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Recap / The Flash 2014 S 5 E 10 The Flash And The Furious

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Nora has to deal with the fallout of learning the full truth of Thawne's villainous legacy. Sherloque continues to investigate Nora behind everyone's back. Meanwhile the Weather Witch has been freed by a new criminal, Silver Ghost, who is seeking to form a new gang — the Young Rogues.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Subverted, Nora fully expects this when she asks Barry if she thinks even somebody like Thawne can change. But much to her surprise, he actually says yes.
  • Artistic License – Law: Even if Joe is friends with a high ranking military officer, there's no way the Pentagon would allow him to hand personal files over to civilians — especially one that proves a blatant case of corruption on their part.
  • Call-Back: Nora makes a little quip about the Elseworlds crossover when she brings Barry's blue suit, saying she's sure Barry was tired of wearing green.
  • Conflict Ball: What the argument between Cisco and Caitlin can be summed up as, basically, as they act as if you either have to forcibly cure all metahumans or not develop a cure at all. Only at the very end do they reach a compromise of developing a cure for those willing to give up their powers.
  • Context-Sensitive Button: Silver Ghost uses a meta-tech car fob that allows her to bring any vehicle under her control and make them do anything automatic like control over the door locks and police sirens.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Cool Car: Raya and Joss steal one from A.R.G.U.S., a military prototype that not only looks slick, but can also shoot rockets, phase and even become invisible.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Cisco wangts that his powers will ruin his life and he wants to be normal. Apparently he's never thought of just not being a hero. It's not as if (other than the occasional vibe) his powers are active all the time and affect his day-to-day life. Furthermore, he chooses every day to go to work with Team Flash, even though his skills mean that he could easily find a high-paying job just about anywhere in the world where he wouldn't have to be involved in heroics.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Nora had Gideon delete all of the Time Vault's records on her.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: It just so happens that the infusion of dark matter in the cars that the Silver Ghost steals violently reacts to the Flash's attempts to phase her out of the car, not only knocking him back but disrupting his control over his phasing for the rest of the episode.
  • Evil Mentor: It is revealed that Eobard taught Nora how to time-travel.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted with Leonard Snart, who is brought up by Barry as a shining example towards Nora for a initially unrepetant criminal who got reformed.
  • Freudian Excuse: Silver Ghost used to be an Air Force pilot, but a mission she was on went south and she was wrongfully given a dishonorable discharge because the military wanted The Scapegoat.
  • Hazy-Feel Turn: Joslyn feels like she has no choice but to be a villain, but she's still remorseful enough to covertly sabotage Silver Ghost's attempt to kill Nora after she apologized for not having faith in her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Nora's refusal to believe in Joslyn's sincerity to reform helps push her into Silver Ghost's clutches. However, even then Nora is able to reach out to her, which causes Joslyn to save her life, making it a possible subversion.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Cisco realizes how much he liked being without his powers, to the extent that he is now developing a cure for metahumans.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Cisco is ecstatic about the possibility of removing metahuman powers, ignoring that not everyone with powers like Caitlin and Barry wants them gone.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Afters spending years escaping his deserved fate at the last minute, justice has finally caught up to Eobard Thawne. He's imprisoned within Iron Heights, and he literally has only less than an hour to live.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Barry and Iris comment that Wally and Joe have been gone awhile and wonder exactly when they are coming back — Joe's actor has been on medical leave, while Wally's actor wanted a sabbatical for personal reasons.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Thawne assumed that Iris would've told Nora about what he did to Nora Allen, but like everything about Barry and the Flash, she didn't tell her.
  • Motive Rant: Thawne gives one to Nora, explaining how his inability to be like the Flash caused his burning hatred for him.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Cisco's desire to cure all metas is a nod to the Static Shock finale where the Bang Babies of Dakota City where being cured of their powers against their will.
    • The S.A.M. vehicle that Silver Ghost stole is a reference to the Sam vehicle, Diego Zhao/Rush used in the comic Rush City.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nora's cold and uncaring treatment of Joss causes her to join up with Raya.
  • Power Incontinence: Barry keeps phasing after he touches the car hijacked by Raya and he spends most of the episode in a holding cell to not phase into the ground.
  • Reformed Criminal: What Thawne claims to be to Nora, telling her he wants to atone for his wicked deeds — she doesn't buy it. But by the end of the episode, she's beginning to change her mind.
    • Weather Witch is a genuine example, genuinely feeling remorse for her crimes and freely admits her own guilt at her trial during the defense's cross examination.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Raya encourages Joss to embrace the identity of the criminal everyone takes her for, as she did. She eventually joins her, but still seems to have some moral boundaries.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: The A plot is about Nora going up against Joss and Raya after Barry is decomissioned. The B plot is about Cisco developing a cure for metahumans, with Caitlin arguing against it. The C plot is about Sherloque trying to decipher the Speed Force language in Nora's journal.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In-Universe, Caitlin is very worried about what could arise from Cisco's proposed meta-human cure. When she decides to help Cisco develop it, she is very adamant that if they manage to develop it, they will never ever give it somebody against their will — it has to be the meta's choice.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Joss and Raya manage to get away.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: Thawne claims this is why he's helping Nora - he's at the end of his timeline and wants his legacy to be more than just selfishness. Of course, coming from Thawne, this claim is dubious at best.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As per usual with ol' Eobard. We don't know what happened between Crisis on Earth-X and 2049, thusly it's also unclear how he ended up in Iron Heights, and why he still has the face of Harrison Wells.