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The Flash Season 2 “Back to Normal” Recap

The Flash -- "Back to Normal" -- Image: FLA219b_0036b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Barry is without his powers, a meta human kidnaps what he thinks is Earth-1’s Harrison Wells and Caitlin comes face to face with her doppleganger while Wally wants Joe to arrange a meet and greet with the Flash.

Wally Fanboys The Flash

Wally goes the CCPD in hopes that Joe would arrange a meeting with the Flash so he can thank him in person for sacrificing his speed for him. Wally pretty much figured out his dad knew the Flash when Zoom mentioned that the Scarlet Speedster knew someone that cared for Wally. Joe rebuffs his son and says he can’t arrange a meeting. When Wally drops by again, Joe has the same answer. When Wally explains how before the Flash saved he, his life had no direction and now that he has this second chance, he won’t waste and needs to thank the Flash for that. Joe says he will arrange the meeting. And on a rooftop, we see Wally thank the Flash for giving him his second chance and the sacrifice he made. The Flash appreciates the thanks and when he leavesm we see how happy Wally his at meeting his idol.

Caitlin Meets Killer Frost

Caitlin is on Earth-2 and in Zoom’s lair. Zoom arrives and sees that Caitlin hasn’t touched her burger and fries. Zoom insists that she eat but Caitlin refuses to talk to him while he is wearing his mask. So Zoom speeds away and comes back as Hunter. Hunter tells Caitlin that he would never hurt her because he loves her and calls her by her nickname. Caitlin doesn’t want Hunter to call her that and when she does call Hunter by his real nam, we see him flash to the night his dad murdered his mom. Hunter tells Caitlin that she will soon learn to love him once again and breaks her shackles. When Hunter takes off, Caitlin explores the lair and finds the Man in the Iron Mask continuing to rap the glass and also finds Killer Frost in the other jail cell. Killer Frost makes snide comments about Caitlin’s appearance but the two strike a deal where Caitlin will help break Killer Frost free in exchange for her help in leaving Zoom’s lair. While Caitlin sets about helping break Killer Frost free we learn a few differences between the two. Killer Frost dropped out of medical school and had a brother named Charlie. However, both Caitlin and Killer Frost’s have mom’s that are super cold.

Caitlin does manage to break the carbine wall so that it shatters like glass. However, Killer Frost goes back on the deal and tries to kill Caitlin as she now knows why Zoom kept her alive. But Zoom arrives and impales and kills Killer Frost with one of her icicles. Zoom then warns Caitlin that is she tries to help the Man in the Iron Mask, he will die too.

Caitlin is now back in shackles and is begging Hunter to take her back to her Earth. The way Caitlin pleads reminds Hunter of her mom’s pleading. Hunter tells Caitlin that he has a new goal and that is to conquer as many Earths as possible starting with hers since his has been brought to its knees.

Life in the Slow Lane

This week’s meta human of the week, Griffin Grey, was played by local Vancouver actor Haig Sutherland. I mention this because I’ve seen Haig on numerous occasions on the Bard on the Beach stage. A couple of seasons ago, Haig was in a production of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream playing Francis Flute and if you know the play, there is another play within where he played the part of Thisbe and he was so funny and doing so much ad-libbing that the show would always run longer that it’s initial running time.

So we see Barry back to what he was before the particle accelerator exploded: waking up, changing at a normal pace, waiting in line for coffee, and doing his case work at normal speed. When he goes back to STAR Labs, Harry pretty much blames Barry for everything and is going after Jesse because with a breach now open he fears for her safety.

Harry finds Jesse living with a room mate and tries to get her to come back with him. But Jesse refuses as she can;t go back to a man that killed someone in the name of protecting her and she actually fears her father more than Zoom.

On the way back to STAR Labs, Harry’s van is ambushed by Griffin Grey who uses the super strength he acquired from the particle accelerator explosion to stop the van and kidnap him. When Cisco gets an alert about the van and views the dashcam footage the see the kidnapping.

The Flash -- "Back to Normal" -- Image: FLA219a_0027b.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Flash — “Back to Normal” — Image: FLA219a_0027b.jpg — Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Barry and Iris arrive at the van’s last known location and he goes all CSI to gather evidence to find who kidnapped Harry but first the two go and get Jesse to let her know about her dad.

At the Central City Amusement Park, Griffin wants Harry to fix him but he doesn’t see the problem of having super strength. Griffin explains that at first it was cool but then shows him a picture of himself last year and in it, he is a teenager. Harry realizes Griffin his again and the meta human wants his help to stop it.

Team Flash figure out it is Griffin Grey and figure out he is robbing Ace Chemicals. Cisco, Barry and Joe arrive and the three try and stop Griffin. Alas, Griffin keeps on tossing stuff at our heroes and one barrel hits Barry pretty hard and he is down for the count but he does see Griffin age right in front of him. Griffin escapes and Team Flash go back to STAR Labs so Barry can be patched up.

Jesse figures out that each time Griffin exerts himself, he will age so the way to beat him is to let him use his strength so he becomes an old man. Cisco and Jesse leave to figure out how to modify the Flash suit so Barry can take on Griffin sans powers. Barry looks at his suit and tells Iris that she was the first person he saved after he got his powers and recounts saving her from the cars coming at her in the Pilot. It was a sweet WestAllen moment and we see Iris clearly moved at how Barry will always be there to save her kind of like how Clark will always be there to save Lois in the Superman universe.

Back at the Central City Amusement Park, Harry is using the chemicals Griffin stole to make a cure. Griffin yells at Harry for causing so much destruction and pain and didn’t care as the only person he cares about is himself.

The Flash -- "Back to Normal" -- Image: FLA219b_0077b.jpg -- Pictured Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Flash — “Back to Normal” — Image: FLA219b_0077b.jpg — Pictured Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Jesse uses her dad’s meta human watch to locate him at Central City Amusement Park and joins Team Flash in getting her dad back. The Flash suit has been fitted with dwarf star alloy, the same material from Ray’s Atom suit, but it only protects his chest area and can only absorb one of Griffin’s punches. At the amusement park, Cisco and Joe get Griffin to exert himself by tossing a bumper car. When the Flash arrives for his part, Griffin punches him and we see him starting to age into an old man. Eventually, Griffin exerts himself too much and he ages really old and collapses. When Barry turns him over, we see that Griffin has turned back into his 18-year old self. It is no 100% clear on whether or not he is dead or not but I am going to say he is dead.

Back at STAR Labs and their quarters, Harry and Jesse come to an understanding where he will become the father she can be proud of while she promises not to run away again.

Later, Harry tells Barry that he will help get his speed back by recreating the particle accelerator explosion, which I am going to assume will work before the season finale because if it doesn’t then we won’t have a show.

 

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