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For the eponymous character, see Nora West-Allen.
For other uses of the name "Nora", see Nora (disambiguation).
"My name is Nora West-Allen, and I'm the fastest woman alive. When I was a child, my father disappeared in something impossible. Then I grew up and became the impossible. Now I'm trying to live up to the legacy he created so that one day, I'll stop him from ever disappearing. I'm XS. How schway is that?"
Nora West-Allen
"Nora" is the first episode of the fifth season of The Flash, and the ninety-third episode overall. It aired on October 9, 2018.

Synopsis

After an unexpected guest from the future, Nora West-Allen, appears at their home, Barry and Iris must figure out how to get her back to the future without disrupting the timeline, even more than she already has. Team Flash must work together to send Nora back, while simultaneously fighting off another villainous meta.[1]

Trivia

  • Daniel Cudmore previously played Jackhammer in the Arrow episode "Code of Silence" in addition to providing the motion capture for Grodd in the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "Welcome to the Jungle".
  • Barry suggests that Nora could "Marty McFly herself out of existence", referring to the protagonist of the 1985 film Back to the Future, who accidentally interferes with his parents' first meeting whilst traveling back in time, nearly erasing himself from existence.
  • While describing the existence of the Multiverse, Ralph makes mention of an Earth without "that last Indiana Jones movie", referencing the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was panned by audiences.
  • Cisco calls Nora "Billy Pilgrim", telling her that she is no longer "unstuck in time", both references to the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • This episode features many references to older episodes:
    • Ralph mentions the possibility of Barry creating a timeline where the former died in the particle accelerator explosion. Before Barry created and undid Flashpoint, Ralph did die in the particle accelerator explosion, as mentioned in the first season episode "Power Outage".
    • Barry teaches Nora to phase, closely quoting what "Harrison Wells" had said to him when teaching Barry to phase in "Tricksters".
      • When Barry taught Nora how to phase, a clip of Thawne (as Harrison Wells) teaching Barry how to do the same in the aforementioned episode was shown.
    • Iris mentioned the time Barry traveled back in time and recruited Leonard Snart for help in "Infantino Street".
    • Ralph mentions the possibility of a world where everyone is evil. This occurred through the events of Crisis on Earth-X. Earth-2, as seen in "Welcome to Earth-2" and hinted in "Worlds Finest", also fits this description.
    • Iris mentioned the time Barry traveled back to 2015 to get help from Eobard Thawne in "Flash Back".
    • Ralph mentioned how Eddie killed himself in "Fast Enough".
    • Wally and Nora mention how Wally fought the ghost of Elvis Presley's brother and how he met the actual Elvis Presley in the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "Amazing Grace"​.
    • Nora mentions the time Barry ran on water to fight King Shark in "King Shark".
    • The picture Nora was looking at of Team Flash was taken by Barry in "The Sound and the Fury".
    • Iris mentions the time Barry tried to save her from getting killed by Savitar, which happened throughout the second half of Season 3.
    • Barry states, "Nora shouldn't be here", which is one of the quotes he said after coming out of the Speed Force in "The Flash Reborn".
    • Nora mentions the time Barry used the tachyon prototype and accidentally traveled to Earth-38, where he met Supergirl for the first time in "Versus Zoom" (the meeting itself was shown in Supergirl's "Worlds Finest").
    • At one point, Iris tells Barry that "[Nora's] not worried about the science, she's worried about the scientist". This is a subtle reference to Barry making his official Arrowverse debut in the Arrow season 2 episode "The Scientist".
    • Nora's monologues at the beginning and the end of the episode are similar to the monologue given by Barry during the introduction to episodes in the first season.
      • Barry's Season 1 monologue:
        • "My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive. When I was a child, I saw my mother killed by something impossible. My father went to prison for her murder. Then an accident made me the impossible. To the outside world, I'm an ordinary forensic scientist. But secretly, I use my speed to fight crime and find others like me. And one day, I'll find who killed my mother and get justice for my father. I am The Flash."
      • Nora's monologues:
        • At the beginning of the episode:
          • "My name is Nora West-Allen and I'm the fastest woman alive. When I'm from, 30 years from now, I'm the guardian of Central City. I'm a speedster; just like my dad. People call me 'XS'. Every day I hope to live up to the legacy of The Flash. But I've still got a long way to go."
        • At the end of the episode:
          • "My name is Nora West-Allen and I am the fastest woman alive. When I was a child, my father disappeared in something impossible. Then, I grew up and became the impossible. Now I'm trying to live up to the legacy he created, so that one day, I'll stop him from ever disappearing. I'm XS. How schway is that?"

Goofs

  • After Barry puts on the Flash ring, a close-up is seen of the ring on his hand, and it's shown that he's wearing it on his middle finger. When the camera angle changes and the suit comes out of the ring, Barry is wearing it on his ring finger.
  • Iris mentions that Barry ran to 2020 to learn Savitar's identity, but Barry ran to 2024 to do this.[2]

References

  1. Flash Season Premiere Description: “Nora” - FlashTVNews
  2. "The Once and Future Flash"