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Recap / The Flash (2014) S5 E7: "O Come All Ye Thankful"

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Cicada's story is finally told. Meanwhile Mark Mardon's daughter Joslyn, the Weather Witch, has come to the city to break her dad out of jail.

  • Arc Words: Nora tells Barry to "Run, Dad, run."
  • Beam-O-War: Flash counters Joslyn's lightning with one of his own and emerges victorious.
  • Bowdlerize: In-universe. The Flash Museum apparently cleaned up history a little bit, not mentioning how Ronnie died during the Singularity, or all the times that Barry was certain that he was going to die.
  • The Bus Came Back: Weather Wizard, having not been seen since Season 2's "Running To Stand Still" unless you count his brief and silent cameo on Vixen.
  • Broken Pedestal: Nora's faith in, not specifically the Flash, but superheroics in general is significantly shaken when Iris explains that Barry isn't as invincible as the Flash Museum paints him as.
  • Call-Back: Once again, Barry stops a tornado generated by someone with weather powers, right after being told a variant of "Run, Barry, run". It's even shot the same way as that scene. For bonus points, the person is the niece of the one in the pilot.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Grace calls Orlin out for being a horrible guardian, when he's chews her out for getting in trouble at school for cursing, pointing out he does it all the time and is generally a lazy and horrible person. This causes him to have a Jerkass Realization and motivate him to be a better guardian.
  • Children Raise You: The flashbacks show how Orlin Dwyer went from being an obnoxious, short-tempered alcoholic, to a man who genuinely loved his niece and tried everything he could to be a good parent for her.
  • Composite Character: Joslyn is Josh Jackam undergoing an Age Lift, while using the identity of Mardon's more unscrupulous Distaff Counterpart in Final Crisis, adding a Gender Flip as well.
  • Contrived Coincidence: So Mark Mardon's estranged daughter just happened to get her hands on metatech that gave her the exact same abilities as her father.
  • The Cynic: Sherloque is initially opposed to celebrating Thanksgiving due to his own recent bad experiences in life. He actually manages to spoil it for Cisco and Caitlin too, until Killer Frost breaks out and tells them to suck it up.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: As Sherloque pointed out, both Caitlin and Cisco have little to be thankful for after various recent events. So, all three of them decide to spend Thanksgiving with a pity-party, until Killer Frost comes out and forces them to join the West-Allens as originally planned.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Sherloque realizes that Grace will probably have a visitor on Thanksgiving. So Cisco hacks the hospital's cameras and he sees Orlin visiting her - and then just to be sure he goes back to see if Orlin is a consistent visitor, which is how they figure out Orlin is Cicada.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Joss gives her dad a run for his money in terms of theatrics.
  • Exact Words: Dr. Ambres tells Barry that Grace doesn't have any parents which is true, since her parents died in a meta attack. What she fails to mention is her uncle Orlin is her legal guardian. She also says that no legal guardian is listed in her chart, which is true, because she has faked the records.
  • Flashback B-Plot: Orlin's relationship with his niece Grace and his eventual Face–Heel Turn are shown throughout the episode.
  • Forgot About His Powers: The hologram of Mardon is exposed when Joslyn drops a car on it, a limitation that potentially could have been avoided had Ralph impersonated him instead.
  • Freak Out: Nora has one, when Barry is struck by lightning and for a few minutes it looks like he's dead.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Iris tells Nora two things that aren't listed in the Flash Museum: that Ronnie Raymond sacrificed himself to save Central City from the singularity and that Barry went into the Speed Force.
    • At the end of the episode, Team Flash learns Cicada's true identity.
  • It's All My Fault: Initially, Orlin blames himself for Grace being hospitalized. The doctor then tells him that metahumans are to blame instead, which kickstarts his crusade.
  • Jerkass Ball: Nora grabs it again, at first blaming Iris for Barry's near-death and then basically demanding that Barry quits being the Flash so that she can have her dad, people in need be damned. Thankfully, she later realizes this.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Much like her father before her, Joslyn is indeed willing to destroy the entire city to get back at one person.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Killer Frost tells Cisco and Sherloque that they're acting like losers by skipping out on Thanksgiving with people who care about them just because they had a bad year. They both concede that she has a point.
  • Morality Pet: Before Grace came into his life, Orlin was an ill-tempered drunk. Then his sister and her husband were killed by metas and he was forced to take in Grace. It took a while, but he eventually and did change into a better person for her...then the Enlightenment came.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Joslyn (Weather Witch) uses a large wand to channel her powers much like the comic version of the Weather Wizard.
    • Porter Plaza is a reference to former Flash artist Howard Porter.
  • Nephewism: Grace went to live with her maternal uncle Orlin after her parents died.
  • Papa Wolf: Orlin endures having a large shrapnel in his chest just so he can take Grace to the hospital.
  • Oh, Crap!: Dr. Ambres is extremely worried when Barry shows up asking for Grace's parents. She's able to hold him off thanks to faked records, but knows it won't last and urges Orlin to stop visiting Grace for pragmatism.
  • Origins Episode: This episode explores Cicada's background, and shows unambiguously how he became a metahuman and how his hatred on metahumans started.
  • Parental Abandonment: The running theme of the episode is father-daughter estrangement. Nora is disillusioned of Barry after confronting years of repressed resentment that he gave his life to be the Flash which left her without him. Josalyn is out for revenge against her father for selfishly abandoning her to continue his criminal career. The former is selfless and they reconcile, the latter decidedly not and they don't even meet again after her first break-in.
  • Patricide: Joslyn tries to kill her father, only to discover that he was recreated with a hologram. Iris was the one moving the hologram and impersonating Mardon.
  • Redeeming Replacement: The late Warden Wolfe's unnamed female replacement is obviously a much better choice for the job.
  • Resentful Guardian: Orlin started out as this towards Grace. Thankfully for her, he got better.
  • The Reveal: Grace isn't Orlin's daughter. She's his niece, her parents died in a meta attack and since he's her uncle, she went to live with him.
  • Revenge:
    • Joslyn's motivation for wanting to break her dad out jail is to kill him for being a horrible parent.
    • Orlin's crusade against metas is fueled by them killing his sister and her husband and later the satellite that injured him and sent Grace into a coma. But it was Dr. Ambres who egged him into his anti-meta stance.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When she realizes that she has been tricked by Team Flash, Joss is ready to destroy the entire city as payback.
  • Shout-Out: Cisco calls Sherloque "Debbie Downer". In response, he is called "Ralph Macchio".
  • Thanksgiving Episode: In this episode, Team Flash celebrates Thanksgiving.
  • This Is Reality: Nora is forced to confront the realities of being a superhero; sometimes, not everybody gets saved and sometimes heroes die on the job. Seeing her dad almost die and then go back into field is something that really unnerves her - it's one thing growing up without your dad, it's another watching him almost die before your eyes. Nora finally realizes why he takes this risk at the climax when he has to become a human lightning rod to save civilians at the airport.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dr. Ambres' brief anti-metahuman comments contributed to Orlin's increasing anger and brought him into his crusade.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Averted, as Warden Wolfe's corruption has finally been outed to the public.