- "I'm never gonna know what it was like for you to go through all this. But I know what it's like to lose a mom, and to blame yourself for it, even when it's not your fault. Makes you want to take that pain and bury it under a mask, away from the people you love. But masks don't heal woulds. They only hide them. Facing those wounds can be scary as hell, but it's the only way to start healing."
- —Barry Allen to Cecile Horton
"Masquerade" is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season of , and the one-hundred-forty-sixth episode overall. It aired on June 15, 2021.
|Cecile is forced to confront her past in order to break free from a psychic prison. Meanwhile, Chester takes over for Cisco but makes a mistake that puts Barry in serious danger. Joe investigates Kristen Kramer's old military ties and discovers an unsettling truth.|
The scene opens at the West house. Joe is investigating Kristen Kramer's experience however continues to run into redacted records. Cecile can offer him a lead as one of her customers evidently presented with her in the military however her document has no record of that help. As Joe leaves, Cecile's eyes go white and we slice to another Cecile caught in a cell in a psychological well-being office.
At S.T.A.R. Labs, Chester is making the lab his however he is still beautiful uncertain about the change and assuming control over Cisco's part with the group. When something he's set up fizzles, he goes to the files to get it and runs into Barry and Iris in a compromising position. Barry goes to meet with Cecile at her office and keeping in mind that there Barry abruptly begins to feel abnormal. Turns out it's not actually Cecile. Whoever it is, traps Barry in a mindscape with apparently the genuine Cecile - in what resembled the psychological organization before.
At S.T.A.R. Labs, they understand that if Barry doesn't emerge from his unconsciousness soon he will not at any point come out and Chester recommends Cecile utilize her forces to check whether somebody is in there with him. She before long says she sees something shining gold like a cover. Chester goes to the lowlife cover and pulls the card for Psycho Pirate and Cecile affirms that is the thing that she saw. Turns out the cover is going in plain view at a gallery in Central City. Chester clarifies that the cover takes care of off the psyche of its host and they devise an approach to save Barry yet they need the veil there. Cecile recommends that it's really awful they don't have the cover, bringing forth that the group should take the veil.
In the mindscape, Cecile uncovers that she's been stuck there since she was struck by lightning in the Force Storm. Barry finds he has no forces in the mindscape and he infers that they are in an old memory. Abruptly the entryway opens. Cecile alarms, yet they leave the room searching for a getaway. They attempt every one of the entryways however they are completely bolted. They turn a corner and discover a gateway out yet it evaporates and they experience another Cecile, this one insane and in a restraint. She whammies him.
Sue appears at assist with the cover heist. There's a confounded security convention set up and Chester recommends that Cecile could utilize her forces to get the safety officer to simply open the vault for them. Chester is persuaded she can do it and Cecile concurs. At the point when she leaves to go get an outfit, Sue recommends to Chester that the entire circumstance appears to be excessively simple, yet Chester demands the group has this.
Heist time. Sue utilizes some sweet expressive dance abilities to get past the security lasers so she can cripple them then Cecile drops in. She gets the safety officer to open the vault, Sue tranqs him, and afterward Cecile takes the veil. About that definite second everybody sorts out what's happening and that "Cecile" isn't actually Cecile, however it's past the point of no return. "Cecile" is presently completely Psycho Pirate.
At S.T.A.R. Labs, Sue is challenging for Chester for his slip-ups he made and Chester is thus hard on himself. Iris later discussions to him in his lab and he reveals to her that acted certain and daring regardless of whether he didn't have the foggiest idea what to do and he is battling to satisfy Cisco since he doesn't realize Team Flash well indeed. While they're talking, Chester acknowledges where Psycho Pirate-Cecile is going—the Thinker's chair.
In the mindscape, Barry awakens and faces Cecile about where they're caught. She uncovers that they are in a mental clinic outside of Houston where she was at one time a patient. She clarifies that during her first year of graduate school she found a new line of work interning for the DA and her mother became ill, yet her mother urged all her working. Cecile was at court when she got the call that her mother had passed on. Cecile faulted herself for her mom kicking the bucket alone and it sent her into a dim winding of uneasiness and sorrow. She had a breakdown and wound up in the clinic. She was embarrassed and apprehensive so she recently imagined that it never occurred and has been living with the torment from that point onward. Barry gives her a motivational speech and they understand that on the off chance that she can stand up to her past, she can get them home.
Psycho Pirate-Cecile gets to the chair and plans to make a lasting security with Cecile. Iris appears and they participate in a fire battle Meanwhile, in the dreamscape, the Mask brings Barry down and reveals to Cecile she won't ever look at. Cecile faces the Mask, however the Mask counters, torturing Cecile with her mom's demise. In any case, Cecile says she's not, at this point embarrassed about that piece of herself and losses the Mask while in reality, Chester assaults the seat with a samurai sword. The Portal opens and Cecile and Barry escape.
The veil gets taken to ARGUS. Sue apologizes to Chester and chooses to stay close by in Central City for a piece as Ralph is as yet occupied. Cecile says thanks to Barry for his assistance and afterward returns home to converse with Joe. She enlightens him concerning her downturn and nervousness and Joe is steady. He then, at that point reveals to her that he discovered that Kramer never completed her last armed force mission as she drove them into a snare and was the one in particular who endure. Joe thinks she was working for the adversary.
- Grant Gustin as Barry Allen
- Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen
- Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlin Snow
- Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton/Psycho Pirate
- Kayla Compton (credit only)
- Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk
- Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
- Marcus Aurelio as Guard #1
- This is the first episode of the series to not credit Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) as a series regular.
- The title sequence does not include Cisco Ramon and has a white tint.
- The events of the episode takes place two weeks after "".
- Chester uses the word, 'Frak', which comes from Battlestar Galactica
- There are several references to popular movie franchises in this episode:
- One of H.I.V.E.'s crates (marked "G6:5") from season 4 can be seen amongst the Starchives' inventory in this episode.
- Sue Dearbon learned to dance at the DeMatteis Dance School, referencing J.M. DeMatteis, a prolific comic book writer whose stories focus on psychology.
- The replacement cable being on Shelf 52 is a reference to the New 52 line of comics.
- It's revealed that the supposed Sage Force lightning bolt that hit Cecile in "" was actually the Medusa Mask's spirit; allowing it to take control of her, creating a new Psycho Pirate.
- Chester decorates his new lab with large portraits of the late activist Martin Luther King and rapper Tupac Shakur.
- This episode aired on the eve of what would have been the late Shakur's 50th birthday.
- Danielle Nicolet revealed that she shot a scene in the episode after some coaching from Rachel Talalay, the director of the episode.
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