Episode Grade: 7
Sometimes, characters do stuff that is so dumb--so obviously dumb; you wonder how it got all the way to being filmed. How was this not flagged in the scripting process as "OMG so dumb don't do this," and sent back for rewrites? I'm talking, of course, about Winn's walking up behind a telepath and threatening him with a stapler.
Backing up for a second to establish the scene: Winn and James are hanging out with Kara and Mon-El because someone has put a price on Kara's head, so mercenaries are coming to kill her and collect the bounty. While they're having a quiet night in, Mon-El suddenly turns into a helpless puppet, being used to attack Kara by a telepathic bounty hunter. He can't stop trying to hurt her, and she doesn't just fly out of reach of the dude who can't fly (??? Seriously, this would be the easiest solution to the immediate problem, but she doesn't, for like, reasons). James suits up and joins her to stop Mon-El, while Winn acts as if a stapler is a gun in order to confront a fricking telepath.
Okay, you don't know the extent of his powers, but you know they involve telepathy, as in mind control and probably mind-reading. When you threaten him with a stapler, he will A. almost certainly read your mind and know that it is, in fact, a stapler, and B. simply shifts his focus to mind-controlling you rather than Mon-El and make you run away or hurt yourself. In fact, if you had a real gun, he'd just mind-control you and make you shoot yourself! This is painfully stupid writing, and I'm embarrassed for this show I love. What the hell happened here?
How should this scene have played out, then? Easy. Guardian attacks the telepath, while he's busy controlling Mon-El, knocking him out and thereby, presumably, ending his control. Winn has no business in this fight. And given Kara's penchant for criticizing Guardian's heroing skills, you'd think she'd have thrown down over this incredibly bad decision. Wait, James, you let Winn put himself in danger with a stapler, while you joined the effort to take Mon-El down? None of this makes sense.
Other than this, the episode was pretty good. Mon-El quickly intuits that his own parents are the likeliest culprits in the threat to Kara's life. Kara is a softie about parents, so she insists on trying to work things out with a plea to their emotions: You love your son, I love your son, can't we all just get along?
Nice try, but the evil queen pulls a Kryptonite dagger and stabs her (right in the Fortress of Solitude, too, which is extra disrespectful). Mon-El says okay, please stop, and I'll go with you if you call off the bounty and stop trying to kill the woman I love.
President Wonder Woman has instructed J'onn to avoid any further engagement with the Daxamite ship, but Kara's appeal to emotions works on him at least. He rationalizes that by capturing an alien who'd been granted amnesty by the DEO, the Daxamites had changed the game, and he makes his own call (asking for forgiveness, not permission). The president is unhappy, but the mission is complete.
They use the stargate from the slaver's planet episode to get to the ship and back, and Mon-El blasts a hole in the ship's windows (??? That is one flimsy spaceship. Daxamite manufacturing isn't that impressive) to prove how serious he is about not leaving Earth. And granted, most of the people on the ship are aliens, so they're not in too much danger as the ship is exposed to the vacuum of space, but Winn is here too, so um, sorry about the pants-crapping terror, Winn?
Mon-El's dad turns out to be less crappy than his mom, so there's a brief happy ending. Of course, then Queen Beeyotch kills her husband for betraying her, so...this whole conflict isn't over yet.
In other news, Maggie is incredibly lucky to have the best girlfriend ever. Alex is a little too trusting and a bit overly enthusiastic about involving herself in uncomfortable situations, but it's understandable because this is her first important relationship. Maggie's baggage would be enough to drive most women away, but Alex's inexperience makes her the one person who will work through all that. (It's a bit like Fifty Shades of Grey, actually. Christian's baggage made him an asshat who attracted broken women, but meeting a kind-hearted, inexperienced woman gave him a chance to grow and change because no self-respecting woman who knew jack about the world would ever have put up with his crap long enough to inspire that transformation.)