The Flash Recap ‘Cause and Effect’
Last week, we found out that Barry is Savitar, but it isn’t the Barry we know and love. When Barry traveled to 2024, his future self told him that he created time remnants in order to defeat Savitar, but every single one of them was killed. That isn’t quite true. One of them survived. And after the creation of Flashpoint, he made his move against his real self. Savitar says that Barry just uses the remnants, they are disposable. Now, he will get his revenge and become Barry Allen.
With Savitar’s identity revealed, Team Flash tries to figure out how to stop him. Since he is a version of Barry, he has all of his memories and remembers every plan that they make. So in order to counter that, Cisco and Julian believe that they can stop Barry from making new memories. This way, Savitar won’t know what they are planning. Unfortunately, they didn’t account for Barry’s speed and his memory gets completely erased.
And now we have Bart, a carefree guy who has no idea who he is or what happened to him in the past. Iris steps in to take care of him and try to jump-start his memories, but as they spend more time together, Iris doesn’t want him to get his memories back. This is the first time in quite a long time that he is smiling and is actually happy. But then Cecile calls because she needs Barry to come testify against Lucious Coolidge, aka Heat Monger. Joe and Iris explain to Cecile that Barry has amnesia and can’t testify, but if he doesn’t give evidence, Coolidge walks. They ask her to stall.
When Barry takes the stand, Cisco and Julian created a pair of glasses that they treat as a teleprompter, feeding Barry the answers. He gets under a bit of pressure though and some sweat fries the glasses. Coolidge goes free.
Back at the lab, Killer Frost is waiting for them. She says that taking away Barry’s memories also took away Savitar’s. She needs their help to restore them or she will never be cured. Cisco and Julian decide to let her help, but their main goal is to try and appeal to the Caitlin side. Cisco tells stories of working late nights with Caitlin, Ronnie, and Hartley. We see Killer Frost soften a little bit as she and Cisco remember Ronnie.
Coolidge attacks a building and it is about to collapse. Bart goes out to try and stop it, but he doesn’t have control of his powers yet. He doesn’t think he can do it. Killer Frost tells them to use the tech they put in his suit to jump-start the memories. They do so, but it doesn’t quite work. Something is still blocking his memories. Barry needs to have a visceral reaction in order to get them back. Iris recounts the first night Barry came to the West house. When he first arrived, he was silent, still in shock. Then that night, Iris heard some sounds from downstairs. She found Barry crying. Iris sat down on the couch, put Barry’s head in her lap, and comforted him as he cried. Iris says that this is the moment that they fell in love with each other. And it all comes back.
Barry remembers everything (as does Savitar) and he is able to stop the building from collapsing with some help from Wally.
Back at the lab, Killer Frost turns to leave. Cisco and Julian try to get her to stay, but she ignores them. Then Julian says that he can cure her. He will do everything he can to find a cure because he loves her. Killer Frost says that she doesn’t love him. She doesn’t love any of them. She then gets into the elevator. But when the doors close, her eyes flash back to normal. Caitlin is fighting.
While all of this was going on, Tracy and H.R. were working on the “Speed Bazooka” and it is nearly complete. The only issue is that they need a massive power source and it looks like that power source is in the clutches of King Shark. Great.
This episode was so funny. Amnesia Barry was so adorable. But then the end came along to punch you in the gut. It was interesting that Iris had the same choice to make as Barry did in Flashpoint. Barry was happy in the world he created, but he still make the decision to change it back because it wasn’t right. Iris had to make the same decision. She loved this carefree Barry and it solved the Savitar problem. She would live, but it wasn’t right. The world needs Barry and the Flash.
Next week is the penultimate episode of season three. We will have a showdown with King Shark as Team Flash tries to get the power source for the bazooka. Will they be able to get it and stop Savitar before the deadline? It’s fast approaching. The next episode is entitled ‘Infantino Street.’