Lucifer: Yabba Dabba Do Me
September 11, 2021 8:11 AM - Season 6, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Loony Lucifer and cartoon Chloe find themselves trapped in an animated loop. Amenadiel prepares for his new job. And...

Dan returns to the city of angels.

Den of Geek recap: Amenadiel begins his police officer training, and a mysterious angel appears on Lucifer. - "Unlike the series’ titular character, Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson clearly embraces taking risks with his Netflix fantasy series. Having successfully navigated the potential pitfalls of a musical episode, Henderson brilliantly adds animation to the show’s resume with the delightful, yet insightful “Yabba Dabba Do Me.” However, it’s the episode’s bombshell conclusion that promises to take Lucifer on an emotional journey he did not expect to have to confront."

*Amenadiel's has his first training day with Officer Sonya Harris (Merrin Dungey), who has a reputation for making trainees wash out, and Maze commits some vandalism to get arrested by him, but Harris turns out to be 'one of the good ones' and Maze was trying to help Amenadiel not haze him after all.

*Dr. Linda is writing a book 'Sympathy for the Devil: My Time with Lucifer Morningstar'. She uses the pretense of their therapy session to get details for the book, leading Lucifer to decide that dirtbag record producer Jimmy Barnes from episode 1 is the perfect next candidate for Lucifer's next attempt to help someone he doesn't like.

*Barnes died a year ago, so Lucifer goes to Hell to find him, and Chloe convinces Lucifer to bring her with him. They get trapped in Jimmy's hell loop, a cartoonified version of Barnes' interrupted wedding. But eventually Lucifer gets to the heart of Jimmy's true hell, which was being abandoned by his mother, and gifts him a reversal of the loop to the point before she left, and Lucifer realizes his growing to care about Carol and now Jimmy isn't a failure but a sign that maybe he'll be up to the God job after all. Chloe wants to visit Dan before they leave, but they find his purgatory ping-pong room empty.

*The magenta-winged angel brings Dan to the penthouse moments after Lucifer's departure. Dan tries to warn Lucifer of the danger, but Magenta is unsurprised by his betrayal, as she also double-crossed him by neglecting to mention that Dan would just be an unsubstantial ghost back on Earth.

*Lucifer returns to the penthouse and is surprised at Dan's appearance, and then by the angel with the magenta (sharp-bladed) wings, who he does not recognize, and who claims to be his daughter.
posted by oh yeah! (9 comments total)
I wasn't expecting the daughter twist, interesting. Since Amenadiel+Linda=apparently human baby, I wonder who/what Lucifer procreated with to produce a celestial baby.

And yay for ghost Dan in LA! I imagine only the celestial characters will be able to see him, potential for some very angsty scenes of him not being seen by Chloe and Trixie (where's Trixie already anyway?).

I feel like some of Chloe's voiceover work was kind of... not great? But the animation was good overall.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:18 AM on September 11, 2021

Nice touch: as Chloe reaches for the door to Barne's cartoon hell, the soundtrack picks out the music for "Killing Me Softly".
posted by Mogur at 11:48 AM on September 11, 2021

That wasn't Jimmy Barnes's door, that was a different door, which we can assume was Lucifer's old hell loop room that we saw in 2x13.
posted by kmz at 2:58 PM on September 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

I get why things are the way they are for storytelling reasons, but it's weird in context since Malcolm was most certainly not a ghost after he was plucked from hell.
posted by wierdo at 1:14 AM on September 12, 2021

Ahh! You're right, kmz!
posted by Mogur at 2:26 AM on September 12, 2021

Malcolm's soul was plucked from hell and put back into his body though, while Dan's body is decomposed/gone already.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:22 AM on September 12, 2021

Add to my "Sooner or later, every show does a musical episode" and "Sooner or later, every show does a bodyswap episode", I am now adding "Sooner or later, every show does animation" (or in the case of Legends of Tomorrow, muppetry)
posted by Mogur at 8:46 AM on September 12, 2021 [3 favorites]

Not super sold on the animation segments... One of my least favorite non-season 3 moments.

But damn that resolvement hit me so hard on so many levels.
posted by Jacen at 10:33 AM on September 13, 2021

Lucifer trapped in cartoon hell seems fitting. Actually getting to why Jimmy made his poor life choices was interesting. Wouldn't have expected them to bring that back from S1.

I still want to know how angels randomly impregnate anyway, but especially how Lucy's sperm finally worked after depositing them in a billion ladies over however long.
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:47 PM on December 19, 2021

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