Jeff Weddell/The CW
February 12, 2018 at 09:00 PM EST

Hooray, the Legends are back from hiatus! And so’s John Constantine! And Mallus! Look, everyone’s here! (Except Firestorm. Sorry.)

Since his last appearance in the Arrowverse, John’s kept himself busy doing warlock-ian, magical things. His latest exorcism in Star City is a girl named Emily Rose, who’s been taken by a demon who tells John he’ll have Sara Lance soon. We know this demon’s Mallus, but John doesn’t, so off to the Central City he goes, where he catches up with Sara and the rest of the time-traveling team aboard the Waverider.

Sara reveals that she did visit the spirit world, which is how Mallus knows her name, and suggests that if John needs some help taking down Mallus, why not have the Legends tag along on another exorcism attempt? Ray and Zari, who were working on building a nanite pistol, hang back as the rest of the team goes into the asylum where Emily/Mallus waits.

There, they grab Emily/Mallus and take her to room 237 (I see what you did there, Legends writers), but not before Kuasa makes her way in and threatens the team again. Amaya, torn as ever over whether to harm her own family, tries to hold her off, but in the end, it’s Nate — along with Leo’s gun — who freezes Kuasa just in time.

Too bad the rest of the team don’t have it as easy. In room 237, Emily/Mallus reveals that her real name is Nora Darhk, and that she changed her name after going into Child Services when the Arrow murdered her villainous father. The Legends realize that if they exorcise Mallus, that might help Nora go down a much lighter path than the one that eventually causes her to save her father in the future, creating this worse timeline.

And so, John tries to create a trap to handle Mallus’ might, but as soon as he begins, Nora greets Sara as Mallus, laughs, and steps outside the circle John drew. He has Nora draw a symbol on the ground, chants an incantation, and causes it to glow and suck Sara, Leo, and John in. By the time the doctors rush in to save Nora, the trio of Legends are gone…

…and apparently in 1969. Mallus sent them back in time — a twist the show has never pulled off before. (When has the Waverider stayed this stagnant through an entire episode?) Noticing how the same painting in Nora’s room hangs on the wall, the team decides to stick a note in the back in order to communicate with the Legends in the present. Unluckily for them, Mallus knows they’re trapped, and he calls out to Sara in her mind, tormenting her with visions as they wander the asylum’s halls.

Leo sets out to write the message, but as soon as he slips a note into the back of the painting, doctors — including the one who treats Nora in the future — capture him and take him away to be processed as a patient in the asylum. John and Sara run from Mallus, and as Sara beins to falter, John tries to help her, giving her a small token to remind her she’s a survivor — after all, he’s the one who saved her soul — and that she’s strong enough to keep any demon at bay. And at that, the two grow closer, and Sara — forgetting all about her flirtations with Agent Sharpe, it seems — decides they might as well make out (and more…) in the middle of a mission.

Poor Leo. He’s off in a room about to be lobotomized by the time Sara and John finally finish their business and find him. The two of them knock the doctors aside, save Leo, and decide that the only way they make it back to the present now is to cast the same spell Mallus did through Nora. And to do so, they’ll have to summon him into Sara and hope Sara can fight him off if he tries to take her over then and there. It’s foolproof! (Next: Bad Nora)

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