Warning: Spoiler Alert
Call me crazy but, the show runners at The Flash are either running a repeat episode or this is going to be an episode about the space/time continuum. Barry arrives at the scene of the crime of last week’s episode. The dead coroner. Killed by hail. From inside the building. It takes a great deal of restraint not to go ‘Groundhog Day’ on every answer to every question.
Caitlin and Cisco chat while walking through the halls of Star Labs. That’s right, it wasn’t a typo. I said Cisco. Remember space/time continuum. In Star Labs, Barry has little reason to show restraint. Now he’s answering everything before the respective speaker can even say it. Then Wells asks Barry for ‘a moment’. Wells wants nothing to do with knowing what Barry experienced during his one day of temporal reversion. Barry is to do day 2 the same exact way he did day 1, to keep time intact.
I have a feeling we will be referencing a check list. Cisco is not dead yet, check. Now Captain Singh also not dead yet, check. Joe plans on doing whatever it takes to not rupture the space/time continuum. And just like that, Barry disregards his instructions. He races to the Marden location that Joe will be ripped from later, and snatches Marden right then. They lock up Marden at Star Labs and Wells is not happy.
If seeing Marden again wasn’t deja vu’ey enough, Captain Cold and Mick Rory are back taking down a local mafia family.
Barry is trying to replicate the speed that sent him back when Joe walks in, not looking terribly pleased. Joe wanted to take down Marden and Barry is keeping a very big something from him. Barry’s response to that, “you’re just going to have to trust me”.
At Cisco’s brother’s birthday party (to which Caitlin offered to join) things are going just as Cisco predicted. His family is… …an adjective I’d rather not use presently. Dante (the brother) apparently is a musical prodigy of some sort. So being a young, brilliant, man of science (Cisco) is underachieving.
Barry meets Linda for their lunch date and she dives right into another relationship conversation some might believe should be had in the abstract. Because Barry doesn’t “burn for her”, that seems to be that. Barry redirects his attention towards Iris. Probably to save her from finding out he’s the Flash later in the episode as opposed to just trying to steal her away from Eddie.
Cisco gets hit on by an attractive structural engineer. Cisco’s great and all, but even he’s probably thinking he’s out kicked the coverage on this one. My spidey-sense is going crazy. And as it turns out, accurately so. This woman is the sister to none other than, Captain Cold. This was all a rouse. A rouse to get Cisco to make the heat and cold guns again, and if not, bad things with happen to brother Dante. And now, even sister Snart has a Cisco original.
Wells has said repeatedly in this episode that time has a way of correcting the rift in the space/time continuum. Barry saved Joe and prevented the tidal wave. At some point in the future, something will be taken from Barry to balance the scales. We are seeing what that something is. Unlike last week, nothing has changed for Iris. The realization that she indeed has feelings for Barry, is not happening now. He’s trying to anticipate what he believes will happen. Can you feel the string unraveling?
The Snarts hit the mob run casino. Not for the money, but for a statement. Barry shows up to foil the plans. He turns the gold gun on sister Lisa. Then Cold informs Barry of the status of Cisco. Threatening to mail frozen pieces of him back to his family. Joe arrives on the scene and Barry gives him the bad news. Barry tries to leave when Eddie cold cocks him with a punch that could be seen as a cheap shot.
At Star Labs, Barry desperately needs to talk to someone about the variance between this today and the previous one. Wells eventually permits it. Iris’ feelings aren’t jarred loose because the tidal wave never came, Joe was never in danger, and Barry doesn’t have to save everyone. The more important detail here is, if all of that is altered from changing some subtle details from repeating yesterday over again, then what would the carnage look like if Barry goes back 15 years and prevents the death of his mother?
Awaiting their fate, Cisco and Dante have the kind of conversation that tends to bring siblings together. Dante lied about Cisco’s future plans in order to steal away what should have been Cisco’s future girlfriend. Even going so far to admit the favored son is really a sham. A jealous, fearful brother living a lie. Dante decides to try to make amends for living a fearful life and makes a run at Mick, which fails miserably. All culminating to the question Cisco can’t, or at least shouldn’t answer. Even if the match to the fuse is the health of his concert pianist brother’s frozen fingers. Who is the Flash?
When Cisco arrives at Star Labs he comes clean on how he’s free. Barry reassured him that he is not at fault, Barry is. Then Cisco in a manner of speaking falls on his own sword. Claiming that he doesn’t deserve to be in Star Labs, and leaves. Before he can collect his stuff and leave, Wells escorts Cisco to the very place where Wells killed Cisco in the previous version of today. Except this time, the speech from Wells is about being human. Then there comes the reference to seeing Cisco as the son he never had. Which I believe will come back up in a future episode. Also the ‘choosing between two people you love’ feels like the show runners tipping their hand.
The casino job was not intended to be a robbery. Protocol dictates that when a casino gets hit, the money needs to be moved. Snart knew that and was waiting for them to move the money and thus leave said money vulnerable away from the security of the casino. Barry arrives in time to prevent this from becoming a bad Fast and Furious scene.
Barry runs Snart into a secluded forest so they can talk. A relative stalemate. Snart has the ability to release Barry’s identity remotely. Barry is not going to permit Snart to reign free. So the compromise is that Snart and all of his people do what they do without killing anyone again, or Barry gladly trades his anonymity to take them down.
Barry heads to the coffee shop in what looks like an attempt to make things right with Eddie. To his surprise, Caitlin has been doing the heavy lifting convincing them that Barry suffers from occasional Lightening Psychosis. Or side effects from being struck by lightning. And they buy it hook, line and sinker. Here’s a random thought, as a man who is closer to his forties than his twenties, I’d like to ask why the CW thinks twenty somethings all drink that much coffee. There isn’t a single other place friends can meet? Just coffee?
The Reverse Flash pays a visit to the seasoned reporter looking to expose Harrison Wells. Pretty straight forward, he gets the guy to give up that all he knows is on his computer’s hard drive. Which gets wiped, by hand actually. Then Mason, the reporter, is killed in the same fashion as Cisco previously, but in reverse.
Barry and Wells are alone in Star Labs having a very typical conversation when Barry begins to tell Wells about Mason Bridge’s pursuit to prove that Wells is not what he says he is. Just then a news report appears on Barry’s screen that Mason Bridge is reported missing. Barry abruptly ends the conversation and leaves. This marks the first time that Barry has become skeptical of Wells. Then Barry asks Joe to meet him in his lab.
Barry: I think you were right about Wells.
Joe: Which part?
Barry: All of it…