A detailed recap introduced this episode, and I started feeling like this was going to be the one that broke this season wide open. Let’s begin, shall we?
Since he’s bored at the station, Barry prepares to leave for a date. Julian pulls rank and attempts to trump Barry into more testing, but today – Barry bucks and leaves. Watching pressure intensify from their constant quarreling is really becoming intriguing.
Barry initiates a hot date with Iris with a speed stunt. She has different ideas and wants to spend quality time with Barry, not the Flash. They boringly converse over an expensive, candlelit dinner. Thank goodness a robbery happens, which forces Barry to jet. He quickly returns to continue dinner, but yet another alert hits their phones.
A breach opens at Star Labs and Harry Wells emerges – I’m already anxiously awaiting snarky Wells clapbacks – requesting help, before Jesse bursts through with speedster capability. Harry quickly picks up that things are much different than before.
You Mad or Naw?
Harry and Jesse’s arrival triggers Wally to question if he [also] has powers. In a newly introduced Speed Lab, Jesse puts on a light show with her acquired speed, which prompts Wally jealously leaving.
An upset father storms into his house agitated that dinner isn’t prepared. He verbally berates his wife, Karen, and pushes the head of his orphan child, before walking away. This causes a reaction where the orphan’s eyes turn magenta, and she [somehow] summons a street light to strike John, her adopted father.
While giving her account of the events, Frankie Kane clearly defines the victim as her “foster” father. Frankie says she blacked out and doesn’t remember the event. Julian walks in to question her, but instead offers her more water and takes her glass for sampling.
At the Speed Lab, Harry wants to run a ridiculous amount of testing on Jesse in order to stall her from attempting to become a hero. He’s super concerned and pleads with Cisco and Cailtin to talk her out of it.
Since Wally was also hit with dark matter, he is genuinely hopeful that he will have been given a super power. Joe tells him he has to faces the realism that his power might not manifest and, instead, motivates him to improve the world using his mind.
Julian confirms Frankie’s DNA from the glass and pesters her to admit her metahuman abilities. She panics into a manic meltdown and channels Magenta, a metahuman that begins magnetically pulling down a large metal plate aiming to hurt [or kill] Julian.
Barry hurriedly dashes away to disguise himself in the Flash suit, then rescues Julian. Magenta overpowers Frankie (in an alter ego-like complex) and launches a police car in the air. Barry zips up a building and jumps through the car to usher a policeman to safety.
Back at Star Labs the crew starts investigating Frankie and reveal two things: One – Iris uncovers that Frankie’s foster father has a history of domestic violence. Two – The crew knows Magenta got her powers from Dr. Alchemy, and Jesse eagerly departs to prepare for a showdown.
Take it Slow
Caitlin questions if Jesse is ready to take on metahumans. She advises Jesse to take it slow, and Jesse ultimately ends up seeding away, after confronting Harry about why he’s skeptical of her having powers. Wally pursues for a follow up.
Wally catches Jesse outside. Jesse admits that Wally was the first person she wanted to call and was hoping that he too developed powers. She recalls walking home from a friend’s house when a speeding car was charging directly at her. A moment in time seemed to freeze, and she could feel an electric surge. After hearing her recollection, Wally determines the situation jump-started Jesse’s speed and [stupidly] walks off the curb and plants himself in front of a speeding pickup truck. Whoa dude. Do you have a brain?
You Mad or Naw Continued
Of course Jesse has to use speed to save Wally. Back at Star Labs, Barry is irate that Wally decided to play in traffic and laid down a lecture so severe that a father wouldn’t have to. No really, Joe declined comment because Barry handled it.
Harry is also upset that Jesse used her speed. He also fails to understand why she’s pushing him away, so Caitlin paints a [painfully] crystal clear picture for him.
Iris goes to John James’ hospital room to question what happened with Frankie. He describes her as a murderous metahuman freak who will pay for her mistakes.
It Takes Two
Basically, Dr. Alchemy is a puppeteer who gives people metahuman abilities. Magenta confronts Dr. Alchemy about Frankie’s presence in her body. He says that once she kills John, Frankie will be forced submit to Magenta’s dominant will. So, she heads to John’s hospital to complete the task.
Now we know Magenta/Frankie is crazy, but this girl approaches the hospital with a tanker. I couldn’t believe she was actually levitating a large [ridiculous] boat as her weapon of choice. Not only will it kill John, but it would cripple the entire hospital.
The Flash thinks a wind funnel should prevent the tanker from destroying the hospital, so Harry and Cisco instruct him to run in a figure eight motion, which should act as a propeller lifting the ship. Barry stops the ship, but he needs help, so Harry dispatches Jesse. Jesse replaces the Flash in the figure eight course, which frees him to reason with Magenta to stop her attack.
Jesse talks to Wells who reveals that he will always worry and be cautious because he loves her. They decide to stay awhile, so Harry gifts her a Cisco designed speed suit.
If at First You Don’t Succeed
Barry thinks he’s boring without his powers, so he approaches Iris to arrange a second date. He feels they shouldn’t ignore the fact that he has power and suggests they embrace it their dating endeavors. As a result, he rushes Iris past beautiful countryside to an isolated, romantic location. Iris agrees and passionately kisses Barry before – that’s right, you guessed it – an emergency occurs.
How Does He Do It
The crew questions how Frankie obtained power. She had dreams, or visions, of another life where Dr. Alchemy began appearing and telling her that he could make her powerful again. Frankie will have to fight away the darkness of Magenta, but the crew arranged for her to live a safe life elsewhere.
Sometime later, Joe and the police department obtain footage of Dr. Alchemy murdering Clariss. The tape shows Clariss getting slammed against walls paranormal activity style, with no visible embodiment of Dr. Alchemy. Julian begins the typical, cynical questioning of Barry, and for some reason I kind of get the weird feeling that Dr. Alchemy and Julian are somehow connected.
Will Wally develop powers? How will Jesse’s speedster presence help the Flash? Is my hunch about Julian correct, and if not, who is Dr. Alchemy and what can be done to stop his creation of metathumans? For these answers and more, be sure to tune in next Tuesday night at 8 on Atlanta’s CW!