"Lawanda: The Book of Hope" is the second episode of Black Lightning. It aired on January 23, 2018.
As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.
Jefferson is moaning in agony in bed, with lightning coursing through his veins. He goes into the bathroom and collapses on the floor, soon waking Lynn. She runs to his side, comforting him and reminding him that he's getting too old for the streets. They then kiss which causes Lynn to pull away stating that she should go.
At school , Jefferson had an assembly for the parents of all the students at Garfield high. He ensured them that the schools focus was to strengthen the minds of their students, and to not allow them to fall under the influence of the 100. During his speech a parent, named Lawanda, stood up stating that their children had every reason to fear the 100 and she then proceeded to question why Black Lightning saved Jefferson’s girls but no one else’s children. She also informed him that the Seahorse Motel was once again open, despite the recent abductions committed by the 100. Jefferson then confirmed this by asking Henderson.
Tobias Whale met with Lala and his henchwoman telling them that they needed to increase security in all the businesses, stating he wanted to give the public something to fear, and that he didn't want the public to believe in Black Lightning so that there would be no hope for Freeland.
Jefferson speaks to Lawanda, finding out that her husband died overseas in the army. Jefferson offered his help, to which Lawanda asked him to walk into the Seahorse Hotel and get her daughter, saying that the kids used to call him "Black Jesus" because he could do whatever he wanted in Freeland, Jefferson tries to convince her that he can't do that, but she leaves saying it's okay. Jefferson then speaks to Henderson, asking him why they didn't shut down the Seahorse Hotel after his daughters had been kidnapped, Henderson then told him that Lala and Will managed to escape, and that they can't shut down the Seahorse without enough evidence.
Jennifer is sitting on the porch with Lynn talking to her boyfriend, being watched by a police squad car that Henderson organised, when a young boy comes up to her porch and pulls out a watergun with red paint in it, telling her that Lala says hi, and squirts her before running off.
- Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning
- China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce
- Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce
- Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart
- Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias Whale
- Damon Gupton as Henderson
- James Remar as Gambi
- Dabier as Will
- Jordan Calloway as Khalil Payne
- Skye P. Marshall as Kara Fowdy
- Will Catlett as Lala
- Charlbi Dean as Tobias Whale's henchwoman
- Tracey Bonner as Lawanda White
- Clifton Powell as Jeremiah Holt
- Shein Mompremier as Chenoa
- Kyanna Simone Simpson as Kiesha
- Caleb Thomas as Malik
- Anthony Reynolds as Deputy Chief Cayman
- Jimmy Woods as Youngster #1
- Donny Rogers Carrington II as Youngster #2
- Cedric Greenway as Father
- Herman Baaqar as Doorman
- Swift Rice as Elevator Operator
- Linda Boston as Freeland Resident
- Billy Bussey as Gunman
- The episode was previously titled "The Morning After".
- ↑ "Black Lightning Episode 2 Description: “LaWanda: The Book of Hope”" - Black Lightning TV
- ↑ "Upcoming Episode Titles - Various Shows - 8th August 2017" - Spoiler TV
|"The Resurrection" • "Lawanda: The Book of Hope" • "Lawanda: The Book of Burial" • "Black Jesus" • "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light"|
|"Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder" • "Equinox: The Book of Fate" • "Revelations" • "Little Black Lies" • "Sins of the Father" • "Rebellion in the Ranks" • "In the Lion's Den" • "Shadow of Death"|