Episode opens with Wells 2 being cornered and caught by Zoom in Star Labs. ZOom glares at him and says "Merry christmas". A nice twist on RF saying Merry Christmas at the end of last seasons holiday break.
Everyone is prepping for the holidays, Iris has a Flash action figure to give Barry and she and Joe comment on the lack of Green Arrow figures.
Romance is definitely happening with Barry and Patty.
Weather Wizard breaks Trickster and Captain Cold out of prison, he owed Cold a favor and wants Trickster for the sheer chaos he can add if all three team up to kill the Flash. Wizard knows Flash was smashed up by Zoom and thinks now is the time to kill him.
Take note of Trickster's suit.....a bit of a Joker theme to it...?
Cold isn't quite with the plan and warns Barry, in Barry's own home about the plan but won't tell him the location. He says he isn't feeling much of hero and Barry tells him he's being a poor villain too.
Iris breaks down and tells Barry about Wally and he urges her to tell Joe.
She tells him, with Barry's support and Joe is naturally shaken up about it and leaves to think on things.
later he and Barry chat about all the years Joe could have found Francine and how Wally never had a father. he then goes to have an off camera confrontation with Francine.
Patty has a grudge against Weather Wizard for killing her father before he was a super villain, and it is why she is on the meta human task force. She tells all this to Flash after he saves them both from a trap of the Trickster made of many driedles made of C4. he uses his speed to make a updraft to fly them out of the building. Also the explosive driedels is a nice nod to when Mark Hamil was in Bender's Big Score as Hanukkah Zombie.
Barry tells them of his first time warp to stop Wizard's tidal wave attack, Wells 2 warns of tampering with time. Barry and Cisco have a funny chat about the wand that was built and erased with the time change and how Cisco can build it again for the first time.
Trickster is playing store Santa and giving out packages to be opened on Christmas day. Of course they are bombs.
So Flash uses the wand to stop Wizard but then is told of the bombs and how if Flash sacrifices himself they will disarm the bombs. Wizard gets the wand and uses it to channel his powers and blasts Flash around.
Trickster moves in for the kill. Meanwhile Wells 2, Cisco and Jay get one of the bokbs and magnetize it and send them all into a portal above the city. Bombs are gone, the portal is presumably destroyed and they alert Flash who powers up and stops the villains.
Patty arrives and puts a restraint on Flash and goes to kill Weather Wizard but of course Flash talks her down and she arrests him.
Later at Star Labs, Barry is healing and Joe tells him he spoke with Francine and all was good but he hasn't met Wally yet.
Joe heads home for the party, Barry looks at Wells 2 in the other room and gives a speech about how he forgives RF/Wells 1. Wells 2 doesn't hear it of course and Barry heads home.
At the home the party is starting and Jay and Caitlyn finally kiss. Patty arrives and she wants to talk to Barry about things.
They hear a knock on the door and Joe opens it and there is.....WALLY WEST!!!!!
Episode ends with ZOOM confronting Wells 2. Wells 2 has figured out Zoom's plan about sending the metas after Barry. Turns out Zoom wants Barry to be faster and full of more and more speed force so that when he drains and kills Barry it will be all the better. Zoom shows him his daughter then zips her away and asks if they have a deal. Wells agrees that for the life of his daughter he will help ZOOM steal Flash's speed.
A fun episode, plenty of jokes and humor. Nice Godfather joke, Jay and Caitlyn start hitting it off finally, though it does feel a bit forced.
Mark Hamil: though he was playing the Trickster and the Trickster is just a knock off of the Joker, he was so channeling the JOKER in this episode. Hm....perhaps they should CGI him to look young again and have him appear on GOTHAM....? Nah, that might upset certain fans who obsess about Jerome the FAKE Joker.....
No new clues on ZOOM's ID.
Wells 2 agreeing to work with ZOOM..well what father doesn't want to save their kid? I can't fault him for that, plus he will likely setup a double cross anyway.
Jay is still depowered, no mention of Velocity 6.
Wally West at last.....