It’s apparent that Dr. Alchemy is the equivalent of the Reverse Flash or Zoom and is this season’s long-term villain. We don’t know much about him, and unfortunately, this episode does nothing to further develop his plot line. Instead, we have two new villains, and [surprisingly] neither one of them were created by Dr. Alchemy.
The New Rogues
Captain Cold (it’s refreshing to see his icy demeanor back) confronts a couple of his crew members about spending money from their robberies. They want out of his squad, and you know what happens when somebody wants “out”. A fight ensues, and as Captain Cold puts a pistol to Sam’s head, what appears to be the particle accelerator explosion occurs.
Back in present-day, we see a CSI tech investigating the scene. Sam [AKA “Mirror Master”] emerges from the mirror and chokes out the technician while demanding Snart/Cold’s location.
Lovers and Friends?
Back at STAR Labs, the crew begins reviewing the tape of Clariss’ death. Jessie suggests speed training to prepare for whatever lurking metahuman may arise. Essentially, she is equally as fast as the Flash, so Barry channels his inner Oliver Queen and advises her to strategize attack plans and think ahead of the enemy. Foreshadowing alert!
After training, Jessie invites Wally to accompany her. So, Jessie rushes Wally through the city to an undisclosed location where she leans in for a kiss. Wally isn’t quite fast enough – I’m still wondering when and how he will obtain his speed – because he didn’t forsee the kiss and dodge it. He gives push back because he doesn’t want to explore a relationship with Jesse returning to Earth 2 soon.
The crew tells Harry that they would miss him but he has problems to fix on his Earth, so he suggests that they replace him with another version of himself from the multiverse. Harry develops a satellite that will serve as a fishing pole to lure another version of himself. Cisco opens a breach, and Harry launches a complex algorithmic cryptogram – or in laymen’s terms, a hidden message which he calls an elaborate help wanted ad – into the multiverse.
A couple of different Harrys receive the encrypted code and audition to impress the Star Labs crew. Earth 19 Wells leaves the best impression.
It’s Just Kissing
At the house, Barry and Iris enjoy wine over candlelight. This appears to be the real beginnings of their relationship. Barry puts some moves on Iris, and they begin making out. Surprisingly, Joe comes home, so Barry uses his speed to make the situation look normal. Iris tells him he shouldn’t be afraid of kissing in front of Joe and that they will need to reach a resolution.
In awkward fashion at CCPD, Barry approaches a conversation with Joe. Long story short, Joe doesn’t have a problem with Barry and Iris kissing, but he’d rather not see it.
Revenge Trail/Mirror Master
Sam is determined to find Snart, so he attacks one of his crew members. Sam uses a little trickery to distract the crew member, then appears. He demands Snart’s location, and when an answer isn’t given, he throws the guy through a mirror, which transports the guy outside for a nasty fall.
Joe departs to interrogate Rosalind Dillon – the lady involved in the fight scene at the beginning of the episode. It comes as no surprise that she’s reluctant to help. As Joe prepares to leave, Sam/the Mirror Master randomly appears and steals Rosalind away through a glass window. So, we now have undeniable proof that this guy can travel through anything with a reflective surface.
Once Sam has stolen Rosalind away, he attempts to persuade her to accompany him in his quest to stop Snart and take over [or rob] the city – in typical Bonnie and Clyde fashion. Before agreeing, she performs a demonstration of her vertigo-inducing powers.
Sam and Rosalind rob a bank, which sends a metahuman alert to Barry. Since she’s been training, Jessie offers to tag-along. They get to the bank and confront the culprits who escape by teleporting through a window. Barry tells Jessie to stay behind, but [of course] she follows. Jessie encounters Rosalind at the top of the building. Consequently, Rosalind uses her vertigo powers to launch Jessie off the top of the skyscraper. The Flash is forced to save Jessie from free-falling, and while saving her, the Mirror Master imprisons Barry in a mirror.
The Star Labs crew determines that the best way to free Barry is to slow the molecules of the mirror, which in turn should allow Barry to pass through. They develop a cold gun and begin freezing the glass for Barry to escape, but it doesn’t show much promise for success. A metahuman alert draws the attention of everybody except Caitlin, so in covert fashion, she sneaks to the mirror and uses the Killer Frost powers that were foreshadowed in episode 2. Her frosty power rapidly decreases the temperature of the mirror and frees Barry. At least while stuck in the mirror, Barry thought of a way to stop Sam.
Lovers and Friends continued
Jessie blames herself for the Flash’s imprisonment because she didn’t heed his instructions. Wally comforts her and also tells her he’s not afraid to pursue hanging out with her as more than friends. Blah, blah, blah, they kiss.
Two vs. Two
Snart hits Sam on his cellphone and tells him to prepare for a showdown. The Star Labs crew is back at it again with the hologram tactics, because Snart was a fake, which undeniably fools Sam. Barry handles the rest by surrounding Sam in a circular barricade of mirrors. Sam attempts to teleport, but its thrown right back into the center of the circle. Meanwhile, Jessie confronts Rosalind, who resorts to her vertigo powers. This time, Jesse outruns their affects and swirls around Rosalind before landing a jaw-crunching punch. Both villains are cuffed, and Sam gets locked in a cell with anti-reflective material.
Tying up Loose Ends
At the station Cecile, who clearly is crushing on Joe, invites him to dinner. His nerves get the better of him, and he asks for a raincheck in a nervous panic. The crew brings forth Earth 19 Wells, who seems to be quite the jokester. He says they call him HR – so he will be referred to as such from this point forward. Before departing back to Earth 2, Harry informs Cisco that it wasn’t their cold gun that freed Barry. Harry also begins giving a warning, but his message was never relayed because the breach closes prematurely.
Back at the house, Barry enters and kisses Iris in front of Joe. Barry shops the idea of getting his own place, and both Iris and Joe are in favor. The episode concludes with Caitlin alone at her place. She inadvertently freezes the shower waterstream, her lips turn blue, and a cluster of her hair turns [Killer] frosty white.
We now have some interesting dynamics developing: what warning was Harry trying to relay, how will the new Harry (HR) gel with the crew, will Cailtlin reveal her subzero powers, and does Joe [finally] have a romantic interest? For these answers and more, be sure to tune in to Atlanta’s CW next Tuesday night at 8!