02x23 - The Race of His Life

This season on "The Flash"...

Who are you?

My name is Jay Garrick.

Where I came from, I was a speedster like you.

Before I arrived on your Earth, I was in a fight with a man named Zoom.

He will do whatever it takes to ensure he's the only speedster in any world.

[growling] Never forget: I am the fastest man alive.

I get these feelings sometimes, these vibes.

Cisco, what did you see?

I saw Jay. He's Zoom.

Who's the man in the iron mask?

You wouldn't believe me if I told you.

What do you say you and I give this a shot?

Yeah, I would like that.

I've always measured my success by counting the number of victims I've had.

But now I think I'm going to start counting the number of Earths I conquer instead.

Earth-2 is splitting in half.

Tell me I did not just see the end of the world.

Dad? No. No!

This is what's gonna make you just like me.

Jay? No!


[intense music]


Dad? Hey! Hey! Hey, look at me. Look at me. Dad.

Don't leave. Not again. Not again. Dad! Come on. Come on. Come on.

It's all right. No.


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[no audible dialogue]

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[choked] No, Dad.

I told you family was a weakness.

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You feel the anger, don't you, Flash?

And now... the two of us are the same.

No! No!

There you go, Flash!

Use your anger, just like I did.


[dramatic music]

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[electricity crackling]

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[both grunting]

I got you, Zolomon!

Go on, Barry. Embrace your anger. End me!

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[growling] Let me do it for you.

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[in normal voice] So close, Barry.

Another time remnant.

You see, Barry, there could be two of you.

You just have to be willing to kill yourself.


You're almost ready.


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[electricity crackling, whooshing]

And comfort us today with the word of your promise as we return our brother to the earth, and leave us with the hope that, one day, we'll meet again.

[somber music]

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Um... my father's...

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I can't do this right now.

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It's okay, Barry.

Henry Allen.

Henry suffered two great losses in his life.

He lost his wife, Nora, and he lost Barry.

He suffered guilt, embarrassment, ridicule, shame, and everything that comes with being blamed for a crime he didn't commit.

Henry Allen was proof that love can get you through the darkest of days, and that love will keep him alive in all of our hearts.

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I'm gonna find him, Dad.

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I promise you I'm gonna take from him what he took from you.

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[pensive music]

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I thought maybe you should eat something.

I'm not hungry. Thank you, though.


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Barry, um...

I had no idea that you were The Flash.

What you did for me, all the things that you've done for everyone, this whole city...

And now this with your dad and Zoom.

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I'm so sorry.

Thanks, Wally.

If there's anything you need, you just say the word.

All right.

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Guys, Zoom's still out there.

We need to come up with a plan.

The man can crack open breaches to Earth-2.

I mean, if he can do that, what else can he do that we don't know about?

Right after he killed his time remnant, he told me I was "almost ready."

Almost ready for what?

I don't know.

Yep. Classic psychopath.

Why can't they ever just say what they want to do?

We also have to figure out why I keep vibing Earth-2 being ripped to shreds.


It's like I'm watching "Transformers" in 4-D, but, like, ten times more realistic and with much better acting.

Look, if you can vibe the future, we need to stop Zoom before that happens.

I'm gonna get some air, all right?

I got it.

When I was in the Speed Force, I felt like I'd finally come to grips with her death, with not saving her when I went back.

And then the moment... where I'm finally at the place I can move on, my father's taken from me.

[solemn music]

How am I ever supposed to find peace with that?

I don't know, Barry, but you're gonna have to find a way to do that, or it's gonna tear you apart.

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I just miss him so much already.

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Barry, no!

[dramatic music]

Bad time, Flash?

Thought I'd give you some time to mourn.

This ends now.

Not yet.

There's always more to take, Barry.

You're gonna stay away from them.

Well, that's completely up to you.


When we first met, I told you that Zoom needed to be the best.

You just didn't realize I was talking about myself.

Is that what this is about?

A race, Barry, between you and me... to see who's the fastest.

You win: this is over, and you get to be the hero.

I'm not racing you.

Then your father won't be the only person you love that I'll take from you.

Think about it, Flash.

All I want to know is who's the fastest man alive on either world.

I'll be waiting.


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So Zoom wants to race you?

He's obsessed with being the best.

Why would we trust him?

He just wants to race.

You know, it actually makes sense in a completely-off-your-rocker sort of way.

That can't be everything he wants.

It isn't. This Magnetar that's being developed by Mercury Labs...

Turns out, it can act as a pulsar.


What is a pulsar?

It's a power amplifier with a highly magnetized, dense rotating core that can be easily weaponized.

Nah, that's not dangerous at all.

That's what happens to Earth-2.

What happens in my vibes is because of this machine.

That thing is powerful enough to destroy a planet?

A lot more than just a planet, if it has the right power source.

Like what?

Like me.

That's why he wants to race.

He wants to siphon the energy I create when I run.

He wants to siphon the energy off both of you.

When Jay captured me, he said that he used to measure his success by counting the number of victims he had, but now he was gonna measure it by counting the number of Earths he conquered instead.

He doesn't want to just destroy Earth-2; he wants to take out every other planet in the multiverse.

How many are there?


Yeah, well, he can do that?

If he can create a breach to Earth-2 all on his own...

He can get to all of 'em.

One pulse to destroy them all.

I guess I don't have a choice.

[dramatic music]

I have to race him.

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And I have to win.

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Don't race him.

It's not that easy.

Yes, it is. You just say no.

We find another way to stop him, together, like we always do.

And do what, Joe?

Just sit around and wait for him to kill somebody else?

Wally? Iris? You?

No. No way.

He needs you, Bare.

He needs your speed again to get what he wants. We have the advantage here.

All I have to do is beat him, Joe.

That saves the multiverse, this whole city, all of you.

I won't let another person I love die when I can prevent it.

This... isn't just about racing Zoom, is it?

You want to kill this guy.

Of course I want to kill him, Joe.

I want to do a hell of a lot more than just kill him.

I want him to suffer for everything that he's done.

And he's going to.

Come on, Bare.

Think about what you're saying.

I have to be willing to do whatever it takes.

I'm sorry, but I'm racing him, whether you want me to or not.

And I can't talk you out of it?

Not this time.

Then I'm sorry too.




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[somber music]

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What are you doing?



Why did you put me in here?

Because you're too angry right now.

You can't race him like that.

Without a plan, you're... You'll lose.

Keeping me in here is gonna get everyone killed.

I'm the only one that can stop him; you know that.

You race Zoom on his terms, you'll lose.

This is not your decision to make!

It is this time.


We all made it together.


All of you?

Bro, I went back and forth.

I was, like, a good 60/40 at first.


Yeah, yeah, we all made the decision.

Come on.



This is for your own good.

Don't do this. Guys, come on. Iris?

Cisco, come on, man. You have to let me...

You have to let me stop him! You have to let me... [muffled yelling]

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Did we make the right call here?

Yeah, we did.

You okay, Joe?

Yeah, that was just a little harder than I anticipated.

Yeah, locking up Barry...

That was the easy part. Now, using our plan to take down Zoom without Barry, that's gonna be the hard part, but it's gonna be a lot easier once we know where he is, Ramon.

Chill, man. I'm working on it.

Work harder.

Got it.

He's at the industrial park on Leawood.

Give me that. Mm.


That is some serious nerd love right there.


Look, everybody here would understand if you don't want to go through with this.

Jay may be a monster, but there's a human inside of him somewherwh I've gotten to that part of him before.

I know I can do it again.

I want to stop him, Harry, for good.


So let's go over the plan again.

Okay, Caitlin will distract Jay so that you and Harry can hit him with the boot.

Cisco's gonna open the breach, and we're gonna put him through it.

I'll disarm the Magnetar.

Destroy the Magnetar...

Save the multiverse.

One more thing. We need to agree.

We all made this decision together, so if anything goes wrong, we stick with it.

Let's load up.

[dramatic music]

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[clears throat]



What's the matter?

You know, I've just been thinking. You know, what's... what's next?

What's next? We stop Zoom.

Right. Right, I guess...

I don't know, I mean... After that.

I don't know. Haven't really given it much thought.

Yeah, no... No, I know you haven't.

Guess I've just... I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

You know, I see the way you are with everyone here...

Caitlin and Cisco, Iris and Joe, Barry, especially Barry.

You care about these people a lot.

You know, but... But my friends?

They're all back home on our Earth.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, you know, when this is all over, I'm gonna go back home to live my life.

But if you need to stay here so that you can live yours again, I get that.

I understand. It's okay, because... No, Dad.

Seeing you happy, that is all I've ever wanted for you.

[solemn music]

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[dramatic music]

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Okay. In position.

Copy that. We got you.

Okay. Snow, you ready?

As ready as I can be.

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Cisco, you good?

Define "good."

Ramon. You're gonna be great.


When you're ready.


You got this.

Here we go.

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[suspenseful music]

How did you find me?

Doctor McGee said the Magnetar was stolen from her labs.

I knew that it had to be you, so I tracked you here.

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I tracked you here, Jay. No one else knows.

I told you, if you left me...

That if I betrayed you, you'd show me no mercy, I know.

But I just want to explain why I did that. Please, Jay.


Good job, girl.

Now draw him towards you.

I made a mistake.

I am so sorry that I abandoned you.

But you have to understand, what you said to me...

That there was a dark side of me...

That I was more like Killer Frost than I knew...

I didn't want to accept that.

I tried to lock the darkness inside of me.

But you knew that that was already a part of me now.

And you're the only one who did.

And now, I'm ready to accept who I really am.

Cisco, get ready.

[weapon beeps]

I am so sorry that I hurt you.

But now I want to be the one that only you know.

Please, Jay.

Let me try.

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One more step.

I knew you'd eventually come around, Caitlin.


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But it's too late.

[electronic warbling]

[dramatic music]

[electricity crackles]

Now, Ramon!

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[gun clicking]

Damn it.

Tranq him! Tranq him!

Gun is jammed!

He's walking in.

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[electricity crackling]

[tense music]

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Did you see my dad?

No, the vibe keeps changing.

It's like my brain is channel surfing or something.

They must be on the move. That's why the vibe's in flux. Keep trying.

Hey, did you turn off the Magnetar?

No, there's no messing with that thing.

Whatever he did to it... We try and touch it, we try and move it... This planet's done for.


What's wrong?

Zoom took Dad.

What? How?

We tried to stop Zoom by pushing him through the breach, but... he took Joe with him.

Well, where's Barry? Did he go after him?

He's not with us. He's in a cell in the intake.

Wait, you... you tried to stop Zoom alone?

Long story.

[somber music]

Well, we have to get him back.

Wally, before Zoom took Dad, we all agreed that if we got him off this Earth, we would close the breaches for good, and we would never open them again, under any circumstances.

Why... why would you do that?

No. No way, that's not gonna happen.

He made us all agree to it.

Well, guess what. I didn't agree to that.


Iris, I already lost my mom.

If Dad...


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[grunts and chuckles]

I will say, if anything, Barry sure has an ample number of fathers to kill.

If you're gonna kill me, kill me.

It doesn't matter.

You're not racing anybody.

Come on, Joe. You know Barry better than that. You raised him.

He'll say yes if he thinks he can save you.

Not this time.

I made sure of it.

[chains clinking]

Who is that?

It would just confuse you.

Try me.

I got my speed the same way Barry did.

When I got struck by the dark matter and electricity, I became Zoom, the fastest man alive.

Wasn't long before I had this Earth on its knees.

But it wasn't enough.

I wanted more.

I wanted to be faster.

So I created a speed drug.


It made me faster than I ever thought possible, fast enough to break the dimensional barrier, fast enough to run to other universes, other Earths.

And then, one day, on one of those other Earths, I discovered him.

He's another speedster?

Yeah, you could say that.

That was right about the time I discovered something else too.

All that V-9 I'd been injecting into my system had a little side effect.

It was killing you.

I searched for a cure.

I tried everything.

I even tried to manipulate the Speed Force, but let me tell you, the Speed Force, the Speed Force does not like its rules being broken.

Now it's been sending its enforcers after me ever since.

So you brought him here to steal his speed.

I tried, but it wouldn't take.

But then the skies parted, and I saw Barry, and then I stole his speed.

I won. I beat the rules of the Speed Force.

Why keep him here?


And a little idea I had for fun.

You see, I got so tired of being the villain, so I decided to be the hero too.

I even borrowed his name, Jay Garrick.


You know what's gonna be great, Detective?

After I beat Barry in the race and prove that I'm the fastest man alive on any Earth, he's gonna rot in a cage just like the one Jay's in now.

And then I'll have a Flash from two worlds to keep me company.

[electronic beeping and whirring]


Everyone's gonna freak when they find out I did this, but I don't care.

We need your help, Barry.

[electronic beeping]

Uh, hey, guys, Barry's not... [whoosh]

In his cell anymore.


What? I wasn't just gonna stand here and let this happen.

You let him take Joe?

What the hell were you thinking?

Allen, there was nothing we could do.

You could've let me race him!

Allen! You're not racing Zoom!

What are you gonna do? Are you gonna tranq me again?

Don't tempt me.

Look, I know you guys made a pact to keep Zoom on Earth-2, but you did that without me and Wally.

All right? You don't get to do that!

Barry, look at yourself right now; you're not okay.

Cisco, my dad was just killed in front of me!

Do you have any idea how that feels?

Watching someone you love die?

Yes, I do.


Look, Barry. I know how cold and angry and distant that can make you.

But when this happened to me, you were the one who kept me in check.

You told me to stop and take a breath, and that's all we're telling you to do now.

I'm telling you I'm good.

Really? You're good?

Because it seems to me you want to do more than stop Zoom.

It seems to me you want revenge.

If that's why you're doing this, Allen, you will lose.

Look, you guys.

I... you may not think I can do this.

You may think I'm too angry. But we're running out of time!

I have to beat him, and I'm going to, whether I have your help or not.

So which one is it?

So how does this work?

It's the same way we took Iris into the Speed Force. Harry does his best Frankenstein, you hold my hand, and I vibe you there.

All right, let's do it.

[dramatic music]

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[electricity crackling]

I'll do it.

Say when and where. I'll be there.

Cisco's learned how to bring people into his vibes.

There's one condition.

You bring Joe back. But if he's harmed in any way, it's off.

I'll bring him, and I won't release him until after we race.



[tense music]

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I tell you, Jay might be crazy-pants, but he can pick a venue.

[dramatic music]


Brought the whole crew with you, huh?

Can't say I blame you.



It's gonna be one hell of a show.

Let him go.

After we race.

Cut the crap. We know you plan to power up the Magnetar so you can destroy the multiverse.

Bravo. You figured it out... almost.

I don't want to destroy all of it.

This Earth is at the center of the multiverse.

It's the access point to every other Earth in existence.

One trans-dimensional shockwave, and... poof.

Leaving just our Earth.

How generous of you.

Need to have some place to hang my cowl.

You might want to say your good-byes.

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Don't worry.

I'm gonna save your dad.

No. You're gonna save our dad.

Get back to S.T.A.R. Labs. It's safer.

We're not going anywhere.

We got eyes and ears right here.

Either he goes, or we all die together.

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We believe in you.

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Barry, kick his ass.

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What are the rules?

One lap around the inside of this loop will produce about 1 gigawatt of energy, and I need 500-plus to power the Magnetar enough to do the job.

Once it's full, I win, because there is no stopping it.

So all I have to do to beat you is stop you before that happens.

Yep. It's that simple.

But if, at any point, you decide you don't want to race anymore, dear old dad number two is a dead man, as well as your little fan club.

They're not my fan club.

They're the reason that I'm running, why I'm gonna beat you.


Let's see what you're made of, Flash.

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Just say when, Zoom.

[growling] Run, Barry. Run!

[dramatic music]

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[electricity crackling]

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[electricity crackling]

He's powering up the Magnetar.

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Come on, Barry. Catch up.

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Which one's Barry?

Both of them.

He made a...

both: Time remnant.

[electricity crackling]

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Go, all right? Go!

I'll explain later, Joe.

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[growling] A remnant?

Stole my trick, Flash.


But you're too late.

Bye-bye, multiverse.


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What's the time remnant doing?

He's creating his own pulse.

Why would he do that?

Because... if that's out of phase, it'll counteract that one.

Wait, his body can't handle that.

Then what's gonna happen?

He'll die.


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[electricity crackling]


[ominous music]


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[in normal voice] You're a hero, Barry.

You couldn't kill me before.

You won't kill me now.

[warbling and screeching]

I don't have to.




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Okay, so you ran back in time and made a copy of yourself?

Well, uh, basically.


It's called a time remnant.

It's not something that I can do every day, but I needed a way to draw the Time Wraiths out of the Speed Force, hoping they'd be more upset at what Zoom had done than they'd be with me.

Is that what I look like when they start talking about science?

Pretty much.

Don't worry, Wally. It'll get easier to understand.

Well, how does that even work?

Same way Zoom did it.

I ran back in time moments before I left.

It's the only way I can be in two places at once.

Okay, so the time remnant, it's still you?


But he died.


He was willing to sacrifice himself for all of us.

That's how much he loved us.

You know what? We'll just... We'll forget about it.

Barry, I'm glad you're okay. [laughing]

You know what? In battle, choose your weapon wisely.

All right? Some people choose a gun. I choose a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Oh, oh, I'm sorry. You're so particular.

Ramon, can you just please...

Have you ever worked with a tool before?

I'm working with one now.

Are you ready?

One, two, and...

[lock clicks]


I don't know what's more annoying, being in that thing or listening to you two arguing about it.

[dramatic music]

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Um... you're...

I'm Jay Garrick, the real Jay Garrick.

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I'm sorry. I... I'm sorry.

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[sobbing softly]


He looks just like him.

He looks just like my dad, Joe.

I can't believe this. My dad told me.

He told me this. He said his mom's maiden name was Garrick.

I just never thought that that meant...

Barry, Barry.

I never thought it meant...

Barry, he doesn't know that.

He doesn't know that he's your dad's doppelganger, okay?

You want me to tell him that you had to leave?

No. No.

You sure?


I just need a minute.

I'll be all right.

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[indistinct chatter]

That's smart.

Because of...

Yeah, and there it is.


So the reason you didn't have your powers is because there was a dampener in the mask.

You see?

I don't want to see this thing ever again.

[hand vibrating]

[metal clanking]

So your powers are back.

I see Jay... Excuse me... Hunter...

Stole your color scheme too.

He took a lot of things that were mine, except for that. That's, um... That's all him.

He said it was his father's from the war.

Ironically, on my... on our Earth...

This helmet stood for hope.



Well, maybe I can continue that sentiment, take something from him, for a change, make it my own.

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It suits you.

Thank you, all of you, for saving me from Zoom, especially you, Flash.

You're welcome, Flash.

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Now all I have to do is find my way home.

And where's that?

I think you would call it Earth-3.

Uh-huh. Well, I can get you to Earth-2.

My daughter and I can help you with the rest.

We can?

Yes, we can.

We're going home.

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You're a tremendous scientist, but... you're an even better person.

Don't make me cry, Harry.

I've done enough of that already.

Detective Joe West...


You have great kids. You take care of them.

Same to you. You take care of that beautiful girl.

Yes, sir.


I'm a better man than I was when I got here, and that's 'cause of you.

I'm not the same either.

Hey, don't be surprised if I project myself over to Earth-2 every once in a while, you know, just to throw your stuff across the office.

[all laugh]

I'll miss you too, Cisco.

So I guess I can't text you from another Earth, huh?

I guess not.

That's too bad.

Thank you guys, seriously, for saving our home.




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[energy whooshes]


[pensive music]

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Can't stop thinking about my dad's doppelganger.

Seeing him, knowing that he's out there, that should've made it easier.

It doesn't.

It just made me miss him even more.

I can't even imagine how hard that must have been.

We just won.

We just beat Zoom.

Why does it feel like I just lost?

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Because you've lost a lot in your life, Barry, more than most.


Maybe you and me seeing where this thing goes, maybe that can give you something for a change.

That's all I've ever wanted to hear you say.

And I wish that I was in a place where I could try that with you.

But I feel so hollowed out inside right now.

I feel more broken than I've ever felt in my life.

If I'm ever gonna be worth anything to you, I need to fix what's wrong with me.

I need to find some... Some peace.

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Barry, listen to me.

You waited for me for years.

You let me get to a place where this was possible.

So I am telling you I am gonna do the same thing for you.

Wherever you need to go, whatever you need to do, do it.

And when you get back, I'll be here.

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I love you, Barry.

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I love you too.

And I always will.

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[door clicks closed]

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That's why I'm so sorry.

But I have to do this.


[dramatic music]

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[shouts indistinctly]

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[sobs] No.

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You're not gonna kill her this time.

You're not gonna kill her ever again.

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[door creaks]

[tense music]

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[sobbing] No.

I'm not gonna hurt you.


I'm not gonna hurt you.

Okay? I'm not gonna hurt you.

You're safe.

You're safe now.

[electricity crackling, whooshing]