Heartwarming: The Flash (2014)
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Episode 1: Pilot
- The Arrow's cameo in the pilot - after Barry voices his doubts over being able to be a vigilante, Oliver tells him that whilst he's going to make mistakes, he can be better than a vigilante, as he can be a guardian angel and inspire people in a way the Arrow can't. And when they go their separate ways...
[The Arrow leaps off the rooftop they're standing on, and fires an arrow in mid-air to grapple away.]
[Barry races out of Starling City, with only a speed trail visible from a distance. Camera cuts to show the Arrow, watching Barry as he hangs from the side of a building.]
The Arrow: Cool.
- Even more heartwarming when you consider that 1) last time Oliver and Barry talked, the former was just beginning to acknowledge the latter as an ally (even if he did call him "a friend" later on) and 2) it's probably the most fun we have seen Oliver having so far while in the Arrow suit. He has come quite a long way from the "killer Batman with a bow" we first met in the Arrow pilot, even if he is still far from being the comic book Green Arrow.
- The reason the Flash suit even exists? Cisco built it for firefighters in the hopes Central City would stop hating Dr. Wells after the explosion.
- Harrison Wells giving Barry the encouragement he needs to defeat Mardon, even admitting that he's at fault for the particle-accelerator explosion and everything that's happened. All during the Darkest Hour no less.
You can do this Barry. You were right, I am responsible for all of this. So many people have been hurt because of me and when I looked at you all I saw was another potential victim of my hubris. And yes, I created this madness but you Barry, you
can do this. Now run, Barry, run
- That last line is especially heartwarming because it is an Ironic Echo to when Barry's father shouted the same thing when faced with Nora Allen's soon-to-be killer. The meaning here changes from a plea for a young boy to save himself to a demand for a young man to Dare to Be Badass.
- Caitlin, who wasn't big on smiling due to the Star Labs explosion that led to the death of her fiancée, beams ear to ear when Barry emerges victorious and unharmed from the scrap against Mardon.
- Joe finally learns that Barry was right about the strange going-ons in Central City all along.
- Barry's reunion with Iris after his coma. She visited him every day while he was out and was so happy to see him awake again.
Episode 2: Fastest Man Alive
- Dr. Harrison goes to see Joe after Barry calls off the heroics. He tells Joe that his doubt is what is keeping Barry back from being a hero, in an effort for Joe to reconsider.
- After poo-pooing Barry's heroics, Caitlin changes her mind and joins Cisco in acting as Barry's Mission Control, and she's enjoying every minute of it, smiling ear-to-ear as she tells him to go save an armored car.
- Caitlin's Anger Born of Worry when Barry admits to having black outs. Cisco states that the only other person he ever saw make her that mad was Ronnie, her deceased fiancée.
- Barry saying that when he's out there doing his hero thing, his team are all out there with him, they were all struck by that lightning, and that they're all to thank for their victory.
- This exchange:
Wells: When some people break, they can't be put back together.
Barry: And some people heal even stronger.
- After a whole episode of conflict between the two, Barry thanks Joe for all he's done for him, including being a father. This said after Barry denounces Joe as a father-figure when Joe tries to get Barry to stop playing superhero. Considering that Joe has been told this repeatedly, and that he seems to believe that he's failed Barry as a father-figure, Barry's sentiments in the ending render him speechless, tears welling in his eyes!
- Even better, Joe is going to help Barry prove his father's innocence. They even bond over pizza!
- Barry in the ending scene explains (through narration) that aside from saving the day, heroes are just like everyone else. They love, fear, hope, and hurt and still need people to get them through those things. That, coupled with helping others, is the greatest feeling ever.
- At one point, when Iris wants Barry to tell her what's going on, he goes into Bullet Time mode and starts zipping around talking to her about how much he wants to tell her. Not just about his powers, but about how he feels about her.
Episode 3: Things You Can't Outrun
- Joe visiting Henry in prison. He admits he was wrong in arresting him, and that he will get him free. And Henry thanks him for never losing his faith in Barry.
- Barry noticing that Caitlin is uncomfortable with the thought of going down to the accelerator since it's the last place she saw her fiancé Ronnie alive. He immediately gives her an excuse to get away from the labs so that she doesn't have a breakdown.
- Caitlin finally going down to the particle accelerator, where her fiance died, with Cisco providing moral support.
- Caitlin and Cisco getting ice cream.
- Henry retelling Barry the story of how he learned to walk. As a baby, Barry was the only kid in the neighbourhood who couldn't walk, but Nora insisted that her son would walk "when he had somewhere to go." One day, little Barry suddenly stood up and did not walk, but ran... straight into his mother's arms.
Episode 4: Going Rogue
- Felicity using her experience with Team Arrow to reassure Barry the first time someone dies on his watch. Everybody Lives is far from guaranteed whenever he goes into battle, but the important thing is that he always tries.
- Barry's opening narration about how now, on his days off, he can hang out with is friends.
- Barry and Felicity express how they will always be there for each other, despite their hearts ultimately belonging to other people. Then they share a kiss goodbye.
Episode 5: Plastique
- Joe telling Barry that he knows Barry's in love with Iris, and he's known since Barry was old enough to feel that way. Whilst one would expect Joe to give Barry a stern word about this, especially after his reaction to finding out Iris was dating Eddie, he instead tells Barry that he's been waiting for Barry to tell Iris and encourages him not to give up hope, as the universe has a funny way of making things like that fall into place.
- Barry's determination to help Bette Sans Souci and his suggestion that she should join the team. Sadly, it doesn't work out, but he gets major points for trying.
- Iris certainly falls in this category when it's revealed that BARRY is one of the main reasons she is pursuing news about The Streak, even against her dad's (and Barry's) vocal protests. She has seen Barry grow up with people calling him crazy for insisting on what really happened when his mom died, Barry seems to have been "losing faith" as of late, and to her The Streak is both proof to show that Barry isn't crazy and a sign for him to not give up hope. It is seriously touching how much she thinks of Barry, and she certainly earns points for being the best friend ever after this revelation.
Episode 6: The Flash is Born
- Joe calling Barry "son" in the flashback.
- After Barry gets knocked to the ground by a perp whilst working in the field, Eddie takes him to the station's gym & starts trying to teach Barry to throw a punch.
- Barry and Iris reconciling at the end.
Episode 7: Power Outage
- Caitlin holding Barry's hand while they're hiding from Blackout.
- Barry talking about how much he loves being the Flash, especially refreshing in this era of angst-ridden superheroes who hate their powers.
Barry: I haven't had my speed for very long, but now that it's gone it feels like part of me is gone too.
Caitlin: With or without your speed, you're still you Barry.
Barry: No I'm not. I'm not the best version of me. I love being The Flash. I love everything about it. The feeling of running hundreds of miles per hour. Wind and power just rushing past my face. Being able to help people. I'm not sure I can live without it Caitlin.
- The beginning montage, in which Barry uses his powers to help out a new coffee shop employee and the line of customers he was holding up.
- Barry and Tony's last moment together. Even though Tony was a bully and a criminal, Barry tries to help him and Tony's last deed is to tell Barry to run.
- Blackout accuses Wells of not knowing the names of the people who were killed the night of the particle accelerator. Wells counters by proving that he knows every single one by heart. Whatever else may be true about him, it's clear that he doesn't just consider them pawns in his plan.
Episode 8: Flash vs. Arrow
- Crossing over with Tear Jerker, Felicity requests that Caitlin study and find the genetic markers in a DNA sample from Canary's murder. Caitlin promises to do her best, and they hug.
- Oliver's first line in the episode: "Nice mask."
- Despite their metahuman-induced fight, Oliver and Barry end the episode on a friendly note, complete with Oliver giving Barry advice on how to be a better superhero. It's been hinted at in the past, but this episode really cements a sort of big brother/little brother dynamic between the two friends and allies.
- It also goes into a meta-level, as the crossover was hyped for weeks as a genuine falling out between the two, and Barry's frustration with Oliver's training led us to think some more that's how it was going to end. Instead the fight is entirely due to an outside factor, and once it's cleared up they're perfectly good friends again.
- The episode starts off with Barry helping people with everyday tasks, like giving flowers to a fighting couple, helping a painter paint a house, and trying to get two shy people together.
- Singh talking about his boyfriend, showing even otherwise cold and authoritative people have loved ones.
- It happens for just a second but Iris getting through to Barry/ The Flash to stop his Rage influenced assault on Eddie by talking about how she believes in him. This of course crosses over to a particularly hilarious Moment Of Awesome as one second after his calm he goes Red Eyed apeshit yet again on Eddie's face before being stopped by the Arrow.
Iris: What are you doing? What has happened to you?
Barry/The Flash: I feel fine!
Iris: You are not fine!
Barry/The Flash: How would you know because you write about me? YOU DON'T KNOW ME!!! You don't know who I am, you never did.
Iris: I know that you have risked your life to help people, to save them! Someone who does that does not suddenly turn around and hurt people... Please!
Episode 9: The Man in the Yellow Suit
Episode 10: Revenge of the Rogues
- If you look closely, you can see Wells shifting one foot to the ground, ready to get out of his wheelchair when it looks like the drone will hit Barry. Whatever his motives are, he does seem to care about Barry—(not that's necessarily a good thing ).
- Barry saying he thinks of Wells as a friend. Which is kind of a tearjerker, considering who he really is.
- Eddie leaping in to save the Flash from Cold and Heatwave, showing that he's moved on from his distrust of him.
- Later, at the police station, Barry overhears several cops talking about the Flash, and it seems like he's getting a much warmer initial reception than the Arrow ever did.
- Captain Singh is initially hostile to the STAR Labs team, given their past mistakes. However, after Cisco's heat shields succeed in protecting his officers, he warmly thanks him for his work.
- After Iris moves in with Eddie, Barry moves back in with Joe. They both seem pretty happy about it.
Episode 11: The Sound and The Fury
Episode 12: Crazy for You
- While in Iron Heights analyzing a crime scene, Barry gets an unexpected visit from his father. Joe arranged for it, since a "guard owes him".
- Barry and Caitlin enjoying a night out together.
- Barry uses his superspeed to get a very drunk Caitlin home, and even help change into pajamas. When she asks if he sneaked a peek at her "goods" he replies he wouldn't be much of a hero if he did.
- Topped off when Caitlin asks Barry to stay with her until she falls asleep. And he does.
- Cisco confesses that he sealed Ronnie in the particle accelerator. Rather than getting angry, Caitlin tells him he has nothing to feel guilty over.
- Henry saying what he'd say to Barry if, hypothetically, he were the Flash.
- Barry saving the couple in the cold opening, being the hero we all know he is. When all hope seems loss, he mangages to save EVERYONE.
- The man thanking him for saving their lives. It's the first time an ordinary citizen has thanked the Flash since his existence was made public. He even calls Flash by his preferred super name.
Episode 13: The Nuclear Man
Episode 14: Fallout
- In the aftermath of the nuclear explosion, Ronnie and Professor Stein are mostly separated, and are happily reunited with their loved ones.
- Ronnie and Stein merging properly by both accepting the process, allowing them to retain equal control of the Firestorm body and work together perfectly.
- Iris' colleague at the paper has overcome his irrational dislike towards her and points her towards a potentially big story involving STAR Labs.
- Before he hand Eiling over to Grodd, Wells say that he "protects his own". It may be a twisted and horrible motive in a way, but Wells really does care about his friends at STAR Labs
Episode 15: Out of Time
- Wells and Cisco bonding by watching an old Buster Keaton movie. Then Wells asks Cisco if his relationship with family has got any better. And it makes the scene where Wells kill Cisco all the more heartbreaking.
- Remember early in the series when Captain Singh casually revealed that he had a boyfriend? They are engaged now. And nobody treated him differently for that. This come in direct contrast with the Rathaways, who disowned their son because he was gay.
- Singh's fiancé reveals that despite of all of Singh's bluster he's actually very grateful for Barry's forensic work.
- When Captain Singh's fiancé asks to be let in to see him, the doctor regretfully informs him that visitors are restricted to "family only". Joe tells the doctor that being a fiancé qualifies as family, and she agrees.
- There's only a brief moment of surprise on her part before she tells him he can go in, and he shows no sign of offense at having been stopped, however briefly, from seeing his loved one. It's a minor moment, perhaps, but it's played very simply and with a sense of normalcy, giving it more impact as a social message than a truckful of anvils.
Episode 16: Rogue Time
- Linda doesn't hold a grudge against Barry over having feelings for Iris. Instead, Linda told Barry to go to Iris in her workplace.
- Cisco's Jerk Ass of a brother Dante admits that deep down, he respects Cisco to the point of being jealous of Cisco having the courage to pursue his scientific passion.
- It's nice to see Caitlin help fix the turmoils between Barry, Eddie, and Iris by claiming that Barry's weird behaviour comes from experiencing side effects of the lightning strike accident. In particular, when it looks like Eddie is going up to punch him again, only instead he hugs him and apologizes profusely for hitting him earlier and clearly feels terrible about it.
- Cisco expects to be reamed out by everyone for revealing the Flash's identity to the Rogues, but Barry just hugs him and apologizes for forcing him into that situation. Even Wells, whose plans are most threatened by Barry's secret identity being known by a vengeful supervillain, forgives him for it.
- In a really twisted way, it's nice to see that the Snart siblings have a close and loving relationship. Considering that their father was abusive, Leonard was probably the one who actually took care of Lisa since they were kids.
- Wells helps Cisco out of his Heroic BSOD by telling him that he loves him like a son (and he does use the word "love"). Wells may be a villain, but it's clear his friendship towards Cisco is genuine (as confirmed by Word of God). Of course, given that Wells still murdered Cisco in the previous timeline after the latter found out his secret, this also doubles as a Tear Jerker. Furthermore, their conversation takes place in the same room where Wells would have killed Cisco, and Wells had also likened Cisco to a son right before doing it.
Meta/Behind The Scenes
- This photo from Candice Patton which proves the show's casting is on point.