding this place of all the rot, but once Detective Glennon got going, he had an awful lot to say, mainly about you.”
“Don’t play cop games with me.”
“You know, who knew you were smart enough to seek out some shell corporations, but dumb enough to leave the paperwork in your house? You’re under arrest. The officer will read you your rights.”
“You’re making a mistake, Henderson.”
Henderson arrests Cayman for all his dirty cop behavior and bribe taking and it’s FANTASTIC!
At the Pierce home, everyone is very happy to see Jefferson is home. They hug and laugh, but pretty quickly someone knocks on the door. Anissa gets her power ready and so does Jefferson.
Jefferson thanks him for what he did, and Gambi tells him he’s especially proud of the self-driving van. Then they have a very heartfelt moment.
“Jefferson, I look..I don’t know how things are going to be, moving forward. I don’t expect you to forgive me.”
“I might not be able to, but I still can’t forget what you’ve done for me. For my family.
I want to find a new balance.”
On the news, it shows everyone that Jefferson was cleared of all charges. Then it goes to Henderson giving a press conference, and he’s now the Deputy Chief.
“This is a new day in Freeland. For years, good folk have suffered from over or under-policing, from police brutality instead of public safety, and from corruption rather than professionalism. I am of this community, from this community, and devoted to this community. With the support of the Police Chief, I embrace my new role as Deputy Chief, and I promise the people of Freeland a better police department.”
Gambi says grace before dinner at the Pierce home, and everything seems to be on the upswing, but we all know that can’t last for long.
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