"Supergirl" Has Her Own "Superman III" Moment in "Falling"

Mon, March 14th, 2016 at 7:07pm PST | Updated: March 14th, 2016 at 10:27pm

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Allison Shoemaker, Contributing Writer
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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for tonight's episode of "Supergirl," "Falling," which has not aired on the west coast as of publication.


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If you're reading this, here's hoping you've already caught tonight's episode of "Supergirl." If not, this would be a good time to stop reading and check back with us when you've caught up.

In "Falling," Kara comes up against one of her toughest enemies yet: herself. Early in the episode, Supergirl stumbles across some red kryptonite (here created and inadvertently deployed by a surprisingly remorseful Maxwell Lord), and it brings out some of the worst, most unpleasant impulses the heroine has otherwise buried. Some of these moments aren't much fun -- she goes toe to toe with Hank Henshaw, threatens Cat, has a distressingly ugly conversation with sister Alex, and generally finds a chance to be cruel to basically everyone in her life -- but a few are. One such moment continues the playful knack that "Supergirl" has for referencing other stories in the "Superman" universe.

After the aforementioned showdown with Alex, Supergirl heads to a bar to blow off some steam. While we don't see her take the shots that made for one of the best GIFs ever GIF-ed, the moment's a clear and unexpected homage to "Superman III," Richard Lester's oft-maligned 1983 film that sees the hero battling his own personal demons after coming in contact with a synthetic, man-made Kryptonite. Kara runs into quite a lot of trouble after the brief scene, but while she's in the bar, she's just an alien girl venting her frustrations one flicked peanut and exploded liquor bottle at a time.

Check out CBR's full recap of "Falling", and watch the original scene from "Superman III" below.

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