The midseason premiere of “The Flash” ended on a relatively happy note for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). He had decided to return to crime fighting after momentarily retiring as a superhero to train for the return of Reverse Flash and also moved back in with Joe (Jesse Martin) after Iris (Candice Patton) moved in with Eddie (Rick Cosnett). However, with Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) acting more and more suspicious and a new meta-human to take on in episode 11, “The Sound and the Fury,” he would have to get serious again quickly.
The episode began all smiles: Dr. Wells helped Barry take down a criminal and was feeling the buzz of being a hero while Iris was offered a job by the city paper in recognition of her blog on the Flash.
However, things took a turn when a new meta-human attacked Dr. Wells in his home where, it should be noted, the doctor was walking around wheelchair free. More suspicious still, Dr. Wells did not want to give Joe and the police any details on the attack, blaming it all on someone playing a prank. Plus, Eddie noted Dr. Wells did not have a scratch on him even though his house was torn to shreds.
Dr. Wells could not fool Barry, though, who could tell from the broken glass it had been a professional job. Dr. Wells confessed to Barry he knew who had done it, an old S.T.A.R. Labs protégé named Hartley Rathaway (Andy Mientus). A flashback revealed Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Rathaway had a rocky relationship while both worked for S.T.A.R. Labs.
Meanwhile, at her new reporter job, Iris quickly realized -- after pitching an original story -- the only reason she was there was because the paper thought she had some in with the Flash.
Back at the police station, Joe was telling Barry about some suspicions he had about Dr. Wells when they got a call. Rathaway Industries was under attack by, well, Rathaway. It seemed the new meta-human could control sound waves and was trying to destroy his father’s building. Barry arrived in costume to take on the new foe.
After threatening to reveal a big secret about Dr. Wells, Rathaway was caught by Barry and brought to the S.T.A.R. Labs holding cells. There, the mentor and mentee faced each other, with Rathaway, who was calling himself the Pied Piper, hinting Dr. Wells would eventually turn on Barry.
Trying to get ahead of Rathaway, Dr. Wells confessed to Barry, Cisco and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) he knew there was a chance the particle accelerator would explode.
Later, Cisco realized Rathaway had not been using all of his powers in attacking his father’s building and must have wanted to be caught. Cisco rushed to the holding cells, but it was too late. Rathaway had escaped. By the time Barry got there, Rathaway was gone.
Meanwhile, Dr. Wells, who had heard Rathaway was free tried to flee with some super speed that seemed to confirm what some fans already knew -- he was Reverse Flash. However, his powers seemed limited by a mysterious health condition.
Another flashback revealed Rathaway had an even bigger reason to be upset with Dr. Wells than fans originally thought. When Rathaway had tried to convince Wells turning on the particle accelerator was a bad idea, Wells fired him and blackmailed him to keep him silent.
Desperate to keep Rathaway at bay, Dr. Wells held a press conference apologizing to the city for knowing there were risks with the particle accelerator, hoping Rathaway would hear him -- and throwing Iris a bone for her new career.
However, Rathaway was undeterred and had another scheme in mind. Barry went off to take on the Pied Piper, but Cisco realized why Rathaway had let himself get captured. Rathaway had stolen the S.T.A.R. Labs data on Barry, figuring out the sound frequency needed to neutralize the hero. However, after Rathaway took the Flash down with his newly customized weapon, Dr. Wells sent another sonic wave via a nearby car’s satellite radio to counter Rathaway and disarm him. Barry then captured Rathaway for real.
After the fight, Barry and Dr. Wells had a moment. Dr. Wells had at least appeared to truly care about Barry, acting quickly to save his life, and Barry seemed ready to forgive Dr. Wells for his earlier confession. Was Dr. Wells’ apology for real or was he pretending to preserve an even bigger secret? Joe thought he was faking and had begun investigating the doctor with Eddie.
The last secret of the episode came when Cisco went to gloat to the locked up Rathaway. Rathaway, though, said Cisco would be letting him out soon enough. He again had leverage: the location of Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell)!
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