In Review: The Flash, Episode 12 “Crazy For You”

Another new villain, the mystery of Firestorm thickens, one villain escapes, and one is teased. I was in heaven!

The Flash, Episode 12 “Crazy For You” Broadcast February 3, 2015

Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing

Directed by Rob Hardy

“Previously on The Flash“, Ronnie Raymond is shown, Firestorm is shown, Hartley Rathaway is shown as the Pied Piper, then Shawn is imprisoned, teasing Cisco that he knows where Ronnie Raymond is. In the present, a car has flipped into a power line. Its two occupants scream for help as sparks rain down onto their car, and gasoline spills from the vehicle. Even the fire department doesn’t want to get close. The Flash, arrives, vibrates the door open, and saves both passengers. Cue opening title card.

At S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry has returned and is told by his friends that they’ve clocked him at his fastest yet. He leaves them for movie night with Joe, with Cisco asking Caitlin if she’d like to go out for drinks. She declines and then asks why he had her computer tablet…open to the Firestorm file. “I haven’t stopped looking for Ronnie,” he admits, also telling her what Rathaway said to him. Miss Snow doesn’t want to hear any more of it, and leaves. Outside Iron Height Prison, Shawna Baez parks her car and uses a collapsible telescope to look into the facility and–POOF–she’s teleported into it. She turns off several cameras, prompting a guard to leave his post. This allows her to get to the cell of Clay Parker. She pops into his cell, uses her telescope to look back at her car, takes his hand, and teleports the pair of them back into her vehicle. “You like?” she asks, to which he replies, “I love!” and they drive off into the night. The next day, Barry and Joe are at the prison. The younger man shows some samples of organic particulate residuals, which were in the cell and he followed outside. Their conversation is interrupted when Henry Allen appears. They share a moment, courtesy of Joe, before the elder Allen is escorted back to his cell. Somewhere in town, after waking up, Clay asks how Shawna got her ability. She doesn’t know; she felt ill for a while, discovered her ability, and can jump anywhere, as long as she can see where she’s going. She wants them to leave Central City, but he can’t because he owes money to a gangster named Marcus. Clay wants to use her ability to pay the debt, then they can go anywhere. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the DNA Barry found is traced to Shawna via the police database. As Barry and Joe go to check on her whereabouts and Caitlin and Harrison further study the woman’s odd cell structure, Cisco goes back to Hartley. The criminal wants out to help Ramon, but Cisco refuses once again. Cue first commercial break.

An outstanding episode with a lot happening. The team of Cisco and Hartley was great, with each really going all out on the other. This is the first time that Cisco has been shown being really hard core. There is an incredible escape from a gunshot by Barry. Britne Oldford was terrific as Shawna, aka Peek-a-Boo. Her final scene was sad and strong. I would love to see her and Clay return. The effects team did a great job with her abilities, and her battle with the Flash was super. Stealing the episode, however, was the pairing of Caitlin and Barry in a bar. What the pair do is fantastic, and Grant Gustin shows off an ability that the show has never allowed Barry to have. However, Danielle Panabaker was amazing. Caitlin finally got to let her hair down, and some other things as well. She was funny, wild, sad, gross, and cute. The bar scene was a classic, and her comments to him at her apartment were classics. And I fully admit to being perfectly manipulated by the music and dialogue as John Wesley Shipp had his final scene. I watched that scene over with my daughter and it still made me misty. The final three minutes show another villain, who’s gotten smarter, as he takes out two unknowing men. I screamed in joy! I want this foe now!

The good: Danielle Panabaker, the script, Grant Gustin’s “moment”, Carlos Valdes getting some major physical scenes, Andy Mientus (who is now the evilest villain in this show’s short history), and Britne Oldford.

Fun lines: “Curiosity is a maddening thing, is it not?”, “Catch me, if you can,” “I would like to start a tab,” “What can’t you do?”, and “You deserve a peek for all the good stuff you do.”

The bad: Minor grouse, Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin don’t much to do in this episode, but the younger characters get so much fleshing out!

The final line: Another new villain, the mystery of Firestorm thickens, one villain escapes, and one is teased. I was in heaven! Overall grade: A+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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