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"Flashy the red-nosed speedster had a very shiny suit, and if you ever saw him, you might even want to puke. Merry Christmas kiddy-winks, I'm back. Citizens, you know, holidays can be a time for gentle reflection on the year past. Our ups and downs, our triumphs, our heartaches. But don’t forget, it can also be a time for disemboweling our enemies. No, my stocking won't be stuffed, until it's filled to the brim with bloody Flash parts. What do ya say speed freak, you wanna roast chestnuts?"
—The Trickster's televised message to The Flash

"Running to Stand Still" is the ninth episode of the second season of The Flash and the thirty-second episode overall.

Synopsis

When Mark Mardon AKA The Weather Wizard returns to break Leonard Snart AKA Captain Cold and James Jesse AKA The Trickster out of Iron Heights, Barry must stop these rogues from taking over Central City during Christmas. Meanwhile, Joe and Iris meet Wally West.[1]

Trivia

  • Cisco exclaims "How do you like them magnets, bitch?" when the magnetization causes all of the bombs to be successfully sucked into the breach. This is likely an overt reference to a quote made by Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman ("Yeah, bitch! Magnets!"). This can also be a reference to another quote from the 1959 film Rio Bravo ("How do you like them apples?").
  • A factory, Okamura Toys, is featured. Hiro Okamura is an incarnation of Toyman.
  • When Harrison Wells tells a child to give him the present given by the Trickster, he says "Your toys. Give them to me." This is similar to how the Terminator (portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger) often tells people to hand over things needed, such as clothes.
  • The exploding dreidels are a reference to the Flash villain, Top.
  • The Trickster sings: "Deck The Halls With Body Parts From A Girl Named Holly." This is a morbid twist on the lyrics to the classic Christmas carol, Deck the Halls.
  • Another reference to Mark Hamill's role as The Joker is when The Trickster calls The Flash "Flashy" like how The Joker calls Batman "Batsy".
  • Again another reference to Mark Hamill's Joker role is that this episode takes place on Christmas. Mark Hamill debuted as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series episode "Christmas With The Joker".
  • During the scene in which Barry chases after Marlon, he jumps on a helicopter. It is later revealed that the helicopter is for News Channel 52, but looking at it in the screen makes it appears as New 52, a reference to the New 52 comic books.
  • Wally makes his first on-screen appearance.
  • For the rest of the season, Keiynan Lonsdale joined the main cast beginning with this episode onwards.
  • This is the season 2 mid season finale of "The Flash".
  • This is a Christmas themed episode.
  • This is the second Christmas themed episode of "The Flash", the first being "The Man in the Yellow Suit".
  • This episode marks Leonard Snart's last appearance on The Flash until Season 3's "The New Rogues".

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Promos

References

  1. THE FLASH Season 2, Episode 9 Description; "Running to Stand Still" - 'Wally West' Debuts - ComicBookMovie