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Felicity joins Iris, Caitlin and Cecile for a bachelorette party. However, bar owner Amunet threatens to reveal how Caitlin still has her Killer Frost powers. Meanwhile, Barry, Joe, Cisco, Harry and Ralph go out for a night on the town that goes awry.

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  • Accidental Pervert: Killer Frost undresses in front of her companions, causing them to cover their eyes and turn around. What makes this strange is that her companions at the moment are fellow women.
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  • Action Girl: Iris and Caitlin/Killer Frost, with Felicity joining them, step out of the men's shadows and take on Amunet and her meta drug cartel without them.
  • Alcohol-Induced Stupidity: Barry gets drunk and keeps outing his secret identity. Luckily, because he's so drunk, nobody believes him.
  • Bar Brawl: Ralph gets into one at The Golden Booty after his theft of $20 comes to light.
  • Bat Deduction: Ralph "deduces" that he was invited to the bachelor party because Barry said "see you later" the last time they saw each other. Subverted, in that he wasn't actually invited and only sticks around out of a failure to recognise that nobody actually wants him there.
  • Blessed with Suck: Weeper, arguably. It's not that his superpower is actively harmful, but he gets kidnapped and used as a Living Battery by Amunet because of it. It's not even a useful superpower.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Caitlin arrives just in time to save Iris and Felicity from Amunet. And then Cecile activates the Magnet just in time to cancel out her powers.
  • Body Horror: During Iris' bachelorette party, the girls wonder if a creepy dude is actually a stripper, then his glass eye falls out into one of their glasses, and a clawed tentacle emerges from his empty socket.
    Felicity: (screaming) I meant take off your pants, not your eye!
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Amunet manages to overpower Killer Frost in their fight, she repeatedly punches her in the face, which forces her back into Caitlin before passing out.
  • The Bus Came Back: Joanie, Cecile's daughter comes back after last being seen in the 12th episode of Season 3.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: It's unclear if it's Barry or the drink, but the special cocktail Cisco makes has a very quick and very big impact on Barry.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Drunk Barry keeps telling everyone he's the Flash. They never believe him, given how trashed he is.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Barry mentions Titanic. Victor Garber, who played Mister Andrews in the film, is their friend Martin Stein.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Amunet Black may like to name metas like Cisco does, but she has yet to adopt the identity she's known in the comics: Blacksmith.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Barry is taking shots of the special alcohol Cisco had synthesized for him back in Season 1. And, like that time, he still hasn't quite got the dosage right.
    • Iris once again instills her future surname as West-Allen.
    • Felicity brings up her troubled romantic history with Oliver, mentioning how he got shot the last attempt they had at a wedding. However, she also brings up that currently things are going fine with him and William.
    • Cecile is still mad about getting kidnapped by Killer Frost.
    • Killer Frost mentions her time as Savitar's Dragon.
      Amunet: You and I could've been gods.
      Killer Frost: I used to work with a god. Over it!
    • Also, like Savitar, someone believes Killer Frost is not living up to the 'killer' part of her name.
    • Snart's cold gun makes another appearance.
  • Cool Chair: DeVoe's chair not only flies, it can also fire blasts of energy.
  • Cop Killer: Amunet casually murders two patrol cops, who happen upon her fight with Caitlin.
  • Crossover: Felicity comes to Central City for Iris' bachelorette party.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Killer Frost's first battle with Amunet is incredibly one-sided for the latter.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The women of Team Flash, Cecile and Felicity are the ones who deal with Amunet, since the boys are stuck dealing with a hammered Barry (and no cellphones).
  • Deal with the Devil: Caitlin worked as Amunet's Dragon in exchange for tech to control Killer Frost.
  • Death Glare: Joe gives Ralph one of these whenever he makes inappropriate comments regarding Joanie.
  • The Dragon: Norvok to Amunet. Before that, it used to be him and Killer Frost.
  • Elemental Baggage: Amunet carries around a bucket of metal shillings to use her powers on.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Killer Frost is visibly disturbed to learn that Amunet is harvesting a new kind of drug from the tears of a captive metahuman.
  • Evil Brit: Amunet always sounds cheerfully British.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Felicity when mentioning that the majority of marriages end in divorce, to a soon-to-be married Barry.
  • Eye Scream: Norvok's power is a tentacle that comes out of his eye socket...it's not a pretty sight.
  • Failed a Spot Check: For some reason, the CCPD don't seem to notice that the man who came to get Barry, Cisco, Joe and Ralph looked an awful lot like Harrison Wells, the man who formerly owned S.T.A.R. Labs and reportedly killed Barry's mother. It's probably justified if Harry is wearing a holographic disguise so only Team Flash can see him in his true aspect, as it happened with H.R., but this is never clarified.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Poor Weeper, a scantily clad young man that is horribly beaten and emaciated from being strung up in chains by Amunet since gaining his drug-inducing tears as a bus meta.
    • It is quite unsettling for Joe for obvious reasons to see the daughter of his girlfriend in strip club attire.
  • Fantastic Drug: Weeper's teardrops are these.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Amunet, a dispenser of false charm and pleasantries, often with pet names for her minions, colleagues and victims. Back her into a corner and the monster behind the facade comes forward quickly.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Iris explains after all that she and Caitlin have been through together, the two are far from just "Work Friends," which Caitlin concurs with.
  • Friendship Moment: When Iris and Caitlin realize they are indeed each others' closest girlfriends, Iris asks Caitlin to be her maid of honor. Caitlin accepts and the two giddily end the episode discussing bridesmaid dresses.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Ralph, that is if Team Flash even considers him a friend. Harry nearly leaves him in the drunk tank, and only bails him out (begrudgingly) when he speaks up.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Both Caitlin and Killer Frost point out that she and Iris are just "work friends"; they become regular friends at the end.
  • From Bad to Worse: Weeper manages to escape from Amunet, only to be tracked down by DeVoe.
  • Funny Background Event: When Felicity is explaining the statistics of failed marriages to Barry, a blurry out-of-focus Harry can be seen making a cease and desist motion behind him.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: It's even titled "Girls' Night Out", and true to the trope has the women take the lead while the men are relegated to the B-plot.
  • Gone Horribly Right: For his bachelor party gift to Barry, Cisco finally cooks up a concoction that not even the Flash's hypermetabolism would dissolve in an instant. It works too well: Barry is completely hammered for most of the episode. Played for Laughs.
  • Idiot Ball: "Strong women" or not, Iris and Felicity are entirely too smart to think that they can take on someone that even Killer Frost is scared of.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Barry's bachelor party when they find out they've been duped into going to a strip club.
  • In Vino Veritas: A drunk Barry keeps shouting that he is The Flash, but no one believe him.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Everyone finds out about Caitlin's shady time at the bar she worked at, and her Killer Frost problems.
    • Felicity catches up on some of the problems Team Flash faced during the previous year.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Frost points out the fact Team Flash had no idea Amunet existed for three years as proof of how powerful a crime boss she is.
  • Karma Houdini: Amunet doesn't get any kind of comeuppance, except for losing Weeper as a source of income.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Both the boys and the girls don't tell the other group what they went through the evening.
  • Limited Social Circle: Both bachelor(ette) parties are composed exclusively of Team Flash members, Cecile and Felicity. It's more noticeable on Iris' side, since what are apparently her closest female companions are a "work friend" that both acknowledge isn't exactly a close relationship, her dad's girlfriend, and an acquaintance that had to be borrowed from another show.
  • Living Battery: Poor Weeper gets chained up and beaten to have his tears harvested as a drug.
  • Logical Weakness: Killer Frost is helpless against Amunet because of her ability to control metal, which can crack ice. Later, they beat Amunet by utilizing a powerful electromagnet.
  • Ma'am Shock: Amunet really doesn't like to be called "ma'am".
  • Male Gaze: Joanie believes that by being a stripper, she can research this, and in the end she can control it, "as an empowered young woman."
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Amunet has the ability to control metal through psychokinesis.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Harry shows up to bail Cisco, Barry and Joe out from behind bars, pointing the officer to "those three". Then the fourth member of their entourage, Ralph, speaks up, and Harry begrudgingly adds him, too.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Ralph's reaction to seeing Team Flash's idea of a bachelor party.
  • Mundane Utility: Apparently, Barry was so fast that none of his friends saw him move to the bar and back...just to get peanuts.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Averted, for the first extended time since becoming the Flash, Barry gets completely cranked.
  • No Name Given: Weeper is never referred as anything other than Weeper, leaving his civilian name up in the air.
  • Not Worth Killing: After Amunet is disarmed, Caitlin forms an icicle and menacingly approaches her. Iris manages to convince her to let Amunet go. Why they didn't turn her and Norvok over to the police is a mystery.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Caitlin when she sees the goon at the bar; the bachelorette party when they learn Caitlin is Killer Frost.
    • Joe and Joanie have a simultaneous one when the two lock eyes at the strip club.
  • One Phone Call: Ralph demands one while the group is in the cell.
  • Out of Focus: Barry and Cisco, and the other dudes' night takes a back seat while Iris and Caitlin take the lead. In fact, Barry never puts on the Flash outfit.
  • Pun:
    • Barry says that Strip Clubs are not really his speed. Ralph calls him out on it.
    • Felicity makes an unintentional cool pun right after Killer Frost came out.
  • Power Fist: Amunet prefers to use her powers to craft a makeshift giant metallic glove.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Team Flash's search for DeVoe has thus far come up empty because they don't know his first name and "DeVoe" is a rather common family name.
    • A senior CCPD officer and a CSI landing in jail for being in the center of a disturbance. Not to mention that Joe gets possibly kayoed when he tried to defuse the situation, and Barry is in a drunk stupor, so they can't explain themselves out of it. And getting Barry to explain in the state he is in would probably put them in bigger trouble.
  • The Reveal: The serum Julian created with Caitlin's mother didn't work. During the summer Killer Frost ended up working for a meta crime gang, so its boss Amunet could give Caitlin tech to keep control of Killer Frost.
  • Running Gag:
    • S.T.A.R. Labs' continued lapses in security is mentioned once again. When questioned how Felicity made it past security, she mentions there is no security, expressing her concern that they should do something about that and take some precautions.
    • Once again the statement "This house is...Bitchin'?" and once again shut down.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
    • Caitlin wants to leave Central City (actually, Earth-1 altogether) to avoid her problems.
    • After releasing Weeper, while Iris tries to offer Team Flash's assistance towards him, he instead chooses to bolt.
  • Seen It All: Ralph stretching himself the length of the Speed Track...
    Ralph: Hey, you guys wanna see something really cool?
    (proceeds to stretch himself the entire perimeter of the room)
    Cisco: (slightly impressed) That is kind of cool.
    (Barry and Harry grunt halfhearted agreements then all three return immediately to their previous conversation)
    • Felicity on the other hand finds Ralph's elasticity rather peculiar/slightly disturbing.
  • Selective Magnetism: Amunet has psychokinetic control over an alnico alloy, which can be subverted by a stronger magnetic field.
  • Self-Surgery: After escaping from Amunet, Caitlin goes to S.T.A.R. Labs
  • Serious Business: Ralph gets very angry and starts a Bar Brawl over somebody breaking his Number One costumer picture.
  • Ship Tease: Ralph is quite turned on by Killer Frost, then is slightly disappointed when she turns back into Caitlin.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sixth Ranger: Felicity joins the girls in their takedown of Amunet, while pregnant Cecile offers tech support.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Amunet and her treatment of Weeper, trying to sell him on the black market like a product shocks Iris and Felicity more than any of the megalomaniacs or international terrorist they have faced.
  • The Stinger: DeVoe appears in person and abducts Weeper, stating he took extra stakes in creating him.
  • Straw Feminist: Joanie likes Doctor Who...but only since the 13th, female Doctor was announced. Also, it turns out she's a stripper... for research purposes. Needless to say, sex work is a controversial subject among feminists.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • In the strip club Ralph denies stealing money with his extended arms, but he is doing it.
    • The approach of the males and the females to conceal what they passed through is unsincere.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Felicity mentions how she just walked right into S.T.A.R. Labs with no difficulty. In fact, she reveals they actually have no security. As in, not even a lock on the door.
  • Take Me Instead: Caitlin offers to work for Amunet in exchange for Iris and Felicity's safety.
  • Tempting Fate: More internal version, after Iris tries to explain the night that she and Caitlin had, Cisco mentions nothing could make the night even worse, he turns the corner and runs into Killer Frost.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once Caitlin unleashes Killer Frost, the latter's powers seem to get stronger. She's able to form a dome of ice around herself, Iris, and Felicity, protecting them from Amunet's metal shards and her Mooks' bullets, even though she worries the ice shield might not hold for long.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Ralph convinces Barry's bachelor party to go to a strip club rather than the classy steakhouse they had planned.
  • True Companions:
    • Iris and Caitlin may not be the closest of friends, but Iris still has complete trust in Caitlin/Killer Frost while Felicity and Cecile are deservedly worried.
    • Likewise it could be assumed that Barry, Cisco and Ralph accept her as well after she explains everything to them off-screen.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • After they set Weeper free, he tells the girls to get away from him and runs off. Justified, as he had been enslaved by a meta for weeks and had his tears forcibly harvested, then caught up in a meta vs. meta fight.
    • Killer Frost is still unappreciative to Caitlin's friends.
  • The Un-Reveal: Frost knows another meta aside from Cisco that she believes can breach her out of Earth-1, but she never divulged any other information about him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Amunet, when her metal powers fail her thanks to a giant magnet.
  • We Will Meet Again: Amunet swears she will get vengeance on Caitlin/Team Flash, before escaping the police.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Iris convinces Caitlin to spare Amunet, otherwise she will indeed be Killer Frost.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Iris makes it clear that Caitlin can always trust The Team with her issues concerning Killer Frost.
    • Barry points out to a worried Joe that he raised both he and Iris on his own. With the new baby, he will have Cecile, and assures that he and Iris will also be willing to assist.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Cisco's reaction to seeing Killer Frost is more this than the Oh, Crap! you'd expect.
    Cisco: I'm so tired, can we just do this tomorrow please?
  • You Monster!: Played for Laughs when Ralph says it dramatically in response to the punk breaking his #1 customer picture.
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