The Flash

Season 1 Episode 21

The Trial of the Trickster

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 18, 1991 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • At the end of this episode The Flash is no longer considered an Urban Legend and even has a billboard declaring him "Central City's Hero".

  • Quotes

    • Trickster: Sacrificing yourself for a lawyer? Time to rethink your priorities, bub.

    • Murphy: I can no longer live a lie, Bellows. That's right, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea, Michael Frances Murphy is The Flash.
      Garfield: Officer Murphy, please remember that you are a policeman.
      Murphy: Yes, sir. It was a joke, sir.

    • Trickster: I'm gonna make you pay too, Allen. You and your little cupcake girlfriend Megan Lockhart. And The Flash! The big red freak! He'll pay the going rate 10 times over. Because nobody tricks The Trickster. Nobody!

    • Zoe Clark: You have to let me in. You have to. I'm carrying The Trickster's child.
      Officer Murphy: Well you're just gonna have to carry him right back where you came from, lady.

    • Trickster: Maybe I should be defending myself.
      Denise Cowan: Don't be a fool.
      Trickster: I can't help it.

    • Trickster: It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood. You want to be my neighbor?
      Flash: Stop it, Jesse.
      Prank: The Trickster to you. And I'm Prank.
      Flash: I thought Megan was Prank.
      Prank: I'm Prank! Me! And don't you forget it.

    • Prank: (Prank tries to lift The Flash's mask) But don't you wanna see who--?
      Trickster: He is the mask. Without the mask, he's nothing. Bupkes, nada, zip. Just some boring, average, insignificant jerk nobody cares about. He'll die alone and forgotten, watching game shows in an empty apartment with cats.

    • Flash: It's not guns that kill people. It's these little hard things.
      (throws bullets at Officer Bellows)

    • Flash: Hey, I could vibrate my fingers through somebody's brain!
      Trickster: Oh ho ho! Gross. Well, maybe later.

    • Trickster: Are you prepared to carry out sentence, Mr. Executioner?
      Flash: Uh...no. (speeds off and grabs multiple weapons) I, uh, can't decide which to use!
      Trickster: Well. That's why they call me the hanging judge.

  • Notes

    • Prior to the premiere of the second season of the 2014 series, The Flash, John Wesley Shipp admitted he wrecked part of his Flash costume after this episode finished tapping. John ripped off the lightning bolts on the side of his head, being the heat was so unbearable while wearing it. The lightning bolts are now in possession of Mark Hamill.

    • The Flash's ability to vibrate his fingers through an enemy's head has been shown within his comics. In the graphic novel The Nail (1998), Flash puts his hand through the head of the android Amazo and removes its mechanical brain.

    • Mark Hamill reprised his role as The Trickster in an episode of the animated series Justice League Unlimited. The episode in question is "Flash and Substance".

    • This episode was released (along with episode 11) as part of a two hour movie on video entitled THE FLASH II : Revenge of the Trickster

  • Allusions

    • Murphy: That's right, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea...
      Murphy is borrowing a line from the standard greeting from Walter Winchell. Walter was a radio personality during the early to mid 20th century.

    • Trickster: It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood. You want to be my neighbor?
      In the TV series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which aired primarily on PBS and was aimed at children, the sweater-wearing Fred Rogers hosted the show and immortalized the phrases "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" and "Won't you be my neighbor?"

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