The Flash

Season 1 Episode 16

Captain Cold

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1991 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Tina's explanation early in the episode makes it clear there was only one prototype freezing unit. When Captain Cold is captured the first time, he has the freezing unit on him and it's presumably taken to the police evidence room. But when he escapes, he goes to his car where he has a second freezing unit hidden. There's no explanation for where the second one came from.

    • At the 4:27 mark, the Asian gangster who is supposedly frozen solid can clearly be seen moving.

    • While the handcuffed Flash and Terri Kronenberg try to first escape Captain Cold, the icy villain blasts the floor, causing the pair to skid into a workshelf. Watching the two fall, it is clear that they are not handcuffed

    • This episode seemed to have a few scenes switched around, as Barry gets the heater-belt from Tina after he had previously captured Cold and before he knew Cold escaped lockup.

  • Quotes

    • Captain Cold: What's a matter? Don't you want to come out and play? I'm here to take you to the ice capades. I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll freeze all your stuff!

    • Luis Vega: Air conditioning's on the fritz. Make it cool in here.
      Captain Cold: (posing as a repairman) Oh, don't you worry about a thing. Cool is my specialty.

    • Terri: All right, look. About the other night. I acted like a jerk. Well, I mean not so much a jerk as much as I was just pushy. All right, no, actually, to tell you the truth, I was a jerk. You know, but it's my job. It's just, I take it very seriously and it makes me a little aggressive sometimes. And I know that it's a problem and I've been working on it. I'm actually a lot better. You should have seen me before. Woo. It's a trait, it runs in my family, you know? So, what I'm trying to say here is that I'm sorry, okay?
      Barry: Do you ever breathe?
      Terri: Yeah, that's another thing, I talk a lot.
      Barry: Oh, really? I hadn't noticed.

    • Tina: So, uh, you're a reporter. That must be interesting.
      Terri: You're a scientist. That must be dull.

    • Captain Cold: Yeah, I knew if I raced you all over town, you'd run out of steam. You look pretty hot. I think I'd better cool you off.

    • Captain Cold: Oh, boy, you got some pretty good moves there, Red. But you know what? Even you can't outrun the cold hand of death.

    • Captain Cold: What's a matter? Don't you want to come out and play? I'm here to take you to the Icecapades. I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll freeze all your stuff!

    • Flash: Get these cuffs off of me.
      Terri: No way, pal. Not till I get my interview.
      Flash: Are you going to give me the key, or do I have to search you?
      Terri: Well, that sounds like fun, but I don't have it on me. I hid it somewhere in the city limits, so you can either give me my interview, or we can search the city.
      Captain Cold: (shows up with freeze gun) I've got a better option. Hypothermia.

    • Lt. Garfield: Okay, somebody call the coroner to pick this guy up before he melts. On the other hand, may be better to call the Good Humor Man.

  • Notes

    • The Captain Cold character here is substantially different from his comic book inspiration. This Captain Cold:
      - wears a dark suit and longcoat, rather than a blue and white parka-type villain costume;
      - is originally an ex-mercenary rather than a petty crook;
      - works as a hitman rather than a thief;
      - uses a large two-handed cold rifle rather than a pistol;
      - is an albino rather than normal skin tone with brown hair.

    • Leonard "Len" Snart first appeared in Showcase #8 (June 1957) and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. Snart was a small-time crook who determined that the best way to defeat The Flash was to create a weapon and charge it with particles from a cyclotron. This created a weapon capable of projecting extreme cold. Snart donned a blue-and-whtie parka-like costume and dubbed himself "Captain Cold." He became a charter member of The Flash's Rogues' Gallery and battled The Flash and other superheroes on many occasions. His sister, Lisa Snart (the Golden Glider), married another Flash Rogue, the Top, and for a time the two reformed and became bounty hunters. Snart has since returned to a life of crime and is the de facto leader of the current Rogues.
      Snart is known for his crude behavior with women but also has a code of ethics that most comic book villains do not always share. He will not hurt women or children or use drugs. He expects every member of the Rogues to abide by those rules.

  • Allusions

    • The Good Humor Man:
      Good Humor is a novelty ice cream company that was founded in 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio. The men that drove their trucks were called Good Humor Men.

    • Barry: Would you escort Lois Lane here back across the police barricade and make sure she stays there? Referencing the famous comic book reporter, who first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938). This tough-as-nails journalist works for the Daily Planet and has been Superman's long-time love interest. In more recent years, Superman informs her of his secret identity as Clark Kent and they are married. Barry's comment suggests that Lois Lane is a fictional character, meaning that presumably Superman is a comic book character in The Flash series setting rather than a fellow superhero.

    • Julio: Well, he found him in an apartment at Bradbury Arms.
      Referencing famed science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury, whose works were adopted by EC Comics from 1951 to 1954. Bradbury's stories have been the basis of over 20 movie adaptations and The Ray Bradbury Theater.

    • Captain Cold: The Iceman cometh.
      Referencing the 1959 play written by Eugene O'Neill and that was made into a movie in 1960. The title character, Theodore "Hickey" Hickman, visits a bar where the patrons hold a surprise birthday party in his honor. Now sober, Hickey attempts to convince the drunk and delusional patrons to stop fooling themselves and admit that their lives are hopeless.