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"Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the seventy-fourth episode overall. It aired on March 10, 2020.

Synopsis

Ray plans a date night for him and Nora, but all goes awry when an Encore shows up making the team think on their feet and create a lie to keep the Encore at bay. While trying to fool the Encore, Ava learns what Sara was really doing while she was away and confronts her. Charlie and Constantine make a deal to work together, which will benefit both of them. Meanwhile, Rory is upset when he gets negative comments about his book, so Zari helps track down who the critic is, and Rory gets more than he bargained for.[src]

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Production

Preparation ran from August 30 until September 10, 2019. Shooting ran from September 11 until September 23, 2019.[1]

Trivia

  • The episode's title is a reference to the TV series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The similarities between this and the program in the episode are as follows:
    • Both begin with the host (Mister Rogers/Mr. Parker) entering through the front door, singing the theme song, putting on a red cardigan, and changing his shoes.
    • The host speaks as though he is talking directly to the viewers.
      • However, while Mister Rogers used one-on-one terms (most notably "neighbor"), Mr. Parker speaks to multiple people (i.e. "boys and girls").
    • At some point, a mailman (Mr. McFeely/Behrad the bike man) arrives with a delivery.
    • The host uses the mailman's delivery (in Mr. Parker's case, the Safe Space Sombrero) and gives commentary.
    • A model train (the trolley/Gary the Unspeakable Train Abomination) takes viewers to a fictional world (Neighborhood of Make-Believe/Land of Make-em-Ups).
    • The fictional world has puppets (in Mr. Parker's case, Sara and Ava) and at least one human (Lady Aberlin/John) who teach viewers a specific skill (in this case, communication).
      • However, unlike Mister Rogers, Mr. Parker does not voice his own puppets.
  • This episode was originally scheduled for March 3, 2020, but was later confirmed to air on March 10, 2020. This could be due to the Super Tuesday elections.
  • After Nora suggests making a potion to strip Damien of his powers, Gary makes his presence in the room known, saying "I volunteer as tribute" (offering to make the potion), a reference to the Hunger Games trilogy.
  • Mick's discovery of his daughter is similar to when Stein discovered he had an daughter in "Invasion!" after unknowingly inspiring his younger self in "Compromised" to be more attentive to his wife.
  • When the Legends end up in the Land of Make 'em Ups and Constantine sees that Ava and Sara have become puppets, he says "Are you bloody kidding me? Puppets; again?" referring to the Puppets of Tomorrow timeline he experienced in the season 4 episode "Legends of To-Meow-Meow".
  • Ironically, Gary begins the episode tied to the railroad in Salvation and then gets turned into a toy train because of Pippa's wish.
  • Damien walking Nora down the aisle is part of the "giving away", a wedding tradition in which a family member (usually the father) of the bride hands her off to the groom.
    • It's possible that Nate does something similar and acts as the replacement "family" by escorting Ray (suggesting that Ray asked Nate to be his best man), or they simply chose to walk together.
  • Gary flickering in and out of existence due to events in 1874 with his 2018 self is similar to what happened to Ray in "Phone Home".
  • Nate being turned into a smiling sun is a possible reference to the PBS Kids program Teletubbies.
  • Sara says that a power like the Loom of Fate should not be used by anybody, possibly in reference to the Spear of Destiny.
  • Sara has a job offer from Rene Ramirez a.k.a. Wild Dog from Star City. It's also a continuation of a plot thread from back at the beginning of the Season 3 premiere, where Sara was unable to get a decent job because a) she was legally dead, and b) she was basically a non-existent person because of her time travel escapades. This time around she made sure to invoke the clause of having a friend in high places (the mayor) to get a better job offer.
  • When Constantine is preparing to leave for Antarctica, Nate calls him Captain Cold, a reference to Leonard Snart who is a former legend. Ironically, Constantine appears to wear a winter coat which looks similar to Snart's coat. It's possible that Constantine was borrowing one of Snart's parkas in order to go to Antarctica or may have a similar spare. The former seems more likely, as Constantine also appeared to have Snart's goggles around his neck.
  • This is the first episode in the series to take place in Salvation but not feature Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex.
  • When Constantine tries using magic to combat Damien Darhk's powers as the latter is using magic to choke Ray, Damien shouts "Brexit!", and sweeps Constantine aside via telekinesis. "Brexit" is a term that refers to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union; said withdrawal first began in 2016.
    • Interestingly, the UK didn't begin separating from the European Union until late June 2016; about a month after Damien had been killed by Oliver Queen.
  • Audio and video from the webisodes "Mr. Parker Fish Food" and "Mr. Parker After 5" can be heard in this episode.

Goofs

  • Damien Darhk mentioned himself being in Hell for two years, however, he died in 1992 and chronologically, it is supposed to be 28 years ago.
  • While fighting with Damien Darhk, Constantine mispronounces "heirloom" as "hair-loom" (pronouncing the "H", which is actually silent).
    • Additionally, Nate accidentally says that Ray is "growns up", unless this was intentional for comic effect.
  • The montage of the Legends hugging right after the wedding is actually just multiple angles of the same shot, except for Nate and Ava's high-five.
  • When Damien Darhk shows up at Constantine's house and tells Nora about how he's an Encore, he says "Look, all I know is, I'm up here right now as part of some soul-harvesting pyramid scheme. Honestly, I can't keep up with these millennials and all their newfangled world domination plans." However, the millennial generation encompasses those born between 1981 and 1996. Since Astra, who released Damien's soul from Hell, would've been born around 2005,[2] this would make her part of Generation Z.
    • In a minority viewpoint, author Neil Howe, co-creator of the Strauss–Howe generational theory, defines the Homeland Generation as those born 2005 onwards. However, Howe described the dividing line between Millennials and Generation Z as "tentative", saying "you can’t be sure where history will someday draw a cohort dividing line until a generation fully comes of age" since people like Astra were still born in the early part of the new millennium. [3]

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