If there’s one constant in the Arrow/The Flash-verse, it’s that someone is always keeping something from at least one other person. These shows, characters, and comic books themselves love their secrets—especially, secret identities. Tonight’s episode sees The Flash’s characters deal with the burden of keeping secrets. They become well acquainted with the maxim: “Secrets secrets are no fun. Secret, secrets, hurt someone.” Barry, Joe, and Eddie are lying to Iris; Barry is lying to Cisco and Caitlin; and Wells, as we know, is lying to everyone and seems to find it easier than the other characters. Also, Arrow’s Felicity and Ray, a.k.a. Arrow/The Flash’s poster couple for a healthy relationship because no one’s lying, pay Central City a visit and serve as a nice counterpoint.
VILLAIN OF THE WEEK: Brie Larvin, a.k.a. the Bug-Eyed Bandit (The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney):
Since realizing that Wells is the Reverse Flash, Barry has been trying to keep his distance and has instead been working very closely with Joe and Eddie to close non-metahuman cases. Not only is it hard to work with the man who killed his mother, but it’s also difficult having to keep what he knows from Cisco and Caitlin. Joe’s worried about where Cisco and Caitlin’s loyalties may lie and advises Barry against telling them. After a robotics professor at Hudson University is killed by a swarm of bees, Barry’s forced to suck it up and work alongside the S.T.A.R. Labs team to catch the murderer. (ASIDE: If there’s one thing I’ve learned from TV/Law & Order SVU, it’s to never attend a Hudson University. END ASIDE)
Team Flash won’t be working alone; however, because Felicity and Ray have come to Central City to ask S.T.A.R. Labs to help them with Ray’s A.T.O.M. suit. To no one’s surprise, Felicity and Ray fit right in with The Flash; it makes you wish they would hang around every week. Everyone at S.T.A.R. Labs is impressed by Ray’s suit, including Wells; however, Cisco isn’t too fond of Ray’s chosen alias, “The Atom.”
Since the moment she arrived, Felicity could tell that all was not right with her favorite people in Central City. Felicity—who, like most of us who watch The Flash, was looking for a break from the mood and brood of Starling City—is disappointed because everyone’s in a funk. “I thought Central City was supposed to be the fun one,” says Felicity to Barry and Eddie, both of whom aren’t having a good day, at Jitters. (Did I mention that tonight’s episode is very meta?) Yes, things have been great for Eddie professionally since finding out Barry’s secret, the same can’t be said of his private life. Eddie hates lying to Iris because not only can she tell he’s keeping something, but, as he points out after meeting Felicity, literally everyone except Iris knows Barry’s secret.
Eddie pointing out how ridiculous it is that Iris is the only one who doesn’t know Barry Allen is The Flash is probably the one meta moment that doesn’t work in the show’s favor because it brings The Flash’s biggest flaw into sharp relief. Maybe it’s having suffered through six seasons of Lana not knowing Clark’s secret of Smallville, but I think Iris not knowing is ridiculous. Not only does Joe/Eddie/Barry’s rational make very little sense—lying never protects the people you love on these shows—but it is also hurting Iris the character. Bringing her into the fold would make Iris feel more vital to the series. But, I digress.
Felicity, Barry, and Eddie’s coffee sesh is cut short when someone else who works in robotics is attacked by a swarm of killer bees. The Flash rushes to the scene of the attack, but he’s too late. Unfortunately, the bees are still there and set their sights on Barry. Sadly, his suit isn’t thick enough to protect him and upon being stung, he’s sent into cardiac arrest. Thankfully, his suit just happens to have a built-in defibrillator, so the team is able to shock his heart back into action remotely.
Nothing can slow Barry Allen down, not even a heart attack, so after recovering from his near death experience, he heads out to dinner with Felicity, Ray, Iris, and Eddie. He’s five wheelin’ and hating it. However, the dinner ends rather quickly. Barry can’t handle all of his feelings about Wells and lying to Caitlin and Cisco, so he has a panic attack and rushes to bathroom. Felicity follows, and he tells her about Wells. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie have a fight about Eddie lying, which leads to Iris storming off and Eddie running after her. One of Brie’s bees (hehe) remained attached to Barry’s suit and is now buzzing around S.T.A.R. Labs, so Barry speeds off to help his crew, thus leaving Ray and Felicity, the healthy no-secret having couple, to finish 17 courses.
NEXT: Let’s get down to bees-ness.