W00t, Arrow S3E1 Photo Recap, “The Calm”

Hey y’all! Here we are back again, ready to both 1) intellectually get drunk and make out with and then 2) emotionally be slapped and then drunk-hugged by our favorite ‘ship. If you are a comic book geek (I was one, too), you are reading the wrong recap. No detail about the show as it relates to the source material for the most part, just a decided Olicity slant and my irrational dislike of Laurel, so fair warning. If you haven’t read these before, all my S2 edits are here. Let’s dive in.

You know it’s Arrow because there is a dark alley, a runaway truck, said truck driver getting punched in the face by Oliver while Diggle and Felicity run backup. PSA for the Starling City villians: If any of your plans start with “Let’s get a truck and….” just go home. It isn’t going to work out.

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Season 3 means my favorite dinner trio sampler now comes with a side of hot sauce.

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Some of you will remember that Roy was my Laurel Light, and if you are thinking I’m fickle let me just say that you are 1000% correct. Props to the writers, because  characters I could not until recently stand are becoming more interesting, and Roy’s Example. #1, mostly because HELL YEAH RED SUIT. Example #2 of this is still difficult for me to cop to, so we will not speak of it just yet.

Here specifically tho,  the bad dude did a thing and it’s bad and Team Arrow is ON IT, but not really relevant to plot except to point out to us that they’ve got their process on lock and are working like a well-oiled machine that shuts down crime. Oliver is once again reminding people who likely fail at family, holding down steady jobs and having a good credit score that they “have failed this city” and I am ready to finger-point right along with him because F YEAH ARROW IS FINALLY BACK!

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I really do mean to cut down on the images on these, so I don’t want to cap every small thing, but upon 1st reintro to the cave there are a couple of things I noticed.

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That’s right, Roy now has a light-mannequin in the Arrow Cave to call his very own, and we have a new toy that Oliver quaintly refers to as “the board”, where Team Arrow keeps tracks of baddies they want to boom. The news report playing also tells us that Starling City is in decline, with people moving out because they have realized that A LOT of bad sh*t happens there and two terrorist attacks in as many years. They neglect to mention the high incidence of perfect abs, however, which I think would go a long way towards ensuring people stayed put.

Oliver, fresh from kicking @$$ and high on endorphins and victory, notices a plant and asks Felicity about it. Turns out she has gotten him a fern, which is good in low light now that he is a crime-fighting hobo who lives in the basement of his non-working (from the looks of it) club, and they proceed to cutely bicker about how she didn’t buy him a bed because OMG SLEEP IN HERS ALREADY. Take a hint, Oliie.

Meantime, these two know what’s up.

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Oliver’s text alert goes off, and it’s Thea, who says she is on the Amalfi Coast because she somehow managed to avoid poverty. Oliver keeps asking for pics, but she probably isn’t sending them because she is really full-time into the official Queen pastimes of kicking ass and lying through your teeth. Roy flinches at mention of her name, and says he is leaving to go on a patrol. Oliver stops him briefly to tell him he did well tonight, and his expression softens somewhat. Felicity is heading to an early shift at her job, and when Oliver asks if they are “still on for tomorrow night” this adorableness happens:

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Turns out she is helping him prepare for a board meeting at Queen Consolidated to try to convince them to give him the company back. Diggle says he has to go as well to put together a scary bassinet for Lyla (because Lyla would not have any other kind), and that reminds Oliver of something.

He’s poor now, so he made Diggle and Lila’s baby a girl a really sharp pointy necklace out of four arrow heads in the shape of a throwing star, and Diggle is touched and also stoked because now he can teach his infant daughter to be a ninja. Oliver congratulates him not only on his impending fatherhood, but on his happiness. Diggle says Oliver should try it, but Oliver demurs, listing the reasons why he is “not a catch at the moment”, which mainly runs along the theme of all his girlfriends being assassins who maybe like him but loooove killing. “Maybe Felicity will change all that,” Diggle says, and Oliver says “It’s not the right time”.  Diggle says that things are “as good as they ever will be”, plus he loves her, he “told her so”. Oliver says he was trying to fool Slade. Sure, Diggle says, except now he is fooling himself.

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***FLASHBACK ALERT*** Oliver and his wig are running through the streets of Hong Kong, stealing phones and destroying property in a bid to get back home. Meanwhile, this dude shoots at him, and, when he tries to email home from a café, shoots the computer he was using.Owner of the cafe that saved up for MONTHS for that outdated PC cries salty tears.

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They fight, destroying even more property, and when Oliver complains he can’t “understand Chinese”, the guy tells him in English that if he tries to escape again, he’ll beat him senseless, then pistol whips him senseless to illustrate his point. This is our introduction to Maseo Yamashiro. ***END FB***

Next scene up, Laurel is smug because she managed to get the criminal Oliver convicted in jail. Sure, Laurel, I guess that’s as hard as chasing him down an alley and bare-knuckling him, so you take that credit. Bully you. She jokes about being “in business” with Oliver and I already can’t wait for this scene to end. Brief light at the end of the tunnel when she talks to Daddy Lance, who is now Captain Daddy Lance (which is also his rap name), and asks him to please stop trying to off himself running around town now that he has the opportunity to wear dress blues and just stand there and look pretty with his new sleek aerodynamic head.

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Captain Lance is not only there to tell merciful lies to his youngest, but to surprise Oliver with a public acknowledgment of the Arrow’s contribution to the city’s safety, and announce the dismantling of the city’s anti-vigilante task force. Oliver is so touched he smiles again (O.Q. official smile count: 6), and I maybe hate Laurel a little less right now, because anyone who contributes to a plot device that ups the Queen Smile Quotient can’t be all bad.

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The press conference footage transitions to playing on a TV in an unspecified baddie’s crime den, where the top said bad guy complains that “less heat on the Arrow means more heat on us” and his goons complain that the ATF has their grenade launchers and WTF is the purpose of bribing cops, anyway? He is interrupted by a dude with an unspecified accent so hard to understand they even have the actor playing opposite him mention it, so you don’t think the sound guy messed up. This is about where it falls on the UAS:

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He says that what the villains really suffer from is a “lack of leadership”, and when current top evil bad guy objects, saying he’s nothing but a low-level pusher, he shoots a dart into his neck while announcing his name: “I am Vertigo.” He assumed the name and tinkered with the Count’s formula, including “an additive produced by certain mushrooms,” which reveals the face of the subject’s “greatest fear.” What is the bad guy  scared of? Roughly the same thing Lt. Ripley is.

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Vertigo then stabs the dude in the carotid with another dart and announces his super-original master plan:kill the Arrow. Surprisingly, no objections from the remaining bad guys, but that’s evil for ya. No loyalty.

Outside Verdant, Oliver runs to catch up with Felicity and asks her how work was. She tells him that it wasn’t work so much as a “soul-sucking exercise in misery that offers medical and dental.” You paint that picture, girl. Aren’t they all?

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She tells him she is highly motivated to help convince the board to sell back Queen Consolidated to him, even if he isn’t really qualified to run it. She says he has “passion”, and that he cares for the people that work there and he should “speak from the heart.” That’s all you need, right? Who needs an MBA? No one.When she says this, she pats his chest over his heart and Oliver stops in his tracks, ready to take a chance.

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He asks Felicity if she wants to go to dinner with him, and she responds, “I’m being serious, Oliver.” So am I, he says, at which point she tells him that she doesn’t want to “read too much into this,” but is he asking her out on “an actual date”? Oliver starts to stammer about how it includes dinner, she calls him on usually being the one speaking in partial sentences. He takes a breath and says, “Felicity, would you like to go out on a date with me?” “Yes,” she responds, smiling and nodding almost before he finishes.

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God, these two delightful dorks.

That evening, Team Arrow are back to their usual shenanigan, fightin’ evil and looking smooth as silk.

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Diggle is reporting on a liquor store holdup, and Oliver, tearing around on his motorcycle, wants a picture sent to Roy and to be patched in to Felicity, who says she “can’t talk right now,” then promptly proceeds to make excuses to her customers to talk right then.

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Oliver takes advantage of the fact that he has her on the phone tracking the perp to ask her if she likes Italian. This scene was much-repeated in the promos, so I won’t expound on it here.

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Felicity tells him she does like Italian, and that Detective Captain Lance is also on his way to the sewers, where the bad guy is.

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Lance catches up to him first and beans him with his flashlight, which leaves the Captain gasping and reaching to take some pills. Oliver catches up to the perp and knocks him out, and walking back to Lance, thanks him for what he said that day. The Captain wishes he could have done more, but Oliver says he has done enough, and that there is something he needs to do. “What, have you got a hot date or something?,” Lance asks. Oliver smiles under his hood as he walks away.

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***FLASHBACK ALERT*** Amanda Waller walks up to where Oliver is sitting, guarded by Maseo, after his ninth escape attempt in five months, and complains that this is her reward for saving him from drowning. Oliver asks why she did it, but she responds that it is “need to know”. He tells her that he doesn’t care about anything except going home, and he will keep trying to escape.

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She threatens to kill him, and he says to go ahead. She stares at him a moment, looks at Maseo and announces, “We’re going to have to try this another way.” Maseo knocks Oliver out, and he falls off his chair.***END FB***

Next up, the meet-cute between Felicity and Roy. I neither understood nor care to understand most of the dialogue here, so here’s the scene in four quick caps-

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At their OB/GYN’s office, Diggle and Lyla are being told to sit tight, since Braxton-Hicks contractions don’t actually mean you’re in labor.

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Lyla mentions to Dig that he looks scared, and he jokes about facing down the Taliban, Malcolm Merlyn and the worst villains and admits that yes, he’s terrified.

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Meanwhile, Oliver arrives at his date LIKE A BOSS.

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Stashes his bag in an air vent, and looks for Felicity. Boy, does he find her.

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As they sit, Oliver smiles twice (OQ OFFICIAL SMILE COUNT: 11), and fidgets, and Felicity is startled. “What?” she asks. “nothing,” he replies, still grinning. “Nervous?,” she intuits in the way she has of reading him and he admits, “Yes.” “Line forms behind me,” she laughs. He stops the waiter, telling her that the “booze might help” with the nervousness, but she whispers furtively that it wouldn’t mix well with the three anxiety pills she took before the date.

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The waiter leaves, and he asks if it’s crazy for them to feel nervous. She points out that they have already exhausted all first, second, third and potentially all date topics. And, she blurts out, she has “seen him shirtless. Multiple times. Shirtless all the time.” I’m sure she doesn’t want to sound as creepy as we the fans, but when the waiter comes with the water and she is saved from elaborating on this theme it’s frankly a pity. I could have used a visual aid.

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She shouldn’t have worried, though, because she is by no means the biggest weirdo at that table. Oliver tells her that there are still some things she doesn’t know about him and when she asks him to name one, he says that he was not on the island all five years he was gone. Felicity doesn’t seem surprised though, and asks where he was. “Hong Kong, for one,” he says.

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He tells her he has been thinking a lot about his time there and the choices he had to make. His voice is very quiet, and he is visibly emotional. “Those years sound like they were full of a whole lot of suck,” Felicity says gently, and he almost smiles, reaching up to wipe at his face and apologize to her, as he feels “out of [his] element.” After a deep breath he begins to explain that during his time away, he couldn’t completely trust anyone, and as a result, he stopped seeing people and instead, started seeing threats-or targets, and that when he came home, he didn’t know how to turn that part of himself off. 

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And when he walked into her office, she was the first person he could see as a person. “There was just something about you,” he smiles.

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“Ugh, I was chewing on a pen,” she says, self-consciously putting her hand to her face. “It was red,” he says, as if he were telling her she was beautiful, and there is a perfect moment where they are just completely caught up in each other.

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Evil minion #2 is on the roof, talking to Vertigo about how the Arrow is definitely in the restaurant. He thinks they should get closer, but Vertigo says they are “close enough,” and opens a suitcase.

In the restaurant, Oliver asks Felicity if she remembers him telling her that he couldn’t be with someone he could really care about because of what he they do. She does, and says so. “So maybe I was wrong,” he says, and they gaze at each other with their hearts in their eyes.

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On the roof, Vertigo whistles while he aims a RPG at the restaurant. Inside, Ollie’s senses a disturbance in the force, and dives for his girl Friday, and for cover. They didn’t even get their food, and that makes me angrier than anything.

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The frame is tight on Oliver’s closed right eye, which opens suddenly as he focuses on the room around him, and finds Felicity.

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Oliver carries Felicity to the Arrow Cave, and places her on the table. She is okay, just passed out, but he still looks impotent and upset. Diggle asks if he thinks it was a coincidence that their restaurant got bombed and he looks momentarily nonplussed.

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His expression only worsens when Roy shows him the GPS he found in his bag, and they realize that the crook he caught earlier with Capt. Lance was a setup so they could plant the device on him. Diggle takes one look at Oliver and tells him he knows what he’s thinking.

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Oliver denies it, but immediately says that he knows why this happened, and it’s because he lost his focus. He calls Lance to find out who is at the top of that organization, and how he can get a hold of him. Lance says he is on it, and Oliver hangs up.

Ollie walks back to the table where Felicity is, only to have her suddenly jerk awake and yank him down to her with a frightened “Oliver!” “Hey,” he says quietly to her, “You’re safe. You’re safe. I’m here.”

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Maybe physically, but mentally, Oliver is already Arrowed up and ready to kick ass.

At the tattoo parlor hunting Vertigo wabbits, Oliver is startled by and almost shoots  Capt. Lance, who refuses to sit it out because of the damage Vertigo has caused, and gives him Vertigo’s real name, Werner Zytle. Oliver assures him he has things under control, but warns him to keep his “head on a swivel.” Then he runs right into Vertigo, who introduces himself again because this a dude who really, really likes his name.

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Oliver says that Count Vertigo is dead, but Zytle says some things never die, Oliver being one of them. Even if the Count is dead, his “glorious narcotic lives on” and Zytle hits Oliver in the chest with a dart, to show Oliver his greatest fear….which is Oliver.

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Arrow-Ollie and Evil-Ollie fight, and you know Evil-Ollie DOES NOT GIVE because his shirttails are untucked like a hobo and he fights dirty. Right about when Evil-Ollie morphs back into Vertigo and we see him about to double-tap Ollie with a second dart to the carotid, we see Capt. Lance aiming at him from some distance away. Lance screams at Vertigo to “Get away from him or get put down,” and Vertigo throws the dart at him instead, missing rather badly as it sinks into a wall. This gives Oliver a chance to get away, and Vertigo turns back to Lance, ready to finish him off as he appears to suffer another heart attack.

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Right before he can, an arrow shoots into his back and Oliver runs back to help Lance, telling Felicity over the comm to call an ambulance.

Back at the Arrow Cave, Oliver is changing his suit and Felicity asks if he is okay. He ignores her question all together, and asks about Captain Lance. Felicity pauses for a split second while Diggle answers that he is “stable.” She has noticed his evasion, but decides not to call him on it. It turns out Lance had a coronary artery spasm, which was treated with medication, and that he will be fine. Oliver looks briefly insecure and then in a much softer tone, asks how Felicity is doing.

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She smiles and says that believe it or not, she has “had worse first dates”, but her joke doesn’t quite hit the mark, and Ollie looks obviously upset even as he rolls his eyes and turns to Roy to ask him to see if he can figure out what Vertigo has planned from his contacts on the streets. When Diggle offers to back him up, Oliver tells him it’s just intel-gathering, and that Roy can handle it. He tells Diggle to go home to Lyla.

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He then tells Felicity that “they need to talk,” and she asks if it’s about the date, or the date getting blown up. “Both,” he answers, and she says it’s okay, they will talk after they catch the baddie. She does wonder if they should have rescheduled the board meeting, which is in less than an hour, but Ollie says “ I got this.”

***FLASHBACK ALERT*** Ollie wakes up in a house in Hong Kong, again complaining that he doesn’t speak Chinese when he discovers the woman speaking to him is actually doing  so in Japanese. He asks her where he is, and she says he is in “our home, mine and my husband’s”. When he asks her who her husband is, the camera pans to Maseo, holding out soup and asking him if he wants dinner. Now that’s decent captivity!***END FB***

At Starling City General, Captain Lance wakes up and warns Laurel that yelling at him is against doctor’s orders. Great she says, because he’s already ignored doctor’s advice by going out in the field. She tells him that the night he collapsed, the ER doctor asked if he had an Advanced Healthcare Directive, which is what they ask for when they think you are going to die. She sits on his bed, upset.

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He apologizes to her, and she wants to know why he keeps pushing himself. He tells her he was a cop even before she and her sister were born, and if he isn’t a cop anymore, what is he? “You’re my father,” she says, holding his hands, “and I need you.”

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Back to Queen consolidated, where Oliver arrives for his meeting only to find out there is another bidder. It’s Ray Palmer, dropping grins and handshakes like a politician and just as smarmy.

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Or maybe that’s just me. In the board room, Oliver makes an emotional plea to be allowed back at the head of the company, speaking about how his family built it and nothing is more important to him than family. “Good speech,” Ray says, “hard to top.” And then proceeds to do just that.

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He has information on the company’s numbers under Oliver’s “managment” (which he got thanks to Felicity’s hackvice). And he speaks about how the company can’t “hope to survive” when the city it is located in “is dying”, and he proposes a CITY REBRANDING so that people want to live there again, which is both ridiculous and genius and I hate him and he is nuts and I am kind of on board with this.

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Leaving the board meeting, Felicity catches up to Oliver and apologizes, saying that she really thought things would go their way. So did Oliver, but he admits that QC may do better under Palmer, and that trying to get it back would be selfish, since he struggled with having time for it in the past. He says that the past 12 hours have reminded him that two years ago, he “made a decision to put Oliver Queen aside and be the Arrow,” and that it’s “not a choice [he] gets to un-make.” Felicity touches his arm and walks around him, trying to make him look at her. “Last night you didn’t feel that way,” she contends, but Oliver reminds her of what happened.

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She says the explosion was not his fault, and he tells her about Vertigo’s formula making him see his worst fear, and how he say himself. She isn’t convinced that he is afraid of himself, and he clarifies “I think I’m afraid of what would happen if I let myself be Oliver Queen.” Felicity falls silent, having nothing to say to this.

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Walking back into the Arrow Cave, Roy and Diggle tell Oliver their working theory, which is that Vertigo is killing off the three major competing crime bosses in a bid for total power. Felicity rushes to tell him their location, and snaps at Diggle when he hurries her that they all “don’t walk around with little GPS’s”. Actually, she realizes, they do. They are all on recent parole, and she uses their ankle monitors to trace them all to the same location: Rockets Arena.

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Turns out it is the night of the heavyweight prize fight, or “Christmas for crime bosses,” as Roy describes it. Even though there are 20K people there, Diggle doesn’t think he’ll flinch at killing that many to finish off the remaining three, but Oliver says he will use a larger explosive device, and asks Roy to suit up.

Diggle asks where he wants him to go, but Oliver wants him to stay put, saying he is about to be a father when Diggle asks him what changed. Digg calls foul, saying he’s known that for the past five months, and presses him. Oliver admits that he’s changed, and that his risks can’t be Diggle’s since he has “a life, a new life…Something I can’t have.” Felicity listens in the foreground as Ollie blames himself for Lance being hurt and Diggle argues that both he and Lance get to make their own decisions. “Not this one,” Oliver says very quietly. Digg tries to reason with him one last time. “Oliver, I’ve given the past two years of my life to your crusade and I don’t know what that’s supposed to earn me, but it earns me at least the right to make my own choices.” “No it doesn’t,” Ollie rejoins instantly, and Diggle loses his temper, getting in his face and yelling that Oliver “would be dead ten times over” if it wasn’t for him.

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“You’re right,” Oliver says calmly, almost sadly. “But this is my crusade, which makes it my decision.” Diggle walks out without saying another word, and Felicity, the foreground, starts to cry.

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At the arena, the fight is going strong and Vertigo has set a bomb. “It’s a five-minute timer,” he tells one of his minions as he walks by, who nods and then promptly gets shot with an arrow.

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Oliver drops from the ceiling pissed off and ready to punch out his feelings. One of the guys threatens him with a knife, taunting “What are you waiting for?” When Roy comes out of nowhere and triangle-chokes him and as he falls, Oliver says “My partner.” It’s a pretty badass moment.

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Oliver checks in with Felicity, who has found the bomb in the maintenance tunnel behind the stairs. Roy tells Ollie he will get the bomb, and Oliver goes after Vertigo.

Zytle, who was running out to what looked like the top level of the parking garage, comes face-to-face with a waiting Arrow and throws another dart at Oliver’s chest, jeering that it is almost as if he has “developed an addiction to Vertigo.” Once again, his image flickers to that of Evil-Ollie.

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Under the stairs, Roy uncovers the bomb timer, sitting on what looks like a palletful of C4.

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Evil-Ollie wavers and finally, as Oliver closes his eyes and seems to focus fades entirely back into Zytle. Oliver pulls the dart out of his chest and announces “I’ve made my choice.” Vertigo runs at him, and they begin to fight. As Vertigo’s remaining minion tries to join the fray, he is blocked by a familiar face, and both heroes take a moment for an exhilarating beat down.

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Inside the stadium, Roy is telling Felicity that they are running out of time. She tells him to cut the yellow wire, but there is no yellow wire, so she guides him towards the A/C system, where he can disconnect a freon tube and, with 37 seconds to go, freeze the bomb. Roy does this using pole moves that would do a stripper proud, and manages to freeze it with one second to go.

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Outside, both Oliver and Sara have worn their respective fights, and stop for a friendly chat, only briefly interrupted by Vertigo getting up, Oliver shooting him through the heart, and his dying proclamation that there “will always be a Vertigo” because Oliver gave it “the power.”

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Oliver and Sara chat about the usual: the weather, family and the best way to hide your radio transmissions. Turns out Sara was on her way to visit Laurel until she overheard Felicity’s transmission. Oliver asks if she is back for good,  and that he hopes so. “We’ll see,” she says, and asks how he is. “I’m working through a few things,” he says, and she grins and reaches to put her hands on his shoulders. “Word of advice? We’re not our masks. And we need people in our lives who don’t wear one.”

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She smiles, he is thoughtful, and they both walk away.

Felicity is walking hurriedly into the hospital, and is surprised to meet Ray Palmer in the hallway, who’s been stalking her via her phone GPS, because he is interested in hiring someone with her skill set.

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Turns out someone hacked his cellphone, laptop and desktop. Felicity is totes #sorrynotsorry to hear it, but doesn’t admit anything. Ray tells her that all of his data has been replaced with “audio files of porcupine flatulence,” and that he was hoping an apology for misleading this person would merit an undo, plus he ants to offer her a job again.

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Felicity says it would, unless he used that information to deliberately steal this person’s friend’s company, in which case he should get “ used to the sounds of spiky rodents farting.” He tries to tell her he didn’t even need the data because his speech was “pretty good”, but she informs him that her friends just had a baby, and “there is another slimy little human” who needs her attention. “BTW,” she says, walking away, “you might want to check your tablet.”

Felicity walks in and sees the baby a second before Oliver does.

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He stands in the doorway and shyly says hello to Diggle. Digg comes over and thanks him “for being right.” He looks lovingly upon his daughter. “The second I looked at her, everything changed,” he tells Ollie. “My whole universe…changed. You were right.”

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He goes to shake Ollie’s hand, but gets pulled in for a hug instead, and my emotions are at a 11. They separate, and as Oliver stares at Felicity, Lyla and Baby D, we get another memory of Hong Kong.

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***FLASHBACK ALERT***Oliver looks out the window of Maseo’s house and asks him how to get out of there. “You can’t leave,” Maseo says, and Oliver tells him that he can’t stop him. Maseo says he has repeatedly, and that Amanda wants him working for her. “I’d rather die,” Oliver retorts, and that is when Maseo clarifies that it is not his life that is under threat should he leave.

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Amanda has “motivated” him by threatening his family, and he tells Oliver about an old proverb of his father’s, “a man cannot live by two names.” Oliver asks what it means, and he tells him that in his case, it means he has “no choice.” ***END FB***

Walking out of Lyla’s hotel room, Felicity is raving about the baby when Oliver interrupts her to say that they “have to talk”. “I don’t want to talk,” she says, admitting it’s rare for her, but she knows that “as soon as we talk, it’s over.”

Oliver looks both sincere and wrecked, and my poor heart is already shriveling. “I’m SO sorry,” he tells her. “I thought I could be me, and the Arrow…but I can’t. Not now. …Maybe not ever.”

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Felicity, who has been hurt and understanding and encouraging, finally gets angry, and draws her line in the sand.

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“Then SAY ‘never’. Stop…” her voice breaks, and she continues, tears in it, “…dangling maybes. Say it’s never going to work out between us. Say you never loved me–” He interrupts her with a whispered, “Oh, Felicity,” and he kisses her.

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It is brief and at the end there is a moment where they pause, lips still touching, before Oliver pulls away and looks her in the eye as he holds her face. “Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you,” he tells her, and it’s as good as a declaration.

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Felicity’s response is as true to character as it is heartbreaking. “I told you as soon as we talked” she says, pushing his wrists and freeing her face, “it would be over,” and she walks away, leaving Oliver with his hands frozen in the air until his phone rings, distracting him.

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“It’s Barry,” Barry says. “I woke up, and I need some advice.”

On a rooftop in the city, the Lance sisters are having a meetup.

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Sara asks Laurel how their father is doing and she responds “Same,” but that he’ll be better when he sees her. Sara doesn’t want it known that she’s in town just yet, however, because her life is complicated. Laurel reminds her they didn’t want her to pick that life, but she says she picked it for herself. Laurel gets a call from the office asking her to sit in on the Arena perp’s interrogation, and the sisters hug it out.

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“Laurel Lance, always trying to save the world,” Sara teases. “Runs in the family,” Laurel responds. It is the most mature and human I have ever seen Laurel act, and a nice moment between the two characters. Laurel tells her sister she loves her and takes off, and Sara is left alone on the roof. “Hello, Sara” we hear a deeply modulated voice say. She turns and asks “What are you doing here?” and gets shot, three arrows in the stomach.

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She stumbles off the edge of the building, hitting her head on the trash can and falling only a few feet away from where her sister stands on the street, her mask falling off during her fall. Laurel runs over and gathers the broken, bloody body to her as she cries, screaming her sister’s name.

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I’m going to go drink now.

Thanks for reading! I can’t promise an update for every episode (the spirit has to move me), but I will try to do as many as I can, and if you want a heads-up, you can follow me here or @conniebv on Twitter.

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