Previously on The Flash, ‘Out of Time’
Barry has gone back in time a full day, but he’s still too late to save the coroner. His prior knowledge of the recording weirds Joe out, but his actions back at S.T.A.R. Labs tips off Wells that Barry has gone back in time. He doesn’t want to know anything that might mess up the timeline further, and he warns Barry to not make anymore changes.
Of course, Wells hustles to Gideon to check that the future hasn’t changed. She’ll let him know if anything triggers one.
Barry can’t resist bringing Mark Mardon in when he remembers what happened to Captain Singh and Joe. With Mardon locked up at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry is feeling pretty good about himself. Until Wells jumps in that ass. Whatever Barry thinks he stopped from happening will find a way, Wells warns. Like life in Jurassic Park!
Captain Cold and Heat Wave pay a visit to Don Santini and inform him they’ll be taking over the illegal mob activities in Central City. He takes the news about as well as a mob boss would. Cold and Heat do their thing and take out Santini and his men.
So Much Awkward
Cisco and Caitlin attends Cisco’s brother’s birthday party. His brother Dante is a classically trained pianist who still lives at home. He’s also a douchebag. In the span of a few minutes he hits on Caitlin, shows no appreciation for the gift Cisco gave him, and belittles Cisco at least three times.
At the Labs, Barry is running on the treadmill, trying to recreate the moment he went back in time. It’s not working. Wells speculates other factors could have been in play, like Barry’s adrenaline level right before he started running. Yeah, Iris had his adrenaline racing alright. But Wells still refuses to hear about anything that happened in the other version of the day. Joe arrives and wants to know why Barry was acting so weird, but especially how and why he took down Mardon so fast and without telling him. Barry asks Joe to trust him, and then rushes out to met Linda.
At the paper, Linda and Barry break up after she gets him to admit he’s just not that into her. Well, as least not as much as he’s into Iris. She encourages him to go for it with his best friend. Unfortunately, Barry interrupts Mason and Iris before Mason can share with her his suspicions about Wells and what happened to Stagg. Barry awkwardly asks Iris to meet for coffee the next day, and then warns Mason he’s wrong about Wells.
Quid Pro Bro
Barry meets Cisco out for drinks – remember, Cisco had a crappy day with his crappy brother. A pretty woman in a really bad blonde wig hits on Cisco so Barry beats it. The woman, Lisa, is an engineer and Cisco can’t believe his luck.
He shouldn’t. She’s Captain Cold’s sister and she leads Cisco to her brother and Heat Wave. They want Cisco to give them their guns back or they’re going to kill his brother Dante. Oh, yeah. They got Dante, too.
Cisco does as he’s told and makes a gun for the sister, too. Something gold and toxic.
So Much More Awkward
Barry meets Iris for coffee and tells her he still thinks about her and he knows she thinks about him, too. This was so damn sad and awkward. She looks at him like he’s bumped his head, insists she loves Eddie, and storms out.
Dejected, Barry heads to the Labs where everyone learns Captain Cold is back and no one can find Cisco.
Cold and crew hit up a mob-owned casino, but The Flash arrives to stop them. He has to let them go, though, when Cold reveals they have Cisco. Once the cops arrive, Barry tells Joe why he had to let Cold go. Then Eddie walks in and punches Barry in the face. So, Iris went and snitched, huh?
A Lesson in Time
At the Labs, Wells finally lets Barry tell him what happened in the first version of that day. Wells explains Iris has those feelings for Barry, but the events of the day led her to finally admit them. Without those triggers, the feelings are still buried. Then Wells points out if Barry goes back in time to save his mother, who’s to say how many other people will die instead?
Cisco and Dante have a heart to heart where we learn Dante was such a dick because he was always jealous of his little brother. He’s going to make it up to him by trying to save them. He attacks Heat Wave, but just gets his ass kicked. Cold and Lisa have to talk Heat Wave out of Dante’s ass. Alone with Cisco and Dante, Cold asks Cisco for the secret identity of The Flash. He begins to torture Dante to make Cisco talk.
Cisco shows up at the Labs. Oh, Cisco. He admits he snitched. Just like Iris! He apologizes and Barry forgives, but Cisco doesn’t think he deserves to be there so he leaves.
Joe visits Iris at the paper and tells her about Eddie’s completely unprofessional behavior. He asks her who she loves and she says Eddie. Well, he advises, you need to make sure they both know that. Iris is so distracted by this news, she brushes off Mason yet again when he wants to talk about Wells. Welp. Now we know what’s going to change in the future.
Wells takes Cisco down to the containment field and uses what happened that night with the Reverse Flash – how they all kept looking for ways to save each other – as a lesson in how important Cisco is and what a good person he is. He drops the same “closest thing to a son” line again, but this time he doesn’t kill Cisco.
The team figures out Cold hit the casino to trigger the protocol in which their money is moved. His plan is to hijack the truck transporting the cash. The Flash foils that plan and grabs Cold so they can have a chat in the woods.
They have a come to Jesus meeting: Cold won’t tell anyone who The Flash is and he won’t kill anyone else while doing his dirty deeds. Barry will, of course, still try to stop him at every turn.
Barry arrives at Jitters and is surprised when Eddie hugs him and apologizes. Seems Caitlin told Eddie and Iris that Barry is suffering from an after effect of being struck by lightning. He’s prone to saying and doing weird shit. All is forgiven, but Iris looks sus as fuck.
Mason is working at the paper, late and alone. The audience collectively shook their heads at this moment. Reverse Flash appears, knocks Mason around for a bit, and gets him to admit everything he knows about Wells is on a flash drive. Reverse Flash takes the drive, kills Mason, and then cleans up after himself.
Wells tells Barry letting Cold go was Barry doing the best he could in the moment. When Barry starts to tell Wells about Simon Stagg – and possibly Mason’s suspicions – Barry sees a news alert that Mason is missing. He covers what he was going to say and leaves.
Later, Barry meets Joe at the police station and tells him he may have been right about Wells. About everything.