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Recap / Legends of Tomorrow S4 E13 "Egg MacGuffin"

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Ray discovers that Neron is trying to take control of him and the team tries to find a way to expel the demon. Meanwhile Sara sends Zari and Nate on a mission together.


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  • Adventure Guild: Nate's and Zari's mission leads them to New York's Adventure Society in 1933.
  • Almost Kiss: Zari and Nate, when hiding inside a closet.
  • And You Thought It Was a Game: When they find the egg is fake, Nate and Zari assume the entire mission was a huge set-up by Sara. Thus, when the Nazi agents come in, they openly laugh on how "bad and cliché" their acting is and that they must be from "the same acting troupe as Ava's fake parents." It's only when Sara informs them this is a real mission that the duo realize they're in trouble.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Neron gets Ray as a willing host, just like he wanted, and he manages to recruit Gary as a lackey as a bonus.
  • The Bet: Sara bets Ava 20 dollars that Nate and Zari hook up during their mission.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Nate and Zari finally kiss after the former is injured by Neron.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ray is Neron's new host, and Gary throws his lot in with the demon as well. On the plus side, Nate and Zari have admitted to their feelings for one another, while Nora is out of her coma and is officially recruited into the Time Bureau.
  • Black Comedy: Ray struggling to keep himself from killing Nate and Gary is played for dark laughs as much as for drama.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Mona exposes Charlie's guise as Rebecca Silver by tripping her up with trivia from "Rebecca"'s books.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Gary's lost nipple comes back into play, both as an example of his mistreatment and a temptation to side with Neron. According to Constantine, because it belongs to Hell it's now cursed, which it demonstrates by crawling across the floor to Gary.
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  • Concealment Equals Cover: A flimsy wooden table does a perfect job protecting Ava and Sarah from the bullets of the Nazis.
  • The Corrupter: Neron manages to turn Gary to his side by promising to appreciate his efforts, unlike the Legends, and by returning his lost nipple.
  • Deus Exit Machina: With Nora in a coma and Constantine out retrieving a Phoenix feather, there is nobody to detect Neron's presence in Ray until it's too late.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Neron is able to play on Gary's feelings of resentment on always being the resident Butt-Monkey and successfully is able to seduce him to his side...with the return of his nipple.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Zari blatantly checks out Nate's ass when he's getting around the tripwires.
  • Egg MacGuffin: Naturally, though it does end up becoming important by the end of the season.
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  • Entertainingly Wrong: Zari and Nate assume that the mission Sara sent them on is actually an elaborate charade to get them to hookup. While Sara does want them to hook up, the mission is legitimate.
  • The Face: Mick doesn't want to reveal his identity, so he has Charlie pose as Rebecca...until Mona crashes the Q&A and he's forced to reveal himself. Despite the audience's expectations, he receives a standing ovation and the appreciation of his fans.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Gary joins Neron...in exchange for his nipple (and playing on his resentment towards his Butt-Monkey status, but the nipple seals the deal).
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Gordon Gilchrist stole the honor of finding the Golden Egg from his assistant Vincent.
  • Fauxshadow: At first, it seems like the below-mentioned Foreshadowing simply refers to Gilchrist's assistant Vincent.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Neron doesn't have complete control of Ray, he's trying to force Ray to kill a loved one to make the possession absolute.
  • Foreshadowing: When discovering that Gilbert's assistant Vincent stole the egg and comparing it to the killer in Mick's book, Sara comments that the Extreme Doormat always ends up snapping and going bad. By the end of the episode Gary, the resident doormat and Butt-Monkey, turns evil and joins Neron.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: There are several plotlines that eventually partially overlap.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ray willingly gives himself up to Neron to stop the demon from making him kill Nate.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Much to Charlie's surprise, Mick actually takes his books and his fandom quite seriously.
    • Gary's goofy exterior hides a lot of self-worth issues. Also, he is Constantine's intern.
  • Human Shield: Zari uses Nate as a shield against the Nazis' bullets. Since he can turn into bulletproof steel, this isn't as cold-blooded as most examples.
  • I Gave My Word: Ray offers his body completely up to Neron if he spares Nate. After taking full control of Ray, Neron keeps his word.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Nate tries to talk Ray into fighting off Neron's control. It doesn't really work.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Sara goes at a bottle of scotch after losing Ray and Gary to Neron.
  • Internal Reveal: The team learns that Ray is possessed by Neron, and Mick confesses to being Rebecca Silver, which surprises Mona.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Mona has no clue that Mick is actually Rebecca Silver.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Neron plays on Ray's desire to protect his friends to get a willing host, and on Gary's self-esteem issues to get a new lackey.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ray, empowered by Neron, gives Nate a brutal beatdown, even in his steel form.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The episode starts with the Legends turning over a mummy to the Time Bureau.
    • Constantine is absent for the first three-quarters of the episode hunting down a Phoenix feather to awaken Nora from her coma. By his own admission, it really wasn't easy.
  • Oh, Crap!: Nate and Zari when they realize the mission wasn't some sort of grand setup and they're tied up and about to be killed by real Nazis.
  • Only in It for the Money: Mick doesn't make convention appearances, until he learns that there's a $20,000 reward for showing up to one. Subverted, in that Mick truly does love his fans (he personally answers all of their fan mail), and he writes for the sake of expressing himself, not just for money.
  • Plot Hole: Gary's flashbacks to all the times the Legends have mistreated him would suggest that he has memories of Mick roughing him up in "Here I Go Again", but that didn't really happen and the real Gary didn't experience it, as the bulk of that episode was All Just a Dream and the Gary who appeared in it was simulated by Gideon.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Enforced by Neron, who keeps Ray from telling anyone about what's the issue with him.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The inevitable result of Gary's Butt-Monkey status; being treated with so little respect, combined with the Legends' lack of regard for his safety, wreaks havoc on his self-esteem, and Neron is easily able to tempt him to his side with the promise of appreciation (and his lost nipple).
    • Charlie's half-baked scheme to impersonate Rebecca Silver falls apart the minute a hardcore fan starts asking her serious, in-depth questions about the books, which she doesn't know the answers to. Pretending to be someone else takes a lot of prep work, doesn't it, Charlie?
  • Reformed Criminal: Ava recruits Nora into the Time Bureau, letting her complete her redemption.
  • Science Vs Magic: Ray tries to banish Neron using science. It doesn't work.
  • Serious Business: Mona nearly wolfs out over Charlie pretending to be Rebecca Silver.
  • She's Back: John awakens Nora from her coma.
  • Shipper on Deck: Sara sends Nate and Zari on a mission together hoping they'll hook up in the process.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Nate and Zari's plotline is full of references to Indiana Jones.
    • Nate slithering through the trip wires is one to Catherine Zeta-Jones' memorable maneuvering around similar obstacles in Entrapment.
    • Gary picks up a book with a Flamel Cross in the cover. While the concept of the cross is part of alchemical tradition, the specific design is the one from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Skewed Priorities: What does Neron offer Gary to join him? His lost nipple (and respect, but the nipple is the clincher).
  • Something Only They Would Say: Mona asks Charlie a specific detail about one of her novels to expose her as a fraud.
  • Tempting Fate: Just when Zari and Nate are pondering that the only thing their mission is lacking is Nazis, they show up.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After two seasons of being the ultimate Butt-Monkey, Gary finally snaps and agrees to serve Neron.
  • Tongue-Tied: Neron makes Ray barely capable of finishing the first syllable of his name when he tries to warn the others he's possessed. According to Gary this is endemic to demonic possessions.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Neron tries to make Ray suffocate Nora with a pillow.
  • Wham Episode: Neron takes full possession of Ray and successfully seduces Gary to his side.
  • Wham Shot: In the final scene, the golden egg is moving. And then Gideon analyzes it and reveals it to be a dragon egg!
  • You Are Too Late: Ray has already been taken over by Neron when John arrives.

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