Attack on Central City or Monkey See, Monkey Do
If you saw last week’s episode, you know that Team Flash went to Earth 2 to rescue Harrison Wells (the genius they know and love) from Grodd, a super-enhanced, maniacal, homicidal and telepathic ape. Once the mission was accomplished, they return to our Earth with Harrison in tow.
Barry and Iris, continue their domestic bliss on Valentine’s Day with Barry fixing a breakfast fit for a small army. In S.T.A.R. Labs, Harrison the genius (who we’ll call “Wells”) converses with his doppelganger the non-genius, yet jovial “HR”. Never has the same person been so different. [Bravo Tom Cavanagh!]
HR decorates the lab in honor of “Friends” day (what they call Valentine’s Day on his Earth) and goes about passing out lovely friendship cards to the team. Speaking of friends, Jesse (Jesse Quick) tells Wells that instead of returning to Earth -2 with him, she plans on staying on Earth 1 to maintain the relationship she’s started with Wally (Kid Flash). The couple think this suggestion will go over like a lead balloon, but surprisingly Wells rolls with it.
In yet another part of the lab, Cisco and Caitlyn are discussing the single life. Out of the blue, Cisco’s crush Gypsy a dimension-traveling bounty hunter appears almost as if an answer to a prayer. As Cisco’s eyes light up, Gypsy blasts him in to unconsciousness with her vibe-like powers before he can even say “Hi bae”. Barry is able to dodge Gypsy for a bit, but he too gets blasted. Before she can do irrevocable harm, Wells shoots her from behind with a stun gun from behind. The team lock her up and when she comes to, she has no idea where she is or why.
After some questioning and answering, the team learns what we already knew: Grodd possessed Gypsy, forced her to open a breach from Earth 2 to Earth 1, and began his invasion of Central City with a WHOLE bunch of apes. Realizing that this will be much more than they can handle, Cisco asks Gypsy for an assist – especially considering she brought them there under mind control – but she says ‘thanks, but no thanks’ and is released to go on her way.
Team Flash tries to determine how to get one step ahead of Grodd who, unbeknownst to the team, has kidnapped an Army general. To gain an advantage, Wells tweaks Cisco’s vibe gear, so he can see the future better to figure out Grodd’s plans. Cisco vibes and gets Grodd’s possible location, so Team Flash and the police department head head that way. Grodd isn’t there but is somewhere close by. He uses his power of telepathy to take over Joe’s body. Through Joe, he let’s Flash know that he wants to hurt Barry any way he can. Grodd mind-controls Joe to pull his gun, place it to his own head, and pull the trigger. Barry moves Joe out of the way of impending death before the bullet can strike and his brains get splattered.
The team regroups back at the lab which gives Wells and Wally some alone time. Wells tells Wally he doesn’t know how much time he has left, giving Wally the impression that he’s sick and dying. Wells makes Wally promise not to tell Jesse. Later Jesse finds Wally moping in the lab, and he tells her that it’s probably best if she returns to Earth 2 so that she can spend more time with her dad. Jesse questions Wally further, and he folds like a lawn chair and tells her that her dad is sick. Jesse immediately realizes that this is a lie, confronts her dad, and lets him have it.
The team again tries to figure out what Grodd is up to by hacking into Joe’s brain. Turns out whenever Grodd mind controls someone, it gives that person a brief insight into Grodd’s mind. [Think Harry Potter and his connection to Voldemort’s snake.] Wells and Cisco fashion a device to exploit that connection and, while under it’s thrall, Joe draws a picture of a guy; but the team is clueless as to who he is.
They soon learn that their mystery man is an Army general who just so happens to be in charge of a stockpile of nuclear weapons. Grodd mind-controls the General to set up and launch some nuclear missiles. Barry locates the launcher that’s counting down to the city’s impending doom. Using his super speed, he finds just the right 5 digit code needed to override the countdown. Crisis averted.
While trying to decide how to find and handle Grodd, Barry confides in Iris that he’s probably going to have to kill him. He also makes the same confession to Wells. Both Wells and Iris tell Barry that he’s better than that; he’s so morally upstanding that if he takes a life to save a life, he won’t be able to come back from that. They tell him that there’s always another way.
Before the inevitable, final conflict, Barry comes up with “another way” to save the day without killing Grodd. He sends Cisco off to find Gypsy, so they can acquire something Barry needs to take Grodd down without killing him. In Central City, the 3 speedsters (Flash, Kid Flash and Jesse Quick) face off against a whole pack of angry apes alone. The trio are able to hold their own for a bit before they’re all knocked down.
As things are looking bleak for our team, Cisco and Gypsy show up through a portal with Solivar in tow. He’s the Gorilla City leader that Barry defeated last episode. Solivar challenges Grodd to a one-on-one combat and is able to defeat him pretty quickly. With Grodd defeated, the rest of the apes bow down to Solivar. As he’s about to kill Grodd, Barry convinces him to spare his oppenent’s life, and he’s taken into custody on Earth 1.
When Barry and Iris return home, Barry has a surprise for her – a ring. That’s right, Barry popped the question! What does this mean for the lovebirds? Tune in next week to Atlanta’s CW to find out! Be sure to follow @ATLCW and @ATLBlerd on Twitter to live-tweet the show.