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"My name Is Iris West-Allen, and I once met a young man - a superhero - who I called the Streak. The world has come to know him as the Fastest Man Alive, the Scarlet Speedster. The Flash. But no matter what title you choose for him, he'll always be remembered as the protector of our amazing city and it's citizens, as a beacon of hope for us all, and as the man who sacrificed himself again and again so we could live. Today we say goodbye to him. Today we say goodbye to him, not because he was taken but because he gave himself willingly. And in the end, that's what makes him deserving of the greatest title of all: Hero."
Iris West-Allen on the Flash's death

"The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 1" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of The Flash, and the one-hundred-twenty-first episode overall. It aired on November 26, 2019. It acts as the first half of a two-part episode. This episode is also the seventh in a subset of the sixth season episodes the writers dubbed as "Blood and Truth."

Synopsis

As Barry Allen stands on the threshold of his impending death in Crisis, his convictions are tested when the monstrous Dr. Ramsey Rosso infects the Flash with a mysterious, hallucinogenic contagion. Meanwhile, reporter Iris West-Allen uncovers a vast conspiracy.[src]

Plot

Ralph and Ramsey continue to battle one another in an alley. Ramsey contaminates him with his Bloodwork vitality, yet then rapidly removes it. Team Flash hysterically attempt to restore Ralph, and at last prevail after Killer Frost turns around into Caitlin, utilizes her clinical information. Caitlin advises Barry to donate Ralph a blood transfusion as a last resort, and it seems to work.

Barry begins to become overwhelmed over how Team Flash will continue operating after he vanishes in Crisis. He returns home to take a breather. He senses something is wrong and turns behind him only to discover Ramsey there - or, extremely, a projection of him. Ramsey uncovers that he knows Barry is The Flash and points out that it is due to the lightning bolt he was stuck with. Ramsey at that point questions as to whether he assumes a role in the coming Crisis, yet Barry says he isn't included. Ramsey then makes Barry daydream that red skies of antimatter are outside his window, however then he awakens.

While at CCPN, Allegra discovers Iris' layout for an article about The Flash's Vanishing. Iris and Kamila comes in and work out an arrangement to keep an eye on the person who transformed Esperanza into a meta-human. They defy the man wearing the winding pin, and extort him into giving data. He asserts that he works for an organization called Maelstrom, which conveys valuable products for the rich and popular. Iris will not accept his story and thinks they should do more digging.

Barry heads to to STAR Labs to make sure nothing was seriously wrong with him. He discloses to Frost that the vision of Ramsey felt genuine although Frost believes it was just a nightmare. Barry returns home and grows anxious in which leads him to investigate the whole condo, yet discovers nothing. He goes to fill himself a glass of water only to obtain a dizzy spill in which he at that point sees a dream of his mother - or extremely, the Speed Force. She clarifies that the blood transfusion tainted Barry with Ramsey's very quintessence, which he is utilizing to twist Barry to his will.

Allegra reveals to Iris that she knows Barry's the Flash and that Nash Wells had told her this fact. She gets on Iris about the article, which Iris states it wasn't time to write it yet while Allegra encourages her to find the time to do it or she'll end up regretting it. .

Barry then observes a dream of his companions having a supper prepared by Ramsey, which is contaminated with his blood. Ramsey keeps on insulting Barry with his dreams. Ramsey takes Barry through a yard of graves all indicating the names of those who died under Barry's watch. Another mirage includes one of an infant Nora, who Barry isn't able to hold. Ramsey says that Barry is the person who is rejuvenating these dreams, as he sees Ralph, Joe, Iris, and Thawne provoking him. Ramsey reveals to Barry that with his backbone, he'd can endure the Crisis - and rejuvenate anybody in Central City back. Barry then observes a dream of himself with Iris and infant Nora. Barry then awakens in his youth bed, as the Speed Force reveals to him that time is running out.

The person Iris and Allegra addressed is killed hours after the fact. Allegra gets the winding pin, which she says has enormous measures of UV vitality off of it.

Barry uncovers that he's questioning the call of the Speed Force in light of his family and his life. The Speed Force discloses to him that that uncertainty is alright, yet that continuing on is the thing that makes him The Flash. The Speed Force at that point uncovers that everything Ramsey indicated Barry was valid - yet that he despite everything shouldn't follow Ramsey's way. Due to these disclosements Barry becomes upset and the infection at that point starts to take over his body. Frost and Cisco are informed of his faltering vitals. They use an extrapolator to get into Barry's apartment only to find him laying unconscious, Frost takes note of his rising fever and Cisco questions why he isn't speed-healing. Frost realizes Ramsey's infection is taking ahold of Barry.

Frost and Cisco take him to STAR Labs, yet at first battle to restore him due to his rapidly increasing fever. Frost out of panic of not knowing what to do has a panic attack, while Barry keeps on arguing with the Speed Force, and contend that his capacities do not merit losing all that he cherishes. Barry contends that the Speed Force is the one controlling him. The Speed Force claims that they've wanted and done nothing more but try to help Barry through his journey as the Flash that he chose to peruse but Barry claps back claiming he never chose to be Flash and the life he's living was done to him. Out of frustration Barry proceeds to drive his vibrating hand through its projection of Nora claiming it was their fault he had to bury his Mother. In reality, Cisco finds a vial of Velocity-X, and infuses Barry with it. The Speed Force reveals to Barry the tolerating Ramsey's blood will cause him to lose his spirit. Both Ramsey and the Speed Force battle for control, similarly as Barry awakens in reality.

Barry enlightens Cisco and Frost concerning being caught inside his own brain, and chooses to spend the last hours before Crisis finding and halting Ramsey. Frost and Caitlin have a discussion, where they concur that Caitlin needs to take the front seat during Crisis.

Iris proceeds to finish her forbidden Article and tears up as she does so. She receives a message and scrambles to head to the Laboratories. Iris shows up at STAR Labs and talks with Barry - and rapidly goes to the acknowledgment that it isn't him. Team Flash go up against him and find that he's unquestionably been controlled by Bloodwork. Barry assaults them, hurrying ceaselessly and meeting up with Ramsey.

Nash Wells gets ready to decimate the obstruction to the Monitor's lair, and finds a progression of images carved into the divider.

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Trivia

  • This episode is the first time Ramsey is called "Bloodwork".
  • The title this episode and the one after it are likely a reference to the 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ.
  • This episode can be compared to the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "Egg MacGuffin" in that in both episodes, an antagonist possesses a major male lead while he is saving a teammate. In the latter, Ray Palmer allows himself to be possessed by Neron in order to stop him from killing Nate Heywood, while in this episode, Ramsey infects Barry while he is donating blood to Ralph.
  • Iris starts to write the article that covers the Flash's disappearance in a Crisis first seen in "Pilot".
    • As of this scene, Iris is the show's third character to have a "My name is" monologue after Barry and Nora West-Allen. It is also the second monologue to not be at the beginning of an episode after Nora's which was at the end of the Season 5 premiere "Nora".
    • In a deleted scene, Joe West and Iris cry together as Iris realizes that she is writing her husband's obituary and how much she will miss the little things he does to show his love for her, like leaving love notes in her office.[1]
  • This is the second episode to show Barry realizing the similarities between himself and Eobard Thawne by flashing back to a moment from a previous episode. The first time this happened was in "Nora", in which Barry flashed back to Eobard's phasing monologue from "Tricksters" when he was giving this same monologue to his daughter, Nora. In this episode, Barry flashes back to the moment his mother was murdered as he uses a similar attack on the Speed Force, which is taking the form of his mother.
  • When Barry is infected by Ramsey, his appearance and lightning color are based on that of the Negative Flash from the comics, wherein Barry in the comics was similarly infected but rather by Eobard Thawne with the Negative Speed Force.
  • When the Speed Force attempts to pull Barry away from Ramsey just before he wakes up, its lightning is yellow and white, similar to how Nora West-Allen's was yellow and purple.
  • Both Barry and Allegra mention that there are 2 days until Crisis, implying that this episode takes place on December 8, 2019. This also may be a reference to the fact that this episode is 2 episodes before Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • This is the first episode of The Flash that is not a part of a crossover to end with "To Be Continued".
  • This is the second official first half of a two-part episode in an Arrowverse series after the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "Pilot, Part 1".
  • Throughout his argument with the Speed Force, Barry admitted to having mixed feelings about his powers throughout the years as being The Flash stating he never "chose this" life.
  • At one point in his coma, Barry finds himself walking among the gravestones of everyone he failed to save and stops before his own grave. This is a reference to when Ebenezer Scrooge is shown his future by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come in the novella A Christmas Carol.

Goofs

  • As Caitlin tries to find a way to stabilize Ralph in his condition, she states that Barry should be able to provide a transfusion to Ralph since his blood type is O- making him a universal donor, however in the episode "The Nuclear Man", Cisco tests blood that was left splattered on the wall at the Allen house and shares with Joe there were two samples of blood found, one that was AB- and the other that was A+ and one of the two belonged to Barry, Therefore it should be impossible for Barry to be blood type O- as stated by Caitlin.
    • This change could be a result of Flashpoint in-universe terms, but it most likely was a mistake made by the writers.
  • When Cisco asks Frost to use her powers to ease Barry's rising fever, she constricts stating it must be treated medically however given Barry has a rapid metabolism and isn't able to absorb antibiotics this method of treatment would've not worked and it didn't, but Frost most likely did not know beforehand antibiotics didn't work on him since Caitlin is the one who generally takes over.

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References

  1. The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season