The Flash (2014– )
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James Jesse, a.k.a. The Trickster, once terrorized Central City twenty years ago. Now a copycat has arisen to carry on the name and resume his murderous misdeeds.


Ralph Hemecker


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Rick Cosnett ... Detective Eddie Thawne
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Mark Hamill ... James Jesse / The Trickster
Matt Letscher ... Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash
Bre Blair ... Tess Morgan
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Mayor Anthony Bellows
Devon Graye ... Axel Walker / The Trickster
Michelle Harrison ... Nora Allen
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
John Wesley Shipp ... Henry Allen


A copy-cat-killer who goes by the name The Trickster starts setting off bombs in Central City. In order to stop the villain, Barry and Joe meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse, who has been imprisoned for twenty years. Things quickly go from bad to worse when the Tricksters unite and take Henry Allen prisoner. Meanwhile, Iris asks Eddie to investigate a missing person, and flashbacks show how Harrison Wells came up with the name for S.T.A.R. Labs.

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31 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Mark Hamill reprises his role of James Jesse, a.k.a. "The Trickster", from The Flash (1990) to help Barry Allen and the team from S.T.A.R. Labs battle a younger copycat of the Trickster. See more »


Near the end of the episode, when Harrison Wells climbs out of the overturned car and identifies himself to the police officers, the car's empty drive shaft tunnel is clearly seen with no transmission, drive shaft, or exhaust system. See more »


Henry Allen: Wow. You gotta tell me. What does it feel like when you're running down the street like a bat out of hell?
Barry Allen: There's no feeling like it.
Henry Allen: I bet. Actually, you're all heroes in my book, especially you, Dr. Wells. Thank you for everything that you've done for my son.
Dr. Harrison Wells: Well, your son is an extraordinary man, Dr. Allen, and I will do everything in my power to ensure Barry's future.
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The Flash Theme Song
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What the Heart Wants
9 March 2018 | by masercotSee all my reviews

I so wanted Mark Hamill to be good in this. Turns out, he WAS. You could even hear a little of the Joker in that demented voice of his. This episode starts explaining the murder of the Flash's mother in earnest; but, still leaves us ignorant of what exactly is going on. Is Wells bad or good? What is his connection to the "Reverse Flash"? Did he kill the reporter or will that turn out to be someone else?

And, if anyone ever does develop super speed like that, I hope it's a nurse because those shots looked like they hurt...

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