The Flash‘s “The Nuclear Man” didn’t bring me any new details about that big-ass gorilla we saw in episode 12, but it did give me some interesting new info to chew on. The S.T.A.R. Labs crew went deeper into the mystery of F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. – and what really happened to Ronnie and Dr. Stein – while Joe West went deeper into the shady past of Harrison Wells. Oh, and Barry Allen got some! (sort of). Let’s talk about some of the biggest OMG moments. Spoilers ahead.
1. Total cliffhanger ending!
Thanks to some spoilery images from next week’s episode, “The Fallout,” I can pretty much guess who survives the, ahem, explosive cliffhanger. Of course, that doesn’t mean I have all the answers. Will Ronnie and Dr. Stein be okay? Will Caitlin get her fiancé back? Will Ronnie/Firestorm become part of the S.T.A.R. Labs team? Will we get to see more of Robbie Amell shirtless? These are important questions that need to be answered. Especially that last one. I am in favor of as many half-naked Amells on my TV as possible, at all times.
2. Iris is a total c*ck-blocker
Even though it looks like Barry is doing his best to get over Iris with
Anna from The Vampire Diaries Linda Park, he’s not having an easy time of it. First of all, his secret superhero identity keeps getting in the way. But even worse – Iris totally c*ck-blocks him when Linda asks her for advice! What the hell, Iris? Does she just want the attention on her, or is she regretting choosing Eddie over Barry? Hmmm…
3. Time travel is real, kids
I have already detailed my extensive crackpot theory on Harrison Wells, the Reverse Flash and time travel. It seems like at least one part of my theory was confirmed last night: Barry Allen was there the night his mother died. Like, the grown-up Barry Allen, not just the little-boy Barry Allen. We’re talking real, confirmed time travel. Thanks to Joe’s side investigation into Harrison Wells (and Cisco’s awesome-if-not-totally-scientifically-sound trick with mirrors and holograms) we know that there was blood at the scene. Blood that the cops never found when they originally “investigated” (major air quotes on that one) the murder. Joe is expecting Harrison’s blood, but it’s Barry’s.
Of course, this just brings up a new question: if Harrison’s blood wasn’t at the scene, does that mean he isn’t the Reverse Flash? And if not…who else was there that night?