Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 3 of The Flash, titled Family of Rogues, where Lisa Snart, a.k.a. Golden Glider, asks The Flash team for help because her brother has been kidnapped! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of The Flash, Season 2 Episode 3: Family of Rogues
This episode starts off with Barry getting a phone call from Iris, who is being shot at in a high rise building. Barry tells her to jump out the window, and she does. He runs over there, runs up the building, and catches her. Then he runs back and takes care of the guys that were shooting at her. Apparently, Iris had been investigating these guys for awhile, who have been illegally evicting people.
Back at STAR Labs, the Flash team studies the breach and tries to figure out how to use them. Barry tries to run into it at full speed, but just bounces off. Jay Garrick seems to have an idea about what to do.
Joe meets with Iris’s mother, Francine, at a bar. He tries to pay her off, but she refuses the money. She tries to convince him that she’s different now, and says that Iris needs her mother. Joe leaves the money, and says she has 48 hours to leave Central City, but Francine says she’s not going anywhere.
Barry and Patty run into each other at Jitters, where they’re serving a special “Flash” drink. He rejoins Caitlin, Iris, and Cisco at a table. Lisa Snart shows up and says she needs help – her brother has been kidnapped. They go back to STAR Labs, where Barry talks to Lisa while wearing his Flash costume, since she doesn’t know his secret identity. The Flash is skeptical about Leonard being kidnapped, but Lisa says she saw it herself, and would have gone after the kidnapper, except that she was hit from behind. Cisco tracks the cold gun’s location, and The Flash runs over.
He arrives and finds Snart, who doesn’t seem to be in any danger. Snart then uses his cold gun on The Flash, freezing his bottom half in place. Snart’s dad enters the room, and they leave together. Luckily, Cisco added therma-threading to Barry’s suit, which heats up the suit and melts the ice away.
The Flash returns to STAR Labs and reports that her brother was not kidnapped, that he was working with their dad. However, Lisa says that her brother would never work with their dad. They don’t believe her, but she shows them a scar that her dad gave her. Lisa and Cisco speak privately, and Lisa confides in Cisco about how her father beat her when she was a child. She credits her brother for raising her and protecting her. Now she wants to protect her brother, who she thinks is in serious trouble if he’s working with their dad.
Joe visits Iris at work, and seems like he is going to tell her about her mother, but just then Iris gets the news from Linda that her expose made the front page. Joe lets Iris get back to work.
Barry meets up with Snart at a bar and asks why he’s working with Louis. Snart tries to tell Barry to leave it alone, but Barry refuses. Snart threatens to reveal his identity, but Barry says he doesn’t care. Snart leaves without Barry getting any info out of him.
At home, Joe tells Barry about Iris’s mom. Barry encourages Joe to tell Iris the truth.
Louis, Leonard, and another guy meet to discuss their heist. Snart seems to try to prevent people getting killed, to uphold his deal with Barry, but Louis doesn’t seem concerned about casualties. The other guy yells at Snart, and Louis uses a device on the guy that explodes his head, because he doesn’t like anyone talking to his son that way.
Joe, Barry, and Patty show up to investigate a crime scene, where they have found the headless body of the guy that Louis killed. Barry finds traces of thermite, or bomb residue. Joe identifies the body as David Rutenberg, a security systems experts, and it turns out that Louis Snart is on his list of known associates. Barry and Joe speak privately about the situation. Barry doesn’t think Louis would have put a bomb in Snart, but in the one thing he does care about — his sister.
At STAR Labs, Caitlin and Jay Garrick talk about what he will do when he goes back to his world. Caitlin believes that being a superhero isn’t about powers, it’s about helping out however you can. He asks for her help to build his speed cannon, but Cisco calls her to the lab for help. Cisco and Lisa determine that there are traces of thermite on her skin – it’s a bomb. When her dad knocked her out, he must have injected her with it.
Joe calls Iris home and tells her that her mother was a drug addict, and that when he got her into rehab, she disappeared. He didn’t want Iris growing up thinking she was abandoned and unloved. He then confesses that her mother is alive, is in Central City, and wants to see her. Iris tells a tearful Joe that she understands that he was just trying to keep her safe.
The Flash returns to STAR Labs to try to help solve the bomb problem. Cisco says he’ll keep working on it, while Barry decides to infiltrate as Snart’s tech guy, since theirs died. Barry tells Snart that he figured it out, that Louis is making Snart help him in order to keep Lisa safe. However, Barry says his team is working on a way to diffuse the bomb. Barry introduces himself to Louis as Sam and impresses him enough that Louis agrees to hire him on.
The three dress up as janitors and enter a high rise building to steal some diamonds. Barry runs over and removes the security guards out of the way when the other two aren’t looking. Then he uses his speed to try different combinations on the keypad until it works. Louis turns around and shoots Barry, who falls to the ground, as the other two go through the doors.
But then we see a slow motion flashback of what really happened: Barry actually caught the bullet, and just pretended to be shot.
Back at STAR Labs, Cisco has come up with a solution, but there is a slight risk. Lisa tells Cisco she trusts him.
Snart and Louis come across several lasers blocking their way, but Snart uses his cold gun on them, which turns them to ice, and they break through. Louis goes to work cracking the safe combination, and is successful.
As Cisco is about to shoot the gun into Lisa’s neck, Barry calls and tells them that the heist is going down right now.
The Flash shows up as the alarm goes off, and tells Louis he’s going back to Iron Heights. Louis tells Snart to shoot the Flash, as he threatens to kill Lisa. Cisco pulls the trigger, and successfully gets the bomb out of Lisa. Barry reports this to Snart, who turns the gun on Louis and shoots him, saying that his father broke his sister’s heart, so he wanted to break his. Snart then allows Barry to take the cold gun from him.
Barry visits Snart in prison, and tells him that he finally figured out his secret: he’d do anything to protect his sister. Snart threatens that he knows Barry’s secret too. But Barry also says that today proved that there is good in Snart. Later, he confirms with Joe that Snart is being transferred to the metahuman wing. Joe also tells Barry that he told Iris about her mother, and that they are going to meet.
At Jitters, Barry and Patty run into each other again. Patty misinterprets their banter as Barry flirting with her, and gives him her number. But then she covers saying that she wanted to give him her number anyway so that can talk about work-related things.
Lisa thanks Cisco for being there for her, and she kisses him goodbye before driving off on her motorcycle.
The team meets back up inside of STAR Labs and test out the speed cannon that Jay Garrick has built. It works! Jay prepares to go home, but Caitlin tries to delay him. Barry chimes in and says that they could use his help. Jay agrees to stay awhile longer, and says that once they take care of Zoom, then he’s going home. Suddenly, Professor Stein bursts into flames, which turn from orange to blue. Then he collapses.
Later that night, when no one is around, someone comes through the breach — it’s Dr. Wells.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 3 of The Flash: Family of Rogues
I don’t know about you, but I’m never really very excited about Rogues episodes. They’re just on the boring side to me, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Wentworth Miller in Prison Break, and at first I was excited to see that he was on The Flash and would be a recurring character… but over time, I’ve come to realize that I’m just not that interested whenever Captain Cold and/or his cohorts turn up. Plus I feel like they keep trying to force this Lisa/Cisco thing, which doesn’t feel natural to me at all. So this was kind of a “meh” episode to me from the start. In the end, it turns out this episode mainly served the purpose as a lead in to Captain Cold joining the Flash/Arrow spinoff show, Legends of Tomorrow, that’s coming up in the near future. We see that Snart is trying to hold up his deal with Barry not to kill anyone, and that he cares about his sister and wants to protect her. Therefore, Barry reaches the conclusion that Snart has good in him, thus validating when Captain Cold does eventually join the Legends. Will there be some sort of similar story for Heat Wave? I guess only time will tell.
The other side story this episode was Joe coming clean to Iris, admitting that he lied to her when he told her that her mother died. However, it seems like Iris is being understanding of why Joe did it. It sounds like Iris is planning to meet with her mother soon. I am curious to see how that meeting will go…
Then there were a couple of little things, in terms of Barry’s romantic life. At this point, it doesn’t seem like Barry is quite into Patty Spivot as much as she appeared to be into him, but I’m sure that will change eventually. Interestingly, Barry ex-girlfriend Linda popped up this episode, as she was talking to Iris at the newspaper office. Didn’t expect to see her again. Is the show going to try to re-kindle something there? Or maybe set up a love triangle?
Speaking of romantic interests, it seems more and more like Caitlin is into Jay Garrick. It was cute the way she tried to convince Jay to stay longer, and it was cool of Barry to cover for her and come up with a reason for him to stay. I wonder if anything will happen with that. I’m guessing it might just lead up to a kiss right before he returns. But who knows.
That brings us to Professor Stein turning into Firestorm… kinda. Usually it’s orange flames, but this time the orange turned to blue. What does that mean? Also, doesn’t he kind of need Ronnie to create Firestorm? Will Stein be able to handle becoming Firestorm on his own? This would explain his being a part of the Legends team.
Then finally, we see Harrison Wells from the other world enter through the breach. What’s he up to…? Hoping to get back to a fun, exciting episode next time!
Josh’s Thoughts: The Flash, Season 2 Episode 3: Family of Rogues
I will come right out and say it–I am not a big Captain Cold fan. He comes off as cheesy and over the top, and while I liked Wentworth Miller in Prison Break, I am not finding his acting to be very good here.
Having said that, I thought this episode was the best Captain Cold based episode. It was interesting seeing Captain Cold being stuck helping his father to save his sister. I thought that was done pretty well. It was also nice to see Michael Ironside acting again. It has been a while since we seen him.
I think the best part of Captain Cold though, is seeing Cisco act off his sister. Cisco gets pretty funny when they interact. I also liked seeing Barry go incognito and become part of the heist. It was a little cheesy, as you would think Captain Cold’s dad would figure out something is up quickly. Why would he believe his son happened to find the perfect guy for the job, when just a little while ago, he blew the head off of another guy?
Overall, I wasn’t super thrilled with this episode, but it was a good filler. I wasn’t a big fan of Jay Garrick deciding to stick around simply because Caitlyn wanted him to. I don’t mind him sticking around, but I don’t want it to be some cheesy CW reason. He of course would be helpful to Team Flash given his scientific background, and I would like to see that he sticking around more for that reason.
Scenes from The Flash, Season 2 Episode 4: The Fury of Firestorm
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