The Flash – S07E17 – Heart of the Matter, Part 1 [Transcript]

Barry and Iris greet their future children, XS and Bart, only for a shocking secret to threaten their new familial harmony; the Godspeed war intensifies and threatens to destroy Central City.
The Flash - S07E17 - Heart of the Matter, Part 1

Original air date: July 13, 2021

Barry allows Bart and Nora to stay in the past. They join him in fighting off a squad of Godspeed drones, but all of the drones target Bart. Later, Bart explains that he considers Godspeed “his Thawne,” since he witnessed Godspeed murdering Jay Garrick, who had always encouraged Bart’s impulsive attitude. While Barry attempts to contact Wally West for help, Iris returns. After several losses against the drones, Barry and Iris decide to bench Nora and Bart. However, the rebel drones capture Jay (who had been regaining his speed with the help of Joan Williams) and demand Bart in exchange for his life. Bart leaves to fight them, but he is knocked out and nearly killed by the drones. Barry and Nora rescue Jay and Bart while Cisco arrives and traps the drones. Meanwhile, Chester asks Allegra for help with charging a device to remove the drones’ speed and consoles Allegra when he learns about Esperanza’s death. As Joe and Kramer return from assisting the FBI with the Creyke investigation, they witness many of Central City’s citizens fleeing to escape the Godspeed War. Afterwards, Barry suggests that they get into August’s mind to try to get the answers they need to stop the drones. Once Cecile helps Barry enter Heart’s mind, he encounters the real August. Turns out he’s been waiting for him and he says he has all the answers, menacing that it will be so much fun.

* * *

[light orchestral music]


Infinite velocity will soon be mine!

And once my ascension is complete, all will bow before the might of Godspeed!


[dramatic music]

Gideon, let CCPD know I’ve got Heart.

I’m bringing him in now.

Guess you couldn’t run away forever, Heart.


Never anger a god, little one.




Yo, that was so crash.

What the hell was that?

You just phased through a speedster.

Who didn’t see me coming.

Your molecules could have conjoined on a quantum level.

Do you not know what that means?

No, no, I don’t.I don’t, because I’m a freshman in college, and I don’t learn quantum physics till my junior year.

You remember that, right, sis?


Bart, you have to stop pulling these crazy stunts.

You’re still learning how to control your meta-abilities.

My meta-abilities just saved the day.

You saw that.

Also, I am expanding my boundaries, right?

Like, who knows what else you could do if you actually pushed yourself?


Did you not just see my lightning lasso?

Okay, that’s really bad.


August Heart now located at 5724 Fontana Drive.

The Flash Museum.

You’re too late.

Now the future belongs to Godspeed.

If he gets away…

We’ll never find him, but…

Mom and Dad will kill us, so…

Screw it.

[heroic music]


The guy we chased through time, August Heart, has no speed and no memory now?

And he has dozens of clones all fighting each other?

Maybe even more now.

Hey, that was an amazing story, by the way.

The whole phasing through the baddies like that?

Oh, dude, amazing.

Bro, I’ve been working on that move for a minute.

So epic. I mean…

Thanks, bro. I appreciate it.

Also, I’m Chester P. Runk, team tech guru, and it is an absolute pleasure to meet the kinder of Flash and Iris.


Chester, we’ve already met.

You improved my gauntlet’s efficiency by, like, 2,000%.

You’re also the smartest person we know.

I am?

Oh, oh, my God.

Yeah, absolutely.

Dude, you help me with my differentials of mathematics homework, like, all the time.

All the time.

Don’t forget that.

Both: Grammy Cecile!

[laughs] Hi.

Oh, my God.

I feel so much love from you two.

I can’t wait to get to know you both.

[laughs] Oh, hey, Caitlin.

Oh, what up, Cait?

Hi. It happened again?


Just wish Iris was here to meet them.

Dad, Mom’s gonna be fine.

It’s okay.


Well, with Nora and Bart here, at least we’ve got the extra muscle that we need.


West-Allen family rule #1: Protect the timeline at any and all cost.

Can’t stay.

[soft dramatic music]

Actually, you can.



Look, the Godspeeds are recharging themselves in the Speed Force, so as long as that’s the case, there’s no way back.

So maybe you are safer here with us…

Oh. [Laughs]

And I don’t know.

I mean, maybe you’re the advantage we need to finally end this war, once and for all.

Cecile’s helping me with the MAD 2.0, so we can unlock August Heart’s memories, but no luck yet.

Okay, Barry, I think I got something.


Okay, so I was going through my Pops’ old schematics, and I found this.

It reconverts the atomic mass of neutrinovoltaic energy cells.

Pops called it a solar encryption engine.

Cool. What does it do?

It neutralizes artificially created kinetic energy sources.

Like Godspeed’s artificial speed.

And I already built a prototype.

I just need to charge the battery with an electromagnetic source.

Hey, have you seen Allegra lately?

No, not since yesterday, when she said goodbye to Esperanza.

Hmm. We’ll find her.

But, with any luck, the S.E.E…

Huh, huh? S.E… you get it?

Will be fully charged and functional within an hour.

All right.

Dad, with this, we can stop Heart and his clones in his tracks.

We can win this war.




[both laughing]

It’s okay, Dad. We don’t bite.

Okay. Yo, check this out.

I got one more.




[laughing] Oh, gross.


Nora, you can just ignore the family rules for a minute and rewind that.

Sure. How would I do that?


Is this about the other Nora?

You know about her?



I mean, you and Mom have told us a ton of stories about her, and I’m so glad that you did.

I feel like part of her is still alive in me.

[alarm buzzing]

Barry, we’ve got more Godspeed clones southwest of City Hall.

Okay. Time to go to work.

Let’s go.

[dramatic music]

Let’s go?

You mean, like, all three of us go?

Yeah. You ready?


Okay, yeah.

All right.

[dramatic music]

Okay. Secure the area.

Make sure there are no civilians in harm’s way.

What about them?

Let them kill each other and then clean up the mess.



Split up, and keep moving.

We’ll run out the clock until they have to go back and recharge.

None of the Godspeeds are behind me.

Nora, how many are following you?

None here either.

Where the heck are they?

Found them.

All: Kill the adversary.

Strike him down. Kill the adversary.

Circle back.

We’ll fight them together.

No! No.

I’m gonna lead them away from the city.

No you’re not.

Now, listen to me.

You all right?

Uh, yeah.

Yeah, yeah. [Laughs]

I mean, yeah.

They couldn’t keep up with the fleet-footed wonder.

They went to recharge, you idiot.

What’s your problem?

You were supposed to circle back.

Bart, why do they all follow you and not us?

What are you not telling me?

All right, which one of you is gonna tell me what’s going on?

All those clones just tried to kill you, Bart.

They were calling you “the adversary.”

Why? What’s going on?

Dad, we can’t talk about this.

Look, right now, I don’t care about what kind of rules I have in the future.

I want to know why every Godspeed out there just tried to kill Bart.

Because he’s my Thawne.

[dramatic music]

Dad, Godspeed is my arch-nemesis, okay?

He’s my one big bad to rule them all, just like you and Thawne.


Bart, Thawne devoted his entire life to destroying mine.

He murdered your grandma.

You can’t just throw his name around without knowing what it means.

I know what it means!

Bart, it’s okay.

Why don’t we all just try and take a breath?

[melancholy music]

Maybe we should go train?

If we want to take on those clones again, we gotta work on our Fathwoom Boom.


We’ll be in the Speed Lab, if you need us.

Oh, thank the universe.

I’ve been looking for you everywhere.

Look, you are not gonna believe what went down while you were gone.

Barry and Iris’ kids showed up from the freaking future.


Now it’s like we got two Marty McFlys.

You okay?

Yep. Need something?

Yeah, well, the Godspeeds left to go recharge again, but the intervals between their attacks are getting shorter and shorter.

So I need this ready for when they come back.


It’s my Pops’ solar encryption engine.

I mean, I’ve still gotta do a few final tweaks, but I also need a way to charge the battery.

So you came to the human charger.

Got it.


Let’s go.

You forgot your java.

It’s fine.

Yeah, but you can just take it to go and hit it with a microwave blast later.

I already nuked it, Chester.

I just don’t want it anymore.

Now, can we get this over with?

Nuked it, huh?

That’s when the suspect confessed to the bombing in Polokistan.

Did Creyke say anything else?

Because Kristen Kramer died in that explosion, and that means you’re dead.

No. That was everything.


That should be it on our end.

Car you asked for is out front.

Great, thanks.

I’m having a hard time trying to reach anybody in Central City.

It’s like the whole town lost cell service.

You tried CCPD?

Multiple times.

No answer, and I need to get in contact with Cecile.

Hey, anything else you want to say to the feds?

I’ve said all I need to say.

Let’s get moving.

Bhikkhuni Amala confirms Wally West is in deep meditation, handling unrest on the psychic plane.

Which means we’re out of speedsters to call.

Iris? Hey.

[warm music]

How are you here? How is this possible?

Deon was able to stabilize me enough to come back until he can find a permanent cure.

Oh, thank God.

I’ve missed you so much.

It’s been impossible without you here with me.

Well, I’m here now, and I’m gonna be fine.

With everything that’s happened…

The war, you needing to heal in the Still Force…

Is everything okay?


Yeah, now that you’re back, it’s perfect.

It feels like you wanted to tell me something.

It can wait.

Iris, oh, so much has happened.

You’re not gonna believe this, but…

Our son and daughter are here.

Yeah. How did you…

I was watching from the Still Force.

Deon let me see everything that happened, and yeah.

They’re amazing.

I mean Nora, she’s all grown up, and Bart, he’s already a young man.

It’s incredible.

So you were with me the whole time.


So you know who Godspeed is to Bart and how much danger he’s in.

[dramatic music]

Bart knows what Thawne’s done to me.

The pain that he’s caused, so if Godspeed is Bart’s Thawne…

Then what did he do to Bart?

Iris, those Godspeeds quit fighting each other to go after him.

I don’t think they’re gonna stop until they’ve killed our son.

Then we can’t let him go out there until the war is over.

[resolute music]

Barry’s never gonna believe this.

I can barely believe it either.

In the last 40 days, the Speed Force saturation in your body has gone from 0 to 100, Jay.


You know, a year ago, I thought I’d never run again, but then I hit the jackpot.

And just in time too.

Because an army of evil speedsters is attacking Central City?

Joan, I know I’m rusty, but Barry needs all the help he can get.

Fine, but I’ve got a patient going into surgery at the clinic.

So when you’re out there please remember…

Be careful?

Watch your head.

Doctor’s orders.

All right, old man.

Time to get in on the action.

[dramatic musical crescendo]

[dark music]

What the hell do you want?

You, Jay Garrick.

We want you.

[dramatic music]

What gives, Bart?

You can throw stars with your lightning, but you can’t catch a ball of it in under 20 seconds?


[heavy breathing]

It’s a lot harder than it looks.

Well, maybe you should stop focusing on being a badass parkouring off every wall you see.

So you agree I do look badass.

That’s it. That’s all that I’ve ever wanted from you.

Nora, understand, I can do all the stuff, not… Mom!

Hi! [Laughs]

[all laughing]

I told you she’d be okay.

I’m just glad our family’s finally together.

I am so happy to see you guys.

I’m so sorry I couldn’t get here sooner.

No, it’s all good. Seriously.

Deon already told us about what happens when…

Never mind. What’s up?

We need to talk to you.

Oh, can it wait?

We’re just… We’re working on a new move that we’re actually gonna use on Godspeed.

I think you’re gonna like it a lot.

It’s kind of old-school, which I think you’re gonna be…

Bart, you won’t be going into the field.

Yeah, Bart, your dad told me everything, and I saw the rest in the Still Force.

Look, it was one thing when Godspeed was just some meta that you two were fighting in the future, but…

He’s your Thawne, which means it’s personal.

Yeah. I mean…

Okay, Dad, I am sorry for how I reacted earlier, but I…

You don’t know me like that yet.

I can keep my cool. I promise.

I can. Tell them.

I can keep my cool, right?

But you can’t.



I know Bart can be a bonehead, but he’s right.

You’ve only known him for a few hours.

I’ve known him for 19 years.

I got this. Trust me.

[warm music]


They are so incredible.

We make great people.

Yeah, we do.

[somber music]

Thought I’d find you moping in here.

You always come here when you’re angry.

How could you turn on me like that?

You’re supposed to have my back.

I still do.

Look, I get why you’re angry after what Godspeed took from you, from us?

Godspeed… Nora, Godspeed didn’t take Uncle Jay.

He killed him.

He killed Uncle Jay…

Right in front of me.

Yeah, sure.

Dad and Uncle Wally taught me how to run, and how to meditate, and all that’s great.

Uncle Jay understood me.

He was the first person that saw my impulsiveness as a strength and not as a weakness, and he would literally tell me.

He’d say, “Bart, sometimes you have to take a risk.”

“Sometimes you have to go with your gut, and is it impulsive? Maybe. But sometimes it’s right.”

He got me…

[sighs] And now he’s gone.

I know.

But you’ve still got me, and Mom, and Dad.

How can…

Can’t we just tell them what Godspeed did?

Like, I feel like if Dad knew, he would understand why it has to be me who takes him down.

Because if we did that, we would be breaking the most important rule.

I know, I know.

I know, I know.

I know, I know, I know.

Look, Bart, Uncle Jay did say that stuff about taking risks, but if he were here now, seeing what we were up against, what do you think he would want you to do?


He’d tell me sometimes you have to take your hat off.

See? I’m always right.


You are sometimes right.

Look, I will take Godspeed down for the both of us.

I promise,

but you just gotta stay here, okay?

[heroic music building]



Since the MAD 2.0 isn’t working, we need to try another tactic.

[dramatic music]

Does this remind you of anything?

This seems so familiar.

Are you all right?

Ever since I lost my memories, I’ve been trying to understand who I am and how I ended up like this.

I figured I must have had a breakdown.

Maybe somewhere there’s a wife and kids wondering what the hell happened to their dad.

I don’t know.

Am I ever gonna know who I am?

[machine whirring]

[sighs] Come on.

What’s wrong with me?

So I finally finished the last tweak on the S.E.E.

Now all that’s left to do is to finish charging the solar panel, and voilà.

[laughs] Oh, man.

My Pops would be so jazzed to know that this baby’s maiden voyage will be to take out psycho speedsters.

[sighs] You’re almost done, right?

How should I know?

Battery’s not even 10% charged yet.

With your output capacity, it should be almost 89% charged by now.

Allegra, are you okay?


Are you sure?

‘Cause, like, you’ve been acting…

Chester, I’m fine.

[alarm buzzing]

More clones just showed up.

Is your father’s device ready?

Chester’s gadget, yes, but the battery needs recharging.

It needs kinetic energy to power it, right?


Could it be any source?

Theoretically yeah, but…

All right, stand back.

Well, hot damn.

Yeah, it’s ready now.

I need you two on comms with Iris.

Wait, Iris is back?

You heard him, let’s go.

[heavy breathing]

I’m in position.

Nora, are you ready?

On my way with the guests of honor.


Holy shrap. It worked.

[both laughing]

Uh, guys?

Sensors are picking up a massive increase in the clones’ kinetic energy.

They’re recharging.




[heavy breathing] [grunting]

[heavy breathing]

Nora? Nora.

Flash, we gotta go.

You sure you’re okay?

Dad, Mom, I’m fine. I swear.

So how did the Godspeeds recover so fast, let alone recharge themselves?

It’s like they got stronger all of a sudden.

I think I know how.

Okay, so the S.E.E. battery needed 700 nanometers of microwave energy to power the device, but the battery wasn’t charged by Allegra.

It was charged with…

My lightning.

Which was equivalent to 5 billion nanometers of energy.

So Barry’s lightning supercharged the S.E.E.

Yeah, when the Godspeeds were blasted, they got a super dose of your Speed Force energy too.

Barry, I am so sorry.

Look, I should have seen this coming, and I…

No, man. No.

You did everything right. This is not your fault.

Okay, so how long until the next batch shows up?

45 minutes tops.

But I’ll see if I can get my Pops’ device working again before then.



[sighs] What are you thinking?

Even if we get the S.E.E. working, we’re still outnumbered.

We need reinforcements.

Hell to the yeah you do.


How long were you listening?

Not long. Not long.

I mean, just long enough to hear that Dad finally realized that he should tag me in.

He meant me, dumb-ass.

No, I didn’t.

Wait, what?

Nora, we almost died out there.

I couldn’t protect you.

I’m not putting you in that position again.

Yeah, but we didn’t die, and I can help.

Mom, a little backup here, please?

Nora, this war is unpredictable, and it’s getting more dangerous.

What do you think Bart and I deal with every day in 2049?

Yeah, come on. We’re heroes.

Dangerous is, like, kind of part of the job.

Not this time.

You don’t just get to decide that.

I’m about to turn 30.

In four years.

The point is, unlike Bart, I’m the real adult.

We’re your parents, and we’re saying right now you’re still not going out there.

You can’t stop me from fighting.

Okay. Me either.


Your father is right.

Well, you can’t just send us back to 2049.

That’s not an option,

and we’re not gonna go watch TV at Grandpa Joe’s.

We could always lock you in a pipeline cell until this is all over.

You wouldn’t.


We will if we have to.


[somber music]


So battery’s not the problem.

I checked the spectrum readings, and you’re not emitting microwaves.

You’ve been blasting ultraviolet light, like your cousin.

As far as I know, you only hit that range from channeling negative emotions, like anger or pain.

Allegra, what’s going on?


Before, you said you nuked your coffee.

It was ice cold.

And then you called me Chester.

You never call me Chester.

Did you get in a fight with Esperanza?

‘Cause you can always patch that up.

Not this time…

Because she’s dead.

Allegra, I am… I’m so sorry.

It’s not your fault.

It’s mine.

Esperanza was my family, and I should have been there for her.

Just like I should be able to charge this stupid thing, but I can’t.

And now, more people are gonna get hurt, and it’s all my fault.

It’s not…

This whole parenting thing is different this time around.

Yeah, I know.

I always knew our kids would have a hard life being speedsters, but I never thought they’d have to deal with a Thawne of their own.

It’s like there’s a curse on our family.

I mean, tragedy follows us everywhere.

Maybe that’s our real legacy.

You don’t believe that.

This all started the night Thawne killed my mom, and I might not know where he is now, but our fight still isn’t over.

And in the other timeline, Nora’s Godspeed killed her best friend, Lia.

And now, I think this Godspeed killed someone Bart loved.

History’s repeating itself.


Iris, if we beat the Godspeed clones here, in 2021, the real August Heart will never get his powers back.

Which means that when Nora and Bart go back to 2049, there won’t be a Godspeed there to endanger them.

We have to break the chain.

We will.

[alarm buzzing]

Okay, the rebel Godspeeds managed to hack.

S.T.A.R.’s communication systems and send a transmission.

What does it say?

[dramatic music]


Turn over the adversary now, or else the one he loves will die: Jay Garrick.

What did Joan say?

It’s true.

Jay got his speed back when the Speed Force was reborn.

And then those clones took him.

They’re gonna kill Jay.

I won’t let them.

Bart, we’ve got this under control.

No, you don’t.

We’re working on a plan.

Just give us some time.

We don’t have time, Dad!

Guys, I’m triangulating the Godspeeds’ comm signals now.

It came from Zauriel Cathedral on Morrison Ave.

Well, that’s where I’m going.

Bart, wait.

Dad, they knew how Bart would react if they took Uncle Jay.

He knows he’s running into a trap, but he doesn’t care.

You have to stop him. You have to save him.

We have to save him.

[uneasy music]


I won’t let it happen again.

Your inability to suppress your rash nature shall be your undoing.



You want more speed?

Come take mine.

Nora, what are you doing?

Buying you some time.

Save Bart.

His primal impulses killed him, and now he’s killed you too.

Bart? Bart!

Can you hear me? Bart?

They’re right behind me. Bart?

Get him out of here.


That way.

Okay. Put him down.

I say we give them heck, Flash.

On my mark.

I leave Central City for two seconds…

That won’t hold them much longer.

Dad, Bart won’t wake up.

[machine beeping]

[dramatic music]

I should have stopped him from going.

Nora, this isn’t your fault.

Yes, it is.

I’m his older sister. I’m supposed to keep him safe.

This is what Godspeed always does.

He always goes after the people we love the most.

How’s he doing?

He’s still unresponsive.

Bart’s in some sort of deep comatose state.

The Godspeeds were feeding off me when Bart turned up, and by the time they turned their sights on him, I had nothing left in the tank.

How’d you know how to stop them?

Actually, it was my son’s idea.

I guess sometimes it pays to be impulsive.

Can’t argue with that.

Why hasn’t Bart’s speed healing kicked in?

It has, but is Speed Force saturation’s so depleted that whatever speed he has left is being used to keep him alive.

I’ll keep monitoring him, but unfortunately, all we can do now is wait.

[bell dings]

I don’t know.


Maybe if I would have gotten there faster, Bart would be okay.

No, you saved our butts.

She’s right.

It’s good to see you, man.

It’s good to see you.

Dig filled me in.

I figured you could use a helping hand.

Jay Garrick.


Look at you getting your speed back.

[both laughing]

And good timing too.

I’ll say.

Listen, guys.

This war isn’t over, and now, there could be dozens or hundreds of those things on the way.

I’ll keep working on the S.E.E.

Hey, how about we use those gauntlets to fire another entropy trap?

Synthetic entropy trap.

Unlike Time Trapper, mine are temporary, and the stronger these clones get, the faster they’re gonna break out of them.

So we don’t have a way to depower them.

We don’t have a way to capture them.

What do we have?

We have August Heart, and we know he went to the Flash Museum in 2049.

We just don’t know why.

But it must have something to do with why this war got started in the first place, which means Heart has the answer locked inside his mind.

I need to unlock it.


What about the neural hypercollider?

I mean, we used it to project my consciousness into the future.

So maybe it could project your consciousness into Heart’s mind.

So you want to go inside the mind of a psychopath?

It’s the only option we have left.

If I readjust the tachyon booster with a neuro-fiber housing, I think it could work, kid.

Can you guys take care of things in the field while I’m in there?

Of course.

Central City’s my hometown. I’m not losing her that easy.

Me too; I’m ready to kick some fakester butt.

All right. Good.

I need you guys to protect this city while I finish this fight.

So you gonna talk about it?

Talk about what?

That Creyke said that he saw you die.

Just drop it, West.

I spent years letting Adam haunt me for the pain that he caused, the lives he took.

Now I can put it behind me and get back to doing my job.

[car horns honking]

My God.

What the hell?

Looks like the whole city’s trying to leave town.

Kramer, watch out!

[tires squealing]


That was close.[sighs]

As soon as I flip the collider, your synaptic pathways will open, and then Ms. Horton will guide your consciousness into his.

Don’t worry.

I am gonna be right here with you the whole time.

Barry, I know this August Heart seems harmless, but the real August Heart is locked away inside of his mind.

From what we know…

He’s a monster.

Be careful.

The collider’s primed.

Ms. Horton?

I’m ready.




If you’re not comfortable with this, you don’t have to do it.

It’s okay.

I need to know who I am, even if it’s someone I despise.


[sighs] Okay.

[electrical zapping]

Barry’s synapses are ready for transference.

Barry, follow my voice.


[mysterious music]

[heavy bass music]

I’ve been here before.

No, you have not.

This is my mind.

My place.

My future sanctum.



You finally found me.

Well done.

You knew I was coming.

Actually, I expected you a lot sooner, but hey, we can’t all be overachievers.

You must have so many questions.

Good thing I have all the answers.

[voice distorting] This is gonna be so much fun.

[dramatic choral music]


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