Back to Normal
The Flash Season 2



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

"Back to Normal" gives fans -- and Barry -- a chance to catch their breath, taking a step back from the action that has filled this high-speed second season.

Episode Info

Griffin Grey, a meta-human with super strength, mistakes Harry for Earth-1 Harrison Wells, kidnaps him and demands that Wells cure him from his current condition. Realizing another brilliant Wells could help track Griffin's location, Barry asks Jesse to help. Meanwhile, Wally corners Joe about The Flash.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Teddy Sears
as Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten
as Patty Spivot
Haig Sutherland
as Griffin Grey
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Critic Reviews for Back to Normal

The Flash has yet to find a female character whose potential it hasn't squandered this season.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Back To Normal isn't grim and gritty, exactly; it's just kind of a bummer.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Barry Allen may have lived for years without being the scarlet speedster but "Back to Normal" forces him to readjust to life lived at an average pace.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Sure, this episode was a nice break from the formula, but with Zoom looming, Central City needs a Flash.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

I would have liked to spend more time exploring Barry's state-of-mind past self-pitying and sad because I think there is a lot of narrative meat there.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Watching Barry struggle and adapt to the painfully slow pace of normalcy gives the character another shade of complexity. The whole point of "Back to Normal" is to show that Barry's speedy life, in many respects, is easier.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I appreciated that this episode didn't go overboard in its portrayal of Barry. He may be depressed, but he didn't waste time wallowing in self-pity.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 7.6 | Full Review…

If there's one bright spot of the episode, or subplot that should come close to delighting most devoted fans, it's the chance to see Danielle Panabaker not only play double-duty as both Caitlin Snow and Earth-2's Killer Frost, but do so simultaneously.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I kept waiting for something in "Back to Normal" to matter. After last week's episode, I assumed we'd get a filler episode, but I figured there would be one or two moments or revelations to make it worthwhile.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It wasn't a great episode. It was fun and it was serviceable and it bridged the gap between this week and next but I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the real action to begin.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

"Back to Normal" is an apt title for what feels like a quiet episode after the non-stop action and drama of Season Two, but it works for that precise reason: it gives us a chance to breathe.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, Barry is still a hero without his speed.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…