Supergirl (2015– )
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How Does She Do It? 

Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat's son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.


Thor Freudenthal


Jerry Siegel (based on characters created by), Joe Shuster (based on characters created by) | 6 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Benoist ... Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks ... James Olsen
Chyler Leigh ... Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan ... Winn Schott
David Harewood ... Hank Henshaw
Calista Flockhart ... Cat Grant
Peter Facinelli ... Maxwell Lord
Levi Miller ... Carter Grant
Jenna Dewan ... Lucy Lane (as Jenna Dewan Tatum)
Scott Michael Campbell ... Ethan Knox
Rich Ceraulo Ko ... Agent Hartmann (as Rich Ceraulo)
Tristin Mays ... Paulina
Briana Venskus ... Agent Vasquez
Jay Jackson ... Male Newscaster
Pilar Holland ... Female Newscaster


Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat's son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.

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Release Date:

23 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Second episode in a row to make use of a song originally popularized by Cyndi Lauper as background music. Previously, it was a cover of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", this time it's "Time After Time", performed by Jessica Mauboy. See more »


The camera drone following Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and then evading her as she pursues it, flies as if it is being piloted. By its very definition, drone, it couldn't have zigzagged through all the skyscrapers like that. See more »


Lucy Lane: Hey, Kara, can I ask you a question? It's awkward, and I kind of don't want to hear the answer, but... is Jimmy seeing anyone?
Kara Danvers: [taken aback] What? No. No, he just moved here.
Lucy Lane: What about... Supergirl?
Kara Danvers: Supergirl?
Lucy Lane: I saw the news. Jimmy by her side, fighting Reactron. I'm just worried he's gonna find her... irresistible.
Kara Danvers: [she sputters and laughs it off] No. Really?
Lucy Lane: Jimmy thinks my work came between us, but he's wrong. Maybe I should have appreciated him more, but the reason I prioritized work is ...
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References Orphan Black (2013) See more »


Supergirl End Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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Another Balancing Act for Supergirl
24 November 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

So knowing this episode was supposed to be last weeks episode and the other way around, I was willing to give this episode a few breaks. It was another just okay outing for the girl of steel. There weren't annoying references, not as much Cat Grant, and a more likable Winn. But we also had some unnecessary romantic focus on Jimmy and his ex, a cheesy side story with Cats son, and a pointless villain.

The few scenes we had of Cat this week were as cartoon-ish as ever. But I'm hoping with the better direction they took her character last week will continue once the continuity with the show is settled. Wynn is definitely improved since his random hacker moments of the first few episodes. So much so that I like him better than Jimmy Olsen. The writing towards those characters has completely shifted. All I ask is for consistency.

This episode tackled yet another superhero cliché which was having the hero struggle to conquer so many things at once. If it weren't for Melissa Benoist's charm, I would have been annoyed with this, but it was fine. This issue was in large part due to Kara's commitment to watching Cat's son, Carter. Once again, if it wasn't for Levi Miller's solid performance, the writing would have really bothered me. I think that continues to be the weakest part about this show.

At the end of the day, it was the right move for CBS to move this episode one week in light of what happened in Paris. I understand if people have a problem with the continuity in some scenes, but I don't think it's a fair criticism when it was the right move to do in the first place. Plus, that's not at all the reason why these episodes aren't as good as I had hoped. Plenty of other things to complain about. As a whole, this wasn't the best episode of Supergirl, but it was nowhere near the weakest either.


+Less Cat

+Benoist's charm

-Jimmy's writing

-Cartoonish Cat


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