Learning to accept that everything that happens in our lives, both good and bad, happens for a reason and is essential in molding the person we become is never easy. Even when we think we have moved on and gotten over an event, it can actually be the one thing that is holding us back, but we don’t realize it until we are forced to face the truth.
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With Barry/Flash gone, Team Flash is left distraught and searching for clues as to what went wrong. There first clue comes when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) vibes while touching what’s left of Flash’s suit. He sees Barry (Grant Gustin) alive and well but has no clue as to where he is.
Waking up in his childhood bedroom in the house he shared with his Mother and Father, Barry is extremely confused. When he comes down the stairs he sees Joe (Jesse L. Martin), in his Police Uniform, investigating the scene of his Mother’s death.
When Barry calls to Joe, he discovers that it’s not Joe. He is stuck in the Speed Force and it is using familiar faces and places in effort to get through to him. Needless to say this is an extremely “trippy” experience for Barry and it takes him a moment to digest that he is speaking with the Speed Force, not a real person.
Requesting to go back to his Earth because his friends and the people are in danger because of Zoom, he is told he cannot go back until he catches what appears to be a speeding black shadow.
Barry doesn’t hesitate, darting out the door in pursuit of the mysterious shadow. When he pauses in exhaustion, he finds Iris (Candice Patton) waiting. She asks him to sit. They need to talk. He knows instantly this is not Iris and demands to know why they are keeping him here.
Iris points out to Barry that they are not happy that he rejected his rare and precious gift. Barry quickly counters pointing out that he didn’t reject his power he gave it up to save Wally, to be the hero.
He then asks why they gave it to him in the first place and Iris simply states “You’re the Flash, Barry.”
Their conversation is interrupted by Cisco, who, while vibing, and with the aid of Harry (Tom Cavanagh), has found a way to create a vortex in which he can reach into the Speed Force to bring Barry back. Barry wants to go, but Iris points out that if he does he returns without his speed.
Asking again what he needs to do to return with his speed, Iris tells him he needs to catch the mysterious shadow. Barry hesitates, but knows he is useless back on Earth without his speed. He just watches in despair as the vortex closes. As it does, the shadow darts by and off goes Barry after it.
Next Barry comes upon his Father, Henry (John Wesley Shipp), at his Mother’s grave. A gravesite that Barry never once came to even though he had many opportunities. Although Barry has stated that he is at peace with his Mother’s death, in reality he is not. He continues to feel guilty for not saving her when he went back in time to do so. He should be the one that is dead not her.
Henry points out all the countless lives he’s saved as the Flash, who would be dead had he not made the decision to not change history. By saving himself he has saved many. His Mother would not hold him responsible.
Reminding Barry that he is the only one standing between his world and the unstoppable evil that has taken hold of Central City, but he can’t leave until he catches the shadow figure.
So off goes Barry, back on the chase, this time landing at his childhood home, with his Mother (Michelle Harrison) sitting and waiting for him.
He knows this is not his Mother, but he is drawn to her. He misses his Mother deeply. He questions why they are doing this to him.
His Mother questions whether he has found a way to accept who he has become? Acknowledging that he can never stop bad things from happening, but he can accept that he has done the best he can in that particular situation. She also adds that she misses him and is proud of him and the man he has become.
A touching moment where Barry’s Mother reads aloud his favorite childhood book “Dinosaur on the Run” becomes the catalyst that moves Barry to finally accepting his fate and letting go of his guilt.
Telling him he’s ready, the mysterious shadow appears right in front of him. It is none other than his alter-ego the Flash.
Meanwhile back on Earth…
As if the day couldn’t get any worse for Barry and Team Flash, Iris and Cisco discover one of the dead metas stored in the morgue at Star Labs has reanimated thanks to the energy discharged during the recreation of the particle accelerator. Yes, they are now dealing with a Walking Dead Meta.
The reanimated meta is Girder (Greg Finley), the high school bully whose power was the ability to infuse the metal of whatever he touched. Smashing through the Star Lab walls, he meanders on a path of destruction. When analyzing this, the Team realizes his goal is to track down Iris.
Knowing this, Iris uses herself as a decoy to lure Girder back to Star Labs where they will use electromagnetic energy to wipe his power source down, thus killing him, again.
Unfortunately, the batteries aren’t strong enough and although Girder is a bit stunned, he’s still standing. Iris, Cisco and Joe hustle out of the room and to the breach room where Henry, Harry and Jessie, who’s still in a coma, are.
Girder might be moving at zombie slow speed, but he eventually makes it to breach room doors and begins to pound. Knowing the only person who can help them is Barry, Cisco, with Iris, try the vibing/vortex to reach out Barry in the Speed Force.
Fortunately their timing is perfect. Barry is ready, reaching out to Iris who pulls him out of the Speed Force and back to Earth. Moving quickly he creates an electric turbine by running around Girder, thus depleting his energy and eliminating him once and for all.
The Speed Forces Magic Touch
Beyond his speed, it turns out Barry has also attained what appears to be a healing touch. When reaching for Jessie (Violet Beane) hand, who is in a coma, his hand sparks and she is awaken.
Barry and Iris Seal Their Fate
While at his Mother’s grave Barry confesses that the sound of Iris’ voice will always bring him home. It is time to see what they have together as a couple.
Zoom Gives Caitlin an Ultimatum
Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) must either join Zoom (Teddy Sears) or succumb to the horrific fate of all her friends and the people of Central City once Zoom and all his Meta Minions are done with the city.
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