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Recap / Legends of Tomorrow S4 E11 "Sťance & Sensibility"

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While Nate is at Hank's funeral, the Legends go back in time to save Jane Austen's literary legacy.


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  • Almost Kiss: Zari and Nate almost kiss in Nate's childhood bedroom before Hank's funeral.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Ray is too much of a gentleman to even share a bed with Nora, much to her disappointment.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Charlie starts out very interested in seeing Mona wolf out. When it actually happens, Charlie is over the moon...for about three seconds before Mona smacks her across the room.
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  • Body Snatcher: With the help of Constantine, Hank briefly speaks through (an unwilling) Mick.
  • Book-Ends: In-universe, Hank's video starts with the greeting "Hey, world!" and ends with the reveal that he's calling his theme park "Heyworld".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Zari turns to look at the camera and complain that she knows that her threesome with Nate and Kamadeva is a dream.
  • Broken Pedestal: Mona is not pleased that her beloved author Jane Austen is less of a romantic than her books might suggest. When Jane calls her a fool for believing love conquers all when the sentiment has already failed her, she nearly wolfs out. Becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal when Jane explains she believes in marrying for love, but not throwing one's life away for romance.
  • Brutal Honesty: Zari is pretty blunt in telling Mona that she is a fool for falling in love with Konane so deeply despite barely knowing him.
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  • Continuity Cavalcade: In her song, Zari references her past adventures.
  • Courtly Love: How Kamadeva tries to win Zari over.
  • Deal with the Devil: Hank made a deal with Neron, not knowing he was a demon.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After finding out that Neron was behind the capture of the magical fugitives, Constantine immediately turns to the bottle.
  • Due to the Dead: Initially struggling to find nice things to say about his dad, Nate makes a private speech to him after finding out about his theme park plans.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Nora's eyes practically pop out of her head when she sees Ray shirtless.
  • Erotic Dream: All the female Legends have these as a result of Kamadeva's powers, as do Ray and Nora.
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  • Evil Gloating: Neron takes time to gloat at John at the end of the episode, first as a reflection of him and then in Desmond's form.
  • Failed a Spot Check: It's shockingly easy for Ray to hide Nora in his bedroom on the Waverider. The rest of the Legends still have no idea she's there by the episode's end.
  • Foil: Zari and Mona. Their obvious differences in demeanor and personality aside, they contrast in their attitudes about romance: Zari is cynical, believing romance to be a fairy tale, while Mona believes that love conquers all. The pros and cons of both attitudes are addressed in the episode (Zari is being realistic, but refusing to open herself to the possibility of love does her no good, while Mona is optimistic, but naïvely believing in the power of love just blinds her to reality), and by the end, they both see the benefit in the other's point of view.
  • Foreshadowing: Hank's real plans for the magical creatures to staff a theme park inspired by his son's drawings is foreshadowed by his mother testifying that he dearly loved him and made effort to make magic real for him when they had to miss out on a trip to Disneyland.
  • Friendship Moment: Nate makes it clear that he doesn't hold any ill will towards Ray for Nora's alleged murder of Hank; after all Hank was torturing magical creatures seeing it as they were both wrong about those who they loved — but he and Nate are still bros.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The first part of Zari's dream features the aftermath of Kamadeva performing oral sex on her, and one of Sara's hands is hidden under the sheets during her dream.
  • Good All Along: Turns out, Hank wasn't trying to weaponize the creatures, he was trying to tame them so that he could put them on display in a theme park.
  • Guilt Complex: Before finding out that she is innocent, Ray beats himself up at Hank's funeral, as he believes that it is his fault for giving Nora a second chance.
  • Hotter and Sexier: This episode is very erotic for a show with a TV-14 rating. The females all have blatant erotic dreams thanks to Kamadeva's magic, with Charlie howling and moaning in delight. Zari's dream is a blatant threesome with her, Kamadeva and Nate.
  • Human All Along: Well, kinda. Turns out Kamadeva is actually a human named Sanjay, who became the God of Love through the ashes of the real Kamadeva.
  • Idiot Ball: Turns out that Hank knew that Neron was a demon and got into business with him anyway.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Charlie is too excited about having another magical creature on deck to respect Mona's feelings about Konane's death and her transformation.
  • Internal Reveal: Constantine learns that Hank's mysterious partner was none other than Neron, and that Neron, not Nora, murdered Hank.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Mona is ecstatic to meet Jane Austen.
  • Love Is in the Air: Kamadeva works his magic through spreading the ashes of the original Kamadeva which makes people uninhibited in their romantic desires.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the final minutes, the Legends' jubilant insanity is replaced by the grim horror of Constantine's world — he's all alone drunk and then Neron appears in the mirror wearing Desmond's face just to screw with him, egging him on on how he couldn't save Astra or Desmond so how can he save the Legends?
  • More Than Mind Control: Kamadeva doesn't force anybody to do anything they don't want — he just removes the impulse control.
  • The Music Meister: Kamadeva can use his powers to create a Bollywood musical number that makes everyone dance, sing and change into traditional Indian wear.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Nate struggles to toast to his dad's memory considering their turbulent history and his shady dealings with Neron. He eventually takes Mick's advice to be brutally honest. But mom gets him to see that while Hank definitely had many many flaws, he was still a loving father.
  • No-Sell: Zari is completely immune to Kamadeva's charms, barring a brief make out session to trap him. It only makes it him want her more.
  • Parents as People: Hank might have had his faults, but in the end he wanted what was best for his family.
  • Politically Correct History: Mona, Charlie, and Zari have no problem walking around Regency England.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Constantine angrily smashes the mirror through which Neron, shapeshifted like Constantine, was taunting him. It takes a while for the mirror to fully crack so Neron can continue the taunt a bit longer.
  • Really Gets Around: Kamadeva has 1000 wives — he tries to convince Zari being wife 1001 is a great honor. She doesn't bite.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal:
    • Jane Austen for Mona, see the Broken Pedestal entry above.
    • Nate also regains respect for his late father after discovering that he was planning to build the theme park Nate envisioned as a kid.
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: Mona's shirt with the names of Jane Austen heroines.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mona, Sara, and Charlie encourage Zari to get together with Nate. And the handsome coachman of Regency England, who turns out to be Kamadeva.
  • Shirtless Scene: Ray, Nate, and Kamadeva all get one.
  • Shout-Out: Ray shouting "Legends Assemble!"
  • Spotting the Thread: Jane Austen immediately recognizes Mona in her transformed form.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Ray stashes a fugitive Nora in his bedroom, which naturally, only has one bed. They try sharing it platonically, but Ray quickly gives up and goes to sleep in a chair. Once he gets a whiff of Kamadeva's ashes, on the other hand... except that turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting:
    • Charlie, Sara, Zari, and Mona in Regency England trying to figure out who's making everyone lustful.
    • Ray and Nora trying to find proof that Neron killed Hank and clear her name.
    • Mick, Nate, and Constantine at Hank's funeral...with Hank's spirit trying to make contact, and Nate stubbornly refusing Constantine's ideas for a séance.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension:
    • Between Zari and Nate, who almost share a kiss in the beginning of the episode, then a tension filled hug, which results in Zari returning to the Waverider smelling like Nate and arousal, according to Mona. Zari later has a sex dream about Nate and Kamadeva.
    • Between Ray and Nora, who share a bed, have sex dreams about each other, and may or may not fall into They Do during the musical number near the end of the episode.

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