A thief seeking only answers can still be dangerous when cornered
In effort to track down a thief who broke into Steph’s friend’s house, the Powells engaged in a friendly competition to see which of them could capture the culprit first. Fortunately, after a few mis-starts, they ended up teaming up and effectively stopped a man from killing Dr. King (Stephen Collins), who he blamed for turning him into a freak.
This was the turning point episode in which the Powell’s family secret is blown wide open. While there was always a chance that either Victoria (Rebecca Mader) or Joshua (Josh Stewart) could have revealed the Powells’ abilities to Dr. King, it was not until now that Dr. King could see for himself just how special the Powells are. It was very foolish for Jim (Michael Chiklis) and Steph (Julie Benz) to not even think of erasing any security footage of their efforts to battle Tom (Ethan Suplee) in the lab. Steph in particular should have been aware of the security cameras since she worked there. But, then again, perhaps she assumed that because her ability was super-speed that the camera would never pick up what she was doing – other than she would be seen on tape one second and gone the next. But Jim’s powers were a lot more visible on the video recording and Dr. King finally had his proof of something he had long-suspected: the Powells were blessed with super-abilities, and not the kind that came from a syringe injection.
So, while noble of Jim and Steph to want to assist Steph’s friend who had been accosted by a thief in her home, it set off a chain reaction of events that lead to inadvertent exposure to their arch-enemy – and with their cover blown, this family-drama is about to amp up the octane.
Points of Interest
1. As abilities go, Tom’s was pretty cool, being able to de-solidify and turn into a stream of smoke or mist; and it made us wonder how Jim and Steph were actually going to stop a man who they could not get their hands on.
2. The double-standard pertaining to J.J. (Jimmy Bennett) and Daphne (Kay Panabaker) regarding who they were allowed to date was absurd, but it pointed out a common misconception of our society about how men are allowed to date at younger ages simply because they are men. It was also nice that J.J. cut the date short once he realized it was wrong to lead Bailey on when he was still thinking of another girl.
3. What could have been a really scary encounter turned out to very revealing when Daphne and Chris (Luke Kelintank) were held up and then Daphne discovered she has the power of persuasion. Daphne’s telepathic ability make her feel a bit victimized until she learned to shut out what people around her were thinking. So it is nice that she is getting a more assertive ability and can now compel others by her command. But let’s hope she does not let her new power corrupt her soul.
It was good to see that Jim and Steph’s friendly rivalry to capture the man who broke into Lena’s (Betsy Brandt) house did not turn more competitive and ugly. It could have been a silly and overly dramatic power play between Steph and Jim to prove that they were the better crime-fighter, such as when Jim boasted to Steph, “I’m built for crime fighting.” This only provoked Steph into thinking that she needed to compete, causing her to defiantly retort, “You think your powers are better than mine?!” Their subsequent misadventures in tracking down Tom, the smoke-shifter, was pretty hysterical, such as when they both made sketches based on Lena’s description. As a police sketch artist, Jim won that round easily, but it was fun to see how quickly Katie (Autumn Reeser) could replicate his artistic rendering with a few keys on a computer — proving that with the right software, you too can be a police sketch artist!
It was also funny watching Jim and George (Romany Malco) versus Steph and Katie debate whether a lair was better than a lab, or visa versa. This may now be the biggest debate amongst superhero fans everywhere — which is better: a lab or a lair?
Steph’s reaction and frustration once she realized that she can beat Jim to a crime scene, but that there is not always much she can do once she gets there, was priceless. Her exasperated exclamation, “Damn it, what good is super speed without super strength!” was another reminder that super-speed is not always the best ability when attempting to apprehend a criminal. But ,later after Tom simply evaporated from Jim’s grasp, it was nice that Jim chivalrously extended the olive branch and asked Steph, “What do you say, honey, you want to take down a super villain with me?” To which she enthusiastically replied, “I thought you’d never ask!”
The show has always been about how the Powells are stronger when they work as a team, and Jim and Steph teaming up has been long over due. Thus, it is nice to see them working together to defeat their common enemies.
Then in the adorable category, it was awesome how Joshua showed Katie that he could literally sweep a girl off her feet. He really is Katie’s dream-come-true soul mate in that he has these amazing abilities and yet he is choosing to use them for good now that Katie is in his life; and no matter how many warnings Dr. King may toss at Joshua, he has held steadfast in his determination to be a better man for Katie. Although the fact that Joshua promptly erased Katie’s memory of the file that Dr. King gave her exposing Joshua’s dark past will mostly likely come back to haunt him. We can only hope that Joshua and Katie’s love is strong enough to weather that looming storm.
Finally, Dr. King may have tipped his hand when he lied to Steph about seeing Lena recently. It was a subtle slip-up, but perhaps enough to warn Steph that there is something more going on with her illustrious mentor.
What Didn’t Work
It was beyond foolish for Daphne to abandon her date with Chris in an area where she was not safe. If a girl wants to leave, she needs to call for a ride or take a cab. Walking the city streets as night alone is just asking for a bad end. One would have thought Daphne would have more sense than that!
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“No Ordinary Double Standard” was written by Sallie Patrick and directed by Paul Edwards. “No Ordinary Family” stars Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, Autumn Reeser, Romany Malco, Stephen Collins, Josh Stewart. “No Ordinary Family” airs Tuesdays at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.