TV REVIEW: The Flash S4E3 ‘Luck Be A Lady’ (Spoilers)

The Flash and his cohorts faced a string of bad luck in this week’s ‘Luck Be A Lady,’ and all of it was hysterical. When brand-new meta Becky Sharpe (guest star Sugar Lyn Beard in a side-splitting performance) discovers that she’s finally on a winning streak for the first time ever, no amount of tragedy befalling those around her is gonna stop her from living her best life. Unfortunately, that means that not only are people in her vicinity in mortal danger, but Wally’s (Keiynan Lonsdale) getting dumped, Joe’s (Jesse L. Martin) house is falling apart and Iris’ (Candice Patton) wedding plans are all being ruined. And somehow… This is all part of The Thinker’s (Neil Sandilands) master plan?

Just like last episode, ‘Luck Be A Lady’ spends more time than usual delving into the villain of the week’s backstory and motivation. While knowing Becky better certainly makes her less formidable, it also underscores how she and her fellow metas are pawns in a larger game that The Thinker is playing. The Flash may fall short at the moment for those who are looking for a high-stakes adventure show, as the writers are currently putting all their eggs in the comedy basket – but I for one am not complaining. Barry (Grant Gustin) hasn’t had this much fun battling a meta in years, and no character is left out when it comes to sharp one-liners or situational embarrassment. But perhaps more importantly, the team starts connecting the dots of the new metas. They’re catching on much more quickly than they have in previous season, know understand how they were created but not who is behind it.

Harry Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is actually the reason behind some of their successes and discoveries in ‘Luck Be A Lady,’ which is ironic because he first signaled their losing streak by arriving on their Earth with a “Break Up Cube” from Jesse. Poor Wally had to have his heart broken by a hologram in front of his friends and family in a hilarious scene that still managed to convey how hurt he was. Meanwhile, Harry was nursing the pain of feeling useless to his daughter and out of place on his own Earth, which he masked extremely well by bantering with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) all episode long. Once again, The Flash balanced the humor and the heart with aplomb and brought back the levity and warmth from the first season. There were a few moments that didn’t quite land – like Wally’s reasoning for a very big decision he makes at the end of the episode – but for the most part the writing and acting were on point.

Patton and Gustin especially put their chemistry and comedic timing to good use in a couple of laugh-out-loud sequences about surprising wedding woes, but it was Joe who surprisingly got the biggest shocker of the night. He relationship with Cecile (guest star Danielle Nicolet) has progressed very nicely over the last two seasons, and now that they’re living together they have a whole new host of obstacles. Chief among them in ‘Luck Be A Lady’ was Cecile’s desire to move out of the “vintage” West home and into a smaller place for two. Martin infused what might otherwise be a very minor plot with so much tenderness, reminiscing about the memories that made his home priceless, but in the end a more pressing matter cropped up that may put any moving plans on hold. And, boy, the last few seconds of Joe’s horrified expression were just as funny as all the antics that came before it.

Still easing into its new season in the third episode, The Flash is prioritizing word-building, character development and lots and lots of laughs. The good news is that more and more of the puzzle pieces are being put in place with each passing week, it’s just a matter of whether you want your favorite speedster to go a little bit faster or not. At the moment, it feels like a wise move to set the tone for the season while laying the groundwork for The Thinker’s masterpiece. Let’s just hope he’s as smart as he thinks he is.

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Tatiana Hullender (@myrcellasear)

The Flash airs Tuesdays on the CW at 8/7c in the US.

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