In Review: The Flash, Episode 20 “The Trap”

The last half reveals surprise after surprise. Fantastic!

The Flash, Episode 20 “The Trap” Broadcast on April 28, 2015

Written by Alison Schapker & Brooke Eikmeier

Directed by Steve Shill

“Previously on The Flash“, the Reverse Flash is shown escaping his prison in the bunker, Cisco admits to having dreams that Dr. Wells is the Reverse Flash and is killed by him, Joe and Cisco discover the corpse of the real Dr. Wells, Barry, Caitlin, and Cisco discover Wells’s secret room where he keeps his yellow suit and newspaper from the future. In the present, the trio read the paper, noting the date. Gideon, the artificial consciousness is activated in the chamber and Barry asks, “Why did Dr. Wells come here?” “To kill you,” is the A.I.’s response. At that moment, Wells arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs, and Cisco is notified–he put a tracker on his wheelchair. Barry hurriedly asks questions of Gideon as Wells approaches. Realizing that Gideon could tell Wells of their entrance, Barry asks, “Gideon, could you just not tell him we were here?” Without missing a beat, it replies, “Of course. I will accept any command given to me by you.” Caitlin interjects, “C’mon, we gotta get out of here!” but Barry has to ask one more question. “Why would you accept my commands?” The intelligence pauses before replying, “Because, you created me.” Barry grabs his friends and runs out of the room, which closes its secret door just as Wells enters. He stands once inside and activates the A.I. “Good evening, Gideon…Everything all right?” The female image smiles. “Everything is fine.” Cue opening title card.

At Jitters, Eddie has Joe meet him without the gang. He’s called him to meet in private to ask for his blessing in proposing to Iris. “No,” the father answers. Eddie thinks it’s a joke, but can’t talk to Joe because they’re being called by the trio to go to his house for a pow wow. “I only ask out of courtesy. Out of respect,” Eddie says to his partner’s back. “I don’t need you permission.” At West’s, the veteran detective is stunned what the three did at S.T.A.R. Labs. Cisco reveals to Eddie that Barry will time travel into the past to witness his mother’s death. This prompts Barry to reveal he’s already time traveled recently. Barry then extrapolates that in the past, before he changed it, Cisco was killed by Harrison. No one can understand why Cisco can remember this non-event. Barry then states, “Guys, I think I’ve got a really bad idea.” Joe then has a flashback when Wells approached him to take seemingly dead Barry to S.T.A.R. Labs. “They can’t save him. But I can…Let me save him.” Back in the present, Barry wants to get his dad out of prison by accessing Cisco’s memory from his subconscious. The way they’re going to get his dad out is to get Wells to confess to killing his mother. Cue first commercial break.

This was another screamer of an episode, where viewers think one thing is going to happen and the entire plot turns on its head and explodes in several different twists. This is a major episode regarding the Reverse Flash and the future of Iris and Eddie. I was not expecting any of the twists that occur to happen until the season finale, but here we are with everything on the table. There’s a surprise return of a foe, a terrible reveal about their pasts, and Eobard Thawne being an absolutely master of the bigger picture.

The good: Rick Cosnett’s absolute joy at Eddie’s plans, Grant Gustin having Barry be shocked at helping the detective, Jesse L. Martin getting a fantastic scene regarding Iris, Carlos Valdes getting a really intense scene–for the second time, and Tom Cavanagh unleashed as Eobard–Wow! Barry also gets another ability he often uses in the comics, the references to Back to the Future, Inception, DreamscapeIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and a terrific monologue flashback for Cavanagh.

Fun lines: “Mazel tov!”, “Never get married, Allen,” “I have a feeling she’s gonna want to hyphenate,” “So that’s how you get him to shut up,” “Where are you?”, “Kali ma!”, “Hello, Cisco,” and “Fate’s tricky.”

The bad: After this episode, I never want to see the Reverse Flash even threaten somebody with the slow, vibrating hand. It was overkill in this episode.

The final line: And there’s more? This wasn’t the season finale? What’s left?! The last half reveals surprise after surprise. Fantastic! 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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