|“||Do you know what it’s like to be so filled up with anger it feels like you're poisoning yourself? Do you? I wanna hit something, anything, all of the time. Every second. You think I like that? I hate feeling this way.||”|
— Rick to Courtney in ""
Rick is a high school delinquent and outcast who was orphaned at the age of seven when he was left in the care of his uncle. As a result of being a social outcast, Rick mainly keeps to himself. He is the son of Wendi and former Justice Society of America member Rex Tyler/Hourman. Through adversity, Rick is recruited into the Justice Society of America and inherits his father's mantle of Hourman.
Like his father, Rick draws his powers from an hourglass that boosts his strength, speed, agility, and endurance for one hour once per day.
Nine years ago, Rex Tyler and his wife, Wendi, lived in West Farms, Blue Valley, Nebraska, with their son, Rick. Rex had been tracking the ISA for a long time and had been onto something. One night, in a frenzy, Rex recorded down a burst of discovered information. He and Wendi quickly packed their bags into their car and planned to flee Blue Valley, much to the confusion of Rick. Wendi’s brother, Matt Harris, arrived confused as to why he had been called to Blue Valley. Rex quickly explained that inside was the deed to the house, which they left to Matt, and records pertaining to Rick. On the certificates, Matt was listed as Rick’s biological father and having the last name Harris instead of Tyler. Though Matt was hesitant, Rex told him about the $50,000 he left in the house for the pair. While they hoped to not be gone long, he wanted to have a backup plan just in case. Rex and Wendi tearfully said goodbye to their son. Rex gave Rick a 1966 yellow mustang keychain and told him to hold onto it while he was away. He alluded that it was more important than Rick knew. Rick's parents then got into their car and sped away while Rick yelled after them, begging his parents not to leave him. Rex and Wendi died in a car "accident" that night, and Rick fell into the custody of Matt.
Rick became a troubled kid at Blue Valley who was in and out of trouble be it at school or around town. His relationship with Matt was tumultuous and abusive, due to Matt's quick temper and bitterness over being left in charge of a kid he never wanted. Rick felt this neglect and, upon entering high school, became a delinquent. He often sat at a loser table where he kept to himself, stole school property, and frequently received detention. He also drank alcohol when he wasn't attending classes. In his free time, Rick worked to repair his father's mustang.
In the crowded cafeteria, Rick is somewhat eating lunch, but mainly staring at the table, at his usual spot with Yolanda Montez and Beth Chapel, when they are suddenly joined by new-girl Courtney Whitmore. Courtney introduces herself and Beth warmly responds while Rick continues to ignore Courtney's presence. When Courtney tries to converse with the group Rick stays silent along with everyone else. Beth informs Courtney that the people at the table aren't friends and are losers. Rick is irritated by this and abruptly stands up, telling Beth to speak for herself. He grabs his bag and sulks off, grabbing a school-issued product from a cart and shoving it in his bag on the way out.
He is later put in detention for an unknown reason, though the product he stole from the cafeteria earlier might have something to do with it. Courtney and two other students are in detention with him but they don't interact. Rick is using a pocket knife to carve something into his desk which annoys Courtney, so she whirls around to stare at him. He looks up at her for a brief moment before he returns to his carving. She looks back the clock not saying anything to him.
The next day or so, when school is let out, Rick spends his free time leaning against a wall with a Blue Valley Tires mural on it. He is drinking out of a bottle that is cleverly concealed inside a brown paper bag. When Courtney approaches he looks over at her. As she begins to pass he grabs his bag and walks past her without a word. When she looks over her shoulder at him she sees him taking another swig from the bag and round a corner, disappearing.
In a flashback to nine years ago, a young Rick Tyler is led out of his house by his mother, Wendi. His father Rex calls Wendi saying that they have to leave. Rick asks where they are going, so Wendi crouched down to look him in the eye. She explained that mom and dad had to leave for a little while but he was going to be okay. Rick clearly didn't understand but was interrupted when Rex who knelt in front of Rick. He expressed his love and gave Rick a toy yellow mustang, telling his son to keep it safe for him as it is special. He explained that it was his first love before he met Wendi. They hug tightly before Rick's uncle, Matt Harris, suddenly arrived. Rick went off to the side and played with the yellow mustang. Rex and Wendi explained to Matt that they had to leave and left everything to Matt, including falsified birth certificates that listed Rick as Matt's son. Matt didn't want to be a father as he had no idea how to raise a child, but Wendi told him to just do his best. The couple quickly hugged their son goodbye, with Rex picking Rick up in his arms to hug him and kiss his head. Rex and Wendi than left while Rick yelled after his parents begging them not to leave him.
In the present day, October 31, 2020, Rick is hard at work on his father's real 1966 yellow mustang when he rolls out from under the car and runs a rag over his face and hair. He picks up a box and is annoyed when it is empty. Matt comes out of the house and dismissively tells Rick not to wait up. Rick asks what happened to the carburetor that was in the box, as it was the last piece for his car, to which Matt told him he sold it. This angered Rick, who expressed that Matt can't just sell the part - it was his. Matt slammed his car door shut and approached Rick, asking him what he thinks pays for the bills around the house. Rick goes quiet but Matt presses on reminding Rick how he ruined his life. This prompts Rick to call him out on not being a Silicon Valley millionaire and instead, being a Blue Valley dirtbag. Matt steps closer to his nephew's face and tells him to take a swing - he'll just put Rick on his ass, again. Rick averts his gaze clearly distressed so Matt condescendingly mutters that was what he was thought and leaves so Rick tosses the empty box aside.
Rick walks to school and goes down the same road every day. He stops at the tree where his parents were killed and drops his bag. He stares at the tree for a moment, getting emotional. He then punches the tree then grips his now bleeding and scabbed knuckles. He shakes it off, rolling his hand into a fist. He grabs his bag and walks off.
After school, Rick is walking back home when he encounters Pat Dugan, whose car had broken down. He stops to comment that the alternator might be the issue, earning a positive reaction from Pat. After some prompting, Rick explains that he works on one car - yellow a 1966 mustang that belonged to his father. Pat seems thoughtful, and inside Courtney notices Hourman's hourglass shining brightly. Pat asks Rick if he can help him push the car down the street some, but Rick is quiet for a moment than declines and mutters an apology. Suspecting the person hiding behind the hood is responsible for the hourglass's reaction, Courtney stares after Rick's retreating figure and sees the hourglass dimming down. Pat asks what she knows about that kid, but she claims not to know anything. She says she'll walk and takes out the large duffel bag, and proceeds to follow Rick through town.
Rick eventually stops at the same tree as earlier, the one his parents died at, and stares at it emotionally. He takes a moment then looks down over his shoulder asking Courtney why she's following him. He isn't interested in talking to her and tries to leave but she is persistent. She suddenly pulls out an hourglass and shows it to him but he is confused as it's just an hourglass. Confused, Courtney shoves it against Rick's chest earning an agitated look from Rick as the hourglass still isn't reacting. She doesn't understand muttering that something is wrong, but he sharply tells her that something is wrong and she should stay on her meds. He then walks away from her. Later that day, Courtney learns through Beth Chapel that Rick Harris's name is really Rick Tyler and that he's the son of Rex Tyler - Hourman.
That evening, Rick delivers three kegs to BVHS jocks who are throwing a Halloween party. He tells them that the price is $100 each, earning disgruntlement from the jocks. Brian argues that the kegs are worth $50 each to which Rick tells him about inflation. The price is $300 for all three kegs. Brian and his friend try to hassle Rick by using intimidation, but Rick threatens to break their arms if they don't pay up. The jocks eventually pay Rick and mutter about him being crazy as they carry the heavy kegs away.
That night, Courtney, Beth, and Yolanda's search for Rick takes them to Cindy Burman's Halloween party. Courtney eventually tracks Rick down outside by the pool setting up the kegs. She tries to talk to him through her Gremlin head mask, but he enthusiastically tells her that he doesn't understand what she's staying. She removes the mask and tells him that she knows that his real father is Rex Tyler. He clenches his jaw staying quiet, so she presses on and shows him the hourglass again. She tells him that his father was Hourman, which catches Rick by surprises and he asks what she's talking about. She tells him that she should get the others and explain.
They are joined by Yolanda and Beth, and Rick goes through each girl noting their superhero aliases - Stargirl and Wildcat. He gets to Beth but she is interrupted by Yolanda. Beth later tells him that the hourglass was built by Rick's father, a brilliant chemist. The hourglass gave him super strength for one hour per day, which doesn't initially impress Rick, but Beth notes that the hourglass only worked for Rex as it was tied to his DNA. Rick's interest is piqued but he's confused about how to turn it on. Beth tells him to turn it over. He puts the hourglass on around his neck and turns it over. Upon doing so, the sand inside glows gold once more, beginning the drip to the bottom as a gold wave envelopes him. Testing his strength, he easily lifts a keg and crushes it like a soda can. He drops it to the ground smiling. Courtney advises him not to test his superpowers like that in public, and Beth informs him of the need for secret identities and that he might need a costume. Rick rejects the idea, saying he's doing his own thing. Courtney protests that he can't take the hourglass, but Rick reminds her it was his father and now it's his. He sharply tells her later before leaving. Yolanda sarcastically congratulates Courtney for making the biggest delinquent in school a beast, but Courtney's determined to get through to him. Yolanda says he won't listen, but Courtney tells her he won't when they're dressed like this.
Rick walks through downtown Blue Valley when he stops in front of Richie's Diner and peers inside. He sees his uncle harassing a waitress who is uninterested in his advantages. He clenches his jaw but forces himself to walk away. As he is leaving he sees his uncle's pickup truck. He gazes into the side mirror and stares at his reflection for a moment before punching the mirror clean off the truck. He staggers backward surprised by his strength and flexes his hand, noticing that it is unharmed. He then looks at the truck and back at his hand before shouting and punching the truck. The truck separates and skids to the middle of the road, a large dent in the driver's side door. He smiles slightly as he looks at the damage in front of him.
As the night dwindles to an end, Rick returns to the sight of his parent's death - the tree. Stargirl and Wildcat appear. Stargirl states that they just want to talk. Rick exclaims that he isn't playing games with them. Stargirl says she understands but Rick yells that she doesn't. She doesn't know what it's like to be filled with such anger that he feels poisoned. He thinks about hitting something all the time, and asks her if she thinks he likes that. He hates feeling this way. Stargirl tells him of her father, Starman, and how she gets to keep his legacy alive. She encourages Rick that he can continue his father's legacy as a superhero and that it can be his choice. He repeats that it's his choice and a moment passes. Enraged, he punches the tree, causing it to split where his fist connected with it. The tree falls to the ground and across the road. He says he never had the choice and approaches the pair. Stargirl points the Staff at him, telling him she can't let him keep the hourglass when he's in this state.
He dares her to take it when Beth runs up, announcing that his parent's death wasn't an accident. She says Dr. McNider can show them and in a holographic projection stemming from the goggles, the group is shown the series of events that led to Rex and Wendi Tyler's deaths as Beth narrates. As the holographic car passes through Rex, he witnesses the last faces his parents made and his mother's dying scream. Stargirl tells Rick that the people who killed his parents are the same ones who killed her father, which is why she assembled this team - for justice. Rick tearfully says he'll do it, but not for justice. He states that he wants revenge causing the Cosmic Staff to warble.
The next day, Rick is walking to school when he comes across Pat Dugan, who is leaning against his car. As Rick gets closer Pat calls out to the boy calling him by his name. Rick makes a sarcastic comment on the car being broken down again, but Pat laughs it off. Pat then reveals to Rick that he knew his dad - his real one, and asks if they can talk. Rick grows quiet as he looks precariously at Pat.
Pat and Rick go to The Pit Stop where Pat shows him Matt Harris' truck that has a large dent in it. He explains that it was towed to the Pit Stop last night but Rick tries to blow it off. Pat knows that he did the damage with the hourglass but just wants to know why he did it. Rick merely states that his uncle is a jerk who had it coming. Pat scolds Rick, saying that his father would never have abused the hourglass's power like that. Rick snaps back that his father is dead so it doesn't matter what he would do, because the ISA killed his parents. Pat just learned about that and is trying to stop them and thought he might be able to help him decipher with Rex's journal.
As he sifts through the journal, Rick notices several inconsistencies in what his father wrote. His father wrote about growing up in Michigan and meeting his mother at Calvin College, but Rex grew up in Connecticut and met Wendi when they were kids. None of the information is right, and he ponders if the writing itself is some kind of code. He takes out the hourglass and holds it up to the writing at Pat explains that he didn't think the diary entries were code just the equations. Rick hops off the barrel he's sitting on and remarks that he'll keep looking at it but Pat tells him that he can't keep the journal, even though it was Rick's fathers. He also tells him to leave the hourglass with him too because he doesn't think he's ready for it. Rick doesn't believe that Pat knows him at all just like he didn't' really know his father. Pat calls him out on abusing the power within the hourglass, something that Rex never would have done. Rick accuses him of looking at him like everyone else in the town - like he's trash or not worth a damn. Pat tells him he's wrong as that isn't how he looks at him. Rick lashes out by reminding Pat of all the things he didn't know about the Tyler's or the ISA and doesn't understand what Starman used him for and calls him useless. He then storms out of the pit stop with the hourglass and journal, while Pat looks after him incredulously.
After school, Rick goes to BVHS where he meets with Yolanda, Beth, and Courtney. He explains that he just talked to Pat and doesn't understand what Starman or Courtney saw in him. He then asks her if Pat asked for her staff back if she would hand it over. He takes her silence as a no and gives Beth his father's journal, asking her if the goggles can decipher the equations. The goggles are unable to match the equations and Beth gives it back to Rick. She then receives a message from Chuck saying that someone is trying to hack into Empire Enterprises, but Rick doesn't see the importance of a hacker trying to get into a lame phone company. She explains that the Gambler, a member of the ISA, is the one behind the hacking and fills the group in on what he does. Yolanda wants to go capture The Gambler and Rick chimes in that they'll interrogate him and make him talk or else. Courtney wants to tell Pat but Rick rejects the idea and decides to go anyway with Yolanda and Beth chiming in that they're going too. Courtney tries to stop them but he argues that it's just a hacker. Courtney notes that they each need a suit to protect their identities, which Rick isn't thrilled about unlike Beth, who really wants one.
That night, Rick, now dressed as Hourman, and the rest of the newly assembled JSA arrive at Empire Enterprises, ready to fight The Gambler. Hourman wonders who came up with the names for the ISA and rolls his eyes when Beth says she likes them. Stargirl asks them if they're sure they want to do this, so Hourman activates his hourglass as confirmation. He wants to go in and get answers and brushes off Courtney with a whatever when she says to follow her lead. He goes on ahead without her. Wildcat and Dr. Mid-Nite follow. They come to a sealed metal door which Stargirl stops him from punching down as he'll set off the alarms. He then impatiently waits for Dr. Mid-Nite to put in the door code. The group then goes inside.
Stargirl leads the group through the halls of Empire Enterprises. They enter an office where they come across a man who was shot in the head and is now lying on the floor dead. The sight causes the JSA to freeze with Hourman looking at the body in shock. Their focus is broken when they hear a woman call out to the group, asking what they have here. The JSA are greeted by Tigress and Sportsmaster. Hourman holds his fists up ready to fight but comments they don't look like hackers. Stargirl has a plan to stay together but he isn't interested as he thinks he can do this himself. He charges at the couple but they tag-team him and Hourman is knocked aside. Sportsmaster then hits Hourman with a baseball bat in the back, then kicks him through a door and into the electrical room. He warns Hourman to stay down, calling him a kid. Hourman struggles to his feet then runs after Sportsmaster, speaking through his coms that he's got "Jason Vorhees".
He tracks Sportsmaster outside and barely dodges a high-speed baseball in time that is aimed at his face. Sportsmaster remarks that he knew the last guy who wore the suit and calls him a dumb idiot too. Hourman is overcome with anger and charges at Sportsmaster only to be hit in the face and chest with three baseballs. Sportsmaster checks Hourman causing him to fly backward and roll on the ground. Hourman struggles to his knees, blood dripping from his mouth as Sportsmaster asks if he's ready for more. Hourman rises to his feet and holds his hands up ready for another round.
Hourman continues to fight Sportsmaster in hand-to-hand combat but his punches don't land and he is struck again with a baseball. Enraged, Hourman shoves a car at Sportsmaster and finally gets the upper-hand. He charges at his enemy, picks him up by the waist, and leaps several feet into the air before slamming Sportsmaster down on a car. They both fall to the ground before resuming their vicious battle. This time, Hourman is slammed into a car but Sportsmaster is stopped from hurting him further when Stargirl launches the Cosmic Staff at the bat-wielding villain.
She is able to fight him off with her staff and steal his bat much to his acknowledgment. They continue to fight until he knocks her to the ground stealing his bat back as she lies on the pavement. Hourman calls to "Gretzky" while lifting a car over his head which Sportsmaster praises him for but notes that the car is heavy before hitting a baseball at Hourman's legs causing him to drop the car. The staff slides under the car propping up while Stargirl slides under it and pulls Hourman to safety just before the car can crush him.
Sportsmaster and Tigress overwhelm Courtney, who is now alone as Hourman lies on the pavement in pain. Wildcat and Dr. Mid-Nite see him as they exit the building and rush toward him.
A few moments pass before Hourman appears to Courtney's left, the rest of the JSA falling into formation around her. They assume a fighting position just a giant robotic armor lands behind the group, much to everyone's amazement. Hourman takes a moment to appreciate S.T.R.I.P.E., before turning back to shell-shocked Tigress and Sportsmaster. The newly assembled JSA assumes fighting positions and Hourman watches as a badminton shuttlecock flies at them then explodes, causing a smokescreen that allows the villains to escape.
Rick and the rest of the JSA return to The Pit Stop. Rick, Beth, and Yolanda are still dressed in the superhero attire as admire S.T.R.I.P.E., while Courtney sits above with Pat. Rick admires the way Pat managed to build the suit out of cars, initially in disbelief about the feat. He then smiles lightly as he admits that Court was right that there's more to Pat then they thought. A few moments later, Courtney and Pat watch Rick, Yolanda, and Beth admiring S.T.R.I.P.E.
The next morning, Rick visits the site of his parent's death as he does every day. His backpack lies on the ground, his father's journal resting inside. In the meantime, Rick is seen carving an hourglass into the remaining tree trunk with a pocket knife. He steps back to admire his handwork but gives it a solemn look as if remembering his parents. He then grabs his backpack and continues to school.
As he walks down the halls of BVHS, he notices Courtney and gives her a smile. She returns the smile and joins him in the middle of the hall. They are soon joined by Yolanda Montez and Beth Chapel, and Rick gives a crooked smile to each of his new teammates. Their moment is interrupted when Cindy Burman shoves into them knocking them apart. She calls them losers before walking off. Courtney asks why Cindy is so mean, to which Beth explains that Cindy lost her mother in third grade. Courtney is sympathetic but Rick snaps that isn't an excuse. He adds that Cindy is just a terrible person. He then leaves to go to class.
After school, Rick joins the rest of the JSA at The Pit Stop where they meet Pat. Pat expresses that he's been working on something really special all day for their training against the ISA. Rick doesn't seem impressed when Pat states that they have to start with two things: what they can do and what the bad guys can do. As they walk through the Pit Stop, Rick remarks that they already know what they can do. He can punch things really hard, Yolanda can climb walls and murder toasters, and Beth can talk about anything. Beth chimes in that she'd be happy to causing Rick to roll his eyes. He then comments that Courtney has a glowstick that blows things up. Pat asks the group to be patient and shows them his makeshift ISA group that will serve as their practice dummies. Rick is extremely underwhelmed but remarks to Pat that he's trusting him as he walks in.
Once inside, Rick doubtfully looks at the lo-fi training course, with mop buckets and the like representing members of the ISA. Rick listens as Pat gives them information on the ISA, but looks pained when Pat starts talking about Solomon Grundy. However, impatient for some actual training, Court and the Cosmic Staff make quick work of the mop bucket enemies, wrecking the course before any of her frustrated teammates get a crack at it. Rick remarks that it was lame of her and leaves now that the training is over. Pat promises that Rick, Yolanda, and Beth will get to try the course tomorrow. Rick glares at Courtney as he leaves.
Rick angrily swipes objects off a table in The Pit Stop as he learns that Courtney's in the emergency room. He wants to act instead of just standing around and tells Yolanda his plan to break down Cindy's door and "take the bitch out". Beth refuses the idea by saying that Cindy has powers, but Rick gestures to himself and Yolanda saying that they have powers too. Beth tries to explain that Cindy's parents might be members of the ISA but Rick hopes that they are and storms past her. He grabs his hourglass and tries to leave. Beth blocks his past and tries to rationalize with him that there is a smarter approach to all of this. Rick merely states that an eye-for-an-eye is how things work. He tries to move past her but she stops him by putting her hand on his chest. He looks down at her in surprise until she tells him that she's mad about this too, but he has to sit down and cool off. He asks where what she'll do if he doesn't, making a snide comment about her not having powers, to which she is hurt by. She calls him out on being so hurt that he wants to make everyone else hurt too. He takes a moment before turning and slamming his fist on the table as he sets the hourglass back down. Beth reiterates that they need to be smarter about their next move, to which Yolanda agrees with her. A moment passes before Rick steps forward and asks Beth what she wants to do, at which point, she holds up her goggles saying she has a good plan.
Rick and Yolanda hide behind the bushes at Cindy Burman's house, anxiously waiting to see if Beth can pull off her plan. Yolanda asks if he thinks the plan will work, to which Rick retorts that it better. A man asks will what work, causing Rick and Yolanda to whirl around, startled. Pat stands behind them and questions what they're doing, to which Yolanda claims they are keeping an eye on Cindy but she's not home right now. Rick fumbles saying that while they were standing there they came up with a plan. Pat notices Beth is missing and inquires about her, to which Rick guiltily points to the front door of the Burman residence. As Pat scampers off, Rick and Yolanda resume their positions behind the bushes. They watch Pat and Beth enter the home and exchange nervous glances.
After some time, Beth puts on her goggles and begins to have a look around. Rick speaks to her through the JSA comms, asking if she found anything yet. Beth responds that she hasn't yet, seeing as how even Chuck can't identify Cindy's mom. Rick asks about her dad, but Beth doesn't think he's home yet. As Beth travels to the underground tunnels she begins to lose connection with Rick and Yolanda, their voices coming through jumbled and robotic. Yolanda looks to Rick telling him worriedly that she lost Beth.
As the duo waits for Beth, Yolanda relays a text message from Courtney saying that Cindy knows Courtney is Stargirl. They watch as Cindy pulls up in a black car, and Yolanda warns Beth that Cindy is home and knows Courtney is Stargirl. Rick gives her a worried and disgruntled look. As Beth continues on in the house, Rick decides to take matters into his own hands. He takes off his backpack and Yolanda asks what they should do. They exchange a look and instantly know what the other is thinking. Rick unzips his bag and takes out his hourglass, putting it around his neck.
Beth finds herself trapped in Cindy's room with no escape, and frantically looks around for a place to hide. It is then that Wildcat taps on the glass, coaxing her outside. Wildcat then throws Beth out of the window as the girl refuses to jump. Beth screams on her way down but is caught by Rick, who is under the effects of the hourglass. He looks her up and down before remarking, "got you". The pair is long gone by the time Cindy looks out her window, having heard them running off. Rick is present when Beth gives Pat the photograph of Dr. Ito, and runs off when Pat tells them they have to get out of there before anyone sees Wildcat.
At the gym in Blue Valley High, Yolanda is incredulous that Courtney wants to recruit Henry Jr. to their team after what he did to her. Rick steps forward, saying that people only change on the surface but never deep down. Beth argues that isn't true or fair since each of them has changed since joining the JSA, especially Rick. Yolanda claims that Henry is his father's son, and won't think twice about hurting any of them. Rick agrees with Yolanda, but Courtney wants them to take a leap of faith. Rick quips back that he can take a leap of faith - right before he lands on his face. Courtney retorts by saying she took a leap of faith with them, and she's still on her feet, claiming that they need every advantage they can get. Annoyed, Yolanda takes her things, telling Courtney that she's not on any team with Henry on it, and leaves the gym. Rick leaves moments later, remarking that he agrees with Yolanda and Courtney should let it go.
After school, Beth and Rick greet Pat at The Pit Stop. Pat asks where Yolanda is, clearly having expected the girl Rick says she's pissed since Courtney wants to recruit Henry, and asks why Pat would even let Courtney recruit him in the first place, saying it's a "classic anti-Pat plan." Pat reminds Rick that Courtney trusted him when no one else would, and Rick retorts that he's never sent pictures of some girl around. Now annoyed, Rick asks what they're doing here in the first place, to which Pat explains how he wants them to find out if there's a tunnel system under Blue Valley. He shows them old books and thinks that Beth's goggles will speed along the process. Rick isn't impressed with the homework but Pat claims that planning and preparing are all part of being a superhero. Pat leaves on a family matter leaving only Rick and Beth there. Rick starts to walk off in the other direction of Beth but she stops him by saying that they should get started. He isn't interested in helping, as she and Chuck can handle in on their own. He takes his father's journal out of his backpack noting that he still has to figure out the formulas in the journal. Something in it is the reason his parents were murdered, and he has to figure out what it was.
That night, Beth finds something with her goggles and looks to Rick who is sitting beside her. She says that Blue Valley was settled in 1876, by a group of Freemasons that called themselves The Other Founding Fathers who wanted to make the land free of interference from the outside. Rick bluntly asks if Beth thinks that a group of separatist freaks built the tunnels, and Beth tells him that it explains why the ISA chose their town--because they could meet in secret, underground and do whatever they wanted without being seen. They exchange an equally worried look.
The next day at lunch, Courtney brings Henry Jr to the table, informing her teammates that Henry is aware of their superhero antics. She also tells them that the Cosmic Staff has been taken hostage by Icicle, along with Brainwave, whom Henry wants to rescue. Rick isn't pleased with the situation, believing that once Brainwave wakes up he'll kill Courtney first, seeing as how he knows her real identity. Then he'll kill all of them, making a snide comment about Henry telling his father everything first. Henry assures the group that he isn't going to tell anyone anything, elaborating that Courtney didn't even tell him about the group, he read her mind and found out by himself. Rick strongly believes that once they find Brainwave they should snap him in two while they have the chance. Henry stoically tells Rick that he isn't going to hurt his father, to which Rick dares Henry to try and stop him. He stands and entices Henry to a fight to settle their issues right now, even jerking away from Yolanda's hand that pulls on his sweatshirt in an attempt to get him to sit. Rick demands Henry stands up, who in turn, tells Rick to sit down. Henry loses control of his powers and flings Rick across the floor of the cafeteria along with a lunch tray, the contents of which cover Rick's shirt. Yolanda leaps to Rick's defense by threatening Henry by reminding him what she'll do if he doesn't stay away from her friends. Beth reminds everyone that they have to do this for Courtney, who will be forced to leave if they don't save Blue Valley. Rick refuses to work with Henry but begrudgingly agrees to help Courtney.
The group travels to the underground tunnels through the Burman residence, which is empty now that Cindy has "transferred schools". The group stands at the steps with Courtney informing them that Pat isn't answering so it's on them to retrieve the staff and Brainwave. She leads the group through the tunnels with Rick lagging behind and giving brooding glares at Henry. He overhears Beth telling Courtney that she lost access to Chuck, though she can still see through her goggles. Rick comments that now they don't have Chuck or the Cosmic Staff which is just great.
The tunnel splits into two parts, so Courtney suggests splitting up but Wildcat is hesitant, proclaiming that Courtney always says to stick together. Courtney notes that they don't exactly have a choice. She and Henry should go one way while Beth, Yolanda, and Rick going the other way. Yolanda quickly states there's no way she's leaving her alone with Henry, and that she's going with her. Rick doesn't seem to have a preference with the plan and just glances at Beth as they are paired together. Courtney agrees as they don't have time to argue. Beth and Rick go left while the other three go right, and decide to meet back at the split in fifteen minutes.
Beth and Rick are walking through the tunnels when they hear growling and snarling coming from down the hall. Beth is nervous as to what could be making the noise, but Rick doesn't hesitate to go towards the noise and investigate what it is. They come to a large cell where a creature is locked inside. Beth wonders what the creature is, with Rick angrily stating that is Solomon Grundy, the thing that killed his parents. He angrily storms to the cell doors and activates his hourglass out of emotion. She questions what he's doing, and he snaps back that he's going to rip the door off and kill the thing - thought it was obvious. Beth tries to calm him by saying that killing Grundy isn't why they're here, but Rick retorts that there has been a change of plans.
Rick tries to pry the metal door open but has only managed a small dent. Beth sees the henchmen, and tells Rick they have company. He initially doesn't care and is intent on his task until he notices how many henchmen there is. He simply punches one of them, which causes a domino effect, and the rest of them fall to the ground in succession. Beth tells Rick they should go, pulling at his cloak as he tries to pry open the doors. He angrily gives up but tells Solomon Grundy that he'll be back, and runs off with Beth. As they run, they meet with Stargirl, Wildcat, and Henry, who also have minions on their trail, along with Brainwave, and they retreat together.
They reach a tunnel that is gated off by metal bars that stops them from progressing. Hourman bends the bars creating a space large enough for them to move through. He motions for the girls to go through first, with Wildcat following Dr. Mid-Nite through the gap. Seconds later, the metal bars snap shut cutting the team off from each other. Hourman is confused then stiffens he hears Brainwave's ferocious voice telling them to calm down. Stargirl doesn't hesitate and attacks with her staff. Hourman takes this moment to try and pry open the bars once more, which are being kept in place by Brainwave's telekinesis. Henry assists Hourman by using his telekinesis combined with Hourman's strength. The bars move and Henry snaps at Hourman to move it through the bars, and Hourman complies. Stargirl refuses to go through before Henry, who can't leave her behind despite Hourman calling for Stargirl to come. He uses telekinesis to move her through the opening bars which snaps shut seconds later.
Father and son face off in the tunnels, with Brainwave sending a telekinetic attack toward Henry that cripples him to the ground. Wildcat doesn't hesitate to motions for Stargirl to move out of her way as she slashes at the bars with her claws. A few slashes in a telekinetic force field covers the bars, making it impenetrable. Hourman tries punching the barrier but makes no impact. Henry attacks back at his father with a blast of his own, while Hourman and the rest of the JSA attack the force field with everything they have. Hourman falls into a rhythm of punches and panicked blows. The team realizes that their efforts are futile and stop long enough to hear Brainwave admit to murdering his wife. Henry is angered by his father's attempts to get him to join the ISA and throws debris at his father, much to Hourman's awe.
Brainwave throws Henry into the bars and the JSA once again attacks the force field with slashes, punches, and blasts, but their efforts are still futile. Henry looks over and up at Yolanda, Brainwave seconds away from collapsing the ceiling on him. He assures her that he really is sorry and Hourman watches in disbelief of the situation unfolding. Henry tells Courtney that she's right and people are good - don't let this change her mind. Brainwave collapses the ceiling on Henry and disappears. Rick shields his face from the falling debris before looking back at the area where Henry used to be. He grimaces and clenches his jaw. Wildcat turns to Hourman, setting her face on his chest as she sobs. He places his hand on her shoulder in an attempt to comfort her through her crippling grief. After a few seconds, she tears away from Rick, who is emotional in his own right.
The next day, Rick and Beth head to the Pit Stop before school per the morning ritual. Pat enters claiming to have news that he wants to share with the duo, but the kids are eager to share their news as well. Rick states that he's been working on his father's journal nonstop and has read every chemistry book at BVHS in an attempt to crack the code. Pat tells him that is a great feat but asks where Yolanda is, earning a solemn moment of silence in the garage. Beth informs Pat that Yolanda went to church to pray for Henry before school. Pat is quiet for a moment before telling them that Courtney's father is back, much to Beth and Rick's surprise. Rick thinks it's great since maybe Starman can help him crack the journal while Beth is shocked that Starman is alive. They are confused when Pat informs them that Courtney's father isn't Starman. They are interrupted by an older man who calls Pat by Stripesy, asking for his help. Rick is confused as to why their school janitor is at The Pit Stop - and why he has a sword. Justin becomes hostile quickly and Rick is eager to fight the man, but Pat keeps him at bay by saying that he thinks he knows the man. Rick tells Pat to let him take the man but Pat refuses, finally able to talk Justin down from his hallucination episode that led to his violent outburst. He had hallucinated Rick and Beth as Dragon King's minions. Pat comforts a now emotional Justin, while Rick asks Pat how he knows this freak, with Pat explaining that Justin the bravest and strongest man he's ever met.
Rick looks at an old picture of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, dubious their leader, the Shining Knight, is huddling in front of him in a lowly custodian's attire. Pat takes the picture hands it to Justin, urging him to remember who he is. Rick reminds him he tried to attack them with a sword, to which Justin angrily names it "Excalibur". This furthers Rick's disbelief in Justin's story. Pat quiets Rick then urges Justin to retell the story on how he got the sword. Honored, Justin recounts his past a "lowly but loyal" stable boy who bestowed King Arthur's sword on his deathbed, being told, "heroes can come from anywhere". Beth asks is he's from the past, to which Justin replies he was from the time of dragons and knights. Rick slyly comments that the man is delusional. Pat ignores Rick and encourages Justin to open up about he got to Blue Valley. Rick listens to Justin's story and then watches as the man admires S.T.R.I.P.E. Later that day, Rick attends Henry's memorial and is visibly surprised by Brainwave's speech.
Rick, Yolanda, and Beth meet at the Whitmore-Dugan cabin to wait for the family to arrive. When they do, Courtney greets Yolanda and Beth with a hug, though Rick stands off the side not too comfortable with the gesture. He greets Pat with a nod before the group notices an unfamiliar car approaching. They are on edge with the suspense of who is inside before Justin emerges with groceries, and Rick rolls his eyes at the former janitor. S.T.R.I.P.E. lands several feet away much to everyone else's awe, while Rick is mildly impressed with the remote control feature of the robot. He then initiates the walk inside the cabin.
Once inside, Rick ignores his food as he works tirelessly at cracking his father's journal. Justin appears and attempts to reach out to the boy by asking what he's reading. Rick hesitantly tells Justin that it is his father's journal which Justin finds interesting. The man hovers over Rick giving him an encouraging and inquisitive look. Rick sighs telling Justin that his father was investigating the ISA long before Justin even was, and they killed him for it and his mother. They sent Solomon Grundy after them and Rick thinks it's because his father figured out what the ISA was doing in Blue Valley, a secret believes to be in the journal. Unfortunately, the journal is all written some form of code that he can't crack. Justin loves a good puzzle and hunches over the desk more to examine it. Rick explains that the equation on the last page is the key but he's missing the last number. That's all he needs to crack the journal. He's tried all their birthdays but doesn't know what it could be. Justin tells Rick that all things reveal themselves in due time. Rick sighs stating that he has until morning to figure it out - eight hours, to be exact. He asks if Justin has any ideas and the man zones out for a few seconds. He then briskly nods stating that he's going to clean the bathroom. He scurries off leaving a depleted Rick at the desk. Rick clears his throat telling the man to have a blast.
Rick is still starting at the journal when he is overcome with annoyance and throws the journal aside. He runs his hands through his hair in frustration just as Pat appears asking if Rick's having trouble. The boy snaps back asking what Pat thinks, before explaining that he knows there's a number that will unlock the code. He tried birthdays but those didn't work, then he though since his dad was Hourman that he would try 60 seconds, twelve hours, twenty-four, and still nothing. Pat picks up the journal and approaches Rick at the banister pondering what else Rex cared about that had a number. Rick emotionally admits that who the hell knows, he didn't get to know his father because of the ISA. He turns away just as Pat asks about Rex's car - the yellow mustang that Rex loved. Rick realizes that it was a 1966 mustang and snatches the journal from Pat and fills in the code, then solves it several seconds later much to Pat's confusion as to what the boy is writing. Rick smacks the journal saying that it worked and that's the answer right there. He grins happily for the first time in a long time.
He gives the journal to Beth to scan with her goggles and explains to the gathered group that the formulas were coordination for the map of the tunnels. His father went to the tunnels and scoped them out. The map shows the tunnel entrances, which he points out, their meeting room, and the center which is where they're building some kind of machine. Courtney believes the satellite codes were used to build something with Beth adding that it's something big. The amplifier is meant to transmit brainwaves to reach other's minds. Rick thinks Dragon King's minions were just a test run with Pat agreeing that they're getting ready for the big rollout. Mike questions if they're going to make everyone else zombies, but Barbara is reluctant since that isn't Jordan's "American Dream". She thinks they want to make everyone follow without question. Pat notes that they have to destroy the machine before it can get that far. Courtney asks Rick if there's an entrance S.T.R.I.P.E. can fit through, with Rick pointing it out on the map but sharply tells her he's going with her. She tells him no as he, Yolanda, and Justin should enter from above ground on the other side of town. Rick questions that she wants them to split up but she reminds him that it's just to avoid detection and they'll meet up at the machine. Beth determines that she will go to the American Dream and hack the hackers with Barbara noting that she's going too.
The team figures out everyone's roles and disperses from the living room as they suit up. Hourman leads Wildcat and Shining Knight to the Burman residence. They access the tunnels through the keypad in the hallway, hurrying down the steps with their gear. Beth speaks to the team through their coms and tells them about the countdown clock and the ISA's manifesto for the broadcast. They want to combat global warming, force people to embrace solar and wind power, and eliminate discrimination of all kinds. Hourman stops in the tunnel in surprise asking if she's kidding. Beth adds that they want universal healthcare too. Stargirl mentions that it's good and asks if it isn't. Hourman squeakily asks Pat if they're on the right side of this fight with him adding that there as to be something else. Beth then explains that some people will fight too hard against the programming process and their brains will shut down causing death. Hourman stalks forward with his group as they find out that 25 million people will die from the process as Gambler takes control of Beth's goggles. Gambler informs the JSA that the broadcast begins at the 30-minute mark and there are 30 minutes until Brainwave is finished programming. Hourman and Wildcat exchange a worried look as they turn to notice Justin staring off in the distance. Rick attempts to reach Justin to no avail as the man appears to not be able to hear anyone.
Wildcat tries to break through to Justin before asking Hourman what is wrong with him. Hourman believes that Brainwave has control over Justin's mind just like he does all the others. Wildcat speaks to Justin telling him to remember that he's the "Silent Knight". Hourman looks at her incredulously and corrects he's the Shining Knight. She turns to Hourman reasoning that she doesn't know. Hourman speaks over the comms to Beth, telling her that they need help. She whines back that she knows but she doesn't know what to do. This sparks an idea that she can hear them while the JSA listens to Beth. They are confused as she asks about a frequency blocker in the tunnels.
Beth begins to hack into Gambler's bank accounts with the assistance of Chuck, explaining that she volunteers with the Red Cross every Christmas. There are so many charities so she can't just pick one - she picks them all. Hourman grins at Beth's plan as he exchanges a triumphant look with Wildcat. Once the frequency jammers return due to Gambler's distraction over his money, Shining Knight snaps out of his trance. Wildcat asks Hourman if he thinks Justin is back to normal, with Justin proclaiming that he is now free to slay the dragon, stalking past the heroes. Justin looks after him thinking how peculiar Justin is. He answers Wildcat saying that Justin is back to his normal. They exchange a look with Hourman looking in the opposite direction of Wildcat to tell Beth she did a great job, then telling Wildcat they should go.
Hourman stalks through the halls of the tunnels angrily. He informs Wildcat that after they take out the machine he's going after Grundy. He's gonna rip the bolt doors open and kill him. Yolanda asks if he thinks that's really going to help him, which he thinks it will. She asks why prompting him to say that this way that thing won't hurt anyone else. It won't make another orphan. She counters that killing si wrong, causing him to whirl around and stop asking her who says so - God? She responds yes but he counters that God shouldn't let bad things happen - like his parent's being thrown into a tree. He warns her not to try and stop him as he walks away from her.
Hourman, Wildcat, and Shining Knight run into Dragon King's lair ready for a fight. They meet with Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. with everyone confused as to why the lair is empty. Stargirl asks if everyone is okay, and Hourman sharply retorts with yeah and all good. He then asks where this machine is, with Stargirl finding the door it is supposed to be behind. They are about to find a way inside when they hear Sportsmaster's sinister laugh calling to them. The JSA hurry to the center of the lair where they fall into place around Stargirl who raises her staff. Hourman falls into his place on Stargirl's left. Sporstamster and Tigress remark on their deja vu from the fun they had the last time they killed the JSA. This upsets Rick who clenches his fist as he prepares to charge. He follows Stargirl's lead as they charge toward the ISA and collide with their villainous counterparts. Hourman leaps into the air and raises his fist to strike Dragon King.
He misses Dragon King but falls into an intense hand-to-hand combat fight with Sportsmaster, who gets ahold of Hourman's leg and throws him several feet away. Hourman lands on the concrete steps and rolls once he lands. Stargirl looks over to see Hourman and Sportsmaster fighting once more. Sportsmaster is hitting Hourman with his baseball bat, though Hourman is managing to block his attacks until one blow to the face knocks him to his knees. Next to him is Wildcat, who is fighting Tigress and being overwhelmed by the woman's fighting skills. Hourman is on his feet seconds later as he fights back with Sportsmaster. Stargirl knocks Tigress aside and then kicks Sportsmaster's head using the full force of her body, rendering him unconscious. Hourman sits up from the floor out of breath as he looks at Stargirl. He notices Icicle preparing to attack with a frozen fist, and charges at Icicle punching him in the stomach once. The punch sends Icicle into a beam where he is then ambushed by a furious Wildcat who punches him then throws him aside. Stargirl strikes him under his chin and sends him flying across the room to the steps. The JSA assemble around Icicle with S.T.R.I.P.E. preparing to send a final punch when his sent across the room.
The JSA turns to see Solomon Grundy emerge from the tunnels and let out a roar. Hourman is overcome with emotion and ignores Stargirl's plea for him not to attack. He charges at Grundy yelling as he does, only to be knocked aside with a slap that sends Hourman into the wall. Stargirl screams Rick's name as he is flung aside. Pat tells Stargirl to get to the machine - he'll take care of Grundy and protect Rick until she gets back. She has to finish what they came here to do. S.T.R.I.P.E. and Grundy then embark on a battle between the two heavy-hitters of the group.
Grundy gains the advantage over STRIPE as he dismantles the robot and tears into the cockpit furiously. He is about to kill Pat when a maskless Hourman suddenly appears and punches Grundy in the face and knocks him aside. Hourman turns to Pat and tells him that it's his turn. With Grundy wounded, Rick asks if Pat is okay, but his concerns are only for Barbara who is in trouble. Rick heard about it over the comms and tells Pat to go save his wife, but Pat is hesitant without STRIPE. Rick angrily tells him that he doesn't need the damn robot and to go, pointing to the exit. Pat obliges and hurries out of the tunnels. Rick turns ot face Grundy, angrily snarling that he has five minutes left and it's all for him.
Rick sends Grundy flying into Dragon King's lair as he soars after Grundy. He lands on the beast and delivers blow after blow of devastating punches filled with emotional shouts. He gets into a rhythm of punching him with one hand while pinning him down with the under, letting out a shout as he does. Grundy stares up at Rick in distress though he isn't fighting back anymore. Rick grabs a slate of rock and lifts it over his head, ready to drop it on Grundy and end the beast once and for all. The beast lets out a groan and distorted "no", raising his hands up in a defensive position. Rick is breathing hard as he stares down at the defenseless creature that murdered his parents. He screams at Grundy to fight back panting as he screams to fight him, but Grundy doesn't as he just merely closes his eyes and raises his hands. Rick screams emotionally that Grundy is a stupid animal. He then throws the slate aside and walks a step backward. Grundy begins to sit up but Rick screams at Grundy which scares the creature who skitters back on his rear. Rick yells at him to go on and get out of there. Grundy stands and then lumbers out of the lair as Rick yells at him to never come back. Grundy's wail can be heard from the tunnels. Justin approaches Rick commenting on how he spared the beast. Rick dismisses it with a whatever claiming that his hour was up anyway and they have to go. He rushes out of the lair shouting at Justin to follow.
Rick and Justin dart out of The American Dream building to find Beth, who rushes to Rick asking if he's okay. He claims to be fine but asks where Yolanda is. Beth notices bursts of energy and ice coming from the top of the building and mutters oh no, pointing to the top of the building. Rick and Justin turn and look up at the battle commencing before them. They are unable to assist Stargirl as they watch their leader battle it out with the ISA leader. They witness Stargirl be knocked from the top of the building with Wildcat leaping after her and saving her from falling to her death. Icicle also falls to the ground but is about to attack when Mike Dugan rams into Icicle with a car, shattering the man into pieces. Rick looks over at Mike and Max with a confused, surprised, yet exhausted look on his bloodied face, letting out a sigh. With everyone safely on the ground and the battle over, a sense of relief is found in the group who exchange camaraderies. Courtney, Beth, and Yolanda stand by Rick, who pulls them into a group hug who are surprised yet pleased by the hug. Rick has one arm around Beth and the other around Yolanda's Wildcat cowl, but all four of their heads touch as they hug. Once the hug disperses, they look up at the top of the building where Pat and Barbara exchange a loving victory kiss.
The group reunites at the Blue Valley High School football field where Rick drapes his arms over the chainlink fence, Courtney by his side. She remarks that it's as if the event never even happened, but Rick makes a dry joke of not really, referring to their mutually cut and beat-up faces. He is smiling as he talks about it. She chuckles but asks if he's okay, to which he takes a moment before smiling slightly. He responds with a genuine yeah before turning to look at Beth and Yolanda who are sitting apart on the bleachers. Courtney assures Beth that they'll fix the goggles but Beth isn't worried about the goggles, it's Chuck she's worried about. He assures that they'll get him up and running, asking Yolanda if she agrees. She gives a half-hearted sure, though Beth doesn't notice and smiles at Rick and Courtney. Rick and the rest of the team are present in the parking lot of BVHS as Justin says goodbye and leaves Blue Valley to find his horse and the rest of the soldiers.
Six-weeks later, the battle is over and the dust has settled in Blue Valley - just in time for Christmas. Rick spends the holiday with the Whitmore-Dugan's house alongside Yolanda and Beth. Pat tells Rick to make himself at home, with Rick waving and responding with a gleeful thanks. He joins Yolanda at the drinks as they converse. The group is summoned together by an eager Mike Dugan, who is setting up a polaroid camera. They huddle together and Rick smiles as the camera flashes, capturing a photo of Rick and the family he never had but has managed to find within the Justice Society and the Whitmore-Dugan's.
In the months since the defeat of the Injustice Society of America, Rick continues as a member of the JSA despite Blue Valley being a quiet town once again. While on patrol, Stargirl uses her Cosmic Staff and nearly attacks a raccoon. Hourman, Wildcat, and Dr. Mid-Nite appear from the corner. The trio knows there isn't any real threat in town anymore. Hourman sarcastically asks if she checked inside the trash can, but Stargirl doesn't let his attitude phase her. It isn't until Dr. Mid-Nite's scan of the town comes up clear that Wildcat insists they are protecting a small town that doesn't need protection. Hourman recaps that the ISA is gone now that everyone is either dead or in prison. The rest of the JSA agree to put away their superhero acts for now but will gladly suit up if any trouble arises.
In the morning, Rick drives on the outskirts of town in his yellow Mustang, listening to the radio recap the bear attacks on small businesses. A bear broke into the Taco Whiz and ate 200-pounds of nacho chips. The bear attacked Waffle World a few days later, as management found every jug of syrup missing. Rick tracks the creature into the woods, where he finds broken-down trees and empty bottles of syrup. He finds a footprint by the lake, which is where the trail goes cold.
Rick attends to his final day at BVHS, where he is held after class by his math teacher, Miss. Woods. She calls him Mr. Harris, but he corrects that he prefers to go by Rick Tyler now. She ignores his request and calls him Mr. Harris again. She asks how he cheated on the test, which insults him. Miss. Woods presses that she doesn't believe he passed the end-of-year exam. He scoffs but defends himself as he studied hard for that grade. She accuses him of cheating and wants him to take a test from last year while she supervises. Rick is offended and emotionally reveals that he saved her and everyone in this stupid town. She is confused, but he doesn't elaborate. He tells her to go ahead and fail him, then storms out of the classroom. After school, Rick returns to the lake where he tracked Solomon Grundy. This time, he comes with two shopping bags. Rick removes three buckets of fried chicken from them and leaves them by the lake. He looks around before leaving, the ground around the chicken shaking slightly with the weight of something drawing near.
The following day, Rick went to feed Grundy pizzas when he got a call from Beth. She was thrilled to announce their was a new superhero in town, something that surprised him. He met with Pat and Beth at The Pit Stop, where they introduced themselves to Green Lantern's daughter, Jennie-Lynn Hayden. Courtney and Yolanda arrived later, but Courtney accuses Jennie of only returning to join the JSA or run it. She offends Jennie who runs out of the building. Rick snaps at Courtney that her actions weren't cool. Beth, Rick, and Yolanda convince her to come back inside. Courtney approaches the group to apologize. She admits she was jealous of Jennie having everything that Courtney doesn't - including being a real legacy. Jennie lashes out over the accusation, making Rick jump backwards as the green lantern clamors to the ground. Rick watches in interest with the rest of the JSA as the object begins emitting waves of green energy.
They run the artifact to the park where Rick brings up crushing it, but Beth logically protests that breaking it could make things worse. Rick, unable to hold the wild energy, drops the artifact. Pat suggests that Jennie contain her emotions, with Courtney realizing that Jennie is the lantern now; she's charging the ring and causing everything to happen. Rick watches as Jennie absorbs the energy into herself, but the team is blasted backward with the destruction of the lantern. They roll onto the ground where they look up to see a giant crater where the lantern and Jennie once were. But floating above the crater surrounded by energy, is Jennie - gleefully stating that she can fly.
Rick was late for a meeting at Pit Stop lies that he was "feeding his dog". Yolanda questions when he got a dog but Rick doesn't answer, instead asking about the meeting. Pat explains The Shade's past and that Shade was responsible for the death of the original Dr. Mid-Nite, and Beth concludes that Chuck is the only person they haven't gotten justice for yet. Rick assures her they'll get The Shade, but Yolanda wonders how they can beat a shadow. Courtney turns to Pat for the answer, but he doesn't have the answer to that yet.
The JSA and Mike regroup at The Pit Stop where Mike tries to prove himself worthy to Pat, now that he possesses the Thunderbolt. Rick is supportive of him joining the team, and stands with Courtney and the others when it comes time to vote Mike into the team. Pat is against it at first but the team presses that Thunderbolt could help them find The Shade since they haven't had much luck yet. Pat agrees but it has to be the perfect wish, so they take turns writing and re-writing the wish on the whiteboard until they reach the perfect outcome. Mike makes a wish and Thunderbolt burns a hole in the map where The Shade is hiding. The JSA, minus a benched Mike, are cleared by Barbara Whitmore before they head to William Zarick's old house in search of The Shade.
The team bursts in with Hourman amped for a fight. The Shade merely invites them to sit for tea. Pat coolly dismisses his proposal as they want to know what he's doing in Blue Valley. Shade places Pat's name as the superhero sidekick known as Stripesy, and learns that the new hero is Stargirl. He invites them to sit down again as they could do it they other way but he wants the more genteel approach. Dr. Mid-Nite lashes out at that Shade murdered the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite so he doesn't deserve the genteel approach. Hourman pulls her back to stop her from attacking Shade. Shade calmly responds that she doesn't know what she's talking about. The team has a reluctant seat at the table but continues to question Shade's motives for being in Blue Valley. Hourman also warns that if Shade tries anything he'll knock his teeth out. Shade wonders why he would hurt the town, but Wildcat answers that he's a member of the Injustice Society. Shade assures them he did not agree with Jordan Mahkent's plans. He assures them he has no dark design for Blue Valley, and if they stay out of his way, he'll be gone before they know it.
As things begin to calm down in the room, Mike Dugan bursts in and makes a wish for Thunderbolt to zap The Shade. Thunderbolt attacks but Shade easily renders the being useless. The rest of the JSA react to attack Shade, but he incapacitates them. He pins Hourman to the floor and restrains him using shadows . With the team unable to move, Shade tries to take the Cosmic Staff from Stargirl but fails. He then warns them to stay out of his way before he disappears into the shadows. With Shade gone, the team is freed from their restraints. They clear the house and surrounding area but find now sign of Shade, so they disband for the night.
Beth returns to The Pit Stop with Rick as she tries to fix Chuck once again. She fails and angrily slams the computer shut as she feels frustrated that it's still not working. He assures her they will get Chuck back. She snaps that they won't because it's pointless and she's never getting Chuck back, plus they lost Dr. Mid-Nite's killer. She proclaims that everything is falling apart. He softly asks what's going on with her, but she gets up to leave instead. Rick quickly reminds her that she can talk to him. A moment passes before he tells her to pretend he's Chuck. She stops and takes a moment as he waits patiently. She admits that she thinks her parents are getting a divorce as she found the papers. He logically reminds her that papers are just papers so she should ask her parents about them. She wipes a tear away and he simply states that he would talk to his parents if he could. A moment of silence passes before they are interrupted by the goggles which call out to Beth. She puts them on and the voice still doesn't know who she is but warns her to be careful, as Eclipso is here. His voice cuts off before he can finish. Beth lowers the goggles and relays the warning to Rick.
The next day, Rick returns to BVHS where he retakes his math test in front of Miss. Woods. She is surprised that his score is once again perfect, and admits her mistake in doubting him. He merely nods that he's used to it and leaves the room, no longer needing to attend summer school. That afternoon, the JSA meet at Richie's Diner where Yolanda is beginning her first shift as a waitress. Yolanda brings Beth and Rick the wrong order which upsets Yolanda. Courtney gives Rick a look that makes him admit that chocolate is fine, while Beth adds that Rick can have her whipped cream. Courtney quickly changes the subject to their research, as she and Beth have learned a lot about Eclipso, the black diamond, and where it all came from. She and Beth explain through maps and books that the diamond itself is from Diablo Island, a now-forgotten island in the Pacific Ocean, that was removed from maps by 1832, as those who visited never returned.
According to legend, there were two waring tribes living on either side of the island. One tribe summoned an evil entity of vengeance trapping it inside the black diamond, which Courtney believes is also Eclipso. Rick wonders how the diamond came to Blue Valley, with Courtney stating that an explorer named Bruce Gordon rediscovered Diablo Island, but when he arrived everyone had been dead for decades. He wrote many books about the island and was the only person who ever returned. She hopes to find books written by him in the used bookstore. They make a plan to meet up later, with Courtney leaving. Rick has to leave to feed his dog, but orders a dozen burgers and fries from Yolanda. Yolanda asks if he's joking but Rick's expression tells her he isn't. She leaves to get his order, leaving Beth and Rick alone at the table. Beth asks him what kind of dog he has, to which Rick merely say a big one. She smiles and offers a toast with their milkshakes and they clink glasses before drinking.
Rick visits The Pit Stop one day to find Beth and Pat arguing. He quickly asks about the bickering. She ecstatically says that she heard the real Dr. Charles McNider last night, that he's alive, and that's why he didn't recognize her voice. Rick tries to joke that the goggles are a Ouija board now, with Pat interrupting to say they can't talk to the dead. Beth states that he must be alive, though Pat still isn't convinced as it could be Eclipso making her see or hear what she wants. Rick believes Beth and asks Pat what that could mean, so Pat states that if Dr. McNider is alive then they'll stop at nothing to help him. But until they know for sure, they have to focus on the problem at hand.
At nightfall, Hourman and the rest of the JSA gather outside of Blue Valley High School, where the goggles are indicating an electrical disturbance and odd weather pattern above the school. As the group waits for S.T.R.I.P.E., Stargirl sees Paul Deisinger's car still in the lot. She knows he could be in danger and leads the team inside to search for him. They cautiously enter the art room where they find paint splattered across the walls and floors, and frantic nonsensical drawings covering every canvas and blank space of wall. Mixed in with the nonsensical paintings are sketches of the black diamond. The team begins to look through the canvases when the door to the art room slams shut as Stargirl looks at a drawing of the black diamond on the wall. It morphs into a face that pushes through the wall. It then spirals upward in a giant black glob of paint. Stargirl realizes it's Eclipso and tells her team to run.
Hourman breaks down the door as they spill into the hallway. However, the team is soon ambushed with paintings of their darkest fears. Hourman's eyes glaze over in paint. He sees paintings of Solomon Grundy and himself as Eclipso's voice taunts that he's the monster and not Grundy. Hourman angrily lashes out as he out by punching the lockers that he believes has the images. Hourman is unaware that Stargirl not only wasn't affected, but had left to save Paul Deisinger. Hourman and the team are released from their trances and Dr. Mid-Nite quickly realizes Stargirl isn't there. They run to Stargirl who is crouching over a barely conscious Deisinger. They retreat to The Pit Stop where Pat tells them Paul is under psychiatric evaluation. Their cover story is that Courtney forgot something at school when she found him. Yolanda remarks that Eclipso made her see things, with Rick adding that it was things that weren't really there. Beth chimes in that Eclipso was working through Mr. Deisinger and it was scary. Pat asks if Deisinger had the black black diamond on him, but he didn't, which means Eclipso's powers are getting stronger as they are spreading beyond the containment of the black diamond.
The following day, Rick gathers with the rest of the JSA as they face-off against the Injustice Unlimited who have kidnapped Mike and wounded Pat. The JSA head to BVHS and arrive to a tense showdown against Isaac Bowin, Artemis Crock, and Shiv - the newly formed Injustice Unlimited. Stargirl demands to know where her brother is, but Shiv taunts her first, leading to the first blows being delivered. Shiv and Stargirl pair off, Wildcat lunges for Artemis but misses, leaving Artemis to aim her crossbow at Dr. Mid-Nite. Dr. Mid-Nite freezes in shock as the arrows fly toward her, but Hourman jumps in front of Dr. Mid-Nite and the arrows breaks upon contact with his back. He whirls around to catch the third one, throwing it to the ground. Artemis attacks him as Isaac sends a sound blast at the heroes, sending them crashing into a table. Artemis stands over Dr. Mid-Nite and taunts that it's "jock 1, nerd 0". She is about to deliver another blow when Dr. Mid-Nite uses her goggles to project the mugshots of Larry and Paula, distracting Artemis as she's surrounded with the imagery. This allows for Hourman to attack Artemis and kick her across the room, her body hitting a pillar before landing on a table.
Hourman pairs off with Artemis then, exchanging blows and hits as they battle it out.
Rick presents himself as a mysterious teenager with an edge that makes him appear borderline dangerous. He often gets in trouble at school and spends most of his time after school either in detention or drinking. He takes school-issued products and carves into his desk at detention. He doesn’t talk much unless it is to defend himself. He is a classic loner who doesn't socialize with people. Inside, Rick is a tortured soul who is dealing with the crushing loss of his parents. While not explicitly stated, it is heavily implied that Rick's uncle, Matt, is physically aggressive towards him. He has been forced to live a facade of his uncle being his father, and therefore, is unable to publicly mourn the loss of Rex. Rick tries to honor his father's memory by rebuilding Rex's '66 mustang.
He pushes people away by acting sharp and distant toward them. He emotionally admitted that he deals with crushing and overwhelming anger. He wants to hit something all the time and feels as though the anger is poisoning him. While fighting crime, Rick has a "punch first ask questions later" mentality and believes that his brute force is the best way to handle things. Beth Chapel's intellectual and quiet ways balances Rick's violence and forces him to be patient. His cynicism often makes him the realist out of the group, believing that things won't always work out in their benefit. He isn't shy about voicing his opinions even if they clash with his teammates, or could be viewed as insensitive.
After finally learning the truth about Rex and cracking his journal, Rick was able to let go of a heavy burden. He was able to express joy for the first time and was adamant about helping his team. He also refocused all of his anger and hatred onto Solomon Grundy. He spent the last five minutes of his hourglass beating Grundy and was able to best the beast. Rick saw the beast's fear and spared Grundy's life, choosing to exile him instead. Once the fight against the ISA was over, Rick was a lighter person and able to settle into a state of comfort and relaxation. He learns to welcome his chosen family of the JSA and the Whitmore-Dugan's. He is also very protective over his teammates.
Months after defeating Grundy, Rick began to sympathize with the creature's loneliness and took up regularly feeding him.
Rick is proven to have good morals; for example, he felt guilt, shame or remorse for almost beating his maternal uncle, Matt Harris to death, although he despises the latter for how badly he treated him and for the abuse that Matt put him through since he was a child, Rick's hatred towards Matt was never; to the point that he wanted him dead.
Rick is a handsome, tall, somewhat pale-skinned and athletically built teenager with thick, curly, black hair and brown eyes. He wears relaxed clothing such as worn jeans, neutral-toned shirts, and a worn leather jacket.
As Hourman, Rick wears a dark blue suit and mask, with several red arrows on his boots and forearms, a red belt with a yellow hourglass symbol and a gold hooded cape.
- Hourglass Empowerment: After activating the hourglass around his neck, Rick can manifest powers like his father before him, including enhanced strength and endurance. However, these powers only last for one hour per day. After Rick realized that he almost killed his uncle, he destroyed the hourglass, thus losing access to all of his powers. Despite his best efforts to repair the hourglass, it is still unable to work properly.
- Enhanced Strength: Rick can manifest enhanced strength for one hour per day. During this period, he is stronger than other humans and can lift tons of weight with minimal effort. He was able to easily pick up and crush a keg with his bare hands, and with one punch, he was capable of destroying a blind spot mirror. He also landed a dent in a pickup truck that was believed by Zeek to be the work of King Kong. During his fight against Sportsmaster, Hourman kicked a car with enough force to flip Sportsmaster off the ground. Hourman later sent Solomon Grundy hurtling away from S.T.R.I.P.E., which Grundy was ravaging, with a single punch. He was able to ragdoll Artemis Crock during their duel as well as bend her metal bat and use it to pin her to a brick wall.
- Enhanced Durability: Rick can manifest enhanced durability for one hour per day. He was unharmed when he knocked down a tree with his bare hand, something that he wasn't capable of without the hourglass. He remained conscious after being hit in the head by Sportsmaster with a baseball bat, and survived being swatted across a room by Solomon Grundy without injury. During the battle against Injustice Unlimited, Rick's hourglass-empowered physical resilience had grown so that arrows simply break and bounce off of his body. He even endured an incendiary device without so much as a cut to show for it. However, he did suffer a broken rib after a close encounter with Eclipso, showing that this enhancement has limits especially with the supernatural.
- Superhuman Leap: Rick can jump incredible distances and land safely, covering frighteningly tall heights and long distances. This also means he has extremely strong and durable legs. He demonstrated this when he tackled Sportsmaster into the air, and again when he pushed off the ground to slam both himself and Artemis Crock against a wall several feet away.
- Enhanced Reflexes: Rick was able to intercept and catch Artemis Crock's crossbow bolts to prevent Beth from being harmed.
- Peak Human Condition: As a superhero, Rick's physical condition is beyond that of a normal person, and thus, allowing him to be capable of performing, as well as maintaining, strenuous activities. He was strong enough to smash his father's hourglass.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: Because of his endurance and strength, Rick is able to engage in hand-to-hand battles against well-trained martial artists such as Sportsmaster. However, due to a lack of formal training, Hourman tends to rely mainly on wild, heavy blows that are predictable and easy to dodge. Regardless, as time progressed in his training, he maintained a close combative sparring match with Artemis Crock, demonstrating knowledge in trapping legs and throwing his opponents as well as grappling.
- High Intelligence: Despite his temper and attitude, Rick is shown to be very intellectual and resourceful when the need arises. He was able to successfully decipher his father's diary, something not even Dr. Mid-Nite's goggles with all their information and knowledge could do. According to his teacher, he answered every question on a math final correctly, which resulted in him being accused of cheating. When he retook the test under the teacher's watchful eye, he received a perfect score once again, and the teacher apologized for her underestimating him and later recommended several universities for him to apply to.
- Skilled Mechanic: Rick knows to fix cars and has at the very least a basic knowledge of cars, engines, and mechanics. While he was able to repair Rex Tyler's mustang, Rick doesn't have the knowledge or expertise that the older Pat Dugan possesses.
- Carving: Rick has demonstrated a talent for carving. He was able to carve a near-perfect hourglass into a remaining tree trunk and was previously seen carving into his BVHS desk.
- One Hour Limit: The effects of the hourglass last for one-hour per day. For the remaining 23 hours, Rick is unable to generate any enhanced abilities.
- Temper and Lack of Formal Training: Due to his upbringing, Rick has an extremely short fuse, which often results in him making rash, split-second decisions which often only serve to make a situation worse. This coupled with a lack of any formal hand to hand training results in his fighting style becoming predictable and sloppy, allowing seasoned fighters such as Sportsmaster and Tigress to easily overwhelm him in spite of his enhanced strength.
- Hourman Suit: Rick wears this bronzed super-suit while fighting as his alter-ego, Hourman. This suit holds more than a little pertinent history for him, as it once belonged to his deceased father.
- Hourglass: This hourglass gives Rick super strength and enhanced physicality powers for one hour per day. It is tied to his DNA, so only a member of the Tyler family an activate it. He has an appreciation for the hourglass despite having misused the powers when he first received it. A few months later, Rick threw the hourglass on the ground, shattering it.
- Additional Season 2 appearances include being mentioned in "".
Notes and Trivia
- is the first time that a live-action version of Rick Tyler is featured.
- Rick was the only known genetic JSA legacy, as his father Rex Tyler was the Golden Age Hourman. This has since changed with the arrival of Green Lantern's daughter, Jennie.
- Rick is currently in possession of his father's Rex Tyler's journal and after several months, figured out the formulae within it.
- Rick inherited his father, Rex's love of cars; as he is seen rebuilding Rex's 1966 yellow mustang.
- Rick's character arc in Season 1 is seen as a parallel to Yolanda's. He initially to kill the beast that murdered his parents, but ultimately spared its life. However, Yolanda was against the idea of murder, but wound up killing Brainwave to avenge the death of Henry.
- Sometime between the end of of Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part Two and the beginning of Summer School: Chapter One, Rick changed his surname back to Tyler.
- Rick's destruction of his father's hourglass is a parallel to the destruction of Beth's Doctor Mid-Nite goggles, hence the McNider AI. However, the difference is that Rick destroyed the hourglass himself while Jordan Mahkent destroyed the goggles.