Supergirl is back! That is something to be very happy about on Mondays in my book. 😉 Today, let’s look at last week’s (if you live in the States) episode, Childish Things. As with all my posts, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, be warned there are spoilers.

In Childish Things, we get to learn more about Winn’s backstory, including meeting his psychopath father who, because his toy invention was stolen, decided to plant a bomb in a doll and killed five people. Oh, yeah, and none of them were his intended target. Now he’s broken out of prison and in search of both revenge and rekindling his relationship with his son—even if it means landing them both behind bars….


Toyman: We’re the same, you and I. We’re linked. Together we can do anything.

Winn: We are… We are not the same.

Toyman: That genius that lesser people call madness. That’s inside of you too.

Winn’s father contacts him to meet up. Winn informs the authorities, and they wire him. When they storm the location, after Toyman messes with Winn’s head, he unleashes a poisonous gas on them (which Supergirl sucks up and dispells high above harms way). But the damage is done. Toyman touched on Winn’s biggest fear…


Winn: There’s something rotten inside of him, something that can’t be helped.

Kara: He’s sick, you said so yourself. One day he was normal and the next he snapped.

Winn: No, no. It can’t be like that, no.

Kara: Sometimes that’s just the way it happens.

Winn: Well, then what’s to stop it from happening to me?

Kara: Huh?

Winn: (WINN SIGHS) You know, my father and I were inseparable. Like, we looked the same, we talked the same. We were good at the same things. And now he says we’re linked. Like, what if he’s right?

Kara: He isn’t.

Winn: His genes are like ticking time bombs, just waiting to go off inside of me. Turn me into him.

Kara: That’s not going to happen. You’re a good person.

Winn: That’s what people said about him. And then he cracked. And now every time I start to get angry, I think, “Could this be it? Could this be the day that I lose everything?”

Kara: Winn, the day that your father killed those six people was like for me the day my planet exploded. The course of our lives changed in that single moment. You are not going to turn into your father. Because the day your world was destroyed, you didn’t give in to rage and hate like your father, like my aunt. We both lost our worlds and now we’re trying to give back because of it. And you and your father aren’t the only ones that are linked. We are too.

Kara recognizes a truth that Winn, in the heat of the moment, can’t see: We are not what we are born, but what we grow to be. We are not what our genes or parents or anything are, we are who we choose to be. And that’s the Us that matters.

…The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.

“Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.

“Yet you say, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right!’ Listen to me, O people of Israel. Am I the one not doing what’s right, or is it you? When righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things, they will die for it. Yes, they will die because of their sinful deeds. And if wicked people turn from their wickedness, obey the law, and do what is just and right, they will save their lives. They will live because they thought it over and decided to turn from their sins. Such people will not die. And yet the people of Israel keep saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right!’ O people of Israel, it is you who are not doing what’s right, not I.

“Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live! ~ Ezekiel 18:20-32 NLT


Winn: I shouldn’t have kissed you. Kara, I’m really sorry.

Kara: It’s fine, it doesn’t matter.

Winn: Of course it matters. My dad kept his feelings bottled up for years, and then he exploded. Because he was a coward like me. Look, I know I dropped this huge bomb on our friendship when I kissed you and should have told you how I felt a long time ago. But I was too scared to say anything, I was too scared to stand up for myself. Kara, I am going to tell you the truth now. I’m in love with you. I have been in love with you for a long time. Since before you were Supergirl.

Kara: Winn… I don’t want things to change.

Winn: Before this thing with my dad, I probably would have gone along with that. God, I just would have pretended that kiss never happened. But I don’t know if I can sit and smile and eat potstickers and pretend like it is not killing me. Kara, I cannot keep bottling things up, I am too afraid of what could happen.


Winn chooses to be the person he wants to be, not the person his father says he’s destined to be. We are our choices. Make the ones you want to define you; and don’t be scared to change if you don’t like the choices that led to who you are today. There is time.

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