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  • Story Arc: The Illuminati
  • Characters: The Manhattan Clan, Matt Bluestone, Martin Hacker, and Mace Malone
  • Enemy(ies): Mace Malone

Matt watches Goliath struggle against a gauntlet of traps in a Hell Hotel run by Mace Malone, thinking back on what got him into that situation in the first place.

Tracking down Mace Malone in his search for The Illuminati, Matt learned not only that the Illuminati were real, but that the gargoyles were too; and Mace wanted Matt to capture a gargoyle for the Illuminati. Elisa introduced Matt to Goliath and the rest of the clan, and Matt agreed to keep the existence of the gargoyles a secret, in return for a favor.


Matt led Goliath to the Hell Hotel, but had also given him the means to escape from the traps, and together they trapped Mace in a prison of his own making. Matt's old partner from the FBI, Martin Hacker, tells him that he has passed the test and is now a member of the Illuminati.

Matt Bluestone returns in Protection. Martin Hacker returns in Invitation Only.

  • Bad "Bad Acting": Played with. Matt's inflection when watching Goliath in the hotel and talking to Malone is extremely suspicious on a second viewing, but not quite enough to alert unsuspecting viewers to his deeper game.
  • Blatant Lies: Subverted after the Drives Like Crazy example. Matt expects Elisa to lie about the clan's existence, but she reluctantly remarks, "They don't follow me everywhere."
  • Continuity Nod: A few.
    • Back in the episode "The Edge", Matt saw Elisa carrying a TV around the station that she claimed was something she bought and was going to take to her home. In this episode, Matt finds that same TV, along with some furniture, books, videos, and seemingly "enough food for a family of gorillas", up in the attic of the Police station. In a Blatant Lie she claims that she was making clock tower portion of the station her secret getaway.
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    • Back in "Legion", Matt complained about how Elisa never let him drive. In this episode, he brings up that complaint again, with nearly deadly consequences...
  • Didn't See That Coming: Hacker admits that Matt finding Malone through Flora's son (who hadn't seen Mace in decades), along with connecting Flora's real name with her stage name, floored the Illuminati.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Matt, angry at Elisa for lying to him about the gargoyles, nearly drives her car off a cliff in a bout of road rage.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Malone visits the grave of his wife every year and made sure to attend her funeral.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Xanatos is referred to merely as a "lower echelon member" of the Illuminati.
  • Fake Defector: Matt does this in an effort to win Mace Malone's and the rest of The Illuminati's trust. He was actually working with Goliath against Mace.
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  • False Friend: Hacker reveals he was made Matt's partner explicitly to derail his Illuminati investigations. Hacker still acts friendly towards him, but Matt is nonetheless pissed.
  • Hell Hotel: Hotel Cabal was designed as a maze of torture chambers, with the intent of breaking the subject's grip on reality to then break their mind. Rooms rotate, numerous false doors, exit windows that are actually life-like pictures, etc. and all of them have deadly traps. Eventually, the subject becomes a "mindless cretin", if they survive at all, and the Illumanti can pluck out all their secrets.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Hotel Cabal was developed as a torture technique to learn the secrets of people of interest. Mace ordered Matt to bring Goliath to it, but it is he himself who is driven mad. Based on Hacer's apathy to his fate, he was likely left there until he died of thrist
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Matt and Elisa bond over this: Elisa admits that she didn't want to "share" the Gargoyles, which Matt confesses that part of his obsession with the Illuminati was to stand out.
  • Irony: Matt's hotel key has the number 13 on it, an ironic touch, since it certainly does not bring him or Goliath bad luck.
  • Karmic Death: Mace Malone is left to die in his own Hell Hotel.
  • Male Gaze: Just before Matt speaks with Jack Dane, Malone's stepson, at a gym, the scene focuses a bit on a woman in some leg revealing gym attire drinking some water at a drinking fountain before going off. At least one male gym member is shown getting an eye full of her.
  • Noir Episode: The second of two of these to use the genre, the other being "The Silver Falcon". Once again, Matt is a key element of it. He has the private eye monologue as he looks back on his investigation, and ultimately double crosses the episode's criminal mastermind.
  • Product Placement: A tie-in was planned, but to the relief of people who have a disdain for this practice it was averted. The episode was considered as a tie-in with Disney's "Tower of Terror" ride, and the Hotel Cabal went by the name of the "Hollywood Tower". Disney later on changed its mind, however, while the script was being worked on, and the "Tower of Terror" references were promptly dropped.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
    Elisa: You haven't said three words all night.
    Matt: Let. Me. Drive.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Illuminati administer a "loyalty test" on Matt Bluestone: an assignment to bring a gargoyle to the Hotel Cabal. Matt brought a gargoyle there and subsequently helped him escape, condemning a senior Illuminatus to a Fate Worse than Death in the process. Needless to say, Matt demonstrated that he was not loyal to the Illuminati. In fact, the Illuminati weren't testing Matt's loyalty at all; they were testing his cunning and treachery. Needless to say, Matt passed the test and was inducted into the Illuminati.
  • Shout Out: While the Illuminati is a very obvious topic in conspiracy theory circles, but there is also a more subtle reference to another one to common conspiracy theory lore. Mace Malone's hotel key has the number 23 on it, a number that has frequently featured in conspiracy theories.
  • Superdickery: Matt Bluestone apparently betrays Goliath to Mace Malone. However, it turns out to be a plot to expose the Illuminati.
  • Villain Respect: Mace speaks admiringly of Goliath's willpower and fortitude, and says that breaking his spirit will take much longer than other "guests" to Hotel Cabal.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Matt calls Elisa out on constantly lying to him about the Gargoyles when he's been completely open about his FBI past and Illuminati research.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Illuminati leaves Malone to rot in the Hell Hotel after he failed in his task to break Goliath.

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