The Flash Recap: “Potential Energy”

Being a Superhero can be hazardous to one’s love life.

**** NEWS FLASH – SPOILERS AHEAD ****

With Barry (Grant Gustin) and Patty’s (Shantel VanSanten) relationship progressing as fast as Barry/Flash can run, the secret of his Superhero identity weighs heavy on his mind. Nightmares of Zoom killing her haunt him. Will telling her the truth keep her out of harm’s way or make her a target?

The Flash -- "Potential Energy" -- Image FLA210b_0078b -- Pictured (L-R): Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Potential Energy” — Image FLA210b_0078b — Pictured (L-R): Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Turns out if the bad guy has enough smarts, he can figure out who’s precious to the Flash without even saying a word. Thus setting up the very scenario Barry/Flash has been hoping to avoid.

Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) have decided it may be best to find a way to steal Zoom’s speed instead of slowing him down. With this in mind, Cisco turns to a meta-human he’s dubbed The Turtle (Aaron Douglas). Somehow this meta is able to morph time without stopping it. If they could capture him, they could figure how he uses his power and use it against Zoom.

Being a petty thief who’s stepped up his game to stealing items of immense personal value, Team Flash is able to track Turtle’s next target, the rare diamond, recently recovered and being returned to it’s original owner.

Flash’s first encounter with the Turtle proves that Harry and Cisco may be on to something. Turtle is able to slow Flash down, stopping him in tracks, and before he can regain his speed, escape.

Team Flash deciphers that Turtle is slowing down everyone around him and transferring their kinetic energy into himself, thus allowing him to temporarily speed up while everyone else appears to be standing still. The only reason Flash is able to pull away is because of the potential energy he has stored from his forward momentum.

Yes folks, there is a physics lesson amidst our superhero action.

The Flash -- "Potential Energy" -- Image FLA210b_0251b -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Potential Energy” — Image FLA210b_0251b — Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Armed with this info, Team Flash stakes out Turtle’s next potential site, a posh black tie art exhibit for a newly discovered painting that had been lost for years.

Determined to finally unveil his alter ego to Patty, Barry decides this event would be the ideal time to do so. Too bad Turtle’s timing is off and Barry spots him just as he is about to spill the beans to Patty. Darting away, leaving Patty confused and pissed off.

As if that’s not enough, Patty also sees Turtle just as he’s lifting the painting and goes all super cop on him. Turtle turns on his time morph mode, quickly takes her gun and holds her at gunpoint. As Flash makes his entrance, Turtle spots his special attachment to Patty and shoots at the chandelier above her head. Persevering against the time morph, Flash is able to push Patty out of danger, but he’s not fast enough to save himself. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Jay (Teddy Sears) hustle to get Flash out of the building before Patty comes to.

The Flash -- "Potential Energy" -- Image FLA210b_0107b -- Pictured: Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Potential Energy” — Image FLA210b_0107b — Pictured: Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Attempting to make things right, Barry goes to see Patty. Choosing not to give a valid reason for his sudden disappearance the night before only fuels Patty’s heartache and temper. She’s done with the way things are going and he better decide what he wants, and fast.

Things go from bad to worse for Barry, when Turtle takes Patty, Flash’s most precious possession. Working against the clock, Team Flash pieces together a profile of Turtle in hopes of figuring out where he’s holding Patty. Realizing he is a collector of things and apparently people is the key to finding him. They hit pay dirt when they discover his ex-wife was the archivist of antiquities at the Maydel Library, which stores its property in a warehouse.

As Team Flash works to find Turtle’s whereabouts, Patty finds out Turtle’s desire to hurt people by taking that which they value was motivated by his wife who took him for granted and wanted to leave him. He couldn’t let that happen, so he made her his forever, revealing her body encased in a full-size display case, which is what he plans to do to Patty.

Flash shows up in the knick of time and is more prepared for this time warp battle, catching Turtle off guard, he’s able to defeat him and save Patty, but, still holds back on revealing his secret identity.

Barry may be a day late and dollar short when he shows up at the Police Station intend to finally come clean. Patty has decided to leave Central City and finally follow her dream to be a Crime Scene Investigator. She had deferred her plans to go to school for forensic science to catch her Father’s killer, and with that behind her it’s time to move on.

JOE WEST FATHER OF THE YEAR – NOT!

Barry isn’t the only one with relationship issues. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) discovers his son Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) didn’t come to town to get to know him, but to drag race to raise money to pay for his mother’s medical bills. Further rubbing Joe’s nose into the fact that he was not there for either Wally or his mother. Making it very clear, he wants nothing to do with Joe and his new family. Or does he?

The Flash -- "Potential Energy" -- Image FLA210a_0363b -- Pictured (L-R): Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Potential Energy” — Image FLA210a_0363b — Pictured (L-R): Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

IN ADDITION –

There might be hope for Caitlin and Jay if they can find a way to get Jay’s speed back, if not, Jay will die and Caitlin will again lose the man she loves. Will this beautiful scientist ever get a break?

If we didn’t already suspect there isn’t anything Harry wouldn’t do to save his daughter, he confirms it when he drains Turtle of his time morphing power in hopes of using it on Zoom.

And, it appears Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) has risen from the grave and dashed into Flash’s world again.

How could this be if his timeline was erased?

Or, is he from Earth 2? If so, will he die at the hands of Harry who will take his identity in order to go after Zoom? Will the history of Earth 1 repeat itself with Earth 2’s parallel characters?


About Mariann E. Danko:  A single Mom just trying to make it through every day without losing her mind. Fortunately I have a passion for writing, which is why I decided to share my thoughts and somewhat off-beat parenting tactics with all who are willing to read them. You can check them out at https://wakingthewalker.wordpress.com/ or my writers page at www.facebook.com/MariannE.DankoWriter or follow me on twitter @Danko818

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