"Supergirl" Season 5 "It's a Super Life": Mxyzptlk's "Gift" Not As Wonderful As Kara Thought [PREVIEW]

So what do you do if you're The CW's Supergirl and you want to "gift" Kara (Melissa Benoist) an It's a Wonderful Life-like 100th episode – but you're nine months away from the next holiday season and you have no idea how to move the show to Bedford Falls? You bring in the talented Thomas Lennon (The State, Reno 911!) as magical master of mayhem Mxyzptlk – that's how.

Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513b_0224r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Thomas Lennon as Mxyzptlk and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Pronounced "miks-yez-PIT-əl-ik", the little mischief-maker has been haunting Superman and his extended family throughout their comic books lives since the mid-40's. Portrayed mostly as a prank-causing, fun-seeking foil (minus Alan Moore's disturbing take), Mxyzptlk always posed a potential serious problem for Kryptonians considering their weakness to magic.

But in this week's episode "It's a Super Life", Lennon's Mxyzptlk appears more interested in giving Kara a chance to make things right: to go back in time to beat Lex (Jon Cryer) to the punch by telling Lena (Katie McGrath) her secret first. While Kara witnesses the ramifications resulting from her changing the past, we find ourselves questioning that whole "the truth shall set you free" concept:

"Supergirl" season 5, episode 13 "It's a Super Life": THOMAS LENNON ("RENO 911") GUEST STARS IN SUPERGIRL'S 100TH EPISODE – Mxyzptlk (guest star Thomas Lennon) returns with a proposition for Kara (Melissa Benoist) – what if she could go back in time and tell Lena (Katie McGrath) her secret before Lex did, would things turn out different? Looking back over key moments throughout the series, Kara must decide if she wants to change history to become friends with Lena again. Familiar faces return in this special episode. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Robert Rovner & Jessica Queller and teleplay by Derek Simon & Nicki Holcomb.

Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513a_0112r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/JÕonn JÕonzz and Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513a_0213r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Thomas Lennon as Mxyzptlk, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513b_0044r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Supergirl — "It's a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513b_0275r.jpg — Pictured: Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513b_0105r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Thomas Lennon as Mxyzptlk and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513b_0194r.jpg — Pictured: Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513a_0016r.jpg — Pictured: David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/JÕonn JÕonzz — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513a_0268r.jpg — Pictured: Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Supergirl — "ItÕs a Super Life" — Image Number: SPG513a_0183r.jpg — Pictured: Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott/Toyman — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Supergirl airs Sunday nights on The CW, immediately following Batwoman at 9 p.m. ET.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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