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After spending several years in social services, Nicole has finally followed her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer. In addition to her work for The Hudsucker, Nicole is also a staff writer for Womanista. An avid comic book fan, BBQ aficionado, professional makeup artist and first-time mom, Nicole can be found exploring Kansas City rich history when she's not blogging about suburban life at Suburban Flamingo.

The FlashBack: ‘The Flash’ – Episode 2 ‘Mixed Signals’

The Flash is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Tuesday nights at 8/7 Central on The CW. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in The FlashBack.

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Welcome back! This week the Flash is fully back in action and testing out his newly-upgraded suit. But Team Flash also has a high-tech villain to face that might make things a little complicated. As always, spoilers beyond this point!

We open with a very wealthy man buying a very expensive apartment, but before the deal is good the arrogant buyer goes into the elevator and is literally shaken to death. On the ground level, a shadowy figure with glowing purple eyes leaves the scene.

Barry making breakfast. A lot of breakfast. He’s also catching up on six months of television when Iris gets up and Barry reveals that he has taken care of literally all of the wedding plans so she has to do nothing. Oh, and before anything else can be discussed, Barry has to go.

He and Cisco arrive at the elevator massacre scene. Cisco works for the CCPD these days and quickly determines that it wasn’t a glitch or an accident that caused the elevator to go insane. It was a hacker. This was a murder. Back at STAR, Team Flash takes a moment to marvel over Barry’s new suit. It’s loaded with tech advances, so many that Cisco has written a manual. Barry says he will read it later. Barry tells Iris that he’s cancelled their evening plans to train so they can go to Thai dinner and it’s pretty clear that Iris is not handling things well. Caitlin suggests therapy.

No time to discuss, though! The breach alarm sounds and Iris, Wally and Caitlin hurry to stop the threat, but Cisco keeps them from attacking. Turns out, the breacher is Gypsy and she’s there for a date with Cisco.

Meanwhile, on Central City streets a wealthy man is driving around in what appears to be a Tesla when all of a sudden his car is hacked and goes crazy. The display reads the same thing that the crazy elevator did: Kilg%re. Barry races to help and discovers that streets have changed while he was gone. He has to literally dismantle the car to save the man.

Back at STAR, Cisco confirms that the hacker is the same and they figure out that it’s not just a hacker. This is a metahuman. Cisco also figures out the connection between the elevator victim and the man in the car and it turns out it’s the bad guy we’ve seen lurking about in both places, a man named Ramsey Deacon.

At the police station, Joe bumps into Deacon in the hallway before going to talk to the car guy but as he does, a robot rolls in and drops a grenade. Joe hits his distress signal that alerts Barry, who just so happens to reluctantly be at therapy with Iris. He has to bolt out. The therapist writes down that Barry fled. Oh, this does not look like a good session, but Barry makes it in time to save Joe.

So it turns out that the two victims were part of a tech start up with Deacon. He’s targeting his former partners and there is a third one, a woman, left. Cisco is hard at work trying to solve things, which cause shim to neglect Gypsy. Yeah, that’s not going to go well. Barry and Iris try therapy again and this time? Iris breaks down and tells Barry that she doesn’t understand how he could just leave her when he went into the Speed Force. She’s so hurt and angry and sad, it’s heartbreaking.

Meanwhile, Wally and Joe keep watch on the last person from the start up, but Deacon is smarter. He shows up and it turns out that “Kilg%re” is the name of a malware that they essentially stole from Deacon. He hacks the girl’s insulin pump to kill her and takes the car guy and flees. Fortunately for the girl, Wally and Joe are able to save her.

Back at the lab, the team now has an idea of what they are dealing with, but no idea how to stop him. Gypsy is pretty upset with Cisco because if they don’t get to go on their date that night, they miss a big romantic holiday on her Earth, 1/1/1 day. Gypsy explains the holiday, but it gives Cisco the answer he needs to stop Deacon. He dashes off and Gypsy is more mad than ever.

The solution? Turn all the zeroes in Deacon’s code to ones. The team tracks Deacon down to where he’s holding the car guy hostage so Barry and Wally race off. Barry is wearing his new suit and that ends up being an issue. You see, Deacon can hack any tech. That includes the Flash suit. Deacon takes control of the suit and it goes all kinds of haywire, including activating a self-destruct system. Fortunately, Iris and Barry have worked on their issues enough this episode that Iris is able to tell Barry to throw lightning at himself to short circut the suit. He listens and does it and it works. Barry comes to and races in just in time to inject Deacon with Cisco’s vaccine, saving the car guy.

And now we wrap things up. Cisco and Gypsy go on their date and all is well. Deacon, who now is straight up going as Kilgore, goes to jail and it’s revealed that he did NOT get his powers from the particle accelerator. This can’t be good. Reinforcing that? The Thinker tells The Mechanic that it’s time to find the “others,” and reveal that the’ve been watching this whole time.

Until next week!

What did you think about last night’s episode? Let us know in the comments!

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