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Recap / The Flash 2014 S 4 E 20 Therefore She Is

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Gypsy assists Team Flash in their fight against The Thinker and discusses her relationship with Cisco.


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  • Amicable Exes: Cisco and Cynthia's relationship is unsustainable, but their breakup was amicable and they still care for each other.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: DeVoe, again! With the caveat that his marriage is in tatters, and Team Flash finally figures out his endgame.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being very busy, Gypsy returns to help Team Flash.
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  • The Cameo: When Cisco and Cynthia go to Earth-19, there is a brief speedster lightning visible before they arrive, which presumably belong to the Accelerated Man.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Clifford mentions that Barry still has some part to play in his plan, which is why he refrains from killing him.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: With "Therefore I Am".
  • Curbstomp Battle: DeVoe's first battle with Gypsy, Barry and Cisco. The second battle is more of a Curb-Stomp Cushion due to getting the drop on him, but it still ends rather badly for them, with Gypsy almost dying.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Marlize is brought around to agree with Devoe's radical Luddite beliefs by a militia slaughtering a village of innocent people to get at the water purifier she was developing.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episodes gives us some flashbacks devoted to Marlize and Clifford getting to know each other and falling in love.
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  • Death by Flashback: An unconventional use of this trope; The early days of Clifford and Marlize's relationship are the focus of flashbacks in this episode, and by the end, Marlize breaks all ties with her husband.
  • Dramatic Irony: The episode opens with a flashback of a pre-marriage Clifford and Marlize having a debate at Oxford University about the benefits of technology. Marlize, the engineering professor opts for its benefits, while Clifford as a historian has a more pessimistic view, arguing that even the best of technological developments can be used for wrong. Now, cue the present day where Marlize is faced with the actions of her husband.
  • Eureka Moment: Harry and Cecile are able to figure out what DeVoe's satellites are for; to remove the intelligence of everyone on Earth.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Marlize is uncomfortable with her husband's plan and his willingness to gratuitously kill people, like a guard and Gypsy. So much so she flat out leaves.
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  • Evil All Along: Previous flashbacks suggested that DeVoe only became villainous after being corrupted by his powers. As revealed here, however, he was already an anti-technology zealot long before that happened. His powers just gave him the ability to act on his beliefs.
  • Evil Luddite: DeVoe, who's planning to go so far as remove humanity's intelligence in order to eliminate technology.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Cecile for Harry, as they figured out that she is able to read his mind and spell out his words for him before he forgets.
  • Foregone Conclusion: As it pertains to Cisco & Gypsy's relationship; much like Jesse & Wally, being on two different Earths plus having different forms of duty doesn't add up to a sustainable relationship.
  • Forced to Watch: When Devoe needlessly threatens Gypsy's life Marlize proclaims she can't watch him do it and turns away, but he uses his gravity powers to turn her around and make her watch. He does the same to Caitlin immediately before, freezing her in place.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: DeVoe's entire motivation was destroying technology because he thinks that it only lead to people committing destruction. As of now, he has wreaked extreme havoc with his own advanced technology.
  • Hypocrite:
    • After a season's worth of Clifford using advanced technology to save himself at the expense of others, it's revealed that he used to hold a dim view of what technology could do for humanity.
    • He also professed a desire to improve humanity's intellect and used the Thinking Cap to give himself Super Intelligence, but it turns out he plans on taking away the intelligence of everyone who isn't himself.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Harry tells the rest of Team Flash about his self-inflicted brain damage.
    • The Team also learns of Breacher asking Cisco to take over for him.
  • Ironic Echo: When Marlize has broken it off with Devoe because of his views he twice tells her he's nothing without her, once when pleading for her return and next when they make up. Once she leaves him at the end and he threatens her, she tells him he's nothing without her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: DeVoe apparently decided to spare the security guard, but he killed him then.
  • Kick the Dog: DeVoe killing several securitiy guards just for the heck of it.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Cecile's baby is said to be due in an oddly specific "21 days", which would be the upcoming season finale's real-world air date.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Marlize finally got sick and tired of DeVoe abusing her to the point where she leaves him with the high tech chair.
  • New Technology Is Evil: Clifford's driving belief behind his "Enlightenment". It briefly drove Marlize away...until she was ambushed in Kenya by warlords seeking a water purifier she designed.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Wally's adventures with the Legends led to an encounter with Moses at some point. He gives Cecile and Joe a basinet that once belonged to the man as his present for their baby shower.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: DeVoe if it wasn't made abundantly clear before. He makes a guard kill himself for attempting to stop him when he has no real reason, as he can just make the gun too heavy to use before they leave.
    Marlize: Our plan is to save them!
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The security guard murdered by DeVoe was killed when DeVoe and his wife were leaving.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite all his cruelty, Marlize is actually able to convince her husband to spare Gypsy.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: DeVoe uses his powers to make a guard shoot himself.
  • Psychic Strangle: DeVoe strangles Gypsy in this way and intended to kill her.
  • The Reveal: DeVoe's "Enlightenment" is driven by his hatred of technology, so he wants to remove the intelligence of everyone on Earth to stop people from using it.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Marlize leaves her husband, taking his chair with her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cisco compares vibing DeVoe's stuff with entering the booby trapped Home Alone house.
    • DeVoe's attempt on Gypsy's life, suspending her in mid-air and then asphyxiating her with Null's gravity powers, looks awfully like a Force Choke.
  • That Man Is Dead: Marlize finally concludes that the man she loved and married is no longer there, or as she puts it, he was the first victim of the Thinker. She's partly right, given that DeVoe's original body really is dead.
  • Took A Level In Cynicism: In the flashbacks, Marlize was initially staunchly against Clifford's plan, but when a bunch of warlords in Kenya steal the water conditioner she had been working on for a poor village, slaughtering women and children in the process, she is convinced that he was right.
  • Tranquil Fury: Clifford, when Marlize leaves him.
  • Villain Episode: There's a good focus on the DeVoes in this episode, including several flashbacks.
  • Visionary Villain: Clifford has spent years working towards finding a way to eliminate mankind's rampant technological development, which he sees as ruining the world.
  • Wham Shot: The episode reveals that the Mysterious Girl who's been popping up since Barry and Iris' wedding is a speedster who leaves a trail of yellow and purple lightning: the colors of Barry and Iris. A minor one is her reluctance to see Iris face to face, taking off once Iris approaches Joe and Cecille.

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