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“The Flash” Season 6, Episode 3: “Dead Man Running” Recap

“The Flash” season six episode three, “Dead Man Running,” gives us some cool team-ups within Team Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) subtly attempting to prepare the team for Crisis, and our new Wells for this season! Let’s recap!

It’s Time for Barry to Get to Work

Now that Barry knows there is no way around escaping Crisis the easy way, or at least the way where everyone ends up happy, he makes the decision to start prepping Team Flash for a life without him in order for them to survive. He gathers the team to let them know, in order to prepare them for what’s coming. But, as he does so, he purposely leaves out the vital information that he will die. It’s hard on him for the majority of the episode, but with the help of Iris (Candice Patton) and Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) later in the episode, he later decides to bring them together (again) to break the news. Barry has always been the hero that finds a way for everything, but this information is one thing he can’t seem to change, and I’m glad he decides to tell them the truth. 

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(L-R) Danielle Panabaker and Grant Gustin | Photo credit: The CW Network

Barry and Killer Frost Team Up

One of the best things about “The Flash” is how well Team Flash work together, whether it’s all together or separate team-ups for a certain case. In this episode, we get to see Barry and Frost do their thing while Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Iris do theirs. However, Barry particularly chooses to have Frost tag along with him at a crime scene because he can tell how the news of this is affecting her and decides he wants to mentor her first to prepare. Barry goes back to his day job as a forensic scientist and has Frost tag along with him. But things go awry when they come in contact with Dr. Ramsay Rosso (Sendhil Ramamurthy) when Frost goes with her first instinct of believing that Rosso is behind the theft of the anti-matter. Though yes, Killer Frost was right about him, she should also remember that she hasn’t done good things in the past either and is recently now attempting to change things around. She gets a bit aggressive with the whole case, which is annoying.

Barry tries to intervene with her and Rosso, not understanding why she’s so adamant about him being behind. But come on now — it’s so obvious that it was him. After learning the hard way that Rosso was the one and understanding what he has in store, Barry knows that Frost was right from the beginning. She, however, has a hard time processing the fact that they could all die in the crisis, and it angers her because she admits that she hasn’t had time to fully live her life. Barry admits that they are all living on borrowed time. This part stings yet it is so true. Seeing these two working together in this episode is a nice sight to see. Frost is getting more of a concrete storyline this season, which I think is cool, but I do miss seeing Caitlin get her screen time. She wasn’t even in the episode at all, and it would have been better to have her be present when Barry broke the news about the Crisis; she should have been there.

Iris and Cisco Go on an Adventure and Meet the New Wells!

This is another favorite team-up of mine in “Dead Man Running.” What’s funny is that Iris and Cisco became aware of the new Wells, Nash Wells’s (Tom Cavanagh), presence on Earth-1 because of the tip Allegra (Kayla Compton) got about it. She was so close to finding out about a multiverse existing, which Iris quickly shuts down. He’s like the new Indiana Jones, and he zip-lined into an alley looking for an element called eternium. I wonder what that may be? He clearly finds what he’s looking for in the end. I can’t wait to see more of him this season. His adventures and vibe are different. He might be an integral part of Crisis, too.

Ralph and His Mother

We are introduced to Ralph’s (Hartley Sawyer) mother in this episode, and she seems to be a…handful. With the help of Cecile (Danielle Nicolet), he attempts to help his mother in a legal matter. However, during that whole process, he learns his mother hasn’t been entirely truthful and has been lying to him for years. Every time she’d break up with her past boyfriends, she’d tell Ralph that they died. Who does that? Apparently she does, and the reason why she does it is because she didn’t want to hurt him in the way his father did by leaving them. This plot wasn’t particularly my favorite part of the episode because I feel like Ralph needs better storylines.

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Photo credit: The CW Network

It’s a S.T.A.R.S Labs Party!

After Frost admits to Barry that she’s afraid of dying and that she’s never had a birthday party before, as sweet as Barry is, he throws her one at the lab. It’s a refreshing scene, really. Watching Barry and Iris dance, so carefree is entertaining to watch. Oh, how I adore these two.

What did you think of this episode of “The Flash”? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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