"You look so young. And I could kill you right now so easy. What I wouldn't have given? All those times before to have had you like this. So helpless. But fate, it's tricky, isn't it? I come here to destroy you. And then to get home, I have to be the one who creates you. But I will say, it's been an education. Watching you grow up all these years. Science fairs and soccer games. No hint, no sign, no trace of the man you will be one day for whom I have nothing but hate. And to be clear, nothing is forgiven. There will be a reckoning. I promise you, Barry Allen, that you will die."
Eobard Thawne speaking to a comatose Barry Allen

"The Trap" is the twentieth episode of the first season of The Flash, and the twentieth episode overall. It aired on April 28, 2015.


Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Joe set a trap for Wells. Cisco uses himself as prey which puts him in grave danger. Meanwhile, Eddie makes a decision regarding Iris, which leaves Joe a bit unsettled.[src]


The scene opens with Team Flash in The Reverse-Flash's time vault. They interface with Gideon, discovering that Wells returned time to kill Barry, killing Nora simply because he was baffled that youthful Barry escaped.

They additionally observe that the paper is loaded up with references to future occasions, including a byline by Iris West-Allen.

Almost got by Wells, they get away and persuade Gideon not to reveal to him that they were ever there...because Barry clearly designed Gideon. They likewise derive that Wells permitted the atom smasher to detonate in light of the fact that he needed Barry to turn into The Flash.

After they leave at super-speed Wells enters and Gideon discloses to him all is well.

At Jitters, Eddie discloses to Joe that he intends to propose to Iris, and requests his approval, which Joe will not give.

At home, Barry uncovers to the gathering that he time-traveled during his battle with the Weather Wizard. They make sense of that perhaps Cisco's fantasies are an indication of the substitute course of events. Barry says he has a horrible thought.

In flashback, we see specialists battling to spare an insensible Barry. Wells comes to Joe and offers to take Barry to S.T.A.R. Labs to spare him.

They choose to attempt to build up a route for Cisco to persuade Wells to admit to Nora's homicide.

They create clear dream goggles that will support Vibe. While they're dealing with a portion of the better focuses, Wells enters. They make up a tale about how it's everything for the open great, as opposed to for their particular occupation. He investigates it for them, giving them an approach to speak with the visionary from outside the fantasy.

Back at the police division, Captain Singh hollers at Barry for being behind on a cutoff time - yet then strays, diverted by wedding arranging. He advises Barry never to get hitched, and Barry pivots, chancing upon Iris. They have a short trade before Eddie pulls Barry aside and uncovers he intends to propose to Iris. Iris advises him to call her when they're accomplished for something business related. Eddie is vexed that Joe didn't give his approval and volunteers Barry to discover why.

Back at Joe's home, Cisco enters his fantasy and starts describing back to them what dream-Cisco is doing. He replays the truth from the disposed of the real world, up to when Wells executed him. They discover that his name is Eobard Thawne, and that Thawne didn't plan to murder Nora. At the point when Wells slaughters Cisco, he awakens shouting. As they finish it, Wells calls and asks Barry where they are.

There's a fire at the skyscraper where Capain Singh's life partner works. Barry surges over as The Flash, however is past the point where it is possible to forestall a blast. Inside an office where the sprinklers aren't working, Barry makes a vacuum by turning his arms at super speed, draining the freshen up of the space to execute the fire. In the city underneath, Singh and his life partner rejoin and Barry surges back to S.T.A.R. There, Wells is hanging tight for him.

Wells inquires as to why Barry was questioning himself, and reveals to Barry that he needs to escape his own particular manner. Before he leaves, Barry discloses to Wells that he was unable to have done any of this without him, and Wells says he feels a similar path about Barry.

At home, Barry reveals to Joe that they need to reproduce the situation from Cisco's fantasy so as to compel an admission from Wells. Joe reprimands himself for letting Wells take Barry from the clinic in any case, saying they should be a superior defender for Cisco.

At S.T.A.R., Cisco has turned around the power field to forestall a speedster from getting in instead of out, and the arrangement to drive an admission, record everything, and afterward Flash will move in. They send Eddie to protect Iris.

While Barry is conversing with Joe about Iris, she messages him to come see her. He races to her, and she gives him a document about the atom smasher blast. She has made sense of that it's what caused the metahumans. She says she thinks S.T.A.R. Labs thought about it and that it's the means by which The Flash got his forces. Barry says that he was influenced by the blast and doesn't have powers. He discloses to her that he'll peruse her document and discussion about it later, at that point leaves.

She streaks back to when he was in the trance like state, and was conversing with him, attempting to wake him up. She informs Barry concerning her relationship with Eddie firing up and beseeches him to wake up. She contacts his hand and gets a little stun.

At S.T.A.R., Caitlin sends Wells to the shelter to perceive what Cisco has realized. He wheels down to the space to go up against Cisco, removing his glasses outside, at that point standing up and strolling in as he did in the past the real world. They have a comparative discussion from previously, yet not exactly the equivalent. They do figure out how to get something along the lines of an admission, yet the power field doesn't keep Wells out of the organizing territory and he prepares himself to assault Cisco. Joe takes shots at Wells, and Barry stops two of three slugs, yet the third strikes and executes Wells. While Barry is grieving their opportunity to liberate his dad from jail, "Wells" transforms into Hannibal Bates, the shapeshifter from a week ago, and Wells brings in, boasting that he made sense of their snare.

Barry advises Wells to execute him on the off chance that he needs, yet admit to the police and get Henry out of prison. He guarantees Barry that they'll confront each other soon. Barry hurries to the time vault and sees that Wells has been watching them all over the place; he gets ready and races to discover Iris. She's on an extension, strolling with Eddie, who stops to propose to her. Joe calls yet Eddie asks her not to take it.

Before he can propose, Reverse Flash assaults, thumping Eddie aside and afterward planning to murder Iris. At the point when The Flash protects her, the Reverse Flash takes Eddie. Barry advises her to return home, and that he'll deal with everything. As he leaves, she makes sense of that it's him.

Turn around Flash uncovers reality with regards to his family ancestry to Thawne, disclosing to him that he's protection. In flashback, Wells looks out for Barry as he's in his extreme lethargies, mourning the way that he needs to make The Flash to return home. He tells sluggish Barry that nothing is pardoned and he guarantees that he will pass on.



Guest starring




Preparation ran from February 13 until February 23, 2015. Shooting ran from February 24 until March 6, 2015.[1]


  • Gideon reveals that at some point in the future, Barry created her and will get promoted to the director of the Central City Police Department's CSI division.
  • Gideon also mentions to Barry that he is "a founding member of ...", but is interrupted by the latter, who wants to know what she is. However, in a comic preview of the same scene, Gideon is interrupted after stating the word "justice".[2] This implies that Barry is a founding member of the Justice League or a future incarnation of the Justice Society.
  • Cisco calls Gideon "Hal", a reference to HAL 9000 from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Before entering his lucid dream, Cisco asks if it was like the 2010 film Inception or the 1984 film Dreamscape.
  • This was the last episode that Gideon appeared in the present chronologically until the Season 4 episode "Null and Annoyed".
  • When Cisco is discussing being protected from the Reverse-Flash in the preparation of the trap, he states that Wells is going "all Kali Ma" on him. This is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when Mola Ram tries to extract Indiana Jones' heart, similar to how the Reverse-Flash phased his hand through Cisco's heart.
  • This episode shares some similarities with "Things You Can't Outrun". While that episode had recurring flashbacks from different characters' perspectives telling the story of the night the particle accelerator exploded, this episode uses the same technique to show events that happened when Barry was in his coma.
  • In a deleted scene, Caitlin also flashes back to when Barry was in his coma and "Wells" told her he didn't want people to judge her based on the fact that she stayed at S.T.A.R. Labs after the particle accelerator explosion.[3]


  • In the future Central City Citizen newspaper, the present-day Star City is referred to by its old name, Starling City, a possible oversight by the producers.
    • This might also be somehow related to changes in the timeline and, perhaps due to a butterfly effect (caused by Thawne's time travel), the city had its name changed back to Starling City.
  • The author of the Flash Missing: Vanishes in Crisis article is shown to be written by Iris West-Allen, whereas in previous appearances, it was written by Evan Gibson.
    • It's possible temporal changes resulted in Iris penning the article instead of Evan due to a mutual spark hinted between her and Barry like in the original timeline.
  • In the flashback, as Thawne/Wells talks to an unconscious Barry, he is shown vibrating his hand, even though he had lost his powers at that point.
  • When Barry is in the burning building, he moves his arms fast enough to create a vacuum to put out the fire. However, creating such a vacuum means the trapped people in the room won't have any air to breathe.




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