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"Influence" is the 14th episode of the third season of Young Justice, and the 60th of the overall series. It debuted on July 2, 2019 on DC Universe, along with the 15th and 16th episodes, "Leverage" and "Illusion of Control".


The team reassembles while the Justice League faces a new threat in space.


November 03, 23:16 UTC

Hro Talak and five Leaguers investigate a Thanagarian Nth Metal refinery.

Superman, Wonder Woman, Guy Gardner, Hawkman, and Hawkwoman arrive at a Thanagarian Nth Metal refinery that has been completely destroyed. They are accompanied by Thangarian commander Hro Talak. Superman says that he can't hear any survivors and that the dead seem to all be Thanagarian. No sign of Parademons. Talak scoffs saying that there is no evidence that this was an attack from Apokolips. He informs them that his scanners have only detected Earthling bio-signs. Hawkman argues that Earth meta-humans are being used as weapons for Apokolips. Talak criticizes the work that the Justice League is doing to handle this particular problem and dismisses the group. Guy carries the crew into space. As they ascend, Guy informs them that while they were talking with Talak, he did some scanning of his own and found an ion trail left behind from the attackers' ship.

Mount Justice
November 04, 10:21 EST

Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock, and Conner Kent give a speech to Brion, Violet, Forager, Victor, and Tara.

Brion Markov, Violet Harper, Forager, Victor Stone, and Tara Markov are all relaxing on the beach eating breakfast burritos as Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock, and Conner Kent look on. Dick feels that this is the best time to mention that the group has a major choice to make. The three of them feel that the group is now ready to work with the Justice League but admit that the heroic responsibilities are not for everyone and that if any of them wanted to walk away, there would be no shame.

Aquaman discloses the truth about the Goode Goggles.

But at that moment, Victor's phone plays a live video from Aquaman speaking from Taos warning the world of the dangers that have recently surfaced about the Goode Goggles, saying that they secretly test the users for the Meta-Gene and making it easier for meta-humans to be abducted and enslaved. He also announces that the Justice League have taken action to shut down these trafficking centers and that all of the rescued meta-humans have been relocated to the Meta-Human Youth Center in Taos, New Mexico. Finally, Aquaman asks the world governments to investigate Goode World Studios. The video cuts to Lex Luthor who argues against Aquaman's speech, stating that the big league meta-human traffickers are still out there getting better at hiding their work. He also argues that League's sloppiness in handling the situation has only injured their relationships with the world governments even more.

Gretchen Goode tries to salvage her public image.

The video then cuts to G. Gordon Godfrey, sitting down with Gretchen Goode. In response to the League's accusations against her Goggles, Goode states that Jaqqar Marlo, the late director of Goode R & D, clearly betrayed her trust, claiming that he sabotaged her goggles behind her back. As a result, Goode announces that all of her faulty devices will be recalled immediately. She also assures the public that her company will continue to fund the Meta-Human Youth Center for all of the rescued meta-humans.

Los Angeles
November 05, 17:11 PST

Garfield Logan saves the day and becomes an overnight sensation.

Garfield Logan is at a local café watching Gretchen's interview with Godfrey. Disgusted by her words, Gar shuts the video off and walks out. He hears a girl scream as a man steals her purse. Gar turns into a gorilla and frightens the man as he pins him to the ground. The girl screams again, this time in excitement, as she recognizes Gar and asks for a selfie with him.

November 06, 11:11 PST

Gretchen is in her office with Gar and shows him one of the photos that the fangirl posted on her social media page. She praises Gar's actions. Unable to play along with Gretchen's pretense anymore, Gar lashes out at her. Gretchen warns Gar to watch his tone with her. Gar challenges her to bring it.

The Milky Way
November 06, 19:12 UTC

While drifting through space, Guy Gardner is driving Wonder Woman and Hawkman crazy with his antics. Suddenly, Superman spots an asteroid base up ahead.

The Watchtower
November 06, 14:59 EST

The Team supports Halo's quest of self-discovery.

Miss Martian congratulates Geo-Force, Halo, Forager, and Terra for joining the Team. Miss Martian is happy about having another alien on the team, while Tigress shares that sentiment for having another girl in the fold. This prompts Halo to announce that she is not sure whether she is a girl or a boy, as those terms are defined by Earth languages. Geo-Force argues that her soul emanated from a Motherbox, but Halo explains that the name "Motherbox" is merely an approximate English translation to the New Genesian word for what she was and concludes by stating, "What I am now is just me", and asks if that is ok. Geo-Force retorts, "Beyond ok". Miss Martian says that she is truly happy that Halo is discovering who she is inside, and proceeds to inform the room that Tigress and Superboy are also officially rejoining the Team. In that moment, Gar arrives and announces that he wants to be back on the Team as well. Miss Martian warmly welcomes him back, but warns him she can't send him on every stealth mission due to his celebrity.

Lex Luthor tries to spin the League's public accusations his way.

Suddenly a live video is brought up showing Troia and Catherine Cobert making speeches against Luthor and how his authority is stalling the reconstruction of the Hall of Justice and all kinds of League work. The video cuts to Godfrey speaking with Luthor, who states that the League's accusations against him are getting exhausting. He says that he believes that the world needs accountability and transparency. Which is why the U.N. Has a satellite keeping watch on the Watchtower. He admits that even his own company, LexCorp, now run by his sister Lena, has oversight. Godfrey states that Miss Luthor has also just recently announced that LexCorp will pledge funds to the Meta-Human Youth Center.

The Orphanage
November 07, 01:20 UTC

Granny Goodness punishes Big Barda for not knowing her place.

Big Barda watches as Superman's team approaches. Granny Goodness activates her Fatherbox in order to hear what the League is saying and overhears them talking about following an ion trail. Goodness asks Barda why she left an ion trail instead of following protocol and using a boom tube. Barda smiles, saying the she wanted to set a trap for them. Goodness uses her staff to electrocute her, explaining that Darkseid's will comes first, so she, herself, will decide when the right time will be to reveal themselves. Desaad smiles as he watches Barda suffer, enjoying the sight of torture, but Granny clarifies that she is merely disciplining Barda out of love. She promises that he will see true torture soon enough, as she watches the League slowly approach.

Happy Harbor
November 06, 20:20 EST

Victor can no longer take the lack of room and Violet's constant texting Brion, so he bails.

Brion is sitting in Bio-Ship with Forager and Victor, talking about how wonderful the Watchtower was. He suggests that Victor come along next time but Victor refuses, saying that he is not the superhero type and wants to focus on getting his old body back and as a side note would like to have his own room so that he doesn't have to hear Violet constantly texting Brion. Just at that moment, Violet texts Brion: "What are you doing?". Stunned, Brion and Forager look at Victor, asking how he knew? Victor quickly deflects by saying that she is always texting Brion. Brion is satisfied with the answer, but Victor rubs head with a disconcerted look as his exits the Bio-Ship.

Star City
November 06, 17:21 PST

Brion texts Violet back: "Missing you ;)", making her giggle. Suddenly there is a crash from the kitchen. Artemis calls out for Violet saying that Lian just spilt her juice. Violet rushes in to help. Artemis calls out for Tara, telling her that it's time for Brucely' walk, but Tara was already walking out the door with him.

Helga Jace self-commiserates.

Will Harper is sitting in the living room with Jefferson Pierce and Helga Jace. Helga compliments Will that he and Artemis have a home full of love and they have all done so much for the children. She confesses that she wish she could do more for them and believes that, with a full laboratory, she can help Victor with his condition.

Outside, Tara listens in on their conversation, using her phone as a recorder.

Santa Prisca
November 06, 22:49 ECT

Deathstroke listens to the recording that Tara sent him and smiles.

Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkwoman break into the Orphanage, but not so covertly as they think.

Back at the Orphanage, Granny orders Barda to fire on the ship. Guy uses his Green power ring to shield the League's ship from the blasts. Hawkman fires back with the ship's missiles and the Orphanage raises its own shields. Hawkman fires a special missile, covered with Nth Metal, which is able to break through the shield easily. He speaks into his communicator informing Superman that the missile is approaching the Orphanage, just as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkwoman land on the Orphanage's hub. Superman waits for the missile's impact before punching a hole in the ship himself. Granny discovers the intruders and orders Barda to summon the Furies.

Justice Leaguers and Furies find themselves trapped within Granny's contraption.

While sneaking through the corridors, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkwoman discover all of the meta-human children who were abducted. All of them. Hawkwoman also discovers a strange machine in the room. Suddenly, the Furies attack. In the midst of the battle, everyone ends up in the middle of the mysterious machine. Granny and Desaad arrive through a boom tube with Granny arguing that she is aware that the machine isn't ready, but if the League destroy it, she asks Desaad if he would like to explain that to Darkseid. Desaad silently capitulates. Satisfied, Granny turns the machine on creating an energy bubble that causes everyone inside, including the Furies, to suffer in pain. Barda stares up at Granny in surprise. But Granny and Desaad are too busy enjoying the screams.

After dispatching Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkwoman into space, Granny Goodness slinks away.

Superman shouts for everyone to get out as he grabs a hold of Barda. Once they're out, Barda turns to Superman in surprise for saving her. Superman fires his heat vision at Granny, causing the machine to stop. Superman calls out to Wonder Woman and Hawkwoman as he flies towards Granny, who uses her Fatherbox to open a boom tube which sends all three of them out into space.

Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkwoman gasp for air out in the vacuum of space. Suddenly, Guy arrives and casts a sphere around them with his Lantern ring. The League watches as the Orphanage escapes through another boom tube.

November 07, 23:51 PST

While watching Gretchen's interview videos again, Gar stumbles across the selfie that the fangirl took with him. He notices that the photo has 16 million Likes. He closes his laptop lid and broods.

End credits scene: Wolf sleeps on top of the Bio-RV, parked outside Conner and Megan's garage. Someone can be heard using the bathroom.


The theme of influence is explored through the various traditional and social media items peppered throughout the episode, with the subjects altering public perception, deliberately or inadvertently. We also see the positive influence Nightwing, Superboy and Tigress have had over the new young heroes as they join the Team, as well as Granny Goodness use "discipline" as a means to exert influence over Big Barda.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Troy Baker Brion Markov/Geo-Force
Green Lantern  
Greg Cipes Garfield Logan/Beast Boy
Zehra Fazal Violet Harper/Halo
Lian Nguyen-Harper
Grey Griffin Helga Jace
Big Barda  
Stephanie Lemelin Artemis Crock
Catherine Cobert
Jesse McCartney Dick Grayson
Danica McKellar Miss Martian
Angel O'Day  
Nolan North Conner Kent
Khary Payton Aquaman
Jefferson Pierce
Maggie Q Wonder Woman
Zeno Robinson Victor Stone
Mark Rolston Lex Luthor
Hro Talak  
Deborah Strang Gretchen Goode/Granny Goodness
James Arnold Taylor G. Gordon Godfrey
Non-speaking roles
Eduardo Dorado Sr. (picture)
James Gordon (picture)
Kaizen Gamorra (picture)
Lena Luthor (picture)  
Sportsmaster (picture)
Sumaan Harjavti (picture)
Tara Markov
Will Harper
7 Character debut
3 Speaking debut
0 Episode debut



Cultural references

  • Lex Luthor's line "[...] who watches the watchman"? is a paraphrase of the Latin phrase "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" by the Roman poet Juvenal in his collection of satirical poems, Satires. Its literal translation is "Who will guard the guards themselves?", though it is known by variant translations, such as "Who watches the watchers?" and "Who'll watch the watchmen?".



Answered questions


  • Guy Gardner: You kinda want to kiss the ring now, don't you? Little bit? Kinda want to kiss the ring? Come on! Somebody kiss it. Kiss it!
  • Brion: My sister and I were raised in a castle where eating with one's hands was not encouraged.
  • Victor: (chuckles) I guess then you only ate with those silver spoons you were born with, huh?
  • Brion: Hmm. And your life with your eminent scientist father was one of economic hardship?
  • Victor: Uh, no.
  • Conner: We stand for those who have fallen and we fight for those who can't.
  • Gretchen Goode: Your flair for drama is always the perfect spoonful of sugar to choke on after the medicine goes down.
  • G. Gordon Godfrey: You get me, old girl. You really do.
  • Gretchen Goode: Granny will make everything right as rain.
  • Garfield: And cut the Granny gimmick. I know what you are, Gretchen.
  • Gretchen Goode: You really have no idea what I am, so mind your manners, child, and your elders.
  • Garfield: Bring it.
  • Halo: Despite my outward appearance, I do not know that I am a girl or a boy as Earth languages define the words.
  • Geo-Force: Yeah, but your soul, it's from...
  • Halo: A Motherbox. An approximate English translation of the New Genesian word for what I was. But what I am now is just me. Is that okay?
  • Geo-Force: Beyond okay.
  • Granny Goodness: What has Granny Goodness taught you, child? (shocks Big Barda)
  • Big Barda: We serve only Darkseid.
  • Granny Goodness: And through me, his will be done. Granny will choose the time for conflict.
  • (Desaad chuckles)
  • Granny Goodness: And to be clear, that wasn't torture, Desaad. It was discipline. I love Barda enough to punish her for her own good. But you'll see torture soon enough.
  • Superman: Stop! We don't want to hurt you.
  • Big Barda: Good. Makes it easier to hurt you!
  • Granny Goodness: Mm. Their pain. So excruciating. So glorious. So instructive.

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