To celebrate their successful rescue of Wells from the hands of Grodd, HR decorates the speed lab in honor of Friendship Day – his Earth’s version of Valentine’s Day. Speaking of couples, Wally and Jesse take this time to finally tell Wells of Jesse’s intent to stay on Earth-1 in order to date Wally. Surprisingly, Wells is okay with it, but it turns out his approval is due to the fact that he was told he was dying from some ailment. Meanwhile, Gypsy warps in out of nowhere and attacks Cisco. She aims her powers at Barry only to be taken down by Wells.
After getting a location on Grodd, Joe and the CCPD along with Jesse, Wally, and Barry wait for their arrival. Grodd never shows, but takes control of Joe. He nearly kills Joe, but Barry proves he’s faster than a speeding bullet at point blank range. Back at the lab, they realize that Grodd’s mind control leaves traces of his memories. The team then uses Joe to tap into those memories to see what Grodd plan is. They discover that he’s taken control of a General who has access to missiles and plans to use them to attack Central City. The Flash races off to find them. When he does, he begins inputting code after code after code. With almost 90,000 possible combinations, things begin to look grim. But this is The Flash, and he succeeds at the very last moment.
By the end of the episode, it turns out that Wells isn’t really dying. He is, though, willing to say anything to keep Jesse from moving to Earth-1. Meanwhile, Grodd is being held by Argus. Back at the Allen residence, Barry finally proposes to Iris, but the audience is left to wait for an answer. The last moments of the episode with Wally running to get Jesse a burger but runs into Savitar.
What should have been a really good episode felt more like a dud. This was it, a showdown between The Flash and Grodd. Granted, Grodd is one of those villains who will always try to outsmart you, his attempts at outsmarting Team Flash weren’t very spectacular. Alright, maybe in the grand scheme of things, arming a bunch of military grade missiles at Central City is a big deal, but it didn’t look like one. And, last second saves are so cliché that they’ve lost their feeling.
Now that Grodd is safe and sound and back on Earth-1, there’s no doubt he’ll pop his big head into the picture again. But when his name was mentioned along with King Shark. The idea of those two teaming up made at least one person excited about the future of this show. Anyone else? Finally, there was one more redeeming factor for this week’s episode, and that was seeing Barry struggle with the idea of taking a life to save the city. The struggle was definitely real, but it was nice hearing the perspective of those always around him.