The Loop (TV)
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- "Okay, so, Jay, how exactly do you know all of this?"
- "Where I came from, I was a speedster like you. They called me The Flash."
- —Barry Allen and Jay Garrick
|Jay Garrick, a mysterious man from Earth-2, appears at S.T.A.R. Labs with a dire warning about an evil speedster named Zoom, who is set on destroying The Flash. Barry and the team must decide if they can trust this stranger even as they face yet another powerful meta-human. Meanwhile, Joe must deal with a determined officer named Patty Spivot who wants to join his meta-human task force.|
- Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash
- Candice Patton as Iris West
- Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlin Snow
- Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
- Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Special guest star
- Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick/The Flash
- Kett Turton as Eddie Slick and Eddie Slick/Sand Demon
- Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot
- Vanessa Williams as Francine West
- The episode is named after the iconic story of the same name published in September 1961, featuring the first crossover between the Barry Allen and Jay Garrick iterations of The Flash.
- Joe contacts his colleague, "Jimmy", to corroborate Eddie Slick's alibi that he was in Blackgate Penitentiary at the time of the particle accelerator explosion. Given that Blackgate is traditionally located in Gotham City, one would assume "Jimmy" is a reference to Commissioner James Gordon of the Batman mythos.
- Blackgate Penitentiary in Gotham City would appear 4 years later in .
- Stein suggests that on Earth-2, Joe West's doppelgänger might be a Nobel Prize-winning physicist like his comic counterpart, Ira West, Iris' adoptive father.
- It was later revealed in "" that Earth-2 Joe West was in fact a musician.
- Cisco says there are 52 dimensional breaches, likely a reference to the 52 parallel Earths in DC Comics, which are part of the New 52 continuity.
- A fire truck appears in this episode with the number 52 on the side, another reference to the New 52.
- Cisco and Caitlin watch the TV where Oliver Queen broadcasts his new identity as the Green Arrow to Star City, which took place at the end of "".
- The Woodrue greenhouse facility where Patty is held captive could be a reference to Dr. Jason Woodrue, a botanist in the DC comics who is responsible for the creation of Poison Ivy and later becomes the supervillain Floronic Man.
- As a detective, Joe would not have the authority to promote Patty, a fellow police officer. This must be accomplished by a chief or captain (and possibly not without achievement of a specific goal by the officer in question, depending on the police force and its rules).
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