Welcome to 1958!
We start out with a drag race because, as we are all aware, that’s all kids ever did in the 50’s … at least that’s what movies have taught us. One of the cars has two guys in it, while the other has a guy and his girlfriend. The drag race goes awry when one of the cars runs off the road right next to a meteorite. Vandal Savage then steps out from behind the meteorite.
On Waverider, the crew is getting to 1958 based on info acquired in the last episode. After a harsh time jump, they make plans to find Savage in this town of Harmony Falls, Oregon amidst what appears to be a serial murder spree going on in the town. They admit that that doesn’t seem like something Savage would do, and they decide to split into several smaller teams. Hawkgirl and Atom will pretend to be married and go buy a house. Jax is going to infiltrate the local teen scene in order to talk to the girlfriend mentioned above about what happened to the three guys that night, as they have been missing since. Stein and White Canary are to infiltrate the sanitarium as doctor and nurse. Captain Cold and Rip Hunter pretend to be G-Men and waltz into the sheriff’s office and ask for help. The Sheriff seems a little too dumb about what’s going on, but he does agree to help these two.
Stein, White Canary, and Jax catch up at a local diner where Stein talks about how great the 50’s were and waxes nostalgic. White Canary and Jax tell him that it wasn’t so great if you happened to black or a lesbian. Stein gets nervous, but their lunch ends before anything (more) awkward can be said. Speaking of awkward, Jax waltzes right up to the lunch counter and sits down next to the girlfriend of the story, who finally has a name. It’s Betty, y’all (of course). While they chat, two local teens get upset at a young black man sitting next to a young white lady, and so they get in Jax’s face about it. They quit when the cook motions his disapproval, but they say they’ll get him later. Betty is impressed by Jax’s fearlessness and asks him to hang out the next day.
Atom and Hawkgirl are moving into their house, and they have a cute domestic moment where they dance and kiss. At the sanitarium, White Canary is really starting to chafe at the idea that they haven’t found Savage yet. Stein says that’s what they’re doing, and then he makes Canary go get some files that will help them. Stein is laying the fact that Canary is his subordinate on thick, but she’s not having it. While Canary nabs the files, a doctor sexually harasses a nurse. Canary helps the nurse out of that situation, and in their ensuing conversation we figure out that this nurse is a lesbian. This nurse gives Canary a tour, and she learns of “Hall H” (where the really violent and bad people go), and Dr. Knox, who just happens to be Vandal Savage, is the one running it!
At Atom and Hawkgirl’s house they get a visitor in the form of their neighbors, MRS AND DR. KNOX. Yes, that’s right, Vandal Savage is right in Hawkgirl’s proximity. Hawkgirl thinks that Savage doesn’t recognize her, and he invites “the couple” to a party at his place. Canary tries to search his desk at the sanitarium, but she is interrupted by the nurse she befriended, and they wind up sharing a drink and chatting when an alarm goes off in Hall H! At Savage’s party, Hawkgirl gets the racist treatment from partygoers. They decide to split up, which leads Atom to discovering a SERIOUSLY locked door, while it also allows for Savage to put some creepy moves on Hawkgirl. In the middle of the cringe fest, he gets a call about the alarm in Hall H and leaves the party.
We see the three young men from the start of the show, but they are now birdmonsters! (Manhawks perhaps?) They seem to have killed a nurse, which gets them chastised by Savage. These things are super ugly. I’ve got to commend the effects here, as these birdmonsters are the perfect mix of scary and tough. Meanwhile, back in the sanitarium, White Canary and the nurse share a kiss!
Atom uses his suit to break into the seriously locked door as Hawkgirl keeps a lookout. Atom nabs the Ammon Dagger just as Savage returns to the house; Atom only manages to avoid him by shrinking down. Jax goes on his date with Betty, and after he stops things from getting hot and heavy on Lover’s Lane, she starts to explain what happened to her boyfriend Tommy (along with his pals) that night. As she’s revealing the details of that night to Jax, the three “Manhawk Birdmonsters” (that’s what I’m going with) show up and attack the two of them. Betty winds up with some lacerations on her throat (but manages to live), and the same fancy and fast driving that gets them away from the birdmonsters draws the notice of law enforcement. Of course, the cop isn’t pleased that a young black man is driving around with an [injured] young white lady, and he manages to knock Jax out and drag him back to the patrol car.
After our other heroes track down Jax’s car, they take Betty back to Gideon to heal her. She manages to get across that the birdmonsters are Tommy and his pals. Stein starts work on reversing the condition. They decide to use Savage’s attraction to Hawkgirl to their advantage, much to Atom’s (whose feelings for her are causing him to be overprotective) chagrin. Stein and White Canary chat about the happenings in 1958, and after Stein gets really judgmental about Canary “exposing a lady of 1958 to the sexual mores of 2016”, Canary says she is having regrets because dying and getting better seems to mean that this kiss was basically her first because she is experiencing it all over again. Sure, why not? Being dead and getting better sure is freaking complicated.
The cop takes Jax to what appears to be a Black Ops torture site, where our good Dr. Knox/Vandal Savage injects him with a serum straight from the meteorite. Jax becomes one of those birdmonsters! During the procedure, Hakwgirl arrives and pretends that she wants to get it on with Savage, but it’s really just a ruse to try and kill him. It also happens to be a ruse that goes poorly, and Savage reveals that he has known all along about the connection between the two. Rip Hunter and The Atom sneak into the sanitarium as an orderly and a patient, but the cop finds them out. They manage to get away from him using Rip Hunter’s RAY GUN FROM THE FUTURE.
Cold and Stein have been looking for Jax, and Stein reveals that he can’t feel Jax’s impression anymore. Cold says he knows the feeling. He sure misses Heat Wave! They stumble upon Birdmonster Jax, who doesn’t recognize them. Cold refrains from blasting him, but they wind up getting attacked by more Birdmonsters. Cold blasts one, and they try and get Jax to follow them. White Canary saves the nurse from a different Birdmonster by almost decapitating it with her staff. The nurse calls her a “ninja”. (I am very sure folks in the 50’s did not use that word.) Canary makes her way over to where Jax now has Stein and Cold cornered, and she knocks him out with her staff. They take him and the other birdmonsters to Waverider, where Stein manages to reverse the effects.
White Canary and the nurse exchange their good-byes and thank each other for everything in a very sweet moment. Jax brings Betty a car, since he messed hers up. He implores her to get out of this town just as her boyfriend, Tommy, arrives again. Hawkgirl and Atom pack to leave, and Atom apologizes and says he was totally wrong. Hawkgirl also says she was wrong in thinking she could take Savage alone. Atom tells her that she needs a partner, and he offers his hand. She instead makes out with him.
Back on Waverider, Cold and Jax chat and Jax says he understands now why Cold did what he did to Heat Wave. During this heartwarming conversation, the ship is attacked by Chronos, who now has a toy that lets him breach their defenses. Stein, Cold, Hunter, and Jax wind up getting to the jumpship and taking off in order to try and stave off Chronos. There’s just one problem: that strands Atom, White Canary, and Hawkgirl in 1958 as they wonder why the others left them behind!
Who knew the 50s were so action-packed? Legends of Tomorrow returns all-new Thursday 3/31, only on Atlanta’s CW. Until then, see you in time!!!!