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"It Never Ends Well for the Chicken" is the fourth episode of the fifth season of Lucifer.[1]


The year is 1946. The world is black and white. And Lucifer is the star of his own noir detective story featuring familiar characters in new roles.


Trixie arrives at Lux in time for game night as customary for Lucifer, Trixie and Chloe. Lucifer is sad to see that the Detective has not attended, and questions Trixie over this, and if it has any connection to the fact that she was a gift from God — Trixie is unaware of the significance, but declines to answer, instead opting for Lucifer to tell her a story.

Lucifer begins telling Trixie a story about Lucifer being the star of his own noir film in 1946. In the story, he tells Trixie about an infamous singer, Lilith, the mother of all demons and, more importantly, Mazikeen. Lilith is upset that her ring is missing, and enlist Lucifer’s help in getting in back, which he happily obliges to.

He stops off at a private investigator, Jack Monroe, but is quickly made to switch the narrative to a female version when Trixie remarks that she would like gender equality; Chloe becomes the role of Jack instead.

The two of them attend a club where Gertie, the bartender, hands them some interesting facts about a man named Lucky Larry who was seen hanging around Lily’s room the night of the theft. Jack and Lucifer leave for the alleyway where they’re confronted by the club’s owner, Stompanato, who warns them about asking questions in his club in future.

Later that night, Jack is seen returning home where his strained marriage with Shirley is broadcast. The two try to converse, but Jack is unwilling to enter into a pleasant conversation, and they are interrupted by Larry, who shows up at their doorstep with a knife in his back. Jack explains that Larry had an argument with William Kincannon at the docks previously, and that they will arrest him the following day. When Lucifer questions the difficulties in Shirley and Jack’s relationship, it is revealed that Shirley was a “call-girl”, which bothers Jack, but he loves her too much to leave.

Jack and Lucifer question William, he reveals that he bought several pieces of stolen property from Larry, but does not accept responsibility for killing him or stealing the ring from him. He does, however, provide the address from where he bought goods from.

Lucifer and Jack arrive at the location, and they are able to paint a vivid picture of how the struggle, and stabbing, of Larry played out. They surmise that Stompanato could be responsible for the death of Larry, as he wanted the ring to give to Shirley. They arrive at his mansion to find he has been murdered and his heart has been removed, and an egyptian hieroglyph has been drawn on one of his eyes.

Lucifer is instantly able to recognise the symbol as the Eye of Horus, which leads them to an occult store. They question the owner about heart-removal ceremonies, however the owner, Melvin the Magnificent, is unwilling to offer them information for free, and instead offers them differing price points worth of information. Melvin denies having stolen the ring nor killed Stompanato, but tells the two that he has numerous buyers lined up if they should ever find the ring.

Lucifer apologises to Lilith that he couldn’t retrieve her ring, and she becomes increasingly agitated, citing that the ring reminds her why she did what she did over the years. Lucifer reminds Lilith that he is grateful that she sent her children to form an army, as without them he would’ve been alone forever. Lilith explains how the link between immortality and the ring came to be, and Lucifer remarks that he has an idea to get the ring back.

Lucifer spreads a rumour that the ring only works with a bracelet worn by Lilith, and at one of her shows later that night, she takes off the bracelet and ensures that everyone is able to see it be locked in the safe. Later, Shirley tells Jack that someone has entered the room to take the ring and, when Jack confronts the thief, it is revealed to be none other than William, who admits to killing Larry for the ring. Tensions rise further, however, when Gertie enters with a gun, remarking that she hired Larry to steal the ring, and wants what is hers — Gertie believes the ring can save her sick husband.

With the case solved, Shirley begins to leave to visit her parents, but is stopped by Jack who tries to reconcile their relationship, and asks if he can leave with her. Lilith has a epiphany, and realises that the end of a life — and knowing that it is coming — is what makes a life truly worth living. With this, she transfers her immortality to her ring and gives it to Lucifer. Lucifer is saddened, and offers to raise her children from Hell so that they may say goodbye. Lilith dismisses the notion, however, citing that she doesn’t want her children to be changed from their experience on Earth. With this, Lilith walks away and begins aging.

Trixie is thankful for the story, but it is revealed to be a trick, as she reveals the story to Maze quickly after entering Lucifer’s elevator. This allows her to track down Lilith and ask her why she abandoned her children. Lilith remarks that this allowed her to make her children strong, and exclaimed that her children do not need her anymore.



Guest Starring[]


  • Emil Beheshti as Abe Gantz
  • Iris Braydon as Portraitist
  • Patrick Daniel as Paddy
  • Christopher Gerse as Benny
  • Goran Ivanovski as Proprietor
  • Joe Sobalo Jr. as Vincenzo
  • Eric Sweeney as Lucky Larry

Featured Music[]




  • In Lucifer's story for Trixie some characters do not look like they were in the real 1946:
    • Lesley-Ann Brandt played the young Lilith to emphasize Mazikeen's phenomenal resemblance to her mother, but nevertheless, the posters of Lily Rose's show clearly show that the real appearance of the young Lilith was not the spitting image of Mazikeen. As Lucifer doesn't lie, he may just have considered them the spitting image of each other.
    • Lauren German played a detective Jack Monroe throughout the story of Lucifer, but in reality, Jack was a male and his appearance was nothing like Chloe Decker.
    • Aimee Garcia played Mr. Stompanato, but in reality, this character was a male. It is not known if he actually looked like Ella Lopez.
  • This is the first episode of the series that Chloe Decker and Dan Espinoza don't appear in an episode.
  • The title of the episode is said by Lucifer about Amenadiel's (Melvin the Magnificent) offer about the sacrifice.
  • The entire series is poked fun by Lucifer himself stating that "The Devil Solving Crime, is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard"
  • Ironically Lucifer tells Lilith it would take a miracle for him to fall in love. His father would 35 earth years later have a miracle child be born to Penelope Decker and John Decker.
  • Lucifer's ring is revealed to hold Lilith's immortality, having been given to him by the former demon when she gave her immortality up. However, according to Lucifer himself, he mainly keeps it because the ring reminds him of his old friend rather than for the value of the power that it holds.
  • This is the first time Amenadiel's character falls prey on Lucifer's "What is it you desire?"
  • To keep with the 1940s theme. Lucifer adapted some to the episode
    • The saxophone main theme
    • Private Detective Noir
    • Classic drive behind play screen


Season 5