‘The Flash’ Will Never Be The Same After ‘The Trap’

The Flash” has firmly established itself as a purveyor of twists, curveballs and game-changing reveals since it premiered, and with four episodes left in the superhero drama’s freshman season, fans can expect plenty of fireworks in the run up to the season finale.

In episode 19, “Who Is Harrison Wells,” Barry (Grant Gustin), Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) discovered Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) hidden vault in the bowels of STAR Labs — a secret room that contains the Reverse Flash’s yellow suit and a fairly incriminating newspaper article from 2024 that hints at Barry’s fate. Episode 20, titled “The Trap,” picks up right where last week’s installment left off, and needless to say, our heroes have plenty of questions about what they’ve uncovered.

Now that Barry’s worst suspicions about Wells have been confirmed, where does Team Flash go from here? As the CW’s episode description succinctly puts it (and SPOILER ALERT if you want to remain completely oblivious before the episode airs): “The team sets a trap for Wells, and Cisco uses himself as prey, which puts him in grave danger,” as the team learns that it’s not so easy to trip up a time-traveling speedster.

For a hint at what you can expect from tonight’s hour, read on for eight teases for “The Trap.”

While You Were Sleeping
“The Trap” features flashbacks to when Barry was in a coma following the particle accelerator explosion, which allows for a couple of poignant and powerful scenes anchored by Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris (Candice Patton) as they show their love for our sleeping speedster. But not everyone who visits Barry’s bedside has such benevolent intentions…

Deus Ex Machina
Some surprising facts about Gideon, Dr. Wells’ computer, will be revealed in this week’s episode, and we’ll see a whole new side of her(?).

“Inception or Dreamscape?”
As part of their scheme to trap Wells, Team Flash revisits a scenario that proved deadly for Cisco the last time it occurred (in an alternate timeline), and part of their cunning plan involves what can best be described as dream-walking.

Iris West: Intrepid Reporter
After having her suspicions brushed off or deflected by the men in her life for most of the season, Iris makes a major breakthrough in her investigation into the strange occurrences in Central City, proving that she really does have a nose for news.

During the hour, we see Joe make a decision that has major repercussions for everyone he loves.

Fight for the Future
Closer inspection of the 2024 newspaper article drops some delicious easter eggs about Barry’s destiny, and one tease that occurs during the team’s time in Wells’ vault should leave DC Comics fans giddy. The glimpse at the future also opens up some possibilities about adjustments that could be made to Barry’s suit, and Cisco is clearly intrigued by the potential.

Keep your Enemies Close
Wells still proves to be a valuable asset in “The Trap,” imparting another pep talk that helps Barry when he needs it most and further confuses his feelings for his mentor. Our hero also learns another handy trick to add to his speedy arsenal (no Roy Harper puns intended).

A Stinging Stinger
You won’t want to miss the episode’s post-credits scene, which is one of the most intense of the series to date.

The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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