The Flash Recap ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’
It’s Thanksgiving and Team Flash is celebrating in their traditional fashion when their prepping is interrupted. There’s a weather anomaly that is threatening a factory. If the power core reaches critical levels, it will do a fair amount of damage. Barry and Nora run in to stop whatever is going on. In order to save the core, Barry sacrifices his life, literally. He dies, but Nora is able to bring him back by turning into a human defibrillator. This experience causes her to be incredibly upset with Barry as she comes to realize that the reason she was always lashing out at her mother, or anyone else, following Barry’s disappearance is because she was actually incredibly hurt by him deciding to leave. She’s watched him put his life on the line for others and she can no longer handle it. Nora doesn’t want him to be the Flash anymore so he won’t have to leave her in the future.
The source of Team Flash’s problem are caused by “Weather Witch,” who happens to be Mark Mardon’s (Weather Wizard) daughter. She tries to break her father out of prison, but Barry and Nora move him back to S.T.A.R. Labs first. Joss threatens Central if she doesn’t get her father back, and Team Flash decide to play to her wish in hope that they can get the source of her meta powers (a giant weather vane) away from her. Turns out Joss doesn’t care about her father as she kills him. Luckily, it was just Iris using a hologram of Mardon. Joss manages to escape, only to threaten Central on Thanksgiving day. She summons a tornado of lightning bolts. The only way to stop it is for Barry to use Weather Wizard’s want and act as a lightning rod. He hesitates because it is incredibly dangerous and Nora is still upset with him. She realizes that this is what he has to do and tells him that it’s okay. Barry runs as fast as he can, harnessing the electricity. After it’s over, Weather Witch is detained and Barry is safe.
It’s Thanksgiving, and Cicada isn’t going to let Grace celebrate it alone. He is at the hospital when Team Flash arrives, asking questions about Grace’s family. The nurse keeps them out of the room, saying Grace has no one. That’s when we get flashbacks to the advent of Cicada. Surprisingly, Grace isn’t his daughter, but his niece. Her mother was killed in a meta attack and Orlin is the next of kin. Initially, he isn’t the greatest parent, and Grace starts acting out in school as a result. He decides to clean up his act and make things better for her. After a while, they grow incredibly close, and that’s when he takes her to the carnival the night of the Enlightenment. During the fallout, Grace is knocked unconscious and Orlin takes the lightning bolt shrapnel to the chest. He takes Grace to the hospital, only concerned for her health and not the piece of metal sticking out of his chest. After, the doctor tells him that Grace has suffered severe damage and it’s unknown if she’ll ever wake up. She then condemns metas, saying that they only cause harm. That’s when Orlin starts forming his plan for the ultimate revenge. The shrapnel piece reacts to his anger.
This was a well-acted episode, especially from Grant Gustin and Jessica Parker Kennedy. The moment when Nora was trying to bring Barry back to life and then when she finally realized her true feelings were incredibly emotional, and you could feel the pain Nora was feeling. Barry is right in that he is the Flash because of the people he cares about. He has always done everything he can to save Joe and Iris, and now all of Team Flash. Things would be worse off if Flash wasn’t around. I’m wondering if we’re going to get an episode where Nora is the one who ends up in severe danger and Barry finally realizes what it feels like for her. There hasn’t yet been a situation where Nora is critically injured or kidnapped. Barry will probably start rethinking her turn to heroism if that were to happen.
Next week’s episode is entitled ‘What’s Past is Prologue,’ which is The Flash‘s 100th episode.