REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow, S4E13 – Egg MacGuffin

Legends of Tomorrow went for a comedic take on demonic possession in “Egg MacGuffin,” which followed Ray’s (Brandon Routh) increasingly desperate attempts to avoid giving his soul to Neron while the rest of the Waverider crew remained distracted by their various subplots.

Romance is in the egg.

And there were plenty of subplots to go around, so much so that it was sometimes hard to pinpoint what the episode was really about. They all intersected in one way or another though, which kept “Egg MacGuffin” from feeling adrift at sea. Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ava (Jess Macallan) hosted their own little book club at Nora’s (Courtney Ford) side and made bets on whether Zari (Tala Ashe) and Nate (Nick Zano) would finally seal the deal on the latest mission. Mona (Ramona Young) would have participated, but she had to rush off to Romanticon 2019 – where Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) was pretending to be famed author Rebecca Silver in order to collect Mick’s (Dominic Purcell) $20,000 check. And let’s not forget how Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) poor treatment of Gary came back to bite when the nipple from Hell made a surprise reappearance.

It was a lot to keep up with, but perhaps the most important thing is that Legends of Tomorrow ended the night with both Ray and Gary in the wind and owned by Neron. Ray struggled in rather hysterical ways to avoid killing Nora or Nate – the latter attempt included the word “bro” being spoken more times in one scene than it has in the entire course of the show – but he ultimately gave himself over to keep his loved ones safe. Unfortunately, he did not count Gary among that number, and the sting of that betrayal combined with Constantine’s anxiety-driven insults caused Gary to remember just how mean the Legends have been to him. So instead of staying strong and helping Constantine pull Neron out of Ray, Gary was weak to Neron’s taunts and got led astray by the promise of his nipple reuniting with the rest of his body. Granted, this storyline was a lot more powerful and emotional last season when it was about Nora being sacrificed for her father’s plans, but “Egg MacGuffin” provided plenty more laughs in exchange.

Sara took her decision to be more domestic rather seriously this week, although that too caused some giggles. Not only did she read (or listen to) an entire romantic mystery novel for Ava’s book club – one Ava herself didn’t read, for that matter – she also orchestrated a kind of date for Nate and Zari in the form of a mission to the Adventurers’ Club in the 1930s. The two went in knowing it was a set-up, but their mistakenly believed there was no real danger at all and wound up tied up and accosted by some stray Nazis over a golden egg. Thankfully, Avalance came to the rescue and they brought the egg safely back to the Waverider. It turned out to be a dragon egg, which is certainly exciting news for next week, but didn’t end up being all that relevant in “Egg MacGuffin.” Instead, the real danger for Nate came from Ray and the real reward came from the kiss Zari gave him as a cure for his wounds. Ashe and Zano have a sweet chemistry that helps one overlook the papier-mâché thin development Legends of Tomorrow has dedicated to the relationship, and it’s at least nice to see both characters open up again after their respective losses.

Will the real Rebecca Silver please stand up?

Mona, meanwhile, has had no trouble opening herself up to love again – especially in the form of her favorite romance novels by Rebecca Silver. Her passion for them nearly costs Charlie and Mick a huge payday, as said mysterious author was offered $20,000 to reveal her identity at a convention. Charlie came up with the clever idea to be Rebecca, but she needed a little fine-tuning considering that even Mick though she was being rude. As strange as it seems, writing was something Nate took so seriously that he even answered fanmail. Unfortunately their spectacular fansign session was interrupted by Mona quizzing Charlie and nearly inciting a riot, which was only quelled when Mick came forward and admitted he is the real author. It’s great that Mick has something he truly cares about, but this was an instance where “Egg MacGuffin” would have been better served focusing on fewer stories to allow one to breathe.

When the hour ended, Neron-as-Ray was on the loose, but a newly awakened Nora was officially inducted into the Time Bureau in order to chase after him. And if anyone can face down a demon and live, it’s Nora Darhk.

Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 9/8c on the CW.