In Review: The Flash, Episode 9 “The Man In the Yellow Suit”

Characters grew, actors got some juicy scenes, and titans clashed. This is how super hero shows should be!

The Flash, Episode 9 “The Man In the Yellow Suit” Broadcast December 9, 2014

Written by Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing

Directed by Ralph Hemecker

After the opening series premise and a “Previously on The Flash,” Christmas decorations are up all over the city, but Barry’s running down the street tears them off a just finished home owner’s house. However, Barry, who looks angry, is not alone–he’s chasing a fellow speedster who’s wearing yellow and has glowing red eyes. Cue opening title card.

One day earlier, Barry is at the Wests’ helping Joe decorate the tree, who wants only Kris Kringle to decorate quickly. Their festivities are interrupted by a call from the D.A. who wants Joe to ask him some questions. With dad gone, Iris coerces Barry into exchanging gifts now. He’s gotten her a replica of her mother’s wedding ring. She got him a microscope. Eddie arrives, prompting Barry to go to S.T.A.R. Labs to give his friends gifts. Dr. Wells seems a little off and leaves the young adults. Cisco explains that Christmas used to be his favorite time of the year until the accident. Some time later at Jitters, Eddie tells Iris that he thinks Barry likes her, but she argues otherwise, allowing Eddie to produce a ring sized box–a key to his apartment. He thinks they should live together. In a mall’s underground parking lot, Caitlin sees somebody running in the distance. The figure approaches her from behind. His disheveled appearance makes her curious and she follow him into a corner. That’s when he ignites his hands and head: it’s her supposedly dead fiancé Ronnie Raymond. She’s shocked and runs away, hiding behind a corner, wondering what to do. At Mercury Labs, in the Subluminar Development area, a security guard asks a doctor what he’s working on. “The future,” he chuckles just as a klaxon erupts. Ordered to lock himself into the area for safety, the doctor sees a fast moving man in yellow break both guards’ necks before racing up to his glass door. The man in yellow looks at him before running off. Times passes and the police, including Barry and Joe, are on the scene. The doctor tells them a blur — a man in yellow — killed the guards. Eddie thinks it’s the Flash. Joe reveals to Barry that the same man threatened to kill Iris if he didn’t back off the case of Barry’s dead mother. Barry is stunned. Cue first commercial break.

This is a terrific mid-season finale. There are several scenes where the actors really get to chew up some scenery, plus there’s the much anticipated battle between the Flash and the Reverse Flash. There are also several changes in characters because of what they learn. A division occurs between Eddie and Joe, and I hope it only increases the tension between them. Danielle Panabaker gets a super scene as she discusses Ronnie with Cisco. She pulls it off very well. Grant Gustin gets two super scenes, one with John Wesley Shipp and the other with Candice Patton. There’s also the expected bearing of souls between Barry and Joe, and once again Jesse L. Martin gives his character an incredible amount of sincerity. There’s a brief scene with Amanda Pays as Dr. Tina McGee, with a promise that she’ll return, and if she doesn’t get a scene with Shipp the riots will begin. Robbie Amell is great as Ronnie, and he’s grown to a new level as evidenced by this episode. The two fights with Reverse Flash were great, with the second one being very impressive, prompting my teenage daughter to yell at its onset.

The good: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin, Amanda Pays, John Wesley Shipp, Robbie Amell, whoever the Reverse Flash, the special effects department, Cisco’s The Big Bang Theory tee shirt, the Reverse Flash not killing Eddie, Ronnie says “it”, Cisco revealing a tidbit to Joe that foretells some major events in Barry’s future and past,  plus the last two minutes with Dr. Wells.

Fun lines: “I need your help to find him,” “You’re afraid of being alone in the dark,” “”You’re never really alone,” “You’re going to have to catch me,” “You’re very much alike,” “Not today, son,” “Don’t let him take any more,” “Let’s see what we got,” “Don’t look for me again,” and “Can you do that?”

The bad: Not enough Amanda Pays or Robbie Amell, Reverse Flash’s suit seems really baggy compared to the Flash’s, and Gustin continuing to rub his forehead/cover his face when in a stressful situation. Someone keep him for doing this–it looks bad!

The final line: Characters grew, actors got some juicy scenes, and titans clashed. This is how super hero shows should be! 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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