Courtney Whitmore was more than a little green with envy in this week’s episode of DC’s Stargirl. Elsewhere, the ruthless and power-hungry Eclipso claimed his first victim!
Season 2’s second episode kicked off with a brief flashback to just six days ago, where Jennie, the young woman Court had just talked to in the kitchen, had in fact “aged” the Milwaukee group home where she’d lived. As a parting gift, the annoyingly perfect Jennie was given a lozenge that had been delivered to her long ago – containing a toy car that belonged to her brother Todd… and her father’s Green Lantern ring.
About now, late at night, to Whitmore-Dugan’s house, where Court is more than a little suspicious of the intruder who came to “steal” the Green Lantern. Jennie introduces herself to the whole family and explains that the lantern is hers, as Green Lantern Alan Scott’s daughter. Pat is a little surprised to meet another offspring of an OG JSA colleague, while Courtney feels a little less than, since as Stargirl she is not a real legacy.
Even worse, after crashing into the couch downstairs (so that a complete stranger with a dubious identity can sleep in your daughter’s bed, Barbara?), Court wakes up to find everyone raving about the breakfast Jennie has made. (My question: How delicious can pancakes be areWorse, Courtney can’t stay and keep an eye on Jennie because she has to go to summer school. A Silver Liner: Yolanda, despite pulling straight-Axis, is also in the class, which is led by art teacher Mr. Dysinger.
After school, Courtney and Yolanda stop by the pit stop and see Jennie spoiling Pat and the other JSA members with her Green Lantern ring, which Pat helped her gain more control by recognizing how her emotions affect the ring. Yolanda can’t help but return Jennie’s kindness at the introduction, but Court is more than a little brusque with the newcomer – to the point of Rick, Beth et al declaring “Not cool.” When Pat helps Courtney realize how much she and Jennie have in common, she makes nice. However, Jennie is triggered by the mention that she “has everything”, when all she wants to do is find her brother and she angrily knocks over the lantern and seemingly damages it. When the item starts to swell from the light, the kids run to the park around… I don’t know, fix it in public?
Pat has run to Richie’s Diner at this point, having been sent there by Barbara to kill a stranger named Richard Swift (played by the affair’and Jonathan Cake). Pat has just started collecting clues about the dashing, vintage Jaguar-driving Briton when he spots the panicked kids running outside and chasing them. At the park, Jennie is advised to use her emotions to calm the lantern, which at first seems to work. But when she fails to take him out, he erupts with a green energy wave that upsets everyone – especially Jennie herself, who is now able to fly amid a green energy bubble!
Sadly, that would be the last we see of Jennie in this episode, because as Court realizes upon waking the next morning and wanting to see her new boyfriend, Jennie packed up her things and left at night.
Elsewhere this week: An excited attempt by Bobbie Burman to leave her ghostly life with the late Dragon King was broken on her knees by Cindy who appeared on the doorstep of her house. Eclipso’s voice tried to force Bobbie to kill Cindy with a knife (and get her) woo girl life back), but Cindy fought back with her shivs. Eclipso then took over Cindy for a while, making the right side of her face purple and letting her use the black diamond to feed on Bobbie’s hatred and disintegrate her. (Or something like that.) Reclaiming her time and being horrified to see her stepmother turn into a pile… whatever, Cindy Eclipso made clear that would never happen again — or back in the box he goes!
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