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Wyatt and Rufus steal the Lifeboat to travel to Toledo, Ohio, on March 19, 1983, to circumvent the one-night stand between the parents of Jessica's killer: a bartender and a stewardess. After several unsuccessful attempts, Wyatt chases the bartender outside in the midst of a hurricane. The bartender trips over debris resulting in a fatal fall. Meanwhile, Emma tells Flynn and Anthony about Rittenhouse's real intentions for the time machines. Flynn wants to continue eradicating Rittenhouse, but Anthony thinks they should destroy both machines. Anthony confides in Lucy his plans for sabotage.

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Lucy tells this information to Agent Christopher and they agree to keep it to themselves, and learns of Mason's dealings with her biological father, Benjamin Cahill. When Wyatt and Rufus return to the present, they discover Jessica is still missing but the other two women were saved, but Wyatt is taken into custody. There is a big explosion where the Mothership was parked, but the team notice a lack of debris from the machine and Anthony's body in the rubble with close-range gunshot wounds. They realize that Flynn discovered what Anthony was doing and escaped in the Mothership. Lucy confronts Cahill about Rittenhouse.


  • Bittersweet Ending: They save the life of two innocent women but accidentally kill an innocent man and fail to save Wyatt's wife. Verges on Downer Ending since Anthony dies trying to prevent further contamination of the timeline.
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  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: A police officer is injured in a car wreck. When asked if he was wearing his seatbelt, he says "No, because I'm not nine years old."
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Anthony dies in a borderline Redemption Equals Death as while he fails the mission, he does do his best to save the timestream.
  • "Mister Sandman" Sequence: The trip to the 80s is full of references to the pop culture of the period which is still relevant to both Rufus and Wyatt as well as the majority of the audience due to the closeness of it to the present timeline.
  • Retgone: A rare occasion where the heroes attempt this as they attempt to prevent the conception of a serial killer.


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