The Loop (TV)
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- "Ms. Lance, what were you thinking? Seducing a nurse in the sexually constraining 1950s? What happens to her when you leave?"
"I was liberating her... with the option to seduce later."
- —Martin Stein points out Sara Lance's poor choices during the mission
|The team tracks Savage to a small town in Oregon during the 1950s. Upon arrival, they discover there have been a recent string of murders and they suspect Savage is involved. Professor Stein and Sara go undercover at a psychiatric hospital, where Savage is working as a doctor, to find out his plan. While there, Sara meets a nurse named Lindsay and sparks fly. Meanwhile, Ray and Kendra pretend to be a married couple to gain the neighborhood's trust, but an interracial couple in the '50s isn't something that goes unnoticed. Soon, Savage is at their door.|
Preparation ran from November 23 until December 3, 2015. Shooting ran from December 4 until December 16, 2015.
- This is the only episode of the series not to feature Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory). However, Mick still appeared as Chronos.
- This leaves only eight cast members to appear in every episode: Caity Lotz (Sara Lance), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart), Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Amy Pemberton (Gideon), Victor Garber (Martin Stein), Ciara Renée (Kendra Saunders), and Franz Drameh (Jefferson Jackson).
- Stein likes the 1950s, while Sara and Jax dislike it; Sara is bisexual, and Jax is African-American. As they point out to Stein, neither are accepted in this era.
- Jax jokingly refers to Harmony Falls as "Pleasantville", a reference to the setting of the 1998 film of the same name.
- Jax also references "Lover's Lane". Although being a popular type of location in real life, there is such a place of the same name in Pleasantville.
- Leonard referred to Sara as "Nurse Ratched". This is a reference to the main antagonist in Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- Jax calls a bully "Biff", referencing the character Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future trilogy.
- Vandal Savage uses the name "Curtis Knox" as an alias. This is the name used for Savage in Smallville.
- In the Harmony Falls Psychiatric Facility, frequent references are made to a "Hall H". This is a reference to the most important room at San Diego Comic-Con.
- Ray asks Jax if he's going to an "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance, referencing the prom in the 1985 film Back to the Future.
- The sequence with The Atom entering Curtis Knox's house while Kendra overwatches him with a binocle is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film Rear Window.
- Jax refers to Harmony Falls as "Mayberry", the setting of The Andy Griffith Show.
- Snart calls Betty "Peggy Sue", referring to the Buddy Holly song of the same name.
- This is not the only appearance in a DC adaption for guest star Laura Mennell as she was previously seen in the film adaption of Watchmen, which is based on the 1986 graphic novel of the same name, in addition to the playing two different roles on Smallville.
- As an interesting trick, the audience is lead to believe Jax was being bullied by the cop due to being African-American, but the cop is later revealed to be working for Savage.
- "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets is heard playing on a car radio early in the episode. This same recording was previously heard playing in the 1978 Superman film.
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