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Family of Rogues 

Barry and the team ally with the kidnapped Captain Cold's sister, but Barry feels duped when he learns Snart is working on something with his father; Joe faces a difficult decision.


John F. Showalter


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Victor Garber ... Dr. Martin Stein
Wentworth Miller ... Leonard Snart / Captain Cold
Teddy Sears ... Jay Garrick
Michael Ironside ... Lewis Snart
Melise ... Linda Park (as Malese Jow)
Peyton List ... Lisa Snart / Golden Glider
Vanessa Williams ... Francine West
Shantel VanSanten ... Patty Spivot
Warren Abbott ... Desk Guard #2


When Barry and the team find out Captain Cold has been kidnapped, they form an uneasy alliance with his sister, Lisa; however, Barry feels double-crossed when he finds Snart working with his father, Lewis Snart, on a heist. Meanwhile, Joe is faced with a difficult decision.

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20 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Barry uses his speed to work out the password to a secure room from its keypad lock. This is a homage to the original The Flash (1990) series where The Flash used a similar technique to open a secure door. See more »


While it's true that infrared can be used to detect heat, ultraviolet cannot be used to detect cold. Though bluish colors are popularly associated with cold, blue light is in fact hotter than red light, and ultraviolet radiation is far hotter than infrared, hence the danger of sunburns. A very cold body would emit radio waves. See more »


Barry Allen: Fifty-two breaches in Central City and the biggest one just happens to be in our basement.
Cisco Ramon: We need a name for it.
Caitlin Snow: It's not a pet, Cisco.
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Written by Charli XCX and Greg Kurstin
Performed by Charli XCX
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Family Frenzy
21 October 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Throughout the various appearances of "the rogues" in this show, I have constantly been either letdown or just annoyed. I'm not entirely sure what it was or why. I think the lack of subtly within most of the actors performances really made for a goofy team. With that said, Wentworth Miller and to some extent Peyton List, brought a perfect amount of subtly to Captain Cold and Golden Glider respectively. Still considering all of that, the episode in its entirety was just okay.

With network television and a 23 episode arc, you have to expect that we get a few filler episodes here and there. 'Family of Rogues' was just that. We began as Barry saved Iris from gunmen as she was trying to get a scoop for an upcoming story. I can't exactly recall at one point last season she got the job at the newspaper, but I will contend no matter the time that her transition into a front page writer seemed pretty quick. But that scene also just felt like a strange opening. We already know Barry can save people in record times and it had nothing really to do with the rest of the episode. Perhaps it was just to link back to what Garrick said about appreciating the speed when you have it and the 'rush' it gives you.

Golden Glider/Lisa Snart appears at the coffee shop to ask for the team's (specifically Cisco's) help, which is usually a red herring for a hero. The coffee shop is back up and running and even though Barry has super speed cleaning the place up, I found it to be a rather quick turnaround. Do all those people just get their jobs back the day after it's cleaned up? It's nitpicking, but that part just bothered me a little bit. Back to Snart, I love that her proposition brought a new way to tell a filler episode. Flash is as much of a victim at giving us villain of the week episodes as any other show, but this didn't feel that way. I love the superhero stories that make the villains more in the grey area in terms of being good or bad. As much as I haven't really enjoyed Cold and Glider so far, I liked that this episode switched it up a bit. Plus, bringing the whole Snart family in was a good parallel to what was happening with the West family.

Speaking of which, I was thrilled to see Iris was understanding as to how Joe approached the mother situation. So often in Arrow those story lines are not only drawn out into a whole season's arc of lying and keeping secrets, but I don't feel like they are handled realistically. It was Iris' best moment and performance from Patton all season long. Jesse L. Martin was also notably spectacular in that emotionally demanding moment as well. In a far less emotional scene, Miller proved to be quite good up against his father and the 'tech guy' Barry. The Snart family in this episode definitely brought a more relatable quality in that nothing was over the top, probably due to the exemption of Heatwave, who is always over the top.

The romance between Cisco and Glider is awkward, but good/funny awkward. Plus, we got more awesome Cisco inventions. The built in thermo-threading in Barry's suit and his gun to remove Glider's bomb were especially fun. On a side note, it seemed Snart's father took nods from the Suicide Squad way of keeping people honest, implanting a bomb inside their heads. I guess it would behoove me not to mention Patty Spivot and Barry exchanging numbers and Well's appearance at the end of the episode. As for the latter, I hope they find a way to properly use that character. And as for Spivot, I really enjoyed her limited role here. It's very reminiscent of Felicity at her best with Oliver in season 1. I expect this to be the relationship fans 'ship' over Iris. I'll take that any day. So I can't really see myself watching this episode again, but it was fun, and that's really all it needs to be to please me.

+Different feel to Snart this time around

+Miller and List brought subtly

+Iris wasn't ticked, thank god.

+Cisco on his game

-Coffe shop up and running...already

-Opening scene


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