'Timeless' crew goes gangster: Al Capone meets the time travelers

CLEVELAND, Ohio - We open with Flynn in church, in a pew, alone. A priest offers a chance to listen. Flynn is seeking peace. And while the show starts on a seemingly tranquil note it ends on a violent one. Meanwhile, Lucy and Rufus meet with Agent Neville,...

'Timeless' crew goes gangster: Al Capone meets the time travelers

CLEVELAND, Ohio - We open with Flynn in church, in a pew, alone. A priest offers a chance to listen. Flynn is seeking peace. And while the show starts on a seemingly tranquil note it ends on a violent one.

Meanwhile, Lucy and Rufus meet with Agent Neville, their new boss, who tells them they must go back and eliminate the young woman who becomes Flynn's mother. She was a secretary at NASA in a previous episode and will be a 17-year-old on May 3, 1962.

They head back with an agent charged with killing the woman but, upon landing, Rufus and Lucy overpower him before they can leave the time machine, and they jump again. Lucy is seeking her sister.

Meanwhile, Flynn has jumped back to 1931, where he gives Al Capone tax-evasion records to help the gangster avoid the future charge that will put him away.

The trio teams with Eliot Ness, who is ambushed and killed. The crew decides to stop Capone, who is grateful to Flynn for keeping evidence out of the feds' hands. All Flynn wants is an introduction to the Chicago mayor who, it turns out, is a member of ... Rittenhouse.

The trio brings the brothers together, and it's not a happy reunion.

Key takeaways

* Rufus is shot!

* Flynn - and the trio - learn the next Rittenhouse meeting is 1954.

Name game

The trio meets Elliot Ness and introduces themselves as "Connery, Costner and Robert De Niro." All three actors were in the 1987 film "The Untouchables." Capone did have a brother who was a cop, and he went by Richard Hart.

Lines of the show

* "What do you want to do - wait for the cops? We don't have IDs. I'm wearing button-fly jeans from The Gap." - Wyatt to Rufus about initially having to leave instead of staying to hunt Capone.

* "You know what I just realized? We're totally The Untouchables right now." - Rufus to Lucy as they bring Capone's brother to meet the mobster.

Commentary

Lot of people are members of Rittenhouse. This alone could extend the show into indefinite avenues.

Historic touchstones

It was tax-evasion charges that ended Capone's run. The reference to "the honorable Judge Wilkerson" is correct; he was the federal judge who put away Capone. Interesting the show is airing the day before Valentine's Day - a calendar nod to Capone's infamous "Valentine's Day Massacre" of 1929.

REMINDERS

Cast: Abigail Spencer (Lucy Preston), Matt Lanter (Wyatt Logan), Goran Visnjic (Garcia Flynn), Malcolm Barrett (Rufus Carlin), Patterson Joseph (Connor Mason), Sakina Jaffrey (Denise Christopher).

When it's on: 10 p.m. Mondays, NBC.

Next week: 

Season finale: One last mission to save history.

PAST RECAPS

Episode 14: The Lost Generation

Episode 13: Karma Chameleon

Episode 12: The murder of Jesse James

Episode 11: The World's Columbian Exposition

Episode 10: The Capture of Benedict Arnold

Episode 9: Last Ride of Bonnie and Clyde

Episode 8: Space Race

Episode 7: Stranded - 1754 French and Indian battles

Episode 6: The Watergate Tape

Episode 5: Remember the Alamo

Episode 4: Party at Castle Varlar

Episode 3: Atomic City

Episode 2: The Assassination of President Lincoln

The pilot

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