Original air date: May 18, 2021
“Nora” reasons with Deon. Psych attacks billionaires, and Iris learns that Psych is Bashir Adil Malik, a former rich kid who was abandoned by his parents; adoptive and biological, and his former friends; the billionaires. Kramer returns to CCPD and asks Joe to bring in Barry to discuss metahuman transfers. Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin train Alexa to control Fuerza, though Barry’s overdetermination to have Fuerza fight Psych results in her injuring Cisco and becoming demotivated. Caitlin gives her a device to communicate with Fuerza like she did with Frost. Kamilla has been job hunting in Miami, and Cisco confides his fear of not doing more with his career to her. After Kramer creates bullets containing the metahuman cure with the governor’s approval, Cecile advises Joe that if Kramer is to stop her hunt, she must do so on her own. Joe resigns from the CCPD, wanting to remain righteous. Fuerza defends Barry from Psych, and Barry reveals that his friends had started a fund in his name and he convinces him to come to S.T.A.R. Labs, but Deon and “Nora” appear at S.T.A.R. Labs and kill Iris, Alexa, and Bashir.
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Back off, lady.
Past, present or future, you can’t run from me.
Who said I’m gonna run?
Maybe I could just snap my fingers, send you back a thousand years in time.
By the time you get back, oh, I’ll be long gone.
Now, that is no way to treat your big sister.
I don’t have a sister.
Yes, you do.
Look inside yourself.
Your stillness knows my speed, little brother.
We’re connected, you and I.
I know you can feel it.
Okay, m-m-maybe we are the same.
Okay, who cares?
I don’t know you.
Yes you do.
We were born at the same time.
What? Lady, you’re nuts.
First, you show up trying to kill me.
Now you want to chat like we’re in Sunday school?
I ain’t falling for that.
We may have come into this world together, but this isn’t my first time which means…
I could kill you at any moment.
And I still might.
Then do it or get out of my face.
I don’t want you dead.
But I do want your help.
You and I have a common enemy.
Our father, Barry Allen, rejected me, just like he rejected you.
Tell me something…
How does that make you feel?
Wait, let me get this straight.
I’m a force of nature?
Barry’s The Flash, and you two birthed me?
[laughs] That makes you, what?
Something like that.
And I have three siblings?
One who just tried to kill me.
Technically, Alexa, she did kill you.
But your biometrics are stable.
So I think you’re fine.
Wait, how did you bring me back anyway?
We don’t actually know.
But according to my initial tests, the three of you share the same bio-kinetic genome sequence.
Kind of like how a parent and their child share the same DNA.
Exactly, except we’re talking about cosmic DNA.
So you can sense their cells on a quantum level and vice versa.
So they can sense one another?
That is so damn cute.
Wait, if we’re all connected, can’t the other forces sense each other, too?
If Nora finds them before we do…
She’s gonna kill them.
All right, well, where are we with finding Deon and Psych?
Chester and I are working on a tracking system to locate Deon’s temporal isotopes across timelines.
I’m monitoring the data, while he’s out there setting up the sensors.
And The Citizen is looking into Psych.
We’re gonna see if we can ID his human identity.
We do that, we can find him.
Well, we better do it fast.
I’ve been seeing intermittent spikes of Nora’s isotopic signature all across the city.
And there’s been a ton of reports of spontaneous lightning.
Your firstborn is pissed.
She’s gonna come after me again.
And if she does, we will protect you.
You couldn’t the last time.
She’s not going to this time.
We’re gonna train you to control your powers.
Wait, you want me to control that monster?
Think about it.
Nora needed me to help to take you down.
If you could control your powers, I don’t think she’d be able to hurt you again.
What if I hurt you or kill someone else during this training?
I can’t hurt anyone else.
We’ll… we’ll make sure you don’t.
Let us help you.
Yeah, Iris put me on Psych duty.
It is an all hands on deck kind of day.
Yeah, this, uh…
This whole fighting Big Bads thing…
Definitely not gonna miss it.
Hey, what do you think about Miami?
Great mojitos, excellent NBA team…
What, are you thinking about booking a vacation, like, now?
No, I meant to live after we leave Central City.
I’ve been submitting my work to a few art galleries, and this one in South Beach is interested.
Plus, I do love a good mojito.
You’re already job hunting…
Yeah. Aren’t you?
Well, we should probably tell the team soon.
I got to give Iris enough time to find a new photographer.
Fine, just call me when the deal’s done.
[chuckles] That’s my name, you idiot.
Who said that?
It seems like your short game still needs some work.
Who are you?
What do you want?
You don’t remember me.
Let’s see if I can’t jog your memory.
How are you doing this?
Eh, it’s kind of a long story.
To be honest with you, it’s been a bit of a nightmare.
How about I share it with you?
That was Caleb Fairweather, the billionaire tech guy.
What happened to him?
According to the paramedics, mental distress and symptoms consistent with narcolepsy.
That was the mayor’s office.
It turns out that Caleb is the fourth billionaire today they found like this.
Yeah, I’m picking up a ton of electrochemical isotopes in here.
Caleb was attacked by Psych?
I don’t get it, you both were attacked by Psych, and you didn’t end up like that.
[cell phone vibrates]
I’m needed at CCPD.
Let me know if you find out anything.
What are you thinking?
Well, we both assumed that Psych had an axe to grind with the system because he was attacking banks and the stock market, but now he’s going after individual people.
Why the change?
Yeah, I know, it feels personal.
Maybe there’s something here that explains the escalation.
I’m guessing that’s not Caleb’s college chess club?
More like an Ivy League society.
My dad did say that four other wealthy targets were attacked today.
If Psych is targeting people in this group, then…
Start training Alexa as fast as you can.
I’m gonna try to figure out who’s next on Psych’s list.
[distant siren wailing]
[knock at door]
I thought you were headed upstate.
As a result of the Frost case, the governor wants me to stick around a bit longer.
Have a seat, Captain.
I’m trying to find the source of this city’s meta-criminal problem, and I need your help.
There seem to be a whole lot of cases where meta-criminals simply disappear around here.
This Rainbow Raider one minute he’s in CCPD custody, the next, missing.
Who else worked these cases?
Patty Spivot, reassigned.
Julian Albert, also reassigned.
Barry Allen’s still here.
Can you do me a favor?
Send him in.
Maybe he knows something we don’t.
He’s on a case.
I’ll see if I can pull him off.
This force field can handle just about anything…
Speedsters, futuristic meta-villains…
Oh, you’ve done this before?
[laughing] Oh, yeah.
But you should know I’ve reinforced this baby with inverse surge capabilities.
The harder you push against it, the stronger it’s gonna get.
Even Fuerza can’t fight herself, right?
You named it “strength”?
I guess that makes sense. [sighs]
You initiate a change.
The key is to focus.
Control the transformation into Fuerza from the start.
So try to stay calm when I change?
[scoffs] You gonna teach me to meditate?
I mean, it’s really just about your breathing.
Focus on that while you transform, and we’ll keep track of the physiological effects.
You sure I’m ready for this?
If Nora shows up again, you need to be able to protect yourself.
We’ll go slow.
Yeah, I-I don’t think I can do this.
Yes, you can.
Just try to remember how you felt the last time.
Alexa, you have to.
Excuse me, Ms. LaSalle?
Hi, I’m Iris West-Allen with the “Central City Citizen.”
If you’re looking for a quote on our recent merger, you’ll have to contact publicity.
No, actually, we’re here because you were the president of the League of Lions.
Is this for that alumni newsletter?
Here’s a quote.
I’m wealthier than the whole league combined now.
Ms. LaSalle, please.
There’s a meta-human that is targeting members of that league.
And four of your Richie Rich friends have already been attacked.
We believe you and the other man in this photo are the next victims.
If you could just tell us his name?
He’s into apps and alternative energy sources.
Bit of a do-gooder.
Felicitatem esse virtutem…
Prosperity equals power.
And judging by this empire that you’ve built up for yourself, it appears that you followed the League’s motto to a T, Naomi.
I know that voice.
Smashing costume, Bashir.
Mm, it’s not working.
I don’t know how to bring that thing out.
It’s because you’re holding back.
I’ve got isotopes downtown.
I’ve been catching up with the old gang, you know, swapping stories.
It’s actually been a lot of fun for me, and now it’s your turn.
Last time I saw you, you got thrown out of the Yacht Club because you couldn’t pay your dues.
The regatta life was never for me.
I was so right about you.
The others thought you deserved a chance, but I knew you’d never fit in.
[inhales deeply] Let me guess.
You’re broke again, and now you want another handout?
You want help help yourself.
Don’t mind if I do.
You don’t have to do this.
I really do.
Back for another round, huh, Flash?
Psych, you need to listen to me.
You’re in danger.
There are other forces out there who are trying to…
So you’re Dad?
[laughs] Life is just full of little surprises, isn’t it?
Your scans show patterned bruising from where Psych… Bashir attacked you.
What did he show you this time?
He didn’t show me anything, but his powers are growing.
I mean, somehow he was able to manifest tentacles?
He could move as fast as me.
We’ve got a fifth comatose billionaire in the hospital and an evil magenta sage guru with tentacles?
Magentacles, if you will?
We’re gonna have to change up our plan, I think.
Well, Iris is trying to locate Bashir’s final target.
We need to be ready.
Right, um, to do what exactly?
I mean, maybe I’m not strong enough to stop Bashir, but Fuerza is.
You want me to fight him?
Hey, uh, just long enough to subdue Bashir.
So hopefully we can get through to him.
What if I accidentally kill him?
Well, you won’t if you can get a handle on your powers, which is why we got to continue your training.
Cisco, are the isotopic arc radiators still functional?
Uh, they need a couple tweaks but, yeah.
I’m sorry, you want to force Fuerza out?
Yeah, I mean, we’re running out of time.
Barry, you can’t push Fuerza out until Alexa’s ready… It’s too dangerous.
Alexa this is about more than protecting yourself from Nora now.
If Bashir uses these new powers on the city, people will get hurt.
I know you’re scared, but we still need your help.
And this Bashir guy’s really bad?
He’s pretty much the worst.
His name was listed on the League of Lions member page, class of ’08.
He is the adoptive son of Adrita and Paul Malik, owners of Malik Hotels.
He was a rich kid.
But it says here the Maliks died in a plane crash 13 years ago.
He was orphaned twice?
First by his birth parents and then by his adoptive parents.
And it gets worse.
When the Maliks’ plane went down, they were $50 million in debt.
They were fleeing the country for tax evasion, and they left Bashir behind.
And I thought my family was messed up.
That’s why he hates his parents.
They… they abandoned him.
And they weren’t the only ones.
Naomi told him he never belonged.
You think when he went broke, his friends bailed on him, too?
Yeah, that’s why he’s targeting them.
He felt burnt by his parents, his friends, and the system that made him.
Now he’s out for revenge.
[sighs] So who’s next on the list?
I ran his picture and got a hit.
He wasn’t at his home or his work, and all of his social media accounts were recently deleted.
He’s on the run.
I called Cisco.
S.T.A.R.’s search protocols are up and running.
But, Iris, even if we find Lucas, what’s our plan?
I mean, you’ve tried talking to Bashir twice now, and it still hasn’t worked.
Well, because I didn’t know what to say.
I think I was trying to be a-a mother figure, when I should have been a journalist…
Getting all of the information before running a story.
And you think there’s more to his?
Yeah. We need to dig deeper.
Find what you’re looking for?
I checked out the armament delivery you signed for this morning, seeing as I didn’t authorize it.
These bullets contain the meta-human cure, don’t they?
30 CCs each, yes.
If meta-humans are threatening the public good, we need to be able to protect the people of this city.
This is illegal.
There’s just no precedent for them… yet.
You didn’t get the results you wanted in court, so now you’re trying to figure out another way to eliminate meta-criminals.
Meta-criminals are dangerous, Captain.
The people of this city can see it.
Why can’t you?
The last time we talked, I asked you to make sure you’re on the right side of the line.
Now you’re gonna go out there and shoot up metas with the cure?
When it comes to meta-human affairs, I have full authority to use extreme measures
in emergency combat situations.
This is still my precinct.
Around here, we take the time to de-escalate the situation before it becomes combative.
That’s what this precinct did, and your city hasn’t been safe.
So we’re doing things my way now.
I don’t think so.
I’ll contact the Governor’s office.
The Governor authorized the order.
I’m still hoping that we can work together on this, Captain, but this is the new line now.
Figure out which side of it you’re on, then let me know.
All right, remember, the radiators release isotopes that’ll bring out Fuerza, so you don’t have to do anything.
Just try to stay conscious during the transformation.
That’s the first step to maintaining control.
If I start to lose control, promise me you’ll turn these things off.
Of course we will.
Also… I’ve got backup.
[machine whirs loudly]
Releasing isotopic waves now.
[grunting in pain]
Remember, Alexa, you’re in control.
I don’t want to do it.
I said I don’t want to do this.
Guys, her biometrics are spiking.
I’m gonna reduce her isotopic exposure.
Alexa, you can do this.
Uh, that’s a problem.
Guys, she’s getting blue and angry.
It’ll take 30 seconds for the isotopic effects to wear off.
We don’t have 30 seconds.
She’s overloading the force field.
If we don’t shut it down, this thing’s gonna blow, and then we’re all toast.
I’m shutting it down now.
I told you I couldn’t control it.
Is he gonna be all right?
He needs to rest, but he’ll make a full recovery.
All right, we should get back to work.
Barry, why don’t we take a break on training?
Look, I-I know this is a setback, but we can’t stop.
Lives are on the line.
Don’t you know what just happened?
We can’t train that thing.
Alexa, we don’t have a choice.
Oh, you don’t, I do, and I-I won’t be your weapon.
I’m done with this, and I am done with you.
What are you doing?
She needs to train.
She just found out two days ago that she has this force inside of her.
She needs time to process that.
Look, I’m trying to teach her how to survive.
Well, she’s not ready.
Well, she has to be.
All right, look, it’s my fault that Nora wants her dead.
That means it’s my responsibility to keep her safe.
Training her is the only way I know how to do that.
I am not saying that we don’t train her when she’s ready.
Right now what Alexa needs from you is patience.
When you first got your powers, Thawne spent months training you.
Your greatest enemy was more patient with you than you’re being with your own daughter.
Think about that while I try and stop you from pushing another kid away.
Kramer’s gonna start a war.
She’s going after every meta with a record, and she’s being smart about it.
She’s doing everything by the book.
Wow, you almost respect her don’t you?
I know that there is a good cop in there somewhere that cares about the safety of people, but not like this.
What’s all this?
These are all the purchases made by Kramer on behalf of CCPD.
I also have former case files coming from Keystone, Gotham, Coast City later today.
It’s about time somebody investigated her.
Joe, I just went up against Kramer.
That woman knows how to handle herself.
Plus, she’s got the Governor on her side.
What are you saying?
I should back down?
Joe, it has got to be her choice.
Otherwise, she is never gonna back down.
So, until that happens, what are you gonna do to help her get there?
Should you be working right now?
You’re still recovering.
I’m just a little sore.
I’ll be all right.
Oh, my gosh.
That gallery in Miami wants to schedule an interview.
And you don’t seem that excited.
Did you know that I’m qualified for 7,685 jobs in the U.S. alone?
83 of them in Miami.
And trust me…
I know… [chuckles]
How lucky I am to be able to say that.
[sighs] But if I’m being honest… I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing right now.
I never told anyone this, but when we were at Cleary Capital and Psych whammied me and Barry and Frost and he showed us our worst nightmares, you know what I saw?
I saw myself 40 years from now.
I was still working at S.T.A.R. Labs.
And that’s a bad thing?
No, not entirely.
I mean… I’ve learned a lot here.
And I’ve made family here.
But in this nightmare…
Everybody had moved on, and I hadn’t.
It was just me.
And I felt this insane regret for not even trying to do anything else with my career.
I don’t want that future.
So. What the hell am I supposed to do?
I know this is a big decision, but you don’t have to make it right now.
Just give it time.
The right job will find you.
I know it seems safer, but running away won’t solve anything.
I don’t have a choice.
When you turned that machine off, I could feel that monster fighting against me as I was changing back.
It wanted to stay out.
What if I never control it?
You will, just like I did.
Do you know the meta-human Frost?
She and I used to share a body.
When Frost first surfaced, she did horrible things.
And I was terrified.
I tried to control her with meta-cuffs.
I didn’t even try to understand her.
But then after a while, I realized that there was good inside that other part of me.
How’d you do that?
By talking to Frost with this.
It’s a mental activity dampener.
It uses neural pathways to connect multiple consciousnesses.
It’s how we talk to each other.
I could hear that thing in my head?
It’ll take time.
But I think that’s just what you two need.
Or maybe you just want me to start training again.
Forget the training.
I should have listened to you when you said you weren’t ready.
I wanted to say I’m sorry.
If you need more time to process this, you got it.
Whatever you want to do, we’ll do it.
Thanks for saying that.
[sighs] I guess what I want to do is try to get in sync with my other half.
Satellites are picking up Lucas Sharpe’s license plate.
He’s headed north on I-95.
Uh, we got Bashir’s Force signal heading Sharpe’s way, and fast.
Fill the jet.
I’m ten minutes out.
Oh, my God.
Where have you been all these years?
That’s an interesting question.
You know, I guess I could have been out there trying to find myself, traveling to Prague or the Amalfi Coast, really living the dream like all of you did.
No, but I couldn’t do that because I couldn’t get my friends out of my mind.
I tried to get in touch.
I was worried about you.
Oh, that’s so sweet.
I’m sure you thought about me every day.
Sure, sure, sure.
Hey, listen, now that I’ve got you here can I pick your brain about something, for old times’ sake?
Guys, Lucas Sharpe is the last person on Bashir’s hit list.
And if Bashir gets to him first…
There’s one more thing.
There’s more to Bashir’s story than we knew.
If you can get him to listen, then I can tell you what to say to him.
Okay, stay on comms.
I’m coming with you.
Alexa, you don’t have to.
I want to.
Look, Bash, come on, we were friends.
Whatever you want, we can work it out.
You always were the optimist in our little cabal of spoiled, rich brats.
Of course, that’s not going to help you now.
No, no, no. Please, please.
You couldn’t stop the others, so, instead, you watched them destroy my life.
That makes you just as guilty.
And now you’re going to pay just like them.
why don’t you come out and show yourself?
Are you afraid?
Do you fear me, Flash?
You know it doesn’t matter where you stashed him.
I will hunt Lucas down.
No, you won’t.
We won’t let you hurt him.
I have a baby sister.
Iris and I know what your parents did to you, but you can’t keep punishing the world for it.
Actually, yes, I can.
I don’t know if you can hear me, but I’m not afraid of you anymore.
What if Alexa’s not ready?
Fuerza might be the muscle, but after everything she’s been through, I think Alexa might be stronger.
Por favor, Fuerza.
Necesito tu ayuda.
And Fuerza, together.
You are a very big baby sister.
Not that it’s going to matter.
Bashir, you don’t have to fight us.
Yes, I do, Dad.
Can’t you see we’re just trying to help you?
Then don’t bother.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Tell him that we’re not like his parents and neither were his friends.
Caleb, Lucas and the others, they never gave up on you.
That is a lie.
All they ever cared about was money.
No, they cared about you more.
After your parents died, they started a fund to help you get back on your feet.
Iris found bank statements and donation receipts all in your name… Bashir Adil Malik.
You didn’t know because you pushed them away when they reached out.
No. No, no, no.
Naomi would never help me.
You’re right about that.
Naomi turned her back on you, so you assumed the others would, too, but they didn’t.
They wanted to help.
So do we.
No, no, no, no, there’s no way.
This… this can’t be true.
No, it is.
Don’t push us away like you have with everyone else.
You always wanted a real family?
Give us a chance. We can be your family.
There is no such thing.
You don’t know my pain.
You’re right, Bashir.
But I do, because my past is just as dark as yours.
I’ve been clean for five years.
But when I was at my lowest, I drove away everyone I ever loved.
My own parents won’t even talk to me anymore.
I know what real loneliness feels like.
But at some point, the walls we build need to come down, or they will crush us.
And when they do the people who still want to be there for you, that’s real family.
We’ll wait for you, Bashir as long as it takes.
The choice is yours brother.
[weapons clicking, whirring]
Bashir’s victims are awake. They’re gonna be okay.
What are you guys doing?
Barry and Alexa are bringing a monster into our house.
Can’t be too careful.
That’s probably wise.
There’s a lot of fear in this place.
I like it.
He’s decided to give family a try.
I’m not sure if I’m sticking around.
Hey, you know, those rifles and whatever those gloves are supposed to be, that’s not gonna help you, you know that, right?
Just a heads-up.
Don’t make me angry.
You got lucky the first time.
You want to roll the dice on round two?
I… I got to call Frost.
I think have something to do.
I have a thing.
Ah, you guys got this, right?
[cell phone vibrates]
Look, both of you stand down.
We’re on the same team now.
Oh, this is new for all of us, so let’s just take it slow, all right?
[knock at door]
You wanted to see me?
I need to talk to you about what happened today.
Okay, I’m listening.
As Captain, it’s hard to watch the ideals that you built your whole career on get stripped away.
You’re just doing your job. I respect that.
It’s just that I wish… I wish that you could try to understand what this city really needs
because here it’s not just black and white, or even gray.
I do things by the book, Captain.
But it’s gonna take a whole lot more than that when it comes to protecting the people of Central City.
Only, you can’t see that.
And since your “by the book”…
Is nowhere near mine…
Do you realize what you’re doing?
I’m staying on the right side of the line.
So now you know everything we do.
Okay, so you got four kids, two of which are so pissed off, they want to kill you.
This is why some people shouldn’t have children.
[scoffs] You are such an ass.
I’m direct, sis.
There’s a difference.
Look, the point is Nora will come after you, too.
Yeah, only if she’s as nuts as you say she is.
She is, trust me.
Yeah, well, we’ll see.
Either way, I’m not scared of her.
It’s not that simple.
You’re not that simple.
We can’t underestimate Nora.
As the Speed Force, she is different than the rest of you.
She’s been around since the dawn of time.
And I thought I was dramatic.
You can’t beat her, not alone.
None of us can, which is why we need to find Deon as soon as possible.
You made me do this, Barry.
Greg, move your head.