"The Murder of Jesse James" is the twelfth episode of Season 1 of Timeless. It premiered on January 23, 2017.



Flynn joins forces with legendary outlaw Jesse James, and the two create bloody havoc across the American frontier. Cut to Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus, who team up with a notable marshal to bring justice to the fugitives.


The Mission

Flynn's Agenda

  • Flynn enlists the aid of famous outlaw Jesse James in traveling through hostile Native American territory to find a person important to his mission to take down Rittenhouse.

Changes to the Timeline

  • Instead of the Ford Brothers, U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves is credited with killing James. Lucy appears in historical photographs of the incident.

Guest Cast

Historical Events and Figures

Timeless Jesse James Dead

Jesse James after being killed by Lucy Preston in the altered timeline


Episode Notes


  • When Lucy appears with a cowboy outfit on, Wyatt remarks that the outfit is "very Eastwood". This is a reference to Clint Eastwood's series of Italian "spaghetti westerns" in which he appeared as the Man With No Name.
  • When the Lifeboat team with Reeves and Johnson enter a town and the townspeople give them a hostile look, Rufus references the 1974 film Blazing Saddles.
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