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Recap / The Flash (2014) S1 E12 "Crazy for You"

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Barry must deal with a teleporting metahuman while simultaneously trying with Caitlin to expand their lives beyond STAR Labs.


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  • Accidental Pervert: Caitlin suddenly strips down in front of Barry. He looks away, but she later told him (because she's so drunk) that it's OK if he "took a peek".
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Drunk Caitlin (badly) sings karaoke with Barry.
  • Badass Bookworm: Cisco proves himself to be one when he briefly throws down with Rathaway.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: When Barry learns the name of the inmate who stabbed his dad, we think he's going to do something horrible. Turns out, all he is does is Troll the guy: take him outside Iron Heights so he'll be caught trying to escape and have 5 years added to his sentence or give the Flash information. He gives the Flash what he wants, and Barry just leaves him there to be recaptured.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cisco is perfectly willing to use extreme measures and give Rathaway some intense pain if he tries to escape or betray him.
  • Blackmail: After Barry realizes that Julius was the man who hurt his dad, Barry releases him from prison, threatening to frame him as an attempted escapee (thereby lengthening his sentence), to make him give information about Markus.
  • Boy Meets Girl: This is the episode where Barry meets Linda Park.
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  • Bullet Catch: Downplayed. The Flash grabs a bullet right behind his neck as fired by Clay Parker just as it broke the skin. He does note he's a lot faster than a speeding bullet.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Once upon a time, Barry said he had been planning for years how to get his dad out of prison, and with superpowers, that is finally possible. Tonight he uses that skill to kidnap and interrogate a prisoner...by threatening to leave him where they were standing so he'd be caught and convicted for attempted escape.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Henry is able to figure out Barry is The Flash after the second time The Flash had come to help with a situation of his at Iron Heights.
  • Could Say It, But...: When Barry denies to his father he's The Flash, Henry plays along but adds that if his son was indeed The Flash, he'd tell him to be careful and that he was proud of him.
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  • Fanservice: After a night at the bar, Caitlin strips down to her bra to change. Her dress at the bar also counts.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Caitlin, after karaoke night with Barry, complete with indoor sunglasses.
  • Hidden Depths: Barry can sing.
  • Improvised Weapon: Shawna fights the Flash using her spyglass as a club.
  • Internal Reveal: The rest of Team Flash learns that Cisco sealed Ronnie into the particle accelerator the night it exploded.
  • Killer Gorilla: Grodd, one of the most famous examples in all media (and is even the Trope Image), makes his first on-screen kill(s).
  • Little Black Dress: Caitlin's dress in the bar, though it's more of a Hotter and Sexier cocktail dress than the traditional one.
  • Logical Weakness: Shawna can teleport herself to an area she can see, which means she can't use her power in the darkness.
  • Male Gaze: When Caitlin enters the bar, the camera first focuses on her legs.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Shawna uses her skill to teleport to Clay's bed in a little distance.
    • Barry uses his super speed to change Caitlin's clothing to her pajamas.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Cisco really should've known better than to let Hartley out. However once the rest of Team Flash find out his motives for doing so, they really don't make a big deal about it.
  • The Nicknamer: This time it's Caitlin and not Cisco who comes with Shawna's villainous name, Peek-A-Boo.
  • Not a Date: Barry decides to case a nightclub that Peek-A-Boo and her boyfriend used to haunt, and Caitlin invites herself along.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Barry framing the guy who stabbed his father for escaping the prison just to add his sentence is perhaps the most Anti-Heroic thing he does in the series (barring the Hate Plague) so far.
    • As mentioned below, Cisco is far from his usual easy-going self when dealing with Hartley, creating a Restraining Bolt that can cause him intense earache. Hartley notes that he didn't think Cisco had it in him to be that ruthless.
  • Out-Gambitted: To contain Hartley, Cisco makes a Restraining Bolt in the form of a sonic device that messes with Hartley's hearing aid. Hartley in turn back-engineers his hearing aid so he can return the favor using Cisco's remote control.
  • Out of Focus: Dr. Wells plays a relatively minor role in the plot.
  • The Reveal: It is finally revealed what precisely happened to Ronnie: He was turned into energy and merged with Martin Stein. It is also revealed what exactly happened to Grodd who is seen to have escaped into the sewers and is implied to be causing power fluctuations in the city for an unrevealed goal.
  • Room Full of Crazy: The sanitation workers in The Stinger find a section of the sewers with "Grodd" written all over the walls.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Shawna's boyfriend somehow ditches out of their moving car when Shawna is caught by the Flash.
  • Second Love: Barry and Caitlin discussed it for much of the episode, stating that both of them should find someone else to "be crazy about".
  • Secret Keeper: Henry discovers that Barry is the Flash. The fact that Barry denies it and Henry just rolls with it could almost qualify him for Secret Secret-Keeper, but they both are so emotional that Barry can't not know that his father knows.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Shawna has it in a scene after releasing her boyfriend.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Barry's response to Linda when the latter asks if he and Caitlin are a couple.
  • She's Got Legs: Caitlin's dress for her and Barry's date allowed her to showcase it.
  • Ship Tease: Barry and Caitlin again. Not only do they basically go on a date (which Caitlin dresses up very nice for), but he takes her home when she's drunk, helps her change (with her mentioning that it's fine if he peeked a little), and then he stays with her until she falls asleep. The next day, she admits she needs to move on from Ronnie and find someone else to "be crazy about" while giving him a look.
  • Shirtless Scene: Clay Parker is shirtless in his bed.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The stinger with Grodd attacking the workers has a shot pulled from Jurassic Park, with the victim clinging to the edge of a wall while being suspended by the killer animal.
    • The song Barry and Caitlin sing is "Summer Nights" from the movie/play Grease.
  • So Proud of You: Henry tells his son that he would be so proud of him if he was The Flash. It is clear he knows.
  • The Stinger: Two sanitation workers investigate a section of the sewers displaying unusual activity and are attacked by a gorilla after finding "Grodd" written all over the walls.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Shawna's cell in the Pipeline has one-way glass so she can't see outside, which keeps her from warping away.
  • Teleport Spam: Peek-a-Boo's powers.
  • Title Drop: More or less dropped. When Barry and Caitlin are singing the song "Summer Nights", there is a line Barry sings which says "I met a girl crazy for me." And near the end of the episode after Peek-a-Boo has been captured, Barry says, "Some people are worth being crazy for." Caitlin says shortly afterwards that she should move on and find someone new to be crazy about.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Barry (as The Flash) is talking to the guy who stabbed his father, he tries to contain his anger. The look in his eyes speaks for his anger though.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After the considerable effort she went to in order to free him, Peek-a-Boo's boyfriend just leaves her when The Flash figures out her power's weakness.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Hartley.
  • Villains Never Lie: Hartley does indeed keep his end of the bargain with Cisco.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Caitlin throws up from one too many drinks.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Darkness for Shawna. She can only teleport where she can see, so put her in darkness and she's down and out.
  • Wham Shot: The Stinger has workers looking into power irregularities and finding the name Grodd scratched onto a wall several times. And then finding Grodd.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Once Hartley makes his escape, he's not seen again and Team Flash doesn't make his recapture that big of a priority.

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