Harrison Wells is arguably the most beloved characters on the currently on-air superhero series The Flash. Endowed with a genius intellect and wisdom, Harrison Wells brings the much-needed stability and threat assessment to the group full of excited geniuses and The Scarlet Speedster. Originally introduced as Eobard Thawne or the Reverse-Flash, who had taken the original Harrison Wells’ appearance, the show has managed to retrieve another Harrison Wells from a different earth. As a series regular now, Tom Cavanagh portrays Harrison Wells who is now an integral part of the Team Flash.
Barry Allen aka The Flash was already a genius before gaining his powers from the Speed Force. So it’s pretty obvious that Harrison Wells of Earth-two would have to rely only on his wits to actually make an impact on the team’s decisions. The Harrison Wells from Earth-Two was able to solve Einstein’s riddle at the age of 10. It’s only hindsight at the prowess of his genius intellect to aid the fastest man alive.
But after the latest episode of The Flash ‘Fury Rogue’, the makers of the show will be making some drastic changes to Harrison Wells. No candies for the correct guess; Harrison Wells will be losing his intelligence owing to some past incidents.
In ‘Fury Rogue’, the latest episode, Harrison Wells notices that he has started losing his much-prized intelligence. The reason being quite ironical; the Thinking Cap which was devised by him to augment his intelligence has started to affect a part of his brain.
In the earlier episode of ‘Lose Yourself’, Clifford DeVoe who is more popularly known as the Thinker attacked S.T.A.R. Labs and hence began the problem. In order to outsmart the Thinker, Harrison Wells rushed into the Reverse-Flash’s secret lair, where he had stored the Thinking Cap. In the lair, he ordered Gideon to fuse the cap with his head and crank it up to its maximum capacity. Despite repeated warnings from Gideon, Wells decided to proceed with the plan anyway to protect his teammates from the Thinker.
The Thinking Cap is infused with dark matter and can have catastrophic effects on the user if used at its peak level. As Harrison didn’t pay heed to Gideon’s warnings and wore the cap, the cap shocked him and caused him to seize.
In ‘Fury Rogue’, Harrison Wells becomes aware of the complete damage to his brain after wearing the Thinking Cap. After a full diagnosis by Gideon, it is revealed that the part of his brain which controls intelligence has started to deteriorate. As a form of insecurity, Wells decides to not let the rest of the team know about his condition.
As Cisco asked him to create another Thinking Cap for him, Harrison finally breaks down and reveals to Cisco about his condition. In the process, he also reveals his season-long insecurity of having his intelligence as the only weapon. Though Cisco promised him to find a cure, it is quite expected to see Harrison losing his mind for a few episodes at least.
The upcoming episode ‘Harry and the Harrisons’, Harry might actually be kicked off the group owing to his diminishing intelligence. As the council was made to find solutions for apocalyptic problems, having a slippery Harry onboard is not wise.
Originally, the Thinking Cap was conceptualized by Clifford Devoe aka the Thinker. He had planned to have this device for his students so that they could use their brains at its maximum capacity. After asking his wife Maria to actually invent the device, owing to her Mechanical Engineering background, the device is finally created. In Earth-two, the DeVoes decide to attend the inauguration of the Hadron Collider at S.T.A.R. Labs, already anticipating its failure and the consequences. After the massive failure and the catastrophic outcome, Clifford DeVoe exposes himself to the rain with his Thinking Cap on his head, only to get infused by the dark matter. In the process, he turns into a meta-human with a genius intellect.
On Earth-One, Harrison Wells and a reluctant Cisco invent their own version of the Thinking Cap to combat the Thinker. After witnessing the effects of the dark matter on Clifford DeVoe, Cisco warns Harry to not use it at its full power, lest the cap taints Harry permanently.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, and Tom Cavanagh as Harry Wells, with guest appearances from Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Hartley Sawyer as the Elongated Man.