The Flash (2014) s02e09 Episode Script

Running to Stand Still

My name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive.
To the outside world, I'm an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly, with the help of my friends at S.
T.
A.
R.
Labs, I fight crime and find other meta-humans like me.
I hunted down the man who killed my mother, but in doing so, I opened up our world to new threats.
And I am the only one fast enough to stop them.
I am The Flash.
Previously on "The Flash" You're just letting us go? Just remember who it was made sure you didn't get thrown on that plane.
I call it the Wizard's Wand.
Captain Singh mentioned there may be positions available on your anti-meta-human task force.
- Why do you want to do this? - Mark Mardon killed my dad.
James Jesse, Your Honor, AKA the Trickster.
You're going to prison either way, James.
You stay away from me and you stay away from my father.
If he finds out that he might have a son that grew up without knowing him, it would crush him.
Jesse's my daughter and Zoom has her.
You're next.
Go ahead.
Kill me.
But my daughter is innocent.
Please Let Jesse live Go on.
Say something! Merry Christmas.
Whoo.
I had to fight some old lady for the last one.
They didn't have any Green Arrow dolls.
Don't know why you'd want a toy of that crazy man.
I can't figure out what to get Barry.
I was thinking you could give him this.
Oh, that's nice.
But I kind of want to get him something more meaningful.
I mean, it's been a strange, emotional 12 months.
Yeah, you don't have to tell me.
Oh, I know, babe.
I miss Eddie too.
How about you get Barry a really nice watch? Like Grandpa Ben gave to you.
That ain't a bad idea.
You know, my dad only gave me this watch because I was always late.
- You? - Yeah.
He always gave a gift with a not-so-hidden message, like this watch or the time he bought me free weights because he said I was too skinny.
I told him, "When I have a son, I'm only giving him fun presents.
" This thing barely works.
Don't know why I still wear it.
Because it's from family.
You sure you're all right? Yeah, yeah.
I promise.
You know, we should really be more professional.
You do realize you initiated that.
Yes, and I'm fully prepared to reprimand myself then.
I'm just saying, you know, anyone could walk in, like, Joe or Captain Yo.
But I have, like, a 4:00 to 12:00, but - I'll see you later.
- Yeah, all right.
- I'll see you for Christmas.
- Yeah, okay.
Bye.
I'm so happy for you.
Truly.
Thank you.
It means a lot to me that you like her.
I don't know.
Wells, um, he left me that message where he said that I'd never really be happy.
And for a while I really started to believe him, but, now I I don't know.
Maybe there is a way to Are you okay? What's wrong? I'm so sorry.
I can't keep this in anymore, Barry.
I know I was so mad at you and Dad for not telling me that you were The Flash, but when I found out about this, I didn't know what to do.
What? What's going on? When Francine came back, my Dad told me not to trust her and he was right.
I didn't know how much.
When my mother left us, she was pregnant.
She had a son.
Joe's son.
My brother.
What's his name? Wally.
Wally West.
When I found out, I told her to leave and never come back and to never tell my dad, but Barry, I feel I feel like this is hollowing me out.
Every time I look at Dad, I feel like I'm hurting him.
I don't I don't know what to do.
I think you know what you have to do.
I can't.
It's gonna kill him.
No, it won't.
You don't have to do this alone.
We can tell him together.
Thank you.
Yeah.
Hey, look.
Snow.
Maybe it'll be a white Christmas.
That'd be nice.
I was thinking that if we could inject an unstable neutrino burst into the individual breaches, it might cause them to seal on their own.
And stop Zoom from travelling back and forth between our worlds.
At least then we wouldn't have to worry about him sending any more meta-humans over for Barry to fight.
- It means a lot.
- What does? You looking after Barry.
He's been through a lot the last few weeks.
Barry's not the only person here I want to keep safe.
Oh, dear Lord, just kiss already.
- Oh, the thirst is real.
- Is everything all right? Yeah, I keep checking, but all is quiet on the meta-human front.
Hey, you think Zoom decided to take Christmas off? What's Christmas? Oh, well, it's this holiday we have where we cut down trees and sing songs to celebrate the birth of a baby 2,000 years ago, and then the Romans killed him so we give each other gifts That's your explanation? - I know what Christmas is.
- Oh, right, of course.
Um, you know, Joe and Barry and Iris are having people over for Christmas Eve, and they said we could invite whoever we want.
- Who who do you want? - You.
I want to invite you, I mean.
This is so painful.
Have you guys seen Harry? Uh, no, I have not.
I told him to rest.
He's just as stubborn as all the rest of my male patients in this place.
I'm gonna leave you two alone, okay? I'm gonna go find Harry.
Holy Hannah! - Hi.
- Hi.
- Everything okay? - Sure.
Why wouldn't it be? Why wouldn't it be? Man, it's really coming down.
The news didn't say anything about snow.
Maybe it's a Christmas miracle.
Let it snow.
We got a code Aah! Knock, knock.
So.
Early parole.
You interested? Don't mean to be a noodge, but the exit is upstairs.
Just need one more thing.
_ You got to be kidding me.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Please tell me this is not happening It's official, Santa hates us.
This sudden blizzard took out cameras and the security system.
I mean, thank God nobody was killed, but there's no trace of Mardon, Jesse, or Snart.
Speaking of which, with Mardon back on the scene Yeah? Patty might not be thinking so clearly.
What do you mean? What does Mardon have to do with Patty? We should have expected this.
The unexpected drop in barometric pressure had to mean Mardon was back in town.
Patty Jesse was on full communication lock down, but that doesn't mean Mardon and Snart weren't in contact.
Patty, Joe told me about Mardon.
I can't talk to you about this.
Hey, Patty, it's okay.
Got it.
Look, Barry, you're a really sweet guy, but you have no idea what's really going on in this city.
I mean, you don't even know that Harrison Wells I'm sorry, I don't have time to bring you up to speed.
That's ironic.
Patty, Patty, look I care about you a lot.
I don't want to see you do anything reckless.
I'm a cop.
Going after criminals is in my job description.
It's not reckless.
And powers or not, Mardon's gonna answer for what he's done.
Patty Deck the halls With body parts from a girl named Holly Fa la la la la, la la la la I don't remember those being the lyrics.
I am tremendously creative.
That I can tell you.
You'd better be.
I didn't break you out I didn't break either of you out, because I was looking to make some new friends.
That is not the holiday spirit, Marky-Mark.
Christmas is a time for togetherness.
And what says togetherness more than mass graves? - Hmm? - So why did you break us out? Well, I owed you one, and this guy, he's just crazy.
It's a compliment.
And we all want the same thing.
- Fashion advice? - To see The Flash dead.
Well, that was more of a New Years resolution, but, hey, I'm flexible.
That hasn't gone so well for anyone in this room.
What makes you think you can stop him this time? Three against one.
Plus, the one isn't quite what he was.
See, another speedster dressed all in black nearly took him out a few weeks ago.
He's vulnerable.
He's weak.
It's a mistake to underestimate him.
With my power, his flair, and your smarts, we can put him in the ground for good.
- Tell me your plan.
- Tell me you're in.
- I'm thinking about it.
- What's the matter? A few months in the clink make you soft, did it, Snart? - You wanna dance? - Boys, boys, boys! Play nice! Mellow out, Mardon.
Don't have a snit, Snart.
Here's an idea.
We all go out, have a few drinks, kill some carolers.
We'll all feel better.
All right.
So what's it gonna be, Snart? Oh, yeah.
The Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, and the Trickster.
There's three of them and one of you.
I do not like those odds.
And I'm gonna be no help without my speed, so Oh, oh, light bulb up here.
I have an idea.
Most weather phenomena are marked, no pun intended, by the change of electric charge and pressure in the atmosphere.
We could just map out those fluctuations To pinpoint his location.
Right, it would just be a matter of removing all The electricity from his immediate surroundings.
Attracting it to one spot.
The same way a lightning rod does.
Only instead of a lightning rod, we could use A wand? Have we already had this conversation? - Kind of.
- What does that mean? All right, so the last time Mardon attacked, he, um, generated a tidal wave that destroyed all of Central City.
So why are you not all sleeping with the fishes? Earth-2 has "The Godfather"? Every Earth has "The Godfather," Vito.
So I ran back through time.
One day into the past and I got a do-over and I stopped Mardon before he could hurt anyone.
You shouldn't have messed with the timeline.
That's what the other Wells said.
So the good news is, in that timeline, you created The Wand and it worked.
So you just got to do it again.
For the first time.
- Yeah, no pressure.
- I can give you a hand.
- Best of both worlds? - I like that.
You good, Harry? Yeah, why wouldn't I be? Holiday blues? It can't be easy knowing Zoom still has his daughter.
Yeah, all right, look, I'll be right back.
I have something I have to deal with.
Hey.
Okay, the last time the two of you were looking at me like that, it was when you both took my convertible on a joy ride and wrapped it around that big oak tree on Fairmont Drive.
Dad, um All right, Joe, we have something we need to tell you.
No, um I have something that I need to tell you.
It's about Francine.
When she left us she was pregnant.
Did she have the baby? Yes.
His name is Wally.
Wally West.
Short for Wallace.
That's what we were gonna name you if you were a boy.
I only found out a couple weeks ago.
Dad, I am so sorry that I didn't tell you sooner.
That's why she reached out to us after all these years.
She wanted us to know before Before she died.
And I thought Francine was running out of surprises.
I got to get to work.
Dad, listen Dad.
I'm I'm sorry.
Just let me sit with it.
Do you think that he's gonna be okay? I do, yeah, I think It's just a lot to take in.
He just needs a little time to process it.
Ho, ho, ho.
Mmm.
Cocoa isn't cocoa without the mini marshmallows.
And you're out.
I checked.
Are you out of your mind? Breaking into my home? Careful.
I made an upgrade to the cold gun.
If I release my grip from the handle, the core goes critical.
You might make it, she won't.
Read your article on the disappearing middle class.
Strong point of view.
Nice prose style.
Yeah, well, who needs a Pulitzer when you have a homicidal maniac's seal of approval.
Didn't Barry tell you? I had a rough childhood.
Everyone in this room had a rough childhood.
- Get over it.
- Why are you here, Snart? I got the Noel spirit, wanted to give you a gift.
Mardon broke Jesse and me out to kill you.
Jesse's on board, of course.
He's shaking with excitement.
Me, I'm gonna pass.
Why? You grow a conscience? Mardon wants revenge.
Jesse wants chaos.
I'm just not invested like they are.
You mean there's no money in it for you? I was never much for non-profit work.
If you're not in with them, then tell me where they are.
Nah, consider me more of a secret Santa.
Besides, you and your friends love to solve a good mystery.
You are full of it, Snart.
I think my friends and I saved your sister's life and you can't stand owing me a marker.
I hate to break it to you, but that that right there is called honor.
Go on, make your pitch.
I can see you're dying to.
Help me stop them.
Sorry, I'm not interested in being a hero.
Well, you're doing a pretty lousy job of being a villain this week.
Merry Christmas, Barry.
Hey.
I was just thinking about a big drug bust that me and Singh made about ten years ago.
Afterward, we went for a steak lunch to treat ourselves for a job well done and while we were ordering, I got this feeling in my chest.
Like my heart was being squeezed.
I knew something wasn't right.
So I called your school and the nurse said to me that she was just about to call me.
Iris was on her way to the hospital.
When her appendix burst.
And I knew it.
I could feel it, right here.
I knew my kid needed me.
So if I have that feeling as a parent, why didn't I feel it from my son? Joe, it's not your fault that you didn't know about him.
Yeah, it was.
When Francine left rehab that last time, I should've looked for her.
I'm a cop.
I could've found her.
Brought her back here.
Tried again.
Tried harder.
You were protecting Iris.
I've been telling myself that for 20 years.
A 20-year lie, but I wasn't protecting her, I was protecting myself.
I couldn't stand it anymore.
I couldn't I hated not being able to help Francine.
So it was easier for her to be dead.
Out of my life.
Out of our lives.
But it wasn't for Iris.
I was being selfish.
And that poor boy paid the price.
Joe He never had a father to read to him at night, show him to throw a football, to make him feel safe.
And loved.
Who taught him how to be a man, Barry? "Him.
" I can't even say his name.
What have I done? Joe, look, you have been there for me every day since I met you.
You have.
You would have done the exact same thing for him if you could have, I know it.
I'm sorry.
Where's your partner, Spivot? I don't know, I'm not his babysitter.
I'm sorry, sir.
I'm not sure where Joe is.
Flash-y the red-nosed speedster Had a very shiny suit And if you ever saw him You might even want to puke Merry Christmas, kiddie-winks.
I'm back! Get TARU down here now.
I want to know how he's doing this.
Citizens, you know, the holidays can be a time for gentle reflection on the year past.
Our ups and downs, our triumphs and heartaches, but don't forget, it can also be a time for disemboweling our enemies.
We don't have a Trickster on Earth-2.
He's one of a kind.
My stocking won't be completely stuffed until it's filled to the brim with bloody Flash parts.
So what do you say, speed freak? You wanna roast chestnuts? I want all tactical units on high alert.
Get in touch with other precincts, I want watch commanders coordinating deployment.
Spivot, I need you to Spivot! Are there any clues as to where he is based on the video? None that I can see.
Guys, there's a reflection of something in his cornea, see? - What is that? - Not sure.
That's Mr.
Jiggle Wiggle.
- Come again? - It's a doll.
A stuffed children's toy.
I gave one to my daughter when she was six.
Mr.
Jiggle Wiggle was manufactured by Okamura Toys Yahtzee! Okamura once had a shipping facility in Central City that shut down four years ago; it's been abandoned ever since.
What if Weather Wizard's there? The wand's not finished.
The Trickster is.
What are you doing here? Same thing as you.
Trying to catch a murderer.
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made it out of clay We can't let Christmas hog all the holiday fun! Happy Hanukkah! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made you out of C-4! Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I'm afraid we are definitely looking at closed casket funerals.
There's nowhere for me to run us to! - So what should we do? - Hold me.
- I'm seeing someone.
- Me too.
Don't let go.
Detective.
It was all just a trap for you.
Mardon and Jesse aren't even here.
- They're still on the loose.
- How did you know to come here? Because there was a reflection in Jesse's eye of Mr.
Jiggle Wiggle.
And that's the thing that my dad It doesn't even matter.
That's why you came here alone without any backup? Because of your father? You don't know anything about me.
I know that you're being reckless.
And I'm sure the people in your life care enough about you to not want to see you get hurt.
Except Mardon didn't kill my father.
I did.
See, he had a little shoe shop, and we didn't have any money, so I worked there after school.
Except one day I decided not to show up, because I was being stupid and silly with my friends.
I didn't even call to tell him that I was ditching.
So he brought the deposits to the bank, not me.
He was shot and killed by Mardon, not me.
That's why you became a cop.
Joined the meta-human task force.
It'll be legal when I kill Mardon.
I have made my whole life about getting justice for my father, even if it meant I didn't have a life and now I met a really great guy, and that doesn't even feel real to me and I'm scared he's gonna find out how angry I am.
I don't even know why I'm telling you this.
Sometimes it's just easier to say things to someone with no face.
Thank you for saving me.
You know, even if you get this guy that wronged you, it doesn't always make things better.
It has to be better than this.
Patty, it's me.
Again.
I'd really love to talk.
I'm worried about you.
Anyway, just give me a call when you get a chance, all right? Thank you.
Bye.
- Barry.
- Yeah? How's it look? Wow, eerily familiar.
How's Patty? She is, um, hiding a lot of pain behind her smile.
They say couples start to resemble each other after a little while.
The thing is, I mean, she only opened up to Flash, not me.
So even if I could got her on the phone, I don't know what to say.
Well, it's been my experience that just being around you can be a big help.
Thank you.
I want an iPhone, an iPad, and an iTouch.
Ho, ho, ho, dial it back, Mr.
Greedy.
Those are a little out of Santa's price range.
How about this? Now remember, don't open it until tomorrow.
It's a surprise.
Have you decided? - I need more time.
- Don't we all.
- Decide.
- I need more time.
Maybe if I go up there and kill a few of your new friends - No! - One more day.
I'll tell your daughter you said, "Hello.
" - What's that? Is that Mardon? - That's definitely him.
Atmospheric pressure just dropped 200 hectopascals.
- Where? - Central City Square.
The tree lighting ceremony.
There's thousands of people there.
Oh, glad to see you.
Maybe you can help me.
Help get back to a jail cell? - It'll be my pleasure, Mark.
- No.
No, see, I'm trying to decide if I should kill everybody down there with a deadly hail storm, or little trickier, with acid rain, what do you think? Ah, let me think, um How about neither? You see this wand here? Guess what? Um guys? He's flying.
He can fly? Since when can he fly? Well, he's using his powers to alter the air pressure around him to create pockets of updraft that can No, he can fly.
- Barry, get him.
- Yeah.
You didn't really think I'd let you hurt all these people, did you? No, of course not, but bet you're gonna let me hurt you.
Feliz Navidad! Time for a real war on Christmas.
What is this? That is a box with a bomb in it.
Yup, I've handed out about 100 of them today.
It feels so good to give.
You see, right now, there are 100 random children who've each taken home a box just like that one and are shoving it under their Christmas tree.
There's no way for you to get to all of them, even if you knew where to look.
Oh, no.
Please don't do this.
What? Me? Kill 100 families? No, that's up to you.
I'm happy just to take your life.
So this is how it's gonna be.
You are gonna stand there and let me end you.
Very publicly and very painfully and I'll let everybody live, but if I see even a little flicker of electricity on you the casket makers in this town are gonna have a very merry Christmas.
So, Flash what's it gonna be? Huh? There you go.
- They're gonna kill Barry! - Unless we find those bombs.
- Cisco? - Jay, there's no way.
There is a way.
To find 100 randomly-placed bombs? We don't have to find 100.
We just have to find one.
And then we get rid of them all.
- How? - A breach.
That's right.
We sent Grodd away.
We can do the same to these bombs, all of them.
Do you have a drone in your workshop? - Yeah.
- Does it fly? - Yeah.
- Good.
I'm taking it.
You're not getting it back.
I'll warm up the van.
I'm cross-referencing credit card statements with toll road usage and families with children under ten.
Hold up Make a U-turn.
Two streets back.
Your toys.
Give them to me.
Mom! Flash, you all right? You don't look so good.
I know I'll give you a jolt.
Oh! Harry, what is the plan? One of the 52 breaches opened by the singularity is 1/4 mile directly above the city.
We are gonna use your drone to put this bomb into that breach.
Okay, how does that work? One down, 99 to blow.
Basic physics, Ramon.
Magnetism.
Magnetism.
Magnets of opposite poles attract one another.
Help me out, Garrick.
If we can change the dimensional frequency of this bomb and get it through that breach It'll drag all the rest of the bombs right along with it.
I'll drive.
Okay, hold on.
I'm done.
He's all yours.
Oh, God To think this city worships you! But, when I kill The Flash, they'll realize I'm the man who saved Central City! It's working.
- Was that you? - No! Gut him! All right, I'm gutting already.
Barry, the bombs are gone.
Uh-oh How do you like the magnets, bitch? Detective, it's taken care of.
They can't hurt anyone else.
What are you doing? - What are you doing? - This is for my father.
No, no, no, Detective! Detective, no.
You can't do this.
He killed my father for a couple hundred dollars.
What was so important that my father had to lose his life? Mardon will get what he deserves.
- He deserves to die! - Not like this! You don't have it in you, pretty lady.
I've been asking myself that for the last four years, and now I know.
No, Patty! You pull that trigger, your life ends too.
You will go to prison.
Everything and everyone that you could have had in your life will be taken from you.
Again.
Mardon can't take anything else from you unless you let him.
I didn't know your father, but I know he wouldn't want this.
Not over him.
Please.
Please.
Mark Mardon, you're under arrest.
That was beautiful.
- Barry, hey.
- Hey.
Everyone's heading over to our place for Christmas.
You okay? Yeah, no, nothing a little meta-human regenerative healing capabilities won't cure.
How'd it go with Francine? It was good.
It was really good, actually.
I mean, I spent so long lying about her being dead that I started to believe it myself.
But the truth is, those feelings were always there.
That anger, that regret, the guilt I just didn't realize how much I needed to forgive her.
And now there's room for another West.
Did you meet him? No.
He still doesn't know.
That'll come.
- Wow.
You have a son.
- I know, right? It's crazy.
- Speaking of which, take this.
- What? No, no, no, no, I can't take that.
I've always said that one day I would give this to my son And now I have.
Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas.
Thank you.
Love you.
- I love you too.
- See you at the house.
Yeah.
I know that you're not him But he's not here and I have to say this for me.
In that video message, you said that that I would never really be happy And I've been trying I've been trying really hard.
After what Joe said, and helping Patty, I realize that you're still in my heart.
How much I hate you for what you've done.
I don't want to hate you anymore, I can't.
Can't hate you anymore.
I forgive you.
You need me for something? No, no, I'm good.
You know, you should come over for Christmas tonight.
You shouldn't be alone.
It's a nice offer.
I can't celebrate without my daughter.
All right.
I saw you comin' down my chimney I saw you, Santa - Strong enough? - We'll see.
I'll be right back.
- Hey.
- Oh! What do you have there? - Mistletoe.
- What's mistletoe? Oh, um, it's a hemiparasitic plant from the genus Santalaceae family in North America, I think.
Caitlin, I'm kidding.
We have mistletoe on Earth-2.
Right, of course.
Um, we also have this tradition over there.
We have that tradition here too.
- Aww.
- Finally.
Oh, let me get that.
- Eggnog, please? - Yeah.
Hi, I'm so glad you could make it.
Aw, thank you for having me.
Merry Christmas.
This is for you.
- Thank you.
- Of course.
- Hey.
- Hi.
I've been really worried about you.
- I've been calling.
- I know and I'm really sorry.
I just have been dealing with something by myself, but I want to tell you about it.
I think that I'm ready to.
Someone reminded me of what's important, so if you want to hear, I would like to share it with you.
That would be the best gift I could get.
- Yeah? - Mm-hmm.
I don't know.
This is a really sweet sweater.
I hope it's as sweet as this one.
It's matching.
- Thank you.
- Of course.
- Detective Spivot.
- Hi! - What brings you here? - Merry Christmas.
Well, uh, I'm Barry's girlfriend.
- About time.
- Cheers.
Are we expecting anybody else? - Not that I know of.
- Maybe Harry changed his mind.
Hi, I'm Wally.
I'm Francine's son.
I'm I'm I'm Joe.
This is Iris.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Uh, I just wanted to I don't know.
I guess now's a bad time.
You've got company, so No.
No, no, no.
Come in.
Time's up, Wells.
What's it gonna be? I know what you're doing.
I know why you keep sending villain after villain from our Earth to this one.
You want Barry to get faster.
You want him to get stronger.
You want him to become more powerful, more full of speed force.
You're fattening him up like a Christmas goose.
The more power he has, the more I can take and you're going to help me.
Let me see her first.
Daddy? Are you okay? Did he hurt you? Please help me.
Don't let him take me back there.
I won't Now decide.
In return for your daughter's life I'll do it.
I'll help you steal The Flash's speed.