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- "Guys. I think we're gonna need a bigger timeship."
- —Sara Lance
|A new fugitive is on the loose in 1951 Tokyo and Sara, Zari, Rory and Charlie try to capture it. As Constantine struggles to recover, Ray knows that magic might be the only thing that can save him but must look outside the team for help. Meanwhile, Ava joins Nate and his family for an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner.|
Preparation ran from August 13 until August 21, 2018. Shooting ran from August 22 until September 4, 2018, with a break on September 3 for Labor Day.
- The episode's title is mostly a reference to the 1996 film Mars Attacks! which in-turn was adapted from trading card game of the same name.
- When Sara sees the footage of the kraken, she says, "Guys, we're gonna need a bigger timeship", referring to the quote "We're gonna need a bigger boat" from the 1975 film Jaws.
- When Mona asks what the Time Bureau does (having previously done so, but having had her mind wiped), Gary likens the situation to the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
- When Ishirō Honda was talking about Hiroshima and how everyone turned to dust around him, he was talking about the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima was the first city targeted by the United States Army Air Forces, they released a nuclear weapon and dropped an atomic bomb on the city at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, during World War II.
- After they've eliminated the threat of Tagumo, Mick tells film director Ishirō Honda that "lizards are king", before Honda-san proclaims "The King of Monsters" as a good title. This is a reference to Godzilla, a lizard-like monster who in real life was created by Ishirō Honda in 1954 (three years later).
- When Ishiro Hindo mentions "King of Monsters' he says Kaiju which means "strange beasts", which includes Godzilla and many other large and usually lizard-like creatures.
- After they've dealt with the fugitives running loose in the Time Bureau, Hank says, "Let's make like a tree and leave", and Nate says that he's not sure if that's how it goes. This is a reference to the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, in which Biff Tannen (who is portrayed by Hank's actor, Tom Wilson) mistakenly quotes the metaphor as "make like a tree and get out of here", only to be corrected by his time-traveling older self, who says that it's "Make like a tree and leave".
- Instead of the usual DC's Legends of Tomorrow logo, the logo of this episode's title card is written in Japanese.
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