Warning: SPOILERS for Supergirl Season 3, Episode 14: "Schott Through the Heart."
This was a fun episode. I love the Toymaker -- even if he is technically dead. And Laurie Metcalf is a national treasure, so I love that it is now canon that she is Winn's mom.
A fun evening of karaoke turns south when the news reports that the Toymaker is dead. His funeral is just attended by our core group, with one added guest: Winn's mom, Mary. She abandoned him 20 years ago, so Winn is a little bit pissed off -- even when Mary tells him that it is because his father threatened to kill Winn if she ever went near him. The thought that with her former husband dead, it would be safe to find her son. Then Toymaker's coffin explodes. I guess it wasn't safe for Mary to come back.
Winn is understandably upset. He doesn't know how he is supposed to feel about his father's death: He was a psychopathic mass murderer, but he was his dad. And his mom is back, trying to make amends, but he hasn't seen or heard from her for 20 years. But luckily some flying robotic monkeys attack the DEO, so no one has time to deal with their feelings.
Supergirl crushes the flying monkeys, and Winn sets about trying to figure out who made these and who released them. Mary, trying perhaps too hard to get involved, pushes her son out of the way to examine the robo-monkey. She sees a logo on a panel that she recognizes as belonging to the Wiggins toy company. She pockets it, pretends she is going to go lie down and steals a gun from the armory. Naturally, she heads to the toy factory, where she is accosted by Jacqueline Nimball (Jack-be-nimble, get it?) and is caught in a giant arcade game claw. Nimball was taken under the Toymaker's wing in prison, and she agreed to help him carry out his revenge plot.
Nimball sends a transmission to the DEO, alerting Supergirl and the crew of what is going down. Supergirl, Mon-El, James, and Winn go to rescue Mary. They arrive to chaos, as Nimball releases killer toys: flying airplanes with bombs, flame-throwing Power Wheels, and a full-sized robotic T-rex. Nimball seals Supergirl in plastic, keeping her "mint in package," but the T-rex that Mon-El is fighting frees her.
While the supers are fighting toys, Winn goes to save his mom. Nimball points a gun at him, and he mocks her lack of theatricality. She yo-yos him around the neck; he finds a knife in the yo-yo and cuts her. Then Mary knocks Nimball out with the giant claw. All in all, it was a really fun battle (sorry, but exploding toys and giant robo-T-rexes are awesome).
Also in this episode:
- The most important part of the entire episode: The Silence of the Lambs reference. Mary calls Nimball "Buffalo Bill." Innocuous enough, but Nimball was played by Brooke Smith, who played Catherine Martin in Silence of the Lambs -- one of Buffalo Bill's victims.
- We find out that M'yrnn is in the early stages of dementia.
- Alex asks why J'onn chooses to take the face of an African-American. He explains that he doesn't want to have to change who he is to fit in.
- Kara rocks her karaoke version of Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" -- complete with the Robot.
- Winn finally warms up to his mom when she reveals the real reason they never made it to Disneyland when he was 9 (which he is still bitter over). It was a cover story. Mary was trying to escape to a domestic violence shelter. Winn's dad chased them, drove them off the road, and threatened Mary. Winn never saw the violent side of his dad; Mary had worked his whole life to hide it from him.
- Lena has been MIA for days. When James finally reaches her, she blames it on work. In actuality, she is with Sam, in some kind of ultra-high-tech medical room, trying to figure out what is going on with her.
- Mon-El reveals to Kara that Imra and Brainy landed in this time on purpose. The third world killer, Pestilence, eventually evolves into Blight. The idea is that if they can find her now, they can save everyone in the future.