Lucifer’s Rachael Harris on Linda’s mother of an episode: “I was in a puddle of tears when I saw this final scene”
The following contains spoilers from Lucifer Season 5, Episode 13 (“A Little Harmless Stalking”).
In the middle of Lucifer season 5B, Dr. Linda (played by Rachael Harris) a mother of a victim on behalf of the protection of Adriana Nassar (recurring guest star Alexandra Grossi), the daughter she put up for adoption as a teenager.
Concerned that Adriana was involved in a murder that came from a real estate / burglary ring, and feeling responsible for her birth daughter being “broken” in the first place, Linda confessed to the murder herself. Ultimately, both Linda and Adriana became found himself not guilty and met briefly in the cop shop on the way. But later that night, Adriana showed up at Linda’s house to confirm her apparent help with the case … and to record a generous, anonymous donation to the clinic where her ailing mother is being treated. A moment later the device was up – “You are my mother. Aren’t you? “Guessed Adriana – and mother and child shared a sweet reunion, whereupon Adriana met her little brother Charlie.
TVLine spoke to Harris about the emotional hour and its many highlights – and invited the OG actor to give a hint about the series finale for the next season.
TVLINE | Episode 13 was a big deal for you. What did you think when you first went through the script?
I was really excited because it was so nice to have this arch in one episode. And I loved how conflicted Linda was with helping her daughter. It was both weird and wonderful to do that because my children were so young at the time and I couldn’t imagine not knowing them and how terrible it would be. If I had to put myself in a situation, if for some reason I couldn’t take care of her, and then I’ll meet her later. The very thought was heartbreaking, so I was really grateful that they gave me this story. Richard Speight, who directed the episode, kept saying, “Oh my god, I can’t wait for you to see this episode,” which was really nice to hear while editing.
TVLINE | What do you think of the efforts Linda made to protect the daughter she barely knew?
I understood Linda as a mother and felt how you should see your child. How could you feel how desperately gnawing at you. Linda’s feelings of guilt and the daily confirmation of leaving a child haunted her, and being as sensitive as she is, she constantly had to think about what Adriana had to think and feel. When I came from this place, I thought it absolutely believable that she would go to so much trouble to protect her daughter’s life. Seeing her in trouble and worrying that it was because of the brutal decision she made when she was 17 was too much for her to put aside.
TVLINE | Were you glad that Linda and Adriana really “met”? And what do you think of how that last scene played out in the house?
I was in a puddle of tears when I saw this final scene. I think it hit every note of hope and regret to open up to a fresh start.
Richard Speight was so involved in every aspect of this episode, which felt very personal to me. I was struggling to have children and now I would do anything to protect them. [Harris has two sons via surrogacy, who turn 5 and 3 this summer.] Finally getting to know Linda and making amends by showing up anonymously for her and donating anonymously for her adoptive mother’s medical expenses was an act that showed Adriana that she would make sure she looked after her, even if never met her, that was just nice. And having Charlie with you … the three of them come together …
I really think it was one of the best episodes of Lucifer we’ve seen. Amenadiel and Ella’s belief scene … Lucifer recognizes his love for Chloe … Maze and Eve fall in love again and then fear creeps into Maze again. It was a solid episode on how belief and fear determine the course of our relationships. And I am glad that faith, courage and hope brought Adrianna and Linda together.
TVLINE | There is a nice resemblance between you and Alexandra Grossi.
Oh my god i loved it Alexandra was so sweet and it was so wonderful to work with her…. We stayed in touch and she always likes to refer to me as her “TV mom” and I have a motherly feeling about her because she is obviously younger than me. She has a pet iguana which I called my “big iguana” like my grandson. [Laughs] It was really strange when I saw Alexandra with her glasses like, “Oh my god, you look like my mother.”
TVLINE | Let’s get to earlier this season…. So they say, “Musical Episode!” What’s on Rachael Harris’s mind?
Oh well, I’m a theater freak – I have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in music theater – so I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see what I have to do.
TVLINE | And then give them to you and DB [Woodside] a cute little duet – with a little pram choreography!
Doing this duet with DB was the most fun. Watching him rap and sing, dance with the stroller and work with him [director] Sherwin [Shilati]…. It felt like we were making a music video. Literally every song is a little music video for Sherwin. It was very cute and we got to sing outside together all day.
TVLINE | Finally, what emotions will we feel in the next season when the very last scene of Lucifer hits our screens?
I think you will be happy and sad at the same time. It’s a shame it’s over, but ultimately very satisfied. I hope everyone will cry because I know I have been crying!
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