The Flash (2014) s08e16 Episode Script

The Curious Case of Bartholomew Allen

1 Barry, we're in position to attack.
Where are you? Sorry! I I still have a few things to take care of on the way.
Ah! So just the banana? You okay? Don't worry about that guy.
I just dropped him off at CCPD.
Saved by Mr.
Flashy himself! Oh, I've gotta give you a nice, big reward.
Oh, no, that's not necessary.
I can't accept your money, I But it's butterscotch.
Thank you.
That's very sweet of you.
Flash, we're getting hit hard! We're not gonna make it! Hold on, Chester.
I'm on my way.
- 19! Critical hit! - Oh! Uvarkk the Cleric attacks with the Sacred Flame.
Way stronger than my glaive.
Uvarkk vanquishes The Lich, saving our merry band of adventurers.
Radiant damage, am I right? What the hell's going on? The Dungeon Kraken is awoken by Thodris' fear and pounces, pinning the warrior to the ground.
There's no escape for him now.
Save him! Somebody somebody save him! Help me, Karash the Orc! You're my last hope.
- You - It's my turn? - Yeah.
- Use your vorpal sword, - use your vorpal sword.
- Wh my what? What do you do, Karash? I I tell the thing to raise its little claws, and read it its Miranda Rights.
Oh, come on.
Guys, this game is not for me.
- I'm sorry.
- All right, Joe.
- Come on.
- All right, no, look, look Let's take a break.
Let's just Let's take a break.
Refill our goblets.
Yeah, you were acting, bro.
- Sorry.
- No, I get it, I get it.
This is a little different for family game night.
A little.
It's got a 600-page instruction booklet.
Well, I I read the whole thing in, like, two seconds.
Oh, I read that in, like, two seconds.
I don't sound like that.
But, look, I I was a little intimidated, too.
But Iris made me give it a try, and we wound up having a great time that night.
That sounds like my baby girl.
Any sign of her? Nora says that Iris is still in the future, which means she's okay.
The path we're on now should lead us to her.
Well, the timeline has split you and Iris up before, and it never holds, so I have to have faith in that just like you do.
Hey, um, I gotta go to CCPD.
Kramer needs you? No, not Kramer.
You trying to make me feel like I ran back in time? What can I say, Allen? This'll always be home.
And, don't worry, I covered for you.
While The Flash was stopping robberies in Central City, Barry Allen has been in his lab all day with me.
Captain Kramer'll never suspect a thing.
Thanks, Chief, but it's fine.
She already knows I'm The Flash.
What? You told her already? - She just got here.
- Actually, she figured it out on her own.
Well, I figured it out first.
- You did.
- I mean, good for her.
Uh, so, you said you had a case for me? Uh, yes.
A high profile theft at a Mercury Labs came across my desk.
- Uh, what is it? - We thought it was a simple smash-and-grab job by a thief who wiped the security cameras clean before they left.
But the inventory report says they made off with a Gamma Absorption Array.
The Mercury tech unit says a device like that in the wrong hands can cause all kinds of damage.
Yeah, they're right, I mean, arrays like this use bursts of gamma radiation to interact with cellular structures.
It could be used for almost anything, from growing super crops to taking out an entire army.
So the only way to solve our mystery is to catch our thief.
I will never get used to that.
So, uh, tire prints from the crime scene have traces of residual calcium plates, most commonly found in the barnacles, which grow directly onto a hard substrate, like a boat or a dock.
So the perp is probably hiding out somewhere near the shipyard.
Okay, I will get Captain Kramer up to speed.
Great work, as usual.
Thank you.
So you know what happens now.
Oh, I bring in our mystery thief.
That, I'm used to.
Chester, bring up the plans to the shipyard warehouses.
Our perp is hiding somewhere out here.
Might as well list the whole area on villainhideouts.
These warehouses haven't been in use in seven years.
I think I found something.
Tire treads match those from the crime report.
Great gamma gadget! Barry, that van must have been shielded, 'cause as soon as you opened it up, the radiation readings spiked through the roof.
It's the gamma array.
Whoever stole this made some seriously advanced mods.
I'm gonna run it back for a full analysis.
Oh, you won't be running anywhere much longer.
You're the bad guy, aren't ya? You wanna save us both some time and tell me what these mods do, before I take you to prison, or after? Why don't I show you? Flash, are you okay? Flash? Enjoy what time you have left, Flash.
Ow, what hit me? Gideon, run a full diagnostic.
Commencing full-body diagnostic scan.
Multiple biological abnormalities detected.
What? What What kind of abnormalities? Moderate signs of arthritis, hearing loss, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and heartburn.
That's what that is? Holy Benjamin Button, Barry.
Every cell in your body has deteriorated suddenly.
It says here you've aged 30 years overnight.
How's that possible? He looks exactly the same.
It looks like the blast that hit Barry was mostly absorbed by his internal biology.
Organs, cardiovascular system, bones, joints.
He may look young on the outside, but on the inside, things are very different.
- Can we reverse it? - Maybe, but I'd need the device that whammied you to even try.
- Oh.
- All right, let's find Dr.
Creep Face and get it.
But, why build an "old gun" anyway? I don't know, but whatever the reason, it's probably dangerous.
I'm gonna go back to his warehouse and search for clues.
Hang on, hang on.
Do you really think it's a good idea for you to go in the field like this? Do we even know has this affected your powers? Uh, Gideon, run a meta efficiency test.
Test initiated.
We'll start with phasing.
Oh! Phasing unsuccessful.
Phasing's pretty advanced.
- Um, yeah, okay.
- Yeah.
Let's, uh, try something easier.
Wind arms.
Wind arms are easier.
Oh, my Come on! Ah! - Test complete.
- I almost had it.
Meta ability has decreased by 29%.
Okay, Barry, honey, why don't you come sit down? I'm fine.
I'm fine.
I can, uh I can feel the Speed Force inside me.
I just need to stretch my legs.
Get 'em moving.
Figure out what I can still handle.
Oh! Ah! I'm okay.
I already updated the software.
Now I gotta give the damn thing a name.
How about, Vacuum? There's the Joe West I know.
- Good to see you, man.
- Hey, David.
Hey, hey, hey.
Oh! Barry told me you'd be around.
Sorry, I've just been screaming at electronic equipment for the last couple hours.
I wanted to see how retirement was treating you.
I was expecting all-day football, or a wine and jazz room, not a an appliance minefield.
Yeah, ever since Jenna's been in pre-school, I've had more time on my hands a lot more.
You know, you can just use some of this time to find ways to relax.
When Rob's mom retired, she took up meditation.
Well, that sounds like a lot of sitting around doing nothing.
Plus, all these little projects keep me busy.
The problem is, each one of them comes with a novel-long instruction booklet.
I mean, you have to learn to program a computer to just use a mop.
You know what? Rob and I got his mother one of these last Christmas.
Let's see what you're working with.
- Hey! - Hey.
You look better.
How you feel? Um, just a little tired.
But as long as I keep it under Mach 10, I can maintain control of my speed.
And that's more than fast enough to catch this guy.
Right, but we know that Allegra can handle herself out in the field, so when crazy scientist guy comes back, then she and Chester can handle it, - and I can even help out with - Cecile, I can't risk any of you getting hit with that machine.
And you heard Chester.
The only way to cure me is to get that gamma array back, and the fastest way to do that is with my speed.
But, are you sure that this is the right way to do it? It just feels like you're racing past some red flags here.
I mean is everything okay? Guys, we've got a break in at Magnus Labs.
Another tech facility.
Guess we found our guy.
Uh, Chester, get ready to adjust that gamma array when I get back.
I won't be long.
High velocity object incoming.
I assumed correctly you would recognize a thermal detonator, Flash.
Barry, that's no ordinary grenade.
It's got major bad energy emanating from it.
He modified it to pack a serious punch.
This isn't the answer to getting what you want.
There is only one way to get what I want, and it's in here.
I'm going to obtain a power more precious than any ever wielded by a superhero.
How's this for power? Cute.
My turn.
His heart rate's spiking.
Barry! Well, there's no permanent damage, but you're near-sighted now.
Why did your vision go bad? You didn't have this problem earlier.
That's not the only new thing.
It's just, like I thought he was only supposed to be old on the inside.
Hey, Chester.
Run my scan results through Gideon's bio-algorithm, and let's just let's take a detailed look.
Done, and if I'm reading this right, um, you aged another ten years.
What? How? Was it the grenade blast? I don't think so.
It looks like the the gamma radiation inside Barry's cells is activated by - his Speed Force energy.
- Wait, Chuck, are you seriously saying that the more The Flash runs The more he ages.
Barry, you gotta stop using your speed.
Cecile, I have to find this guy.
What Hold on.
Maybe Cecile's right.
You almost had a heart attack back at Magnus Labs.
Plus, if your aging's showing on the outside, I can't even imagine what's going on inside your body.
Guys, I won't let this guy get away.
We still don't even know what he's planning.
What if he uses this device on someone else? And what if you die of old age - before you can stop him? - But I won't.
Look, we just need to track this guy down as soon as possible and end this.
And I think I know how to start.
- You found out who he is? - Yeah, he wiped the security cameras at his first crime scene, but I showed up before he had a chance to do it again.
Pulled this photo from the footage and ran a background check.
Pytor Orloff.
Former technician at a small R&D lab, Corbin Taft Industries.
Says here he was fired for using company resources on unsanctioned research.
I'm gonna check his old lab at Taft, see if Dr.
Olsen left any clues.
Barry, it's Dr.
- Remember? - That's what I meant.
And I'm gonna need those contacts, Chester.
- Yeah.
- Thanks.
Okay, I'm gonna go with you.
- Cecile, I - Look, this guy has surprised us a couple of times already, and my powers will feel him coming if he decides to show up while we're at his lab.
- Okay.
- Great.
Oh, uh, real quick.
This time, we're gonna take my car.
Use the provided triangular hex-bracket tool to fasten the side brushes.
Yeah, I couldn't find whatever the hell that is, so I'm using my trusty, dusty socket wrench.
Okay, are you sure that's gonna fit the Uhh Just a little elbow grease.
All right, let's see if this thing works.
Damn it! Why do we need robots for a man's job anyway? Jenna's gonna have to learn what chores are.
Is it Joe, I love ya, man, but I have not seen you this frustrated since Do you remember the Steve Palmer case? Look man, I would spend months and months and months on a case if that's what it took, right? I mean, obviously it wasn't easy, but I loved it, like, I I loved it.
Now, I Uh, okay, that's enough of that.
I'm calling in a 10-85.
Delay due to coffee break.
You, my friend, need to get out of this house badly.
Man, let me just clean up this vacuum mess.
Oh, no, Joe, I'm not asking.
This is an order from the Chief of Police.
Let's roll! All right, you're buying.
- Don't I always? - True.
Look for Orloff's old work files.
Maybe they can tell us where he's hiding or what he could be planning.
Usually, these facilities have strict record keeping.
I got it.
What was that? I think it was a facial ID scan, like how your phone unlocks.
That's a countdown to wipe the hard drive.
If we don't hack past this now, all the data is gonna be erased.
I need to run this to Chester.
- Wait, no, Barry, you can't - I don't have a choice.
We need to find out what's on this hard drive! Well then, there's got to be another way, - let's take a second and think - I don't have time.
- We need to run this to CCPD.
- CCPD? You mean S.
? Barry, that's the second time you forgot something.
I didn't forget it, I misspoke.
Okay, we need to go, right now.
Where did you take us? Barry, we are a long way from home.
Barry? How did we get here? Connections of the hippocampus are showing gradual decay.
While cognitive functions have returned to normal levels, Barry Allen's memory loss will likely be a recurring event.
Barry how you feelin'? I feel like we don't have time for this.
I'm fine now.
Barry, I don't think you get how serious this is.
According to your latest bioscan results from Gideon, if you use that much speed again, it could kill you.
Then we need to find Orloff more than ever.
All right, getting his gamma array is still the only way to cure me and stop whatever he's planning.
Chester, were you able to save his laptop? I managed to stop the countdown.
But it's gonna take some more time for me to hack inside.
Okay, well let me know when you do.
In the meantime, everyone watch satellites for gamma ray spikes in the city.
Right now, that's our only other means to find Orloff.
I'm gonna visit the Starchives, see if I can find anything to safely hold the gamma emitter when I bring it back.
Sometimes, I feel like time's chasing me.
I spend half my day trying to keep up with the changes all around me.
Like, I had to set a reminder on my phone to pick up Jenna from her playdate, an hour from now.
It's like I don't recognize my life.
But maybe that's what happens when you have more years behind you than you have ahead of you.
You spend so much time looking back that it's really hard to move forward.
Joe, um, your life isn't the problem.
Retirement isn't the problem.
It's you.
You don't wanna move forward.
You've always been like this.
Stuck in your ways.
Not really willing to embrace anything new.
My ways put hundreds of criminals behind bars.
Do you know why it took us so long to close the Steve Palmer case? It wasn't just 'cause of the dead ends.
It was because you refused to learn the new CCPD computer system.
Listen, now my file folders worked just fine.
And maybe you spent a lot of extra time filling out forms.
Time you could've spent doing the job you love instead.
Joe, your life has always been changing.
Think about it.
You were a single father who took in a traumatized boy who just lost both of his parents.
And you raised that boy to be one of the most extraordinary humans to ever walk the Earth.
Joe, you raised The Flash.
And he didn't get his greatest superpowers from a bolt of lightning.
He got them from a man who embraced an unexpected time in his life.
He got them from you, Joe West.
Now imagine all the amazing new things Joe West can still do with his life.
I've been looking for you.
I thought you were going to the Starchives.
Barry? I forgot where it was.
All right, come on, talk to me.
Barry, what's going on with you? You're not normally this stubborn.
What are you trying to prove, honey? You know you're scaring all of us.
I'm scared too, Cecile.
Orloff's still out there, and I can't I feel myself withering.
When I run, my bones ache.
Like they're made of glass, and my hands won't stop shaking.
I'm always out of breath, and it's getting harder It's getting harder to remember the people I love.
My friends.
Nora, Bart, Joe.
Even Iris.
What if I forget who she is before she comes back? I thought I had plenty of time to get Iris back And live my life with her.
Now it's all fading away, like my body.
And now, with my mind going, too it's like losing everyone you love All at once.
You know, you're not the first superhero that I've seen go through this.
No, oh, I knew one badass fighter, through and through my grandmother.
And just like you, she was always running from one adventure to the next.
Not just when she was young and spry, either.
Oh, no, no.
I mean, I'm talking well into her golden years.
She never lost her love for life, and that inspired me to do more with my own.
She sounds like an amazing woman.
Here's the thing, though.
She never feared getting old.
She made a choice.
She knew if she was gonna run out of time, then, damn it, she was gonna use the time that she had to live exactly the life that she wanted.
See, she knew she knew that no one could outrun time.
But you can embrace it.
Barry, nobody's saying that you can't go get the bad guy, but don't let your fear of running out of time cloud your ability to see the right way to do it.
I finally broke the encryption code on Orloff's laptop.
So I took a look through Orloff's notes on the gamma array.
He is a next-level genius, no doubt, but unfortunately, he's planning something seriously dangerous.
This is what he stole from his second lab raid.
It's an energy amplifier that could boost his machine's output a hundred fold.
So he wants to make everyone old? Why? His research is obsessed with finding the scientific equivalent of a fountain of youth.
He just wants to be young again, and I think he's figured out how.
By taking it from other people.
Can you pull up the security footage I used to run his background? Look at his hair.
He's not gray anymore His machine works, only it needs to absorb a lot of energy to make him even just a few years younger, which is why he stole the amplifier.
Chester, what happens when he finishes connecting the amplifier to the gamma array? He becomes immortal.
And the city, everyone in it, all age hundreds of years in an instant.
We'll all be dust.
We've got a massive radiation spike.
I'm reading 2,000 millisieverts wait, no, 3,000.
Orloff just activated his machine.
Okay, we know where he is.
Let's take him down.
Pull the plug.
No, it's not gonna be that easy.
I mean, look at these readings.
If we shut it down too suddenly, there would be a cascading degradation cycle in the gamma isotopes.
Meaning we can't just turn it off.
It's already built up too much of a charge.
Shutting it off now would cause the gamma rays to explode out, affecting hundreds of people.
We better think of something quick.
In a few minutes, it'll be charged enough to affect the whole city.
Is there any way we can slow it down? No.
We have to speed it up.
Guys, the gamma radiation siphons energy from human cells, speeding up the biological aging process.
Like what's been happening to me all day.
But if we fed it more energy than it can handle The amplifier would have to kick into overdrive to match the high energy consumption rate.
It would burn out the machine.
Okay, what do we got that can put out that much energy? Me.
Barry, you remember what Chester said.
If you use your speed again, it could kill you this time.
I have to try.
If I die or it ages me to 100, I'm not afraid anymore.
You're right, Cecile, I can't outrun time, but I can embrace it, and I can choose to spend every moment I have left trying to save innocent lives.
Then run, Barry.
You don't you can't Yes, I can, and I am.
Orloff's machine just hit 100,000 millisieverts of radiation that's fully charged, Barry.
Whatever you're gonna do, you gotta do it now.
You're out of time, Flash, and slower than ever.
It looks like everyone in Central City is running out of time, except me.
I don't understand.
What's Barry doing? He just matched the gamma machine's energy output, stopping it from expanding, but if he's gonna overcharge it, he's gonna have to hit some savage velocity.
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
He's having a heart attack.
How much longer can he hold out? Biologically, he's over 100 years old.
Ah No! He did it! Wait, what what's what's wrong? Wait.
I can't believe what I'm seeing.
Barry Barry, what happened? My readings are saying that you're Better than ever.
My years, my time! It's all gone! What do I do now? My advice: embrace the time you have left in prison.
He looks good.
- Is he good? - Oh, yeah.
No, that boy's doing better than good.
Barry forcing the gamma array's field backwards completely inverted its energy charge.
So young man Orloff became old, but not only did old man Barry become young again, you completely regenerated and then some.
Hold on, are you saying I'm Sorry to break it to you, kid, you're not in your 30s anymore.
How old am I? But y'all know what that means, though, right? 30th birthday party next year ♪ 30th birthday party next year ♪ Yeah! I gotta tell you, a party is the least we can do for the man who saved us all today.
I just stopped being stubborn, found the best way to use the time I had left.
Well, you'll be happy to know Dr.
Orloff is gonna spend the rest of his time in Iron Heights.
That's thanks to you guys.
You watched out for me, even when I wasn't watching out for myself.
Don't sweat it, boss.
Why don't you keep getting some rest, - and we'll see you later? - Yeah.
Hey, Cecile.
I owe the most to you today.
I'm sorry I didn't listen sooner.
I know your grandma would be proud of you.
I hope so.
I would consider myself lucky if one day I could be half of the role model that she was.
You already are.
So you're a Meta, too? Yeah, I used to be, like, a human light bulb, - but now - She's a hell of a lot more.
So what's your code name? Uh You know, Barry used to be The Streak, and then he became The Flash.
What do people call you? I don't know.
I I've never really thought about it before.
But I like to keep a low profile, so Uh okay, Joe, I'm thinking we tweak the quest.
We can set it in CCPD.
Maybe we solve a homicide? We could do that, or Yes! What if Karash the Orc used Vorion root-induced barbarian rage Uh-huh? And his vorpal sword To kick some Dungeon Kraken ass? Yes! I've been doing a little light reading in that handbook, there, children, and once I show y'all how to play this game, I'm gonna teach y'all Spades, and y'all gonna need a manual for that.
That was not bad! I'm sorry, I gotta take this, hold on.
You guys keep You shall not pass! Carla, hey.
What's up? No, I thought Caitlin was with you.
Caitlin? Barry? Caitlin, are you okay? What are you doing here? Your mom called trying to find you.
You said you were staying with her, but she says she hasn't seen you since the funeral, that you haven't returned her calls.
I changed my mind.
Okay, well, what's what is going on? I've been working on some stuff.
What is it? You know you can ask for my help with anything.
I know I can, but But what? Caitlin, talk to me.
I mean - Okay, I - What's this doing here? I know how this looks.
Caitlin, what's this doing here? Barry, just listen to me.
The mirror gun split Frost and me into two people once before.
It took her from my subconscious and gave her a body, so I've been running tests over and over again, and there must still be a piece of Frost inside of me.
So, if I can access those latent pieces in my subconsciousness, then I can bring her back.
Okay, I I know what you're thinking, and frankly, if I was in your shoes, I'd probably be thinking the same thing, but just for one second, imagine this isn't Frost that we're talking about.
What if we could bring your mom back? Or your dad? What would you do to make that possibility a reality? We don't have to say goodbye to Frost.
Caitlin, losing someone you love can make it really hard to move on, but as difficult as it is, you have to accept that Frost is gone and that she's not coming back.
But I don't want to.
I know, but it's the only way to start living again.
I can do this.
I have to.
I'm sorry.
Barry Barry, please.
Barry, don't! I'm sorry.
Greg, move your head.

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