Failure is an Orphan
The Flash Season 5



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Although the season-long build up to this episode's main event ultimately underwhelms, "Failure is an Orphan" still satisfies by successfully uniting plotlines.

Episode Info

With the meta-human cure ready to use, Barry and Team Flash must figure out a way to subdue Cicada long enough to take it. Killer Frost steps in to help with the plan. Meanwhile, Joe eases back into work, and Nora isn't happy about the way her dad plans to stop Cicada.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Show More Cast

Failure is an Orphan Videos

Failure is an Orphan Photos

Critic Reviews for Failure is an Orphan

Jessica Parker Kennedy is everything for me this season and despite my high hopes of Cicada vanishing tonight, there were enough scenes that really did their job and the main narrative moved along at just the right pace.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Failure Is an Orphan went an interesting route...Still, it's nice to see a real threat arrive and the potential for Team Flash to have to work to beat this new and improved model Cicada.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"Failure is an Orphan" finally tries to face the fact that Orlin Dwyer's Cicada is a complete disaster as a villain, but it's honestly a case of too little, too late.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

'Failure Is An Orphan' was one of the season's finest outings so far as it effectively brought everything together and stayed on target the whole way throughout. The result was a long overdue thriller that also had some real heart.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Just when it seems like the latest Big Bad was under wraps, things went sideways in about the most epic way possible.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Sorry if it sounds like I don't like Nora. She has caused so much trouble since arriving.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Even without the finality many of us hoped for, "Failure Is An Orphan" does a better job of advancing the arc than most recent episodes.

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I'll level with you -- "Failure is an Orphan" is not my cup of tea. There's something great buried in Iris' desperation to get time in with her daughter before she leaves, but there's no reason Nora has to leave immediately after stopping Cicada.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The Flash wrapped up a major phase of Season 5, but the strong buildup led to an underwhelming payoff.

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

What we got was two-thirds of a filler episode, finished off with a reveal I'm fairly sure almost all Flash fans saw coming.

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…