Episode 15 of “The Flash” ended with Barry (Grant Gustin) literally running into the past. Desperate to save Joe (Jesse Martin) from Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre), he ran so fast that he traveled back in time. Fans were left wondering just how far back he had gone and if the episode’s big reveals – Cisco’s (Carlos Valdes) murder, Barry’s big kiss – had even happened. Episode 16, “Rogue Time,” would provide some of the answers.
The new episode picked up right where the last one left off and Barry was dealing with a bad case of déjà vu. Standing in the middle of the street after his time travel sprint, Barry realized he had gone back a full day into the past. By the time he knew what had happened, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) was yelling at him to get to the morgue to check out the coroner’s murder scene…again!.
When Barry arrived Joe knew right away that something was up, but Barry kept his secret to himself. Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanaugh), however, put the pieces together and confronted Barry about his space-time navigation. Wells told Barry not to change anything about what he did over the next day or the consequences could be dire. But Barry couldn't resist the temptation to beat Mark Mardon to the punch and keep Joe safe. He went directly to the Mardon brother’s hideout and brought him to a holding cell in S.T.A.R. Labs. Dr. Wells was angry at Barry for not listening, but the hero was convinced that he had done the right thing.
Cisco, meanwhile, was back from the dead -- after Barry’s time travel erased his confrontation with Dr. Wells -- and having a big episode. The young engineer was bummed about going to his brother’s birthday party and, after offering to go to the party as backup, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) found out why he was so unenthused. It turned out Cisco’s brother, Dante (Nicholas Gonzalez), was the favorite son in the family and had developed a rather obnoxious arrogance.
After party, Cisco was in a bar drinking his troubles away when he was surprisingly hit on by a very attractive woman. He thought his day had taken a turn for the better, but after Cisco went home with the mystery woman it was revealed she was actually Leonard Snart’s (Wentworth Miller) sister, Lisa Snart (Peyton List). Lisa -- along with the Captain Cold/Heat Wave team of Leonard and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) -- had returned to try and seize control of the mafia family in Central City. Leonard Snart had kidnapped Cisco’s brother as well and threatened to kill Dante if Cisco did not build him another cold gun, as well as weapons for Lisa and Rory.
Meanwhile, Barry was still testing his luck with the alternate future and got coffee with Iris (Candice Patton) to confess his feelings for his friend. However, unlike in episode 15, she rebuffed him again and was angry for coming in between her and Eddie (Rick Cosnett). Eddie was angry too, confronting Barry and punching him in the face.
Barry was devastated about Iris, but he had other things to worry about first. After Leonard and his crew raided a mafia casino with their new weapons, Barry realized that they had Cisco prisoner. Barry and Dr. Wells were searching for Cisco on the S.T.A.R. Labs computers when Cisco suddenly walked in the door. Distraught, he confessed he had given up Barry’s identity after Captain Cold tortured his brother. Cisco wanted to leave the team, but Dr. Wells -- in a 180 from the last episode -- gave Cisco a pep talk and convinced him to help the team catch Snart. He even used the same line -- “you’ve been like a son to me.”
The team tracked Snart and his crew to an in-progress robbery of an armed truck. Barry confronted Snart and the two reached a peaceful compromise. Snart agreed to keep Barry’s identity a secret -- and only steal without killing -- and Barry let Snart walk away.
The Snart case was closed for now, but Barry still had to patch things up with Iris. Luckily, Caitlin bailed him out with a made-up explanation that his strange behavior was a symptom of the lightning strike.
There was still some more business to take of in the episode. After Barry’s time traveling, Dr. Well’s secret was no longer exposed. However, with Mason Bridge (Roger Howarth) still digging into the doctor’s affairs, Wells was not happy. He paid the journalist a visit as Reverse Flash and killed him. When Barry heard the news, he was sure that Wells was not who he claimed to be and he went to Joe for help.
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