The Flash (2014– )
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Running to Stand Still 

Believing Flash to be weakened, Weather Wizard returns to break Captain Cold and The Trickster out of Iron Heights Prison to form a triumvirate against him at Christmastime.


Kevin Tancharoen


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Keiynan Lonsdale ... Wally West
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harry Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Mark Hamill ... James Jesse / The Trickster
Wentworth Miller ... Leonard Snart / Captain Cold
Teddy Sears ... Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten ... Patty Spivot (as Shantel Vansanten)
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
Violett Beane ... Jesse Wells
Liam McIntyre ... Mark Mardon / Weather Wizard
Cody Davis ... Brat


When Mark Mardon/The Weather Wizard returns to break Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and James Jesse/The Trickster out of Iron Heights Prison, Barry must stop these rogues from making a horror out of Christmas in Central City. Meanwhile, Iris makes the difficult decision to tell Joe about the son he never knew he had, and Dr. Wells finds himself pressured into joining a unsavory coalition with Zoom. Written by mini_jake19/edited by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

8 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During the scene in which the Trickster plays Santa Claus, the "elves" are wearing the same hats which were used for the Santa scene in the movie "A Christmas Story." See more »


When attracted by the first bomb, the presents go out of the window and up to the breach in a curved path. Magnetism works in a direct straight line. The presents would not be able to get out of the homes. See more »


Zoom: Time's up, Wells. What's it gonna be?
Dr. Harry Wells: I know what you're doing. I know why you keep sending villain after villain from our Earth to this one. You want Barry to get faster. You want him to get stronger. You want him to become more powerful, more full of... speed force. You're fattening him up like a Christmas goose.
Zoom: The more power he has, the more I can take and you're going to help me.
Dr. Harry Wells: Let me see her first.
[Zoom brings Jesse out of the wormhole]
Jesse Wells: Daddy?
Dr. Harry Wells: Are you okay? Did he hurt you?
Jesse Wells: Please help...
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Jingle Bell Rock
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
Performed by Mandy Barnett
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Mark Hamill has still got it !!
16 December 2015 | by rsathyanittSee all my reviews

I was expecting a lot from this episode, since it was the mid-season finale, and the episodes that have lead to this one were all very engaging. And boy did I enjoy this !!

It starts with a bang. Zoom comes for Harry, and his saying "Merry Christmas" is the creepiest wish you'll ever hear. In fact all the villains in the episode get to say Merry Christmas. Mark Hamill, as the trickster, is simply superb. You can notice a very apparent Joker inspired madness in the writing, and it's super fun. Take this for instance - The villains(Weather Wiz, Cap'n Cold) decide to kill the Flash, and the trickster goes "it was more of a new year's resolution, but, hey, I am flexible". The plan to capture the Flash is smart, and how team flash saves the city is even more imaginative. The climactic reveal is the only let-down in the episode. Zoom's "reason" for coming after Flash is a huge downer. That aside, this was one entertaining episode.

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