Original air date: March 2, 2021
Having cryogenically frozen himself to preserve his 1% Speed Force energy, Barry Allen awakens when Eva McCulloch is spotted destroying Black Hole’s remnants. He tries to convince her to stop and release his wife, Iris West-Allen, but to no avail as she ends her latest attack by destroying Sam Scudder, her first duplicate, in front of Rosalind Dillon. Cecile Horton interrogates Dillon, learning that she was formerly an empath and that she is working with Eva. Using her own empath abilities against Dillon, Cecile gets her to reveal that Eva plans to use a bomb to destroy a Black Hole plane over Central City. Meanwhile, Nash Wells and the Wellses occupying his mind realize they can activate Barry’s Artificial Speed Force (ASF) generator, but it would result in Nash’s death. He attempts to explore other methods, but with time running out, Nash sacrifices himself and the other Wellses to restore Barry’s speed. Barry saves Central City and intends to inform his allies about Wells. Elsewhere, Iris attempts to escape from the Mirrorverse while Eva discovers she is also a duplicate and that the real Eva is dead after reviewing footage from the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion.
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Yeah, you’re right for now, my sister, but what if?
What if the entire universe is just some kind of…
cosmic neural network?
[scoffs] Then what you gonna say?
Uh-oh. Oh, okay.
[exhales deeply] You know the drill, Chester P.
Been prepping this for weeks.
Okay, now, that is…
that is not good.
Satellites have her at 2nd and Walczak.
Make that 3rd and Certo.
You doing okay?
I know the Cryo Pod keeps your residual speed forces stasis, but waking up can be pretty disorienting.
Call Joe. Tell him I’m heading downtown.
But, Flash, you only have 1% of your speed left.
Then I better hurry.
Eva’s coordinates slowed down.
Maybe she stopped moving?
She’s going up.
Why do you keep interrupting my mission, Flash?
I told you,
we’re on the same side.
If we’re on the same side, then give me back my wife!
My fractal photons move at the speed of light. You never had a chance.
[gunfire, indistinct shouting]
I don’t want to hurt you.
But I’m cleansing the world of Black Hole’s influence, so you either die, or you stand down.
Flash, are you okay? Flash?
Okay, I picked up Eva at a warehouse on 199th Street. Suspected hideout of…
Rosa Dillon and Sam Scudder,
Top and Mirror Master.
You just killed the man I loved.
He never told you what he really was? ‘Cause Sam Scudder wasn’t a man. He was my creation. My first.
Flash? Did you make it? Did you stop Eva?
Well, that was the best takeout world tour yet. Coq Au Vin from Paris, sashimi from the Arctic…
The Kansas State Fair funnel cake was Clark’s recommendation.
I just wish I didn’t have to go back to work already.
Is anybody still here?
Allegra went home for the day. And Kamilla, she is…
I’ve missed you so much.
No, this isn’t right.
[groans, strained] This isn’t right.
[panting] This isn’t right.
Oh, God. I’m still here.
Eva hit nine more spots last night. I missed her every time.
How much speed do you have left?
A few days. Maybe a few hours.
Eva’s targeting Black Hole tech, right? So why go after Scudder and Dillon?
They were working for Black Hole. I found this in Scudder’s remains. I’m guessing they’ve been on Carver’s payroll since breaking out of Iron Heights last year.
And when they got in Eva’s way, she moved them off the chessboard?
Well… they are not the only ones. The whole city thinks that Sue killed Carver. She and Ralph are staying way off the grid.
And Caitlin and Cisco are still gone, too. And Iris. I should get back to S.T.A.R. Labs. If we’re gonna stop Eva and fix this, I need the Artificial Speed Force up and running.
Well, we may not know where Scudder moved the Black Hole tech, but I bet you Dillon does. I’m gonna go in, see if I can get her to talk to me.
Actually, Captain… I am.
Right. When you were a prosecutor, you put Dillon in Iron Heights.
And now I’m her defense attorney that’s gonna keep her out and get her to tell me where that tech is.
That’s my girl.
Connecting Fusion Sphere.
[grunts] Fusion Sphere connected.
[Fusion Sphere whirs]
Oh, it’s working. Now we just have to find a fuel source to put in it.
And then, we can power the Artificial Speed Force.
[yawns] Hey, uh…
One of the sphere plates doesn’t look fully magnetized.
Whoa! You can’t touch that.
If you touch the Fusion Sphere while it’s activated, the Fusion Sphere thinks you’re the fuel source.
And fuse my atoms, which would lead to a complete molecular degeneration.
Sorry. I’m just trying to get your speed back.
Don’t hurt yourself trying to do it.
I’d never want you to do that.
Can you get this guy a coffee?
Wake him up?
Hey, come on. Let’s get a coffee.
Whoa, can I use that cappuccino maker you guys have in the lounge?
Knock yourself out.
Well, it’s nice to see you, too.
So it turns out we cracked the fuel problem for this A.S.F. of yours.
Pas facile non.
Not easy, not great.
But so much fun, huh?
I love all the brainstorming. Plus, we got all the Wellses back together again.
So I expect I need no introduction, but, yes, it is I, master of stage and screen, Harrison Orson Wells.
Okay, you’re new.
Nash, as I know you know, when our worlds died in Crisis, particles from our brainwaves were drawn to you like…
Like a moth drawn to a cosmic flame.
Whatever happened to show, don’t tell?
Oh, nice catch.
I love this part.
So there are multiversal particles inside you right now, Nash, made of synaptic energy.
Now, we take those particles and you put them in the Fusion Sphere, theoretically, they could power the A.S.F…
[gasps dramatically] Forever.
Not only would Allen get his speed back, but I’d be rid of you lot forever.
No, you’d be gone, too, I mean, because of the whole organic receptor thing.
What’s he talking about?
Multiversal particles are just… they’re very volatile.
And there’s no way they’ll stay in that sphere long enough to be charged unless… unless we have an organic receptor.
The organic receptor… is me.
For the Flash to run again, Nash Wells must die.
Nash, you’re our organic receptor.
You’re the only one that can contain us inside the Fusion Sphere.
By dying, Harry?
How stupid do you think I am?
I have a life here now.
I have people that I actually don’t hate.
I’m not gonna give all that up so Barry Allen can run fast!
Nash, you’re the only one of us that can help Allen.
And I will, Harry, by figuring out another way to save Allen that doesn’t mean I have to commit suicide!
Where he’s going?
Didn’t see that coming.
What the hell?
Maybe I can message Kamilla.
I wouldn’t do that if I were you.
My wife died in the particle accelerator explosion!
You’re not… even… human.
You do not control me anymore, Joseph.
She killed Sam right in front of me.
If you tell me where you and Scudder were moving that tech, I can use that information to strike a deal for you with the state and… catch Sam’s killer.
I wish I knew, but Sam made all the deals.
That’s funny. Your IHP file says that you were running a psychotropic drug ring out of the Meta-Wing. You were flush with cash, and…
It’s just that you felt so sad when you were remembering that time. It’s almost as… Almost as if you were deliberately projecting a fake emotion at me, but why would you do that? Why would you do that unless you already knew that I was an empath?
How would I know that? I’m not psychic. I just cause vertigo.
What else can you do inside people’s minds, Rosa?
Let me show you.
I feel so empty.
What did you do to me? What did you do to me? What did you do to me?
I found a little kernel of doubt inside of you and spun, spun, spun it into a full-blown crisis of confidence… like a top. [snaps fingers]
[gasps, breathes heavily]
Scudder’s ditzy girlfriend? It was all an act.
I was always the brains. He was just the pretty face. Then Sam cut a deal with Black Hole. We got rich, but we were in over our heads. So, when I heard Eva McCulloch wanted him dead…
You sold him out to her.
And in return, Eva gave me a cause to believe in. She delegated her next mission to me. And what I’ve cooked up for her is gonna blow this city away.
If you are planning something that will put people in danger…
The Flash is gonna stop me?
[softly] He can barely run.
[normal voice] You know, when I first got my powers, I was an empath, too. And look what I’ve grown into. Who knows what you would’ve become if only you weren’t so… afraid? Guess we’ll never know.
Thought you could use a pick-me-up.
“Organic Receptors in Nuclear Physics.”
What’s an organic receptor?
Ah, no. I’m just, uh… This is… I’m just helping Barry get his speed back, or I’m trying to, anyway.
Well, it’s nice to see you care about someone other than me for a change.
You’re the answer.
Multiversal particles oscillate at certain frequencies of light. Allegra can control electromagnetic wavelengths.
So she can push the particles out of you and into the Fusion Sphere.
Charging a fuel source for the A.S.F.
And we take all that kinetic energy, and we just transfer it to the track ring above us…
Giving Flash his groove back.
Uh, just… just one thing.
Aren’t multiverse particles a little too chaotic to be contained in a Fusion Sphere?
Yes, normally they would be, but Allegra can use her powers to contain the particles inside the Fusion Sphere from a safe distance.
Hey, thanks for looking out for me, but if Nash says it’s gonna work, I trust him.
[clears throat quietly] All right, then. Ready?
Okay. The Fusion Sphere is… ready for particle insertion.
[Fusion Sphere whirring]
Guys… something’s not right.
Uh… the charge is dropping.
I can’t hold it much longer.
[Fusion Sphere crackling]
Barry, you okay?
Please be okay.
Please be okay.
[sighs in relief]
[sighs in relief]
[French accent] Hello. Qu’est Ce qui Se passe?
What are you all doing?
Uh, since when do you speak French?
Since always, no?
Why is he talking funny?
I think when the particles left the Fusion Sphere, they transferred to Barry Allen.
So all the brainwaves of all the Wellses who’ve ever lived…
Are inside Monsieur Allen’s mind.
Allow me, introduce myself.
I’m Sherloque Wells, master detective, at your service.
I’m Chester. Chester P. Runk.
There’s a Sherlock Wells?
Yes, there’s a Sherlock Wells.
Good. Good. No great.
Vite, mes Ami.
We face a mystery stranger than the King Tut Killer of Earth-66. The Many Minds
of Barry Allen.
All of them ended up inside Barry?
It looks like, but, listen, let’s not panic.
Between the three of us and a master detective, we can figure out how to fix Barry Allen.
[as H.R. Wells] You guys talking about B.A.?
He’s so fast!
What just happened to him?
I think another set of Wells particles just took over his mind.
H.R. Wells. How you guys doing?
Yeah, so this is simple… We just get all the Wellses out of B.A. into the Futon Sphere.
It’s a… Stop. It’s a Fusion Sphere.
Can you stop drumming?
Can you stop drum… okay.
The drumming is so annoying…
[as Wells the Grey] Do you hear the drums?
They are coming.
It is I,
Wells the Grey.
Oh, Wells the Grey.
There’s a wizard Wells?
[groans] This is all my fault.
Oh, my God. Do you know Gandalf?
Barry trusted me to help him, and I screwed up.
No, it’s not… it’s not your fault.
Look, here’s what we’ll do.
Um, just blast him again, and we’ll push the particles back into me.
Uh-uh. No way. I’ll just make it worse.
No, you won’t make it worse.
All we got to do is figure out a way to contain the particles once they leave Allen’s body, like a magnet…
[breathing heavily] What are you?
Can’t figure it out?
[clicks tongue] Aw.
Did you lose your dissertation?
You’re a copy of me.
I’m no fractal anomaly.
I am a product of your broken mind.
No, it’s not.
You pushed your mind to find Singhuntil it broke…
[distorte d voice] Forever.
Leave me alone.
There’s no escaping this, Iris.
How long have you been trying to get out?
You are weak in every universe…
An insignificant speck, a victim.
Don’t worry. I’m gonna use the Mobile Gideon to diagnose him.
So, Gideon, what’s wrong with Barry?
An abundance of multiversal particles
inside his mind are causing his cerebral cortex
Yeah, all those brainwaves at once?
It’s like when Grodd was trapped in his mind,
but to an infinite degree.
Only Barry Allen’s speed healing
is keeping him alive now.
Gideon, what happens when his speed runs out?
If the particles remain inside his brain,
Barry Allen will instantly die.
Barry is going to die
because of what I did to him.
I should’ve trusted my gut.
Look, I knew we needed something else to keep the sphere intact.
That was supposed to be my stupid powers.
No, they’re not stupid, okay?
The particles always needed something stronger, like some sort of…
I don’t know, some sort of organic receptor.
That’s what you were researching in your office.
You let me think I was the only solution, when this whole time, there was another way?
No, it’s not that simple…
Yes, it is.
Yes! I lied!
Because I’m the organic receptor.
And I’m not ready to die yet.
Okay, look, Barry wouldn’t let anyone die for the Artificial Speed Force.
Yeah, so why lie about it?
Because I was scared.
I get it.
I thought you had changed.
It’s Chester P., actually, but…
I need a way to aim the particles after I push them out of Barry.
Like a particle magnet?
I can build that.
Oh, I mean, I can try.
Lead the way.
What the hell?
Look at these brainwave ratings.
Allen’s cerebellum is burning up.
Harry, if you want the kid to survive, then maybe you better relax…
I’m fine. Do not touch me.
What happened to the J.V. squad?
Why are you moping around here instead of helping them?
Oh, they don’t want my help.
Frankly, I don’t blame them.
Garcia found out the truth?
You know what Cisco said after Crisis?
He said, “An infinite number of Harrison Wells, and we’re stuck with the one who killed the Multiverse.”
And every day I ask myself, why?
Why am I the one left standing?
So who should’ve gotten the slot?
One of us bozos?
[sighs] You’re not bozos.
I only called you that because I find the Wells very annoying… Present company excluded.
But you know what you are?
You’re a daily reminder that even though we may all look the same, we’re not the same… because you’re all good men.
And I’m… I’m not.
So you’re a selfish jerk.
You think that I wasn’t?
That we all weren’t?
Hell, when I met this team, I was working for Zoom.
Sherloque… kept secrets.
We all came here broken men.
Thanks to Team Flash, eventually we learned to be better.
That’s why I believe in you, Nash.
There’s a good man in there somewhere.
You just need to dig him up, let him breathe.
You’re not real. You’re not real.
No, I’m not crazy.
Yeah, you are.
And there’s only two options in this place…
[distorted voice] Or madness.
This is not neural dissonance.
I’m not seeing you because I’m… I’m crazy and broken.
This is something else… someone else.
Keep trying to break me down… because I am not afraid of the woman that I am today.
But you are… Eva.
You want me distracted.
I must be getting close… to finding my way out of here.
You can push yourself until you break, and you will never escape this world.
I’m sorry, Iris, but if you can’t accept my conditions either, you might never see your husband again.
Wow. You actually came back.
I’m a defense attorney, Rosa.
I can handle a few mind games.
I’m here to get you a deal.
Am I supposed to be intimidated by you now?
The woman who’s afraid of her own powers?
Maybe you’re right, okay? Maybe… maybe I am afraid.
When I first got these abilities, I was so excited.
But then when my powers… They started to grow and change, and I… I bottled them up because I was afraid.
I was afraid I was gonna become someone like you.
Are you trying to rile me up?
I’m trying to remind myself of all of that fear that I have locked down deep inside… so that I can put it all into you.
My heart… is… racing!
You want to go back to prison?
Or do you want to tell me what you’re planning?
Hey. What’s wrong?
There’s a supersonic jet about to leave a secret Black Hole site in the badlands, and it is loaded with all of Carver’s remaining tech.
But that’s not the only thing it’s carrying.
Rosa Dillon planted a bomb on board.
If it blows over this city, hundreds of people will die.
And the Flash isn’t fast enough to stop it.
Okay. Okay. Here, put this on.
Once Allegra pushes the particles outside of Barry, these ionic circuits will catch them, put them back into you.
Listen, when this is over, I’ll find a way to make this up to you.
This is a pretty good start.
Hey. Hey, hey.
It’s working. Keep going.
Are you… Barry?
Yeah. It’s really me.
All right, let’s celebrate later, because we still have a supersonic jet about to explode over the city.
I still can’t stop it.
The plane’s only three minutes out.
We need a plan.
We need the Flash.
That’ll kill you.
But I’m the organic receptor that we need.
You’re getting your speed back.
We’ll find another way.
What other way, Allen?
There’s no time.
You don’t have to do this just to prove a point.
I’m not doing it to prove a point.
I’m doing it because I won’t watch you die.
I won’t let any of you die.
Don’t! Don’t! Don’t!
No, no, no, no, no. If you touch him, we’ll lose you, too.
I can’t let anyone else die for me.
I’ve already lost so many people.
Do you know what I feel right now, Allen?
It’s been so long since I felt those things.
And it’s not just me.
The Council feels it, too.
And we’ve made our decision.
We’re doing this, Allen. [groans]
Is it charging?
Yeah, the Fusion Sphere is charging.
How can I be the Flash without a Wells on this team?
You’ve always been the Flash.
You always will be… with or without me.
[as H.R. Wells] Hey, B.A.
How’s it going?
[chuckles] You’re so fast.
No, no, no. B.A., don’t be upset.
This… this is not goodbye. It’s just… till our next communion.
[as Sherloque] Not great, hmm?
Our current situation, huh? But…
it will be.
[as Harry] Allen… you know, when I came to your stupid Earth…
With it’s good burgers… I was a broken man…
Lost, angry, blah, blah, blah, and you showed me… how to be a better person.
And I’ll always be grateful for our friendship.
Run. Barry… run.
We’re at 80%.
You got this.
[Fusion Sphere roaring loudly]
After I’m gone… look out for one another.
A.R.G.U.S. was waiting for the jet when it landed.
They seized all the Black Hole tech on board.
All thanks to the Flash.
So Nash died a hero.
And I… I never really got to know him.
♪ No way to know what’s on my mind ♪
♪ But you always say the words that save my life ♪
Look, I know after tonight that none of us will… ever be the same.
But we all heard what Nash said.
He was so happy to have you in his life.
Y-you can call me Chuck.
I need to tell the rest of the team.
I’ll call Carla, make sure Caitlin knows.
Cisco’s gonna want to come back from his trip.
Harry was like a father to him.
When they were all in my mind, I could… I could feel their spirits.
I could feel how much they loved me.
They gave themselves up for me.
How am I supposed to live with that?
Uh, I think that’s the point.
You know, they put themselves in the A.S.F. so you could live… and thrive.
And now, whenever you run, it’ll kind of be like they’ll be running with you.
You know, Nash wasn’t the only one who rose to the occasion today.
I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you guys.
what now, Flash?
We go save Iris and our friends.
We get everybody back.
♪ I’ve got friends that will run ♪
♪ Through walls ♪
♪ And I’ve got friends that don’t text ♪
♪ They call ♪
♪ And when I’ve nowhere left to go ♪
♪ And I need you the most ♪
♪ I’ve got friends that will run ♪
♪ Through walls ♪
Eva, what was that? Are you okay?
Someone help me!
Everything I thought was a lie.
I’m the mirror duplicate.