The Flash’s 12th episode (“Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”) was hilarious, well written, adorable, and poignant. This show has made me laugh a whole lot this season, which is such a win. The writers are absolutely crushing it (Cisco quipping, “Eh, never trust a mustache, I always say.” And Harry snarking, “Gorilla prison is worse. They throw their scat at you.” They’re my favorite.).
Humor aside, the episode boasting some positive themes, namely hope. Big Sir isn’t just skeptical of hope; he’s walled himself off against the possibility: “Hope is the most dangerous thing.” Barry, being Barry (aka a cross between Bambi and a precious cinnamon roll), does his best to help, insisting with all the idealistic fervor of a Disney princess that things sometimes work out like the movies.
Of course, real life steps in and says, hold up. The main villain of the episode, Dwarfstar (Derek Mears), is conveniently (I rolled my eyes, guys) the same person who perpetrated the crime Big Sir is in the Big House for. Sure, he’s a meta, and this hilariously results in Ralph and Cisco getting Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’d. (Side note: this was an excellent part of the plot, especially when Ralph got stepped on.) The Flash Gang does arrest him, but they can’t get him to confess.
Which leads Barry to Flash him right out of the prison in a very touching scene. Their friendship is gruff, but sweet, especially this: “You damn idiot. You did not let me down. Forgot what hope felt like. It’s not a bad thing.” I honestly liked Goldberg, and I hope we see more of him at some point. Maybe he’ll come help Barry get out of being sold to Amunet. Because lord, the warden took the Nope Train to Shady Town way fast. Considering that he knows Joe, that seems like a super poor life choice, but what do I know? I eat cupcakes for breakfast. #Adulting
Where was I? Right. Cecile has gestational telepathy. And it’s honestly a charming storyline, causing relationship havoc, a visit to Iris and Barry’s therapist, and an amusing Pokémon gag. My only qualm was that she needed Iris to explain to her that she might want to inquire after Joe’s feelings. While that was a sweet moment, I feel like Cecile should’ve been smart enough—especially being the one in the relationship—to figure that out for herself.
Joe’s obvious admission—”It makes me feel vulnerable in a way I don’t like.”—was gloriously offset, though, by Cecile’s hilarious rant about noodles, semi-colons, and clothing. Especially the semi-colon bit, because I am a certified nerd. That snapshot of their relationship was pretty excellent. I’d like more of that, please.
Next week, we get more of the badass Katee Sackhoff, and I cannot wait. See you then, nerds!