Remember how The War to End all Wars was my favorite episode ever? And then The Darlington 500 happened and claimed that title? Meet Hollywoodland – the episode that topped all the previous ones.
This week’s episode is sweet, funny, and wonderfully romantic. Hedy Lamarr is amazing, Jiya isn’t the first traveller to experience side-effects, and Flynn’s back! Lucy basically tells Wyatt she loves him, the two lovebirds finally sort out some of that pesky UST, and there are so many lovely lyatt moments I think I’m in shipper heaven.
And that twist at the end was something I didn’t think the writers would do, but always hoped they would. This is exactly the kind of story-telling I wanted from season two. It’s going to hurt; dynamics are about to get a shake-up, relationships are going to shift, and I have complete faith in the writers to guide these characters though it – and haul us viewers along.
It’s going to be one hell of a ride through the next seven episodes, but my seatbelt is fastened. Drag my heart through the proverbial wringer, Timeless writing room. I’m ready.
But, before we properly get to that, there’s 40 minutes of Timeless’ best episode yet to gush over.
Rittenhouse is sending kids – teenagers – from 2018 back to the past as sleeper cells. Fathers are sending their own sons. Fifteen years later (for the son, two months for the father) they reunite in 1941 where the son is a film producer at RKO. For fifteen years he’s been waiting, building a life in the past, and now the time has come for this sleeper cell to awaken. Lucy was quietly conditioned by her mother her whole life, but the level of training these young Rittenhouse sleeper cells must go through is intense. To be brought up in the 21st century, sent back in time for over a decade where they quietly live a life while waiting for their moment, and then – if they survive – brought back to 2018, where they’re ten, fifteen, twenty years older, but everyone around them remains unchanged.
I can’t say it’s something I’d be cut out for.
Jiya and Rufus come clean to Agent Christopher and Mason about Jiya’s visions. Denise is concerned, but Mason is blasé, likening her condition to re-entry issues. Jiya’s going through a lot; she’s losing patience and asks to be left alone.
The alarm sounds: the mothership has jumped to 1941. Lucy doesn’t know why Rittenhouse would have gone there – but she knows who can help.
Who has been stabbed. Why am I not surprised?
“Even though we’d never met I’m sure the inmate who stabbed me at breakfast with a spoon shank had a very good reason.”
I mean, could be Rittenhouse, or could just be Flynn’s resting I WANT TO MURDER YOU ALL face and someone tried to get in first.
Flynn wants out, knowing eventually Rittenhouse will succeed in killing him.
“I can get you out of here,” Lucy promises. “If you tell us what Rittenhouse is doing in 1941 Los Angeles.”
“Any why would I trust you this time?” Flynn asks.
“Because as much as you need us, we need you more.”
It’s probably not the best promise Lucy’s ever made, and Denise is less than thrilled about it.
The time team are stealing clothes to fit in, something they do a lot of in this episode.
“I hate it when the department store clerk thinks I’m there to shoplift and he’s actually right.”
The team is excited to be on the Paramount set in 1941. They’re stopped by the guard from the gate, and these three really should be better at cover stories by now. Rufus pulls the old, “Do you know who I am?” line. He’s Langston Hughes of course! And he’s writing a comedy-musical based off the life of white folks. And Lucy and Wyatt are the white folks! It’s enough to get them into Barney Balaban’s office, where they meet Hedy Lamarr.
It’s while they’re in Barney’s office that they overhear a film reel has been stolen. That of Citizen Kane.
There’s a fun moment where Wyatt admits to never having seen it, drawing incredulous responses from both Lucy and Rufus. Thinking – correctly – Hearst might be involved, they decided the best plan is to go to the party at his home tonight, which Hedy had mentioned while in their presence.
Lucas, the Rittenhouse agent, has been enjoying his 15 years in the past. He has a good life there, and we saw hints of that in 2×02 with Millerson’s attachment to his own family. He’ll be returning to 2018, and while he agrees, there’s hesitancy in him.
JIYA: “No. My dad had back pain, and so we took him to the doctors and he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Two months later he was gone. Everything was really good until then. Look, if there’s something wrong with me, I don’t want to know. I just want to get on with my life.”
The boys look smart in their tuxedos, and Lucy’s stunning in a copy of Katharine Hepburn’s white and gold The Philadelphia Story gown. Hedy arrives and spots “Langston”, and the three suddenly have an easy way into the party.
Inside, Hedy requests “Langston” recite one of his poems. She insists. “Here’s my latest,” Rufus says, before reciting the Fresh Prince of Bel Air opening theme song. Hedy isn’t buying it. She knows he isn’t Langston Hughes. He tries again, this time saying he’s actually a friend of Orson Wells, and is there to get Citizen Kane back from Hearst.
The Lyatt feels begin to kick in, as Wyatt leads Lucy through the party, her hand curled at his elbow. Just as Hedy is about to introduce them to Hearst, he leaves the party with Lucas, the Rittenhouse sleeper agent.
As they attempt to get closer to listen to their conversations, “Preston and Logan” are forced up on the stage by Barney to sing. There’s a cute argument between the two of them when Lucy doesn’t want to go up alone – she hasn’t sung since her car accident. Wyatt won’t go up – he can’t sing and will blow their cover. She tries to dig her heels in but he gives her a couple of verbal (and little physical) pushes, telling her, “I know you can do this.” Lucy does end up on the stage, but before she gets there let me add to your lyatt feels by pointing out how his touch lingers on her, how he even takes her hand before they’re separated.
I actually can’t with these two. Timeless writers, you’ve made me canless.
Lucy’s timid, “So many people” is adorable, and after a shot of liquid courage she requests, You made me love you. There’s a false start with the key, and Wyatt looks hesitant, but then she tries again, and her voice and presence grows stronger the further she gets into the song. Until, finally, she’s having fun.
Wyatt’s impressed, most noticeably when she sings, “You know you’ve got the brand of kisses that I’d die for.” Yeah, buddy, she’s absolutely singing to you. Do something about that, kay?
She sings a couple of lines of, “You know you made me love…” but it’s the final, softer, “You know you made me love you,” that’s sung directly to Wyatt – and it knocks the breath right out of him. Like in Last Ride of Bonnie and Clyde, and The Red Scare, except this time it isn’t just a realization he has feelings for her, it’s the realization she’s fallen just as hard for him. His pleased little smile at the end might be the cutest damn thing I’ve ever seen. Actual broken puppy Wyatt Logan is head over heels in love with Lucy Preston. And it goes both ways.
RUFUS: “If I didn’t already have a girlfriend I’d say you were the perfect woman. But I do, so I won’t.”
Hedy and Rufus attempt to listen to Hearst’s conversations through the wall between two rooms. He thinks he’s giving her a lesson on acoustic coupling, but she’s the one who schools him, helping the amplification by making a hole in the wall and covering it with cellulose tape.
In return for the Citizen Kane reels, Rittenhouse want a weekly column in Hearst’s papers, who agrees to the terms. Lucy fills the boys in, helping them make sense of the terms Rufus and Hedy overheard, explaining how Rittenhouse could gain more control via yellow journalism, propaganda, published in influential newspapers.
The exchange of the reels is happening at 10am the next morning, so the team has some time to kill. Hedy’s car pulls up, and she offers them a ride. And since the team is “between hotels”, she puts them up for the night at her home.
We learn this week that Connor knows a bit more about Jiya’s condition than he’s been letting on. I applaud him for admitting to what he knows. Season one Mason wouldn’t have been so ready to volunteer this information.
CONNOR: “When we first began testing the lifeboat we had two pilots come back with the same symptoms. There are rules for a reason. I told them. I warned them. The lifeboat isn’t equipped for more than three people.”
DENISE: “What happened to the other two pilots?”
CONNOR: ‘We did test after test and none of it mattered.”
One, it turns out, is being treated for schizophrenia and the other died from an aneurysm.
But Connor’s kept this information from all of them, including Rufus. Just how many pilots did they lose before Anthony, Emma, and Rufus? Are either of these two one of the ones who didn’t come back intact after going back to time he already exist/crossed paths with himself? Is this what that does too? Scramble your brain?
Connor is Mr. Negative as he tells Denise that there’s nothing anyone can do to this fix this. Try telling that to Rufus though. Somehow, the team will figure this out for Jiya. They have to. I just hope it’s this season. My heart won’t survive another Jiya finale cliffhanger.
At Hedy’s George and Hedy take Rufus to see the inventions they’ve been working on, leaving the lovebirds alone. “Lovebirds,” Wyatt repeats, smiling like it’s ridiculous.
They’re hesitant and awkward as they clink glasses, but there’s a softness in their voices that shows they both quite like that lovebirds idea. They both quite like one another.
Lucy and Wyatt head outside and stand in front of the pool, chatting about George and Hedy’s relationship – anything but their own. Lucy flirts by giving Wyatt a history lesson. It’s adorable. And God, Wyatt, listen to your own words, man. Everything you’re saying about George IS YOU.
He takes her glass off her – so her hands will be free to maul him when the moment finally happens.
But someone please teach this man how to pick up a woman.
Wyatt: “You know some men find a beautiful woman with brains intimidating.”
Lucy: “Well Hedy just wants to be respected.”
Wyatt: “I wasn’t talking about Hedy.”
Lucy: “You find me intimidating?”
Wyatt: “Oh, no, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean you. I’m sorry.”
Lucy: “Oh, okay.”
Wyatt: “I just mean that you’re not… hideous.”
Smooth. Just what every woman wants to hear: “You’re not hideous.” I get that it’s been a while since Jessica died, but I’m starting to think he really has been a monk. He’s all kinds of out of practice.
They laugh nervously through the awkward flirting, and it’s just so them it’s utterly perfect. He finally manages to tell her she’s beautiful, but she doesn’t agree. She’s always considered herself a nerd. Smart is sexy, Luce.
The shoulder nudge she gives Wyatt is sweet and it pushes the two of them from verbal flirting to the more physical kind.
We get a little more Wyatt backstory too. His misspent youth led him to him missing his prom, banned after being caught drinking on campus.
His youth, his father’s drinking, the bootlegging, the fact he’d been drinking the night he was called into Mason Industries for the first time, how easily he’d accepted the moonshine form Wendell – is this something we need to be talking about?
“I was kind of lost back then,” he admits to Lucy. It sounds like he’s been lost a lot in this life. “You saved my life, you know.”
“Which time?” Lucy asks. “The Alamo, Watergate? I’m losing count.”
There’s so much about the Wyatt we met in the pilot that makes sense now. Not just the pilot, but the Wyatt right up to The Alamo, when he would have stayed behind to help the men than leave. That was a man who took this assignment as a way out of his current life. Like Lucy’s trip back to 1918 with her mother, he never intended to return to the present after completing his original mission. After The Alamo, after bonding with the team in Stranded, you can start to see how Lucy – and Rufus – are affecting him. How they’re changing him. Here he is now, at a point where he can admit he was lost but he isn’t anymore, and a big part of that is Lucy.
And she understands. Because when she thought he’d lost his life in the explosion that took out Mason Industries, she was ready to sacrifice her own life to take down Rittenhouse.
Wyatt has affected Lucy too.
They move into the bedroom, and Lucy’s hesitant at first. Probably a little scared because this is Wyatt, her best friend, her co-worker, and there’s no one to interrupt them this time.
He places a hand on her arm, she turns, and the first kiss starts gentle, sweet, as they push through their nervousness. It doesn’t stay that way. The sexual tension’s been building for too long.
I swear Wyatt breathes out a, “Wow” as they separate. It’s low, little more than an exhale, but it sure does look and sound like a wow.
And then Lucy throws her arms around his neck and the two find their way to the bed (except we don’t see that. That’s a job for the fanfic writers.)
My feels are slayed as the scene cuts to the next morning and they’re wrapped up in bed together. Lucy. Cannot. Stop. Touching. Him.
See that puddle of feels on the floor. That mess? That used to be a functioning adult. Now it’s a slayed shipper. Dead. Reviewing from the grave.
Lucy: “Technically we’re co-workers. Is this an HR issue?”
Wyatt: “We don’t have to announce it to everyone. It can just sort of be our little secret until we’re ready to—”
WELP. HOPE YOU’RE READY. Rufus busts into the room, because season two is pure fanfiction, and catches them in bed.
And Rufus’s reaction is EVERYTHING.
Rufus: “Oh…. Yeah. I was looking for both of you. Well here you are. And this is me leaving.”
But not without glancing back for another look before he exits. Which is hilarious, and so many levels of perfect I can’t even with these writers and cast.
He’s happy for them, but also: is he seeing what he thinks he’s seeing? Did it truly finally happen?
Wyatt: “Nah, he’ll be cool.”
And, just to make sure all us shippers are well and truly dead, lyatt kiss again.
Feels. Floor. Emotions. Puddle. Dead. Send help.
Jiya’s visit with the doctor turns up some surprising results. She’s fine. Better than fine, actually. There’s nothing wrong with her. Even the heart murmur she’s had her entire life has gone. The visions are still happening, but her brain and heart are fine.
Jiya: “What the hell happened to me on the lifeboat?”
Not even Connor has an answer for that.
Rufus finally gets to repeat Lucy’s line from Last Ride of Bonnie and Clyde, gleefully asking, “So is this happening? Is it happening?”
YES. IT’S HAPPENING.
The team follows the Rittenhouse agent to the rendezvous point. A guard interrupts and he’s shot. Wyatt goes after the agent while Lucy and Rufus help the guard. Rufus gets the reels, Wyatt takes out Lucas (who won’t have to worry about going back to 2018 afterall), and Lucy is forced to leave the guard. They can’t be found amidst all this bloodshed.
Agent Christopher can’t get Flynn released from prison, but she admits they need his help with the sleeper agents. She slips him a note.
Rufus helps Hedy out too. After leaving the film reels with her, he tells her not to let her patent for frequency hopping expire. She’s confused, but intrigued, and looks like she’ll heed his advice.
Wyatt hotwires a car while he flirts with Lucy. They get to do this openly now. It’s amazing. I love it.
A Wyatt in love is a softer version of our boy, and he leans in and tells her it was nice seeing her happy when she was singing on the stage.
They lean in closer, a whisper away from kissing, when our favorite moment interrupter – Rufus – returns to the car. They separate, but, honestly they should have just kept going. If they’re going to be worried about Rufus while kissing then they’ll never have another moment.
They steal the car (in their stolen clothes) and head up to the newly built prison, where Flynn will eventually be kept. Behind a particular brick in the wall they place a bag of things Flynn will need to escape, including a gas mask and a map.
The lifeboat arrives back in 2018. And who turns up at the silo, but Flynn – much to Wyatt’s frustration.
Wyatt: “Just keep him on a leash.”
Lucy goes after him, placating him by reminding him they have each other now. He smiles and moves closer to her. They’re still a little bit adorably awkward with one another, and just as it seems they might be about to make it all official (and maybe suggest some changes to the current roommate situation), Wyatt’s phone chimes. He checks it and the smile falls from his face. His face goes blank for a moment, as he processes what he’s reading, and Lucy notices.
“What?” she asks.
“I be.. I’ll be right back.”
Never, ever, under any circumstances say, “I’ll be right back,” because you won’t be back.
Soon after, an alarm sounds, warning someone has broken into the silo. But it isn’t long before they realize it isn’t that someone’s broken in, it’s that someone has broken out.
Lucy calls to Wyatt – but he’s gone.
At a bar, somewhere in San Francisco, Wyatt walks up to a blonde woman at the register.
“Jessica?” he asks.
And several million lyatt hearts shatter into thousands of tiny shards.
The Jessica angst is going to hurt but it’s going to be wild and I’m here for every second of it.
This is the perfect way for Wyatt to realize he has actually started to move on. Previously he may have spoken of how it was time to start looking forward, but there was always the time machine there to tempt him. There was always the possibility she could return. Now that she’s back, Wyatt has the chance to truly understand what it is exactly that he wants now. With his lingering memories there was always the threat of Lucy being the second choice. The back-up. I like to think Wyatt is more in love with Lucy than with a Jess he remembers from six years ago. Maybe he’s in love with the idea, the memory, the ghost of Jess, but not so much the actual physical person. Because maybe their relationship wasn’t as wonderful as he chooses to remember.
Maybe this is exactly what Wyatt needs to fully move on.
Lucy won’t be a second choice.
I have faith. I trust in the writers.
Lyatt are end-game.