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Timeless recap: Season 1, Episode 4

Our heroes take on Nazi Germany — with James Bond creator Ian Fleming

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What’s scarier than a Nazi? A Nazi with an atomic bomb.

After Flynn, Anthony, and co. nicked a prototype atomic weapon from 1960s Las Vegas, they’re taking that nuke on a little road trip — to Nazi Germany in December 1944. Because if your whole goal is to mess up American history, giving an atomic bomb to the Nazis is a pretty good place to start. It makes you wonder why Flynn even bothered with the Hindenburg or Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Nazis + nuclear weapons = the evilest of evil plans.

So, our time-traveling trio is headed overseas — and, of course, back in time — to 1940s Germany. None of them speak German, Lucy argues. Well, apparently Wyatt does, along with three other languages. But they don’t have any lederhosen, Lucy adds. Oh, but they do! Connor Mason finally reveals how they’ve been able to get Civil War-appropriate attire and ‘60s cocktail dresses on such short notice: Mason Industries has a secret costume closet organized by region and decade. I bet Halloween parties at Mason Industries are so much fun.

When the team arrives in Germany (despite Lucy’s reluctance about the trip), they’re immediately confronted by a Nazi guard pointing a gun at them. (Side note: Wyatt always helps Lucy with her time-machine seatbelt, and it’s adorable.) Wyatt shoots the Nazi officer and then blasts another guard stationed in the woods near the Lifeboat. Rufus and Lucy are horrified — remember the whole “not meddling in history” thing they’re supposed to stick to? — but Wyatt points out that A) if Flynn gives the Nazis an atomic bomb, history’s going to be pretty messed up anyway; and B) they were Nazis. He’s got a point.

Because Rufus doesn’t exactly blend in in Nazi Germany, he hot-wires a getaway car and waits outside while Lucy and Wyatt go for a drink at a local tavern, a tavern Lucy says was probably a secret rendezvous point for the resistance. But all their attempts to be sneaky and spy-like stick out like a sore thumb, and it doesn’t take long for an SS officer to confront them at gunpoint and lead them outside. It looks like their mission might be over, until the officer drops the German accent and reveals himself to be a British spy.

His name? “Fleming. Ian Fleming.”

That’s right. James Bond creator and real-life World War II spy Ian Fleming is here, sneaking around behind enemy lines. (Fun fact: Ian Fleming also wrote the children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.) Sean Maguire (Once Upon a Time) plays the officer-turned-author with Bond-worthy suaveness, and it’s no wonder Wyatt (a self-confessed Bond nerd) totally geeks out. We’ve seen Lucy get starstruck by various historical figures, but it’s so much fun to watch Wyatt do the same. It also makes me curious about which historical figure Rufus would fanboy over.

Fleming explains the Nazis are at Castle Varlar because they’re planning to test and launch a V-2 rocket into Belgium. Presumably, Flynn is going to strap a nuclear bomb to that rocket…which is not good. Wyatt and Fleming are all ready to assassinate Flynn at the rocket launch site — and take out any Nazis who get in their way — but Lucy stops them when she recognizes a familiar face.

See, Flynn has been hanging out with someone far too important to history: aerospace genius Wernher von Braun. Not only did von Braun help the Nazis create the V-2, but after the war, he was sent to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip — where he continued his research into rocketry, paved the way for NASA’s Apollo program, and helped America win the space race against the Soviet Union. Killing him would in 1944 would be devastating to American history.

While Fleming, Wyatt, and Rufus try to figure out what to do about Flynn and von Braun, Lucy hits her breaking point. Between losing her sister and gaining a mystery fiancé, she’s been struggling during the last few missions now and has started to develop a bit of PTSD. (Witnessing the Hindenburg explosion and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination can do that to a person.)

NEXT: 3, 2, 1…Liftoff!