Something hairy this way comes — and no, we’re not talking about Earth-Two Harrison Wells, though he will play a role in Tuesday’s episode of The Flash when Grodd returns!
As EW previously reported, the hyper-intelligent and telepathic gorilla resets his sights on Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), who was a member of the team that raised Grodd in captivity — another being the now-deceased Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) from Earth-One. “I’m really excited,” Panabaker says. “Obviously Caitlin is a scientist and a doctor involved in Grodd’s life, maybe not as prevalently as Wells was, but she was there. He obviously feels a connection to her, which is why he reaches out to her, shall we say. Grodd has things that he wants Caitlin to help him with.”
With the hour set to reveal more of their connection — “We’ll get a couple flashbacks,” Panabaker says, “moreso dealing with the imminent issue of him kidnapping her” — the team will be desperate to rescue Caitlin, even if it means using unconventional methods.
“I remember when I heard about the trajectory about this episode and how it was going to go down, I was really excited about it,” Carlos Valdes teases. “The way that the team resolves the issue, or tries to get Caitlin back, it’s actually super creative. The team pulls it off without a hitch, because they’re the best. It brings a lot of interesting colors to the episode.” We may get a clue as to how that goes down in the photo below:
However, there is one team member who is hesitant to get involved. After Joe (Jesse L. Martin) ended up as Grodd’s last target, he’s mostly sitting this one out. “I help, but I don’t go anywhere near Grodd this time,” Martin says with a hearty laugh.
Meanwhile, the hour also sees Cisco planning his first date with Kendra (Ciara Renée), who is destined to become Hawkgirl… and also leave Cisco behind for the midseason spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. “Cisco’s relationship with Kendra is really interesting,” Valdes says. “They start to date. I personally think Cisco is really trying to grow and be a better lover. But circumstances never allow him to be the best lover that he can be. He’s constantly facing adversity in his love life.”
“There’s something special about Kendra for him,” he continues. ” In spite of all the flirtatious, playful relationships that Cisco has gotten the chance to explore in the past with Plastique (Bette Sans Souci) and the Golden Glider (Peyton List), this one is different for him. This one is real. Viewers will start to see in coming episodes that she understands him a little better than other people do. She has a little bit of nerdery in her, and as a result of that, she really does understand his jokes and his love of movies. Cisco is putting a lot more stock into this particular relationship.”
Dating Kendra could even bring Cisco one step closer to seeing the positive side of his powers. “People can expect Cisco to definitely start dealing with his powers, come to terms with them and learn how to manage them,” Valdes says. “Cisco has always been an optimist. Cisco has a very good heart. He’s always concerned about the people that he loves, and he’s always willing to do what it takes to be there for them, support them and help them. As a result of that, even though Cisco is struggling with this idea of a potentially evil destiny. Given where his powers come from and his origin story, Cisco will do whatever it takes to evade that destiny and to make his own path. That path, given his past and the person that he is, he has to be a good guy.”
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.