"Truth, Justice and the American Way" is the fourteenth episode of season one of the superhero action series Supergirl. It was directed by Lexi Alexander with a script written by Yahlin Chang and Caitlin Parrish. It first aired on CBS on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at 8:00 pm. In this episode, Cat Grant hires a new personal assistant named Siobhan Smythe, whose placement, Kara takes exception to. Supergirl and Non hold a funeral service for Astra. Alex Danvers arrests Maxwell Lord and brings him to the D.E.O. headquarters. A new menace plagues National City as the Master Jailer begins tracking down and executing Fort Rozz refugees.

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Co-Stars Edit

Crew Edit

Notes & Trivia Edit

Production notes Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • This episode is production code number 4X7614 / T1319614. [1]
  • This episode had a viewership of 7.248 million people, which is down by .671 from the previous episode. It ranked at 1.5% in the 18-49 age demographic. [2]

Story notes Edit

  • This is the first and only appearance of Gabriel Phillips, also known as Prisoner #2444. Dies in this episode.
  • This is the first and only appearance of Alphonse Luzano, also known as Prisoner #2445.
  • This is the first and only appearance of Detective Jim Warren; dies in this episode.

Comic connections Edit

  • The Master Jailer is a human character whose real name is Carl Draper. He was originally a foe of Superboy and was introduced in Superman, Volume 1 #339 in January, 1979. He has since been revised as a foe of Superman.
  • Siobhan Smythe is a character introduced in DC's "New 52" continuity. She is a re-imagined version of Siobhan McDougal, who was a foe of Superman named Silver Banshee. The Smythe character, who also became Silver Banshee, was featured as a supporting character in Supergirl, Volume 6, beginning with issue #6 in April, 2012 in a story titled "The End of the Beginning".
  • Rao is referenced in this episode. Rao is the main Kryptonian deity and is also the name of the planet's sun. Rao's name is often invoked in rituals, or as an exclamation.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode is taken from the narrative of the original Adventures of Superman radio serial, which originally aired on the WOR home station in New York City from 1940 to 1951. This phrase was accompanied by the more popularly known, "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound".

Quotes Edit

  • Maxwell Lord: When the gods walk the Earth, it's us tiny mortals who end up suffering.


  • Non: She would have wanted you here. It is our custom for a surviving female to lead the rites. Do you remember the Prayer for the Dead?
  • Supergirl: You have been the sun of our lives. Our prayers will be the sun that lights your way on the journey home. We will remember you in every dawn. And await the night we join you in the sky. Rao's will be done.


  • Maxwell Lord: So nothing for my largesse then?
  • Supergirl: I'm told you asked for, and received, Netflix.


  • Maxwell Lord: I'm just trying to protect the planet.
  • Supergirl: From what? From me?
  • Maxwell Lord: When the gods walk the Earth, it's us tiny mortals who end up suffering.


  • James Olsen: What I mean is, he's terrified by you. Because of your ability to do exactly what you're doing to him right now. I mean, you could go in there and swat him dead like a fly if you wanted to.



  • Alex Danvers: If you don't have better angels, and I suspect you don't. You should know, we have a mass the size of this room documenting your crimes. Ready for immediate release to law enforcement. You tell on us. We tell on you.
  • Maxwell Lord: Mutually assured destruction. You make me nostalgic for the Cold War Alex.
  • Alex Danvers: Das vedanya.
  • Maxwell Lord: Brrr.

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