The Legends discover that Damien Darhk is working as a senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 2 episode 5. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 4.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 2 episode 5 opens with Damien Darhk in 1987. He goes to a drug deal, where he uses a rare ax as payment. Eobard Thawne arrives to discuss a partnership.
On the Waverider, Jefferson Jackson and Martin Stein argue. Jax thinks they should work to make history better, but Stein worries about the possible consequences.
The Waverider lands in 1987. Amaya Jiwe takes Nate Heywood to the headquarters of the Justice Society of America. But, she’s shocked to discover that it’s a decrepit and seemingly abandoned building.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team enters the White House. Stein discovers that his younger self is in the White House. He realizes the aberration must’ve changed history so that his younger self was there.
When Sara Lance spots Damien Darhk, she approaches him with a knife. Ray Palmer tells her that he knows she wants vengeance for Laurel Lance, but it’s not that simple. Sara ignores him. Ray and Mick Rory decide to fight Secret Service when they go after Sara, but Ray messes up their attack by letting the ray from his cold gun hit the ray from Mick’s flame gun. Jax arrives to bail them out and they both jump from the White House window.
Back on the Waverider, the crew watches a news report about a “rocket man” attacking the White House. Stein chastises Sara for her need for vengeance. Jax complains about her hypocrisy in only changing history when it suits her vendetta.
Damien Darhk meets up with a KBG agent. The young Martin Stein makes the mistake of approaching him and putting it together that this is an unscheduled meeting with a Soviet. Damien Darhk stabs the young Stein, causing the Stein back on the Waverider to also collapse.
The current Stein sits in the med bay. A moment later, Ray and Mick bring the young Stein in as well. Gideon treats both of them. Stein gets angry at his younger self because he should be on a date with his wife Clarissa.
The crew infiltrates a state dinner to attempt to stop Damien Darhk. While they’re there, Stein runs into Clarissa. She complains to him about how much the young version of Stein has neglected her.
The team crashes Damien Darhk’s meet up with the KGB. He tells them about his plan to set off a bomb at the White House. Sara warns Ray. Meanwhile, the team fights Damien Darhk and the KGB agents.
Sara finds Damien Darhk. She tells him that she’s going to spare him, but only to prolong his suffering because she knows he dies defeated and alone. Eobard speeds through and takes him away. Sara informs Nate that Damien Darhk’s partner must be a speedster.
On the Waverider, Stein tells his younger self it’s imperative that he carry on as though he didn’t learn anything about the future. He also tells him to stop neglecting Clarissa in favor of his work.
At the end of the episode, Damien Darhk asks Thawne to take him to the future to change his destiny. Thawne suggests they work together to change both of their destinies.
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