Raise your hand if you’re digging Gypsy and Cisco’s adorable relationship. How cute was he when he asked her real name? Cisco can do no wrong in my book, but when you extend him a little romantic story line, I’m happy to report that he radiates a different kind of charm. Of course, that all crashes and burns when Gypsy’s scary-looking daddy (the ever-intimidating Danny Trejo) shows up and threatens to kill Cisco on the spot. Talk about ruining the moment.
After suffering through another one of the mayor’s press conferences, Barry pulls Joe away to report some news on the bus that received the dark matter remnants from The Flash’s return to Earth. Research shows that more than 900 people were on that exact bus that day. Oh, and the bus driver is dead. Coincidence? Of course not. Barry agrees with Wells: The samurai, Barry’s return, and the exact positioning of the bus is all connected.
Barry and Joe head to S.T.A.R Labs, where they meet a menacing man in black who claims that the facility is poorly guarded. Meet Breacher (Trejo), everyone! Cisco brought Gypsy’s dad to see where he works and to meet his personal assistant, Barry Allen. Cisco’s pleading eyes melt Barry’s annoyance enough for him to give Breacher a tour while Cisco figures out how to make his girlfriend’s father like him.
Wells gives some advice: Talk to the guy. Take him to get some coffee and find out what they have in common, besides a love of Gypsy, of course. This plan ultimately backfires, causing Breacher to admit why he came to this Earth in the first place. He wants to hunt Cisco like an animal and kill him because Cisco is not good enough for his daughter. He gives him a 10-second head start, warning Cisco not to use any powers to try to escape this world. Let the games begin!
While Cisco hides in the air ducts of S.T.A.R Labs, the rest of the team checks the coroner’s report from the bus driver’s file. Sifting through the photos, Barry notices an IOU from a guy named Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer). Iris pulls up a picture of the guy and notices that Barry seems uncomfortable. She also notes that Ralph is handsome like Oliver Queen.
Excuse me, Iris, but no one is as handsome as Oliver Queen. He is the bar at which handsome is set.
It seems that Barry has some history with Ralph, but we don’t learn that story yet. First, Barry and Joe pay Ralph a visit at his private detective office, ask him about the bus, and leave when Ralph doesn’t cooperate. Immediately after the door shuts, another couple of brutes come in to shake things up. They are bad guys. How do I know? Because they hang Ralph upside down from the roof asking him for something. Luckily, Ralph doesn’t fall. Instead, he slowly stretches like caramel down to the asphalt below as Joe and Barry watched slack jawed. Clearly Ralph was lying about not being on the bus that day.
Back at the lab, Wells runs some tests and discovers that Ralph’s cells are elastic now. He can literally stretch like Mr. Fantastic. The only problem is that his limbs aren’t springing back to normal. The long Silly Putty-like arms and legs aren’t nearly as disgusting as when Ralph sneezes and his entire face falls off his skull. Kudos to the visual effects department over at The CW for a job well done on this guy. His smarmy personality makes it all the more entertaining!
Caitlin figures that she can find a cure if she gets some of Ralph’s DNA from prior to the bus ride. Barry and Iris head to his office to find something, but not before Barry has a minor argument with Caitlin regarding Ralph’s demeanor. Barry anticipates that he will start hurting people, as the other two metas did, and he wants to lock Ralph up. Caitlin refuses.
Over at the office, which has been thoroughly trashed, Barry clues Iris in on why he can’t stand Ralph. He explains that Ralph was the lead detective when Barry was a junior CSI. Ralph planted evidence a lied in a big case. He was eventually thrown off the force. Barry simply doesn’t trust him. Iris finds a hair brush, which will work for DNA, and then screams when she sees a bomb in Ralph’s desk drawer. Barry vibrates them both down through the floor, which I didn’t know was a thing, and races them out to the street as the building explodes.
Joe and Barry approach Ralph, walking over extended limbs, and relay the information that someone is trying to kill him. Joe wants to know why he’s been calling the mayor, but Ralph declines to answer, so Joe and Barry make a trip to City Hall to find out.
Caitlin whips up a concoction for Ralph to drink that should help him regain his normal body. He drinks and within seconds, his arms and legs zip back to their original form. Caitlin explains that Ralph can basically think about what he wants to be and his cells will just listen. Ralph smiles, thinks about his belly, and BOOM! Instant six pack! (Recap continues on next page).