The Flash S09E08 Overview: So Who's This "Old Friend of Team Flash"?
With the long-running Arrowverse series returning later this month, here's an overview of The CW's The Flash S09E08 "Partners in Time."
With The CW's Grant Gustin, Candice Patton & Danielle Panabaker-starring The Flash racing towards its series finale, next week's episode, S09E07 "Wildest Dreams" (written by Kristen Kim & Jeff Hersh Carson), brings the return of Nicole Maines' Nia Nal/Dreamer. But now, we also have a look at what's in store the following week, with the release of the official overview for the April 5th episode, S09E08 "Partners in Time." And while you'll find the complete overview below as part of our ongoing preview rundown of the final season, here are a couple of teases. We're talking about a serious mold problem, Barry & Iris (Gustin & Patton) trying to get back to their reality, some serious awkwardness between Chester (Brandon McKnight) & Allegra (Kayla Compton) that only Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) can help with, and Khione (Panabaker) "meets with an old friend of Team Flash." Hmmm… here's a look at what's to come on March 29th & April 5th:
The Flash S09E07 "Wildest Dreams" & S09E08 "Partners in Time"
The Flash Season 9 Episode 7 "Wildest Dreams": ONLY IN OUR DREAMS – NICOLE MAINES GUEST STARS – Iris (Candice Patton) is visited by Nia Nal (guest star Nicole Maines), as she needs Iris' help. When Iris and Nia fall into a fever dream and explore different possibilities for their lives, Barry (Grant Gustin), Chester (Brandon McKnight), Allegra (Kayla Compton), and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) desperately try to help them. Meanwhile, Mark (Jon Cor) entertains Khione (Danielle Panabaker), but they have different ideas of what is fun, leaving Khione to feel that Mark is trying to make her something she is not. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Kristen Kim & Jeff Hersh Carson.
Nicole Maines on Nia Nal/Dreamer Return in S09E07 "Wildest Dreams"
Courtesy of an interview with IGN in support of her DC Comics graphic novel (with artist Rye Hickman) Bad Dream: A Dreamer Story, Maines shared why she keeps returning to the role and what impact Nia will have on the final season of the long-running Arrowverse series:
Maines on Why She Likes to Keep "Dream-ing": "This is the thing: I will always say yes to Dreamer. Sometimes that results in me having way too much work to do, working on the graphic novel and 'Lazarus Planet' and filming 'The Flash' all at the same time while doing 'Yellowjackets.' I had a moment where I was like, 'Why do I think I feel like I'm dying? Oh, maybe because you need to stop saying yes so much,' but I can't. I can't stop saying yes to Dreamer because I'm so excited about her, and I'm so excited to see her appearing in all the places that she's been appearing. DC's willingness to rally behind this character and to push her forward has been really rewarding and makes me really, really happy because, I mean, I'm this character's biggest fan, and I want to see her everywhere."
Viewers Can Expect More Nia, Less Dreamer in "Wildest Dreams": "When she's coming back, she's coming back as Nia, less Dreamer. It's not crime fighting. It's not, 'Let's go out in the super suits and let's kick some butt.' This is Iris and Dreamer trapped in a vision, trying to put the pieces together, and racing against the clock. The focus on Iris and Nia's friendship was really great because I love Candice so much, and so her and I getting to run around together in the dream realm was a blast. Getting to lean into the comedy where we could and lean into the terror where we could was really fun."
The Flash Season 9 Episode 8 "Partners in Time": STUCK IN THE PAST, RACING TO THE FUTURE – A seemingly simple mold inspection at S.T.A.R. Labs leads to unexpected time anomalies. Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) try to make sense of the confusion – and figure out how to get back to their reality. Chester (Brandon McKnight) admits a secret to Allegra (Kayla Compton), which makes things awkward between the two, and Allegra relies on Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) to act as a buffer. Meanwhile, Khione (Danielle Panabaker) meets with an old friend of Team Flash. The episode was written by Sarah Tarkoff & Joshua V. Gilbert and directed by Ed Fraiman.
After defeating the Reverse Flash once and for all, the 13-episode Season 9 picks up one week later following their epic battle, and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) are reconnecting and growing closer than ever before. But when a deadly group of Rogues descends on Central City led by a powerful new threat, The Flash and his team – Caitlin Snow (Panabaker), Meta-Empath Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet), the light-powered meta Allegra Garcia (Kayla Compton), brilliant tech-nerd Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight), and reformed cryogenics thief Mark Blaine (Jon Cor) – must once again defy impossible odds to save the day. But as The Rogues are defeated, a deadly new adversary rises to challenge Barry Allen's heroic legacy. And in their greatest battle yet, Barry & Team Flash will be pushed to their limits to save Central City one last time.
Joining the cast for the show's final run are Javicia Leslie (Ryan Wilder/Batwoman), Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer), Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West/Kid Flash), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow), Rick Cosnett (CCPD Det. Eddie Thawne), Matt Letscher (Eobard Thawne(s)/Reverse-Flash), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora West-Allen/XS), John Wesley Shipp (Jay Garrick/The Flash), and Teddy Sears (Hunter Zolomon/Zoom).