We gave it a B+
What’s great about having Becky as a villain is that she isn’t out for revenge. As I’ve complained in the past, the show tends to lean on that trope a bit too much, which at this point feels like lazy motivation. Barry recognizes that Becky isn’t like the show’s usual foes and thinks he’ll be able to solve this week’s problem by just talking to her. So, Barry approaches her at Jitters, where her powers start to act up and cause trouble in the coffee shop as she gets upset. Realizing he can’t win, Barry is forced to just let her walk away before something bad happens.
Given that they just lost their wedding venue and all of the bad luck they’ve faced over the past four years, Iris decides that she wants to just get married today. She summons Barry to a church, and as a funeral starts wrapping up, she and Barry push past the procession (“I love this coffin. Is this cedar?” says Iris is one of the episode’s funniest lines) to the altar and ask the priest to marry them. Unfortunately, that plans falls apart because the priest goes into anaphylactic shock; he’s allergic to the cinnamon incense the altar boy used. (My notes: “LOLOLOL.”) Meanwhile, Cisco apologizes to Harry for telling him to go back to Earth-2, and Harry admits that his daughter kicked him off her superhero team because he was too strict and didn’t give them enough time for personal bonding. Cisco ends up inviting Harry to stay on their Earth to help them fight crime and, in a surprising development, build a life filled with friends here.
Cisco and Harry’s make-up chat is interrupted by more alarms: The bad-luck quantum field created by Becky’s powers is expanding and affecting the entire city. The more good luck Becky experiences, the worse it gets for everyone else. As Becky goes on a winning streak at the casino, the West home, which has been suffering plumbing problems all episode long, starts to fall apart and traps Cecile and Joe inside — and the particle accelerator starts powering up, which can’t be good news. Given that The Flash‘s VFX maestro Armen K. Kevorkian directed this episode, you’d expect this all to build to some beautifully rendered computer-generated sequence of The Flash saving the day, but the script subverts those expectations. When The Flash arrives at the casino with some power-dampening handcuffs, he slips on some quarters and accidentally handcuffs himself. Tonight’s save goes to Harry, who tells Cisco to let the particle accelerator turn on because it will counteract Becky’s powers. He’s right and everything goes back to normal, and Barry is able to get the cuffs on Becky.
During the episode’s climax, I wrote in my notes, “WHERE IS WALLY?” because his absence was pretty glaring amid all of the excitement. Thankfully, the show answers that question fairly quickly. Wally reveals to the team that he traveled to Earth-2 to talk to Jesse, who is focusing on herself. And since no one noticed he was missing during the fight, Wally has decided to do the same and pull a “Jeremy Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries” by leaving town. Is writing off Wally the show’s way of admitting that it has no idea what to do with him? It seems to be, which is disappointing because Keiynan Lonsdale has a done a great job with the character and there’s some story potential in watching Barry getting used to working with a partner in the field. Hopefully, he’ll be back soon. But with Wally gone, a Wells back in, and two enjoyable metas-of-the-week in a row, it feels like the show is trying to capture the spirit of the first season.
As Wally leaves S.T.A.R. Labs, removing himself from the proverbial chessboard, Harry realizes that someone is playing an elaborate chess game with them, that everything that’s happened since the Samuroid came to town is part this person’s big plan. We obviously know he’s right. The Thinker is onto to them, too, because he’s using the Samuroid head to eavesdrop on them. By the end of the episode, The Thinker’s plans remain pretty opaque, but we do know that he’s trying to collect all of the metas he created in Iron Heights — but first he wants to observe how they use their powers.
Wall of Weird:
- In a surprising twist, the episode’s stinger belongs to Joe and Cecile, who reveals that she doesn’t want to move out of the very old West home because she’s pregnant. This leaves Joe speechless.
- “Subject was born in Sarasota, Florida, the first indignity in a life full of unfortunate circumstances,” says The Thinker, whose deadpan makes everything he says sound super shady.
- Becky still used MySpace three weeks ago, which is the saddest thing about her background.
- Did anyone gets Harley Quinn vibes from Sugar Lyn Beard’s delivery of “Mr. Security Man”?
- “Every time we try to do something right, it goes horribly wrong!” — Cisco, after learning they created the new metas
- Look, we should take issue with the fact that The Flash refuses to drop the Wells crutch, but Tom Cavanagh has been pretty fantastic in every role he’s played on this show, so I’m glad he’s sticking around.