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Timeless recap: 'Atomic City'

The trio time travels to Vegas where they meet JFK, Sinatra, and a lady who slept with them both

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Season 1, Ep. 3 | Aired Oct 17

So far, our time-traveling trio has witnessed two pretty horrific events: the Hindenburg disaster and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. For their third outing, however, they finally get to have a little fun — on the Vegas strip in the 1960s.

That’s right: Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus are headed to Vegas, baby.

After literally watching Lincoln get shot in the head, our historian heroes don’t have much time to rest. Lucy barely even has time to get acquainted with her extremely attractive and extremely mysterious fiancé. She pages through an old scrapbook filled with pictures of the two of them, but all she learns is that his name is Noah and he likes to walk around shirtless. Which isn’t exactly a bad thing. I know you don’t even know his last name, Lucy, but you may want to consider sticking around.

Wyatt, on the other hand, is doing some scrapbooking of his own, obsessing over old articles about his dead wife. While we’ve seen quite a bit of Lucy’s home life, all we really know about Wyatt is that he likes to drink alone and mope about his wife. And we know even less about Rufus’ story. Does he even leave Mason Industries?

But there’s no time to explore backstories! Flynn has taken out the Mothership again, this time to September 1962. There are no major historical events around that time, but Jiya conveniently manages to pinpoint Flynn’s location to a 50-mile radius, near Las Vegas. A little quick Googling reveals that then-president John F. Kennedy was in town at the time, raising money for a democratic fundraising event, so, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus don their fanciest ‘60s garb and set out for the Strip.

It turns out that there’s a lot going on in Vegas in 1962. Frank Sinatra is there with the Rat Pack, and although we only see the back of his head, Old Blue Eyes gives one hell of a performance, singing standards like “Come Fly With Me.” Also, the government is testing atomic bombs just a few miles away in the Nevada desert. Oh, and JFK is there, sleeping with a woman named Judith Campbell. Even though he is, at this point, the president of the United States of America, he doesn’t do a very good job of keeping his affair with Judith under wraps, and the two are more than happy to do some half-naked canoodling at a hotel window, where Garcia Flynn snaps some incriminating photos.

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