Legends of Tomorrow 12/08 Recap

“The Chicago Way” or The Untouchables

The show begins in 1927 Chicago, which is the height of Prohibition (alcohol is illegal) and the King of the City was none other than Scarface himself, Al Capone.  Eobard Thawne (Reverse Flash) and Damian Darhk meet Capone to volunteer their services to help him rule the city. Thinking he doesn’t need any help, Capone wants his goons to gun the duo down, but RF disarms and disposes of them in about half a second. They then introduce Scarface to the third member of their group, Malcolm Merlyn who’s also in the past.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"The Chicago Way"-- LGN208a_0307.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

As our heroes cruise through the time stream, they get an alert of the time aberration created by the triumvirate of Merlyn, Thawne and Darhk changing history. Their interference ended up causing Capone to become a politician and the mayor of Chicago.

Once they reach Chi-Town, the Legend’s first mission is to locate and protect Elliot Ness, a federal agent who worked for the Department of the Treasury who was responsible for arresting Capone not on bootlegging but tax evasion charges. Ray finds and warns Ness that he’s in danger but two uniformed officers show up and whisk him away. You’d think he was safe, but at that time over half the police department was in Capone’s pocket. The two cops take Ness to Capone who tortures and prepares to murder him.

Heywood, being a historian, realizes where Capone would take Ness and the Legends show up in the nick of time to rescue Ness who’d been pushed in the river. Injured but not dead, Ness has to recover on the Waverunner. Dr. Heywood take his place, though, since he has a vast knowledge of the time period being a historian and all.

Heywood as Ness and Palmer, who’s introduced as Bobby DeNiro, show up at the police precinct and let the cops know that they’re going to bust Capone that night. The team is on the search for the ledger that Capone kept that proved he hadn’t been paying his taxes. While Stein, Jax and Sarah go undercover at Capone’s bar, Vixen and Rory remain on the ship to watch over Ness. There’s another presence too: ghost Snart – died in season 1 – who begins to haunt his old partner Heatwave.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"The Chicago Way"-- LGN208b_0063.jpg -- Pictured: Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

As the trio of Stein, Jax and Sarah enjoy a 1920s Speakeasy, Malcolm and Darhk saunter in. When Jax and Stein attempt to form Firestorm, Thawne speeds in preventing the merger and kidnaps both Stein and Sarah just as faux-Ness and his team bust in.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"Invasion!"-- Image LGN207b_0244.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Franz Drameh as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

On the ship, the Legends try to figure out their next move. Since all their other plans failed and Sarah is now gone, Rory steps up and devises a plan. Malcolm then comes in and tells them why they’ve been captured: Thawne wants the amulet that the Legends recovered during a previous mission in the 1940s. He tries to convince Sarah to give up the trinket in exchange for Malcolm’s promise to change the past (their future at that point). Malcolm was the cause of Oliver Queen becoming the Arrow and causing Sarah to end up with the League of Assassins. She says no dice, so Malcolm grabs up Stein and takes him away to be tortured.  Stein then comes face-to-face for the first time with Thawne, who puts a device on him that causes severe pain.

While that’s going on, the rest of the team put Rory’s plan into action by hijacking one of Capone’s shipments of illegal booze. Rory “convinces” the drivers to tell him where the shipment was going, and they head off. Once they arrive at Capone’s hideout, Ray and Heywood search Capone’s office finding the ledger they need to prove the tax evasion. Rory and Vixen locate and rescue Stein and Sarah and head back to their ship.

Back on the Waverunner, the Legends soon learn that they’d actually “rescued” Reverse Flash instead of Stein. The device he’d put on the REAL Stein allowed him to absorb his looks. RF then, speeds around the ship looking for the amulet. While he does, RF takes a brief stop on the bridge and opens the hangar doors, so Malcom and Capone’s henchmen can take out the Legends.

Previously, Jax and the real Stein found a cache of hidden weapons on the ship, one of which is an energy gun they use on the speedster that doesn’t permanently incapacitate him but slows him down just enough to make it somewhat of a fair fight. Speaking of fights, the two super-ninjas Sarah and Malcolm go at it. Vixen and Rory have a little success with RF, but he makes it personal when he mentions how he killed Vixen’s boyfriend in an earlier episode. Unfortunately, we’re not treated to the whole fight as we’re switched to Sarah’s battle with Merlyn as she bests him. With a knife to his throat, Malcolm wants to play let’s make a deal in order for him to divulge where they’re holding the real Stein.

Capone, being a creature of habit, is at the same pier where he was about to kill Ness and once again the Legends show up in time to save Gray (Jax’s nickname for Stein). Sarah made a deal: Stein’s location for the amulet. To her it was a no-brainer: Stein is family, and they’ll just deal with the ramifications of the triumvirate having the bauble they’d been searching for. Meanwhile, the give Ness, who has completely healed, the ledger and let him go so he could eventually arrest Capone for tax evasion.

When we see why Thawne wanted the amulet, we learn that when put together with another piece, it turns into a 3D map that broadcasts the location of the mythical artifact the Spear of Destiny. Legend has it that the spear was used to pierce the side of Jesus Christ while he was being crucified, and it has some magical powers that they’ll use to rule the world.

As the show ends, we’re transported to 1967 California where we see a hippie Rip Hunter directing a movie. What does this mean for the Legends? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until new episodes return to Atlanta CW on its NEW night Tuesdays starting January 24th, 2017.

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