As usual, if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, this is a warning to let you know that this article may contain spoilers that your brain will not be able to handle. So if you don’t want to be bummed out by knowing what happened before you watch it, then look away. But if you’ve seen this week’s episode and are ready to discuss, then keep going.
As usual, when we finally catch up to Barry, he’s late again for another date with Patty. When we last left Barry, he was thinking about telling Patty his big secret. When he finally meets her for their big date, things take a quick turn because Zoom shows up to snatch Patty away. Barry then races after them only to find Zoom dangling his girlfriend from a rooftop. Then, all of a sudden, Zoom drops her, and Barry is left to watch as Patty falls to her death. And as quickly as patty hits the ground, Barry wakes up in a cold sweat with Patty right next to him. It was all a dream.
The team get’s another shot when the Turtle makes an appearance at a local art show to steal a painting. When the Turtle realizes that he’s been made, he proves to be a tough match for Barry, and the speedster ends up getting pinned under a very big chandelier.
Meanwhile, it looks like Wally West has become the speedster many thought he would become. But by speedster, the writers meant NASCAR driver because Wally drag races to make money. When Joe confronts him about his secret life, Wally turns things around when he admits to racing because it helps pay the medical bills that Francine has accumulated from being sick.
During his first attempt, Barry gets caught in the slow-time bubble that Turtle emits and proceeds to get his face punched in. After a quick regroup, Barry races outside to get a running start. He quickly runs back in and overpowers the bubble that Turtle has made thus throwing him into a wall and knocking him out.
At the CCPD, Barry catches up to Patty and tries to apologize once again. Patty, though, has some bad news. She’s leaving Central City…and Barry as well.
The end of the episode brings a familiar face running down a quiet neighborhood street at night. It’s Eobard Thawne, aka The Reverse-Flash. He’s come back to town, but something seems a little off. He’s supposed to have died last season.
This week’s episode started with a bang. And by bang, I mean did anyone else get worried that Patty was going to fall to her death? Keep in mind, that Shantel VanSanten didn’t have her contract renewed causing a lot of speculation as to what will happen to her character. So while she didn’t fall off any buildings, she sadly mentioned to Barry that she was leaving Central City…and everything that came along with it.
Interestingly enough, Spivot in the comic books is already trained in CSI. So there could always be room for her to come back. Could you imagine as several seasons pass by and then all of a sudden Patty Spivot walks through the door as the newest member of the CSI team? It’s well known that Barry and Iris get together, but this is a television adaptation. All is fair in love and war.
It’s characters like Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) who make story telling interesting. No one wants to see a perfect character. In fact, those characters are annoying. But broken characters, people with problems…audiences want to see what becomes of them. Will they get the answers they’re looking for? Will they get the love they deserve? Why do you think the Kardashians are so popular? It’s because people want to live vicariously through them and see if something good becomes of them.
Not to compare Wally to Kim or Khloe, but audiences are going to want to see what happens to Wally (and Joe). Will he become the hero that many think he’ll become? Um, he’s named Wally West for a reason…
Next week fans will look forward to finding out what Eobard is doing back in town. And hopefully they’ll get more answers to what exactly is going on with Jay Garrick. His relationship with Caitlin Snow is still a little awkward. Anyone agree or disagree? Maybe it’s a lack of chemistry or maybe it’s just too soon. But if the writers keep going with it, something needs to be done, because it’s the only thing that seems to be troublesome with the show.
“Potential Energy” overall grade – A
The Flash airs every Tuesday at 8 PM EST on The CW.
Check out a preview of next week’s episode, “The Reverse-Flash Returns”