The Flash suffered a devastating loss last week. In “Funeral for a Friend,” Team Flash has a hard time moving on after the loss of a team member. 

Last week, Frost (Danielle Panabaker) defeated Deathstorm and absorbed his energy. It was too much and she died protecting Caitlin (Panabaker). The one thing she was born to do. 

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MOVING ON

The team mourns the lost of Frost on The Flash

The Flash — “Funeral for a Friend” — Image Number: FLA814a_0265r.jpg — Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Team Flash is devastated. What makes it worse is that they can’t freely express their grief. So when a new meta criminal, Blockbuster robs a bank, the grief is too much for the team to function. Blockbuster gets away easily. Barry (Grant Gustin) calls a team meeting to try and cheer the team up so they can focus. Unfortunately, he didn’t tell Caitlin. When she shows up, she tells the team that she won’t be going to the funeral. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) takes over the meeting and tells everyone to find a way to honor Frost’s memory. It’s the only way they are going to heal individually. 

IRIS

Iris (Candice Patton) is having a hard time writing Frost’s obituary. She can’t be too personal or people will know she’s a member of Team Flash. She asks one of her staff writers to write the obit. Iris takes the finished product to Dr. Carla Tannhauser (Susan Walters) to look at. Carla is a little hurt that Iris didn’t write the obit. Iris admits she didn’t know Frost as well as she should. She thought she had more time to get to know her. Carla says Frost didn’t care what people thought about her. She just wanted to protect people. It is her legacy.

Iris takes a different approach to honoring Frost by inviting people who were impacted by Frost’s heroism to her podcast, Citizentopia. She interviews a couple who Frost saved, the prosecuting lawyer in Frost’s criminal case, and a former criminal. The couple were under attack by Bloodwork’s blood brothers. Frost showed up and saved them. That couple ended up getting married.

The lawyer was impressed with how Frost handled the court case. She even sought out Frost after she was released to ask for her forgiveness. Frost says she was just doing her job but maybe she should get a better one. The next day the lawyer quit the state prosecutor’s office and now defends metas.

Frost caught the former vandal spray painting a tag on public property. She stopped him and told him to stop. If it wasn’t for Frost, he would be in jail. Instead, he’s opening his first art exhibit. 

CHESTER AND ALLEGRA

Chester (Brandon McKnight) and Allegra (Kayla Compton) are trying to think of a way to honor Frost. He comes up with an idea to encase Frost’s hero costume, but make it cold. Like a snow globe. They start bickering but are interrupted by an alert of a disturbance at O’Shaughnessy’s bar. The disturbance is Mark Blaine (Jon Cor). He’s drunk and being disorderly. He even froze the bartender’s hand to the bar. Allegra melts the ice so the bartender can get away. 

When Mark sees the two and wants to party until he sees a happy couple come in. Allegra and Chester make Mark sit down and try to figure out what to do next with “Chill-booze.” They start bickering again and Mark stops them. He says they aren’t even fighting, but helping the other see their world in their own unique way. Frost did that for him. He didn’t get a chance to show her his world, but he’s happy he got to see hers.

Allegra and Chester take Mark back to the lab so he can sleep off the alcohol. They apologize to each other for fighting over a dip. They decide to listen to each other to figure out how to honor Frost. Allegra likes Chester’s idea about encasing the costume, but she wants to make one change. She puts Frost’s denim jacket in place of the costume. Frost told her she first felt like a hero in that jacket and now that’s how they will always remember her. 

BARRY

Barry decides to honor Frost by completing her bucket list. He builds a snowman on the top of Mount Everest and masters ice sculpting. Next he quickly displays Frost’s art in the Louvre museum. And finally he wins the CCPD hotdog eating contest.

Something doesn’t feel right. Barry doesn’t think he did enough to honor Frost. Mark wakes up and is impressed that Barry completed the list. Barry says it doesn’t feel complete. Mark says Frost didn’t live for the thrills, she lived to take care of the people she loved. She was literally born to be Caitlin’s savior and she never lost sight of that. Barry knows how to honor Frost’s memory but it seems impossible.

CAITLIN

The team mourns the lost of Frost on The Flash

The Flash — “Funeral for a Friend” — Image Number: FLA814a_0057r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Caitlin is really taking Frost’s death hard. She’s not sleeping well. She packs up Frost’s things but then sits alone in the dark holding Frost’s shirt. The next day, Barry stops by to apologize to Caitlin. Caitlin forgives him and says she’s good. It’s obvious she doesn’t want to deal with any heavy feelings. He sees her bottle of melatonin and asks if she had trouble sleeping. Caitlin admits to having trouble sleeping but she promises that she’s medically okay. 

Barry tries to talk Caitlin into going to the funeral, making her angry. Caitlin says this is about Barry needing to be the hero. She’s not in distress and needs to grieve in her own way. She asks Barry to leave. Barry agrees to leave but needs to ask one question. WWFW. What Would Frost Want? Caitlin knows exactly what Frost would have wanted.

Frost asked Caitlin to not shut herself off from her or the team. Frost was always the voice inside her head and made Caitlin feel strong. When Frost died, her singing, her laugh, and her voice that made Caitlin whole died too. Caitlin is afraid if she sees Frost in a casket, she will know that she’s gone for good. Barry says Frost’s voice is still inside of Caitlin. As long as that is true, Frost will never really be gone. All Caitlin has to do is listen to Frost.

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

Caitlin goes to the funeral and gives the eulogy. She says Frost will live on in her selflessness, her unique way of seeing the world and her deep love for family and friends. As long as they all keep those parts of her alive within themselves, Frost will never be truly gone. Caitlin stands by the casket and tells Frost that she will keep her alive. The rest of the team join her in saying goodbye to Frost.

After the funeral, the team goes to Joe’s house. They start sharing memories about Frost. They get an alert about Blockbuster, leaving Joe and Caitlin to continue to share memories. Joe leaves to make coffee. While he’s gone, Caitlin makes a mysterious phone call saying she needs to talk to someone.

When Caitlin returns home, Mark is waiting for her outside of her apartment. She’s carrying a genome sequencer. When he gets inside, he finds that Caitlin turned her living room into a lab. She has a sample of Frost’s hair that she cut at the funeral. Caitlin wants to bring Frost back to life and needs Mark to help her do it. 

At the Citizen, reporter Taylor (Rachel Drance) – the one who hates Allegra – submits her story about the Flash capturing Blockbuster. Taylor tells Iris that she’s happy to have her back. She turns around to finish submitting the story for print but forgot her phone. When she reenters Iris’ office, Iris is gone. There is a speck of neon green particles dancing in Iris’ chair.

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