“Legends of Tomorrow” Episode 502 Recap: Never Trust a Big Butt and Smile

Previously on Legends of Tomorrow, Nate saw Zari’s hologram she made before they broke the timeline, Astra released a bunch of rotten souls out of hell and back into their bad bods, and the Legends learned at these “Encores” are unkillable since their chit is still in hell so they put Rasputin in a bunch of jars.

At the end of the last episode, Constantine bee-bopped to hell, so we open this week’s episode there, with Constantine telling Astra to call the souls back. She just kind of laughs in his face; this is a win-win for her. The more people these souls corrupt or kill during their Encore performance, all the more souls she’ll get that she wouldn’t have had before. Plus, she gets to torture Constantine.


The phrase, “deliciously evil” comes to mind.

He threatens to kill her but she again is unfazed. She’s already in hell, what more could he do to her? Constantine’s spell ends and the sigil finishes and he’s bamfed back up to the Waverider, where Avalance is still waiting for him. Ava wants a debrief but Sara knows Constantine will need a drink before he’ll share.

avalance watches constantine do his thing

That feeling when your friend texts you after their date about something unrelated and you’re like EH HEM I NEED DETAILS.

Meanwhile, Nate is trying to get Gideon to play Zari’s video again, but she was rebooted so she doesn’t have it anymore. But when Behrad comes in to see what he’s up to, Nate’s brain flickers an image of Zari in his stead. Behrad thinks maybe Nate is losing it, and anyway they have to go because Sara asked them to gather.

Constantine gives everyone the scoop on Astrid and the Encores, and Sara, for one, is pumped that this mess isn’t their fault for once.

sara looks smug

This is absolutely me at my day job. “This situation sucks and I WILL help you fix it but I would like to reiterate how this is not my fault.”

Ava asks what they’re supposed to do if sending the souls back to hell is moot, and Sara suggests they start collecting them on the ship for now.

After the team meeting, Behrad tells Sara that he’s taking Nate to 2044 so they can celebrate his dad’s birthday, and Nate is going to pose as his business school professor to help keep up his ongoing lie. Sara sends them off and just as they leave, Gideon tells her that there’s a time quake pointing back to LA in 1947.

When Sara gets to the command center, she finds her girlfriend standing there all set to give orders, but Ava stops herself and apologizes. Sara just smiles and takes over, splitting them into two teams, a ground team and the QB team.

ava sara top off

When your girlfriend is a bottom and tries to top.

At first Ava is pumped she’s called to QB already even though she’s only been on the non-Bureau side of things for a little while, but Mick says that this is the safe, boring job and not exactly a prize to be won.

When Behrad and Nate get to Behrad’s parents house, they also meet Behrad’s sister, Zari, the social media influencer extraordinaire. She’s talking to her social media following on “Cat Chat” (wonder why she was drawn to that…) and giving instructions to her entourage.

Zari smiles at her cell phone

MISSED YOU, BB! :invents Cat Chat 40 years too early just to follow Zari:

She says goodbye to her “Z Nation,” of which I am firmly a part of, then notices that Nate is just ogling her. Nate mumbles something about having seen her video, and Zari assumes he means on her social media, so thanks him like he’s a fan and snaps at her brother in Persian for bringing a creeper to their family dinner.

At the same time, and yet also almost 100 years earlier, Sara, Constantine, and Ray head to the source of the time quake in a PI’s office in LA. There, they find a pile of ash with infernal residue, meaning someone was destroyed via hellfire, so they know they’re in the right place.

They see the telltale silhouette of a dame in need of some assistance, but when the high heels start quickly clicking away, they rush out to see who it is. They fumble around an explanation for who they are, claiming to be one of the names on the PI’s door, and Constantine calls Sara his secretary in a bad American accent, and she is none too pleased about that.

sara rolls her eyes

“Call me your secretary again and I’ll kill you with only a fountain pen.”

The woman, Jeanie Hill, pegs Ray as a cop, but he says he’s undercover and can help her. Jeanie explains that her boyfriend Bugsy, aka Benjamin Siegel, is a real bad guy, yasee, and he’s got the PD in his pocket. And the thing is…Bugsy died. But he mysteriously came back bigger and badder than ever. More ambitious. Fearless. Plus, he has a magic gun.

Jeanie says she’s scared, so Sara tells her to get out of town while they deal with this, and Ray gives her money to do just that.

As soon as Jeanie is gone, Constantine tells Ray he got got, but Sara says that’s not their focus right now. They have to go to the Blue Iguana and stop Bugsy.

Sara calls her QB team to the field, and Ava is so delighted to be of service.

Ava looks amazing in her 40s garb

Would start a mob just to make Ava my mob wife.

She gives Sara the lowdown but Mick tells her to chill out; they’re second string in this mission, she doesn’t have to work so hard.

Not long after arriving at the Blue Iguana, Sara notices Jeanie come in and that she seems awfully chummy with Bugsy. They make eye contact and Jeanie meets them in the hallway and explains that it’s a bit more complicated than she let on. The thing is, this blackmail…includes her. She was used as a pawn to get powerful men and women in compromising positions so Bugsy could photograph them. Jeanie is upset; she always wanted to be famous, not notorious, but she doesn’t see a way out of this.

Sara does, though. She wants to set up a honey trap of her own. So she takes off her hat and puts on her flirty face and gets Bugsy to come to her in two seconds flat.

sara puts her flirty face on

She threw that hat and my heart in one fell swoop.

And I mean, can you blame him?

sara smirks

Call me Winnie the Pooh because I’d fall right into this honeypot.

Sara says she’s a gossip columnist and has some scoop for him so he follows her outside, but there are gangsters waiting for him out back. Sara steps aside and watches as Bugsy gets lit up by machine guns only to smile and shoot his hellfire gun at everyone, obliterating them all.

The police arrive and take him in before the Legends can apprehend him, but Bugsy is smirking; he knows he won’t get jail time. But Sara sends Ray in his cop uniform downtown to make sure he won’t get away either.

Back in 2044, Behrad is talking about his coursework at dinner while his mother pries into his dating life and Nate drools over Zari. Zari is rightfully creeped out by him and everything is awkward, especially when Nate foolishly mentions the air totem that’s in a painting that he knows full well the family thinks was stolen but is actually on Behrad’s wrist. Nate is such a dope.

Sara is back on the Waverider, but when Ava asks her if she should come back, too, Sara tells her to stay at the club. Sitting and waiting isn’t exactly an activity Director Ava Sharpe is used to, and Mick can sense she’s getting antsy. And is maybe not the best person to help her through this feeling.

Honestly I wish I could describe the next scene to you in detail but my notes for the entire thing are, “Constantine says they need Bugsy’s gun. Sara is wearing a tank top.”

Sara and her FUCKING ARMS with a blurry Constantine in the background

I haven’t had this much fun with the blur tool since the Cape Tricks days of Supergirl.

But I can’t imagine I missed anything particularly significant. If I did, blame Caity Lotz’s arms.

Officer Ray goes to the LAPD station and sees Bugsy having a meal and a laugh with the cops who were supposed to arrest him. Ray is approached by a guy named Sullivan who seems to be on Ray’s side of things, and they decide to team up to take Bugsy down.

Back at the Blue Iguana, Ava is starting to drink her feelings of being directionless and useless away when Sara calls in and asks her to help clear the bar out. Finally having a task to do, Ava gleefully leaps into action.

When Sara and Ray get to the Blue Iguana, after a failed attempt to get the gun from Bugsy, they find Ava singing Poison about 40 years too early. She has backup singers and perfect lighting and she doesn’t change the pronouns and it’s perfection.

Ava sings

Jes Macallan is a goddamned GIFT.

That is, until we cut to what everyone who ISN’T Ava is hearing/seeing, which is a drunk woman slurring an off-key version of a song they’d never heard, though they have no way of knowing her “bad” version is still better than the one by Will Schuster and the Acafellas.

Ava is making a heart with her hands

I love a hot dork.

The bar starts to clear out as the grumpy patrons boo and leave. Some girlfriends might have been embarrassed, or annoyed; this probably isn’t what she had in mind, and Ava probably shouldn’t be drunk on the job. But Sara is just…SO proud.

sara beams

I have never seen such pure delight on Sara Lance’s face.

And what’s funny is, I have to imagine that on some level, Ava knew she wasn’t a great singer, because this was her plan to empty the place all along. Which makes it even more perfect.

Sara beams even brighter

If your significant other doesn’t look at you like this when you’re doing a thing you love, even if you’re bad at it or if they don’t understand it, walk away now.

Bugsy comes in and insults the stranger he sees on his club stage but Sara snaps at him and tells this 40s mob boss that it’s her girlfriend, for no reason other than that it was her instinct to defend her lady.

sara scolds benjamin

“You listen to me, wise guy, that dame is the love of my life and I won’t be hearin’ nothing else of it, yasee? Now scram, before I snap my cap.”

She looks him square in the eye and tells him that she’s going to stop him. He of course doesn’t believe this smol girl could outsmart him, let alone outmatch him, so he pulls his gun, but the gun on his person isn’t the magic gun.

sara is delighted

Sara is just having the best time. And frankly, so am I.

And he pays for underestimating her with his consciousness.

Also, side note, Sara lets Ava finish her debaucherous performance before they leave.

Ava drunkenly sings on stage

You’re doing amazing, sweetie!

Back in 2044, Nate finds a magazine with a young Zari on it, and we learn that her dragon made little Zari famous at 11, and the strong-willed girl had no choice but to take control of her life and turn that fame she never asked for into a career she curated. Zari uses Nate’s dopiness and openness and attraction to her and almost gets him to admit that Behrad has been lying about business school and the air totem.

Zari seduces Nate

She might care more about her image now, but our Zari is still smart as a whip.

But then Behrad interrupts and says it’s time to cut the cake.

Back in the 1940s, Constantine figures out where Bugsy is keeping his blackmail photos, and takes Jeanie to find them…though not without schtupping her first. (Which I felt good about. I like having at least one messy bisexual on the show at all times, and now that Sara has Ava, and Charlie is MIA, the role was open.)

Once they find the blackmail stash, before Constantine can burn it, Jeanie reveals that she’s the one who swapped the magic gun for a real gun, and she has the obliterator now. She wants the stash so she can take over as mob boss in Bugsy’s place. She’s tired of being taken advantage of, and she wants to turn the tables. At first Constantine tries to talk her down, but then he realizes that it’s not his choice to make. So he hands her the blackmail folder and she hands him the gun and they go their separate ways.

Jeanie looks sad as she leaves

You deserved better, babe.

Except Ray had been duped and Sullivan was actually a bad guy and he and his guys rigged Jeanie’s car to explode, right in front of Constantine’s face.

And my question is…has this ever happened before? Have they ever straight-up lost someone they were supposed to be helping? I know they’ve lost Legends and friends before, but has a victim-of-the-week ever DIED? I can’t tell if this is meant to up the stakes for this season, or if this was meant to be a lesson for Constantine; if you don’t try to lead a person (read: Astra) to do better, and instead just leave them to their own dubious devices, they will die in a fiery pit of flames? I’m not sure but I’ll be interested to see if this death impacts anyone in the future—namely Sara, who was ostensibly in charge of this mission—because it sure didn’t seem to affect Ray as much as I would have thought. In fact, his arrival on the scene with the steering wheel he was cuffed too dangling by his side almost seemed played for laughs, which would have been a bit out of character for Legends, and for Ray.

Anyway, back up on the Waverider, Sara is getting the holding cell outfitted for its brand new mobster.

Sara looks impressed with her work

“Well would you look at that! I put on my gayest pants and I fixed the holding cell.”

But before she can put Bugsy in his cozy new home, Constantine comes and takes him to hell.

Sara watches Constantine go

“All this bopping back and forth is really taking the fun out of the phrase, ‘Go to hell.'”

Constantine uses his magic gun to obliterate everyone in his way until he gets to Astra, who remains unflappable in the face of Constantine’s rampage. He points the gun at her but she just looks up at him, almost bored, knowing he won’t do it.

Astra looks evilly at the camera

Is she looking directly into anyone else’s soul or am I hexed now?

He puts the gun down and says he won’t give up on her, not this time. She calls him soft, and to prove that softness has nothing to do with why he didn’t shoot her, he shoots Bugsy into hell dust.

When he gets back to the ship and explains that they don’t have the magic gun that can kill the unkillable Encores, Sara is only mildly annoyed. Ray is proud that he didn’t kill Astra.

Ava stumbles in, proud of her epic performance, and rambling about how much she loves Sara not having responsibilities.

Ava swigs a beer

The way she was slinging around that stolen beer was comedy gold.

Sara is so amused by her girlfriend being the sloppy one of the group for the first time, assures her that there’s no such thing as a small role on the Waverider, and gently strokes her hair as she passes out. “Night night, sweetheart.”

Sara smiles down at her sleeping angel of a gf

A great assassin. An even better girlfriend. Who’da thunk.

As Nate and Behrad are getting ready to leave 2044, Zari confronts them about having been at Heyworld 24 years ago and yet looking the same age right now. Zari is extremely suspicious, and knows that he probably also has the air totem, and is about to march off and tell her parents when Behrad opens a time portal in her path so she ends up on the Waverider. She looks around at this unfamiliar place full of unfamiliar people and she. is. SHOOK.

zari points confusedly

“Who are all you peop—good LORD that woman is attractive.”

Much to the confused faces of the Legends, Zari just screams for help.

See you next week, when we end up in an 80s slasher film, and if my dreams come true, Charlie will stroll in and be like, “Sup Z?” as if nothing had changed.

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  1. Favorite captioned screenshots: 4,5 (I KNOW), 7, Last two!
    The way Caity Lotz can switch on que from commanding top (with her team) to seductive controlling bottom (when she husked her voice for the mob villain) is a GIFT!
    Tala Ashe is so attractive. So HOT. I don’t know why I never noticed this before. Maybe because she’s gone femme this episode.

  2. Favorite line of the episode is when Zari is screaming for help and Ava sings with a slur “That girl is poison”.

  3. loved this episode but I can’t believe they are denying us Charlie! I hope whatever timey wimey hijinks she is up to are revealed to us soon.

    • From what I’ve seen on twitter, Charlie’s only missing because her actress was working on another project while they were filming the first few episodes. I’m hoping that won’t mean that they just brush off her absence, but at least it’s not driven by the writers!

  4. Hi did you know I love Avalance very very much???? They were PERFECTION in this episode. They’re just so CUTE together and they really bring out the best in each other.

    I hadn’t thought about if the Legends have lost a victim of the week before, but that’s a really good point. The closest I can remember is when Nate’s grandfather died, I think in the moon landing episode? Usually when they lose someone, it’s a pretty big deal (except for Rip Hunter, and except when Sara’s dad died on Arrow and no one even mentioned it on Legends).

    Where! Is! Charlie!

  5. Ava drank so much that the fourth wall got beer goggles.


    This new Zari is intriguing… she’s like the inverse reciprocal of the last Zari we saw. Sharp wit behind a well crafted facade. I look forward to her arc this season, as long as there is more to it than her and Nate “reconnecting”. Love that transcends realities is Iris and Barry’s thing.


    I think I know where Charlie is; she’s at a support group with Nia, Alex, Kelly, and Grace for interesting characters who don’t get enough screen time.

  6. “Sara is so amused by her girlfriend being the sloppy one of the group for the first time, assures her that there’s no such thing as a small role on the Waverider, and gently strokes her hair as she passes out. “Night night, sweetheart.”’

    *Sigh* These are the ‘Girlfriend Shenanigans’ that fill my bubbly squishy bits. *Sigh*

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