That which does not break us makes us stronger.
**** NEWS FLASH – SPOILER AHEAD ****
Being a meta-human certainly has its advantages. A week after Zoom’s brutal attack which broke Barry/Flash’s (Grant Gustin) back, he’s actually up and trying to walk. A normal human being would be paralyzed for life. Too bad the meta-abilities don’t help heal the soul, in this area, Barry is all human.
Zoom did more than break Barry’s spine, he broke his spirit, which for a superhero can be a career ender. For Barry though, Team Flash has his back, no pun intended.
Good thing, with Gorilla Grodd back in town, and playing the perfect King Kong by taking Caitlyn (Danielle Panabaker), someone will have to step in to rescue her. Turns out that someone is Harry (Tom Cavanagh), AKA Wells from Earth 2.
Despite being adamant that he needs to return to his Earth to fight Zoom on his own, Harry is easily swayed to stick around to rescue Caitlyn. Maybe this snarky doppelgänger does have a soft side after all?
Being Wells’ double plays in their favor. Since Wells created Grodd, he was the only one Grodd would listen to. All Harry has to do is convince Grodd he’s Wells and their rescue should go off without a hitch. A little coaching from Cisco (Carlos Valdes) on Wells’ voice diction and they’re ready to roll.
All seems to be going well until Harry, as Wells, says “Please.” Grodd flips out “Father never asked. Father take.” Tossing Harry across the room like a dog toy in a rage, knowing he’s been deceived.
Harry doesn’t back down, staying in character, he calms Grodd down and gets close enough to inject him with the drugs Grodd had stolen so Caitlyn could create another Grodd to keep him company. Who would have thought a beast like this would get lonely? With Grodd down, they’re able to escape.
Through all of this, a brooding Barry is surprised when his Father Henry (John Wesley Shipp) shows up, beckoned by Iris when nothing she or Joe said would get through to Barry. Brow beating himself for his failure to take down Zoom, he has given up hope. The City saw that he is no superhero. They don’t believe in him anymore.
Henry gives him a heaping dose of reality. Comparing Barry’s situation to what he went through after being falsely accused of killing Barry’s mother. The only way to move forward is through acceptance. If he could survive that, Barry can survive this.
It was Barry’s belief in him that gave him hope, and now he’s giving it back to Barry. No more monsters can take that away from you.
Good thing Henry’s pep talk worked, because they still need to deal with one very large pissed off Grodd. Caitlyn, having a soft spot for Grodd, is adamant they not kill him. Pointing out all he wants his companionship.
In steps Harry who knows of a spot on his Earth where refugee gorillas like Grodd can roam freely, he just has to figure out which breach/portal leads to it. Once found all they need to do is lead Grodd to the portal and shoot him with the Speed Cannon.
This is where the freshly revitalized Flash comes into play. Using Caitlyn to bait Grodd out of hiding, Flash then leads him on a chase, landing at the portal. Annoyed that Caitlyn is not there, Grodd goes after Flash, who relapses, remembering the beating he took at the hands of Zoom. With Grodd about to crush Flash’s chest, Caitlyn steps out of the dark, telling Grodd she can give him what he wants, he just needs to trust her.
Grodd moves toward Caitlyn who is in the line of the portal, when Grodd gets to be where he needs to be, Caitlyn steps back and Cisco shoots him with the Speed Cannon. Grodd fights the pull of the portal.
An extra pep talk push from Henry and Flash is up, building up speed, so he can run into Grodd, forcing him into the portal. Flash is back and better then ever.
In addition, it looks like Team Flash has a new member, Harry, AKA Wells from Earth 2.
With Grodd gone, Barry now has to deal with Patty (Shantel VanSanten), who by this point is more than hurt by what have obviously been lies about why Barry has not been around. Let’s hope Barry has learned that trying to cover your tracks with lies never works when dating a detective.
Fortunately he can use the visit from his Father as an honest excuse, and even though Patty doesn’t like that he could believe she would have ill feelings toward his Father because of the prison issue, she doesn’t back off when Barry goes in for the kiss. Looks like this one’s going to get serious. Guessing Barry’s going to have to fess up about his secret identity soon, or he could lose his savvy detective girlfriend for good.
Cisco also gets a shot at redemption with Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée), the barista, after having run out on their first date because he freaked when he “vibed” some winged creature when she touched him. Kendra too forgives easily, accepting Cisco’s excuse of having to run off for police business. Leaning in for a kiss, Cisco “vibes” again, this time, the winged creature he sees turns and he realizes it is Kendra as Hawkgirl, he’s just fine with that.
Team Flash is off next week for the Holiday, but will return December 1st and 2nd with a Flash/Arrow crossover. Flash “Legends of Today” on the 1st, and Arrow “Legends of Yesterday” on the 2nd. “Heroes Join Forces” looks to be two hours of action packed TV giving us the best of Central and Starling City.
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