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The Flash recap: 'Plastique'

The Flash goes up against a military general looking to weaponize a metahuman who can blow things up just by a touch.

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Flash Recap
Jack Rowand/The CW

The Flash

TV Show
run date:
Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

[SPOILER ALERT: This recap opens with a discussion of the episode ending stinger]

Because I can’t wait until the end of the recap to discuss this: Grodd made his appearance in tonight’s episode! For those who don’t know, Gorilla Grodd, one of The Flash‘s most dangerous villains, is a super-intelligent gorilla with the ability to control the minds of others. We first encountered Grodd in The Flash‘s pilot when the camera lingered on his cage, which was broken open after the particle accelerator exploded. The fact that he was being kept in S.T.A.R. Labs implied that the show would be altering his origins, and this became even clearer tonight when we found out that Dr. Harrison Wells played a role in his creation (more on this later). Although I didn’t expect The Flash to start working Grodd in the show so early, I’m very excited because it’s great to see the series fleshing out more of The Flash’s enemies. You can never have too many villains.

Anyway, onto the rest of the episode.

Metahuman of the week: Bette Sans Souci, a.k.a. Plastique

As soon as the show opened on the bar scene with Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, and Detective Pretty Boy, my first question was “Can Barry Allen get drunk!?” However, the show immediately answered this question when Barry speed-drank multiple shots to show Caitlin and Cisco it wasn’t happening. But, there’s no time to worry about his because Eddie gets a page about an explosion in an office building, and he and Barry, separately, leave for the scene of the crime.

Barry arrives on the scene and sees a window washer dangling from the building following the explosion. He saves him by super-speeding up the side of the building. Unbeknownst to him, Iris has also showed up at the explosion to catch a glimpse of The Streak, and she gets just that when Barry makes it back to the ground with the window washer. Like he did with his father several weeks back, Barry moves his face really quickly to stop Iris from recognizing him.

Unfortunately, the military, led by General Eiling (Clancy Brown), shows up as soon as Barry, Joe, and the rest of the CCPD are put on the case; this complicates an already weird-case when Barry can’t figure out the nature of the bomb. However, before General Eiling confiscates all the evidence, Barry’s able to steal a page he found in the file room that the bomber broke into.

Losing the case opens Joe up to deal with Iris this week. One of the officers informs him that she was at the bombing site, and when he questions her, he finds out about her blog on The Streak and is not happy. Joe tries to convince her that there’s no Streak, but she insists she saw him and refuses to give it up.

Elsewhere, Barry is bringing the S.T.A.R. Labs crew up to date. Turns out Wells knows Eiling from back in the day when the General contacted S.T.A.R. Labs to help him develop gene surgeries for soldiers; he wanted to give them mind-reading abilities to help them in interrogations. However, Wells quickly put a stop to their partnership after seeing his less-than-humane methods. Cisco is able to track down the bomber: Bette Sans Souci (Kelly Frye), who was a bomb specialist for the military.

Barry super-speeds to the address Cisco finds and confronts Bette for the first time. However, things don’t go well when she touches his suit; it starts to glow, and she tells him that he needs to get out of it—quickly. In the act of avoiding death, Barry strips down while Bette gets away. Cisco is not going to be happy about his suit.

NEXT: Iris and The Streak meet face to face