Episode guide

"Private Security" is the fourth episode of the third season of Young Justice, and the 50th of the overall series. It debuted on January 11, 2019 on DC Universe, along with the fifth and sixth episodes, "Away Mission" and "Rescue Op".


While Jefferson, Conner and Artemis find homes for their Markovian strays, Dick assembles a new squad and hits the road – but may not survive the trip.


Star City
August 01, 07:16 PDT
Uninvited house guest

Will and Artemis have a talk about their uninvited house guest.

Halo-Girl is staying with Will Harper and Artemis, who tells Will she won't be canceling her plans today, even with Halo staying. Will wonders who will be responsible for Halo and where Dick Grayson is.

Happy Harbor
August 01, 10:37 EDT

Brion Markov, who is staying with Conner Kent and M'gann M'orzz, watches the coronation of his brother Gregor. M'gann observes that Brion reminds her of Conner back in the day and Conner agrees. He adds he has no idea how long Brion will be staying and M'gann wonders where Dick Grayson is.

August 01, 10:38 EDT

Black Lightning waits for Helga Jace as she leaves the Luthor Grande Hotel. He tries to call Dick Grayson but has to leave a message, asking Dick where he is.

Will rubs it in

Will sits back with relish when Dick comes to him for help.

Back in Star City, Will confirms that his company, Bowhunter Security, will be there for a scheduled appointment. Dick arrives with Jim Harper and Roy Harper, asking Will if he will join them on a mission to take down a meta-human trafficking operation in Star City. Will calls Dick out for neglecting Brion, Halo, and Jace, but eventually agrees, on one condition: the others will help him provide security for his scheduled appointment.

Artemis and Halo walk through a park. Halo thanks Artemis for letting her stay with her. Artemis recalls the previous mission, where Nightwing seems dismissive about caring for Halo, Brion, and Jace. She then notices Halo generating an orange aura and levitating, then tells her to be careful when she does that. Noticing that Halo is remembering more English, Artemis asks her if she can remember her life and Halo says she can't. Artemis says Nightwing is running a background check and guides her to a nearby willow tree, where she says she might find help for Halo.

Zatanna and Zatara hug

An emotional reunion between father and daughter.

The two slip through the long, hanging branches and meet Doctor Fate. Artemis asks Fate if he can help with Halo's memories. He observes her for a moment and says he senses an "old soul inside this young body" but has nothing more to offer. Zatanna arrives and Nabu grants her one hour per their agreement. He allows Zatara to remove the Helmet of Fate. Zatara and Zatanna embrace.

Dick and the Harpers are at a Goode World Studios warehouse, where they are tasked with making sure a shipment of Goode Goggles is secure before drivers arrive to transport them. Will brings up Halo to Dick, but Dick is unwilling to acknowledge he needs to figure out how to help her. Across from the warehouse, Brick and his crew plan to steal the goggles.

Helga and Jefferson bonding

Jefferson and Dr. Jace begin to get close.

In Metropolis, Helga Jace sits on a bench and recalls, back in Markovia, Black Lightning telling her it's not safe to stay and she asks where they will go. Lightning arrives with lunch and the two chat. Lightning assures Jace he knows that Bedlam coerced her, but Jace feels guilty about what happened to the abducted children. Lightning says she can make a new start, but Jace feels responsible for Brion and Halo as if they were her own children. Lightning mentions his daughters and says he understands what Jace is going through.

Dick, Roy and Jim clear three drivers with Goode Goggles shipments, but Will says the drivers don't match those on his list. He recognizes one of them as somebody working for Brick and the four pursue the trucks in Will's SUV.

Pacific Coast Highway
August 01, 12:21 PDT
Trigger-happy Roy

Roy gets trigger-happy.

As the quartet pursues the trucks, Roy plans to blow out the trucks' tires, but Will warns him that could dump the merchandise into the ocean. Brick suddenly pulls alongside the SUV and rams it into the railing. Will avoids an oncoming school bus and tells Roy he may fire at Brick's car.

Back in Happy Harbor, Conner recalls the aftermath of the previous mission and Brion's inability to control his new powers. As he works on a motorcycle, Brion asks why Conner can't pay someone else to fix it and Conner says it's his job. He tries to explain to Brion what he gets out of this work, but Brion doesn't understand. Conner tosses him a clutch spring, tells him to clean it and then maybe Brion will understand.

Along the Pacific Coast Highway, Brick's car flies off a bridge, but he's climbed onto Will's SUV and punches his way through the roof. Roy uses a grappling hook from his cybernetic arm to board the nearest of the trucks.

Halo's death POV

Halo remembers Vertigo's men burying her

While Zatara and Zatanna converse, Artemis asks Halo if Fate's words mean anything and if she has regained any memories. Halo has visions of being buried, being experimented on in the Bedlam meta-human facility, being kidnapped and hiding from Bialyan invaders, but tells Artemis she can only remember "darkness."

Will has passed two of the trucks and opens the hatch of his SUV. Jim leaps onto the hood of the second truck. Brick tears off the roof of the SUV, then the steering wheel. Will hits the gas pedal and he and Dick leap onto the third truck. The SUV goes off the cliff and into the ocean. Will and Dick believe Brick is gone, but Brick has grabbed the undercarriage of the third truck.

Artemis comforting Zatanna

A grieving Zatanna is comforted by Artemis after her father is repossessed by Nabu.

Back in the park, Zatanna and Zatara say goodbye to one another. Zatanna begs him to stay, saying that "it's not enough time." Zatara agrees but warns that if they don't honor the agreement, Nabu will never give them another opportunity. He tells Zatanna that he loves her and kisses her forehead before he puts the Helmet of Fate back on; Nabu takes over and teleports away. Zatanna falls to her knees, sobbing, while Artemis comforts her.

Roy is able to force the first truck driver to pull over. Jim manages to get inside the cab of the second truck, subdue the driver and take control of the wheel. Dick and Will make their way along the trailer of the third truck, where Dick inadvertently refers to Will as "Wall." Will accuses Dick of needing "a Wally West substitute."

Dick and Will argue

Will tells Dick to step up and do right by the Markovian strays as the two of them subdue Brick.

Brick then pulls himself up onto the trailer and Dick and Will are forced to fight him while debating Dick's unwillingness to take responsibility for the aftermath of his last mission. The two eventually lift Brick overhead and Will tells Dick he needs to be part of a team again. They throw Brick onto the truck's hood and he falls to the road below, the truck bouncing over him. Dick and Will then force the third driver to pull over.

Red Arrow, Nightwing, Guardian, and Arsenal pose

The quartet of heroes busts up the trafficking ring.

The police arrive to take Brick and his men away, and Brick wonders who Will and his people are. They declare that they are "Bowhunter Security. Always on point." Will joins Dick as the sun sets, and Dick admits that Will is right. He promises that he will do what he can to help Halo, Brion, and Jace. Roy confirms the trucks' cargo is accounted for, and Will figures that it's the beginning of a Harper family business. Before the day ends, Will indicates that there is still one more thing to do on their list and, that evening, the four heroes take down the meta-human trafficking operation.


The title refers to Will Harper's security firm, Bowhunter Security, as well as to the security service that he, Dick, Roy and Jim Harper provide in this episode.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Troy Baker Brion Markov
Henry Fyff  
Lacey Chabert Zatanna Zatara
Zehra Fazal Halo
Crispin Freeman Will Harper/Red Arrow
Roy Harper/Arsenal
Jim Harper/Guardian
Grey Griffin Helga Jace
Stephanie Lemelin Artemis Crock
Jesse McCartney Dick Grayson/Nightwing
Danica McKellar Megan Morse
Nolan North Conner Kent
Khary Payton Jefferson Pierce
Kevin Michael Richardson Nabu
Daddy Lidz  
Non-speaking roles
Gregor Markov (TV)
Johann Mintz (flashback)
Lian Nguyen-Harper
Mammoth (flashback)
Nikolas Stofka (flashback)
Piotor Platz (flashback)
Samad Daou (flashback)  
4 Character debut
2 Speaking debut
0 Episode debut



Cultural references

  • The "Batboys" turning into pumpkins in daylight is a reference to Cinderella.


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Answered questions


  • Will Harper: Let's not pretend you were planning to hit your traffickers before nightfall.
  • Dick: Well, I--
  • Jim: That is the Dark Knight way, right?
  • Roy: Yeah, I hear all those Batboys turn into pumpkins in daylight.
  • Dick: (sighs) Whose idea was it to put all three of you together on one mission?
  • All Harpers: Yours.

  • Dick: Don't you have any actual employees?
  • Will Harper: Of course, but most of my guys were celebrating a company softball victory last night. Ate some bad Chicken Whizees. Food poisoning. Explosive diarrhea.

  • Artemis: So, um, if you can't remember anything, why the hijab?
  • Halo: It... It feels right. Okay?
  • Artemis: Of course.

  • Doctor Fate: Be grateful Nabu grant you this boon at all.

  • Will Harper: Don't know if you've heard, but I have a girl sleeping over.
  • Dick: Over at your place, I know.
  • Will Harper: Over my couch, Dick. Two feet over my couch.
  • Dick: So you're saying she's a conversation piece.

  • Arsenal: Seriously, why are we even here? No one's taking this stuff in broad daylight.
  • Brick: We're taking this stuff in broad daylight.

  • Helga Jace: Hmm. American genetically-modified beef. It's a nice change. Markovian meat is so gamey.

  • Will Harper: The clipboard doesn't lie.
  • Arsenal: The clipboard doesn't talk.

  • Brion: Tell me again what we're doing out here.
  • Conner: I'm doing my job. And you are trying to unwind.
  • Brion: I'm fine. I have no need to unwind.
  • Conner: Trust me, you're wound.

  • Brick: Rent-a-cops with grapnels? How much do they pay these guys?

  • (Zatanna sobs)
  • Artemis: It'll be okay.
  • Zatanna: Will it?
  • Halo: We are here for this part.

  • Dick: Kinda like old times, huh, Wall?
  • Will Harper: It's Will, not Wall.
  • Dick: That's... That's what I said.
  • Will Harper: Is it just the red hair?
  • Dick: What're you talking about?
  • Will Harper: Your need for a Wally West substitute.

  • Brick: Do you low-rate heroes know how much this suit costs?
  • Dick: Seriously?
  • Will Harper: Hey, we're in the middle of a thing here.
  • Brick: Y'all interrupted my thing. It'd be rude not to return the favor.

  • Brick: Seriously, who are you guys?
  • Arsenal: Bowhunter Security.
  • Jim Harper: Always on point.

  • Dick: You were right.
  • Will Harper: 'Course, I am. I'm older and wiser.
  • Dick: You're a clone. You're the youngest guy here.
  • Will Harper: Hey, I'm older than Jim.
  • Jim Harper: But I'm prettier.

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