The first part of Supergirl’s season has been focused on Kara finally embracing who she really is and enjoying every moment of that. Well, tonight’s episode finds the people around her, mainly James, Winn, and Hank, grappling with who they are, what they want, and whether or not they are ready for the world to see who they are.
“Childish Things” kicks off with a prison break. Winslow Schott Sr. (Henry Czerny) — a.k.a Toyman, a.k.a. Winn’s crazy father — escapes from a maximum security by using a yo-yo with blades. He’s been serving time for killing six people with a blow-up teddy bear. The bomb was meant for his boss, Chester Dunholz, who stole his toy ideas, but the boss’ assistant opened the package first.
Naturally, the FBI shows up at CatCo the next day to question Winn, which surprises everyone because no one there, not even HR, decided to do a simple Google search. It’s like Winn doesn’t work in an office filled with journalists. But, I digress. The windbreaker-clad feds question Winn and ask him if he knows where his father might be hiding or if his father has tried to contact him. Winn tells them no, like a liar. Winn confides in Kara that his father left a toy on his desk with a message to meet him at their favorite place. Taking note of Kara’s concern, Winn fesses up to the feds, and the feds decide to set up a sting.
(ASIDE: Toyman’s return brings Kara and Winn together for some much needed bonding time. Since the show’s series premiere, we haven’t gotten enough Kara-Winn time. It’s mostly been Kara-Winn-James time. END ASIDE)
Meanwhile, James and Lucy are having some relationship troubles. Cat offered Lucy a job as CatCo’s general counsel (in one of my favorite Cat Grant scenes), and Lucy really wants to take it, especially after finding out that 90 percent of CatCo companies are run by women. Unfortunately, James isn’t as excited about working in the same building with her as she would like. She, like the viewers, assume this is because he’s still unsure about their relationship.
Wearing a wire, Winn heads to the meeting location, which is obviously an abandoned arcade and amusement park. When he arrives, he finds a doll that says “I love you. Do you love me?” which is actually very fitting for tonight’s episode. Eventually, he finds his father, who is very pleased to see his son. However, the FBI interrupts their little reunion with guns blazing. Sadly, Toyman isn’t actually there and was using some kind of hologram/glass contraption. Toyman was prepared for this trap and starts to fill the arcade with some kind of toxic gas, but Supergirl arrives in time and saves everyone.
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Czerny is actually perfectly cast as Toyman. After years of playing the sinister Conrad Grayson on Revenge, he was more than prepared for this role, which finds him dialing Conrad’s creepiness up to 100 as he projects his worst qualities onto his son in the hope that it willl bring them together. At one point he tells Winn that they both share “that genius lesser humans call madness.” You believe Czerny is off his rocker.
Witnessing this encounter between his father and the FBI has Winn worried that the FBI will kill his father if they find him first. Obviously, Winn is conflicted about this. On one hand, he’s disgusted by his father’s actions, but on the other, it’s his father. Kara agrees to help Winn find his father before the FBI. But their conversation is cut short by a text from Cat, summoning Kara back to the office.
At some point in between offering Lucy Lane a job and now, Cat decided to use Google and found out that Toyman’s son works for her. She asks Kara to set up an interview with him, but Kara quickly shuts that down. Surprisingly, Cat backs down without any pushback. Their conversation turns to Lucy’s job offer, and Cat reveals that she’s not blind and has picked up on whatever is going on between James and Kara.
Winn examines the doll his father left for him and figures out his father is hiding out in his old toy company’s warehouse. Supergirl flies out to catch him but fails because of he traps her in quicksand. Yes, quicksand. She uses her freeze breath to free herself, but by that time, he’s fled the scene.
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