How Does She Do It?



Critic Consensus: What "How Does She Do It?" lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in candor and sincerity, saving it from completely drowning in its overly saccharine sentiments.

Episode Info

Kara is pulled in two directions when babysitting Cat's son, at the same time, National City is hit by a series of bombings. Meanwhile, James feels conflicted when his ex-girlfriend Lucy Lane tries to rekindle their relationship.


Melissa Benoist
as Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Calista Flockhart
as Cat Grant
Chyler Leigh
as Alex Danvers
Mehcad Brooks
as James Olsen
David Harewood
as Hank Henshaw
Jeremy Jordan
as Winslow "Winn" Schott
Jenna Dewan
as Lucy Lane
Helen Slater
as Dr. Eliza Danvers
Briana Venskus
as Agent Vasquez
Peter Facinelli
as Maxwell Lord
Dean Cain
as Dr. Jeremiah Danvers
Rich Ceraulo
as Agent Hartmann
Jordan Mazarati
as Young Alex
Levi Miller
as Carter Grant
Jay Jackson
as Male Newscaster
Michael Mealor
as Fratty Dude
Kevin Covais
as High School Kid
Stephanie Czajkowski
as Security Guard
Tom Waite
as Pilot
Stephanie Czajkowski
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for How Does She Do It?

It was a tough step off the path that seemed to be forming, but thankfully, the episode originally planned to keep the momentum going did just that - while possibly pulling back the curtain on this season's - this show's? - 'big bad.'

Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Supergirl may be a formulaic action show, but it offers a cast of characters with enough variety and nuance to hand us a fistful of narrative threads. It's a credit to the writers that watching two episodes out of order really did feel like a disjunct.

Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The storytelling was tight in this episode, and I loved that we looked at the "work/life" balance from two very different perspectives between Kara and Cat.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The action scenes themselves aren't even exciting; the finale lacks tension thanks to the rushed nature of the pacing, and the stakes feel low even when the characters are trying to tell us otherwise.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

Over at CatCo, Cat Grant is back and... Kara asks her the question - "How do you do it?" And the scene turns into a grand meditation into whether or not a woman can have it all, which is apparently what this entire episode was about?

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Pro tip: Don't have one of your characters say the question driving your episode is stupid and annoying.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Balancing the alien/Kryptonian stuff with more down to earth menaces (and in this case, a villain who had nothing to do with the comics at all) is strangely refreshing.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Luckily, we've got "Jessica Jones" for nuance, and can take "Supergirl" for what it is: an earnest, winning, well-intentioned hour of television.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Supergirl is still an unquestionably sunny series, but I'm glad to see it's not afraid to go dark with its villains.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Now that we're getting into the meat of the story, I'm getting more invested in all of the characters.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…