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The Flash: Ghost in the Machine

A villain from Central City's past, the Ghost, is brought out of cryogenic suspension and begins a new rampage using "advanced" 1990s technology. To stop him, the Flash turns to the Ghost's old nemesis, Nightshade.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 187108
Airdate: Thursday December 13th, 1990

Guest Stars
Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
As Joe Kline
Jason BernardJason Bernard
As Dr. Desmond Powell (Nightshade)
Vito DVito D'Ambrosio
As Bellows
Biff ManardBiff Manard
As Murphy
Mike GenoveseMike Genovese
As Lt. Warren Garfield
Lois NettletonLois Nettleton
As Belle Crocker
Anthony StarkeAnthony Starke
As The Ghost (Russell)

Co-Guest Stars
Sherri RoseSherri Rose
As Young Belle

Gloria ReubenGloria Reuben
As Sabrina
Main Cast
John Wesley ShippJohn Wesley Shipp
As Barry Allen/The Flash
Amanda PaysAmanda Pays
As Dr Christina McGee
Alex DesertAlex Desert
As Julio Mendez


Central City, 1955..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Erroll GarnerMistyperformed by Lois Nettleton
Paul AnkaMy Wayperformed by Biff Manard

Episode Quotes
The Ghost: You should have stayed in Helltown, frightening mobsters.
Nightshade: You're psychotic.
The Ghost: One man's psychotic is another man's visionary.

Julio: I mean, what are you always doing here. As much time as you two spend together, you'd figure...
Barry: Julio. Do you have any women friends?
Julio: Yeah, I got Sabrina. She's my women and she's a friend.
Barry: And thank you for listening to light FM.

Joe Kline: Listen, Tina, I could show you things you never dreamed of.
Tina: That's Dr. McGee. And I think I'd prefer to dream, thank you.

The Ghost: I control TV. To see through it, to travel the network. I had to wait 35 years for a techno-society sophisticated enough for my plans. And from the looks of things, it's been worth the wait. Of course, it's not the urban paradise of tomorrow we all expected. The future is like the present, only older.

The Ghost: Nightshade? I hate reruns.

The Ghost: By the way, who the hell are you? (removes his mask) A colored guy. Who would have guessed?
Dr. Desmond Powell: "Colored guy"? You really are a relic.

Barry: What made you do it? Why'd you become the Nightshade?
Dr. Desmond Powell: Someone had to be.

(indicating car)
Dr. Desmond Powell: Hop in.
The Flash: No. Bad for the image! (speeds off)

The Flash: I guess we're lucky we're not dead. Or in a straitjacket.
Dr. Desmond Powell: There's not many people that ever know the thrill. The sky grows dark, the masks go on, and the criminal hearts thump with fear. Sorry. Too many pulp magazines when I was a kid.

Cultural References
The Ghost: Orwellian doublespeak, like in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The Ghost is referring incorrectly to George Orwell's novel, which doesn't in fact feature the term "doublespeak." It does use Doublethink and Newspeak.

The Ghost: Play Mr. Sandman.

Mr. Sandman is a 1954 song by The Chordettes.

Thug: Gremlins? You mean those cute little fuzzy dudes from the movie?

Gremlins is a 1984 movie about furry little creatures that turn vicious when fed after midnight.

The Ghost: I control the horizontal. I control the vertical.

The Ghost echoes the opening narration of the 1963 TV series The Outer Limits. Presumably he saw it in the computer database, since he went into cryogenic suspension in 1955.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperDanny Bilson (2)  |  Paul DeMeo
Executive ProducerPaul DeMeo  |  Danny Bilson (2)
ProducerGail Morgan Hickman  |  Don Kurt
Co-ProducerMichael Lacoe
Associate ProducerFrank Jimenez
CastingApril Webster
Unit Production ManagerDavid L. Beanes
First Assistant DirectorRichard Graves
Second Assistant DirectorRobert S. Mills (1)
MusicShirley Walker
Music EditorThomas Milano
Costume DesignerRobert Miller (1)  |  Robert Short (2)
HairstylistLana Sharpe
Camera OperatorJohn C. Newby
Set DecoratorRobinson Royce
Property MasterRick Dinieri
Production Sound MixerJames LaRue
Script SupervisorGillian Murphy
Director of PhotographyFrancis Kenny
Stunt CoordinatorFred Lerner
Art DirectorFrancis J. Pezza
Costume SupervisorPerri Kimono
Visual Effects CoordinatorPhilip Barberio
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
Visual Effects SupervisorRobert Bailey (2)  |  David Stipes
Transportation CaptainRobert Benjamin
Film EditorGreg Wong
Visual Effects EditorPeter W. Moyer
Executive Story ConsultantHoward Chaykin  |  John Francis Moore
Special Effects CoordinatorWilliam H. Schirmer
Make-up SupervisorBill Myer
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