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‘The Flash’ 5×13 recap: Iris takes on Cicada in stripped back episode

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers from The Flash Season 5 episode 13 titled “Goldfaced”. Do not read if you have not seen the episode or read ahead at your own risk.

This week’s episode of The Flash saw the show get stripped back and two big characters faceoff face to face.

Tuesday’s episode kicks off with Cisco’s (Carlos Valdes) meta cure near completion, but Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) informs him in order for it to work on Cicada (Chris Klein), he would need to be contained for a full minute. The solution to this is a piece of tech that Ralph’s (Hartley Sawyer) buddy has available on the black market.

So it looks like Team Flash is going undercover. Nothing could go wrong here, right?

Barry (Grant Gustin) had issues with robbing the hospital of a device that could save lives and Ralph knew it. So he locked Barry in the van and joined the others in the group for the theft. My question is: could Barry have just phased through the van?

As he went in to steal the device, Ralph got a read of the papers. He realized the device would save so many kids and he tried to stop the robbery that he himself thought of in the first place. Barry escapes from the van, but not before he and Ralph go up against Goldface, who is literally made of gold. Barry used his wits to get the thief to tie a gold chain around a circuit box and electrify him.

Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) decides to do some digging and gets Orlin’s, aka Cicada’s, home address from a co-worker. She goes there, but of course he returned home right as she breaks in. She successfully dodges him at first, saying that she is there to interview him about some water contamination thing. Iris’ whole entire scheme would have been successful if Orlin didn’t notice Iris grab her purse that she didn’t have at the start of their conversation.

A fight between the two of them breaks out, but as Orlin summons his dagger to kill Iris, she takes a pen and stabs his old chest wound. Barry, Ralph, and Caitlin arrive, but with the bad news: they don’t have everything ready for a cure. Iris replies she knows his weakness, showing them the bloody pen. I’m left thinking, “Okay…. what good is that?”

Episode Notes:

  • The other plot of the episode involved Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) getting help from Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) to help throw Sherloque (also played by Cavanagh) off her trail and stop investigating her. He instructed her to make small changes to the timeline. It resulted in Sherloque going on a path towards Renee Adler, who is a doppelgänger of his ex-wives. Hilarious!

What did you make of the episode? Tell me in the comments below!

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Written by Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson is a journalist, host, social media coordinator, and entertainment reporter. In January 2014, he began working with Reality Box U.K., one of the fastest-growing entertainment websites in Britain. While working overseas, Anderson has covered some of the biggest television shows in both the U.K. and the United States, including “Big Brother,” “The Voice” and “Dancing With The Stars” -- and has connected with TV personalities, public figures

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