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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Coming out of the starting gates last season The CW series “The Flash,” became a hit for the network by combining a well executed story and a winning and charismatic cast. In it’s sophomore outing the show’s tightened its formula and produced a series that will earn it credibility with Fanboys and Fangirls, while adding just enough pathos to retain non-comic book fans. They pulled that formula off flawlessly in the episode entitled “The Reverse-Flash Returns,” as a face that “Team-Flash” thought they’d seen the last of came from literally from out of nowhere. The show-runners added in some heartache and some bonding winding up with a satisfying hour.

Barry Allen’s heartbroken over his splitting with his girlfriend Patty Spivot, who told him at the conclusion of the previous episode she decided to leave him and “go to CSI school” in Midway City. Allen realizes that a huge part of the reason she’s leaving’s due to his reluctance to reveal to her that he’s the Scarlet Speedster. However Harry Wells convinced him that if he let’s Patty get close to him she becomes a target for Zoom.

Keeping his mind occupied The Flash becomes the ultimate Good Samaritan, speeding all over Central City and performing good deeds. Suddenly Cisco gets an alarm, an out-of-control chemical truck’s speeding through the city. Flash gets to the truck and realizes it’s set-up to crash and the explosion it would cause could take out a city-block. The Flash sees a tire-iron in the cab and removes all the tires on the eighteen-wheeler and it harmlessly skids off the road.

As the superhero discusses what just occurred with some uniformed cops, we see Eobard Thawne hiding in the background. He summons his hand-held computer/A.I. system Gideon who asks Thawne if his trip’s a success and the Reverse-Flash breaks into a broad grin. He says he thinks so as he’s just determined The Flash’s point of origin, now he just needs to find a way back to his time period. If you’re late to the party, Thawne hails from our distant future about three centuries from now and he ceased to exist when his ancestor Detective Eddie Thawne killed himself in the first season finale. So how is he back in Central City? We’ll get to that soon.

Harry and Cisco are sitting in command central when Jay Garrick and Caitlin Snow enter as Garrick’s shooting daggers at Wells. Caitlin tells them they just discovered Meta-Human Russell Glosson dead in his cell according to the scanner he died of an acute brain aneurysm. Garrick believes that Wells’ maybe behind the mysterious and sudden death and though Wells realizes Garrick believes that, he refuses to admit he actually did kill Glosson and extract brain-tissue from him in the process.

We watch an uncomfortable scene play out between Patty and Barry, as she doesn’t want to leave and he wants her to stay but refuses to acknowledge that as it would stand in her way of leaving. (Young Love.) Iris comes in hearing the tail end of the conversation and tells Barry to stop Patty from leaving, but Barry says Patty’s wanted to be a CSI all her life. Joe then walks in and tells Iris that her mother Francine hasn’t got long to live and if she wants to say goodbye she should do it soon.

Cisco tells Wells that he needs his help in figuring out how to harness his “Vibe” powers and Harry agrees and tells him to meet him in the time-vault, the room that Wells/Thawne used to monitor the future from last season. Ramon enters the room which he dreads and starts calling for Wells but he realizes he’s alone.

Then Wells terrifies him by jumping out of the dark wearing the Reverse-Flash uniform. Harry tells him he realized that Ramon’s “Vibe” powers engage when he gets a rush of dopamine to the brain and the easiest way to do that’s through fear, then he grabs Cisco by the throat. Wells’ theory proves correct as Cisco goes into “Vibe” mode and he actually sees that Eobard Thawne’s in Central City and at Mercury Labs. However everybody’s obvious question’s how could Thawne be in Central City when they watched him disintegrate?

Harry says that the Eobard Thawne’s at Mercury Labs is actually a “Time-Remnant” and he then illustrates his conclusion with three circles. The circle to the left represents 2015 when Thawne ceased to exist, the middle circle represents the present and the circle on the right’s the future where Eobard Thawne’s eventually born. The Thawne that’s currently in Central City’s an earlier version of the man they knew, before he even killed Nora Allen. However because Barry’s mom’s death a fixed point in our timeline, stopping Thawne at this point wouldn’t prevent Nora’s death.

Barry arrives at Mercury Labs just after the Reverse-Flash knocks out two security guards and tells the Lab’s founder Tina McGee she’s coming with him. The Flash shows up and in shock he looks at his enemy and shouts Eobard Thawne, the man from the future’s shocked that The Flash knows his identity. Barry says you’re dead and Thawne says that’s good to know and even better, now he’s got the coordinate’s for The Flash’s time-period and says the speedster will soon be dead. He then lands a right on Allen’s jaw knocking him to the ground and when he gets up Thawne and McGee are gone.

Iris and Francine have their meeting in Francine’s hospital room and Iris tells her mother she forgives herb then has to leave the room as she breaks down into tears. Francine told Iris that Wally’s not been around to visit as he’s angry that she’s dying. Iris goes to her brother’s garage and tries to convince him to go see his mother and tell her he loves her before it’s too late.

Barry returns to STAR Labs and tells “Team-Flash,” that Thawne escaped and kidnapped Tina McGee. Wells realizes there’s only one man they can turn to, Cisco Ramon. Harry creates a pair of goggles that will harness Cisco’s “Vibe” power and he’ll soon access it at will. Once again Harry’s theory turns into reality as Cisco sees all sorts of memories and visions in front of him. Wells gets him to focus first on Thawne and then on him and McGee and Ramon witnesses Thawne killing McGee and escaping through some time-accelerator into the future.

Another uncomfortable scene between Patty and Barry as she basically tells him she’ll stay if he asks her to and he says he doesn’t want to cause her any regrets. Then we get an uncomfortable scene between Caitlin and Jay Garrick as she tells him she’s looked all over for his doppelgänger to try to save his life with a cell transplant. Garrick tells Snow he’ll explain everything to her the following day in a nearby park.

Wells and Allen figure out that Thawne had McGee build the accelerator out of tachyons and that they can detect them with their instruments had the machine been used. No readings show up on their scanners and they realize that Cisco’s actually seen into the future and they have 3:52 to stop the Reverse-Flash from killing Dr. McGee. At exactly 9:52 pm the tachyon levels are detectable and The Flash traces it to the source before Thawne can kill McGee. Catching his enemy by surprise he knocks him into a wall, tells McGee to run and destroys the machine and Thawne’s way home.

Thawne tells The Flash he’ll find another way home and Allen says he’ll need to get through him first. Thawne then challenges his enemy to catch him and takes off with The Flash in pursuit. Allen catches the Reverse-Flash and then starts pummeling him, Joe tells him not to kill him but to bring him to STAR Labs.

Thawne’s now in the cell at STAR Labs that they held Wells/Thawne in last season, he can’t phase out of the cell or escape in any fashion. Barry says he’s going down to talk with him and Harry tells him he’ll do no such thing as it will mess up the timeline in a major way. Allen agrees not to tempt fate and takes a phone-call. Cisco’s nose starts to bleed, a situation that any fan of “LOST” realizes is a very bad sign when dealing with the space-time continuum. Ramon passes it off as inconvenience, but we can see the look in Harry’s eyes he knows troubles brewing.

Cisco goes to the cell asks Thawne how he gets his suit to come out of his ring? The man from the future realizes that Cisco and he know each other in his future and that Ramon knows him very well. Cisco then tells him he wanted to inform the Reverse-Flash that he tracked him down and played a big role in his capture. Then he tells Thawne that he gave Ramon the power and tells him to chew on that while he’s in his cell. Cisco then leaves but his nose starts bleeding again.

Barry decides to pay Thawne a visit but he keeps his appearance hidden from his enemy. He asks Thawne just why he despises him so much. The man from the future said he was obsessed with him and wanted to be him so badly, he duplicated the accident and acquired the Scarlet Speedster’s powers. However once he became a speedster he had an epiphany, that his fate was to be the Flash’s mortal enemy and he did the opposite of what the original speedster did. For every person The Flash saved the Reverse-Flash killed just because he couldn’t be him. Caitlin’s voice comes over the intercom and tells Barry they need him immediately.

Allen finds Joe, Caitlin and Harry surrounding Cisco’s whose going through a bout of seizures. Joe and Wells struggle to hold Ramon still while Snow injects him with a sedative, the seizures cease but he starts to phase in and out making him see-through. Harry shows he’s actually human as he gets nervous and talks rapidly telling Barry that Cisco’s being effected by the change in the timeline. He tells Allen the only way to save Cisco’s by freeing Thawne and Barry has to push him through the time barrier back to his time period.

Wells releases Thawne from the cell at gunpoint and the Reverse-Flash asks Harry who he is and Wells responds nobody of consequence. Eobard realizes that Harry just told him an outright lie and lets the scientist know that. Wells then escorts the man from the future to the area that he’ll depart from.

Harry pulls Allen aside and tells him that this is the Reverse-Flash’s “Origin-Story.” This moment’s when he learns Barry’s identity and about STAR Labs and about Earth-Prime’s Harrison Wells. He tells Barry he can’t change any of that but he’s got the chance to save his friend’s life. Barry nods solemnly and then goes to Thawne who tells The Flash that he’s won yet again. Barry derisively informs him that he’s going to win in the end and that’s the only battle that counts. The pair speed away and we watch Barry nudge Thawne across the time-barrier and back to his time-period.

Turns out Patty Spivot’s a Hell of a detective as she determined by reading Barry’s incident reports on cases The Flash got involved in, that Allen’s indeed The Flash. She calls Joe on it and he tries his best to fib but she knows he’s lying. West tells Barry whose upset and still tells Joe he can’t admit it to her for fear of her safety. Barry goes to talk with her and she tells him she knows and realizes why he hid it from her. Just admit it and she’ll stay, he say’s he’s not The Flash.

Turns out that Garrick does have a doppelgänger on Earth-Prime, however his mother died in childbirth and he got adopted and has a different name. Jay then tells Caitlin that his DNA got altered when he became a speedster so the only way he can survive is for them to capture Zoom. Snow tells him they’ll do it.

Wally comes to visit Iris at Joe’s house and tells her he’s decided to take her advice and see his mom and his sister tells him she’s proud of him and his decision. Wally then asks if Iris will come with him to the hospital and she smiles and says she’d love to and they leave the house to visit their mother.

Joe and Barry talk about Patty being on the train to Midway City and West tells Barry that with all the great things he can do as The Flash, it takes sacrifice as well. Barry’s phone rings and Patty calls from the train and says there’s a man in the car with a gun, Allen says he’ll get her some help and The Flash arrives in the train-car asking if everybody’s okay. Patty stands up and says she’s sorry it was a false-alarm, Barry slows down enough that she can recognize that he’s in the suit. He says he just wanted to make sure everything’s okay before he leaves and she nods her head. As The Flash exits the train we hear Patty say goodbye to Barry.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 8:00pm on The CW.

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The new year started out on a sour note in Central City as all the characters on The CW series “The Flash,” faced mental and physical anguish in this first episode after the show’s Christmas hiatus. We watched two romances suffer major setbacks, Joe and Iris West’s relationship with Wally West get off to a rocky start and Cisco Ramon alerting “Team-Flash” of a meta-human he’s tracked for a long time.

If that’s not enough for you a specter still hovers over STAR Labs that’s got everybody in a constant state of dread. If you’re wondering what’s the identity of that harbinger of doom, allow Harry Wells to refresh your memory as he asked at one point during the evening “Do you remember ZOOM?”

The cutesy voiceover from Barry Allen didn’t set the tone for the rest of the hour. Our hero informs us that even things we take for granted like boy meets girl becomes complicated when you’ve got superpowers. Barry’s running late for a date at a fancy restaurant with Patty Spivot and the roses that he’s brought for her pay the price for his acceleration as they burst into flame before he can hand them to her.

After they laugh over the faux pas, Barry looks Patty in the eye and tells her he’s felt unlucky his whole life. When she asks him how he feels now he says like he got struck by lightning twice and they embrace and kiss. The moment’s spoiled as a blue streak appears and then we see ZOOM grab Patty by her neck into the air and speeds away.

The Flash follows them to a skyscraper and holds Spivot over the edge as she screams for help. Flash asks the demon what he wants and the evil speedster replies that everything Barry loves will be his and lets Patty drop to her death. Barry wakes up from his nightmare screaming and then realizes all’s well and he’s actually in bed with Patty, whose sleeping soundly next to him.

Joe and Iris are giving Wally the 25 cent tour of the precinct when they come across Joe’s commanding officer and introduces his son. The Captain tells Wally that his Pops is a great detective and Wally looks him in the eye and says obviously not. The Captain’s confused by Wally’s veiled shot at Joe’s tracking talents and West tries to end the moment as quickly as he can.

Joe asks Wally to come to the house for dinner and the young man says he’s got plans. West tries convincing him they’ll keep it light and they’ll get Chinese take-out. Just then some uniforms bring in a perp in handcuffs, he looks over at Wally and asks where’s your handcuffs Tail-Lights? He’s taken immediately away, but we can tell from the expression on Wally’s face the guy struck a nerve.

Joe asks Wally if he knows that guy and the young man says he just has one of those faces. He says he’s got to take off but he’ll see them both later for dinner, but he seems insincere when he says that. Iris and Joe trade confused looks and shrug to each other as Patty walks up to them.

Spivot apologizes for interrupting then asks if she can talk with one of them and of course Joe assumes its him. However she really wants to talk with Iris about Barry, so they go to CC Jitters for some coffee and girl-talk. She tells Iris she knows she and Barry got very close very quickly but he seems guarded around her. Iris says that Barry’s got a terrible habit of carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and even burdens that aren’t connected to him. Patty says he doesn’t have to be that way with me and Iris responds tell Barry that.

Before we go on, let me step back and address an issue. I’m not a “SHIPPER,” although I’m pleased for characters to find happiness and romance, I stay away from rooting for relationships. That being said I’ve loved the character of Patty Spivot from the moment the show introduced her and I truly wanted her and Barry Allen to become a long-term match. Unfortunately as Mick Jagger sang so many years ago “You can’t always get what you want.”

Harry Wells is doing calculations on a white-board and realizes the formula he’s attempting to create is flawed and he starts throwing a hissy-fit and flings stuff around the lab. Cisco runs into the lab and treats Wells like a petulant child screaming No, this is unacceptable. You do not get to fling other people’s stuff when you’re angry. Wells stares him in the eye and throws more stuff on the floor.

After Ramon tidies up he looks at the board and asks what it is and Harry responds failed answers. Cisco says perhaps he’s asking the wrong questions. He says he still believes their best chance to defeat ZOOM’s to slow him down. Wells says they tried that with Cisco’s darts and was a disaster. Ramon grins and says he’s got a different tactic in mind.

Team-Flash” convenes in the STAR Labs control-center, Jay Garrick now back full-time in the battle to defeat ZOOM. Cisco starts enlightening the group about a meta-human he’s tracked for an extended period that he’s dubbed “The Turtle.” The meta-human has the ability to slow down everything around him so he’s able to steal price objects of great personal value. We watch on a security camera “The Turtle” walk into a museum and grab a priceless artifact while all around are seemingly standing still.

Ramon says that if they can capture the criminal perhaps they can use his powers to slow down ZOOM enough for the Flash to defeat him. Harry asks how can they track him down and Barry logs into the GCPD computer and says all the crimes he committed got changed to reports of lost or missing items. A message appears on the screen, Barry reads it then speeds off. Caitlin tells the others that the GCPD just announced an impromptu press-conference to announce the recovery of the Vander Vort diamond collection. Cisco smiles and says “From Hell’s Heart I Stab At Thee.”

The representative from the family tells the reporters that they’re most pleased at recovering his grandfather’s ring, the piece that means the most to the family. Flash identifies “The Turtle” and starts to apprehend him when he’s stopped in place by this wave of energy the criminal emits. Flash moves slowly and not far as the thief winks at him as he takes the ring and then walks out. As soon as he leaves the station returns to normal and only Flash realizes what just took place.

When Barry returns to STAR Labs Jay and Harry explain to Allen that “The Turtle” drains kinetic energy from any area he’s in leaving only potential energy. Wells explains because of Barry’s super-speed he’s got more flexibility than any other human. Harry goes to Cisco’s lab to try to work on a formula using that principle to defeat ZOOM and Cisco feeling unappreciated follows him. They’ve got his identity due to their facial recognition software, he’s Russell Glosson a former small time hood who fell off the radar after the particle-accelerator exploded.

Allen realizes he owes Patty an explanation and he blames a lot of it on his mother’s death occurred this time of the year. Patty apologizes and Barry smiles and suggest they have a romantic evening the next night. Patty smiles and says she thinks that’s just what they need.

Joe, Iris and Barry finally give up the ghost that Wally’s coming for dinner and Joe’s visibly shaken. He hugs Iris and thanks Barry for being there for him and then says he’s going to bed. As he heads to bed Iris takes it as an opportunity to tell Barry about her coffee and chat with Patty. She tells Barry that he’s got to reveal his identity to her if his feelings for her are real. He nods and says he’ll tell Patty he’s the Scarlet Speedster.

The next day “Team-Flash” discover Glosson’s next target, the Central City Museum’s holding a gala that evening and will exhibit an incredibly rare and valuable painting “The Crystal Ball.” Barry, Jay and Caitlin will work the museum in tuxes and a gown for Snow, Harry and Cisco will monitor in the truck outside. Allen suddenly realizes he’s got the big date with Patty, but views it as an opportunity rather than a problem. He calls her up and asks if she minds switching to the gala and she’s fine with that and they’ll meet at the museum at seven.

Barry then informs the team that he’s revealing his identity to Patty that evening and that’s why he’s bringing her. Cisco congratulates him, Caitlin shows a concerned smile and Allen starts walking out of the control center when Wells stops him and says don’t tell her. Barry looks at him quizzically and Harry says you’ve got feelings for this woman I’m happy for you. Now if you want her safe you’ll keep her as far out of this as possible because once ZOOM finds out she’s a dead woman. Barry looks at the ground and nods, Wells just confirmed what his nightmares had told him.

Everybody’s in position that evening when Barry sees Patty and she looks just like she’s appeared in his nightmares and he flashes back to it and has a shocked expression on his face when he greets her. She asks if everything’s alright and he says she looks like she came out of a dream and she tells him he looks handsome. He suggests they talk and they start to dance.

Barry seems like he’s just about to tell Patty about him being The Flash as he starts talking about getting struck by lightning. Suddenly Glosson’s sighted and Barry just says he’s sorry but he’s got to leave. Her mind’s blown and she says what now and he just shrugs his shoulders and walks away. Patty turns around to see Glosson stealing the painting, reaches into her purse pulls out her weapon and identifies herself. Glosson steals the energy and suddenly he’s got Spivot’s gun in his hand and pointed at her. He shoots at the chandelier directly above her and somehow Flash forces his way past the energy waves knocking Patty out-of-the-way but the chandelier falls on him. Jay and Caitlin grab him and drag him out as Spivot regains consciousness.

At STAR Labs Barry checks out fine then he speeds off to Patty’s place. She’s hurt and angry when he arrives and she gives him an ultimatum. She says they had lots of fun, but she’s past that stage and if they’re to stay together they have to start caring about each other and trusting each other. She says he needs to decide what he wants and she says he needs to decide fast and stomps away. Barry says aloud fast’s his specialty, but this time he’s not fast enough.

There’s a drag race going on in a secluded area of Central City as Wally West plays chicken against another guy for the title of their cars. West wins easily, hence the nickname Tail-Lights. As the other driver gives Wally the keys and the paper, West sees Joe standing there watching.

The younger man approaches his father and asks if he’s had someone tailing him and Joe asks if that’s the real reason he came to Central City? He smirks and says nobody will race him any longer in his town Keystone. Joe starts talking harsh to the young man and Wally says he doesn’t answer to him. Joe says that he just committed a crime and he’s a police officer and Wally says that’s right the Great Detective that failed to track down his own son.

Wally then says he does what he does to pay for his mother’s medical treatments and Joe says he’ll gladly help so Wally can give it up. He says he’s got savings and he’ll dip into his pension. The younger man screams he doesn’t want his help and says he’s the man of his house. He then tells Joe to go home to his family and walks away.

Patty’s bumming big time and listening to Jazz when there’s a knock at the door and she smiles and scampers to the door thinking it’s Barry.  Bad guess as it’s Glosson who forces his way in as she tries shutting the door on him. She once again pulls her weapon and fires three shots but he steals the energy and they fall to the ground spent. He steals it again and has the gun on her and says he’s got the Flash’s most prized possession, her.

Barry arrives find the door ajar calls for Patty and then does a super-speed search of her place. He steps on the bullets and realizes what happened. He calls Joe and tells him that “The Turtle’s” got Patty and to meet him  at STAR Labs.

They’ve got no address for Glosson Joe says that they haven’t found an item he’s stolen. They realize that he doesn’t fence what he steals he keeps it and collects it. Then they find a record of Glosson’s wife worked for a library that closed not long after the Particle Accelerator exploded and realize that’s his hideout.

Glosson says he’s going to possess the thing that’s most important to him and she asks Barry and he responds The Flash. She asks him why he believes the speedster cares about her and he says he saw the way he saved her. She says he’s a superhero and that’s what he does he saves people’s lives. Glosson says that’s stupid because people are just unappreciative. His wife didn’t appreciate him and tried to leave him so he made her his. He pulls away a curtain and we see her standing in a display case lifeless, there’s a second case where he’ll keep Patty.

Barry’s told the only way to defeat him is to go in between his pulses which gives him two-tenths of a second. Flash enters the library and tries to fight through the waves but he’s stuck and Glosson whacks him about four times and he falls to the ground and then he leaves the library. Glosson looks shocked and says he doesn’t think you’re special and he pulls out a blade and gets ready to gut Spivot. However The Flash makes a second attempt and this time he knocks out his opponent. He cuts Patty’s bond’s and she hugs his torso still in the chair and thanks him whom ever he is.

Glosson’s locked up in a meta-human cell at STAR Labs and his powers are useless. Caitlin whose developed strong romantic feelings for Garrick tells him that she know he’s dying as she got his DNA from a glass he drank from. He tells her the only cure’s for him to regain his speed and for that they have to defeat ZOOM. She says let’s do it then and they hug.

Yes Barry blew it with Patty. She tells him she’s leaving Central City she’d always wanted to be a CSI investigator and four years ago she got accepted to a college to join their program. She said she put it off to become a cop and catch her father’s killer and she’s done that. She kisses Barry on the cheek.

Wally arrives at Joe’s house to pick up a sweater he left there and tells Joe he’s heading back home. He tells Joe if he’s waiting for an apology it’s not coming. West says he’s the one who should apologize, he felt bad that Wally grew up without him and tried to create an instant family. He asks what if they take it slow and just get to know each other, Wally stays and eats the Chinese food with Joe.

Wells keeps an audio-log we find out as he talks to his recorder as if it were his daughter. He recalls their first trip to a museum just her and him and he lost her and panicked and had the guards lock down the museum until he found her. He says he realized at that moment he’d do whatever it took to keep her safe. He then opens Glosson’s cell sticks some metal implement up his nose and it sucks something out of the meta-human and kills him.

Hold on, there’s more! We see a portal open and a speedster emerges wearing Flash’s uniform in a light color, in the flash of the portal opening it’s tough determining the color but we soon see a mouth so it can’t be ZOOM. When the portal closes, the speedster talks to his computer and a hologram appears above his wrist. He asks where the Hell he is as we realize Eobard Thawne’s returned to Central City! Next week The Return Of The Reverse Flash.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 8:00 pm on The CW.

Courtesy of The CW

Courtesy of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Starting out tonight, we get a closer look at what happened that night 15 years ago. This time in relative slow motion as the details revealed what we already knew. Adult Barry Allen was in fact the one fighting the Reverse Flash. Back from the flashback, Joe and Barry look over what they know about Wells. Which, is not a lot. One thing is clear. If Wells does have a plan, he’s been patient. Barry will have to be just a freakishly patient.

Above a city park, onlookers see packages carried by individual parachutes slowly fall to the ground. Once they do, they explode. Then we see a cam video of complete winner who calls himself the Trickster. Only problem is the real Trickster is currently serving multiple life sentences in Iron Heights.

Flashback. After the fight in Barry’s house seems to end with young Barry safely outside, the camera follows the Reverse Flash. Many blocks away, he begins to lose speed and crashes to the ground. The fight with The Flash completely depleted his speed ability. Wells was then stuck there 15 years ago, forced to get back to present day the old-fashioned way. One day at a time. The Reverse Flash yells out from his knelt position, then removes his mask to reveal a face that looks nothing like Harrison Wells.

Barry and Joe travel to Iron Heights to visit the original Trickster. He’s given the Hannibal Lecter treatment. Isolated, nowhere near genpop. They explain the situation and show him photographs. When asked if he knew the identity of this Trickster copycat, he looks up and says:

Trickster: If I did, I would tell you. So you could find him, cut off his head and throw it right in his face!

The Trickster believes this copycat must have found his ‘lair’, so that’s where Barry and Joe go. Inside they find what looks like a costume shop that has been closed for 20 years. Barry finds a large set of metal double doors. He jars them loose. They’ve been boobie trapped. After Barry removes himself and Joe from the blast radius of the explosion behind the doors, they realize the copycat has taken everything. The room is completely cleaned out.

The primary stolen item is a bomb big enough to completely wipe out Central City. They take this news back to Star Labs. For the second time now, Barry sends a vague cheap shot meant for Wells. Considering Barry’s new suspicion that Wells is up to something. Wells asks for a word in private. Wells tries to suggest that Barry’s new-found attitude must be from seeing his Father in prison, again. Barry plays along until he gets a message to meet Iris, and graciously leaves.

Flashback. An only slightly younger Harrison Wells sits on the beach with Tess Morgan, outlining what he wants to do with his lab designs. She ultimately names is Star Labs. In the far off distance a man watches them. The same man who pulled off the Reverse Flash’ mask after the fight in the Allen residence 15 years ago.

While Iris bothers Barry about the Mason Bridge disappearance, he gets a call from Cisco. The Trickster is broadcasting again. The bomb is between two streets somewhere in Central City. Barry scours that area and finds nothing. Wells believes the threat of the bomb is a decoy to keep he and the authorities busy. Barry ignores Wells and eventually finds the box. Inside, there is nothing.

Your first instinct is usually the correct one. I had a feeling in the first few minutes that the original Trickster may have been in league with this new copycat. Barry calls Joe to give him the head’s up, but it’s too late. They’re watching surveillance footage. The two Tricksters escaped. And it gets worse. They took a hostage. Henry Allen.

At their new lair, we find Henry Allen tied to a chair and the young Trickster just smitten with the presence of the original Trickster. Questions about what happens next leads to the big question of “why choose me” comes up. I’m telegraphing this one on purpose. The old Trickster tells the young one that he had the strength to carry out his legacy. It was in his blood. Then the older Trickster leans in and says exactly what you are praying he won’t.

Mark Hamill’s Trickster: The real reason I tracked you down and groomed you to be the best you could possibly be Axle, I-AM-YOUR-FATHER.

Flashback. Wells and Tess drive home. The strange man lurks behind the trees. Wells drives over a nail strip intended to cause an accident. The vehicle flips repeatedly. Tess is unresponsive. The man walks up slowly. Despite Wells’ cries for help, the man does nothing, except to say, “The woman has been dead for centuries”.

Joe ventures down to the prison portion of Star Labs where Barry sits alone with nothing but his thoughts. Barry can’t fathom leaving the fate of his father in the hands of a man who potentially had something to do with the death of his mother. Joe tries to talk him off the ledge, so to speak.
Iris attends a political event and takes a glass of champagne from one of the waiters. That particular waiter and his colleague are in fact the original Trickster and son Trickster respectively. The ‘trick’ here is that they’ve all ingested a specific poison. Transfer of funds from their bank accounts into the account printed on the underside of the champagne glass and they get the antidote. If they don’t, they will die within the hour. Iris is able to call Joe so that he can hear the Trickster. Cisco triangulates her phone and Barry takes off.

Barry removes the elder Trickster from City Hall and demands to know where Henry Allen is. Not so coincidentally, Iris is within earshot. That might come back later. They attach a bomb like device to Barry’s left wrist. He must maintain 600 mph or like in the movie Speed, the bomb will go off. While running, Wells tells Barry of theory. If we operate under the premise that Wells is the Reverse Flash, this would be speaking from first hand knowledge. If Barry runs fast enough into a wall, he will move through the wall leaving the bomb behind. Which works like a charm. His cells became one with the air, allowing him to not only run through the wall but through an entire gas truck.

Barry races back to City Hall and administers the antidote. Then again, demands to know where Henry Allen is. He runs there, pulls his Dad out bypassing all the little boobie traps. The Flash stands before Henry Allen. A smile creeps in over Henry’s face as Barry removes his mask. Eventually, Henry stands in the control center of Star Labs and is blown away by the science of today.

As Henry leaves with Joe (sans handcuffs), Wells tells Barry that he’s lucky to have such a wonderful man as his father. Barry does a good job selling his response. “I’m lucky to have you too”. Barry turns to walk away and the fury is visible in his face.

Flashback. Wells pulls himself out of the wrecked car. The strange man identifies himself as Eobard Thawne (which makes a little more sense as this guy looks a lot more like Eddie Thawne than Harrison Wells ever could). As it turns out, Harrison Wells was a good guy. Thawne stuck a device in Wells’ chest and the other end into his own. Then transferred Wells’ likeness and dare I say essence into his own body as it destroyed Wells. Wells is Thawne, but not in the way we may have thought. In a much more direct and permanent way.

Joe calls Eddie in late that night. He sits Eddie down and tells him Iris cannot look into the Mason Bridge disappearance. Then The Flash arrives. Then takes off his mask. I know this sounds like a nice moment. The comic book story moment went the hero reveals himself to the right people in order to create his network of good. One major problem. Back before Barry screwed with the space/time continuum, Wells revealed his name (Eobart Thawne) to Cisco. Then suggested that Eddie is a ‘distant relative’. This may have short-term benefits, but long-term chaos.

Eddie informs Iris that Mason ‘moved to Brazil’. When she left for the kitchen, the three men (Joe, Eddie and Barry) speak about what’s next. Then Barry recalls the manner in which Wells spoke about how to run, not fast but the actual nuances of what it would feel like when he becomes one with the air molecules was as if he was speaking from experience.

Barry: I don’t know how, but I think he’s the man in yellow. Harrison Wells is the Reverse Flash.