"I would never hurt Grace."
"Then you'd let her grow up in a world of fear. Where there's someone out there hurting people like her. The cure, it will heal Grace and you.
"And why should I believe you, Flash?"
"Because I'm a father, too. My daughter, I love her more than I ever thought possible. I would do anything to make the world a better place for her. I think you would, too. So do it.
Orlin Dwyer and The Flash
"Failure is an Orphan" is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of The Flash, and the one-hundred-eighth episode overall. It aired on March 12, 2019.


With the meta-human cure ready to use, Barry and Team Flash must figure out a way to subdue Cicada long enough to take it. Killer Frost steps in to help with the plan. Meanwhile, Joe eases back into work, and Nora isn't happy about the way her dad plans to stop Cicada.[src]


  • In this episode, it is confirmed that the Cicada who resurfaces in the future is actually Grace Gibbons, rather than Orlin Dwyer.
    • In "Memorabilia"​​, an adult version of Grace dressed as Cicada appeared in Grace's mind, hinting that she would take up the mantle.
  • Eobard Thawne mentions Anthro, the first boy on Earth and Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth. Both of these characters are from the comics and appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Nora mentions Element X when asking about any new meta-human targets for Cicada.
  • The title is a reference to the phrase "Success has many fathers while failure is an orphan" which means everyone wants credit for good outcomes but avoids the blame for negatives. It is likely in reference to Grace a neglected orphan whose future self turns bitter as a result and becomes the big bad in this episode.


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