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Recap / Timeless S 2 E 3 Hollywoodland

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The team travels to LA in 1941, following another Rittenhouse sleeper agent, who poses as an RKO Pictures producer and steals the original reels for Citizen Kane in order to get William Randolph Hearst to give Rittenhouse a column in all his papers to publish their propaganda. Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus get Hedy Lamarr's help to retrieve the reels and stop the agent. Meanwhile, Agent Christopher agrees to help Flynn break out of prison. Jiya undergoes a full medical exam and discovers that there's nothing physically wrong with her despite the visions. Lucy and Wyatt finally sleep together, only for Wyatt to find out that Jessica is still alive.



  • invoked Best Known for the Fanservice: After meeting Hedy Lamarr, Rufus tells Lucy that the only thing he knows about her is that she got naked in her films. Lucy explains her more important accomplishments, resulting in a Geeky Turn-On for Rufus.
  • Compliment Backfire: When first meeting Hedy Lamarr, Lucy tells her how much more glamorous she is in person. Hedy smiles sweetly and tells Lucy that it's easy to be glamorous. All a woman has to do is stand there and look stupid. Lucy realizes her mistake, especially since she knows perfectly well that Hedy is also an accomplished scientist.
  • Enemy Mine: No one is particularly happy to be working (and living) with Flynn, but for once, they're on the same side.
  • Hot Scientist: Hedy Lamarr, of course. Rufus is turned on by both her beauty and her brains, although he points out that, since he has a girlfriend, he's not going to say it. He convinces her to renew her frequency hopping patent in The '50s, as the navy will start using her invention in The '60s. Upon return, he is glad to see that she made billions as a tech mogul, after quitting her acting career.
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  • Sinister Shiv: A random inmate stabs Flynn with a spoon shiv at breakfast. Flynn survives, kills the attacker, and assumes Rittenhouse sent the guy. He tells Christopher and Lucy that, if he stays in prison, one of the attempts on his life will eventually succeed.
  • The Slow Path: A Rittenhouse man leaves his son in LA to embed himself in the movie industry. He returns 15 years later, when his son is a successful producer at RKO Pictures. Meanwhile, his son is shocked to see that his father has barely changed, being told that only a few months have passed for him.
  • Spotting the Thread: The Lifeboat team realizes that Lucas is a Rittenhouse sleeper agent when Hedy Lamarr mentions that he's proposing a new film called Jurassic Park.
  • They Do: Lucy and Wyatt finally do it. In Hedy Lamarr's guest house, no less. Subverted in the end, when Wyatt is shocked to discover that his wife Jessica is still alive, possibly indicating a change in the timeline (Wyatt originally said her dead body was found).
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  • Timeshifted Actor: Young Lucas is played by Ryan Cargill. Adult Lucas is played by Teddy Sears.
  • Tricked Out Time: In order to help Flynn escape from prison, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus go to the building that will become Flynn's prison and leave a card, a gas mask, and a key in a package behind a particular brick in the wall of his cell. Christopher then hands him a piece of paper pointing to that particular brick and stages a gas attack on the prison, so he can walk out.
  • Wham Shot: Wyatt discovers that his wife Jessica, who he thought was murdered, is still alive and working as a bartender.

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