CRYogenic for Help
Caitlin unexpectedly visits her mom, Dr. Tannhauser. She coyly engages in conversation and hypothetically asks her mother for help. Her mother declines, so Caitlin rages and freezes her desk. They direct Caitlin to a testing lab where she must cool extremely hot tungsten – 2000 Centigrade to be exact. She’s freezes it easily and is surprised by her own ability.
After testing, Caitlin confesses that she began receiving powers a few months prior. That’s relatively minor in comparison to the fact that Caitlin and her mother have a strained relationship stemming from Caitlin stepping out of her mother’s shadow to forge her own scientific identity, the death of her father, and the resulting action of her mother immersing herself in work to cope.
Testing confirms that Caitlin didn’t just cool the heat, she absorbed it. Communication with her mother stalls, so she prepares to leave. A lab tech offers to help, but he actually possesses intentions to trap Caitlin in the lab. To free herself, Caitlin slips into yet another rage and freezes the lab tech’s arm. Her mother walks in on the scuffle, apologizes for the attempted imprisonment, and apologizes for going AWOL after her husband’s death, which calms a Caitlin rage.
Barry zips around cooking breakfast as a thank you for Cisco letting him temporarily live with him. Before splitting ways, they briefly discuss trust and the arrival of “HR” (the new Harry). HR kickstarts the day by catering breakfast and preparing a custom coffee for everyone at Star Labs. He seeks to initiate some trust-building games, but Cisco tells him to let it happen naturally. Caitlin left a message that she would be away for a few days.
Oil and Vinegar
Barry arrives late for a disciplinary meeting. Although he has committed 9 violations, he is reminded that he must follow the rules and is dismissed – if only it were that simple. Barry tries to address the tension between he and Julian, so he strokes Julian’s ego with flattery and asks to be his understudy for a day. He sweetens the deal by offering to find his own lab space.
The Star Labs crew is inundated with 30 metahuman alerts. Barry arrives at the scene to find a large [part-dinosaur, part-skeleton looking] monster stalking the street. Monster’s (I wish they gave him a cooler nickname) presence causes a car collision which traps citizens on a bus. Simultaneously, HR suggest that Cisco use the sound of the car alarm [from the collision] to track Monster. The Flash pursues, but quickly loses the trail as Monster seemingly disappears.
HR brainstorms ways to stop Monster. He swiftly decides that a strong carbon fiber rope should do the trick. This guy sure does come up with good ideas.
Once alone in the lab, a ridiculously chatty HR annoys Cisco into leaving. HR remains as the only person in the lab and tells an audio diary that “the plan is proceeding, the characters are in place, and nobody seems to wonder why I’m here.” I’d be disappointed if this representation of Harrison Wells happened to be [YET] another snake.
Cisco and Barry notice that HR doesn’t add to their team and agree it’s time for a [good ole fashion] vibing. Cisco expedites the process by rummaging through a bag of Harry’s belongings and stumbles upon the recording. HR enters as the audio plays, which he explains is the script for a book. Apparently he’s an author, but I don’t know if I’m buyin’ it.
Oil and Vinegar continuned
Iris surprises Barry with lunch, but a text from Julian intrudes. While at the scene, Julian says the Flash’s presence has caused CCPD to get sloppy and lazy. They continue to dissect the scene and Monster’s abrupt arrival forces them to take cover. This is quite fortunate for Julian because Barry saves Julian from an exploding sign.
Julian hates metahumans, particularly because most of them choose to do evil instead of improving the world. His hate is rooted in jealousy, which prompts Barry to subconsciously defend metahumans. His viewpoint rubs Julian the wrong way, so he terminates the internship. The only thing in place helping to grow their relationship has failed.
Taking Down Monster
Julian predicted Monster’s attack on 2nd street, so Barry tightly strings the carbon fiber rope to stall Monster. Monster walks through the rope and reveals that he’s a hologram, so our crew was fooled with one of their favorite tactics this time around. Nevertheless, a sniper tries to shoot Monster, but the bullet passes through and Barry saves a bystander from catching the [now] stray bullet.
Barry needs to find the control source of the hologram and fast! Cisco asks HR to triangulate the signal (a relatively easy task for a man of his supposed knowledge), but he can’t so Cisco accuses him of being a fraud. Looking to take matters into his own hands, Julian tracks the location of the signal to a skyscraper. Julian gives several commands for Monster’s operator to put his hands up. The shadowy figure makes a sudden movement, so Julian shoots in his direction. The Flash dashes in and saves the operator, a kid, before turning him into custody.
Tying Up Loose Ends
Joe questions why the kid would put on this charade and endanger lives. The kid says he wanted to feel powerful and that he’s sick of feeling scared and being teased. HR addresses Cisco’s fraud claims. Basically, he has the brilliant ideas, but he doesn’t know how to execute them. He elaborates more thoroughly about how his life was losing purpose, so the crew grants him a few weeks to prove that his ideas can be beneficial.
Barry is searching through a case file when Julian confesses that he almost killed a kid, but Barry already knows this. Ironically, Julian identifies with the frightened boy. Also, Julian admits to being wrong about the Flash and feels his opinions about Barry could be wrong as well. Barry extends an invite for a drink, and they depart.
The underlying theme of this episode was trust. We found ourselves in situations where trust was questioned, established, and in other cases must be earned. Does Caitlin have enough trust to inform the crew of her powers, will Julian finally learn to trust Barry, and can HR earn the trust of the Star Labs crew and prove his value? For these answers and more, stay tuned for the next ALL-NEW episode the The Flash Tuesday, Noverber 15th on Atlanta’s CW!