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The Flash — “Rupture” — Image: FLA220b_0065b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I’m burning through recaps, but it’s probably a question mark to this series that I didn’t remember at all the episode before this, but I remembered this one just fine. It had a ???? final moment and got me fascinated to see what was next, so good on it. I just had to reread the past few recaps to remember where it all was at. Previously on The Flash, Zoom took Barry’s powers away in exchange for Wally’s life. I’m not sure why Zoom didn’t try this a bunch of other times if it ended up being that easy. Jesse had run off so Wells found her and brought her back. He decided that he could recreate the accident that gave Barry his powers, and bring the Flash back. But that would obviously be taking a huge risk, since Barry barely survived the first time. Caitlin was kidnapped by Zoom aka Jay and he’s basically terrorizing her, poor thing. She does not have good luck with men.

Team Flash has come up with a hologram Flash to trick bad guys into being caught, but it’s a temporary solution at best. Wells wants to push Barry getting his powers back the old fashioned way, but everyone’s like NO HARRY STOP THAT. BAD HARRY. That’s all the metahuman stuff happened in the first place! Barry’s dad is back finally to offer him support, and also makes a comment about Garrick being his mother’s maiden name. I went AHHHHHHH instantly and knew he had to be the man in the mask and the real Jay Garrick. A friend of mine has been speculating about this for a long time and he was absolutely correct, and this is the moment when it clicked for me. Anyway, Daddy Allen is like naw you don’t need to be the Flash to be awesome, let it go and we can move on. Iris also wants it to be clear to Barry that her feelings for him have changed, but that it isn’t contingent on him being a superhero. She likes him for who he is. Barry’s definitely going back and forth on whether the risk is worth it, but with Zoom coming back to their Earth, it doesn’t seem like there is a choice anymore.

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The Flash — “Rupture” — Image: FLA220b_0025b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Zoom is back with Caitlin in tow and he takes over the police station to scare them all off. This leads them to think about what to do. It’s interesting to see the three main father figures squaring off here, although I was sad there isn’t a mother figure somewhere in there to counteract them almost. Anyway, there’s Wells, who is certain taking the risk is worth it, and Henry Allen, who is completely against it, and Joe who is middle ground about it. They all make good points, but we know where this is going, because the show is called The Flash. Barry can’t just retire. Cisco’s brother Dante is brought in, which was unexpected, and also actually quite sad. Because one of the baddies from Earth-2 is his brother Rupture, and he tries to kill him. Cisco has to see his fake brother die, and it causes him to reconnect with Dante and that was a very sweet moment. This is after Zoom gets pissed off at Caitlin for betraying him, and kills basically all of the police force. Whaaaaat. That guy isn’t playing around.

So Barry finally accepts it and they recreate the incident, including having him covered in chemicals and electrocuted. Damn! Wally and Jesse are hidden in this section together, being kind of adorable?, but they get out as things start to go wrong. We see the two of them hit with a Flash-like bolt, and fall over, and then Barry disintegrates before everyone’s eyes. Obviously we know that he’s fine, but the characters certainly don’t, and their horror and grief is incredibly painful to watch. You poor babies. I hope this means that Jesse Quick and Wally West are about to be speedsters too! Although I guess finding new challenges with three speedsters could be hard. Apparently Kevin Smith is directing the next episode, so that’ll be interesting, and Barry is hanging out in the Speed Force. Ahhh, the geek is strong in this one. The episode was solid, really tense, great acting, and a wham bam ending. Flash feels like it’s getting back on track.

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