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For the eponymous character, see Nora West-Allen.
"Nora" is the first episode of the fifth season of The Flash, and the ninety-third episode overall. It aired on October 9, 2018.

Synopsis

After an unexpected guest from the future, Nora West-Allen, appears at their home, Barry and Iris must figure out how to get her back to the future without disrupting the timeline, even more than she already has. Team Flash must work together to send Nora back, while simultaneously fighting off another villainous meta.[1]

Trivia

  • Daniel Cudmore previously played Jackhammer in the Arrow episode "Code of Silence" in addition to providing the motion capture for Grodd in the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "Welcome to the Jungle".
  • Barry suggests that Nora could "Marty McFly herself out of existence", referring to the protagonist of the 1985 film Back to the Future, who accidentally interferes with his parents' first meeting whilst traveling back in time, nearly erasing himself from existence.
  • While describing the existence of the Multiverse, Ralph makes mention of an Earth without "that last Indiana Jones movie", referencing the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was panned by audiences.
  • Cisco calls Nora "Billy Pilgrim", telling her that she is no longer "unstuck in time", both references to the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • This episode features many references to older episodes:
  • Nora mentions a future battle involving King Shark and Grodd. Executive producer Todd Helbing has mentioned the possibility of these two teaming up in the latter half of the season.[2]
  • This is only the second time in the shared multiverse where a season premiere has taken place immediately following the previous season’s finale. The first time was the Supergirl season 2 episode “The Adventures of Supergirl” which picks up exactly where “Better Angels” left off.
  • This is the first episode of The Flash to be named after someone in a civilian sense not being phrasal phrasing before coming to the key word. 
  • The Flash family phasing the crashing plane through the buildings and into the water is an adaptation of when Barry did the same thing in the third issue of his New 52 comic, with the shot of the plane hitting the water a direct copy from the comic.
  • Barry and Nora mention the fictional Happy Harbor, Rhode Island. In the DC comics, this was the location of the Justice League's first headquarters, as well as the main setting of the animated series Young Justice.
  • The slang Nora often says in this episode, "schway", originated from the TV series Batman Beyond, where it is used by many of the teenage characters in the future Gotham City.
  • Nora mentions that a man named Ryan Choi made Barry's new suit. In the DC comics, Ryan Choi is a student of Ray Palmer and his successor as the Atom.
  • Ralph states that a nonexistent individual, Cameron Mahkent, signed off on Caitlin's father's death certificate. In the comics, Cameron Mahkent is the super-villain Icicle.
    • This is also a reference to how Caitlin's ice-based powers manifested in front of her dad.

Goofs

  • After Barry puts on the Flash ring, a close-up is shown of the ring on his hand, and it's shown that he's wearing it on his middle finger. When the camera angle changes, and the suit comes out of the ring, he's wearing the ring on his ring finger.

References

  1. Flash Season Premiere Description: “Nora” - FlashTVNews
  2. "The Flash season 5 spoilers: King Shark and Gorilla Grodd to team up? Boss reveals all" - Express