"I broke into the looney bin to perform an exorcism. And while I was at it, that demon called your name. Said you'd soon be slipping into the dark. And I figured if Emily's demon knows you on a first name basis, you might know something that can help me save you both."
John Constantine to Sara Lance
"Daddy Darhkest" is the tenth and midseason premiere episode of the third season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the forty-third episode overall. It aired on February 12, 2018.


After Sara's encounter with Mallus, the Legends are paid a visit by John Constantine, a demonologist detective. The Legends agree to accompany him to a present-day psychiatric hospital and they are surprised to discover who Constantine is trying to help. During the exorcism, Sara, Leo and Constantine go missing, leaving Ray and Zari to try to take care of Constantine's client. Meanwhile, Amaya and Nate once again come face to face with Kuasa.[src]



Preparation ran from October 16 until October 24, 2017. Shooting ran from October 25 until November 6, 2017.[1]


  • This is the first episode of the series not to feature Franz Drameh (Jefferson Jackson).
  • The title of the episode is a play on the phrase "daddy dearest".
  • The title card of the episode is similar to the one that's used in the next season of the series. This is likely due to the fact that this episode could be viewed as a crossover with Constantine, even though the series had been cancelled long before this episode took place. Furthermore, in the next season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, John Constantine appears much more frequently, even "unofficially" joining the team.
  • Starting with this episode, new episodes of Legends of Tomorrow now air on Mondays at 8pm (eastern time) instead of the old time slot of Tuesdays at 9pm (eastern time) that it aired on as of "Raiders of the Lost Art".
  • This episode's setting and theme is likely a tribute to the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • The insane asylum was also used in the filming of the 2003 film Freddy vs. Jason.
    • The set used for the hospital scene in 1969 is also the same set used in another CW show, Supernatural in season 1's "Asylum" and season 2's "In My Time of Dying".
      • Interestingly, the exorcism that John Constantine uses is the same as Supernatural.
  • "Emily", Nora Darhk's alias, is a subtle reference to The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
  • This is one of the only episodes of Legends of Tomorrow not to feature any time travel through the use of the Waverider.
  • The tarot card Constanine shows Sara Lance in the asylum in 1969 is a shoutout to her transition from The Canary to The White Canary.
  • It's revealed by Kuasa that Zambesi Village was destroyed in 1992 after Amaya was murdered by Benatu Eshu.
  • Ray Palmer says the last time an explosion happen in the Waverider, it caused a "freaky Friday Firestorm" referring to the events of "Helen Hunt" where Jefferson Jackson and Martin Stein switched bodies.
  • The part of this episode taking place in 2017 is set between the Season 6 Arrow episodes "Fallout" and "Tribute" because there is a mention of Oliver Queen being suspected of being the Green Arrow.
  • When he meets Leo Snart, Constantine makes an oblique romantic pass at him, and later on, has a sexual tryst with Sara. This is the first time Constantine's bisexuality, which was established in the Hellblazer comics, has been alluded to; it was never touched upon during the run of Constantine
  • Mentions are made of Constantine's failure to save a girl named Astra. The failed exorcism is first mentioned in "Non Est Asylum", the series premiere of Constantine, and it being Constantine's biggest failure in his exorcism career is a recurring theme throughout the series.
    • This is the first time in the Arrowverse that a direct reference to Constantine is mentioned outside of the series.
  • The character of Dr. Ellen Moore is possibly a reference to Alan Moore, one of the writers who originally characterized John Constantine in the comics.
  • The empty room in the asylum that Nora is taken to is room 237, a reference to the hotel room from The Shining.
  • Constantine says, "Allons-y Alonso", a reference to a line said by the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who to Alonso Frame, played by Russell Tovey.
  • The American Football game Mick is watching is between the Bay City Goldminers (BCG), which appeared in the Green Lantern comics, and Blue Valley Soldiers (BVS), which appeared in the Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. comics.
  • Regarding Ava Sharpe and Sara, Leo comments, "You're both super hot. Gay, not blind." This is reminiscent of John Trujillo's quote about Jacob in "Episode Three" of Freedom Fighters: The Ray: "He's cute. I may not be gay, but I have eyes."
  • The "ice pick" or "transorbital lobotomy" procedure that was going to be inflicted on Leo by Moore was a common treatment for mental illness in the mid-20th century.
  • When Sara asks Nora what voices she heard in her head from Mallus, Nora replies "the number 6", which Constantine points out is the number of the Biblical Beast from the Christian Bible's Book of Revelation.


  • The newspaper Constantine picks up in 1969 is dated Friday, January 16, 1969. January 16, 1969 was a Thursday.
    • Also, the headline was "Man Walks on Moon" with a picture of Neil Armstrong on the moon. The moon landing was July 20, 1969 at 20:17 UTC. The whole mission was July 16-24, 1969 - with launch on July 16, 1969 at 08:32 est.


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
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