6:00pm PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
'The Flash' EPs on Patty Spivot's "Strong" First Impression, Dr. Stein's New Issues
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Tuesday's episode of The Flash, "Flash of Two Worlds."]
Barry's (Grant Gustin) got himself a new love interest, a new mentor and a new cause for concern on The Flash.
Tuesday's episode introduced DC Comics character Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) as an inexperienced but highly motivated CCPD cop who would stop at nothing to get Joe's (Jesse L. Martin) approval and accepted onto his metahuman task force. By the end of the hour, she accomplished her goal, while also managing to catch Barry's eye.
"We wanted to make her this very strong, hardcore female cop who has a clear purpose," said executive producer Todd Helbing, who co-wrote the episode with his brother, executive producer Aaron Helbing. "She's someone that is in this for the right reasons, hell-bent on stopping Mardon and metahumans, and someone who could feel like she's a part of the metahuman task force and hold her own."
Both Todd and Aaron made sure to make Patty as different from Arrow's Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) as possible to make her stand out as a new love interest for Barry. But before any more sparks can fly, Barry and the rest of the STAR Labs team need to figure out why Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) collapsed at the end of the episode. Hint: because Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) died saving Central City from the singularity, it's going to start affecting the surviving half of FIRESTORM.
"Obviously with what happened to Ronnie, he's missing a side to him that he's had for quite a while," said Todd. "That's going to start to sneak up on him."
Another surprise during the episode was the arrival of Iris West's (Candice Patton) estranged mother. "She came back to see her daughter and re-establish this family that she once had," said Todd. "You'll find out [why]. Iris has this conception about her mother, and her being away from her her whole life. I'm sure you can imagine learning that that is not the case can turn your world upside down. That's going to be the jumping off point of what she is going to be struggling with."
And if it seemed like Central City's new speedster Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) is hiding something from the rest of the STAR Labs team, that's because he is.
"There is something that he is struggling with that you'll start to see in the next couple of episodes," said Todd. "That's partly where Caitlin [Danielle Panabaker] comes into play, to help him with something."
But Jay didn't lie about losing his powers and wanting to help Barry and the team defeat Zoom. "The thing that Jay wants more than anything is to get his powers back," said Todd. "It's something that is definitely on his mind but right now he's focused on stopping Zoom."
Both Todd and Aaron wanted to highlight the fact that Jay and Barry are going to have a very different relationship than Barry had with Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and not only because Jay is actually a good guy.
"It's sort of a coach-athlete relationship," Todd said of their dynamic. "Jay is the older brother that he didn't have. He's more experienced, his attitude is a little more confident, and I think he's the teacher to him. Last year he didn't really have anyone that he could speak about being a speedster with. It's not like he could go out and have drinks with Wells and talk about being a speedster but he can with Jay."
Barry is going to need all the help he can get from Jay, since the team figured out that the singularity left behind 52 breeches that connect Earth 1 with Jay and Zoom's home, Earth 2. And of course, the biggest breech is right in the middle of STAR Labs.
"It's not good for them but they figure out a way to control it," said Todd. "It's very bad. There are 52 breeches and Zoom can come through any of them any time he wants, so they have to figure out quickly how to manage the biggest threat to them."
So far, The Flash has only shown glimpses of Earth 2 (including a shot of Earth 2's Harrison Wells), but the second universe will be shown more as the season goes on. "Since we introduced Earth 2, there's always a possibility that we'll go there, but not necessarily early on," said Aaron. "But you'll see more it."
And as for Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) blossoming metahuman powers, he's going to stick by his decision to keep them a secret from the rest of the team for a while.
"What we saw him say to Stein is what Wells said to him," said Todd. "Wells gave this power to him and Wells is very evil so he's just a little freaked out. As the season goes on, we'll start to see him deal with that problem of, 'How do I tell these guys, when do I tell them,' and then figuring out this power he has and try to control it more."
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.