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"How Does She Do It?"
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 4
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Written by
Production code 4X7604
Original air date November 23, 2015 (2015-11-23)
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"How Does She Do It?" is the fourth episode in the first season of the CBS television series Supergirl, which aired on November 23, 2015. It was written by Yahlin Chang and Ted Sullivan, and directed by Thor Freudenthal.

The episode centers on Kara dealing with babysitting Cat Grant's son while on vacation while tackling a series of attempted bombings that threatens National City.


As Supergirl flies around National City, she destroys a drone that was following her. She suspects Hank is watching her, but he denies it and Alex, believing him, tells Kara to trust him. At CatCo, Kara discovers Cat has received an award, except she has to go to Metropolis for the event, thus leaving her son Carter without a babysitter. Kara volunteers to watch him instead. James discovers that Lucy had come to National City to see him again. When an explosion goes off, Supergirl races to a skyscraper and saves it from collapsing. Alex tells Hank that the drone following Kara belongs to Lord Technologies. At Lord Technologies, Alex and Hank confront Maxwell about the drone and the bombs, but Maxwell is uncooperative due to not trusting the government. Hank instructs Alex to keep on eye on Maxwell, who explains his dislike for Supergirl.

At CatCo, the news of Supergirl saving the building gets Carter's attention, who is a big fan of hers. At Lord Technologies, Alex calls Kara after it is discovered there is a bomb in the building. Kara is then knocked unconscious after blows up while she is taking it into the atmosphere, blasting her into the ocean. Kara wakes up back at the DEO, not knowing Hank had glowing eyes when she came to, and realizes she forgot about Carter. Lucy then asks her if James is seeing anyone, in which Kara tells her no. At CatCo, Kara attempts to convince James to fight for love. Lucy returns to see James, and after the two talk it over, they kiss.

The DEO learns that an ex-Lord Technologies employee, Ethan Knox, is behind the bombs. When Max learns that his rail launching is the next target, he refuses the DEO's help because his parents, who were scientists, were killed due to poor safety conditions. After being left in Winn's care, Carter disappears behind his back. A second bomb is planted at the airport, which the DEO track down and later discover was a decoy. Kara is fixated on finding Ethan as Carter is pushed onto the train, looking for Supergirl. Supergirl orders everyone else to another train car after she spots Ethan. She tries to reason with him, but Ethan claims he is doing it for his daughter and starts the countdown. Supergirl disconnects the car from the rest of the train, saving everyone, just before Ethan blows himself up at the bridge crossing. At the DEO, Kara helps Alex defuse the fail-safe in the other bomb.

Back at CatCo, Cat learns that Carter met Supergirl, and when Kara asks to watch him again, Cat says no and lectures her. Kara then catches James and Lucy kissing. Supergirl then pays a visit to Maxwell's penthouse. She suspects he had been paying Ethan's daughter's medical expenses, and used the bombings and drones to test her. Maxwell denies this, but Supergirl says she will be watching him.


This episode was originally scheduled to air November 16, 2015, but due to the November 2015 Paris attacks, it was pulled because the content in the episode was similar to the events.[1] As a result of this move, CBS moved the episode "Livewire" up to November 16, 2015.[2]



The episode attracted 1,021,000 viewers for its British premiere, making it the 2nd most watched programme on Sky One for the week.[3]

Critical response

Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly called the episode a "dud".[4]

Cliff Wheatley of IGN gave the episode a 4.5 out of 10, saying, “'How Does She Do It?' is a pretty dull episode of television by any standard, and unfortunately Benoist and a few funny lines aren’t enough to save it. There are too many characters getting a lot of screen time (and Cat not getting enough) without enough presence to keep them interesting, storylines that we’re not invested in, and action that’s not exciting. This episode would have been better left unaired".[5]

Stacy Glanzman of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.5 out of 5 stars.[6]


  1. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 15, 2015). "CBS Replaces Monday's Terrorism-Themed Supergirl, NCIS: Los Angeles Episodes in Wake of Paris Attacks". TVLine. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "About this Show: SUPERGIRL (CBS)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Weekly top 10 programmes". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Supergirl: How Does She Do It?" from Entertainment Weekly (November 23, 2015)
  5. ^ Wheatley, Cliff (November 23, 2015). "SUPERGIRL: "How Does She Do It?" REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Supergirl Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Fight or Flight" from TV Fanatic (November 23, 2015)

External links

  • "How Does She Do It?" on IMDb
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