The Flash Recap: “The Reverse Flash Returns”

No matter how fast you run, the truth will always catch-up to you, even when you’re the Flash.

**** NEWS FLASH – SPOILERS AHEAD ****

Since Patty’s (Shantel VanSanten) announcement that she’s leaving town to attend CSI School, Barry (Grant Gustin) has been playing the avoidance game. Patty wants to leave on amicable terms, but no matter how much she pushes, Barry won’t budge, even when the truth of who he really is could keep Patty in Central City.

The Flash -- "The Reverse Flash Returns" -- Image FLA211a_0353b -- Pictured (L-R): Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211a_0353b — Pictured (L-R): Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Love life aside, Barry/Flash has a much bigger issue looming over his head. Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) is back in town. Time jumping from the future, where his timeline is protected by a speed force, he has time traveled to this present time strictly to find out all he can about Flash.

Unfortunately, getting back to his time is not that simple and he needs help, which is what forces Flash and Reverse-Flash to collide in this timeline, creating a rupture in both present and future timelines.

In a search of a way back to his time, Reverse-Flash kidnaps Dr. McGee (Amanda Pays) on the grounds that she build him a speed transporter with tachyons and once completed she will be free.

Oh like any villain is ever truthful.

The Flash -- "The Reverse Flash Returns" -- Image FLA211b_0152b -- Pictured (L-R): Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash, Grant Gustin as The Flash, and Amanda Pays as Christina McGee -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211b_0152b — Pictured (L-R): Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash, Grant Gustin as The Flash, and Amanda Pays as Christina McGee — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Cisco (Carlos Valdes), with the aid of some new fangled goggles that trigger his fear center, thus allowing him to “vibe” on command, sees Reverse-Flash killing Dr. McGee. Fortunately, what Cisco sees is in the future and the clock on the wall in his vision reveals the exact time of death, unless Flash can stop this from happening.

Team Flash finds themselves in a race against time to track down where Reverse-Flash is holding Dr. McGee and stop him, not just from killing the Doctor, but escaping.

The Flash -- "The Reverse Flash Returns" -- Image FLA211b_0028b -- Pictured (L-R): Amanda Pays as Christina McGee and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211b_0028b — Pictured (L-R): Amanda Pays as Christina McGee and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Barry wants nothing more than to exact revenge on Reverse-Flash for killing his Mother, but in Reverse-Flash’s timeline he has not yet killed Barry’s Mother. Her death is a fixed point in time and cannot be changed even if Barry/Flash would kill Reverse-Flash. Barry/Flash has nothing to gain and by doing so, would disrupt their present timeline creating a ripple effect that could not be reversed.

This doesn’t stop Flash from coming close to doing just that when he breaks in to save Dr. McGee and destroy the speed transporter. With Reverse-Flash imprisoned in the tube, Team Flash feels vindicated, well sort of.

The Flash -- "The Reverse Flash Returns" -- Image FLA211b_0066b -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash and Amanda Pays as Christina McGee -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211b_0066b — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash and Amanda Pays as Christina McGee — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Turns out by capturing Reverse-Flash they are already changing his timeline, which is tied to Cisco’s, whose present gift of “vibing” was bestowed on Cisco by Harrison Wells, whose identity is stolen by Reverse-Flash when he comes from the future to the past to kill Flash’s Mother.

This creates a time paradox, which will erase Cisco from existence. The only way Cisco can be saved is by sending Reverse-Flash back to his time. It’s up to Flash to work with Reverse-Flash to create a wormhole so Reverse-Flash can be transported back to his time.

As Harry points out, this is Reverse-Flash’s origin story. This is how he finds out all about Flash and Star Labs, and, as it turns out, Harrison Wells. There is nothing they can do to stop everything from playing out as it did, but they can save Cisco, and let go of Reverse-Flash for good.

Without hesitation, Barry/Flash does what needs to be done to save Cisco.

All that Barry had been running from hits him square in the face and although letting go of both good (Patty) and bad (Reverse-Flash) can be extremely challenging, in the end it is guaranteed to bring growth, even for a Superhero.

The Flash -- "The Reverse Flash Returns" -- Image FLA211a_0418b -- Pictured (L-R): Candice Patton as Iris West and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211a_0418b — Pictured (L-R): Candice Patton as Iris West and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The West Family Unites

Even if Francine’s (Vanessa Williams) presence in Central City was not met with open arms from Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris (Candice Patton), her grave illness has brought about a change of heart for both of them, allowing old wounds to heal. In addition, by opening up about the loss of Eddie, Iris is able to touch a vein with Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale), who has been running from dealing with his Mother’s eventual passing. United, Iris and Wally go to see their Mother, which is her dying wish, to have her children together.

Can Jay be saved?

In a relentless pursuit to save Jay (Teddy Sears), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) attempts to find his doppelganger, hoping his healthy cells will help reverse Jay’s dying cells. As it turns out, Jay has already gone this route and it’s a dead end. Although he does have a double on Earth 1, his DNA was mutated when he became the Flash on Earth 2 and the only way to save him is by catching Zoom.

Patty gets her answer.

In a smooth move, Patty calls Barry pleading for help because there is supposedly someone on the train to Midway City with a gun. Without hesitation Barry, as Flash, comes to the rescue. As can be expected it was all a farce to flush Flash out. Content, Patty can move on, knowing her suspicion was correct, and all is good.

How did Barry not see this one coming? Patty is a cop for goodness sake. She wouldn’t hesitate to take anyone down. Why would she call Barry for help? I mean really. Love is most definitely blind.


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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