Vipsy, QuickWest, and especially WestAllen fans…this episode is for you. Oh! Also, you know, if giant, telepathic, vengeful, super strong gorillas is your sort of thing… (Insert winking face emoji.) In all seriousness, though, this was a truly fantastic end to the two-part Grodd (David Sobolov) arc. It had all the action and stakes we were all hoping to see in last week’s episode and a few surprises thrown in for the characters and us! ‘Attack on Central City’ lived up to and surpassed the hype and while there were more than a few moments that I would’ve liked to see extended just a little longer, I can easily forgive that due to timing and budget. Here’s what went down!
The episode opens, once again, with Barry (Grant Gustin) speeding around the kitchen making breakfast–except not at Cisco’s (Carlos Valdes) apartment this time. It’s 6:30am and he’s covered his and Iris’ (Candice Patton) loft with roses and heart balloons. Iris asks Barry what it’s all for and he says he just wants to do things like this for her. (Awwwww!)
Across town, H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) is also decorating…the Speed Lab…with hearts, lights, and lanterns. Harry (also Tom Cavanagh) comes in brushing his teeth and is very confused. H.R. makes a hilariously inappropriate joke about “balls and lanterns” and notices the difference in the way and he his doppelgänger brush their teeth. He wonders how Thawne (who, once again, is not Harrison Wells) brushed his teeth and says he’s fascinated at the differences between them. Harry reminds him of a big one: that he’s a genius and H.R. is an idiot. He then spits in H.R.’s coffee. (Not gonna lie. I gave this scene a well-deserved round of applause.)
Barry, Iris, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale), Jesse (Violett Beane), Cisco, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) enter the Speed Lab and H.R. comes in and shoots an arrow at Wally. He mentions that he should probably take some lessons from Oliver (Stephen Amell) and announces to the team that it’s Friend’s Day (Earth-19’s version of Valentine’s Day). Joe heads back to work and H.R. gives pun-ny holiday cards to everyone else. Jesse decides that it’s time for her and Wally to tell Harry that she’s moving to Earth-1. Barry realizes their win against Grodd means they’re truly changing the future and Iris tells him that she just wants to spend it with him.
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