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"Holy crap, I've made out with the Flash!"
—Linda Park to Barry Allen after he revealed he is the Flash.[src]


Linda Park is a sports journalist for Central City Picture News, and former news reporter for KSFZ Channel 8. She is also the ex-girlfriend/friend of Barry Allen and a good friend/coworker of Iris West. As part of a failed plan to capture "Zoom", Linda briefly masqueraded as Dr. Light, her Earth Two counterpart.

Biography

Working for KSFZ Channel 8

Linda was reporting live from S.T.A.R. Labs right before they were going to turn their particle accelerator on. As they turned it on and it became unstable, she continued to report.[1]

Dating Barry Allen

After Barry Allen and an intoxicated Caitlin Snow sang "Summer Lovin'" at a bar, Linda approached Barry and complimented his singing. She then gave him her number and told him he could do whatever he wished with it. A couple days later, she was picked up by Barry from the Central City Picture News headquarters for a lunch date. Linda introduced herself to Iris West, CCPN's newest reporter, before she and Barry left.[2]

Afterwards, Linda and Barry went on another date for spicy tacos. Barry had little tolerance for them and admitted Linda to be "the spice champion of Central City." On their third date, Linda cancelled Barry's plans to go out in favor of simply making out with him in his living room. Before they could go further, Barry briefly vibrated due to his increased heartbeat. Enjoying the feeling, Linda asked him to repeat it. Just then, Barry was called away and cut their encounter short. Linda believed he still harbored feelings for Iris and decided to end things. However, Barry to proved his dedication to her by threatening to eat a ghost pepper (referencing to their second date) if she didn't agree to go on another date with him. Endeared and impressed, Linda agreed, declaring Barry to be "[her] spice champion of Central City."[3]

Barry eventually decides to break up with Linda after he finds out that Iris loves him (though his relationship didn't kick off due to his time travel).

Meeting her Earth Two counterpart

After Iris made the front page with her story on a duo of corrupt real estate agents, Linda came to congratulate her.[4] Later, she rejected Eric Larkin's request to interview a football player, as the latter abuses steroids and hit his wife.

Linda Park and Linda Park

Linda meets her Earth Two counterpart.

During one of her night shifts at CCPN, a super villain named Dr. Light attacks her workplace and everyone escapes except for her, Iris, and Eric. The villain tells Linda of her plan to kill her and take over her life. Eric tries to stop her but Dr. Light accidentally kills him in the process. Iris shoots off Dr. Light's mask revealing herself to look exactly like Linda, who escapes shortly after. Linda is shaken that someone who looks like her wanted to kill her and murdered her boss, but is thankful for Iris' intervention. She is taken into police custody by Patty Spivot until the Flash captures her villainous counterpart.[5]

After Dr. Light escaped from the The Pipeline by hijacking the security systems, Barry devised a plan to have Linda pose as Dr. Light and pretend to kill The Flash in an effort to trick Zoom into emerging from the breach where he could be captured by the team. Donning Dr. Light's suit, helmet and gloves created by Cisco Ramon to simulate Light's powers, she was trained to practice her accuracy by shooting cardboard cutouts of The Flash. Having doubts about her abilities to pull off the plan, Barry visited her and motivated her that she could do it and that he believed in her, before removing his mask and revealing himself as The Flash, leaving her stunned. Flash and "Dr. Light" managed to successfully pull off acting like Light and removed Barry's emblem, throwing it through the breach. Zoom, onto their plan, failed to show up and later captured Linda at Central City Picture News and took her to the roof of S.T.A.R. Labs, where he tossed her off but she was saved when Barry rotated his arms to create wind tunnels and slow her fall and she was told to run. To protect herself from Zoom and Dr. Light, Linda relocated to Coast City to stay with some friends of hers for the time being.[6]

Whether Linda returned to Central City following Zoom's defeat remains unknown.

Personality

Linda is shown to be outgoing. She is also very fast in relationships and dating as she was already making out with Barry on their second date when Barry had made plans for them to go out. Linda is also shown to be very emotionally mature and understanding, accepting that Barry's romantic feelings are still towards Iris and ultimately she had a very civil and friendly break-up with him. She is also now good friends with Iris and has been shown to highly respect her as a writer. She is also shown to be very brave as she agreed to The Flash's plan for her to masquerade as her Earth Two counterpart to draw out Zoom, despite the risk.

Appearances

Arrow

Season 2

Season 5

The Flash


Trivia

  • Linda loves spicy food.[3]
  • Cooking helps Linda to relax when she is stressed.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Linda Park is the girlfriend and later wife of Wally West, the third Flash.
  • Linda Park was originally simply an Easter egg in the Arrow episode, "Three Ghosts". Played by Olivia Cheng, she was seen on Barry Allen's Central City Police Department laboratory television, reporting on the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator disaster. Since that scene was crucial to the plot of "Pilot", Cheng's Arrow scenes were reprised in that initial episode of The Flash and then again in an Arrow season 5 episode as part of a flashback. Technically then, Cheng never filmed scenes specifically for The Flash. As the first season of The Flash progressed, the producers decided to bring back the character as the fourth leg of the "love rectangle" also involving Barry, Iris and Eddie. This time, the character wasn't a television reporter, but instead a print sports reporter. According to actor Malese Jow in a February 2015 interview, the casting and character change was something "we don't really clarify". And because Cheng was really "the Arrow Park", Jow correctly implied that her version of the character was "The Flash Park".[7]
    • Furthermore, in the appearance of Linda Park in 2017's Arrow episode "Second Chances" she was once again played by Olivia Cheng, despite the recast.

References

  1. "Three Ghosts"
  2. "Crazy for You"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Nuclear Man"
  4. "Family of Rogues"
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Darkness and the Light"
  6. "Enter Zoom"
  7. "Barry Allen, Meet Linda Park! 'The Flash' Star on Their Intriguing New Romance" - Entertainment Tonight