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Episode Recap of The Flash, Season 1 Episode 14: Fallout
This episode of The Flash picks up right where the last episode left off – as the Flash is running away with Caitlin after the nuclear explosion of Ronnie/Stein. Seeing the readings from Barry’s suit, Cisco informs Barry that there’s no radiation. They go back and find that it worked – Ronnie and Stein are separated. Ronnie and Caitlin share a kiss.
The four of them return to STAR Labs, where Cisco and Dr. Wells welcome Ronnie back. Professor Stein requests a change of clothes.
Meanwhile, the army investigates the scene of the explosion and General Eiling realizes that it’s FIRESTORM.
After a medical examination, it is determined that both Ronnie and Professor Stein are running a bit of a high temperature. Also, now that they are separated, they no longer possess the ability to harness nuclear energy. It seems that Ronnie and Professor Stein don’t like each other very much after spending so much time together.
Barry brings Professor Stein home to his wife, who is overjoyed to see him. Stein thanks Barry for bringing him home, and Barry says he’ll see him soon.
Joe brings Barry to his old house and shows him what he and Cisco found. Joe tells him that they tested the blood’s DNA and it belongs to Barry as an adult. Barry is astonished to realize that the second speedster is himself.
Back at STAR Labs, Joe, Barry, and Cisco discuss time travel with Dr. Wells. He says it’s possible, but problematic. However, Dr. Wells doesn’t have a working theory on how to do it.
Over at Iris’s office, her mentor suggests that what happened with the particle accelerator wasn’t an accident, and pushes her to investigate.
Barry stops by Professor Stein’s house, and his wife informs him that things are a little off about him – like wanting pizza, when he doesn’t even like pizza. Barry asks Professor Stein about a paper that he wrote about time travel. Stein says he thinks time travel is possible, and Barry says he thinks he has already time traveled. Stein seems to think it’s a side effect of Barry’s super speed.
Meanwhile, Ronnie and Caitlin are talking at Jitters, and Ronnie discusses moving out of town and getting a fresh start somewhere else. However, Caitlin doesn’t want to leave Central City. Just then, they come under attack. Caitlin makes it out, but Ronnie gets caught when he tries to duck out the back alley. In the meantime, Stein feels the adrenaline rush that Ronnie has gotten from the attack, and tells Barry that Ronnie needs help at Jitters.
General Eiling confronts Ronnie, and tells him he wants FIRESTORM. The Flash shows up and takes out Eiling’s men. But Eilng throws some spikes at him that are attracted to kinetic energy. Caitlin drives up in a van and rescues them.
Back at STAR Labs, Caitlin picks the spikes out of Barry. Stein shows up. They run some tests and realize that Stein and Ronnie’s brain waves are perfectly in sync with each other. Barry convinces Stein to stay there, because Eiling might be after him.
Barry brings Caitlin and Ronnie to stay at Joe’s house, and introduces Ronnie to Joe, who knows who he is. However, Iris shows up just then, and they have to make up an excuse as to why Caitlin is there and say that Ronnie is Caitlin’s cousin Sam.
Dr. Wells pays a visit to General Eiling, who seems to presume that Dr. Wells will come to the decision to bring Stein and Ronnie to him so he can figure out how FIRESTORM works.
Joe has a talk with Barry about the DNA testing. Barry insists that Dr. Wells had nothing to do with his mom’s murder, and Joe says he believes that now.
At STAR Labs, Stein and Dr. Wells have a drink. However, it seems that Dr. Wells has spiked Stein’s drink, and he passes out. At that moment, Ronnie senses that something is wrong. General Eiling and the army come in and take Stein, as Dr. Wells tells him that Stein has the secret to FIRESTORM.
At Iris’s office, her mentor shows her pictures of the attack at Jitters, which Caitlin is in. He implies that she look into it. Iris takes a look at an old article of hers, and recognizes Caitlin’s “cousin” as the burning man.
The group meets back up at STAR Labs, and they realize the only way to find Stein is through Ronnie. Ronnie says he feels cold.
General Eiling has Stein tied up, and questions him, after turning the thermostat down. He has his people come in and electrocute Stein. Meanwhile, Ronnie feels the pain. Their connection grows stronger. Eiling has his people take a break to give Stein some time to think. Ronnie carves the question “where” into his arm, which shows up on Stein’s arm. Stein uses Morse code to communicate that he is at Military Facility #27. Ronnie realizes he has to go to Stein, and has Barry take him. Caitlin gives him a good luck kiss, and Cisco gives him the quantum splicer that they had used to separate the two.
The Flash and Ronnie show up outside the facility, and Ronnie senses that Eiling has a gun to Stein’s head and is about to pull the trigger. However, Barry runs in and rescues Stein. The army shows up and shoots a missile at them, which Barry tries to catch – but the missile contains some kind of chemical that eats away at his suit. Dr. Wells tells him the only way to extinguish it is to run.
Dr. Wells also advises Stein and Ronnie that they must merge once more. Ronnie puts on the quantum splicer, and they willfully merge, correctly this time. Ronnie/Stein attacks the soldiers with his fire, but Eiling uses a weapon that temporarily stops him. Eiling is about to shoot him, when Barry runs up and knocks Eiling down. The Flash runs back to STAR Labs, while Ronnie/Stein flies back.
Ronnie and Stein are able to separate from each other again. Caitlin tells Ronnie that she understands he has to go. Ronnie and Stein head out to talk to a colleague of Stein’s that might help them learn more about their condition. They want to stay out of town in order to avoid General Eiling. They merge together and fly off.
Cailtin and Cisco chat at Jitters. Iris stops by and asks about Caitlin’s cousin. She gives a suspicious answer. Iris brings back a picture of the Burning Man to her mentor, and says she’s going to help him figure out what’s going on at STAR Labs, saying that she thinks the Burning Man used to work there.
Barry brings Joe to his old house, and says that knowing he is supposed to lose gives him the advantage. He is confident that when he faces off against the man in yellow, he won’t make the same mistake twice. Barry believes he is going to change the past and save his mom.
In the final scene, a red streak runs by and takes General Eiling into the sewer. It’s the man in the yellow suit. Eiling asks who he is, and the man in yellow removes his mask – it’s Dr. Wells. He acknowledges that he is a meta-human, and that he protects his own. Eiling hears a voice, and Wells tells him that it’s an old friend of theirs. Grodd, the over-sized gorilla, attacks Eiling.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 14 of The Flash: Fallout
So… why was the show suggesting something going on with Barry and Caitlin (more so from Caitlin’s perspective) if they were just going to have Ronnie come back during the next couple of episodes?? I guess it was only fair, considering that they gave Barry a girlfriend (who was mysteriously absent this episode, especially after all of the work he did to win her back last episode). But as I suspected, the separation did not go quite as smoothly as they would have hoped, and it looks like Ronnie actually won’t be around much, since he and Stein are flying around, away from Central City, trying to get some answers. It’s probably better that he stays away, with Iris being a nosy reporter. She’s starting to get annoying.
Okay, if there were any doubts in anyone’s mind about Dr. Wells being the man in the yellow suit, those doubts have definitely been obliterated with us actually seeing the man in the yellow suit remove his mask and reveal himself to be Dr. Wells. I had tried giving him the benefit of the doubt, saying maybe he had merely developed the suit, and someone else became the Reverse Flash. But now we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it’s him.
It seems that we are edging ever so closely to Barry being able to time travel. However, it’s not quite clear how he’ll be able to do it yet. Both Dr. Wells and Professor Stein think it’s possible, though neither of them know how to do it. How long will it take them to figure it out? And now, by the preview for the next episode, it looks like the team may have caught on to Dr. Wells being a bad guy. So, how will they figure it out without the help of Dr. Wells, especially is Stein is away? Maybe Stein will make another appearance or two, or maybe they’ll somehow come to the conclusion that they were wrong about Dr. Wells being bad. I don’t know, but I am really looking forward to time travel being a part of this show! I love time travel!
Josh’s Thoughts: The Flash, Season 1 Episode 14: Fallout
So we finally get some answers–Wells is at least one of the Reverse Flashes. I say at least one because we see Wells beat up at one point, by someone in a yellow suit. This means that there might be two, unless Wells has some strange ability that makes him be in two places at once.
One thing I thought of that kind of blew my mind…What if Dr. Wells is Barry? I know it is a very far fetched idea, but what are the odds that Dr. Wells and Barry got the same exact power? Maybe Wells is a futuristic, cynical version of Barry, and the story turns into Barry having to get a grip on his own life as he doesn’t turn into this more cynical version of himself. I think that could be a very interesting way to go with the show. I have a feeling that this idea is completely off though.
As for FIRESTORM, I am curious where we see that go form here. There are rumors of a spin-off, which could be interesting. It would be kind of weird having the two people making up FIRESTORM in a show together. I feel like the older version would feel out of place in the show, but maybe they could figure that out. It has been a few weeks since the show has been on, and I can’t wait for it to come back!
Scenes from The Flash, Season 1 Episode 15: Out of Time
Here are scenes from the next episode of The Flash, titled Out of Time: