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The Flash – S4E5 – Girls Night Out

Previously on The Flash, “Elongated Journey Into Night”

An episode centered around Barry’s and Iris’ respective bachelor/bachelorette parties mostly worked because

  1. Iris and Caitlin had scenes alone where the topic of discussion wasn’t Barry, Jay, Ronnie, or Eddie.
  2. The guys had the stereotypical experience while the women ended up fighting crime and saving the day without their help.

The Flash should do this more often, but it wasn’t without its faults.

Caitlin reluctantly agrees to attend Iris’ bachelorette dinner, hosted by Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). Norvock (Mark Sweatman), Amunet’s henchman, crashes the party to force Caitlin back into their boss’ service. She goes full Killer Frost to fight him off. Sensing that there’s still some of Caitlin’s goodness in Frost, Iris decides they can’t let her face Amunet (Katee Sackhoff) alone. And since the guys aren’t answering their cell phones, she, Felicity, and Cecile trail Frost to her meeting with Amunet.

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So begins the often heavy-handed “girl power” theme of the episode. Though it was extremely forced (“hashtag feminism!”), it did produce the above mentioned scenes with Caitlin/Killer Frost and Iris that the show painfully lacked. Iris has less reason than anyone — Killer Frost tried to kill her, after all — to have faith in Killer Frost, but she does anyway. During one of Caitlin’s brief appearances as herself, she even points out that she and Iris have never been more than work friendly.

The women manage to disrupt Amunet’s plan to sell a meta-human, The Weeper (Matt Alfonso), whose tears produce a euphoric high, to the Yakuza, but Amunet gets away. Iris convinces Killer Frost to accept the Caitlin in her and vice versa.

Meanwhile, Ralph crashes the home movies, brandy, and steak dinner plans Cisco had for Barry’s party and takes the crew to a strip club instead. There, Barry gets hilariously drunk off a Cisco concoction and Joe discovers that Joanie (Riley Jade), Cecile’s daughter, has been stripping on the side. The required bar fight breaks out and the male members of Team Flash find themselves in jail.

Up To Speed

Barry’s drunk ass yelling, “I’m The Flash!” in the strip club was funny — especially when he does it right after Joe yells out “I’m a cop!” to stop the bar fight.

Dibny’s disappointment when he realizes the chick with the white hair is really Caitlin, and that means he has zero shot, was laugh out loud funny. I think that’s mainly due to Sawyer’s delivery of the line, “Oh, it’s just Caitlin.”

Kudos for allowing Joe and Cecile to express their very realistic anxiety over becoming late-in-life parents.

I don’t get hung up on accents like most people, and I couldn’t tell you what kind of accent Amunet was supposed to have; but I do know I enjoyed Katee Sackhoff and I’m glad she got away to lug that bucket of metal around another day.

Speed Bumps

I know he didn’t want their help (and who could blame him after he’s been beaten to purposely make him cry), but it makes no sense that Iris and the others would let The Weeper run off into the night. Even worse, at the end of the episode, it appeared that they were going to keep the events surrounding him a secret from the rest of the team.

I don’t care about Joanie.

#Feminism. No one says that.

Stuck in Neutral

I can’t tell if like the addition of Dibny. He’s not awful, but he’s not Wally. I want Wally on Team Flash. Period.

Killer Frost is a lot of fun, but they gotta lose that distracting sound effect when she speaks.

But Wait; There’s More

The Thinker tracks The Weeper through a dark alley and appears before him, hovering in the sky. He basically told him, “I brought you in this world and I’ll take you out.”

What did you think of the episode? Leave your brief thoughts on the episode below or on our Facebook post for this review, and we’ll read them on tonight’s podcast. 

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14 Comments on The Flash – S4E5 – Girls Night Out

  1. FOR THE PODCAST

    Hey, y’all! Missed you last week. I’m still not here for Wally being gone, but this episode was EXCELLENT. So funny, the right amount of action, and my boo, Katee Sackhoff. I love she. Can she replace Caitlin? No? It was worth a shot. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this hilarious episode.

  2. Hey guys!
    Ok.. I had mixed feelings abt the episode
    1) Can somebody please pay Danielle an acting coach? I’m begging! Her acting is so bad and the sound effect they put when Kf talks makes it worse. And her face expressions. Yikes!
    And wait! Wtf was that Caitlin out of the sudden can’t remember the shit she did as KF? Since when? That was some bs! 😒
    2) Still not here for Wally being gone!
    3) Since When Iris and Caitlin are friends? That was so forced Iris sayint that they friends
    4) Drunk Barry was the best!
    5) Fetus Westallen being married was so cute. Loved it! Now we know when Iris said she’s always been Iris West-Allen it was a fact 😁😍
    6) I was rooting for Amunet to kill KF but… 😪
    7) Was it just me or KF was like Iris puppet? Iris “Frost! Let’s go!” Frost obeyed. Lmao
    8) Can Ralph just go?? 🙄

    These last 2 episodes were so.. Meh.
    Anyways… Thanks for the podcast. Hope y’all have a great week! 🤗

  3. For the Podcast

    I didn’t like it. I enjoyed the comedy of the Bachelor party but Caitlin ruins everything!

    Why is Iris so forgiving of Caitlin? And did Caitlin always black out when Frost is in control? Plus I’m pissed Iris picked her to be her maid of honor! They couldn’t bring Linda back for one little episode? They got Manu Bennett on Arrow so he comes over from the Shanara Chronicles or whatever that show is called. Why can’t Malese Jow?

    Drunk Barry is the cutest! And those home movies were adorable! But why isn’t his future brother-in-Law invited to the bachelor party? Wally betta damn we’ll be at the wedding!

    That’s it. Can’t wait to hear the podcast!

  4. For the podcast:

    Hi Nina, John and Donny aka my favorite podcasters ❤
    Nina, your review is amazing as usual but this episode was trash. Like completely trash. This was legit written by white feminists 😒 #whitefeminism
    I always wanted a female centric episode but not with Ratlin/Killer Flop tainting everything.

    The whole Iris/Caitlin was gross. Caitlin (a white woman) legit tried to kill Iris (a black woman) last season and never apologize for that shit. So in this episode we had to see Iris coddling Caitlin and now she’s Iris maid of honor? I’m so mad and offended. Iris West deserves better. Bring back Linda Park, she’s the only female character (besides Iris) that I claim in this show.

    The only saving grace from this episode is the Westallen marriage when they were kids (I love them so much 😭), Iris being the badass leader that I love and Drunk!Barry.

    Anyway sorry for the rant and the negativity.
    I can’t wait to hear the podcast 😉❤

    p.s.: I need more Westallen scenes in this season because I’m being deprived 🙅

  5. 🙅🏾🗑 hello Nina and them, I’m mad they had Iris lie and say without Caitlyn they couldn’t have taken down Savitar, when Iris was the one to take his bitch ass out and Barry broke his suit. Anyway. Drunk Barry was fun, I actually wanted more Felicity this episode they didn’t have her say or do much. My expectations where way too high going into the episode, lesson learned.

  6. For the podcast

    Hey guys!
    Well… I had mixed feelings abt the episode
    1) OMG! Can somebody please get an acting coach to Danielle? Damn her acting skills kill me… I can’t. And her face expressions… Yikes! And the sound effects just made it worse
    2) what the hell was that Caitlin can’t remember what she does as KF out of nowhere? Since when? That’s some bs!
    3) that whole Iris/Caitlin friendship came out of nowhere too! Since when they’re friends? Did I miss the episode? I get they want to build a friendship btw them but this is so rushed. And don’t get me started with the Maid of Honor shit..
    4) still mad that Wally wasn’t there!
    5) can Dibny just go?
    6) Iris in charge is the best thing ever!
    7) Iris/Cecil/Felicity team up was awesome! Need more of that
    8) Drunk Barry was the best!
    9) fetus Westallen getting married was the cutest thing ever! Loved it 💜
    10) Joe was so… Old for that at least he acted that way.. Lol
    11) Loved Amunet

    Oh! Can we keep Felicity and send Caitlin to Arrow? Pls!!! 🌚

    Anyways.. Thanks for the podcast! Hope y’all have a great week 🤗

  7. For the podcast:

    Hi Nina, John and Donny aka my favorite podcasters ❤
    Nina, your review is amazing as usual but this episode was trash. Like completely trash. This was legit written by white feminists 😒 #whitefeminism
    I always wanted a female centric episode but not with Ratlin/Killer Flop tainting everything.

    The whole Iris/Caitlin was gross. Caitlin (a white woman) legit tried to kill Iris (a black woman) last season and never apologize for that shit. So in this episode we had to see Iris coddling Caitlin and now she’s Iris maid of honor? I’m so mad and offended. Iris West deserves better. Bring back Linda Park, she’s the only female character (besides Iris and Cecile) that I claim in this show.

    The only saving grace from this episode is the Westallen marriage when they were kids (I love them so much 😭), Iris being the badass leader that I love and having agency, and Drunk!Barry.
    Oh and Amunet is a good villain.

    Anyway sorry for the rant and the negativity.
    I can’t wait to hear the podcast 😉❤

    p.s.: I need more Westallen scenes in this season because I’m being deprived 🙅
    p.s.2.: Danielle can’t act to save her life 💀

  8. FOR THE PODCAST:
    Just when I thought last week’s episode was great this GIRL POWER episode was 2x better but I did roll my eyes whenever they said feminism. For the first time in YEARS Deadpannabaker acting did not bother too much. The only person who irked me was Felicity and that was just a tidbit in the beginning and then I was over it.

    Drunk Barry eating chicken wings reminds me of a recent Saturday night after a bad date…Seriously one thing I need to know….did he choose COTL or COTR….

    I’m getting use to Stretch but overall he’s really funny.

    And Harry bailing everyone out was hella sexy and I dont know why….

    My BIGGEST gripe is Iris asking Caitlin to be her Maid of Honor….sorry i think she’ closer to Felcity than Caitlin….just saying. I’m still trying to see if Candice and Caitlin can pull off the ‘friendship’ onscreen.

    I wanted to say poor Weeper but that foo ran off when they tried to rescue him so screw him. I completely forgot Katee Sackhoff was going to be on the show!! Her over the top british accent made me giggle.

    Now Frost thinks Amunet is stronger….is it because Amunet is in more control of her powers because I personally think they’re equally matched. But I’m sure you all will discuss!

    Sorry this is long winded!!

  9. Hi Nina, Donny, and John!
    I saw Thor Ragnarok before this so it’s safe to say I was having a great fucking Tuesday.

    Weakest of the eps so far but still really liked it. The metas just really fell flat for me. I thought Amunet was all like 11 controlling shit with her mind. I thought she was gonna collapse that overpass over KF’s head. But then she just whipped out her bucket and made a fuckin gauntlet. Can’t she just keep it that way!? And they let her go too! Suuure Frost won’t be Killer Frost if she doesn’t kill. But you couldn’t have restrained her or something??

    That eye freak too was disappointing. Thaz it?? I thought KF was gonna snap that thing right off. The Weeper. How’d Amunet find him tho? Was he crying at a bus stop or something and her immediate reaction to seeing that his tears were glowing and were fucking blue was to have a taste !?

    If they don’t somehow have an Edna Mode reference next week, this show has failed me. Can’t wait for the pod!

  10. For the podcast – This smedium length!
    1. ENGAGED. K. BYE. best line of the episode.
    2. Ralph makes me want to barf. He is so unattractive; not the person but the character. Yuck. BUT he might grow on me because he’s fun.
    3. CISCO is so fucking funny. He said “girls get out,” and I died. I do shit like this. I will blurt out terrible things like that.
    4. Drunk Barry is a fun Barry.
    5. I like Caitlin. I NEVER KNEW I COULD SAY THAT. I like Killer Frost. CW don’t fuck this up and remove the box fan from her voice.
    6. LOOK. What could have this episode been if HR went to the strip club? Yo, Ralph and HR would have a pissing contest on who was the #1 customer. But I know Harry is a freak. I know it. This episode was so fun!!!

  11. Hello Nina, Donny and John. Hope you’re having a nice week so far.

    On to the episode. I promise to keep it short. It’s hard for me cause I love to write but I will try my best just for you. If this is still too long, let me know how many sentences you want.

    Highlights:
    Baby Westallen fanvid made by Cisco. It was very sweet, just like their idea for a bachelor party. I would love it.
    Ralph being into KF but being disappointed when he realized it was Caitlin. I died. Drunk Barry. Cecile/Joe/Joannie was cute and actually well done sans the stripper Joannie storyline.
    That shocked pause Joannie did mid sexy slide down that pole. I rewound and watched that many times because it was hilarious. That actress is great. Felicity & Iris’s dress. Hot!
    Cecile’s boobs on point in that dress. 😉
    Weeper running away from Iris(unrealistically) and then getting scooped up by the thinker. What was his plan?

    Lowlights:
    Amunet literally carried around a bag of metal with her like M. Night Shamalama firebenders carrying around a pot of fire. Why was she so threatening? Just take her bag away.
    “#feminism!” “We are strong and independent and don’t need no man!” (basically) Do men really think women actually say stuff like that? Or do white women talk like that?
    Ralph can go now. Too sleazy and gross.
    The show refusing to acknowledge that Caitlin/KF literally dedicated her efforts to help Savitar kill Iris and have her apologize for it. This friendship won’t last past the wedding episode cause the writers are not into female relationships.

    Thanks for reading.

  12. This is not my podcast feedback as that comment is below this one. But I do want to know what you on anyone else thinks about this some other time. Thanks!

    Do you think that realistically, Iris and Caitlin should have been friends since the pilot because they spent months around each other and could have bonded over the fact that the explosion made them loose someone dear to them. Caitlin who we are told is super nice and caring would have felt lots of empathy for Iris. Instead, the male writers squandered that and made her say “she talks a lot” negatively and heartlessly about Iris and limited their interactions unrealistically. They still had the opportunity to fix it but turned it away at every chance. Then they made her help Savitar try and murder Iris without giving us her motivations for doing it and are pretending like that never happened by mentioning everything she did but that. Now after that, we’re supposed to just accept this? I’m not. Not until they make her acknowledge it and apologize for it.

    The writers made KF into the hulk. Do you think its retcon because nothing in the past episodes featuring the character supports it other than the other characters treating her like that was the case. If she was a different person who Caitlin couldn’t remember what she did, then why did KF act like Caitlin at HR’s funeral? Why did Barry’s pep-talk work on KF in the episode KF and got her to stop trying to kill him?

  13. Hi guys so I gotta say this is my favorite Flash season in a long time. This episode was so funny Cisco throwing Barry that sappy ass bachelor party with home videos and Ralph coming in like wtf is this and dragging everyone to the strip club. Cisco miscalculating how drunk Barry would get off his concoction was priceless. Drunk Barry is the funnest Barry. I’M THE FLASH! 🤣🤣🤣 the bar brawl was quite hilarious as well Joe yelling out I’m a cop and still got his ass tackled. Then on the other side we got the girls (hey Felicity boo I miss you but not enough to start watching Arrow again) saving the day. I was sooo excited Iris really is such a boss I love it. I know people are still mad about KF from last season but I have no recollection of S3😉 The writers really came through with their promise to focus on Iris and Caitlyn’s relationship this season and I personally am here for it. Amunete was instantly eating crackers with me looking like cultural appropriation Barbie with them faux locs🙄🙄🙄. Her powers are…interesting does she just carry that sack of metal with her everywhere? But I digress good times guys can’t wait for the podcast.

  14. FOR THE PODCAST
    SUP FAM, so glad y’all recording a day later Bc I just finished the episode and I got thots!!! Let’s get into them!!

    Let’s start with this lame ass bachelor party… these niggas really planned to watch home movies…?!? Shout out to Mr Fantastic adjace Bc 4.99 steak 🥩 and chicken 🐓 sounds amazing, but the down side is you can’t touch the shoe 👠 models and they take your 📱 (androids I understand) … where Dey do dat at… y’all can ask my nigga Peter about the shoe 👠 shows in my city!!!!

    Anyways let’s get to the new meta, is this niggas tears molly adjace…? Then was I the only one wondering if he’d eaten his whole time in chains…? They didn’t get this nigga a single 🍟 from big belly burger!! He was looking like one of them starving children in Africa that make you feel bad for 3 mins!!! Then when they finally outsmart the villain it turned into the walking dead and they let her just run away and didn’t ask him no questions… I was blowed!!

    That’s all I got can’t wait to hear 👂🏾 the podcast!! Oh and I’m glad they touched on feminism(these are important issues for feminists like myself) and Barry was real af Bc rose 🌹 couldn’t shared the fucking door 🚪 with jack!! ✌🏾

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