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The Reverse-Flash Returns 

Dr. Wells figures out how to induce Cisco's ability; they hence learn that Eobard Thawne is still alive. Iris says farewell to her mother. Patty realizes there's more to Barry than meets the eye.


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

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Episode cast overview:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon / Vibe
Keiynan Lonsdale ... Wally West
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harry Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Teddy Sears ... Jay Garrick / Hunter Zolomon
Aaron Douglas ... Russell Glosson / The Turtle
Amanda Pays ... Dr. Christina McGee
Shantel VanSanten ... Patty Spivot (as Shantel Vansanten)
Vanessa Williams ... Francine West
Matt Letscher ... Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash
Chad Riley Chad Riley ... Security Guard #1
Jeff Sanca ... Security Guard #2


Harry deduces the key to triggering Cisco's ability to vibe. The Reverse Flash has returned and kidnaps Tina McGee to help him return to the future. Iris learns that her mother doesn't have long to live. Barry must choose between vengeance and the life of one of Team Flash. Written by pgdownload

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Release Date:

26 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


While Eobard is in his cell talking with Barry, he recounts his origin story, which is taken from the 1990's version of Thawn's comic book origins, ignoring his original origin and his rebooted Rebirth origin. Thawne started out obsessed with The Flash and wanted to become like him, replicating the accident that gave Barry his powers. After traveling back in time to meet his hero, Thawne discovered that he was destined to become Flash's greatest enemy, and became resolved to be superior to Flash in every way, thus becoming the Reverse Flash. See more »


Barry jumps out of the Particle Accelerator in a wide stance, but when the scene changes to a different camera, he stands with feet only shoulder-width apart. See more »


Jay Garrick: Never understood why you do anything, Harrison.
Dr. Harry Wells: That's fine with me, Garrick.
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Referenced in Supergirl: Worlds Finest (2016) See more »


Performed by Wages
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Closure along with new things
27 January 2016 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

"The Reverse-Flash returns" is easily one of the best Flash episodes in Season 2 so far, it's exciting, intriguing, mind boggling and heartbreaking. It opens up to numerous new crucial plot points to this season's structure and at the same time back tracks a bit to deal with some closure brought about by the first season.

So let's go about what was generally excellent in this episode, the episode was more layered with sub plots and narratives that were previously shown in past episodes, however what was so great about how this episode dealt with them is that they gave them definitive development and necessity to the plot of the show. The Iris' mom subplot became much more relevant because of the now introduced Wally West and her illness, and the episode was more balanced in terms of giving the right attention to which narrative they should follow. The Patty and Barry narrative was officially given an absolute closure that shows how much Barry has developed, and it shows how much they have giving him a sense of closure with the Reverse Flash story line which may have seem to be a little rushed at start, however it picked up it's pace with handy (even though obvious) exposition for the audience and an intriguing plot element with complicated timey wimey things once again. We are also introduced to future set ups and hints that is sure to keep fans speculating and discussing which the show is really known for doing much like in the first season with Harrison Wells. All these exciting elements handled well were great and it was refreshing to see new elements thrown in that finally kick start this season to many possible outcomes all pointing towards Zoom. If the Flash continues to create episodes like these more often than not, then the show will sure be able to have a sense of balance that the audience will grow to like as each episode passes by.

Verdict: 9.7/10

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