“I’m leaving you in charge,” says Barry (Grant Gustin) to Cisco (Carlos Valdes) as he and Iris (Candice Patton) head off on a two-day holiday to spend quality time together in season six episode five of The CW’s The Flash.
To help Cisco make important decisions as team leader he created tech called “The B.A.R.I.” that processes situations and tells him what Barry would do in any specific situation. Cisco’s first order as team leader is to send Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) to team up with Frost (Danielle Panabaker) to stake out Ramsey’s lab.
Later that night while Cisco’s in bed with his girlfriend, Kamilla (Victoria Park), he wakes up to find himself sleepwalking. Kamilla reveals he did it the other night too.
Cisco returns to bed and is startled when Breacher (Danny Trejo) breaches into his bedroom to deliver some devastating news…Gypsy has been murdered. Apparently, Gypsy was tracking a high-tech hacker known as Echo and now Breacher wants Cisco to help him catch her killer. Cisco agrees but has to break the news he’s taken the metahuman cure and is no longer Vibe. Breacher warns him of possibly having breacher psychosis.
Cisco and Kamilla check out the scene of Gypsy’s death and find Earth-19 collector agents. The head agent, Zak Zeal (Matt Ellis), and Cisco instantly don’t like each other, and Cisco thinks he’s a primary suspect. Cisco also discovers Gypsy was vaporized by her killer.
Meanwhile, Ralph tracks down Killer Frost who feels it’s her personal responsibility to locate and stop Ramsey. She’s at the scene of another attack by Ramsey when she notices a clue Ralph missed while he’s trying to convince her they need to work together and she shouldn’t go up against Ramsey alone. She informs Ralph she’s not alone and leaves.
Elsewhere, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) has followed Nash (Tom Cavanagh) into the tunnels under Central City. Joe attempts to question Nash about what he’s doing, but one of Nash’s devices accidentally goes off and causes a cave-in. Nash tries to use another device to burn their way out but only manages to have it backfire, diminishing their oxygen to 42 minutes. They either need to find a way out or be rescued.
At S.T.A.R. Labs, Cisco comes up with a machine to show who killed Gypsy. He and Breacher watch and see a hooded figure kill Gypsy. The killer then removes his hood to reveal his face. It’s Cisco! Kamilla uses the S.T.A.R. Labs satellites to track the murder weapon and finds it in Cisco’s workshop.
Breacher wants to kill Cisco but quickly realizes Cisco must have killed Gypsy because he’s suffering from breacher psychosis. He tells him to put his affairs in order and to give himself up or he will kill him.
Once more to the cave we go and Nash is pacing while trying to figure a way out. He’s also getting light-headed due to the lack of oxygen. Joe believes since he hasn’t checked in, his police will come find them. Nash isn’t convinced but Joe suggests Nash needs to have faith in people. Joe relates the story about when his wife left him and he was devastated he couldn’t even make dinner for his daughter who was just a kid at the time. He opened his front door to find his neighbors had brought meals for them. It reinforced his belief in people.
Joe also mentions The Monitor saying The Flash will die during their arguing, and he struggles to hold onto faith there might be a way to stop it.
Caitlin finds Ramsey and tries to talk some sense into him about his experiments but he refuses to listen. In fact, he wants her to join him and take the black gooey blood too. He explains that with it she’ll be immortal. Ramsey wants her to be with him because she was like a daughter to his mother and he came to feel like she’s his sister.
Caitlin tells Ramsey he’s causing pain and destruction and attempts to convince him it’s not too late to be his mother’s son again. Ramsey grabs her by the throat and claims he’s being weak now, but next time he won’t offer her a choice.
Elongated Man breaks through the cave-in and saves Joe and Nash. Joe asks him how he found them and Ralph says he called CCPD with an update about Ramsey and found out that they hadn’t heard from Joe. Ralph did a little good old detective work and tracked him to the cave-in.
Cisco’s getting ready to turn himself in, but Kamilla assures him she knows who he is and that he didn’t do it. She wants him to stop doubting himself, explaining the doubts are just noise in his head. This gets Cisco to realize someone has messed with his white noise machine and is causing him to sleepwalk. He also recognizes the code.
Agents arrive to arrest Cisco but when they attempt to put the cuffs on, they discover he’s a hologram. The real Cisco tells Breacher to check the cube and it will tell him everything he needs to know.
Cisco enters a portal and returns to the crime scene.
Cisco finds Echo who it turns out is one of Cisco’s multiverse doppelgangers. They talk and Echo taunts Cisco, explaining it was seeing Cisco’s face when Gypsy caught up with him that gave him the split second he needed to kill her. Enraged, Cisco and Echo fight and Echo manages to get the vaporize gun away from Cisco. Echo attempts to vaporize Cisco but ends up trapped in a forcefield. Cisco smiles and reveals he reprogrammed the gun to put a forcefield around whoever fired it.
Breacher and the agents arrive and arrest Echo.
Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Breacher reveals he’s relieved Cisco didn’t kill Gypsy and that he thinks of Cisco as a son. He invites Cisco and Kamilla to a life celebration event for Gypsy on Earth-19 which they agree to attend.
Barry and Iris return from their mini-vaca and talk with Cisco about Gypsy. They’re supportive of what their friend is going through and offer to attend the event with him. He thanks them but says Kamilla will go with him. Cisco tells Barry and Iris he feels lucky to have Kamilla in his life and that Gypsy helped make him the man he is today. He will always be grateful to her for that.
The episode ends with Nash telling Joe and Ralph to get the rest of Team Flash to meet up with him because he knows how to save The Flash in Crisis.
The Flash Season 6 Episode 5 Review:
Uneven and at times predictable, episode 5 titled “Kill Kill Breach Breach” puts Cisco center stage as team leader but really doesn’t have him working with Team Flash at all. Instead, the episode has Cisco investigating the death of an old flame with his new love while Team Flash splits up and Frost goes rogue.
The romance between Cisco and Kamilla comes off feeling forced and there’s no real chemistry between the two actors. The big reveal with the killer being an evil doppelganger of Cisco’s was far from a surprise. In fact, it was painfully obvious.
The best scenes in the episode are between Martin and Cavanagh as Joe and Nash trapped together by the cave-in. The speech Martin gives as Joe to Nash about regaining his faith in people was the highlight of the episode.
With Caitlin/Frost now knowing there’s no way to talk down Ramsey from killing others to save himself it’ll be interesting to see how she and the rest of Team Flash stop him…hopefully before Crisis.
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