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- "Oh, woman of mystery. I know that look in your eye, though. That's the look of someone that I've taken everything from."
"Not everything. You haven't taken my soul, which I've already lost and I'm not eager to do again. "
- —Damien Darhk and Sara Lance
|When the Legends trace a timequake to President Reagan's White House, they are shocked to discover their old enemy Damien Darhk is now a Senior Adviser to Reagan. As the team works to uncover what Darhk has up his devious sleeve, Sara struggles with the choice of getting revenge or helping with the team's larger mission. Thinking that the JSA members could be of help, Amaya and Nate break into the JSA and are surprised at what they find. Meanwhile, Stein tries to prevent his younger self from creating an even bigger time Aberration.|
Preparation ran from August 24 until September 1, 2016. Shooting ran from September 2 until September 14, 2016.
- Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev are the first leaders of, respectively, the United States and Soviet Union to appear on-screen in the Arrowverse, as well as the first to appear themselves via photograph and archive footage respectively.
- Additionally, President Ike Eisenhower was mentioned in the episode.
- The original Red Tornado's bucket helmet could be glimpsed among other trophies on the Waverider.
- Damien Darhk's white and blue outfit whilst standing in front of a sports car is a reference to the 1980s TV series Miami Vice, in which protagonist James "Sonny" Crockett wears a similar outfit.
- When Mick and Ray are on a stakeout, the former turns on the radio to "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew.
- Mick's declaration of Love/Hate, "I hate the 80s", is a reference to "", where Mick says, "I love the 70s".
- Martin likens the clandestine meeting in a D.C. park to a John le Carré novel, whereas Nate and Jax agree that they prefer Ian Fleming.
- The younger Martin Stein mentions being nominated for his "sixth Carlin award". This is likely a reference to former DC Comics executive Mike Carlin.
- Stein's interactions with his younger self this episode would eventually lead to a time aberration.
- Martin makes a reference to dinner reservations with Clarissa at "L'Auberge." In the Washington, D.C. area, that's most likely a reference to L'Auberge Chez François, a DC-area French restaurant with a long-standing reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in the region.
- Obsidian was one of the first openly gay superheroes in comics and similar to this episode, his sexual orientation is the reason the 50s and 60s military wouldn't "trust" him on certain missions.
- At the end of the episode, Eobard Thawne and Darhk use a Time Sphere. This is a device first seen in the DC Adventure Comics #247 featuring the Legion of Superheroes. The Time Sphere was a Legion time travel-device used often and even at times by Rip Hunter.
- In Channel 52's breaking news segment, a photo of the White House is shown with a police cruiser parked in front. The car is a 1998 or newer Ford Crown Victoria.
- When Nate asks Todd Rice and Amaya to go to get a beer, Todd declines because he's watching his carbs. The Atkins diet, the first one to introduce carb counting as a way to lose weight, didn't gain popularity until the mid-1990s.
- The Marine honor guard seen when the Legends first arrive at the White House looks like he is in his mid, maybe late 20s, at the most. However, he is wearing the rank insignia of a Sergeant Major, the second highest enlisted rank in the Marine Corps. On average, it takes over 20 years of service to achieve this rank. In addition, the hash marks on his lower sleeve indicate 28 years of service, so it would be unheard of for someone so young to achieve such a high rank. Considering the man's age, it would be impossible for him to have that many hash marks, as each one indicates four years of service.
- When Jax mentions Doc Brown from wikipedia:Back to the Future, Stein is confused as to who the character is. In "" though, Stein quotes Marty McFly from the same film; if he knows the movie well enough to quote Marty, he should be aware of who Doc Brown is too.
- The Legends walk freely about the White House in secure areas without ID badges, yet no one challenges them. Similarly, they are able to bring weapons (a metal knife and the heat & cold guns) inside the secured area. By 1987, security was heightened since President Reagan had survived an assassination attempt in 1981.
- Stein's younger self is stabbed and Stein in current time has blood on his sweater from the stab wound. In reality, he would only have a scar that was mentioned later.
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