Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will do whatever it takes to stop Cicada/Orlin Dwyer (Chris Kline) on The Flash.  In this episode, “Goldfaced,” he crosses the line from hero to a criminal for an advantage. Speaking of stopping Cicada, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) asked the one person the Flash doesn’t trust for help. Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh).  But she doesn’t want her parents to know. Now Sherloque (also Tom Cavanagh) is on her trail, about to find out who she’s talking to. Iris (Candice Patton) started her own paper, the Central City Citizen…yeah…that paper. And Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) are working on a meta cure that Barry wants to use on Cicada.

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Nora and the Detective
Sherloque meets an interesting woman

Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Renee Adler and Tom Cavanagh as Sherloque Wells. Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

So apparently Nora can phase into walls and see what everyone else is up.  After spying on Sherloque, Nora knows that he’s investigating her. She runs to Eobard for help and he comes up with the perfect plan to throw off the other Wells.  Distract him with love.

Nora invites Sherloque out for tea and strategically sets up a chance encounter with a lovely lady.  Her name is Renee Adler (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and Sherloque is smitten with her. Leave it up to Sherloque’s power of deduction to scare her away.  She believes if Sherloque were to explain his detective skills, he could get another chance with Renee, but Sherloque is quick to give up.

Nora’s next step is to contact Sherloque’s ex-wives.  He has five of them. And they all look like Rene. Sherloque married the same woman from different earths. And they all divorced him.  Only four of the ex-wives show up because he owes the money. They all put him in his place and threaten to hurt him if he doesn’t pay up.  They even hired Breacher (Danny Trejo) to find Sherloque. One by one, they all return to their Earths. The last one, Irene tells Sherloque that he is destined to be alone and shouldn’t pursue this new woman.

Nora tells Sherloque that Irene was wrong and he does deserve to find love. But he can’t look at love as a mystery. He just has to let it happen.  He takes her advice and approaches Renee again. Sherloque apologizes for scaring her and assures her that he’s not stalking her. Sherloque explains that he’s a detective and proves his skills on an unsuspecting patron in Jitters.  Renee is impressed and tells Sherloque to give her a call. When she leaves Jitters, she does so with a slight telekinetic push of the door. Sherloque realizes that she’s a meta and gets scared. He turns his attention to stopping Cicada, closing his case files on Nora for now.

Iris and the Interview
Iris meets Cicada on The Flash

Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Barry helps Iris decorate her new office, but Iris is very distracted.  Her news website doesn’t have any readers. A review of the site says Iris is boring because she plays it safe. Iris wants to write about Cicada.  Barry says okay and Iris is off and running.

Iris’ first interview is with Dwyer’s boss, the floor manager at Szrek Chem.  She says she’s doing a story on the company he works for but quickly turns the conversation to Dwyer.  The floor manager is scared to talk about Dwyer, but Iris tells him that her articles helped to stop Devoe. They can stop Dwyer too.  He gives her the address to Dwyer’s cousin Robbie Burns’ house.

Iris goes to the house and takes a look around.  Dwyer comes in and Iris doesn’t have time to get out. She hides, but Dwyer knows someone is there. She makes her way to the door and makes a sound tipping off Dwyer to her location.  Iris plays it off like she just walked in the door. She tells him that she is a reporter looking for the owner of the house. He closes the door behind her and locks the door. Dwyer says he’s the owner, Robbie Burns.

Iris says she is doing a story about lead leaking into the water pipes in his neighborhood. He doesn’t really believe her though.  Iris ends the interview, grabs her purse and tries to leave. Dwyer notes that she didn’t have a bag when she walked into his house.  He attacks Iris as she runs through the house. He uses his dagger to block the door so she can’t get away. Dwyer grabs Iris in the kitchen and grabs for his dagger to stab her. Iris grabs a knife from the counter and stabs Dwyer in the chest, the same spot where the satellite debris hit him. Dwyer is so much pain that he can’t hold onto Iris. She tells him that they will beat him and leaves.  Iris immediately calls Barry.

Flash and the Elongated Man
Barry finds a dangerous weapon on The Flash

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Neil Webb as Gat — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

The meta cure is ready.  Caitlin has even pinpointed where dark matter forms meta powers in the human brain.  So if they are going to inject the cure into Cicada, they have to put it in his brain.  And it’s not an instant cure, so they would need to immobilize him for at least a minute for the cure to work. She also has an idea about how to do that.  She found a device called a neuro stasis generator that can immobilize any living organism. But…all of the existing devices have been stolen.

Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) knows a guy who can lead them to any stolen tech…Earl Cox (Paul McGillion). Earl tells them that the device is circulating on the black market. A man named Goldface (Damion Poitier) has taken over the black market. Barry has heard of him and is eager to find him. They can’t go in as heroes.  They have to pose as buyers to find the device to stop Cicada.

Caitlin goes with them as a back-up and to track their movement. As soon as they get in, they are surrounded by armed men who put power cuffs on the two metas. They are able to get into the market. Ralph is worried that Barry just looks like a cop.  Ralph tells him to play it cool while he tries to find the device.  Barry comes upon a gun that can kill a person instantly. The vendor calls the gun a cop killer. Barry asks to buy his entire inventory of guns, setting off alarms. Ralph comes back in the nick of time to remind Barry why they are there. He says Goldface has the device they are looking for.

In Too Deep
Goldface is suspicious of Barry in The Flash

Hartley Sawyer as Dibney, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Damion Poitier as Goldface — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

They make their way to Goldface’s bar.  Ralph does all of the talking, asking for the device.  Just as Goldface is about to name his price, his associate whispers in his ear, telling him about the vendor’s suspicions about Barry. Goldface changes his demeanor, demanding to know who Barry is. He has his guys hold a gun to Barry’s head.  Ralph tries to talk for him, but Goldface wants to hear what Barry has to say. Barry takes credit for a couple of well-known crimes and calls himself the Chemist. He plays the part so well that Goldface suggests that Ralph let “the Chemist” do the talking from now on.

Goldface’s price is Barry and Ralph’s help stealing a 3D printer. This printer doesn’t just duplicate objects, it duplicates body parts.  They agree but have some serious reservations about it. Ralph gives Barry a way out, but he’s is ready to see it through. He blames himself for almost blowing their cover.  Barry says if they want to stop Cicada, he can’t be worried about getting the Flash’s hands dirty. Sometimes the ends justify the means.

Barry, Ralph and Goldface’s crew arrive at the lab where the 3D printer is being made.  Ralph tricks Barry to going back into the van and locks him inside. He follows the team, explaining that Chemist is cleaning the truck of any DNA.  In the meantime, Barry finds a way out of the van.

The team searches the lab for the printer.  Ralph finds the printer and finds a brochure of kids that will benefit from the technology.  Ralph decides to knock out his partner and take the printer. Goldface’s guys see what happens and take Ralph outside to be disposed of.

When they get to the garage, Barry is waiting for them. He attacks Goldface’s men, saving Ralph.  Ralph asks how they are supposed to defeat the bad guys with no powers and no weapons. Barry says the cop killer gun has a stun setting.  It’s time to play.Just like an awesome game of laser tag, Barry and Ralph go into the lab and shoot Goldface’s men one by one.  And they never get hit with a single shot. Once they have disposed of the team, their power cuffs start flashing. They hear Goldface on the radio telling them to go outside. 

Barry faces a new metahuman on The Flash

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Goldface is in the garage waiting for them.  He says he’s going to kill them himself. They pull the stun guns out and knock him down, thinking he’s out cold. He’s not. Goldface gets up, pretty easily. See the nickname comes from his gold skeleton underneath his skin. Goldface is a meta.

The two heroes fight Goldface, but he’s really strong. The power cuffs are still on so they don’t have any powers to fight back.  While Goldface has a gold chain wrapped around Ralph’s neck, Barry sees an opportunity to stop him. Barry taunts Goldface towards him.  Goldface turns his chain on Barry, but Barry moves and the chain hits a power grid, electrocuting Goldface. Goldface is alive though, leaving The Flash’s conscious clear.

The guys make it back to the lab and get a clean bill of health from Caitlin.  They didn’t get the device, but they did take down a powerful metahuman without their powers.  That is a HUGE win!

Barry gets a call from Iris as she leaves Dwyer’s house.  He rushes over there with Elongated Man and Killer Frost. They look around but Dwyer is gone.  Iris asks if they got the device, but says they don’t need it. She knows how to get the cure to him because now, she knows his weakness.

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The team has had enough encounters with Cicada to stop him.  And yet, it’s the one team member with no powers that figures out his weakness.  Iris is amazing! And yet, it was fun watching Ralph and Barry team up. The laser tag sequence was epic.  100% accuracy and no hits…these bad guys are worse marksmen than a stormtrooper.

It appears that the story arc will drag on a little longer because of Nora. Her secrets are catching up with her, despite throwing Sherloque off her trail.  Little Miss Perfect has been messing things up since she got to the past. And now, it looks like Iris will be the one to pay for it. Maybe its time she comes clean about why she’s really here.  

Well, we still have a ways to go. I really hope to get through both Cicada and Nora without too many distractions. 


Noetta Harjo
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