Original air date: March 30, 2021
The team deduces that Eva used her Mirror Gun on Caitlin, which led to Frost’s metahuman DNA requiring a new body. Caitlin and Frost initially argue over whether to re-merge or stay separated, but eventually agree to the latter. Meanwhile, Barry is visited by the Speed Force, as his mother Nora Allen, carrying the same energy signature as the monster that attacked Barry and Kadabra, now named “Fuerza”. Barry gives the Speed Force his speed gauge to monitor its health before fighting a new enemy, Psych, who is using fear waves to trap everyone in Central City in perpetual nightmares. Barry ends up in one involving Eobard Thawne and Savitar, and ends up injured. Team Flash uses Barry’s speed, Cecile’s abilities, and Clifford DeVoe’s hover-chair to send out a courage wave. However, Psych disappears and Barry has not recovered, so he puts himself back in his cryogenic chamber. Elsewhere, Kristen Kramer, a liaison from the Governor’s Municipal Logistics Commission, arrives at the CCPD. Distrustful of her, Iris conducts a background check while Kramer admits to Joe that she is there to arrest Frost. Later, the Speed Force says Psych also attacked them and that he and Fuerza are “like her”.
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What have you done?
Still at it? I think I figured out how to track the thing that attacked us.
So… what are we looking at?
A spectrograph from the scene of the attack.
That is a rare geothermic isotope that I reprogrammed our satellites to scan for.
If we get a hit…
Then we can track our target.
Nice work. Thanks.
Barry, you’ve been at this all night.
Maybe you should take a break and get some rest.
I’m not gonna rest while that thing is still out there.
Besides, with Ralph overseas for a while, and Frost still recovering…
Oh, I’d say she’s more than just recovering.
Check out this frosty twist.
Are my back meds still wearing off?
I’m seeing double.
Yeah, you and me both.
I know this is a lot to take in.
Told you they’d freak.
Who are you?
What do you want?
It’s time to come home now, Cecile.
Get away from me. You cannot control me.
You never did learn your lesson.
Cecile, Cecile. What’s wrong?
You were screaming.
No, no, no. I saw… I saw someone.
I saw someone, they were right there and then they…
There’s no one here. No one else here.
You’ve been working too hard on those cases, must have fallen asleep.
It felt so…
The danger, it was… It was so real.
It was so real.
I’m sure it was, babe, but nightmares can’t hurt you.
So, you remember when Mirror Monarch blasted me with her gun? Mm-hmm.
Well, ever since that blast, we’ve had these crazy headaches.
Last night, everything gets fuzzy, Caity passes out.
And then we wake up… Totally fine.
But there’s two of us.
Uh, Eva’s mirror gauntlet contained a reflective mirror chip.
I think it forced Frost’s cryogenes to rapidly replicate and create a whole new form so that she could survive.
So can you still hear each other’s thoughts?
Nope. Just sweet, sweet silence.
And I got to keep my powers.
Caity got to keep the doctor stuff and science know-how, which is fine by me.
You always have felt like two different people.
Now, you just have two different… bodies.
But don’t worry, I’m gonna figure out a way to get us back together as quickly as possible, because I’m afraid the longer we wait, the harder it’ll be.
I mean shouldn’t we be focusing on that berserker who killed Abra Kadabra instead?
Frost has a point.
Where are we with Fuerza?
Spanish, for strength.
Look, She-Hulk was taken, okay?
Well, uh, still no sign of her, but Barry has figured out how to track her.
Oh, good. Yeah.
‘Cause if Fuerza can survive an antimatter blast, that kind of puts her on a whole other level of baddie.
Like, a “wet your pants” level.
Satellites detected an isotopic signature?
That’s Fuerza. Where’s she headed?
Here, right now.
What’s with all this thunder and lightning?
Is Fuerza a speedster too?
Who is that?
[ragged breathing] Help me.
I just got the Speed Force restarted, now this happens.
And what about your speed? Has it been affected?
No. At least not yet.
I’m still trying to figure out how this is even possible.
I have no idea.
I have never seen biometrics like this.
You’ve never had a god for a patient.
The Speed Force took this form right after H.R.’s funeral.
It’s like Zeus coming down from Olympus, disguised as a mere mortal.
Okay, but why would a god be asking for our help?
Whatever the answer is, I need to figure out a way to accurately monitor her recovery.
Holy mother. You good?
Yeah, just give me a minute.
She’s wearing my Speed Force gauge now.
Right now, it’s red.
If it changes, hopefully that’ll tell us her power levels are recharging.
And if that’s the case, maybe she entered a comatose state to help heal herself.
Makes sense,and when she recovers, she can tell us who did this to her.
Maybe it’s the same thing that can rip through an antimatter bomb like it’s tissue paper.
Those are residual geothermic isotopes.
They’re all over her.
You think Fuerza did this?
Oh, that must have been one hell of a fight.
Not as big as the fight we’re gonna take to Fuerza.
Okay, but this isn’t just some run-of-the-mill meta we’re talking about here.
Whatever Fuerza is, she’s powerful enough to hurt the frickin’ Speed Force.
And what if she doesn’t wake up?
What happens to you?
Look, we’ve faced big threats before.
Crisis, Savitar, Thawne.
We beat them all.
If Fuerza did do this, she should be afraid of us.
All right, I’ll keep looking for isotopes.
And I’ll keep monitoring the Speed Force.
You think Fuerza’s gonna come back and finish what she started, don’t you?
I already watched the Speed Force die once.
I’m not gonna let that happen again.
Yeah… yeah, just call me when you know something,
All right, thanks. Bye.
Sorry. That’s okay.
Um, Dad, what do you know about the robbery at CC Mercantile?
Robber waltzed in and out, because the night guard was catching Z’s at his desk.
Why the interest in an open and shut case?
Well, the guard told “The Citizen” a different story this morning and I figure I can help him get his job back if I can break the real story.
He didn’t doze off, Dad.
He had a vision of his abusive stepfather stalking him in the bank, realer than any nightmare he’s ever had.
The robbery went down at 11:09, last night. Mm-hmm.
Around the same time that Cecile was having a nightmare too.
If we’ve got some kind of Freddy Krueger meta on our hands, we’ll find him.
I’ll get Korber to pull any calls about weird visions.
[knock on door] Ah.
I’m with the Governor’s Municipal Logistics Commission.
I wasn’t expecting you till this afternoon.
It’s good to finally meet you.
Yeah, I like to get a head start.
In my experience, if you’re not early, you’re late.
You must be the Captain’s daughter.
I read about how you survived the abduction into that… mirror dimension, was it?
I’ve survived worse.
Didn’t mean to interrupt.
We can chat tomorrow, Captain.
Lunch is on the governor. Sounds good.
Where’d she say she was from?
State Logistics Commission.
Just another hunch.
[buzzing and whirring]
Dope belt buckle.
Ha-ha. Not a belt buckle.
This is the Firestorm Matrix.
I helped Thawne build it to combine Ronnie and Stein into Firestorm safely.
And… that’s gonna help put me and Caity back together?
You can thank Caitlin, she figured it out.
All we have to do is just reset it to her DNA, and your RNA… We’re basically just resetting fusion to fission.
This baby just needs a few hours to charge and that’s it!
We can get you back to your normal, two minds, one body existence…
That’s a Tuesday for you.
Wow, that was fast.
It’s not so bad being separate.
For Caity, I mean, you know.
She can finally watch “This Is Us” without me screaming “Turn it off!” in her head.
Frost, what have I said about disparaging “This Is Us”?
They’re so weepy. That cast is too precious for this world. Listen, based on how relieved Caitlin was to figure out this fix, I’m guessing she actually misses hearing your frosty tones inside her head.
Okay, I’m done with you.
Now we wait.
I want to keep checking the satellites, make sure we don’t get hit with another isotopic signature surprise.
So that’s the Speed Force?
Uh, Iris already texted me about everything.
[scoffs][sighs, groans softly]
I had a nightmare, but it was more like a vision.
I don’t know, I thought, maybe with my powers expanding lately, Caitlin could check out my noggin.
Ahh… ahh! Oh!
Hey… hey, are you okay?
No, it’s happening again, It… it’s like someone’s stabbing my brain.
I’m gonna get Caitlin. No, no, no.
Barry, Barry it’s… [winces]
It’s not medical.
It’s my powers.
It’s like they’re picking up raw fear.
There’s a robbery downtown.
It’s okay, really. I’m fine now.
Are you sure?
Yeah. You should go.
I’ll keep an eye on her.
It’s gonna crush us to death!
Flash, thank God.
You have to stop that creature, it’s gonna kill us!
[both guards scream] There’s
[both scream] Where are you
[distorted, echoing voice] Oh, you gotta go so soon?
[laughing] Ooh.So let me get this straight.
You made those guards hallucinate some kind of Godzilla rip-off that almost squashed them?
Well, I suppose that is an accurate, if not immensely reductive assessment of the situation.
So, yes. I scared the hell out of them.
And that was after showing them a vision of a dozen bystanders getting eaten alive by a very hungry kaiju.
It’s horrifying when you think it’s your turn.
Okay, um, look. Whoever you are, I really don’t have time for this.
My, my. How rude.
And from a superhero? Is that actually allowed?
Okay, I apologize for the rudeness.
But I hope you enjoy Iron Heights.
‘Cause I really do have bigger problems today.
Not yet, but you’re about to.
Hey, I just got another geothermic isotope reading.
It’s coming from your location.
You will be.
You can’t stop me, Flash.
And you never will.
No, I’m not afraid of you anymore.
This is just a hallucination.
Which means you can’t hurt me!
Time to repent.
You lose, Barry.
Your vitals were spiking, but they seem to have stabilized.
Your speed healing kicked in.
What the hell happened out there?
I… I was hallucinating.
they were trying to kill me.
It was like…
Like a nightmare come to life?
Like the guards in the truck.
Wait, like you. You had a nightmare last night.
Someone is broadcasting fear into their victims, and I’m tuning into it like an antenna.
Fear I get.
Hallucinations can make you freak out but not bleed out.
Whoever’s doing this must be inciting extreme psychosomatic reactions.
Barry’s mind literally tricked his body into hurting itself.
So if you die in the hallucination…
Then you die in real life.
Well, he carried traces of the same isotopes we linked to Fuerza.
That means we can track him too, right?
Right. And it means that.
Fuerza and Psych must be connected somehow.
He’s a psychic psychopath, causing psychosomatic symptoms, I mean, the guy practically named himself.
He’s only dangerous ’cause he got inside my head.
Cisco, do we still have the mental dampeners we used to fight Grodd?
We can try and repurpose them to repel Psych’s hallucinations.
Do it. If we can keep Psych out of our heads, he can’t hurt us.
[sharp humming] [gasps]
That must have been terrifying, being trapped in that nightmare.
I mean, I’m… I’m fine.
Really, I’m fine. I mean, we beat those Big Bads already.
Psych’s no different.
You did a background check on a public official?
I’ve only ever heard of one other person using the phrase “if you’re not early, you’re late.”
“Citizen”‘s go-to military source.
Yes, she served, but I think she’s also lying about why she’s here.
Dad, I found her file in the D.O.D. database.
Half of it’s redacted.
What if she’s not here to help?
Iris, are you sure this isn’t a reaction to what happened with Eva?
I mean, she lied to you for weeks.
Dad, I am not afraid of being deceived, I’m afraid of not trusting my gut.
Something is off with Kramer, I know it.
Please, read the file.
These rapids are hardcore.
Can Caity swim?
What if… when she and I split, I got swimming, and now she needs floaties?
[chuckles] No one’s gonna need floaties, all right?
You two are gonna be peanut butter and jellied again by the time we tear up that river.
The Firestorm Matrix has been sabotaged, only someone tried to make it look like it short-circuited.
Before you go blaming Frosty…
I ran the adapter through an infrared scanner, and guess what the temperature was?
Fine, I broke your stupid, precious Matrix.
Why would you do that to us?
It’ll be weeks before we can even consider another fusion attempt.
Because, maybe I don’t want to recombine!
Call me when you figure it out.
[chuckles] You know, this actually reminds me of that scene where Rebecca and Jack are fighting…
[alarm sounding] Oh, look at that.
Let’s go, we gotta go.
Satellites picked up Psych’s isotopic signature downtown at the Clearly Capital offices.
Time to put these mental dampeners to work.
And kick some psychic butt.
[sobbing] 5.3 trillion gone.
It’s all gone.
Oh, God. I’m ruined.
Hey, i-it’ll bounce back.
The DOW only dropped 789 points.
It’ll bounce back. It has to.
Oh, I could do this all day.
Oh, it’s you again.
Well, that’s disappointing.
We’re not gonna let you hurt any more people.
Oh, I haven’t hurt anyone today.
I have freed them from a system that brings fortune to the fortunate and dooms the rest.
Pretty poetic, don’t you think?
What… what is this guy’s deal?
I think he’s overcompensating.
I don’t like your friends, Flash.
Also, if you think your flimsy dampeners can stop me, perhaps you all could use some freedom too.
You’re under arrest for your crimes against the city.
No, I’m one of the good guys now.
Tell it to Judge Tanaka.
We have a witness.
One who told us everything you’ve done.
Who turned me in? Was it Mark?
It was Caitlin Snow.
No, no, no.
How could she…
[breathing heavily] No.
This can’t be how it ends.
How could she?
Someone’s back for seconds.
You already showed me my greatest fear.
It won’t scare me twice.
Those Big Bads aren’t your greatest fear.
No, no, no, no…
Sweet nightmares, people.
First Fuerza, then the Speed Force shows up, now this too?
Why can’t I stop shaking?
Your biometrics are all elevated.
I mean, your amygdalae are in overdrive.
Wait, we had panic attacks?
Extreme ones,Psych doesn’t just manipulate your fear, he elevates it.
But your cortisol levels are slowly stabilizing, which means… Psych’s powers have a residual effect.
And Barry has had a double dose.
She wanted to be alone. [scoffs]
Even the Ice Queen was freaked out by whatever she saw.
The mental dampeners didn’t work.
Psych must have overpowered their circuitry.
Which means,the next time you fight him, we won’t be able to protect your mind.
The next time?
How are we supposed to anticipate him?
Stake out the banks?
No, he’s not after money.
Remember, he said he… he wants to free people from the power it has over them.
So what? He has an axe to grind with the system? Yeah, yeah, yeah.
It explains why he attacked the Cleary Capital offices.
He doesn’t want cash.
He wants chaos.
Well, he got it.
What exactly did he make you see?
Kamilla, in danger.
What about you? What did you see?
It doesn’t matter.
What if it does?
What if there’s, like, a clue or something in what you saw…
Well, you don’t know that.
Look, you’re gonna have to face him again, eventually.
Well, what if I can’t, all right?
What if he’s too powerful and I can’t stop him?
Barry, no one said…
You didn’t have to.
Maybe, Psych’s gonna destroy this whole city and everyone in it.
There’s nothing I can do about it.
Trying to reconnect the transmitter to the output circuit?
Turns out I’m better at breaking things than I am at fixing them.
Do you want to tell me what scared you so much when Psych whammied you?
Come on,we used to share a brain.
I know you don’t scare easy.
I was under arrest, for all the crimes I committed as Killer Frost.
And you were the one who turned me in.
I would never do that.
Look, ever since you let me take the wheel, I got to live my life, not just half the time, but all the time.
And I really liked it.
And I don’t want to go back to living my life just half the time.
And I was afraid you’d hate me for saying that.
I would never hate you.
You’re my sister.
You can always tell me how you feel.
I don’t know how.
I mean… I may be the strong one, but you’re the brave one. I mean, you’re fearless!
I mean, ever since I got in touch with my feelings, I just… I’m scared, all the time.
Sometimes I don’t even know why.
You think you’re the only one who gets scared sometimes?
Ever since we separated, there’s been this deafening silence inside my head,where you used to be.
And it terrifies me.
That’s why I’ve been so desperate to put us back together.
Why I got so upset when you broke the Matrix.
It’s ’cause my biggest fear in life is living without you.
Well, why don’t we face that fear together?
Maybe two Snows,really is better than one.
My apartment has an extra bedroom.
I could use a roommate, what do you say?
“This Is Us.”
Cecile, I’m sorry. I just… um, needed a minute.
You do know that you’re not the only one who’s been whammied with more than one dose of Psych’s fear, though?
You’ve been picking up his energy every time he shows up.
Last night, I saw… I saw a nightmare, where I couldn’t control my own powers. It was terrifying.
It’s been really hard to keep my own fears at bay today.
I spent last year so afraid of losing everyone I loved in Crisis, I never thought I’d have to face that fear again.
Psych showed me…
People I love, dead.
Fuerza had killed them.
We’ve taken on the impossible, so many times.
Something about these new threats feels different.
And for the first time since Crisis… I’m so… I’m scared.
Sometimes, when I’m scared I ask myself, “What would The Flash do?”
Barry, you run through fear, every time you save this city.
Honey, you just gotta find some of that courage for yourself.
Guys, we just detected Psych’s isotopic signature.
It’s expanding, all over Sandoval Heights.
Cecile, you sent your own fear into Top.
Do you think you could do that on a bigger scale?
D… Me? No, no way.
Barry, I could barely broadcast one emotion across a room.
Then let’s get you some help.
Are you insane?
I know, it sounds crazy, but, DeVoe built this chair to expand his mental capacity on a massive scale.
Yeah, yeah, and it turned him into a supervillain!
But you won’t, ’cause you’re gonna use it to save the city.
I can feel all your fear, Central City, and feels exquisite.
Please… please let me out.
Let me out of here, please!
It’s too much.
I can’t take it!
Please don’t leave me here.
Why won’t you come home?
Get away from me!
[multiple frightened yelling]
Everything’s burning! Help me!
The walls are closing in!
Cecile, you good? Nope!
Not even close to good.
I… I am sitting in a death machine.
What if this thing fries my brain?
Wh… what if this chair turns me evil like the Top?
What about that?
As a medical professional, I promise you will be okay.
Flash, where you at?
I’m approaching Psych’s radius.
[screaming voices] I can’t breathe!
Make it stop!
I can… I can feel people’s minds, thoughts, all over the city.
I can feel Barry.
His amygdala is spiking.
Barry, can you hear me?
Cecile is connected to your mind.
Whatever you’re seeing, fight through it.
This isn’t real.
It’s not real.
It’s not real.
It’s not real.
You got us all killed, Barry.
I trusted you.
Why didn’t you save me?
When you let me die, you killed our children too.
Barry can’t hear us.
He’s caught inside his nightmare.
I’m diverting all satellite power to the comms.
Listen to me, Barry.
You have to get through this.
Cisco, I don’t know if I can.
Yes, you can.
You are strong enough, I know you are.
We can’t do this without you.
You’re a coward, Barry Allen! You’ll lose us again.
All because you’re too afraid.
Too afraid to open your eyes.
I am afraid.
But I won’t let that fear control me.
He broke through!
I can feel your courage.
You’re too late, Flash.
[gasps] Guys, it worked.
Cecile did it. I did it.
You did it.
I did it! You did it.
I think I need an energy bar.
Your frontal cortex is healing, but the part that controls motor control is still falling behind.
No trace of Psych or Fuerza.
Well, either way, at least now we have proof they’re connected.
When I struck Psych with my lightning, he shook it off easy, but just for a minute, the lightning…
It stayed with him.
Was it glowing?
Same thing happened when you fought Fuerza.
I threw everything I had at them, we all did.
They just kept coming for more.
Luckily, your powers are getting stronger, too.
Well, chair did most of the work, but thanks.
I don’t know, you kicked some pretty serious psychic ass out there.
Might have to teach Martian Manhunter a thing or two.
Is it Psych?
No, no. This is something else.
I’m getting the same readings I got off Nora.
I need to heal myself. Open the cryo-pod.
No, Barry. That’ll put you in a coma.
It’s the only way.
Is that what you were doing when you were working in Gotham?
I’ve made a few trips there.
I’m a big Knights fan.
And I called my buddy who’d been working the Gotham beat for more than a decade, pretty high stakes game you played.
There is this.
So I don’t know what your goal is here, but, if you’re gonna be in my precinct…
How about we cut the bull, and you be honest with me.
I wasn’t planning to announce this until I got my bearings.
On the orders of the governor, I’m here to locate and apprehend a rogue meta-human, whatever the cost.
And quite frankly, it’s about time someone address the long-standing issue this precinct ignored.
You want to arrest The Flash?
No… he’s clean.
I’m here for someone far more dangerous.
The meta-human fugitive known as Killer Frost.
How is he?
Better. I think.
Barry’s system was overwhelmed with the same strange signatures that I found in Nora’s system.
His vitals have stabilized a bit, which is good news, but as to when he’ll be fully healed, it’s difficult to say.
If Psych or Fuerza were to attack right now, we’re totally on our own.
Because I wasn’t fast enough.
This physical form is new for me.
I didn’t know its limitations.
I can feel how weak he still is.
How weak we both still are.
What happened to Barry?
He was attacked by a powerful meta-psychic.
Who showed him his greatest fear?
That same psychic was the second of my attackers.
Fuerza and Psych? They both hurt you?
Who are they?
they’re just like me.
Greg, move your head.