The Loop (TV)
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- "The lesson I have prepped for today is much more simple. Life 101: there are no happy endings."
- —Clifford DeVoe to Barry Allen
|Amunet kidnaps Caitlin and puts meta-dampener handcuffs on her to keep her from turning into Killer Frost. Amunet tells Caitlin she needs her to perform a tricky medical task and if Caitlin fails, Amunet will kill her. Meanwhile, The Thinker traps The Flash in a speedster-proof prison. With the clock ticking, The Team doesn't have the time or resources to track both Caitlin and Barry so Iris is forced to choose who to save.|
- Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash
- Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen
- Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
- Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe
- Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe/Thinker
- Tom Cavanagh as Harrison "Harry" Wells
- Jesse L. Martin as Det Joe West
Special Guest Star
- Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny
- Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
- Kim Engelbrecht as Marlize DeVoe
- Kendrick Sampson as Dominic Lance/Brainstorm and Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker
- Jessica Camacho as Gypsy
- Derek Schnobb as Passerby
- The title is a reference to Barry's final line as the CCPD show up to arrest him.
- Cisco likens Harry to Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch. In reply, Harry claims that "you're a mean one, I wouldn't touch you with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole", quoting the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the 1966 TV special Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
- When Amunet prevents Caitlin from transforming into Killer Frost, she quips that "Frosty melted away", referencing the 1969 TV special Frosty the Snowman in which the protagonist is in danger of melting.
- Cisco calls Amunet an "evil Mary Poppins", referencing her English accent.
- The Flash suit is revealed to have kept the life-raft function that Cisco installed earlier and showed off in "".
- When DeVoe (disguised as Dominic Lanse) goes to describe the West house, Cisco suggests "bitchin'", a callback to the season premiere, "", in which a decoded message from a discombobulated Barry reads "This house is bitchin'".
- DeVoe gains the ability of telepathy through his transferring his mind and consciousness into the body of Dominic. In the DC comics, Clifford DeVoe originally the ability of telepathy, although Barry Allen is immune to telepathy.
- The Thinker tells the Flash, "You should learn to lose every once in a while, Bar. A little humility will prepare you for what lies ahead." These are actually the Thinker's last dying words to Jay Garrick, the original Flash in the comics.
- It is revealed that DeVoe's birthday is on Christmas.
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