"The Watergate Tape" is the sixth episode from Season 1 of Timeless. It premiered on November 14, 2016.



Secrets surface when the trio land in Watergate-era Washington, D.C., where Rufus and Lucy's investigative course leaves them rattled and shaken. Meanwhile, Wyatt's tragic past comes to light, and secrets about Flynn's hidden agenda emerge.


The Mission

Flynn's Agenda

  • Flynn is to acquire the "Doc", which is referenced in the missing 18½ minutes of Richard Nixon's secret Oval Office recordings. The "Doc" is instrumental to Flynn due to Nixon's involvement with Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse's Agenda

  • Rittenhouse orders Rufus to destroy the "Doc".

Changes to the Timeline

  • No changes to the timeline.

Guest Cast

Historical Events and Figures


Episode Notes


  • A running joke throughout the episode involves the outfits worn by Wyatt and Lucy, in which other characters reference the 1970s sitcoms The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch.
  • In the scene where Rufus says, "Deep Throat, here we come", a woman gives him a dirty look. This is because she thinks he is referring to the 1972 porno film of the same name.
  • The scene where Rufus tells Lucy to wait outside the Black Liberation Army's hangout mirrors the scene in episode 1 where she told him to wait outside the whites-only bar in 1937 New Jersey.
  • When Rufus meets with the Black Liberation Army, he goes by the name "Kanye West", a reference to the hip-hop singer of the same name.


  • "Changes" by David Bowie (1972)
  • "The Sound of Silence"
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