So, in this episode, a woman with the ability to teleport to any location she can see breaks into Iron Heights to break out her boyfriend, Clay Parker. It’s pretty neat, the way that this was presented because she uses a small telescope to get long distances. Barry finds residual DNA particles all over the crime scene after a successful breakout and when analyzing it at S.T.A.R. Labs the team identifies the woman almost instantly as Shawna Baez. I loved that in this episode Barry got to be inside the jail and actually be around his dad not through glass. He decides to help Barry’s investigation by using his connections in the prison to find information. He finds out that Clay owed money to a local crime boss, who was also planning a major heist.
Some things happen in the meantime in which Barry runs into them and finds out Shawna’s ability to teleport which he can honestly almost keep up with. Barry also moves faster than he ever has when he very nearly dodges a bullet completely, showing that his training is paying off.
Cisco’s curiosity gets the better of him when he goes to Hartley to find out more about Ronnie. Hartley reveals that a man named Dr. Stein developed research into a F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project focused on transmuting elements or mixing two things to create one element. He was at STAR Labs the night of the particle accelerator explosion. Hartley reveals that during the explosion Ronnie and Dr. Stein merged, before he escapes Cisco’s custody with his sonic hearing aid trick….again.
Barry eventually learns the location of the big heist with the help of his father and creatively squeezing a man who stabbed his father for information. He stops Shawna by breaking all of the lights in a tunnel, limiting her vision and making it so she could not teleport away. Clay got away, and left her there to get caught.
Later, Barry and his father talk about the Flash and his dad pretty much tells Barry that he knows he is the Flash and that he is really proud of him. Barry doesn’t tell him that he is right but, it had to mean a lot to him. Also, The Flash’s relationship with Iris gets a slight repair when he helps her get an article and she snaps an actual photo of him while he is running and it is very familiar. I don’t know for sure but, it looks a lot like the picture they used for the article from the future that Dr. Wells was looking at about the disappearance of the The Flash.
At the end of the episode, two city workers are seen in the sewers talking about how they have been getting reports of noises down there and come upon a wall with one word scratched into it over and over again, “Grodd.” We get our first glimpse of the villain as he attacks and drags one of them away! I am so ridiculously pumped for this! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that I am so glad that was not just an Easter Egg in the first episode!
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