"Egg MacGuffin" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of , and the sixty-fourth episode overall. It aired on April 29, 2019.
|While Ray is worried about Nora, he is suddenly faced with his own problem that forces him to do the unthinkable. Nate and Zari are stuck in an awkward limbo, so Sara devises a plan to send them on an easy mission together. Meanwhile, Charlie and Rory are approached with a lucrative offer that could upend their lives.|
- Brandon Routh as Dr. Ray Palmer and Neron
- Caity Lotz as Captain Sara Lance
- Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Charlie
- Tala Ashe as Zari Tomaz
- Jes Macallan as Director Ava Sharpe
- Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk
- Amy Louise Pemberton as Gideon (voice)
- Ramona Young as Mona Wu
- Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood/Steel
- Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory
Special appearance by
- Adrian Petriw as Friedrich "Rick"
- Mike Desabrais as Ze Surgeon
- Alexander J. Baxter as Mummy
- Jaycie Dotin as Tammy
- Dale Willman as Audience #1
- Kiomi Pyke as Audience #2
- Ryan Moss as Guard
- Dolly K. Wyatt as Narrator
The scene begins with an awkward moment among Nate and Zari as the two haven't chose to move to the following stage just yet. Sara offers Zari a few hints and deceives. The group is made aware of an erroneous date in 1930's New York. While trying to play intermediary, Sara appoints both Nate and Zari to the case, trusting they'll connect sooner or later over the mission. The two have a go at selecting different individuals from the Legends to go with, however they're not able to persuade anybody to go, leaving the two to handle only it.
As they get further into their main goal, they can't resist the urge to imagine that Sara set the whole strategic as an approach to get the two to connect. In a little while, the two are captured by a couple of Nazis and understand the strategic genuine and not an arrangement. Luckily enough for them, Sara and Ava show up to make all the difference. Nate goes back to the Waverider, while Zari, Ava and Sara stay back.
Nora's still in her mental state and Ray — still controlled by Neron — attempts to cover her, that even that makes Ray understand he's controlled by the evil spirit. Beam begins running tests, wanting to think of a logical fix to free himself of the "disease." Gary accidentally sheets the Waverider and engages in Ray's difficulty, attempting to exorcize Neron. In the end, Ray offers himself to Neron when he attacks Nate and tries to kill him, who then expends Ray's entire body.
Somewhere else, Rebecca Silver — the nom de plume rights under — is welcome to "RomantiCon." Rory persuades Charlie to remain in as Silver and the two go to the con. Charlie's board is hindered by Mona, who's a raging Rebecca Silver fan. She drives a revolt of sorts, constraining Mick to genuine that he's really the creator.
Constantine gets the correct fixings to use in a spell to bring Nora back, who mentions upon waking up that Neron has taken control of Ray and is on the lose.
Neron, as Ray, "converts" Gary to his side by giving into his greed and allowing him to get his areola back, which was long in Hell, now causes Gary to turn over to the dark side.
Constantine approaches the Waverider to get control over Neron again. While keeping Neron in a spell, Constantine asks for Gary to help, who upon being yelled at by Constantine takes him out. Neron and Gary then use Constantine's time stone and take him with off the Waverider, with the rest of the team coming back to the Waverider as soon as Neron and Gary leave, allowing Gideon and the systems to come back online, all of them completely unaware of what had happened, until Nate comes - all bruised up, after taking a beating from Neron - to alarm them of the calamity.
Ava makes Nora an individual from the Time Bureau, and allows her to be a part of the team. Meanwhile, Nate wallows over his guilt of not being there for Ray. Zari consoles him and they finally kiss at last.
Preparation ran from November 14 until November 26, 2018. Shooting ran from November 27 until December 7, 2018.
- The episode's title is a combination of the names to the McDonald's breakfast sandwich the Egg McMuffin, and the MacGuffin, a plot device made famous by Alfred Hitchcock.
- There are several references to the Indiana Jones film series made in this episode:
- When on the mission in 1933 Zari is given the name of Marion Ravenwood, the Indiana Jones franchise's leading female character. Nate is given the alias Dr. Henry Jones Junior, the true name of the character of Indiana Jones (also called "Indy" by his friends). In the episode, Zari hits someone in the back of the head with a frying pan, similar to something Ravenwood does in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- After Zari and Nate find the fake egg, the Nazis threaten to torture them to learn the location of the real egg, similar to how Arnold Ernst Toht threatened to torture Marion to make her give him the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- When the Waverider makes the time jump from 2019 to 1933, a map of the United States is shown, with a red line moving across it from 2019 Washington D.C. to 1933 New York to indicate that they're traveling from one location to another. This is commonly featured in the Indiana Jones films to show when someone (usually the titular character) is traveling.
- Ava uses a whip while fighting the Nazis, a reference to Indy's signature weapon.
- The ending scene where Zari asks Nate where it doesn't hurt is also a reference to a scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark between Indy and Marion.
- Ray's line of "Not groovy at all" is a reference to the "Groovy" catchphrase of The Evil Dead protagonist Ash Williams who is noted for having a possessed right hand similar to Ray.
- As of this episode, Zari is Nate's second love interest within the Legends, after Amaya Jiwe.
- When discovering that Gordon's assistant Vincent stole the gold dragon egg, and comparing it to the killer in the book club book, Sara comments that the extreme doormat always ends up snapping and going bad. This foreshadows what happens to Gary, the resident doormat, who turns evil and joins Neron.
- When Nate reveals Ray's fate to the girls, Mallus' theme from Season 3 plays in the background.
- By the end of this episode, Nate and Mick are the only male characters who are not deceased, captured, or working for Neron.
- The tagline for Heatwaves: An Erotic Space Odyssey is "In space, no one can hear you moan." This is a reference to the famous movie tagline "In space, no one can hear you scream" from the hit horror movie Alien.
- Nate slithering through the trip wires is similar to how Catherine Zeta-Jones memorably maneuvered through similar obstacles in the 1999 film, Entrapment.
- Gary picks up a book with a Flamel Cross on the cover. While the concept of the cross is part of alchemical tradition, the specific design is the one from Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Nate quotes Ray by referring to the fugitive as a "myth-tery". However, Nate was not present when Ray used the term in "".
- However, it's possible that Ray mentioned this to Nate later off-screen.
- Nate appears to have no blood on him after facing Ray/Neron, but his face is covered in cuts by the time he meets Zari on the bridge.
- During the flashbacks of all the times Gary had been treated badly by everyone, the scene where Mick pulls out Gary from the trash bin in "" was included, despite this being a simulation created by Gideon to prevent Zari from leaving the Legends. Therefore, Gary should have no memory of this.
- RomantiCon 2019 is supposed to be happening in Seattle, but the establishing shot for it is very clearly not the Washington State Convention Center, where such an event would typically be held.
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