Legends Of Tomorrow Season 3, Episode 4 Recap: Phone Home

This article contains spoilers for the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode – Phone Home.

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This weeks episode has little to do with the overall Mallus story arc for the season, but does involve the team going after an anachronism. Seems one of the things that got misplaced when the Legends broke time was a baby Dominator… the big ugly creatures from last years Invasion crossover… except the baby version is cute and found by a young Ray Palmer (Jack Fisher) who names it Gumball and has an almost E.T. style adventure. The team learns about the anachronism when Ray (Brandon Routh) suddenly disappears. When they go back to 1988 he reappears and helps the team to save himself. We find out that young Ray isn't having as great a childhood as current Ray remembers and he just wants a friend. The Legends assume it's Gumball that kills young Ray, but then the government agency dealing with the Dominators show up and the baby's mother. Zari (Tala Ashe) bonds a bit with Ray on the mission, Nate (Nick Zano) tries bonding with Ray's mom (Susie Abromiet), Sara (Caity Lotz) tries to fight a Dominator solo and we learn that Ray's favorite movie is Singing In The Rain. They are able to rescue Gumball from the government agency, thanks to a little soft shoe, and reunite him with his mother. Then the team goes trick or treating with young Ray…. and Zari gets a costume that looks like Isis. Whether she keeps it or not remains to be seen.

Meanwhile Jax (Franz Drameh) and Mick (Dominic Purcell) figure out that Martin (Victor Garber) has been taking the jump ship and going back to see his daughter so he can be there for the birth of his grandchild. They end up taking the Waverider and get their in time for the birth, making Jax realize that Martin should be with his family… and he enlists the aid of Ray to separate Firestorm.

The episode had a lot of great 80's Easter Eggs including nods to E.T. and Back to the Future.  For an episode that revolved around the possible death of a character and the discovery that Ray had kind of a sad, lonely upbringing… the story was upbeat and fun. It was a good, stand alone episode that didn't involve the Time Bureau or Mallus. Just focused on the team and how they kind of bumble their way to success. I couldn't help but feel that the show is starting to take on some of the more fun elements of Doctor Who. Not just the time-travelling aspect, but the zany, anything can happen stuff. The show really is embracing the crazy this season even more and getting better for it.

Next week the Legends go to stop a vampire in an episode called Return of the Mack and features Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill).

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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