"Maybe the accelerator explosion created a meta-gorilla."
Cisco Ramon surprised at Grodd's existence
"Grodd Lives" is the twenty-first episode of the first season of The Flash, and the twenty-first episode overall. It aired on May 5, 2015.


Barry must deal with the Reverse-Flash's latest threat to a member of the group. To make matters worse, Dr. Wells unleashes Grodd on the city in order to distract Barry and the team. Joe, Barry and Cisco head down into the sewers to catch Grodd, but the gorilla quickly gets the upper hand after he kidnaps Joe. Iris and Barry have a heart-to-heart talk.[src]



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Guest starring



Preparation began February 25, 2015 and ran until March 5, 2015. Shooting began March 6 and ran until March 18, 2015.[1]




  • This episode is the payoff for the brief glimpse of Grodd's destroyed cage back in "Pilot"​.
  • Grodd's hatred for bananas is a carry-over from the Justice League animated series.
  • Wade Eiling's golden helmet is likely a reference to the one worn by Grodd in the comics.
  • While questioning Joe, Cisco asks if Grodd likes King Kong and if he's similar to the apes from Planet of the Apes, referencing two ape-related media.
  • This episode shows the first instance of Joe nicknaming a villain.
  • This episode was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Special Effect.
  • During the episode, Cisco references C.H.U.D. and R.O.U.S. in relation to going down into the sewers. When Team Flash doesn't understand, he muses if any of them actually watch films. The acronyms refer to Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers and Rodents Of Unusual Size, respectively.
  • Grodd is seen climbing a building, which happens to be the same building used as the Watchtower in Smallville.


  1. Andrew Kresiberg (@AJKreisberg) - Twitter
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