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If forgiveness truly is a “virtue of the brave”, Central City was swimming with the courageous as its residents celebrated the holidays. The only folks who weren’t forgiving, and most likely will never forget, were the villains. But, forgiveness isn’t really in their nature anyway, so no surprises there.
Joe forgave Francine.
Iris unburdened her conscious and let her dad know he had a son. After briefly lamenting being absent from his son’s life over the years, Joe took the high road and chose to forgive Francine, opening himself up for the greatest Christmas present he could anticipate.
Patty didn’t exactly forgive the Weather Wizard for killing her dad, but she didn’t kill him, either. That puts her in the potential-to-forgive column.
Let’s hope Patty holds on to a big piece of her forgiving nature for future perceived deceptions. I don’t think she’ll be too thrilled to find out that Barry is The Flash, especially if you consider that, because she believed she was talking to a stranger, she told The Flash things she wasn’t yet ready to tell Barry.
Barry forgave Wells1/Eobard Thawn.
We’ll give him credit for this, even though he was addressing Otherworld Wells who couldn’t even hear him, and it wouldn’t have mattered if he heard him, anyway, because he’s “not that Wells”.
As a matter of fact, in most circles, it is indeed the thought that counts. It’s all good, Barry. Just hold on to that forgiving nature and draw upon it when push comes to shove and you find out that this Wells is also playing you.
At least this version of Wells is committing his act of betrayal for honorable reasons. He just wants to save his daughter. Perhaps in helping Zoom by finding ways to increase Barry’s speed, he will also be making Barry strong enough and fast enough to defeat Zoom, in which case, Wells’ planned deception can go unnoticed. Of course, if he would just tell everybody that Zoom is blackmailing him, they could all work together for a solution.
In addition to all of the forgiving going on, the holiday spirit created an atmosphere conducive to romance. And apparently, that’s what Jay and Caitlyn needed to finally get off that fence. These two have been tap dancing since Jay first made his entrance. I believe Cisco summed it up best. (Cisco always sums it up best!)
I’m so glad she is finally allowing herself to move on from Ronnie. She’s mourned him long enough. Even when she had him back, she didn’t really have him.
Everyone is happy. Dads are united with sons they didn’t know they had. Mistletoe has brought two lovebirds together, and The Flash has inspired Patty to bare her soul to the one she loves. Peace, Love and Joy abounds in Central City.
Until next time …
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.