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  • Story Arc Tony Dracon and the Turf War; the Illuminati
  • Characters: Broadway, Elisa Maza, Matt Bluestone, and Tony Dracon
  • Enemy(ies): Tony Dracon

Matt disappears following a lead to the Illuminati. Elisa and Broadway, in traditional noir fashion, investigate his case in order to find him in the clutches of Dracon and his grandfather Dominic, a suspected member of the Illuminati. It turns out, Dominic had been double-crossed by his old partner in crime, Mace Malone, who had disappeared with uncut jewels they stole back in the 20s; unfortunately, Mace left behind a wild goose chase.

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Matt Bluestone returns in Revelations, while Tony Dracon returns in the episode "Protection"


This Episode Contains the Following Tropes:
  • And This Is for...: Matt Bluestone punches one of Dracon's henchmen in retaliation for destroying his apartment stating "That was for my apartment".
  • Big "NO!": Dominic Dracon, when he discovers Mace Malone double-crossed him.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Broadway was illiterate in "A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time". Now he is shown to be knowledgeable enough to read and understand Mace Malone's note to the Dracons (though he has some understandable difficulty in pronouncing the word "right").
    • Elisa keeps her handgun locked up because not doing so in "Deadly Force" caused problems. Broadway is even present in the scene and watching a movie.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mace Malone doesn't appear in this episode, but he is shown in an old photograph accompanied by Dominic Dracon (the grandfather of Tony).
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  • Foreshadowing: Matt Bluestone is still looking for leads on The Illuminati in his off time. He doesn't find anything about them in this episode, but it will amount to something in the future.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Tony Dracon has a Skunk Stripe in his hair after his first appearance in "Deadly Force"; Word of God says that the in-universe rationale for this is because Dracon's first encounter with the gargoyles scared him so badly.
  • Mock Guffin: Mace Malone's stolen diamonds are actually marbles and a mocking note.
  • Noir Episode: "The Silver Falcon" is one of two of these in the series because it focuses on detective stuff. We see Broadway watching a noir-style movie and acting out the role. He accompanies Elisa, who insists she doesn't need a partner, on her investigation into the disappearance of fellow detective Matt Bluestone, and follows the trail of a jewel heist.
  • Shout-Out: This episode has quite a few shout-outs to The Maltese Falcon; to say nothing of the titular Falcon and the Mock Guffin in both stories, Broadway paraphrases Sam Spade: "When someone messes with your partner, you're supposed to do something about it."
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    • Greg Weisman has also said that having Broadway wearing a fedora and trench coat throughout this episode was a dual reference both to film noir detective stories and also to Ben Grimm (AKA "the Thing") of the Fantastic Four who frequently wears such an outfit to disguise his "monstrous" appearance when in public.
    • Pal Joey, the henchmen who was sent to destroy Matt Bluestone's apartment, is named after the 1957 film of the same name.
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