Things might not have worked out the way he wanted with Iris West (for now), but love is on the horizon for Barry Allen in “The Flash.” On Tuesday, Barry (Grant Gustin) is about to head out on the town, where he will catch the eye of a lovely young Central City Picture News sports reporter by the name of Linda Park, played by Malese Jow. “They meet at a dive karaoke bar of all places,” guest star Malese Jow told Access Hollywood. “Barry had just sang a little karaoke, he’s taken care of a drunken Caitlin and then Linda bellies up to the bar and immediately they kind of have this spark and Linda wastes no time giving him her phone number and it’s kind of – the rest is history.”
And who wouldn’t swoon over Barry Allen doing karaoke, with Grant’s musical theater (and “Glee” graduate) chops. “Grant is just a superstar. I can’t say enough good things about him. He can do it all. I’m not even kidding. He’s one of the most professional, talented people I’ve ever worked with, so one of my first days, sitting there and watching him sing too? I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?!? You’re literally not human!’ It’s just crazy,” Malese said of watching Grant work and belt out a tune. Although she couldn’t reveal Barry’s karaoke tune, Malese said Linda finds Barry “adorable,” and the two actually will head out on a date in Central City before the episode is over. “Barry gets to kind of live a normal twenty-something-year-old life. Instead of saving the world, he gets to actually take a girl out and have a little adventure and paint the town red,” she said. “It’s good because I feel like Linda brings out of him – he kind of steps up to the plate because he knows how she is and they end up having a really good time.”
And one promo clip showed them in what looked to be a horizontal make-out session on the couch. “She knows what she wants,” Malese laughed, when Access asked about the sneak peek scene. But, could things get a little frosty now that Barry’s living with surrogate dad Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), who could presumably come home at any time?
“It’s funny how one of our scenes plays out and it’ll totally answer your question,” Malese said. “But yeah, Linda doesn’t take that too seriously. They keep it light and fun and spontaneous.”
Tuesday’s episode will also find Linda interacting with her fresh Central City Picture News co-worker, Iris West (Candice Patton). “Linda’s a veteran at Picture News, so she kind of has what Iris wants, so there’s not really a jealousy or a competition, but there’s definitely something in the air of like, ‘Hmm…,’ like feeling each other out, because they’re two very strong women and now that Barry’s in the mix, it makes it even more complicated,” Malese said.
And the complications will continue in the coming weeks with a possible double date with Barry and Linda, and Iris (who has yet to address Barry’s Christmas love confession) and her boyfriend Eddie.
“In one of my future episodes actually, Eddie is involved in the whole mix of Iris, Barry and Linda. So that’ll be very fun for people to watch,” she said.
“It’s funny, Linda and Eddie immediately find common ground a little bit, just because the tables have turned with Linda coming on to the scene and now, Barry’s kind of wrapped up in her and Iris is like, ‘What? I thought you loved me, but I don’t want you to love me,'” Linda previewed. “It’s very confusing and things are constantly shifting with the love triangle dynamic, so I think when Linda and Eddie interact, it’s kind of like they have to kind of swallow the fact that there’s a lot of history between Barry and Iris ’cause that’s not something that you can just make go away overnight.”