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The Reverse-Flash Returns 

Dr. Harrison 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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26 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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While Eobard is in his cell talking with Barry, he recounts his origin story, which is taken from the 1990's version of Thawne's comic book origins, ignoring both 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 »


Cisco Ramon: You've been playing good Samaritan all morning. Take a break. Are you sure you don't want to get to CCPD, give Patty your attention?
The Flash: No, I can see her later.
Dr. Harry Wells: 'Cause we can't afford to waste any more time.
Cisco Ramon: What, 'cause we've just been sipping Mai Tais since you got here?
Dr. Harry Wells: I don't know what you've been sipping since I got here, but Barry needs to get better, stronger, faster. We need to train to prepare for Zoom.
Cisco Ramon: Oh, I see. You haven't had your coffee this morning.
Dr. Harry Wells: I had my coffee this morning. ...
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References Friday (1995) See more »


The Flash Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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Full On Vibe Mode
26 January 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I tune into Flash every week for quite a few reasons but mostly because I'm a huge nerd and I love superheroes. While this episode brought back a huge villain from season 1, dropped a possible major clue for the villain this season, and even had Cisco fully realizing his powers, my favorite part of the episode was the human drama we got between our characters. I said it from the beginning but I believe Patty Spivot is the best thing about season 2, and for me, tonight proved that even more. Heck, I even liked Iris this episode.

We've had a week to think about the cliffhanger involving both Patty leaving and Reverse Flash somehow being back in play, and I think both sides of the episode worked extremely well tonight. We opened the episode as Barry took down a runaway truck which actually looked surprisingly good considering it was filmed in daylight so there wasn't a ton of room for error. Taking down the truck didn't really have much to do with the plot of tonight's episode at all, but it was a nice touch to what is probably my favorite episode of the season. The crew then found Turtle *surprise surprise* dead down in the Star Labs lair. I've always enjoyed watching Wells play dumb around the team whatever the case may be and tonight proved no different. The man is always one step ahead of everyone else, that is, except Zoom.

Speaking of Zoom, we may have just found out his real identity, Hunter Zolomon. I won't pretend to know a ton about the Flash' comics, but I do know that Zolomon is a speedster and the third Reverse Flash at one point so the reveal that he is Jay Garrick's earth 1 doppelganger was an interesting while not all that shocking of a twist. I still believe there is something Garrick is hiding, I just don't know what.

The Reverse Flash that we saw, is that of another timeline, or at least that's what they attempted to explain to us. I feel like sometimes with the Flash you just have to push aside logic and just accept it for being an incredible superhero show. So however it happened, the Eobard Thawne Reverse Flash made his way back to earth-1. I really enjoyed this half throw back to last year but also half glimpse into the future (presumably next season) of the show. It kind of felt like the season 3 Arrow episode when Deathstroke came back with that ominous feeling of what may be ahead for our hero. The idea that Barry just had to accept that Thawne would eventually find Barry in the future while also accepting that his relationship with Patty may have to be sacrificed was a good parallel for the show to make. Some things you just can't change.

I also loved the focus on Cisco AKA Vibe this week. His scenes with Harry are always great but that's often all Cisco gets to do. His life hanging in the balance because of the strange relationship him and Thawne have gave the episode an extra layer of emotional gravitas it needed. And Cisco saying "bye Felicia" to Reverse Flash was yet another great pop culture reference in the long list for Cisco's character, not to mention the reference to Romeo and Juliet as well.

But now onto what may be the biggest question mark people have after the episode: Is Patty coming back? I think so. I've enjoyed every moment between these two this season, perhaps even more so than the Olicity relationship over on Arrow. I don't think Barry has a better match, but I digress. Their relationship seemed (for now) to come to an end. If by some stupid reason Patty doesn't ever come back, I think the show handled the goodbye correctly. It's hard to believe Patty never knew about Barry working with Star Labs, I guess that goes to show you how much he didn't communicate enough to her. I'm also glad that they decided on having Patty figure out that Barry was the Flash was on her own, even if it was weeks overdue. It was really bittersweet to watch Barry finally acknowledge who he was on the train at the end, but it was just as difficult to watch him not admit to her he was the Flash earlier on, even when she said she would stay. But in full, the drama between them felt very natural and was way better than anything Iris and Barry ever had put together.

With that said, I also liked Iris' moments with her brother and her mom, even if that did feel a little shoehorned into this episode. We got a big reveal, a fantastic back and forth between hero and villain throughout, and some surprisingly heartfelt and bittersweet relationship drama. Well done Flash, well done.

+Thawne is back

+Focus on Cisco

+Good moments with the West family

+Patty finds out on her own

+Bittersweet moments with Patty and Barry



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