"The World's Columbian Exposition" is the eleventh episode of Season 1 of Timeless. It premiered on January 16, 2017.



Lucy is kidnapped by Flynn and taken to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and master illusionist Harry Houdini may be the only one who can save her. Wyatt and Rufus desperately search for Lucy, only to fall into a sinister trap.


The Mission

Flynn's Agenda

  • Flynn plans to assassinate Rittenhouse members Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and J. P. Morgan at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
  • Knowing that Wyatt and Rufus are out to rescue Lucy, Flynn has them trapped in the infamous "Murder Castle" run by serial killer H. H. Holmes.

Changes to the Timeline

  • Wyatt shoots and kills H.H. Holmes. In the original history, Holmes was captured alive. He confessed to thirty murders, and was hanged in 1896.

Guest Cast

Historical Events and Figures


  • The World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, was held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 1 to October 30, 1893. Some products introduced in this event, were featured in this episode:
  • The first Ferris wheel, introduced by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer that got its name from winning the award as "America's Best" during the exposition.
  • Cracker Jack, a popular caramel popcorn and peanuts snack.


Episode Notes


  • When Rufus mentions to Sophia that he is also an MIT graduate, she mistakes him for Robert Robinson Taylor (1868-1942), MIT's first African-American student.
  • Before bidding farewell to Houdini, Lucy tells him to look out for a "Bess", or an "Annie", or a "Frances". "Bess" was Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner (1876-1943), Houdini's assistant and wife from 1894 to his death in 1926.
  • Though the episode is set in May 1893 and features a shot of the first Ferris Wheel, historically the wheel itself wasn't actually completed and in operation until June of 1893.
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