Time Bomb



Critic Consensus: The persistent threat of Cicada continues to endure throughout The Flash's fifth season, but the plot finally thickens in "Time Bomb."

Episode Info

Team Flash finds out that a suburban mom named Vickie Bolen is in danger and they race to save her. Upon meeting her, they discover she's a meta-human who is hiding her abilities from her family. Barry encourages Vickie to share her secret with her family, which makes Nora realize she needs to come clean with her parents about Thawne.


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
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Critic Reviews for Time Bomb

All the buildup to that reveal was well worth it and both Grant Gustin (with ever so slight tears in his eyes) and Jessica Parker Kennedy (as the ever lovely and talented Nora) killed it, as well as Tom Cavanagh.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Time Bomb lived up to its hype of setting the stage for the final swing of episodes and finally make a major advancement on Nora's storyline.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

["Time Bomb"] really didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. It's a bit disappointing, to be honest, especially since this cliffhanger will now just sit out there unresolved for four weeks.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

At long last, this season's ongoing Cicada conflict seems to be living up to its potential.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

"Time Bomb" works surprisingly well in uniting all its plotlines with a theme that has been at the core of the show since the beginning -- and which has driven many longtime viewers crazy time and time again.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Introducing a tertiary plot featuring a Meta that no one bothered to make interesting, or even endearing, doesn't fit that bill.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Well kids, the Cicada threat ain't over just yet, but it did get a lot more interesting in this non-stop ep.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

"Time Bomb" wasn't complete doom and gloom. Leave it to resident funny men Cisco and Ralph to keep The Flash's roots in check with a sweet yet hilarious secondary storyline.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

This season, the show has spent an awful long time stuck in the same place, but now that the truth is finally out, things are bound to start moving at a much quicker pace.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

In terms of the emotional impact of the reveal, the episode definitely hit it out of the park.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…