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The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211a_0008b — Pictured (L-R): Shantel Van Santen as Detective Patty Spivot and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I’m so silly! I thought Patty was gone last week, but obviously they need a little more closure than her just walking out on Barry. It was nice to see them settle that better, and to see that Barry has perfectly sound reasons for letting her go without a fight. Farewell for now, Patty, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see you again some day though. This episode saw the return of Eobard Thawne, and while we all went WHAT? when we first saw him last week, now it all makes sense. It was fun to see the real actor play him. Time travel is such a big thing for this show and Legends of Tomorrow, and keeping things on the path they’re supposed to be is important. Plus as time goes on I get more and more into the new Harrison Wells. Not to mention they reference a very important character in this episode that I have zero doubt will become a thing soon. Previously on The Flash, Patty broke up with Barry partly because he’s keeping secrets, but also because she wants to be a forensic scientist. The Wests met Wally, the long lost son, and things were rocky. Harrison killed the Turtle to try and get his slowness and use it as a weapon against Zoom. Eobard Thawne was the man who killed Barry’s mother and then masqueraded as Harrison Wells on Earth 1 for a long time. Jay Garrick is dying due to loss of his speed.

Eobard Thawne freaks the hell out of Barry when he appears, although Cisco is the person to see it first because he’s learning how to be Vibe. Harrison has figured out that fear/adrenaline is what sets off his powers. This is not the Eobard who killed Barry’s mother though; this is an earlier version of him who doesn’t even know Barry’s name. As Harrison Wells says later, this is his “origin story.” This is when he finds out the Flash’s background and comes back for vengeance. It also explains his weird little backstory about how he wanted to be the Flash but found out through history that he’s actually his greatest enemy, so went SURE OKAY and became it. Always been a weird thing, but it makes sense considering he’s clearly off his rocker. He’s trying to get back home, and they manage to stop him. UNFORTUNATELY stopping him leads to messing with the timeline since he’s supposed to actually go back in time so he can eventually come kill Barry’s mother, etc. Because they mess with time, Cisco starts to die/disappear because he’s vibing in with the timeline.

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The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211b_0028b — Pictured (L-R): Amanda Pays as Christina McGee and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Barry has to choose to send Eobard back instead of keeping him prisoner in order to save Cisco. It basically means knowing he’s sacrificing his mother’s life, but he already did that once before when he tried to save her and his other self told him not to. So the timeline is complete. I really would’ve liked to see Iris get more interaction with that plot because of Eddie dying to stop him, but it doesn’t happen. Instead she has the storyline where her mother officially is dying. She does an incredible acting job here, where she finally forgives her mother and tells her she would have forgiven her in the past too. Very sweet and touching and sad. She then connects with her brother Wally and tells him he has to see their mother before she dies, since he’s avoiding her. He agrees to do it and shows up at Iris’ house, asking if she’d come with him. Awww. Family West feelings. Finally Barry and Patty have an official goodbye, and she figures out he’s the Flash. Huzzah, all on her own!

He won’t tell her though, partly because of the danger he’s in, and partly because he wants her to go on with her life since it’s her dream. She gets proof that it’s him when she calls him from the train saying she’s in trouble. I like that he mostly chose not to hold her back, because he wants her to get what she dreamed of. It’s difficult, but it seems they are at peace with their break up now. Joe points out to Barry that in his long life ahead of him (he’s still alive like a hundred years from now-ish?) he’ll have to make a lot of sacrifices. ALSO BY THE WAY Jay Garrick’s version of himself in this world is Hunter Zolomon! If you didn’t know, he’s Zoom in the comics, so we might have finally solved who is Zoom on the show. That means it is Jay’s other self from Earth 1? How did it all come about then? I am intrigued. I was still banking on Zoom being Barry’s Earth 2 self, or at least we should absolutely see Earth 2 Barry at some point. But it seems unlikely they would put Hunter in this show without him being Zoom or a part of Zoom. Soooo there’s that. I don’t really care enough about Jay for it to be a big deal to me, but I guess we’ll see how it works out. Harrison/Tom was great this episode, both in his dealings with Cisco and his pep talk to Barry that reminded me what a great mentor/mentee relationship they had from the beginning. All around good things currently.

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