The Flash (2014–…): Season 7, Episode 13 - Masquerade - full transcript

Cecile is forced to confront her past in order to break free from a psychic prison. Meanwhile, Chester takes over for Cisco but makes a mistake that puts Barry in serious danger. Joe investigates Kristen Kramer's old military ties and discovers an unsettling truth.

Your tea's ready, babe.


I can't thank your aunt
enough for taking care of Jenna.

I now am left with some
free time to look after my lady.

Aw. Loving that.

But are you sure I'm
not distracting you?

You look like you
got a lot going on.

Well, I thought that
[sighs] when I left the force,

that I would dig into Kristen
Kramer's background.

You know, see what she
wants with this city's metas,

since she's replaced
me as captain.

And look, everything
I've dug up so far

looks like this.

[Cecile] Hmm.

I actually have
something for you.

So, one of my pro bono clients
is a meta who's also an army vet.

I was prepping for his deposition,
and I came across a name

I think you might
find interesting.

- Kristen Kramer?
- Yep.

This says they served
together at Fort Dakota,

but her DODs doesn't say that.

Maybe it's an oversight?

Or it could be that she doesn't want
anybody to know that she served there.

If these files are still
around, they're here.

I'll be back in a
couple of hours.

Good luck.


[door opens]

[door shuts]

[screaming] Help!

Somebody help me!

Let me out!



Somebody help me.


This is new.

Uh, frack. Was I supposed to
ask before I changed everything?

Because, look, I kept
the pinball machine.

Oh. And Frost is
going to love that.

It's just, I've never seen this
room without all of Cisco's stuff in it.

Which I totally understand.

I'll tell you what,

it ain't no thing, I can take all my
junk back to my garage, and then...

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Slow down, Chester, okay?

I just said it's different.

That's not necessarily
a bad thing.

And look, S.T.A.R. Labs is your lab,
and we want you to feel at home here, too.


Thank you for saying that, because
it took a very long time to set up

these stealth audio speakers.

[upbeat music playing]



Come on, girl.
Get your groove on.

Oh, no, I have two left feet.

No worries. I will
teach you the basics,

which I might add, I
learned from building robots.


You know what I think we need?

I think we need some more
[louder] bass up in here.

[static crackling]

I said... I think...

Just... one sec.

I said, I think we need
some more bass up in here.


[clears throat]


Not to worry.

We have a replacement cable
just like this one in the Starchives.

LB, shelf 52.

Wow, you're inventorying
the Starchives as well.

Cisco really did leave
us in good hands.

Well, learned from the best.

Now, don't go anywhere,
because when I get back

our dance lesson shall commence.

[singing] Our dance lesson
shall commence, ah, ah


Oh, who put you
down here, little fella?

You're supposed to be...




Anybody there?

Hey, Chester.

- Hey, man.
- How you doing?

I'm... I'm fine.

Yeah. What are you
doing down here?

Hey, Chester.

- Iris.
- Hey, it's me.

What are you...
What are you... Wait.

If you're down here and
he's down here then...

That would mean...

- No man. No. No.
- Oh, my.

- We were just...
- Um, cataloguing.

- Yeah, cataloguing.
- See?


Your hair... Your
hair's kinda...

Um, I have that call I was telling...
That work call I was telling you about.

So I'm gonna go do that, okay?

- You boys have fun. Okay, bye.
- Okay.


[exhales awkwardly]

- Hey.
- Hey.

Sorry about this, but,
you know, after everything

that happened with the Forces, Iris
and I, we've decided to start trying...

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. No,
no, cool. Nice, bro. Nice, cool, cool.

- Yeah, well...
- I don't need to know.

- I don't need to know. We good, man.
- All right, cool.

Yeah, actually, that's Cecile.

She needs help with
a case, so I should go.

Cool, cool. Yeah, yeah.

Cisco, you did not
warn me about this.


So, what do you think?
Does my client have a case?

I mean, as you know, the state
says your meta client Erik Frye

used his pyro kinetic
powers to burn the building.

But CSI has found
butane at the scene.

So, obviously seems
more like human arson.

Hmm. Sounds like
reasonable doubt to me.

Great work, Barr.

Yeah. This case, does
it feel familiar to you?

Didn't you defend someone
like this a few years ago?


Hey. Are you okay?

I don't know, I feel
numb all of a sudden.

What's the matter,
Barry? Getting ill?

I can't see. Cecile.

- What are you doing to me?
- Getting you out of the way.

I have a plan, Barry Allen, and
you need to be gone for it to work.

Oh. One more
thing. I'm not Cecile.

[distorted voice] Your
mind belongs to me now.

So just let go.


What the hell?

[Cecile] Barry.

Is it really you?

I don't know what happened.

One second, he was helping me with
a case, and the next he just passed out.

Barry's brain waves are
oscillating at 0.5 hertz,

which is typical of a coma
patient. Look with EEG picked up.

It appears to be some sort of
psychic neurofeedback signal.

I think that's what's
causing this brain activity,

but I've never
seen anything like it.

If Barry's brain
activity stays like this

he could be comatose
for the rest of his life.

We need to figure out
who did this and fast.

Okay, and how do we do that?


This may be a long shot, but...

What? Me?


Yeah, I would love to try,

but, guys, I'm just an empath.

Cecile, if you use your
powers on Barry's brain,

you'll be able to sense if
there's someone else's emotions

that are active within his mind.

Chester's right. It could work.

Okay, I'll give it a shot.

[Cecile exhales]

Barry's emotions...
I can't sense them,

but I can feel something else.

Something cold, like madness.

I can see something now, I
can see something... It's a...

It's like a light in the middle
of all of that darkness shining,

glowing gold? Like
a golden mask?

Sweet Ira Cooper.

Folks, I think I
know who did this.

So, Cecile, the mask that
you saw, did it look like this?


- Psycho Pirate. I knew it.
- Roger Hayden?

He was a patient at Arkham
Asylum who we fought.

He claimed that he
got psychic powers

from a mask he stole from
the Kahndaqi embassy.

But no one believed him
because he was certifiably insane.

I don't get it. Why would
Hayden go after the Flash?

He didn't. He is at
Arkham. But the mask isn't.

It says here that after the breakout,
Arkham returned the mask to the embassy.

But then they donated it
to the Central City Museum.

It's going on display tomorrow,

as a part of an exhibition.

Okay. They have no idea just
how dangerous this thing really is.

According to legends,
the warrior Gilgamesh

used the gold mask to
imprison a powerful demon,

or what we might consider today
as an ancient psychic meta-human.

Over the centuries,
the mask has popped up

all over the world, the
Yoruba tribe in Africa,

17th-century pirates,
all the way up to Hayden.

Now, the story goes,
if you wear the mask,

it doesn't just give you
powers. It feeds off of your mind,

leaving you insane and leaving
the mask in search of a new wearer.

A psychic parasite
moving from host to host.

And now it found a brain
that's capable of speed thinking.

So it's the mask
that's attacking Barry.

But Barry's not
wearing the mask.

No, the neurofeedback signal must
be the mask trying to start feeding.

And now that it's touched something,
it'll just keep feeding and feeding

until it gets rid of
all the brain waves.

What about the cerebral inhibitor
that you guys used on DeVoe?

That would stop the signal and
get Barry's brain functioning again.

But we'd need the
mask here to do that.

[sighs] It's too bad you can't just
grab the mask from the museum, huh?

Why can't we?


[Cecile sobbing]

Are you okay?

I don't know. I don't know.

I'm so happy to see you.

It's okay.

I'm gonna get you out of here.

Wherever here is.

Do you have any
idea where we are?

The last thing I
remember is, I was...

I was at home with Joe
and there was a storm.

[thunder crashing]

And then I woke up.


And I was locked in this room.


Cecile, the force storm
was two weeks ago.


Have you been in here
this whole time all alone?

Barry, I don't think there
is any way out of this place.

Then we have to make one.

Before I got here, I
thought I was talking to you.

I think whoever trapped
us here took over your body.

Who could do
something like that?

I'm not sure.

I don't know.

Bashir, maybe, but

Bashir's on our side now,
so I don't think this was him.

I don't have my powers.


When I was in Grodd's mind, he
trapped me in one of his old cages.

If this... If this
is a mindscape

like that was, maybe
this asylum is a memory.

But whose memory is it?
And why trap us here now?

[door opens]

[door creaking]

Has that ever happened?


Okay. All right, we have to see
if there's a way out of this place.

Wait. Barry, wait.

Your powers aren't working.
What if it's not safe out there?

What if... What
if it's not safe...

and what happens if
we die in a mindscape?

Then we die in real life, too.

But we're not the only
ones in danger here.

Whoever took over your
body could hurt Joe or Iris.

All right, look, if there's any chance
we can escape, we have to take it.

[door creaking]


Barry's still losing
brain activity.

How long till we get
our hands on that mask?

Okay, so heists aren't
really my expertise,

but Cisco did leave me a number
to call in case of an emergency.

[Sue] It's a good thing, too.

'Cause this one
sounds like a doozy.

[Sue] So, the mask
goes on display tomorrow.

But for tonight, it's on lockdown
in Central City Museum's

restoration lab.

Hermetically sealed and protected
by a laser security grid system

that's sensitive enough
to detect a dust mite.

Which is nothing I can't handle.

There is one snag, though.

The museum just installed a
bleeding-edge Montgomery 5000 vault.

It has a passcode
that changes every day.

The only person that knows
that code is the security guard.

Hold up.



You could put some kind of
empathic whammy on him.

You know, like, get into the
guard's noggin with your powers.

I'm not a mind reader, Chester.

Okay, but...

But maybe if I get close
enough to the guard, I could try...

transferring my
emotions into him,

making him anxious enough to
want to open the vault door for us.

But no...

No, it's way too risky.

Look, I am a lawyer.
I am not a cat burglar.

There's no way
I can pull that off.

Uh, yes, you can.

I know you, Cecile. You're just as
brave and as capable as the rest of us.

Look, all you need to do is follow
Sue in after you disable the lasers, right?



Joe is never gonna believe this.

Okay, then.

I'm definitely gonna need a better
outfit for breaking and entering.

Feeling pretty confident, huh?

Oh, I am now.

You planned that heist so fast,

you made Dom Toretto in Fast Five
look like Dom Toretto in Fast One.

About that, is there anything
about this whole situation

that seems kind of, I
don't know, odd to you?

I mean, we ID'd our target an
hour ago and we've done zero recon.

It's Heist 101.

You think it's almost too easy.

Okay, look, ever since I got
here, I've been training my butt off

for craziness exactly like this.

Okay, so, I've done my homework.

I've checked the math.

Heck, this isn't even the first
time I've helped save Barry's brain.

Team Flash just
makes it look easy.

We got this.

If you say so.

You know, we got this.

Yeah. Yeah, we got this.

Okay. Looks like security
just switched shifts.

Ilsa Faust, you are good to go.


I'm in.

[Chester] How's it looking?

Well, I'll know in a second.

[Chester] Oh, those
are some serious lasers.

Oh, this is nothing.

You should see what
Ralph and I faced in Tunisia.


[classical instrumental
music playing]


Lasers are clear.

You learned that in Tunisia?

No. DeMatteis Academy of Dance.

She's good to go.


Okay. Oh.


I remember why I
hate rock climbing.

You're doing great.

Let's find that security
guard and get in there.

All these doors are locked.

I think we should
try another floor.

No. It's a one-story building.

I think that we should
just double back.


What was that?

Barry, don't.

It's okay.

Come on.

What is that?

That's our way out.

I've seen portals
like this before.

We go through there,
we're home-free.

[maniacal laughter]

[maniacal laughter]

What the hell?

- Barry, we gotta go.
- Hold on.


Are you okay?

Please forget her. We
gotta get out of here.

Something's not right.

Who are you?

Are you trapped here too?

Barry, let's go.


We can help you.


[laughs maniacally]

[distorted voice]
Have a nice day, Barry.


[laughs maniacally]

[machine beeps rapidly]

No, I've got to make sure
everything is still there.

[lock beeps]


Vault's secured.

[Iris West] Okay.
Be very careful.

Until we get that mask
secure in S.T.A.R. Labs,

consider it dangerous.

[Caitlin] Guys, we've
got a serious problem.

I was reading two brain
signals, Barry and the mask.

But now there's a third.

But how is that possible?

The mask is already
feeding off of Barry.

Must be targeting someone else.

There's something I've been
trying to dig up. For a case.

It's too bad you can't just grab
the mask from the museum, huh?

Oh, my God.

Sue, that's not Cecile. You
need to get out of there, now.

[distorted voice] A mortal
weapon against the likes of me?


Stop it!


Okay. This is gonna suck.

Since time began, many
have tried to stop me.

All have failed.

Cecile, this isn't you.

Let our friends go
or we'll make you.

Such hubris.

And from the boy who
delivered everything I needed.

How amusing!

Now my host shall serve me.

For eternity.

I'm up. I feel great.
I feel amazing.

No, no, no. You're not going
anywhere. Not for a little while.

Okay, fine.

Since when does Cecile
have that kind of power?

She doesn't.

It was the mask. That was
the voice inside of our heads.

She was possessed.

Just like Hayden and
all the others before him.

Okay. When did all this happen?

During the force storm,
we thought Cecile was hit

by the Sage Force lightning.

But it must have been the
psychic spirit of the mask

that used that as a cover
to take over her mind.

Now they're both missing.
We've no idea where they are.

- Or what they are up to.
- [Iris West] We have to find her.

That mask is the only
link to helping Barry

and figuring out what
happened to the real Cecile.

Look, the legend says

that the mask gives the wielder
enhanced psychic powers.

So, maybe if we track
her neurological signals...

And how 'bout we let someone
else come up with a plan for a change.

Sue, Chester was
just trying to help.

Yes, so was I. When I told him
that this job seemed too easy.

But he brushed me off.

And I shot a tranq
into my own neck.

She's right.

This is on me.

Chester, that thing
tricked all of us.

But you heard what it said.

It put Barry in that coma,

just like Grodd did to play me and
zing my insecurities as the new guy.

It knew I'd pick Psycho
Pirate out of that binder,

and call Sue to help us
break into that museum.

All to make me think I
had this all figured out.

I really... I didn't know jack.

Oh, thank God.

You're okay.

That thing that attacked me...

That was you. How
is that possible?

I don't know.

Cecile, you said there
wasn't a second story.

There's no way you could know
that unless you've been here before.

You know exactly
where we are, don't you?

We're at St. Carmine's
Psychiatric Hospital

just outside of Houston, Texas.

Where I was a patient.

My first year in law school,

I, uh...

I got a job interning
at the DA's office.

It was so fulfilling.

I was working 'round the clock.

Even when my mom got sick.

And when we found out
that it was cancer, she said,

"Cece, don't worry about me.

You keep working. I can feel
myself getting better already."

I was in court
when I got the call.

She died all alone, Barry.

She died alone because of me.


And after that, I couldn't
eat, I couldn't sleep.

Couldn't stop hating myself.

And I just spiraled into
anxiety and depression.

And I had a breakdown
and I ended up in here.

Most days I'd just
wander those halls,

I'd spend all night lying awake,

staring at that ceiling,
thinking about my mom.

And when I finally
checked out, I was so...

ashamed and afraid

that all of that darkness was
gonna catch up to me again.

And so I...

I told myself...

"Toughen up. Toughen up.

That's it. Smile.

And pretend like
this never happened."

And that is exactly what I did.

You hid all that pain but...

It never went away.

I carry it with me every day.


I'm never gonna
know what it was like,

for you to go through all this.

But I know what it's
like to lose a mom.

But to blame yourself for it,

even when it's not your fault,

makes you want to take that
pain, and bury it under a mask.

Away from the people you love.

But masks don't heal wounds,

they only hide them.

Facing those wounds
can be scary as hell,

but it's the only
way to start healing.

What if I can't do it?

You can.

I know it.

Maybe that's our
way out of here.

This is your memory.

That thing is just
amplifying your fears,

when the door opened before,
what were you thinking about?

The truth about my time here.


Barry, I'm thinking about it
right now, nothing is changing.

You sure about that?

If you face this,

if you can confront your past,

I believe you can get us home.


[Iris West] Hey, you okay?

Yeah, I need more neuro-fiber
to fix the memory machine,

so we could use it like
we did against Grodd.

But we don't have enough supplies
here, so I've got to go back to my garage.

I shouldn't be here, anyway.

Wait. Chester.

Yes, you should,
Chester. I mean, this is...

- It's your lab.
- No, Iris.

- It's not.
- What?

Look, I didn't come to
S.T.A.R. Labs to replace Cisco.

I came here to work with him.

And I want to do a good
job more than anything,

but when I saw Barry
in trouble today...

Iris, I didn't even
know where to start.

I thought to myself, you know,

"What would Cisco do?"

Decided I'm gonna act
confident, and brave, and...

act like I had it
all figured out.



Confidence isn't what
made Cisco Cisco.

I know.

What made Cisco Cisco
was the connections,

and the love that
he had for you all.

Don't you get it?

I don't have those bonds, Iris,

I barely know you guys.

I can't help but
think that if I just

knew Team Flash
a little bit better,

then I would have been able to figure
out that that wasn't the real Cecile,

and then this entire thing...

Okay. Okay.

Chester, Cisco didn't form
these bonds overnight. It took time.

It took patience, and...

we all have your back,

just like we know
that you've got ours.


And look, Iris, I promise, hey,

from today on, I'm really gonna
up my game, and I'm gonna, like...

I think I know

where psycho Cecile was going.

Look, back at the museum,

the mask said, it wanted
Cecile to be its host for eternity.

But the legend says that once
the mask feeds on the host's mind,

it moves on to another.

So, if Cecile's an empath

then maybe that makes
her a stronger host.

Not strong enough. She
would need something

to amplify her mental abilities.

To create a
permanent food source.

Okay, so where do we
find a device like that?

In our basement.

At last, the key to permanence.

[Caitlin] Barry's about to
experience complete brain death.

Please tell me we have a plan.

We think the mask is trying
to use The Thinker's chair

to create a permanent
bond with Cecile.

[Chester] Well, frack.
She's already there.

[Iris West] How the hell
are we gonna stop this thing?

Okay, this is gonna sound crazy.

Crazy works sometimes.

It's just, I don't know
if it's the best idea.

Look, Chester, if you believe
that it will work, then I do, too.


This is where the
portal was before.

That's our only way out.

What's happening to this place?

You can't leave here.

You belong here forever!


And this time, you're
never checking out.

Who dares avoid my gaze?

I do.

You can't trap me in here.

This is my mind, not yours.

Ooh! So brave!

But you weren't so brave
for Mommy, were you, Cecile?

Don't you remember?

Your mommy dying
alone in a hospital bed,

calling out for
her only daughter,

"Where is she? Where
is my sweet Cece?"

[panicked breathing]

I can sense the faith
you have in yourself.

It's the faith of a fool!

You cracked once,
and you will crack again.

And then, you'll be a
psycho, just like me.

I used to think that, I
used to think that, too.

I was so afraid
of losing myself,

that I hid a piece of me away.

But I am not
ashamed of it anymore.

So go ahead. Try and scare me.

But I know exactly who I am,
and I am done wearing a mask.



Barry, Barry, the portal.

Barry, you're okay?



No, don't shoot! Don't shoot!

It's me. It's me. It's me.

So, what happens with
that crazy mask now?

Yeah, Caitlin's taking it to
A.R.G.U.S. with an armed escort,

as we speak, she's
going to help Cisco

retrofit a vault there
with mental dampeners

that will keep the mask
from finding more victims.

So, Sue, I'm sure you can't
wait to get out of here, huh?

All right.

Relax, Chester. Iris
explained everything to me,

and I am sorry
that I was so harsh.

I guess getting whammied
makes me grumpy.

As for my next move, Ralph is
still busy, and I did miss Central City,

so, I think I'm gonna
stick around for a while.

I'm staying at the penthouse
suite at the Lily Hotel.

Nightcaps and a late dinner
on my terrace? My treat.

- Yes.
- Yes.


Yeah? All right. See you there.

[Cecile] Um...

Hey, Barry.

You know, if it weren't for you,

I probably never would
have gotten out of that place.


It was all you, and I
knew you could do it.

But I'm not the only
one that believes in you.

I know.

I should probably go
home and talk to Joe.

Few things I should tell him.

Tell Sue rain check?

- Yeah.
- Yeah.

Chester, you coming?

I mean, I know you're more
of a root beer kind of guy,

but you've earned
a victory meal, too.


Even after falling for the wrath of some
omnipotent, psychotropic, immortal mask?

You know, after saying it out loud
and hearing it back, I'm kinda, like,

you know... Yeah, count me in.

Chester, you are a full-fledged
member of Team Flash now.

Your voice will
always matter here.

Just, make sure you use it.

Yeah. Okay.

With that being said,
there is just this tiny thing

that I wanted to talk
to you both about.

Yeah, what's up?

Okay, so, you know, the next
time you guys want to, you know...


Yeah, please, I'm just,
you know... Take a day off.

Maybe, go on vacation.

- Totally. We hear you.
- We should.

- Yeah.
- Okay, cool. Yeah.

- Cool.
- Bye.

Yeah, bye.

[Joe] Babe, I had no idea.

Why didn't you
tell me this before?

I didn't want you to
see me differently,

or think that I was weak.

Oh, Cecile.

I know what it's like
in our community.

There's sometimes a shame in asking
for help when it comes to mental health.

With what our families go through
on top of everything else in this world,


it could crush us,
but we need to start

taking good care of ourselves,
and that's just what you did.

So don't apologize, just know...

that I will always
be here for you.

And we will get through
this, or anything, together.

- Love you.
- I love you.

Hey, whatever happened
with Fort Dakota?

Yeah, you weren't the
only one wearing a mask.

There's a reason
that Kristen Kramer

wants this part of
her past to stay buried.

Kramer's last army mission,

she was in command of a squad sent in
to take out several strategic facilities.

She never completed the mission.

She led them into an ambush.

- Oh, my God.
- Yeah, there's more.

She was the only
one that survived.


I think Kristen Kramer
was working with the enemy.