What elevates this episode above just being a fun change of pace is that the show uses the opportunity to address something it’s struggled with for most its run: the relationships between its female characters. It’s been clear for a while that the show hasn’t always known what to do with Iris and Caitlin (turning the latter into Killer Frost last season helped), and when Supergirl premiered, filled with multiple forms of female friendships, it shined a light on something else The Flash was missing. In tonight’s episode, Caitlin — after narrowly surviving another encounter with Amunet, who showed off her ability to control a specific type of metal that forced her to revert back to Caitlin — points out how she and Iris are really just work friends. “It’s not like you and I have become besties over the past year,” says Caitlin, making a very accurate point. That explains why Caitlin didn’t feel like she could talk to Iris about what was going with her powers and with Amunet.
With Felicity’s help, the Team Flash women are able to track down Amunet, because satellites can find anything in the Arrow-verse. They show up at one of Central City’s many warehouses, where Amunet is meeting with someone interested in buying the Weeper. Iris and Felicity, who shows up with Captain Cold’s gun, think they’ll be able to take Amunet and her men on their own, but they’re wrong. Thankfully, Caitlin, who initially decided to hang back because she was afraid she’d lose control, shows up and uses her Killer Frost powers to protect Iris and Felicity, and Cecile uses a magnet to separate Amunet from the special metal she carries around in a bucket for battles like this one. Killer Frost has an opportunity to kill her but doesn’t. Obviously, Caitlin is still in there.
Meanwhile, Ralph crashes Barry’s bachelor party and drags Barry, Joe, Harry, and Cisco, who planned a chill night of cigars, brandy, and home videos, to dirty strip club where Ralph’s photo hangs on the wall because he’s the No. 1 customer. There, Cisco supplies Barry with a concentrated alcohol that gets him hammered. No surprise, drunk Barry is a bloody delight! From yelling “I’m the Flash!” to crying over the ending of Titanic and how much he loves chicken wings, I couldn’t stop laughing.
Joe isn’t having nearly as much fun, however, because he’s freaking out about becoming a father again — and, more pressingly, it turns out Cecile’s daughter Joanie is a stripper at said establishment. According to Joanie, she’s writing a book about the female experience and wants to show that a powerful woman be anything she wants. Joe suggests she think about the reason she hasn’t told her mother about this new side gig yet.
Joe’s night goes from bad to worse when Ralph causes a bar fight after stealing a $20 from stripper, which lands them all behind bars. There, Joe opens up to Barry, who is barfing in the cell’s toilet, about his fears about becoming a father again. Pointing out that Joe raised two children as a single father, Barry vows that he, Iris, and everyone else will be there to help him out, which calms Joe a bit. Thankfully, Harry springs them from jail, and when they all return to S.T.A.R. Labs, they find Caitlin waiting in the Cortex to come clean to them about everything.
Wall of Weird:
- At the end of the episode, we see the Thinker leave his futuristic bunker for the first time. He hunts down and recaptures the Weeper from his flying chair, which adds fuel to the fire that is my theory that the Thinker is actually Metron.
- Iris asks Caitlin to be her maid of honor, which raises the question: How does Iris not have any other friends in the city? Or does she feel like she has to pick from within the super-circle since they plan on inviting all of their superfriends, which means they can’t have normies there?
- “Seriously, Allen, how do you know so many hot girls?” — Ralph, after meeting Felicity
- “Caitlin’s taste in clothes is only matched by her taste in men — both terrible” — Killer Frost, about Caitlin
- “Joe, why didn’t Rose make room for Jack on the door? There was plenty of room for both of them” — a drunk and tearful Barry
- “Is there any part of the way I’m dressed that leads you to believe I want to be called ‘ma’am’?” — Amunet, to the police
- “You and I could’ve been gods,” says Amunet, to which Killer Frost replies, “I used to work with a god. Over it.”
- “I’m so tired. Can we do this tomorrow?” — Cisco, newly freed from jail, when he walks into the Cortex and sees Killer Frost standing there
- Ralph laments losing “access to the happiest place on Earth” at the end of the hour.