Since the STAR Labs satellite exploded on The Flash, the team has had their hands full. The satellite was so full of dark matter that it gave meta powers to anything or anyone the pieces hit. All we know about Orlin Dwyer, aka Cicada (Chris Kline) is that he was hit with part of the satellite core. And maybe his daughter, Gracie Gibbons (Islie Hirvonen) was too. But Gracie is in a coma under the care of Dr. Ambres (Lossen Chambers).
Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team figured out that Cicada is a father. So they focused their search on people who were hurt in the explosion and that’s how they found Gracie and a set of twins. Barry takes his investigation to the hospital where Orlin is watching over Gracie. Orlin hears him coming and hides. He checks his dagger to make sure Barry isn’t a meta. Dr. Ambres stops Barry before he enters Gracie’s room. She diverts his investigation by telling him that Gracie’s parents are dead. Barry looks at her chart and leaves. Afterward, Dr. Ambres tells Orlin to stay away from the hospital for his own safety.
So here’s the story of how Orlin became Cicada. Gracie is actually Orlin’s niece, his sister’s daughter. Orlin’s sister and her husband were killed in a meta attack. Gracie was taken to live with Orlin, despite his reluctance. They had a hard time adjusting at first, but eventually the two got a new house and decided to make a fresh start.
After the first year, Orlin took Gracie to the carnival to celebrate. That was the same night as the Enlightenment. Gracie saw the purple haze that affected everyone at the carnival, making them go to sleep. Orlin was the last to fall. When he woke up, people were screaming and running everywhere. He grabbed Gracie and tried to get to safety. They were both hit by debris from the satellite. Gracie was knocked unconscious. Orlin was struck in the chest by the dagger, a piece of the satellite core. Orlin was able to make it to the hospital with Gracie, where Dr. Ambres took over as her caregiver.
The West-Allen family are hosting Thanksgiving because Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) went out of town with the baby. While Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) teaches Barry how to make a pie, Iris (Candice Patton) tells Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) that not all of the Flash’s adventures were as exciting as the museum makes it sound. She admits to being really scared of never seeing Barry again when he went into the speed force. Nora compares it to how she felt when Barry disappeared from her life in the future.
At the lab, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) tries to explain to Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) why Thanksgiving is a holiday on this world. Sherloque doesn’t get it and won’t celebrate it. Caitlin joins Cisco and invites Sherloque to dinner. Sherloque turns things around, reminding them both that they haven’t had a good year. Cisco’s girlfriend broke up with him and then Cicada injured him so bad that he can’t use his powers. And Caitlin found a man who posed as her father, that turned out to be his alter ego who was trying to get rid of Thomas Snow. Not to mention the tragic history of the holiday. So what is there to be thankful for?
The team gets an alert about an energy spike at the Central City electricity power grid. Flash and XS leave to check it out. They find an experimental cold fusion core at the plant that could level the city if it explodes. And to make things worse, a lightning storm comes out of nowhere. Flash is able to block the lightning from striking the core, but his heart stops when he is hit. Caitlin instructs XS how to jump start the Flash’s heart. After multiple attempts, the Flash comes back to life to a very distraught XS.
When they return to the lab, Nora is very upset by what just happened. She even tries to blame Iris for the bad decision making that almost killed her father. After she storms off, Barry tells Iris to give Nora time to cool off. They turn their attention to the weather. There’s only one meta that they know of that could create a storm out of nowhere…the Weather Wizard, Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre). They decide to make sure Mardon didn’t escape Iron Heights.
Like Father, Like Daughter
Iris, Barry and Nora visit Iron Heights and find Mardon secure in the meta wing. Nora says that means Barry died for nothing. Barry tells her not to blame Iris for a decision they made together. Nora is still visibly upset, but now she’s throwing shade at Barry too.
The building start shaking and the wall collapses. A woman with a staff appears, wanting to see her father. Her name is Joss (Reina Hardesty) and she is Mardon’s daughter. She demands that they hand him over to her, but they refuse. Joss gives them an hour to comply or she will destroy Central City.
The Flash takes Mardon to STAR Labs and questions him about Joss. Mardon says he doesn’t know how she has powers. He hasn’t seen his daughter in years. Mardon admits to leaving Joss with her mom to become a thief.
While the Flash tries to get some answers, Iris talks to Nora to explain herself, but Nora says they are okay. They overhear Cisco and Caitlin talking about how Thanksgiving is a sham. Barry runs in with no real clue about Joss. Caitlin found information though. Joss used to conduct risky experiments with weather. Caitlin dubs her the Weather Witch…Cisco allows it only because it was the name of Joss’ blog. Nora recognizes a weather vane in one of Joss’ pictures. The vane was on top of the staff that Joss was holding. They look at a photo from the prison security cameras. The van was hit by the satellite. That’s how Joss got her powers. They only way to catch her is to give her what she wants.
Sherloque tracks Joss down before Caitlin and Cisco. And he gloats about being faster than the science guys, ha! XS and Flash take Mardon to meet Joss. At first it appears that Joss is happy to see her dad. Then she drops a truck on his head. She even thanks Flash and XS for allowing her to kill her deadbeat dad. But! That was really Mardon. It was a hologram that Iris is controlling at the lab. Joss gets really angry and leaves to destroy the city. XS pulls Flash to safety, but he’s ready to run after Joss. Nora yells at him to stop putting himself in danger. She says he doesn’t care if he lives or dies, so that means he doesn’t care how she feels either.
Give It Up
Barry finds Nora at the STAR Labs lounge. Nora explains that she has been angry her whole life because he disappeared. At first she channeled her anger toward criminals and then Iris. But she realizes now that she is mad at Barry too. Barry says he gets it, because of Joe’s job as a cop. Nora says it’s not the same because Joe never had to say goodbye knowing it was the last time. Barry did.
Barry tries to convince Nora that they have time to change the future. Nora agrees and says she found a solution. She asks Barry to give up being the Flash. It’s the only way to ensure that he lives. She says he doesn’t always have to sacrifice himself and to let others do it for once. Nora admits that she was hurt really bad when she lost him and she doesn’t want to go through that again. Barry explains that people need the Flash. Nora answers by saying she needs her dad.
Forecast Calls for Trouble
Iris and Barry watch the weather as Joss creates multiple storms around the city. Barry is a little distracted by his conversation with Nora. Iris tries to console him but they are interrupted by an alert. Joss has been spotted at the Central City airport. Barry races off to confront her.
Joss has created so much lightning that all of the people have gathered in the only safe hanger at the airport. Nora asks Iris how they fight the weather. Iris suggests using Mardon’s weather wand to counter attack Joss’ staff. She tells Nora where to find it and asks her to run it to Barry.
XS arrives at the airport with the wand. Joss stops her storm long enough to give the Flash her final warning. he refuses to give up Mardon, so Joss creates a tornado made of lightning. The only way to stop her is use the wand but that would make the Flash a human lightning rod and all of the energy will flow through his body. Barry hesitates, staring at Nora, who is scared to lose him again. But she says it’s okay, she knows he has to stop Joss.
The Flash runs in circles around Joss, absorbing the lightning. He stops and throws the lightning back at her, causing a explosion. After the explosion, the storm stops. XS looks for the Flash, but can’ see anything. The Flash emerges with Joss in handcuffs. XS runs to him and hugs him.
O Come, All Ye Thankful
Barry puts the weather vane/staff in the pipeline. Joss and Mardon were sent to Iron Heights. And Iris informs Barry that Cisco and Caitlin are skipping Thanksgiving. The scientists are in the lounge with Sherloque drinking when Killer Frost emerges. She tells them all to stop being stupid and go eat at Barry’s house. They listen and the gang all gathers for dinner
Barry talks to Nora about why he’s the Flash. Nora says she gets it. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself to save others. Even if that means leaving your loved ones behind. Barry says the only person he was thinking of was her. He is the Flash for his family. And whatever happens in the future to make him disappear, he knows he does it to keep Iris and Nora safe. Nora hopes to train enough to save Barry in the future.
Orlin goes back to the hospital, despite Dr. Ambres’ warning. He says it’s Thanksgiving and he’s there to be with his family. He remembers what happened after the dagger was removed from his chest. Dr. Ambres told him that Gracie may never wake up. Orlin blames himself, but Dr. Ambres tells him to blame the metas. After she leaves, Orlin sees a report about how the Flash saved the city. It was followed by a story about a meta bank robber. Orlin gets so upset that he decides to make things right by destroying all metas.
At STAR Labs, Caitlin, Cisco and Sherloque call Barry, Iris and Nora in. They show them footage from the hospital of Orlin visiting Gracie. He is the only visitor that Gracie has. Sherloque introduces them to Cicada.
I miss Jesse L. Martin. I hope he gets better soon. His presence is missed, especially when Barry and Iris need parenting advice. Nora’s reaction to Barry’s need to help was predictable. Sure, he’s her hero, but at some point, she had to ask him to be her dad first. And she has every right to do so, considering that they both know he won’t be in the future. However, Nora should have known that Barry would never give up being the Flash. Not after everything she learned about him in the museum.
I love Barry’s optimism. He is sure they will find a way to change his future so he can be with his family. He’s known for a while that he disappears, but he didn’t know the impact that would have on anyone. Now he knows. But at the same time, he knows there is a purpose. I wonder if we will find out the purpose sooner than later.
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