I’ve binged the entire show over a year after the fact (and really love it so much that this truly is my favorite show that I’ve seen in at least the past 2 years, maybe more). Reading through this thread, I understand the frustration at the time with the dinking around / stalling with the whole Pierce situation (and his story, motivations and reactions never gelled for me beginning to end of season), but the beauty of Netflix is being able to skip to (or rewatch) the best scenes of the episode.
So that said, I thought that Lucifer’s romantic dinner for Chloe was a great scene, in that it was pretty emotionally devastating. I thought Lauren German did a pretty great job of conveying with her eyes (even before the confrontation) what Chloe obviously wanted to hear: that Lucifer wanted to be in a relationship with her. Chloe was so flattered by the atmosphere and seemed to be almost excited in anticipating what Lucifer was going to say after he mentioned that he wanted to discuss their future. And because Lucifer was still too reluctant (because of Dad’s plan, but also just because he is afraid of Chloe’s rejection), he hid behind the bravado of saying that he is just showing her that Pierce is sub-par. But Chloe still pushes, trying to get Lucifer to say that he wants her. And all he can muster is that she should be with “someone better.” It was pretty heartbreaking.
And then when Linda comes over to support Lucifer, I thought that was a great line when she asked him what he truly desired, and he looked so broken and vulnerable and said that he just wanted Chloe to choose him. They put a lot of heavy lifting on Tom Ellis in this show, and he can really do it all. His watery eyes as he admits what he really wants were very touching. So I thought that those were two great scenes in this episode.
I think that the disastrous dinner was meant to help explain why Chloe said yes to Pierce—that she felt pretty sure after that dinner that there was just no future with Lucifer, and here is a straight arrow guy who cares about her and will be reliable, gets along with her kid, shares her passion for her work. But Welling and German had zero chemistry, and Pierce’s character was too confused to sell this “side” of him.