Previously on The Flash, ‘The Darkness and the Light’
The opening scene of Dr. Light killing The Flash would have been more effective had they not revealed the entire plot of this episode in the teasers. Also, if we believed for one second that Barry would be killed, but okay.
72 hours prior, The Flash questions Dr. Light in her PA cell. She confirms that she didn’t want to kill him, and that killing Linda to take her place was the best bad idea she could come up with. She wants The Flash to let her go, conveniently forgetting the part where she killed Larkin, the newspaper editor. The Flash is like:
She does agree to help him catch Zoom even though she thinks it’s a colossally bad idea.
The Negative Spirit of Jay Lives On in Caitlin
During the Team Flash pow-wow, Barry wants to throw his emblem through the breach – per Zoom’s instructions to Dr. Light – to draw Zoom out. Wells has a speed dampening serum he can use to incapacitate Zoom. Cisco is cautious, but Caitlin is downright hatin’ on the idea.
Alone, Joe, Cisco, and Caitlin agree that they can’t trust Wells and they need to keep an eye on him. Joe suggests Cisco try to vibe on Wells, and not in a sexy way.
Back on Earth 2, Wells’ daughter, Jesse, confronted him about Jay’s accusations at the press conference. Wells hemmed and hawed and she realized he is responsible for the meta-humans. She stomped out to go to class.
Joe shuts down Patty when she presses about progress in the Dr. Light case. She turns to Barry, wondering if Joe feels some kinda way about their kiss.
Just as Linda is pleading with Iris to ask the The Flash if she can help in catching Dr. Light and Iris insists that The Flash has everything under control, Dr. Light goes invisible at STAR Labs and escapes when Cisco arrives to bring her lunch.
Wells is all, “I told you to sedate her ass!”
Joe wonders if this isn’t a sign that they’re not doing the right thing in trying to catch Zoom. In the end, Wells and Barry win and everyone moves forward with the plan as is, while Barry will figure out another way to lure Zoom without Dr. Light.
Joe pulls Barry aside, worried that he’s making a mistake in going along with Wells. He thinks they should call in Jay. Why, Sway?
Vibe On You
Cisco tries to vibe on Wells, but only comes off like a creepy co-worker who missed the sexual harassment seminar. Caitlin advises him to try again later.
Another flashback to Earth 2 reveals that Zoom kidnapped Jesse from her college campus.
Too Much, Patty Mayo. Too Much
Even though Barry told her ass Joe doesn’t even know about the kiss, nor would he care, Patty interrupts Joe (who is trying to do his damn job at his desk) and says she senses that he senses she’s hiding something and she confesses to the kiss.
Joe gives nary a fuck.
While Linda is at the West house stress cooking enough food for a Thanksgiving feast, Iris and Barry get the idea to use her to draw out Zoom. She looks like Dr. Light and now they have Dr. Light’s clothes since she’s running around invisible and butt-ass naked. Iris, used to having decisions made for her in the name of safety, urges Barry to let Linda decide if she’s willing to take the risk.
This results in Iris taking Linda to STAR Labs so The Flash can ask her for assistance.
Since Barry no longer does the blurry face thing, I really wanted her to be like, “Barry?”
Practice Makes Fire
Good thing Cisco just happens to have life-sized cutouts of everyone because they need them to train Linda in the Whack-a-Flash obstacle course. After a rough start she manages to hit the proper target (using Cisco-rigged gloves) once, and then blasts Cisco out of his chair.
After all of this, Wells and Barry are still the only ones who think they should go through with the plan.
Joe pulls Barry aside, again, for a talk, again. He theorizes that Barry is pushing so hard to make up for not being the one to get Reverse Flash. This would make sense if Barry was acting like that in any way, but that’s not what I saw.
Either way, it prompts Barry to reveal himself as The Flash to Linda. If he’s asking her to trust him, he needs to trust her.
Vibe On You, Part 2: The Quest for Answers
Cisco creepily tries to touch Wells again and this time he sees Zoom taunting a captive Jesse, asking her why Wells went through the breach. So, that should clear up whether or not Zoom sent Wells.
Patty again tries to get Joe to open up about the Dr. Light case, but he tells her to trust him for another day or two. She asks Barry out to dinner, but he has plans to catch Zoom.
No country for Patty Mayo.
At a breach on the docks, the team puts their plan in play, but after an hour passes with no Zoom, everyone gives up and leaves.
Barry admits to Joe that he was half right: he does want to catch Zoom because of Reverse Flash, but only to prove Eobard/Wells wrong when he said that Barry would never be truly happy. Tired of not doing what makes him happy, Barry heads to the police station where he grabs Patty for a kiss.
Meanwhile, at the CPN, Linda laments the fact that she can never write about the best story ever. Iris is all, “Preach, sistah.”
Outside, Zoom grabs Linda.
Wells’ meta-human watch pings like crazy when Zoom arrives on the rooftop of STAR Labs with Linda. Zoom drops Linda, but Barry catches her and tells her to run. Face to face with Zoom, finally, The Flash starts running laps around STAR Labs. Cisco explains that Barry is going to throw the lightning as Jay taught him. Wells has zero faith in that so he heads for the dart gun with the speed dampening serum.
Zoom patiently watches The Flash run in circles, and when The Flash finally throws the bolt, Zoom catches it and throws it back, hitting The Flash in the chest.
And I DIED!
Then he proceeds to beat The Flash’s ass like he owes him some money. Wells takes his shot, but Zoom catches the dart like Bruce Leroy catches bullets with his teeth. He warns Wells that he’s next and stabs Barry with the serum. Then he takes off with Barry’s limp body for the….
You Ain’t Shit World Tour
First, Zoom takes Barry to CPN where the journalists, including Iris, get a good look at a defeated Flash. He wants everyone to know Barry is no god.
Then they head to the CCPD where he holds up Rag Doll Flash and says his days of protecting the city are over. The officers fire, but Zoom catches ALL THE BULLETS and lets them drop to the floor like a mic.
This is so exciting! Where are they going next? Back in time so Zoom can show Nora her son ain’t shit?
Nah. They arrive at STAR Labs where The Flash just flippity flops while Zoom tells Wells he failed. Then he stabs Barry with his nasty claws. He starts monologuing – again – but that’s cut short when Cisco nails him with a dart, right in the neck.
Cisco Motherfucking Ramon, ladies and gentlemen!
Zoom drops The Flash, falls to his knees screaming, and then takes off. Wells screams, knowing that his daughter will probably die now.
Later, as Barry’s vitals are stable, Joe blames Wells. Cisco finally reveals what he saw in Wells’ vibe and confirms that Jesse is alive. Wells denies being blackmailed by Zoom, but says he came here to get Barry’s help in stopping Zoom and getting his daughter back.
But Wait; There’s More
Barry wakes up and is healing, but he can’t feel his legs.
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The Flash S2E6
Great episode! I only have two issues with it:
1. Patty is annoying AF. Yes, she should want her partner’s trust and I understand that Joe is giving her absolutely NOTHING to go on, but making it about this kiss he didn’t even know about and grilling him on it at his desk just rubbed me the wrong way. In a show with four professional women – and hers arguably being the most accomplished after Caitlin – they continue to write her behavior like that of a young girl.
2. Everyone seems to be in agreement, by episode’s end, that their plan was a bad one, but I don’t think so. If they’d listened to Jay, what alternative was he offering? Just sit around STAR Labs as Zoom sends over more meta-humans and more innocent people died? If he has so much experience with – and knowledge of – Zoom, why not stick around to help? “He’s a nightmare you can’t wake up from” isn’t helpful. But some insight into whether or not he tried the lightning bolt on Zoom might have been.
And if Zoom is so badass, why was he sending meta-humans over to kill The Flash? Why didn’t he do this months ago?