In life, it’s not always about playing defense; sometimes the only way to survive is by playing offense.
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While locked up at Star Labs, Dr. Light confesses she didn’t want to kill Flash, and killing her doppelgänger, Linda Park (Malese Jow), was her only hope of being free from Zoom. Once he found Linda’s body, he would believe she failed in her effort to kill Flash and she would be released from his rule. Flash (Grant Gustin) points out she’d spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder. She doesn’t care; at least she would be free.
After a little coaxing, Dr. Light reveals Zoom’s plan had she actually gone through with killing Flash. Once the task was completed, she was to take something from Flash and toss it into the portal. This would be a sign to Zoom that Flash was dead and she could come home.
With this knowledge, Barry/Flash concocts a plan to fake a battle with Dr. Light in which he dies. Believing this would bring Zoom to them, at which time they could shoot Zoom with a Speed Dampener Dart, hopefully slowing him down enough to stop him.
The rest of the Team feel this is too risky, but Barry/Flash and Harry (Tom Cavanagh),Wells from Earth 2, believe this is the only way to get ahead of Zoom, by using the element of surprise.
Trusty detective Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) has done some in depth research into possible skills Dr. Light might be capable of, one of which is invisibility. Joe is too pre-occupied to listen, and brushes her off.
Proving Patty right, Dr. Light skillfully hacks the security system, discards her clothes and goes invisible, allowing her to escape when Cisco opens the door to the containment chamber.
With Dr. Light gone, they have to go back to square one. Or do they? They still have Linda, and Dr. Light’s clothing. With a little convincing, in the form of Barry revealing to Linda that he is Flash, Linda agrees to play the part of Dr. Light in the charade with Flash, but she needs some way to actually shoot starlight.
In steps Cisco (Carlos Valdes), creating some really cool gloves that can actually blast light. With a little tweaking of the gloves and training Linda how to use them, they’re ready to put their plan in motion.
Through all the planning, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is still walking the trust tight rope with Harry. Believing he’s hiding something, he suggests Cisco use his “vibe” skills to find out his secret. Cisco’s initial attempts meet with extreme backlashing from Harry, who is way too smart to not figure out what he’s up to. It’s only by chance that a fumbled spill of WD40 allows Cisco to make the right connection, thus “vibing” Zoom (Tony Todd) keeping a woman named Jesse (Violett Beane) captive.
In addition, Joe can’t help but believe Barry is living in the past, making his decisions based on what happened with Reverse Flash. Questioning Barry as to why he’s putting his faith in the man wearing the face of his mother’s killer, Barry tells him he just wants to prevent any more collateral damage from metas coming to kill him on Zoom’s orders. Joe’s not convinced, but can’t stop him from moving forward with the plan.
The faux fight turns out to be a flop. Zoom does not show. Harry is furious, now what will he do to save his daughter? Barry/Flash however is somewhat relieved. He confesses to Joe that he’s been letting Wells’ comment about never being happy get to him. Joe tells him that’s just Wells trying to get into his head one final time. He can’t listen to that or he’ll never win. He needs to think hard about what he wants.
That one’s a no brainer, like a heat seeking missile Barry tracks Patty down at the station and plants one juicy kiss on her. Nothing like a little romance in the middle of all the superhero stuff.
This moment is short lived. Zoom is in town, and has taken Linda. Using her as bait, he lures Flash to the roof of Star Labs. Flash darts to rescue Linda after Zoom drops her off the roof, then goes after Zoom. He finds out quickly even his best may not be enough to defeat this monster.
When creating a lightning bolt with his speed fails, Flash resorts to a chase, leading to a free fall off the roof. Using terminal velocity to match Zoom’s speed, Flash battles Zoom as they fall. It’s a great plan until they hit the ground and Zoom gets the better of Flash, using the Speed Damper Dart on him and flipping him around like a ragdoll.
With Flash limp and dangling in his beastly claws, Zoom drags him all over Central City to prove he is no superhero and he has won. His final stop is Star Labs. Before Zoom exits, Cisco is able to shoot one dart into the back of Zoom’s neck, but, will this be enough to slow him down so they can defeat him?
With Barry stable, but in a coma, Joe attacks Harry, blaming him for everything. Cisco jumps between them and confronts Harry asking him who Jessie is. Harry confesses Jesse is his daughter and she was taken by Zoom. The only way he can get her back is to stop Zoom. He was unsuccessful on his earth and thought Barry/Flash could help. He now knows he was wrong.
This tidbit of insight may be a little too late for Barry though, when he comes out of his coma, he discovers he can’t feel his legs. No legs, no Flash.
Is this the end of Flash or a new beginning?
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