As for Lucy, she’s not having the worst time, considering she’s been kidnapped by a time-traveling psychopathic terrorist. Edison, Ford, and Morgan will soon be meeting in a top-secret, highly secure location, so Flynn and Lucy decide to recruit the most qualified person at the 1893 World’s Fair to help them break in: Harry Houdini. He’s not quite “Harry Houdini, World Famous Magician” yet, but he’s still pretty handy with picking locks. Even Garcia “My Whole Family is Dead and I Want to Kill America” Flynn can’t help but crack a smile while watching Houdini’s act.
They coerce him into helping them with the break-in, which he does easily. He also easily pickpockets Flynn, handcuffs him to a table, and escapes with Lucy, but not before turning to Edison and Co. and declaring, “You’ve just been saved by the great Harry Houdini. See my show if you can.” Houdini knows the secret to being a great businessman: Never pass up an opportunity for self-promotion.
With Lucy free from Flynn’s clutches, the Lucy rescue mission turns into more of a Wyatt and Rufus rescue mission. Poor Wyatt and Rufus wake up in a sketchy, sound-proof dungeon along with some dude named George and a female architect named Sophia Hayden, a real-life MIT grad who helped design a building at the fair. It looks like Holmes is about to add a few more victims to his total body count, until Lucy and Houdini find and rescue their cohorts. Apparently, in the battle between master escape artist and giant murder maze of locks and secret rooms, the master escape artist wins every time.
Houdini is pretty much the best. The trio should take him along on all their missions.
It looks like everything is going to be okay, but while Wyatt and Rufus are hunting down Holmes to exact some revenge, Lucy notices a picture on the wall of the hotel and realizes the so-called George is actually Holmes himself. Before she can alert Wyatt and Rufus, Holmes kidnaps her and stuffs her in her box — her absolute worst nightmare. She’s completely panicked and horrified, especially after her past experiences being trapped underwater in a car. It’s a truly disturbing moment, but she manages to pull herself together long enough to recall some details about Holmes.
She knows he’s spiritual, so she poses as a medium, rattling off facts and details about his life she couldn’t possibly know. “I have seen your past, and I know your future,” she says, doing her best impression of a spooky fortune-teller. Who knew a history degree could help stop a serial killer? Lucy’s unbelievable knowledge of Holmes’ life is enough to give him pause, and that buys enough time for Rufus and Wyatt to find her — and for Wyatt to shoot Holmes. As a general rule, murdering historical figures is bad for American history, but it’s okay to make an exception for serial killers.
So, our trio is back together again and all seems well! Back in the present, Rufus records a little message for Rittenhouse, informing them he’s done spying and they’re welcome to kill him, but he’s still the only one who can pilot the Lifeboat. Nothing to give you a little courage like a face-to-face date with a serial killer and a stay in the murder castle.
But while Rufus’ Rittenhouse trouble may be over, Wyatt’s problems are only just beginning. See, Flynn may be a president-murdering madman, but he’s at least true to his word, and since Wyatt helped him track down Benedict Arnold, he’s keeping his promise and giving Wyatt the name of the man who killed his wife: Wes Gilliam. The mysterious Wes is currently serving time in San Quentin for two other murders, and although Wyatt can’t exactly cross his own time stream and prevent his wife’s murder, Flynn helpfully suggests he go back in time and stop Wes from even being there to murder his wife in the first place. That same plan hasn’t exactly worked so far for Flynn, but it doesn’t look like Wyatt will be able to resist … If so, we may be seeing our first fracture within the trio.
Best Rufus one-liner: “Listen up old Rittenhouse dude, whose name I still don’t know.”