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"High School Poppycock" is the fifteenth episode of the third season of Lucifer.


"When a best-selling novelist is murdered, Lucifer and Chloe discover that her books are based on real people from her past, and must infiltrate her high school reunion in order to catch her killer. Meanwhile, Amenadiel and Linda struggle with making their relationship public."[1]


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Lucifer has a dream about Chloe dying, and doubles down on his quest to help Pierce. When young adult author Kathleen Pike is murdered, he learns that her latest work may help him overcome his lack of ideas. Against Maze's wishes, Linda and Amenadiel continue their romance in secret (Maze is aware, however). With no leads, Chloe learns that the characters in Kathleen's books are based on people from her high school days, and Lucifer agrees to go undercover with her at an upcoming reunion to find the killer. Maze intentionally sets up Linda and Amenadiel on blind dates with herself and Todd, the man Lucifer impersonated, as revenge for their deception. It turns out that all of the party attendees have an alibi except for Todd, while Maze angrily storms out after Linda defends her actions. Todd explains that Kathleen had a different ending for her book from what her editor wanted, and Chloe uses that information to set a trap for him. Lucifer has a breakdown when he realizes that Kathleen's work was destroyed, and leaves. Linda breaks up with Amenadiel for Maze's sake. Lucifer throws Chloe her own "prom" so that she can move on from her nostalgia, and in the middle of it, he has an epiphany: to break Pierce's curse, he has to prevent the circumstances that caused it.



Guest Starring[]

  • Russell Wong as Vincent Green
  • Austin Basis as Todd Cornwell
  • Trevor Donovan as Max Evans
  • Julie Gonzalo as Jessica Johnson


  • Chasty Ballesteros as Isabel Deluca
  • Joseph Dixon as Ashley Collins
  • Sean Mann as Tristan Valenti
  • Francesca Santoro as Claire
  • Caryn Ward Ross as Emily Armantrout

Featured Music[]

  • "Only You" - Yazoo



  • Lucifer is the one who says the title name in the episode.
  • Lucifer's dream foreshadows "Save Lucifer", with the exception of Chloe dying.
  • Ella mentions she's writing a book about a forensic scientist who sees ghosts. This can be interpreted as foreshadowing for "Boo Normal", where we learn that Ella sees Azrael, who she falsely thinks is a ghost. This was also possibly hinted at in "Vegas with Some Radish", where Ella casually mentions that she started counting cards to drown out the voices.
  • Among the various crimes in the series, the motive for the murder in this episode is among the quite ridiculous. The editor didn't like how a book series was going to end, so he killed the author when she refused to go with what he thought was the "right" ending. Talk about Misery inspired craziness.



Season 3