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"You were really mad, at something else. You need to find, find that anger behind the anger. And you need to figure out what is really making you mad."
Cat Grant to Kara Danvers.

"Red Faced" is the sixth episode of the first season of Supergirl, and the sixth episode overall. It aired on November 30, 2015.

Synopsis

Personal and professional stress get the better of Kara when she goes too far during a training exercise against Red Tornado, a military cyborg commissioned by Lucy Lane’s father, General Sam Lane. Also, Cat’s tough exterior is shaken by a visit from her judgmental mother, Katherine, and Alex enlists Winn to look into her father’s mysterious death.[1]

Plot

Supergirl happily flew above National City, with Alex Danvers checking in on her over their shared intercom. Unfortunately, Supergirl's peaceful flight came to an abrupt end as Kara heard a road rage between two men using her super hearing and flew down to end it. Supergirl arrived and abruptly stopped the cars before several children were hit in a school zone crosswalk. One of the men got out of his car, angry at Supergirl because she broke his nose and totaled his car. Supergirl yelled back at him. He then attempted to hit Supergirl, though she caught his punch and twisted his arm, hurting the man and scaring the children in the process.

At the D.E.O. headquarters, Hank Henshaw reprimanded Supergirl for losing her temper, reminding her that there was a reason that some people feared Superman. Not because of his powers, but of what he might do with them if he ever lost his temper. Afterwards, Agent Vasquez showed Supergirl a video of Maxwell Lord criticizing her recent actions. At Noonan's, James Olsen and Lucy Lane had coffee together. Before she left for work, Lucy told James that her father, General Sam Lane, was coming to town and wanted to have dinner with them. After he agreed, Lucy left, passing by Kara on her way out and thanking her for the "invite". Kara then went over to James, making sure everything was okay. James explained that he and Lucy's father didn't get along because James consorted with aliens and the general was against them. During their conversation, James explained that he invited Lucy to their regular game night, with Kara reassuring James before leaving that she was fine with it.

At CatCo Worldwide Media, Cat Grant asked her mother what brought her to National City. Katherine replied that she was there for a book tour, and expressed criticism towards Cat for calling Supergirl a girl, rather than "Superwoman". Throughout the conversation, Katherine repeatedly demeaned and patronized her daughter both subtly and overtly, but Cat did not confront the psychological abuse. Arriving at CatCo, Kara came across Alex, who was there to get Winn to hack into the D.E.O. mainframe to find out what happened to her father. Though initially reluctant, Alex and Kara explained the situation to Winn, and the two successfully persuaded him to do so. Both Kara and Alex were then summoned by Henshaw. Later, at the D.E.O. base camp, General Lane arrived, ordering Henshaw to have Supergirl fight their field robot, Red Tornado.

Back at CatCo in their base of operations, Kara told Winn and James of her fight with Red Tornado the next day. After reassuring Winn that game night—one of the last vestiges of normalcy in her life—would not be cancelled, Kara walked with Cat Grant, telling her that dinner with her mother was booked for the night. Arriving in her office, Cat's mother canceled dinner with her, since she wanted to attend a private dinner with Toni Morrison and other famous people instead. After her mother left, Cat asked Kara for the proofs for the revised fashion spread, though after looking them over, she demanded that Kara take them back to editing to be retouched. Before Kara left for editing, Cat criticized her over the way she threw herself at James after hearing about their "office game night", and told her to be more professional. Kara was miffed at the insult, but she didn't fight back.

Later at Kara Danvers' apartment, James and Lucy were winning against Kara and Winn at game night. After Superman was mentioned in the game they'd been playing, Lucy told the group of how she'd met Supergirl earlier that day and wasn't impressed. The next day, Supergirl flew to the D.E.O. base camp for her fight with Red Tornado. While there, Kara told Alex that she was craving a good fight. As the fight began, Red Tornado knocked Supergirl back with his wind abilities, and sent missiles after her. She then burrowed into the ground, sneaking up behind him and knocking him over. As the fight progressed, Supergirl lost her temper, breaking off Red Tornado's arm in the process. Red Tornado then flew away, and Supergirl was informed by his creator, T.O. Morrow, that the fight had caused the robot to go into self-preservation mode. Sam Lane berated Supergirl for her recklessness, accusing her of unleashing an unstoppable killing machine on National City.

Back at the D.E.O., Sam Lane demanded that Red Tornado be found and destroyed. However, T.O. Morrow spoke against that order, as he had invested too much time into Red Tornado. General Lane then fired him, citing that both Morrow and Red Tornado had failed. At CatCo, Cat repeatedly called for Kara. Kara then arrived, being reprimanded for not coming when she was called. In the middle of being criticized, Kara verbally lashed out at Cat, as she was frustrated with always being yelled at, despite working hard at her job, on top of all the other stressors and recent failures in her life. As soon as the words left her mouth, Kara was mortified by what she had done, and she apologized profusely. Cat shushed her and told her to forward the phones as they were going somewhere.

Elsewhere, at Lord Technologies, Maxwell Lord greeted Alex. She presented Max with Red Tornado's arm and said she needed help finding the android. However, Max refused, telling her that he was "kind of busy". At dinner with General Lane, things got tense between James and the general after Lucy went to powder her nose. James revealed that he knew why General Lane was in National City, and Lane finally told James that he wasn't good enough for Lucy—that he surrounds himself with special people because he's not good enough himself. Kara and Cat had drinks together at Noonan's, with Cat giving Kara advice on controlling her temper at work. Cat told her that she needed to find an outlet, and more importantly, she needed to find the anger behind her anger. Upon exiting the restaurant, General Lane, Lucy, and James were confronted by Red Tornado, with James using his signal watch to alert Supergirl. Red Tornado hit Lucy with an air blast, knocking her back into a table.

As Red Tornado attempted to attack General Lane, Supergirl arrived, intercepting his punch. A fight between the two ensued, with Red Tornado creating a tornado that began travelling down a busy street in National City, allowing the android to escape while Supergirl rescued everyone. Supergirl successfully dispersed the tornado by flying circles inside it. Back at the D.E.O., General Lane reprimanded Supergirl for letting Red Tornado get away, telling her that if anything else happened, both she and the D.E.O. would be held accountable. Hank Henshaw then arrived, telling Lane he discovered that they had made the android to kill Kryptonians, and that Lane owed Supergirl his gratitude instead of his contempt.

Alex arrived at Lord Technologies, as Maxwell wanted to see her concerning the Red Tornado situation. The two began to talk, with Max telling her he wanted to know who he was working with, and both confiding in each other regarding their parents. Lord then informed her that Red Tornado wasn't acting alone, as Red Tornado was a drone—and that Morrow was in fact still controlling it. At a garage, Kara and James blew off steam together, saying what they were mad about and letting their fists fly, with Kara hitting a car and James a punching bag. During their session, Kara lost her temper, then revealed to James the "anger behind her anger": that she thought she'd never find love or a normal life. She was then called away by Alex, who had found something and wanted Kara to meet her at the D.E.O.

At the D.E.O., Alex informed Hank and Kara that Morrow was still controlling Red Tornado, and they could find Morrow by drawing out Red Tornado and then tracing the relay signal that Morrow was using to control Tornado, back to him. Kara reassured Hank that she could control her anger, and Henshaw told General Lane that they had a plan to fix his mess, but he'd need his help. Later, the D.E.O. used hologram technology to draw out Red Tornado and get a fix on Morrow's location. As Red Tornado attacked the hologram, Supergirl flew herself as a projectile at the android, with the two engaging each other in battle.

Elsewhere, Alex confronted Morrow, who revealed that he was neurally linked to the android now. He told Alex that she'd have to kill him to stop Red Tornado, then he began to attack her. The fight resulted in Morrow's death, which momentarily stopped Red Tornado—until it became sentient and continued to attack Kara. However, Kara used her heat vision in an attempt to stop Red Tornado. The android continued advancing, but Supergirl unleashed her anger and intensified her heat vision until the powerful blast caused Red Tornado to explode. Kara then confirmed to Hank that she was okay over her intercom. Later at Noonan's, Lucy told her father that she was resigning from the military and staying in National City with James, though General Lane disapproved. At Kara's apartment, Winn informed Alex that her father went missing on a mission with Hank Henshaw in South America, with Hank being the last person to see Jeremiah Danvers alive.

At CatCo, Katherine berated Kara for not calling her a car to the airport. She then continued to rant to Cat about Kara's ineptitude and worthlessness, which caused Cat to tell her mother that Kara was excellent at her job, and she wasn't allowed to speak to her that way—as she was Cat's assistant's. Afterwards, Kara thanked Cat for her kind words, though Cat told her it was just for effect. While cleaning up a glass from a cup she had dropped, Kara cut her finger, which, much to her surprise, began to bleed.

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