For the titular character, see Rip Hunter.
"There's no rhyme nor reason to any of this. History is war and slavery and holding a dead son in your arms. There's no point in protecting history, so we might as well just burn it all down."
Rip Hunter to Jefferson Jackson
"Turncoat" is the eleventh episode of the second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the twenty-seventh episode overall. It aired on February 7, 2017.


When the Legends find a new Time Aberration, they learn they must travel to the winter of 1776 to protect George Washington and the American Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned, forcing Sara to send out Nate and Amaya to help. Meanwhile, Jax and Stein who are busy protecting the incapacitated Waverider from their new enemy, are forced to step into roles that they don't think they are prepared for.[src]


Preparation ran from November 7 until November 16, 2016 with a break on November 11 for Remembrance Day. Shooting ran from November 17 until November 30, 2016.[1]


  • "Turncoat" is a military term for someone who shifts allegiance from one loyalty/cause to another, often betraying their original party. Rip Hunter becomes a turncoat when he betrays the Legends and joins the Legion of Doom (albeit brainwashed).
  • Mick broke the fourth wall when he addressed the audience at the end of his opening monologue.
  • Ray mentions how without George Washington, America wouldn't have the musical Hamilton.
  • Nate states that he and Amaya are "not in Kansas anymore", a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, which Amaya notes.
    • Nate also mentions how he was afraid of the flying monkeys in the film.
    • Nate later gives Amaya ruby slippers as a Christmas gift, referencing those worn by the film's protagonist Dorothy Gale.
  • Nate describes the mechanics of the dating app Tinder to Amaya.
  • When Ray is walking through Waverider's pipes, the tune he was whistling is the theme of the show.
  • The CW broadcasting of this episode featured special LEGO end cards to coincide the release of The LEGO Batman Movie.
    • Unlike the other three Arrowverse shows however, the DC/Warner Bros. variant does not have a minifigure that represents one of the DC's Legends of Tomorrow characters and is instead recreated in LEGO form.
  • During the Christmas party, the Legends are playing with Christmas crackers in the background. While much more popular in Commonwealth countries such as Canada, where the show is filmed, the tradition of Christmas crackers is not widely practiced by Americans.
  • Rip says, "The British are Coming" when the British army was approaching. This was the line that Paul Revere shouted out to warn American colonists when the British were coming to attack.
  • It seems that Arrowverse is on a Star Trek kick, though the dialogue is changed. Professor Martin Stein says, "Damn it, Jefferson. I'm a physicist, not a doctor." Jax counters, "And I'm a mechanic, not a Captain." This is a reference to Dr. Leonard McCoy from Star Trek: TOS, who would say "I'm a doctor, not a..." in various episodes.
  • When Jax and Sara are talking in the Waverider's office, a glass skull can be seen on the desk beside Sara, which resembles the crystal skull in the movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  • Mick's advice to Washington on fighting dirty references the historical opinion that the American Revolutionary War was won more through the use of hit-and-run guerrilla tactics than traditional or "gentlemanly" forms of warfare.
  • A helmet similar to the one of Doctor Fate can be seen for a bot in Rip's office.


  • Washington asks Sara, "Now tell me, from which of our 13 fair colonies do you come from?". A colonial gentleman with a proper education in the 18th century would never say that redundant second "from".
  • While Nate was suffering from hypothermia, he could've just "steel on".
  • After Ray restores main power to the Waverider, Martin reveals to Gideon that Sara is dead. Gideon replies, "Luckily, her brain cells are still functioning.". She then scans Sara to determine how to help her. Gideon could not have known Sara's brain cells were still active before taking the scan.
  • Neither officers nor enlisted soldiers of the British Army of the 1700s were permitted to have beards.
  • No soldier of the Revolution or even today would wear a hat indoors.




  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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