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"Piece of advice: stop trying to beat Savitar at his own game. Your goodness is your strength. Call me sentimental. Think the Flash should remain a hero."
Leonard Snart to Barry Allen

"Infantino Street" is the twenty-second episode of the third season of The Flash, and the sixty-eighth episode overall. It aired on May 16, 2017.

Synopsis

With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris, Barry struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, the Flash turns to Captain Cold for help.[src]

Plot

The scene begins with a melodic montage showing all the different individuals of Team Flash looking at the time left before Savitar kills Iris. HR and Tracy Brand are proceeding to take a shot at an answer, Cisco gets a text from Felicity Smoak saying she hasn't found an answer yet, and Joe and Wally hug.

Iris starts recording a video in bed to Barry before it cuts off and we see the title card. Later, Barry and Cisco meet up with Lyla Michaels outside of the ARGUS base camp. She confirms that they have a piece of Dominators tech, which they obtained during the events of Invasion!

Lyla refuses to give Barry and Cisco the tech, saying that she can't trust Barry with it. She says they'll have to find something else to power the Speed Force Bazooka.

Back at STAR Labs, Barry tells the remainder of the team that he needs to break into ARGUS. Cisco points out that ARGUS has meta-dampeners everywhere in the base, so they don't have the option to phase through and grab the tech. Barry eventually decides to get someone familiar with thievery: Captain Cold.

Barry makes a trip back to 1892 Siberia, where Leonard Snart is, and ask for his help. Captain Cold reluctantly agrees, and Barry takes him back to STAR Labs. There, they begin planning how to break into ARGUS.

Killer Frost approaches Savitar, questioning his motives for killing Iris when he still has memories of them growing up together. He says that those are not his memories, they're Barry's, and challenges Killer Frost, asking if she is having second thoughts. She assures him she is not, and confirms that she is ready to carry out the next part of his plan. Savitar then abruptly receives new memories of Barry's visit to 1892 Siberia, and realize that they intend to steal the Dominator tech from ARGUS. He is not worried about this, however, and says that they can take the tech.

Captain Cold analyzes the map of ARGUS and suggests that it is being held in the most secure location in ARGUS, which is the lowest floor of the building. Meanwhile, Barry tells Joe to take Iris to a location undisclosed on him, because if he doesn't know where she is, neither will Savitar, and that could keep her safe.

On Earth-2, Harry Wells is working on something as Joe, Iris, and Wally come through the portal.

Lyla Michaels approaches the front of ARGUS, to two security officers' surprise, as she was supposed to be headed off to San Francisco. She answers that things changed as the Flash gave her a present, Captain Cold. She requests that she personally escort him to lock-up. The two security guards tell her that she must go through identification first. She agrees, successfully scanning her card and passing the retinal scan. She then moves toward the door, but one of the men stop her.

"Elvis, banana," he says.

Back at STAR Labs, Cisco and H.R. exchange bewildered glances. They are unsure what it means.

Unable to answer the security, Lyla knocks the men unconscious. She then pulls out a pen-like thing and presses a button. It's revealed that Barry used H.R.'s transmogrifier and made him look like Lyla.

On Earth-2, Joe and Iris start trading secrets they've kept from one another. Iris says that when she was sixteen, she used to sneak out of bed after curfew and had Barry cover for her. Joe shares that he spent a portion of the money he claimed to be saving for Barry and Iris' college tuition on a Blues' Cruise.

Barry and Snart stroll down a corridor and hear snarling and growling behind the heavily-fortified doors. They read some of the names next to the doors: Grodd, Cheetah, and Cupid. Barry surmises that the latter two were part of Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad.

They find where the Dominator tech is being kept and despite the fact that it's ensured by an entryway and lock worth over $10 million, Snart manages to pick the lock in 37 seconds. The two begin opening the door to the vault when King Shark appears on the other side.

Barry asks Snart to give him the weapon in order to kill King Shark. He doesn't believe that there is any other way to get the Dominator tech, and acknowledges he will stop at nothing to save Iris' life. Snart points out that King Shark's shark side is a great white shark. The are warm-blooded mammals and cannot withstand temperatures lower than around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. All they have to do is lower the temperature of the room past 75F, and then King Shark will fall asleep. Barry agrees, and Snart rolls a cold device through a crack in the doorway, which lowers the temperature significantly.

AT STAR Labs, HR and Tracy share a short second where HR requests that her work with him. She acknowledges and the two hug and kiss.

Barry and Snart get King Shark to nod off and the two go into the room where the Dominator tech is being kept. Barry pulls the source out of its stand and an alarm begins to ring. The door begins to close. Barry manages to slide under the door before it closes, but Snart isn't so lucky; he's trapped with an now-awake King Shark. Barry tells Cisco to hack the mainframe to free Snart.

Cisco successfully manages to get the door open, to which Snart slides through. However, King Shark manages to grab onto Snart's leg and tries to drag him back into the room. After a few seconds of back-and-forth, Cisco shuts the door on King Shark's arm, thereby freeing Snart from his grasp.

As they start leaving, Barry and Snart are caught by Lyla and some ARGUS agents. She says that she saw Snart get trapped and that Barry had a chance to escape, but he didn't. He risked getting caught and Iris' life just to save Snart. She then gives permission for Barry to use the Dominator tech to help save Iris' life, saying that she know he would do the same for John if he was in Barry's position.

A speedster hurries into STAR Labs and asks where Iris is being kept. H.R. reveals that she's being kept on Earth-2 with Harry Wells. The speedster then pivots to show his scarred face. It's not Barry. It's Savitar.

They hand-off to Harry on Earth-2 that Savitar is on his way and Harry, Joe, and Wally start to prepare for Savitar. After a fast battle — one in which Wally is seriously harmed — Savitar takes Iris and vibes through an entrance away from Joe and Barry, who was past the point of no return.

HR and Cisco are talking in STAR Labs and HR communicates how he feels after inadvertently disclosing to Savitar where Iris was. HR continues repeating that it's all his shortcoming. Cisco surrenders him a siphon talk and starts leaving. As he approaches the lift, Cisco has a vibe wherein he battles Caitlin/Killer Frost. Barry convinces him to go to converse with Caitlin and preventing her from completely turning out to be Killer Frost.

The gathering goes to Infantino Street and starts preparing themselves for Savitar.

In the woods, Cisco approaches Killer Frost. He says he doesn't want to fight her; she agrees, and adds that she wants to kill him instead.

Back at Infantino Street, Savitar appears with Iris. He drops Iris and offers Barry an opportunity to get him. Barry uses the Speed Force Bazooka, and for a while, it looks like it's working. However, in a burst of light, Savitar breaks free of the Speed Force; Barry, in disbelief, watches as Savitar holds up the Philosopher's Stone, which prevented him from becoming trapped in the Speed Force. The events then unfold exactly how Barry saw them to, many months earlier.

Savitar pulls out his blade and as Barry races to him, we see the video Iris recorded in bed: wedding vows. Savitar stabs Iris and she falls into Barry's arms.

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Trivia

  • The name of the street "Infantino" likely comes from one of the two creators of the character Barry Allen, as well as the Rogues in the comics, Carmine Infantino.
  • The song playing at the beginning and at the end is "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" by Aurora.
  • Barry goes back in time and gets Leonard Snart in the year 1892 in Siberia while he was traveling with the Legends to hunt Vandal Savage.
    • Chronologically, the version of Snart that Barry recruits is from sometime after "Left Behind" but before "Destiny"; when they witnessed King Shark losing his hand, Snart mentioned he had a similar incident, likely referring to his kidnapping by Chronos, during which he was forced to freeze his hand off in order to escape.
  • When Siberia in 1892 was shown, a blue title card that said the time and the place appeared on the screen. Those title cards are mostly shown on DC's Legends of Tomorrow'.
  • On Earth-19, Mission: Impossible is known as Mission: Improbable.
  • Barry mentions he needs Snart for his "particular set of skills". This is a reference to the Liam Neeson movie Taken, which is apparently one of Snart's favorite movies.
  • Snart offers to put a good word in with his sister for Cisco, alluding to Cisco's past flirtations with Lisa Snart, aka the Golden Glider.
  • Snart mentioned that the last time he and Barry teamed up, it didn't go well for the latter, referring to the events of "Rogue Air".
    • Snart even makes the same joke, "always pleased to meet a fan", to an A.R.G.U.S. agent.
  • The A.R.G.U.S. guards mention the keywords "Elvis, Banana". This is a reference to rock and roll singer Elvis Presley, who was known for his love of peanut butter, banana, and sometimes bacon sandwiches.
    • When Team Flash realizes that the words the guard gives are a test of word association, Tracy give "peanut butter, bacon" as an example.
  • Barry and Snart discover A.R.G.U.S. cells containing Grodd, Cheetah, and Cupid. Barry mentions it must be where Amanda Waller kept her Suicide Squad members.
  • Snart mentions that he likes Shark Week, an annual, week-long TV programming block which features shark-based programming.
  • Snart mentions Jaws and how they couldn't afford to show the shark due to money issues.
  • This was the last episode of The Flash that Earth-2 appeared in the present chronologically, as it would be destroyed in "Starling City".
  • When parting ways with Barry, Snart says, "There are no strings on me." These would later be his last words when he sacrificed himself to destroy the Oculus in "Destiny".
    • Chronologically, this episode shows the final meeting between Barry and Snart before Snart's death. Barry is aware of this, as he was told of Snart's sacrifice by Ray Palmer in "Invasion!".
  • This is the second episode of the Arrowverse to feature Lyla Michaels without Oliver Queen, the other being "King Shark".
    • However, this is the first episode of the Arrowverse where Lyla appears without John Diggle. The third episode Lyla appeared without Oliver and second episode without Diggle would be "King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd".
  • This episode shares similarities to the Arrow episode "Missing", which aired the same week:
    • Barry turns to an old enemy for help to defeat the season's main villain, just as Oliver did when he turned to Slade Wilson for help in defeating Adrian Chase/Prometheus.
    • Barry and Oliver receiving help from old foes to break into A.R.G.U.S. facilities. Oliver had help from Malcolm Merlyn while Barry had help from Leonard Snart.
    • Both are the penultimate 22nd episodes of their respective season.
  • Most of this episode takes place on May 22, 2017, as the date when Iris was killed by Savitar has been mentioned several times to be May 23, 2017.
  • Cisco receives a text message from Felicity Smoak stating she couldn't find anything to help stop Savitar. Since this episode takes place on May 22, 2017, this indicates that Felicity survived the aftermath of the Arrow Season 5 finale, "Lian Yu", since that episode takes place on May 17, 2017.

Goofs

  • In previous episodes in which the future was shown, the newswoman reports the closing of the highly publicized trial of Jared Morillo shortly prior to Barry pleading Savitar to spare Iris's life. However, in the current (yet similar) timeline, the newswoman reports the trial before the battle between Barry and Savitar even begins.
    • It's possible that this news report repeated a second time, or the future has been altered.
  • Additionally, many events that have been reported in "Borrowing Problems from the Future" (such as Joe being honored at City Hall) have not been seen.
    • However, these events may have taken place off-screen or, yet again, the future has changed.
  • In this episode, Snart changes his attire to a navy blue leather jacket, which was first seen in "Blood Ties". However, he mentioned the events of "Left Behind" which is 6 episodes later.
  • Snart says that Great White sharks are very susceptible to cold due to their warm-blooded nature. However, the defining trait of a warm-blooded animal is its ability to keep a constant body temperature, and it's actually cold-blooded animals that tend to become sluggish in low temperatures. Therefore, Snart's plan to cool down the room where King Shark is probably would not work.
  • Snart tells Barry that the reason the shark in Jaws is not seen very much is because they couldn't make it look good, but reality, it was because because the shark (known as "Bruce") experienced several mechanical problems, forcing the filmmakers to use it less than originally intended.

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