The Flash (2014– )
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Barry discovers that the effects from Flashpoint are greater than he thought. In the meantime, he meets his new co-worker who has an immediate disdain for him.


Ralph Hemecker


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




Episode complete credited cast:
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 (credit only)
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Tom Felton ... Julian Albert
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Todd Lasance ... Edward Clariss / The Rival
John Wesley Shipp ... Jay Garrick
David Forts David Forts ... Patron (as David Lee Forts)


After restoring the time-line Barry returns hoping that everything is back to normal but he finds things are not as he remembered them. He winds up working with a new guy who doesn't like him. He tries to fix things but it only makes things worse. Someone shows up to help him. He then discovers Rival, the speedster he encountered in the previous time-line is back. Someone made him discover his abilities. And he goes after the Flash. Written by

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Julian Albert does not trust Barry Allen's good guy act. Barry Allen's Flash symbol is a bolt of lightening which resembles Harry Potter's forehead scar. Tom Felton who portrays Julian Albert also portrayed Harry Potter's rival, Draco Malfoy, in the Harry Potter movie series. His character also calls Barry and company by their last name. Just like Malfoy See more »


Jay gives Barry a lecture about how changing the past (creating a "flashpoint") can alter the future. This ignores the fact that the entire show takes place in a "DOUBLE flashpoint," created when Eobard Thawne changes the past by first killing Barry's mother and second by killing and replacing Wells. By stopping Thawne in the first place, Barry doesn't create a "flashpoint," he actually PREVENTS the creation of two "flashpoints" and allows the timeline to proceed as it should have. See more »


[first lines]
[in style of intro monologue]
Barry Allen: I made a big mistake. I just couldn't take it anymore, you know? What happened with Zoom, my dad dying, my mother's death, me becoming The Flash. All of it. I wanted a new life. I wanted to start over. And that's what I did. But somehow I-I made things worse.
[Barry arrives in the Arrow base, sending papers flying in the wind gust]
Felicity Smoak: [sadly over the mess] No.
Barry Allen: [speaking rapidly] So I reset everything. I put everything back to the way it was before. Except some ...
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Barry's Wake Up Call
11 October 2016 | by scarlettyforestSee all my reviews

A problem that was beginning to emerge on The Flash was that the show rarely felt like it had consequences because of Barry's ability to change the time line. This episode did an amazing job of clearing that up.

This was a really strong episode for season three on a few different fronts: it introduced new villains and conflicts, as well as giving Barry some much overdue character development. By far the best addition to season three as of yet has been Tom Felton as Julian Albert who sets a much needed serious tone for the show and has great chemistry (ha ha) with Barry. Barry and Cisco's arc this episode was also really surprisingly heart-wrenching due to an unexpected decision the writers made which I hope they are bold enough to stick with. In terms of directing, I think the director did a really great job of avoid clichés. The only problem I had with this episode is that I think they tried to resolve some of the issues between the characters a bit too soon.

+ Barry's character development

+ Julian Albert

+ Doctor Alchemy

+ Cisco and Barry tension

+ Promising Caitlin Snow story line


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11 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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