After a month-long break, The Flash is back and he’s got a very important message for everyone: “Don’t do drugs, kids!” Yup, the episode is a bit more after-school special than it’s predecessors. But let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
The team is trying to make Barry faster once again, but learning things the honorable way is hard. Harry is quoting Kanye West in the process of inspiring Barry, who fails at a canyon jump and almost dies. How does he even know about Kanye?! Is he the same on Earth-2?
Jesse is researching Earth-1 back at STAR Labs and get particularly confused when pop star Beyonce is brought into the mix.
Things just aren’t relaxed for the group, so Cisco comes up with a plan.
And we’re so glad he did because this sequence is the best part of the episode.
Everything is all good! How could they not be, with dance moves like this?
There is a connection between Jesse and Wally. And now we are officially squealing all about this episode already!
Barry and Iris have the inevitable but awkward conversation about being married. Already, they’re making wedding small talk.
But how about a kiss that doesn’t get time/dimension warped before that?!
Everything is lovely, then BAM! A red streak comes in and robs the whole club. Everyone thinks it’s The Flash, naturally. Even worse? She can outrun Barry!
Things get worse when Jesse finds her father’s message saying that he killed a man to save her. Jesse isn’t too thrilled and she calls hims murderer before storming off.
Iris’ boss is clearly anti-Metahuman and totally ready to bring The Flash down. Iris tries to toss him off the war path and in doing so, accidentally ends up on a date with her boss.
This recap will continue after this short pause to appreciate Iris’ killer outfit:
Caitlin spills the beans on Velocity-9, which she believes may have created the new speedster. Then said speedster hits again and evades Barry yet again, leaving the team pretty damn discouraged.
Cisco is having serious vibes about Zoom whenever he touches the memorial containing Jay’s helmet. He even gets them while touching Caitlin while she touches the case, but he doesn’t have much time to think about it because Trajectory is a punkass and an immediate threat.
While Caitlin and Joe investigate the V9 and second speedster with Caitlin’s former co-worker Eliza Harmon, SHE DROPS A LAW & ORDER REFERENCE! Eliza is, of course, the second speedster. And she’s got a serious split personality and she’s taking the V9 to cause chaos. Essentially, she’s addicted to the stuff. But the sequence? Someone watched the Green Goblin in Spider-Man a few too many times!
Eliza, now Trajectory, turns up at Star Labs to wreak havoc, starting by locking Barry up in a containment cell. (How did she know about those?!) She’s just about to start killing everyone when Harry agrees to make her more V9, because all she really wants is another speed fix. Apparently, Barry is the only person who can harness speed and use it to do good things.
Meanwhile, Iris’ boss realizes that their Flash conversation isn’t a date and things get hella awkward, because he totally thought it was a date.
To test the new batch of V9, Trajectory uses it on Jesse. After Trajectory leaves, Jesse has a terrible reaction and needs a blood transfusion from Wells. BUT WHY?! Why would the V9 have a much different effect on Jesse than it did even Jay, who was also from Earth-2?
Upon recovering she points to something important to her dad: While she appreciates him, he shouldn’t necessarily sacrifice the rest of the world over and over to save her.
Case in point: Trajectory is trying to take down a bridge and kill hundreds of citizens with her new V9 fix. Because again, addicts do crazy things.
Barry manages to cause her down after making the EPIC JUMP he couldn’t land in the beginning of the episode. But the slo-mo close up? Hilariously bad, guys.
After a stirring speech against performance enhancing drugs that Trajectory didn’t listen to, she overdoses on V9 and as she runs, turns to straight-up ash. But her lightning? It turns blue. ZOOM BLUE.
As things settle down, Iris asks her boss for another date. WHAT?
Harry’s journey to protect his daughter ends on an ultimate low note this episode: Jesse has run away. Even stranger, he doesn’t tell anyone that she left.
To end the episode, the group puts two and two together: Jay Garrick is Zoom. He’s after Barry’s speed because he’s dying. Cisco touches the helmet and has a vibe that confirms it.
The disbelief is strong and the pain is real. Barry screaming into an isolated abyss REAL.
Aaaaand that’s where we’re left until next week!