Having given much the same treatment to Christmas movies, Dean Cain places similar attention on films that pull at the heartstrings as host of this special. “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Love Actually,” “Pretty Woman” and “The Notebook” are among the titles cited, with clips shown to remind viewers what made them fall in love with the featured romantic stories in the first place.
Series star Ben McKenzie directed the new episode “13 Stitches,” which finds his TV alter ego, Detective James Gordon, putting together what looks to be an unlikely team to protect the city from Eduardo Dorrance (guest star Shane West) and his Delta Force. Elsewhere, even as Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) resurfaces, Barbara (Erin Richards) drops a bombshell on Gordon that could change his life forever. Meanwhile, Selina and Penguin (Camren Bicondova, Robin Lord Taylor) unite to outwit another villain, Magpie (guest star Sarah Schenkkan).
Ryn (Eline Powell) tries to find an alternative to housing the newly arrived mermaids, since the dynamics within the pack prove to be far too volatile to make hiding them a real possibility in the new episode “Oil & Water.” Meanwhile, Ben (Alex Roe) serves as a mentor to Levi (Sedale Threatt Jr.) as the imposing warrior merman tries to master how human men behave on land. Elsewhere, Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) continues to struggle with her mother’s renewed presence in her life.
The new episode “A Boy, a Kiss, and a Choreographer” features a battle of the duos, as Coach D breaks the team into pairs for a choreographing challenge — and the winning duet will represent the Dancing Dolls at an elite competition. Celebrity choreographer Dondraico Johnson is drafted by Coach D to train the male dancers from the ground up, although one dancer hits rock bottom. All of this may be moot, however, when someone commits a serious competition faux pas.
Out of all the friends in her recovery group, Christy (Anna Faris) finds herself the only one with absolutely no plans, romantic or otherwise, on Valentine’s Day, so Bonnie (Allison Janney) takes her on a mother-daughter date in the new episode “Sparkling Banter and a Failing Steel Town.” As it turns out, virtually nobody’s evening goes as planned, since their distress calls ruin Marjorie’s (Mimi Kennedy) fervent wish to have a quiet night to herself.