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“For science!” Can’t stop, won’t stop. For Barry Allen and friends, their work to save the world and each other never stops. On this week’s episode of The Flash, “Borrowing Problems From The Future,” things picks up right where the show left them at the mid-season finale. Audiences finally get a better look at the sweet loft Barry bought for he and Iris, tension is brewing among the team once again, and HR continues to do HR things. Per usual, these recaps tend to be spoiler-ish. You’ve been warned.

Seeing your girlfriend die at the hand of your enemy definitely leaves a lasting impression. In Barry’s case, he dreams about it every night, awaking in a cold sweat. Of course Iris is there to ask him about his problems, but as you’ve all learned by now, Barry keeps it all to himself. Thankfully he gets called away to stop a building fire to take his mind off of things. At the scene, he’s met by Wally, who has been shadowing The Flash to gain experience out in the field as well as to put the suit he got for Christmas to good use.

Back at the lab, HR has finally finished the last touches on the STAR Labs Museum. One of the highlights of the show is a hologram of Cisco that was made without his permission or expertise and glitches. Needless to say, Cisco wasn’t too happy. Meanwhile, Dr. Snow meets up with Julian in search of a cure to her meta-human abilities. Unfortunately, he wants nothing to do with her. The show begins to get serious when Plunder finally makes his appearance. That’s when all of Barry’s alarms begin to go off and he becomes completely distracted with what he saw when he accidentally traveled to the future.

Soon Barry begins to distance himself from the team and Iris. With the help of his friends, he realizes he can’t keep what he knows bottled up anymore and comes out to everyone. However, he and Iris decide that the team shouldn’t tell Joe about what may happen to Iris. As part of the plan, Cisco and Barry vibe to the event that Barry saw. There they pay closer attention to the headlines scrolling during the newscast regarding Plunder’s capture by The Flash. One of those headlines included a Killer Frost that was still on the loose.

The episode ends with the team executing a plan to change the future. The first detail they manage to change is the headline regarding The Flash’s capture of Plunder. Instead of The Flash capturing him, they manage to have Kid Flash accomplish it in place of him. The final moments of the show close with a mysterious woman coming through a portal in search of HR.

It may seem cheesy, but one of the best parts of the episode (and of the show) has always been the relationship between Barry and Iris. She’s what anchors him to the ground. And when things seem to be at their worst, Barry manages to draw strength from knowing he has Iris. She really is the best girlfriend in the world.

This version or HR has the most obscured origin, but is the best version by far. A huge part the character’s success is due to the skill set of Tom Cavanagh. Another part is how the character has been written season to season to season. There’s no doubt the audience has grown to like this version. At first, you could have easily just booted him back through the portal, but his growth has been very fun to watch. Hopefully there’s an episode dedicated to what exactly happened to the coffee on his Earth and why it happened.

Overall, this was a solid episode. Plunder didn’t provide as much of an external problem as villains have done in the past. In that case, it was a bit of a let down. However, it’s method to setup the rest of the season by teasing viewers with news bylines is perfect. So somewhere down the line fans can expect a possible Killer Frost return and maybe a Gorilla Grodd sighting.

The Flash airs every Tuesday on The CW at 8PM EST. Check out a preview for next week’s all new The Flash.

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