If you haven't watched this week's episode of The Flash, back away now. Spoilers ahead.
LIFE AS A NORMAL GUY
This whole episode is about how Barry is doing without his powers, and the answer is not good. The episode opens with us seeing how Barry used to go about his morning when he had his speed, but also, how he has to do it now without his powers.
No more zooming around the house getting ready, no more speeding in to CC Jitters to get his coffee or blitzing through his workload. Just a regular day in the life of us regular folk: public transport, waiting in lines and a long day at the office.
After finding out where Wells's kidnapper, Griffin Grey — a meta-human who blames Wells for his unfortunate powers — is, Cisco and Joe join a powerless Barry on his first outing without his powers.
Yeah, that doesn't work out so well — Barry get's his butt kicked!
Knowing that he needs to stop Grey, the Flash suit is upgraded with some dwarf star alloy. But it will only be good for one hit and after that it will be a Barry piñata, with Cisco pointing out that it won't be candy coming out.
After using Grey's accelerated aging against him — causing him to die — the episode ends with Barry moping around the lab, which is where Harry meets him.
After making up — after their battle of words about Barry's recklessness in his attempts to destroy Zoom and discussing the fact that they can't get Caitlin back without his powers — Harry tells Barry of his new plan: to create another particle accelerator explosion.
It's happened once, will it happen again?
THE FATHER/DAUGHTER REUNION
The first time we see Harry in this episode, he has just chucked a truth bomb on Team Flash, who are using Cisco's powers to check on Caitlin and talk about how to save her with out Barry's powers.
"That's right, that's right Detective [West] we're all suffering. We've lost Snow, you've lost your speed and now, now Zoom can come through that breach anytime he wants and that Allen, that's on you!"
But before any more truth bombs can be thrown, Wells tells them that he's found his daughter, Jessie, via cellular dead zones, which are cause by people from Earth-2 vibrating at a different frequency than people on this Earth.
Now here's the father/daughter reunion we have been waiting for — oh um, actually, I don't think that's how Wells thought things were going to go. Jessie still hasn't gotten over what her father did to get her back. At least until her father is still kidnapped.
Helping the team to find her father, Jessie takes Caitlin's spot as the scientist and alerts the team of her overachieving college career (FIVE MAJORS!).
After the fight in which Harry's kidnapper, Griffin Grey, is defeated, father and daughter are reunited, Jessie chooses to stay with her dad back at S.T.A.R Labs.
After smashing a S.T.A.R Labs van to kidnap Harry, mistaking him for Earth-1 Harrison Wells and taking to him the usual villainous hideout, we are introduced to Griffin Grey.
Griffin is a meta-human who has incredible strength, but with great power comes great... ageing. Every time Grey exhausts himself, mainly fighting Barry/The Flash, he ages a bit more.
Grey wants Harry to make him a cure, to fix him, not understanding that it's not something that can't be reversed. Something that Team Flash also works out and uses against him when they come head to head.
In the final battle of Griffin Grey versus Barry Allen/The Flash, in the usual villainous hideout - this time a deserted amusement park, the two spare it out (if you can call it that. It's mostly Barry getting his butt beaten!).
Every little punch is ageing Grey until one final punch takes him too far and he dies, when the team turn his body over, Griffin Grey is back to his 18 year old self.
CAITLIN SNOW'S EARTH 2 ADVENTURES
Nothing says 'I Love You' like kidnapping your love interest and chaining her to a bed. And that's exactly what nut-job Hunter Zolomon does on Earth-2 with Caitlin, trying to convince her that he loves her before unchaining her and speeding off.
Yeah cause that's a good idea- let the smart scientist wander around your quarters! It's doesn't take her long before she discovers.... the man in the iron mask!
But SURPRISE, the man in the iron mask isn't the only one in there. KILLER FROST is also trapped in a cell and comes face to face with her Earth-1 doppelgänger.
In an entertaining banter between herself and Frosty the Snow-woman that includes how she got her powers, boobs and their mothers, Caitlin tries to release the two from their cells. But once she does, Killer Frost shows her true villainous side, revealing she knows why Zoom kept her alive before throwing an ice dagger at her.
Luckily, Zoom saves the day, phasing right through Caitlin before turning Killer Frost into a shish-kabob with her own icicle!
In the final moment, Caitlin is back to being chained and Hunter/Zoom, who seems to be betting crazier by the minute, takes her back to her Earth ... to take it over!
A GRATEFUL WALLY
After being kidnapped by Zoom in the last episode, Wally catches up with his father, letting Joe know that he has put the pieces together and he knows that Joe knows The Flash. Instead of wanting to know who he is, Wally just wants to meet the man, to thank him for saving him, even when it cost him his powers.
In a throwback to Season One, Barry meets Wally on a rooftop and listens as Wally thanks the man who gave up his powers to save his life. Wally says he's not going to waste this chance- are we going to see a new side of Wally, helping the people?
Given that Wells plans to recreate the particle accelerator explosion, will we be seeing Wally get some powers? Maybe even Jessie? We all know how well things go to plan on these sort of shows!
DID YOU NOTICE THESE?
- Is it just me or did Zoom have a tray of Big Belly burger for Caitlin? That screams romance to me.
- Later in the episode, there's a Big Belly burger poster in Wells' room? That's ummm... unusual.
- Name drops: Felicty (Smoak) and Ray (Palmer)/The Atom have their names dropped in this episode when the team is talking modifications to Barry's suit.
- In the comics, Griffin Grey was a friend of Barry's grandson, Bart!
NEXT WEEK ON THE FLASH
This was a pretty cool episode, maybe one of my favourites for this season and it was purely because of Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost. Loved seeing those two face-to-face and is it just me or does it kind of remind you of Willow and Doppelgangland Willow from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer?
Things look like they are gearing up as we head into the finale, I just really want to know who the hell is in that iron mask!
So what did you think of this episode? Any ideas of just who is in that mask?
The Flash airs on Tuesdays on The CW.