The Outlander Holiday Gift Guide

If you, like I, have trouble shopping for people that technically don’t exist or their real-world doppelgängers, give me a cyber-five, and never say I don’t think of you.

FOR THE LADIES

1) Mrs. Fitz. If you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life trippin’ the light fitztastic, you’re in luck. I was born an elderly Scots woman.

Mark her territory to anyone intent on making mischief in her kitchen with this personalized cutting board. Put a big knife next to it so they know you mean business.

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Personalized Cutting Board, $32 at ShadyOakBoardCo on Etsy

In the same vein, Mrs. Fitz is an alpha femme who loves nothing more than being on top of her housekeeping game and showing up that Fiona, so gift her with something that will enable her to out-fancy every other household for miles with her epicurean dominance.

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French Spice Stack, $25 at Dean & DeLuca

2) Laoghaire. We all have one of these in our group, and rather than crap on a poor girl because of her cluelessness, let’s all Cher Horowitz the $#@! outta this situation.

First, because OBVS. Girl, you gotta love yourself. Dudes come later, when you’re all “FYEAHME”.

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The Feminine Mystique, $18.27 on Amazon.com

Once she’s read that, really, just listen to this. If you don’t feel your feminine power rise up and shake its booty on “Flawless”, I can’t help you. Now go conquer, girl. Be better.

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Beyoncé CD + Blu-Ray, $18.29 at Target

3) Geillis. GillyD is a whole ‘nother breed. Among the most unpredictable frenemy in your cadre, but fabulous as hell and pragmatic in a way few of us can ever be. Expect to pay out the nose, because this is a lady that enjoys the finer things.

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Izolda Silver Plated Crocheted Feathers Cuff, $157 at Ksemi on Etsy

And because this lady has a mouth and isn’t afraid to use it, you never know when a little, um, assistance may be needed. Best to be prepared.

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TaskOne iPhone Case, $89.95 at The Task Lab

4) Claire. Our heroine is tough as nails, scientifically-minded and has that milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard. What do you get the woman who has everything? The obvious answer is liquor, but she may appreciate one of these, as well.

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The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, $29.99 on Amazon.com

And why not. When you are already married and need to marry again, you need a drink. How do you eliminate the chance of dicey water, the dilution of your whisky and keep your drink soothingly cool?

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Sipping Stones, $11.95 on Amazon.com

FOR THE DUDES

1) Black Jack. I don’t even know what you’re still doing here. If you know this one or one of them, RUN.

But if you refuse to run, get the tormented demon in your life the only gifts that count, your compliant submission, your plentiful tears, and these beautiful leather tools of punishment, because you’re bad-and you need to be punished in an efficient, portable manner.

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Black leather paddle, $30 at 6WHIPS on Etsy

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Black and red leather mini-flogger, $ at 6WHIPS on Etsy

2) Frank. For those of us in love with the beta male, Frank’s our guy. He’s smart, kind, the kind of man that forgives needing to get some side-boo in times of war and, if the evidence holds up, a great lay. I love me a studious man who both looks and acts the part (Professor in the streets, gigolo in the sheets). If this happens to be you, boys, rejoice. Those of us that are homebodies are big fans.

Lecture boring? Won’t matter if your man’s in tweed. If a blazer is too much, ease into it with a vest.

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Bar III Carnaby Tweed Vest, $69.99 at Macy’s

This man owns many leather-bound books and his apartment smells of rich mahogany. Keep the Indiana Jones fantasy going with a briefcase that is both classic and tactile. Rawr.

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Amerileather Legal Executive Briefcase, $89.99 at Overstock.com

3) Dougal. If the object of your generosity is a bearded Veep with a wry sense of humor and zealous ideals, you’re in luck. Hit them with a 1-2 punch of gifts that both celebrates their occasional zaniness and their hunger for power. Then accept my hearty congrats. If this is you, SAME.

Get him a shirt that asserts his superior hirsuteness AND bedroom prowess. I don’t think I need to sell this any more than that. Also good for any Murtaghs.

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Furry and Delicious tee, $20 at Burlyshirts.com

Yummy bears who wrestle with ideas of right vs. might, loyalty to country vs. family, attraction to a woman not your own and other moral conundrums may appreciate the go-to book for all who would be leaders.

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The Once and Future King, $8.99 at Amazon.com

4) Jamie. Finally, our Prince in Plaid, the redheaded Beatle. If you have one of these, I have no idea what you are doing wasting time with me. If you are one of these, same. Jamie is a perfect, borderline unrealistic specimen. Not only is he Michealangelo’s David come to life, but he has a gooey center and he loves fiercely. I am going to stop typing now before I cry. Why I wasn’t born a fictional brown-haired English nurse, I’ll never know.

For the most part, this man will have simple needs, and one of them will be food. Keep up that physique with some quality protein delivered from the Midwest to your door, and from your door to his tummy.

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Filet Fling Steak Club, $84 at OmahaSteaks.com

One of the most endearing characteristics of Jamie’s character is the fact that he was a virgin before Claire. Experience has its place, but there is nothing like an authority of the subject to imbue you with um, ideas.

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The Joy of Sex, $14.44 at Amazon.com

So there you go, Outlanders! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy shopping for all your friends and family, made up by Diana Gabaldon or otherwise. If you like, you can follow me here  or @conniebv on Twitter.

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‘Sup. Arrow Photo Recap 306, “Guilty”

Y’all I can’t even say how excited I am about recapping this ep. I would venture to say I am more excited that I was for the previous episode, because this is a Laurel-centric ep. “But Connie,” you’re thinking, “you have made it pretty damn clear you don’t think kindly of her character arc!” AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY. I am firing on all cylinders, so fair warning. I am locked and loaded for satire, and will likely make little to no effort to be deep. Frolic through this field with me.

We start with Oliver rudely interrupting Roy reliving the trauma of his “OMFG I killed Sara” dream and once again, telling him to “get his head into the game.” Let’s just put a mental bookmark on this, K? Team Arrow’s trying to stop a massive Culebra drug deal yadda yadda. What you need to know is that Roy is off, Diggle has a mask, and this is the prettiest bunch of crime fighters ever.

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This may not be the lesson they want me to learn, but I am starting to think that if you want to fight crime, skill is less important than being at least a solid 7 in the looks department.

In any case, the entrances and roof appear to be clear, and it’s because all the occupants are dead and strung up from the ceiling like extras in a workout scene from Rocky or morbid piñatas, with a message written in blood underneath them that is pretty neat and clean for something written with a bodily fluid.

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He even cleaned up around the edges! So tidy. Also: Diggle speaks Spanish. That’s half the team speaking my native tongue. My heart grows two sizes today.

Back at the Arrow cave, Felicity needs to find a gangster(a?) that the killer took alive from the scene, and it’s like searching for one Paco in a metric crap-ton of Pacos. Oliver cares less about Paco than he does about the budding blood artist, so he mainly just wants to use him as a lead. He tells Roy to take a knee for the rest of the night (this exhausts my game metaphors) and that he’ll take care of it alone.

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Roy apologizes for being “a little out of it lately” and Oliver tells him not to be sorry, but instead be rested, and that he wouldn’t be much of a teacher if Roy bit it because he allowed him out when his reaction time was slow.

***FLASHBACK ALERT*** A marketplace with dubious wares.

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Turns out China White is Oliver’s mispronunciation of her name (Sounds like ‘Cheng Na-Weh’ when Maseo says it.) This is the most gripping fact in the entire flashback. Oh yeah, and Oliver chases a dude Maseo told him to, loses him to a car driving through the market with enough force to kill him but not other pedestrians, and can’t remember him stashing an envelope he was supposed to take from him. I’m also reasonable sure I saw Felicity in the crowd scene. image

***END FB***

At Ted’s gym, Laurel is improving and Ted compliments her by suddenly changing the rules and knocking her flat on her ass. image

He tells her that fighting was about getting surprised, and getting up off the mat when she falls. I knew I liked you, Ted, but now I know why. She wants to keep sparring, but Ted wants to subvert her new relationship with egg whites by taking her out for Korean tacos cause protein, y’all.

At the Arrow Cave, Roy and Felicity are alone, and he wants her to test his blood for Mirakuru. She asks if he is okay, because Mirakuru shouldn’t affect his sleep.

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When she becomes concerned and outright asks if he is okay, though, he folds and says he’s fine, just looking for ways to sleep.

Out about the Glades, Oliver is using her powers of persuasion and interrogative skills to look into Paco, and by that I mean he is shooting arrows into some Sean Paul button downs and stretching out some leather jackets.

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One gangster(a?) tells him that Paco is a nickname for a guy named Emilio Ortega, and Oliver thanks him politely before backhanding him unconscious. I guess it’s okay because he’s a bad guy? Gangsters are people too, Oliver! image

He tells Felicity, who pings his cell’s GPS, and finds Ortega hanging upside down…in Ted’s gym. You know its Ted’s gym because Ted walks in and surprises him. Oliver asks Ted why he killed all the men, but he’s all WTF and Laurel, who walked in with him, is all OMG OLLIE STOP IT and Oliver is all GET OUT LAUREL, but she refuses to leave because she says Ted didn’t do it and alibis him. She tells Oliver that Ted was with her the past two hours and “that” wasn’t there when they left.

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At the Cave, Roy tests negative for Mirakuru (although he needs to watch his cholesterol), and I must have missed the episode where Felcity acquired phlebotomy skillz.

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When he is too relieved Felicity gets suspicious and asks him why. He tells her that he’s been dreaming, remembering feeling not like himself, strong, and that in those dreams he killed Sara. He tells her that the dreams felt like memories, and that he remembers throwing arrows into her. He’s all “Welp, glad that’s over” just as Felicity is all “Ah, balls. It’s on, now.”

At the Wildcat Gym, Quentin is asking Laurel about Ted and telling her that the police will release him if his story checks out. Laurel leaves via her back door, and this gives us our first glimpse of a certain redhead.

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She keeps walking until she finds Oliver, and they discuss Oliver’s suspicions of Ted. Laurel says he caters to some rough clientele and suspects someone was trying to send him a message, but Oliver wants to speak to him directly. Laurel asks if it’s about the murder, or her, because OF COURSE.

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Oliver reminds her that two weeks ago he said he wouldn’t train her, and now she has someone training her. Laurel says she is learning to box to let off steam, and when Oliver tells her to be careful, repeats that Ted didn’t do it, but Oliver insists.

***FB ALERT*** Oliver is sitting still and trying to remember reaaaaal hard when Maseo’s son entices him into a memory game. In another part of the house, the Yamashiros are whisper-arguing. Maseo is asking his wife for her help, but she declines because all she wants is for them to leave.

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Maseo tells Tatsu that the second China White is caught, his debt is paid, and she reluctantly agrees. Upon seeing her son playing with Oliver, she orders him away and tells Oliver that she will house, feed and clothe him, but that her “son is off limits.” When he gets up to go, she tells him to stay so she can help him, and to do exactly as she says. ***END FB***

At the Cave, Diggle tells Oliver he’s heard of Ted Grant, and he saw his title match a few years back on Pay-per-View, vouching for his fighting ability. Roy brings up the fact that Laurel’s vouching for him.

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Felicity hacked the murder investigation and found out that despite the gang members being armed to the teeth, not a single shot was fired and they were beaten to death with brass knuckles. I guess while each was beat the others just patiently waited their turn and maybe had a smoke break or checked their Tinder. Whatever. I’m sure it’s doable. Still, the perpetrator of this crime and another six years before was left-handed with the same M.O., and Ted Grant was known as “The Starling Southpaw” so it’s good enough for government work.

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Oliver, who probably had a gut feeling about this and is not at all predisposed to dislike cats who sniff around his womenfolk, slapped him with a tracer unit earlier, and as it beeps on Felicity’s screen, he leaves to find him.

The Arrow follows the signal to a storage unit, where Oliver finds another body strung up like a punching bag. Scanning the room, he sees a mask, brass knuckles, knives, and newspaper clippings about a vigilante. When he bends down to pick up the tracer, discarded on the ground, Ted grabs him from behind and puts him in a headlock.

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Thus commences the sexiest fight ever on Arrow, and I’m not ashamed to say I rewound this several times just to yell “FIGHT FIGHT” like you do in high school. It’s pretty awesome and seamless and yes, in the middle of it Oliver stops, pokes an arrow into a boxing glove and shoots an arrow at Ted’s jaw with enough strength to knock him down flat on his back.

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Oliver tells him it’s the second time he’s found him with a dead body, and Ted denies guilt, claiming he’s being set up, and reveals he used to be  like him- a vigilante. Turns out six years ago he quietly policed The Glades, and he thinks the person knows him because the last victim had the keys to this storage unit, his “cave”, hung around his neck, which was obviously meant as a trail for him to follow. Oliver brings up a drug dealer that Vigilante-Ted killed six years ago and it’s hilarious how clueless he can be about others’ grey zones when he is so gray he is barely more than a shadow most days.

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Ted says it was that event that made him hang up the gloves (ha!) and leave the life. No one knew of his hideout except him. He proposes they help each other look into it.

This help involves meeting up with Laurel, who shows up with a file on the victim, one Albert Mancini. No priors besides parking tickets, and Ted doesn’t know him. Oliver asks Laurel if she realizes she’s training with a (former) vigilante. OLIVER WE JUST DID THIS, DUDE.

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Laurel didn’t know but seems mostly unaffected, until Oliver reveals that Ted beat a man to death six years ago, and he again tells her to stay away. Ted, tired of their private chat, walks over to look at the file. Laurel tells him Mancini was an out-of work magician’s assistant and Ted guesses the connection: Mancini worked at the Zanzibar, the same site where Ted committed the crime that led to the end of his vigilante career. Laurel proposes following the trail, and Ted asks how she knows the Arrow. She answers “We used to date,” a really cute funny way to link your not-secret identity to someone’s secret identity.

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Good job, Laurel. Someone as discrete as you is definitely ready to be a superhero. Oliver asks for another minute alone with her, and is all WTF and Laurel is basically like “You’re not the boss of me, FO.” Oliver asks if he knows what is driving her, and she tells him that she told Ted about Sara being gone. Oliver then asks if Ted knows that Laurel is trying to follow in Sara’s footsteps, and it’s obvious by her expression that she hasn’t shared that nugget yet. I’m gonna quote these next two lines exactly, because they’re relevant to a point I want to make.

Oliver: You’re playing a very dangerous game, Laurel.

Laurel: I can handle it.

Oliver: No you can’t. Cause you haven’t realized that it’s not actually a game.

Now I’m not usually Team Laurel, but I have to say her expression mirrored mine exactly here.

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LOLOLOL WHAT? Let’s get on top of this metaphor, Arrow Writers. Oliver has told people to “get their head in the game” more times than I can count, and if this doesn’t mean anything, it sure as hell makes me roll my eyes when I hear him tell Laurel that superhero’in isn’t a game. Please have someone rip that comparison apart or never use it again. Let’s all get our head out of this particular game, ‘mmkay?

Oliver and Ted leave, and when Ted asks about Laurel, Oliver says she isn’t coming.

Down in the cave, Diggle wants Roy to suit up to go meet up with Oliver and Ted as they track the killer. Felicity grabs Roy by the arm and says he can’t go because she has to talk to him about something important, and even though he is suspicious, Diggle says he’ll take care of it and goes alone. Felicity tells Roy that before they buried Sara, she did an MRI of the body and created a virtual autopsy that allowed her to analyze the body, force of blows, etc and that the angle and velocity of the arrows could be explained by residual Mirakuru still in his system that worked itself out before she tested his blood.

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Roy is once again the saddest panda as it becomes possible once more that he could have killed Sara. C’mon, Roy. You had almost ten minutes of relative happiness. That’s like a year in Arrow-time.

Diggle pulls into the parking lot at Zanzibar so he can watch the perimeter, and as the camera pans across, we get our second Cupid sighting of the episode.

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Inside, Oliver tells Ted that someone is going to a lot of trouble to get his attention, and wants to know how this relates to the murder six years ago. They are interrupted by a masked man on the floor above them.

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He greets Ted by name and says that he sees he got his message, the postscript of which involves being shot at. I hate this villain so far THE MOST, because I don’t want these two shot until I get at least a decent hug.

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From the conversation it becomes apparent that Shooty McGee used to be Ted’s partner in vigilantism, and that he feels betrayed by Ted, who just wanted to be a kinder, gentler vigilante than he did. Oliver manages to scare him off with an arrow, but as he takes off to chase after him when he flees, SCPD shows up and arrests Ted for multiple counts of homicide.

Walking back into Verdant, Oliver and Diggle are met by Laurel, who is outraged that Oliver got Ted arrested. Oliver tells her that it was actually the police who arrested him (even though a DA should know the basic  song and dance, really Laurel) and that they had cause to do so, what with the multiple bodies found in places he owned.

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Even so, he tells Laurel that he knows Ted is innocent, that he saw the actual killer, and even though he wore a full face mask, he thinks Ted knows who it is.

They go downstairs, and even though Felicity asks him not to, Roy greets them by confessing that he killed Sara. Laurel is incredulous, and Oliver is silent, thoughtful. When Laurel asks why he would do it, Roy tells her his and Felicity’s theory about the Mirakuru, and Felicity assures them that Roy had no memory of it specifically, except for fragments of dreams that could be memories. Roy tries to apologize to Laurel, reaching out to her, but she snaps at him not to touch her, and Roy starts to walk out of the cave. In fairness, trying to hug the sister of a person you think you killed is not the best call.

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John catches Roy’s arm as he brushes past him and asks him where he’s going, but Oliver tells him to let him go. They’ve been highlighting his faults this season, but this is one of Oliver’s more stellar characteristics. It’s true that he can lose his temper, but when the status quo goes to hell all around, he is a quiet, methodical problem solver, and he showcases that here, turning immediately to Felicity to ask if Roy wasn’t supposed to be cured. Felicity rationally responds that what they know about Mirakuru < what they don’t know, and this ticks Laurel off, thinking that she is excusing Roy for murdering her sister. Oliver once again interjects, his voice low and calm, asking if Felicity tested Roy’s blood against the DNA sample they found at the scene of Sara’s murder, but the results were inconclusive.

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When Laurel  draws back, saying she can’t process, Oliver walks over to her and gently tells her to focus on what she *can* process, that Ted knows who they need to find, and he needs her to get that information from him. Laurel says she can’t do it if Roy killed Sara and Oliver once again interrupts to tell her that if that is the case, they will deal with it, and that he needs her to deal with Ted. In all honesty, Ted might be training her to fight, but that is some grade-A compartmentalizing there, and a helluva useful skill for a mask to cultivate. Put those emotions in a box and deal with them later, Laurel. Know what that’s called, kids?

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Once she heads out, Oliver heads straight back to Felicity and asks how sure she is of Roy’s guilt. She tells him that the trace evidence, virtual autopsy and his memories all sound very incriminating, along with the fact that his trouble sleeping all started when Sara was killed.

***FB ALERT*** Tatsu sits with Oliver and leads him through some deep breathing so he can quiet his mind. image

Even though he claims not to have seen anything, he did see where the letter was hidden, and he remembers. ***END FB***

At the police station, Quentin is telling Ted that he’s being looked at for 16 murders, more than the Son of Sam and Ted Bundy. It’s not an auspicious start for his future SIL, and Ted’s posture echoes that.

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Laurel bursts into the interrogation room and asks to speak to him. Quentin sighs deeply and reminds Laurel of her shit taste in men before he walks out. Once the door shuts, Ted asks Laurel if she’s okay, but she answers that she’s not the one facing life in prison and asks for the name of the person framing him. He denies knowing it, and she says that she can’t help him if he lies to her, since he will be let go if the DA’s office chooses not to press charges. It’s worth noting that while she takes an antagonistic tone while questioning him, these two characters are once again visually in sync with each other and the scene. They are meant to be taken as a pair.image

Ted comes clean, and names the man as Isaac Stanzler, a one-time apprentice of his who actually committed the murder attributed to him 6 years ago. He lied to Laurel because he never wants to see him again, and he feels that the entire thing is his fault. Oh yay, I like Ted too much to think he could have beat a guy to death, and Oliver tests my morality enough on this show.

At the Arrow cave, Oliver is waiting to hear from Laurel when Felicity employs plausible deniability to let him know that Ted Grant was allowed to walk. Diggle asks Oliver to let him bring Roy back so he’s not running around on Mirakuru-leavin’s, and Oliver asks what he would do with him once that is done. Diggle says that if their crusade is about justice, then they can’t have two sets of rules, “one for the bad guys, and one for us.” While I hate to see my BROTP fight, it’s also kind of old-school romantic.

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Oliver tells him he brought Roy into the crusade, and John suggests maybe it’s time to cut him loose. Oliver, shocked, asks if he wants him to abandon him and Diggle says yes, if that’s what it takes to get justice for Sara. Man, that’s cold, John.

Leaving the station, Laurel asks Ted what he thinks Stanzler will do next, and it’s not really necessary to wonder because what he does is hold a gun to the back of Ted’s head, scare the sh*t out of me, and take his mask off to accuse his former teacher.

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He tells Ted that when he abandoned him to the Culebra they wanted payback for the man they lost, and they tortured him for months. Ted, visibly upset, apologizes to him and asks that they talk. Isaac agrees to talk, but he’s still gonna kill him. He gets in the back seat of Laurel’s car and holds a gun to her head as she drives. As Ted argues with him about teaching him better than to take innocent people hostage and Isaac airs his grievances, Laurel swipes her finger on her phone and dials the last number she called, Felicity.

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In the cave, Felicity answers the phone and puts it on speaker at Oliver’s request. He hears Ted and Isaac arguing, and remarks “That voice- that’s him,” which is great cause then Felicity can ping the phone and find them, but she starts reporting their position to him and COME ON YOU GUYS SPEAKER DOESN’T MEAN THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU. Even so, it is a treat to see my babies still have it when it comes to their working relationship. I know a lot of Oliciters are worried with the state of ship this season, but never fear you guys. These guys are doing nothing but coming closer to meeting each other halfway, and the journey is lovely. Know who else did that? Hint:

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Laurel keeps driving while the Ted and Isaac have their spat, and is distracted by a van aiming for her head-on. It’s Diggle, and his purpose isn’t entirely clear, but it does serve for us to find out that Isaac was Ted’s only friend. Oh, sweetie. Hugglz.

Oliver comes up behind them and Isaac shoots at him, but Oliver manages to shoot an arrow into the car. This ticks Isaac off enough to grab the wheel from Laurel and sideswipe Oliver off his motorcycle, and he falls into the road. As the car speeds away, another motorcycle shows up, and Isaac marvels at yet *another* vigilante. Diggle brings the van around and picks Oliver up off the road, and Isaac opens the door to shoot, which Laurel uses as an opportunity for a hard brake that throws him out of the car.

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As she speeds away, we see that on the second motorcycle is Roy. Laurel crashes the car and as Diggle and Oliver stop to help them out, Roy faces Isaac alone.

As the two apprentices circle each other, Isaac attempts some mental warfare along with the physical. He tells Roy that he’s not a person to the Arrow, just “another weapon in his arsenal” that he will turn his back on and abandon the second he does something wrong.

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This ticks Roy off enough to finish him off, and when Isaac is laid out on the road, he tells him “I’m not you.” When he turns, Oliver runs up to him and it’s apparent that even if he pretended they didn’t, Isaac’s words stung. “Don’t abandon me,” he tells his teacher, and Oliver’s reply is as firm as it is heartwarming. “Never.” You guys. I want a fanfic where Oliver and Roy eat popcorn and watch Robotech and then Oliver tucks him in. I NEED IT.

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Later that night, Ted is mopping blood off his floor and calls Oliver out for hiding in the shadows of the gym. He thanks him, and Oliver asks for his gratitude in the form of a favor: staying away from Laurel Lance. He tells him that Laurel is in a vulnerable place, and that he doesn’t want her getting hurt.

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Ted, demonstrating a Felicity-like knowledge of human nature (even if that nature is Laurel’s) asks him if he’s asked Laurel what she wants, and that if she stops coming, he’ll be okay with it. Oliver assures him she will, and Ted volunteers some advice. He tells him that what he did, what the Arrow does, is “playing judge and jury” and it messes with people’s heads. He says he cut Isaac loose too late, and that Oliver shouldn’t make the same mistake “with that kid you’re running around with.” Oliver returns some advice of his own. He tells Ted that his mistake wasn’t cutting Isaac loose, but losing faith in him.

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Afterwards, Oliver goes to pick up Laurel from the hospital, and tells her that when he told her he wouldn’t train her, he was trying to protect her, and that he didn’t have her training with someone like Ted in mind.

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Laurel tells him she’s not helpless, and Oliver says that he’s never thought of her that way, but he will always protect her because he cares. They hug, and Laurel asks about Roy. Oliver asks her in return if she trusts him.

In the Cave, Roy is staring at his costume and saying he will miss being part of the Team, because he was just getting good at it. Oliver affirms this, and Roy tells him what Isaac said, that he was just another weapon in Oliver’s arsenal. Oliver tells him maybe that’s what they should call him: Arsenal. Roy doesn’t know why Oliver would even let him suit up again, and tells him he is planning to turn himself in. Oliver tells him that there is something his brain is trying to tell him, and that it is best if he helps him find out what it is.

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Roy, pretty freaked out by the candle, declares the whole thing “weird”, but Oliver tells him he has been hurting, and wants him to meditate so that the source of his pain will reveal itself. He would have told him directly, but he was scared to make it worse for him. “Do you trust me?,” he asks and Roy’s reply to him is as firm and sure as his earlier one to him. “Always.” As Oliver puts him through the same exercise Tatsu taught him, Roy remembers his past and the flashes of Sara’s murder resurface, and slowly melt into…

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Kidding! ….Into Roy’s murder of the police officer while on Mirakuru. He wakes up when Oliver tells him to let go, tearful and horrified at what he’s done. He asks Oliver why he never told him, and Oliver says he had overdosed on Mirakuru and didn’t remember and he had hoped he never would. However once Felicity told him about his dreams, Oliver knew it was the memories of the police officer trying to resurface. He thinks the manner of Sara’s death precipitated them. Roy says that he didn’t kill Sara, but he’s “still a murderer.” Oliver tries to talk to him, but Roy leaves, saying he has to be alone for a while.

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***FB ALERT*** Oliver and Maseo head back to the market, and Oliver finds the envelope in a basket. When they open it, it is a picture of sheep grazing in a field. Maseo takes it home and tells Oliver it is an example of steganography, a dinosaur with plates on its back (I wonder how much Oliver’s private school cost) hiding a message within a message.

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When he decrypts it, the message reads “CONTACT LI KUAN HUI.”  Maseo doesn’t know who that is, but he’s interested in him. Oliver sees Tatsu and thanks her, but all she wants is for him to get out of their lives as soon as possible. ***END FB***

Back at his gym, Ted is hanging up new bags and letting Laurel in after hours. She tells him she just made sure that his past vigilantism fell under the statute of limitations so no future charges will be filed, and he’s grateful, but says she still shouldn’t be there. She contradicts him by saying that when Isaac had her at gunpoint and was shooting at her friends she should have been scared and rattled, but she wasn’t because he taught her.

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Ted says he’s been teaching her to box and that her pal “Robin Hood” doesn’t even want him to do that. Laurel comes clean and tells him her hope for their training, that she can gain the skills to avenge her sister and get justice. Ted is kind of disillusioned with the apprentice game, but Laurel reminds him it’s about getting up when you’ve been knocked down. Ted smiles at her, and I guess they have a deal.

Isaac’s being escorted to jail when the two officers flanking him get arrowed, and we get our third and final gander at Carrie Cutter, AKA Cupid. “Who the hell are you?” Isaac says, echoing the thoughts of the entire audience. “I’m Cupid, stupid.” NOPE. If rhyming is one of her defining characteristics, I’m already bored with her.

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As the closing title credits flash on the screen we hear the whoosh of the arrow that undoubtedly kills him, and even though he was a pretty irredeemable character, no one deserves to die with that dialogue still ringing in their ears. Poor bastard.

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Arrow 305 Photo Recap, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”

Here it was, our white whale. I’m going to try to be less literal in my recap to allow for some more insight, so bear with me. Let’s jump right in.

In the beginning, there was a training montage. And it was good.

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It ends with Thea questioning “how normal people spend their morning”, which transitions us to the much-talked about abode of Miz Smoak. Felicity’s at home getting her Jane Fonda on when the doorbell rings. Proving again that his character’s fatal flaw oscillates between lack of boundaries and intense ego, it’s Ray, here to deliver a DC comics classic line (see 1:14).

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He had an idea that merits popping up at your employee’s house without calling first despite the fact that he not only has a phone on him, but also a computer-watch and limitless resources. Felicity is very gracious about it, which is to say that she doesn’t propel him back in time with the power of her ire. I would have. He thinking about giving away the excess energy created by QC to the masses, and this is something that couldn’t wait for Felicity to have coffee, or even get dressed.

He’s expounding on his hippie view on energy and sharing his idea-napkin when we are treated to the blessed arrival of Mama Smoak, a woo girl who shares her daughter’s love of bright lipstick but not her technical know-how, as she never hit send on the text meant to advise her imminent arrival for a visit.

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Some quick double-takes on Ray’s part, who makes it very obvious that he is mentally aging Felicity forward 20 years and not unhappy with the mental image. While Felicity self-immolates in shame, they have a cute exchange which culminates in Ray gifting Donna Smoak with his super-cool computer-watch and Felicity sinking to the floor in mortification.

***FELICITYBACK ALERT*** Gothlicity is in her college dorm, alphabet-souping us with her tech wizardry and avoiding being eaten by a grue. image

Her boyfriend Cooper and she are making out not under covers, to the annoyance of the Cooper’s roommate, when they receive an alert that her not-super-virus is DOING THE THING.

She has hacked into the Department of Education’s Student Loan server, and Cooper takes this opportunity to take over the laptop and start deleting student loan accounts.

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Felicity and the roommate both warn him that that is a jailable offense but he keeps going until Felicity literally pulls the plug on the interwebz and stops him. Turns out Cooper wants to use their power for “hacktivism.” Even if it is a crime, he poses the problem to his girl in terms of being a hacker, or in his words, “a hero.” ***END FB***

Oliver is walking into a spacious apartment that looks more like an empty office at QC than living space. This is Thea’s new apartment, which she can afford because she is the sole beneficiary of Malcolm Merlyn’s estate. Oliver, unhappy at this, guesses that this is also the source of her Verdant funds, and tells her that it is “blood money.”

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When Thea counters that Malcolm wouldn’t hurt her because she is his daughter, Oliver says that he is “responsible for the death of 503 innocent people, one of which was [her] brother.” Thea, annoyed, holds up a metaphorical hand which she figuratively asks him to speak to and says that even if he is her brother, he can’t tell her how to live. She is her own person, she tells him, and that person demands that he return with popcorn or not at all.

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As she walks upstairs and away from him, Oliver is drawn to her windows by a sudden series of explosions, followed by a blackout that rolls over the city as he watches.

Quick cuts to the police precinct, Felicity’s apartment, and the city streets, where one of the booms makes baby Sara cry and I am totally down with killing the culprit, damn the Season 2 vow.

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imageThea rushes out to see what is going on, but Oliver has already left to save people being run over by cars like the hero he is. On his way home, he is distracted by a shop window whose TVs all turn on at the same time and start communicating in a computer-generated voice and giving its really boring self-righteous manifesto, which includes all the bad things that they’ll cause to happen to their enemies.

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The voice calls itself “Brother Eye”, speaks in plural and announces that “judgement has been rendered against this city” (you could almost say someone failed) and telling the citizens that this is the beginning of a sentence that they will serve “on their knees.” Who wouldn’t want this, citizens? When the voice announces “Let there be light”, the street lamps come back on, and Oliver hurries away.

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At Verdant, Felicity walks in with Donna in tow. She is impressed by the nightclub, but worried that her dress isn’t up to club standards. I would pay good money to see Mama Smoak dressed to kill. Felicity wants her to stay put upstairs, and tells her mother that her “friend owns the place” and that he just needs help with turning the power back on. This is confusing because the power is already on, and Oliver doesn’t own Verdant (does he?). In any case it doesn’t matter because the man himself saunters in and Charlotte Ross’s face looks just like Eddie Arkadian’s when Bruce Leroy got the glow. Bless.

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Us too, Momma. Us too. Even though Felicity is mortified and denies that Oliver is the friend who she came to help, she introduces him to her mother and homeboy is THRILLED.

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Oliver in turn introduces Diggle, who walks in with the manliest baby carrier and makes meaningful eye contact with Felicity before shaking her mother’s hand.

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Oliver tells Donna it was nice to “finally” meet her before racing after Diggle and asking why he brought the baby. Turns out Lyla is on a work trip and his nanny called out. When Oliver stutters that he isn’t comfortable with her there, Diggle deadpans “Who’s she gonna tell, Oliver?” Felicity, who overhears this, tells Diggle and Oliver that her mother “loves babies”. You can totally tell, because of her expression when she asks Diggle about his daughter:

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Downstairs, Felicity tells Oliver, Diggle and Roy that Brother Eye got access to the city by uploading a virus, and attempts to trace its source, but it deleted itself as soon as it finished its task. Oliver wants to find them before there’s a next time, which probably won’t happen because that would make for a pretty boring episode.

Speaking of boring, Laurel is back in her suit and turning up at the precinct, since she received the emergency services alert. It turns out the DA is out of town, so she is Acting District Attorney and DEAR GOD NO. Goddamnit, DC, take a lesson from Marvel here.

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Captain Lance takes a moment to call Felicity to ask if she is “on the Brother Eye thing” because “no one knows computers better than you.” She assures him that she is.

***FELICITYBACK ALERT*** Gothlicity is walking down the street talking her mother out of trying to get her a fake I.D. and then griping at Cooper for still being mad at her for pulling the plug on him. He wants her to think about how many debts he could have erased, but she wants him to consider how many he could have gone to prison for. He tells her to relax because [insert techy jargon that means they were untraceable here], but Felicity is all “Dude, no, [insert techy jargon that means there were digital arrows pointing at you so sorry here].” He tells her she is “hot when she’s being a chicken” and they make out.image

This is, of course, a totally appropriate response and it’s a bummer when it’s broken up by those douches at the FBI as they arrest him for being young, in love, and oh yeah, a criminal. Poor Felicity. I hope that’s waterproof eyeliner. ***END FB***

In the Arrow cave, the gang listens to Brother Eye pontificate about their next strike. It turns out electric power isn’t the only kind they’re interested in striking at. The voice threatens to turn the banks off, and drain all accounts to an even zero. Oliver, who’s probably struggling to maintain his minimum balance, urges Felicity to trace the signal. She tells him she has set up “breadcrumbs”, which she hopes she can follow.

Back at the police precinct, Laurel abuses her temp position and the city charter to send a riot squad to the Starling National Bank. Even the officer taking her order is like “SORRY WHA?” but she lowers her pitch a  half-step and that apparently does the trick because he scurries away to do as he’s told.

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In the cave, Oliver and Diggle see the order come in and Diggle comments that sending a Riot Squad to the bank is like “fighting a fire with gasoline.” Lyla is a lucky lady. Oliver tells Roy to suit up, and they head out to help with the crowd control, because when you have a mob threatening to riot, the solution that makes the most sense is to have two masked dudes throw projectiles at the problem.

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At the bank, SCPD is holding up their shields while batting ineffectually at the mob like a cat trying to shake off socks. Roy and Oliver shoot tear gas arrows into planters in front of the bank and the crowd disperses somewhat, but Oliver tells Felicity that they can’t calm the entire city.

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Felicity tells him it’s “a mile past complex” and that she is looking through it, but ten starts to panic, repeating “No, no, no..” When Oliver asks her what’s wrong, she confesses that she can’t stop the virus, and she knows because it’s one of hers, written five years ago.

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When Oliver and Roy come back in, Felicity stops them before they speak by telling them she never imagined that the virus could be used as it was. She then backtracks and says that of course she could have imagined it, like she did cronuts, but Oliver walks over and looks into her eyes, asking her to relax and take a breath, and start at the beginning. He may even touch her, but the camera crops it out and it is hard to tell.

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Felicity tells him that she was part of a “hacktivist” group in college, and that they practiced “civil disobedience via the Worldwide Web.” She created the super-virus to expose government fraud, stage virtual sit-ins and “digitally deface criminals.” She quietly admits that it could be thought of as her first attempt at “being a hero.” Oliver wants to know why she didn’t tell him about any of this, but she righteously reminds him that his team doesn’t even know “a fraction” of what happened to him the five years he was away.

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Oliver treats this like he does all truth bombs:ignores it and moves on. He asks Felicity who else had access to the program, and she names Cooper’s roommate and fellow hacktivist: Myron Forest. Oliver asks about her boyfriend, but she says that he was “out of the picture”, and that while he couldn’t have done this, Myron had  “more of an edge.” She gives Oliver his address, and tells him to take the alleyway, because Thea has shown up at the club.

***FELICITYBACK ALERT*** Neil Gaiman’s version of Felicity shows up at the Pen to visit her jailbird lover. She tells Cooper that she is going to confess to writing the supervirus, but Cooper already told them he did it. I spend most of this clip looking at Felicity’s makeup.

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Felicity doesn’t want him to take the rap for something she did, but he tells her that “it’s better this way” and that there is no reason for both of them to be in prison when he wiped out the loans. He tells her he loves her, and she responds immediately in kind as they place their palms against the glass that separates them.

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I think this scene is supposed to make me feel bad for Cooper, but I’m pretty all right with how things turned out. ***END FB***

At the police station, Quentin catches up to his daughter and serves her a big portion of WTF. He tells her that she escalated the situation at the bank, and that she did it behind his back. He wants to know what got into her, because she is “angry and reckless” and he wants to know if she fell off the wagon.

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She tells him she hasn’t, but when he points out that she is “in ten different kinds of pain” and that he was hoping she would talk to him about it, she says she can’t talk to him. He is hurt, but tells her that if not him, then somebody, because sometimes “secrets hurt more than the truth.” This poor man. Please God just pump him full of pills, have a doctor on standby and TELL HIM..

At Verdant, Thea is trying to get into the basement through a locked door, when Oliver shows up and tells her the generator keeps it locked because the entire lower level is flooded. Thea wants to know what he is doing there, and he diverts her by telling her that he is worried about her on account of the hackers. He asks her if he still gets to worry, and she answers that he can even be judgmental if he wants, but that “family is precious, and it’s love, in spite of everything, that makes it precious.”

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She reminds him that the Queen family is down to the two of them. He asks her then that between the two of them, she not take Merlyn’s money.

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Thea, exasperated, tells him that she wants to meet him halfway, but that the rest is up to him, and leaves.

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At Myron Forest’s office, he has the standard Arrow disclaimer recited to him before his computer monitors are turned into shish-kebabs, but Myron denies being behind the cyber-attacks, instead asking if they have looked into Felicity Smoak.

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Oliver says she is innocent, and Myron says it could be someone else, as he showed the code to other people in the five years since their graduation, not thinking it was a big deal.

Upon their return to the cave, Felicity is at her wit’s end. she hacked Myron’s emails and texts and nothing. Oliver brings Cooper up again, and Felicity repeats that she told him “he didn’t do it.” Oliver is visibly annoyed, and asks if it’s because he’s her ex-boyfriend, to which Felicity confesses that no, and tells him that Cooper was arrested their senior year of college and went to prison.

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Oliver tells her he could have gotten out, and exasperated, asks her how she knows when she denies it. “Because he’s dead,” she says. “He hung himself shortly before sentencing.” In case you are wondering, this is what Oliver looks like when he is GODDAMNED MORTIFIED AND WISHING HE HAD A TARDIS SO HE COULD TRAVEL BACK 5 MINUTES.

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Oliver reels, clearly alarmed to have upset her, but when he says her name, she bolts from the room and says she needs to be alone.

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Apparently she walks all the way across town, because in the next scene she is in her office at Queen Consolidated when Ray walks in, mumbling about having lost his bid to rebrand “Star City”. When he notices she is upset, he tells her that he is looking for a partner to drink with, and she looks up to the task.

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Felicity apologizes and tells him that with her mother, she didn’t have any other place to go. Ray asks if she is all right, and Felicity asks him if, as an inventor, he ever created something he thought was unimportant that turned out otherwise? Ray says that those are “the best inventions” and Felicity counters, “Not always.” He asks her to talk, but they are interrupted by Donna, who has tracked her daughter to her office and is tired of being asked to wait.

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Felicity asks Ray to leave, and rounds on her mother, saying sarcastically that that “wasn’t the least bit mortifying.” Donna replies in kind, apologizing for being reduced to “stalking” her own daughter, and the gloves are off. Felicity is upset that she has to drop everything and reminds her mother that she has responsibilities. What follows is the kind of blowup you can only have with someone whose love you are 100% sure of. Felicity feels like a disappointment to her mother because she is single, doesn’t show enough cleavage or “dress like a porn star”.

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Donna, who was left by her husband, feels isolated from and left behind by her genius daughter. It’s a heartbreaking scene, and the quiet sadness of Donna’s parting line to her daughter is a beautiful contrast to Felicity’s uncharacteristic hysteria.

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Felicity returns to the Arrow Cave determined to work her way into one of her program’s access nodes, but then immediately laments that she protected all 3407 of them with firewalls and that if she had “two less IQ points” they wouldn’t be in this mess.

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Oliver notices she is not okay and asks about her mother. Roy and Diggle leave them alone as Felicity answers that she is probably wishing she had a different daughter, and that it’s a long story.

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Oliver  tells her that her “head’s not in the game” (get a new saying, Oliver) and urges her to take an hour and go talk to her mother while her tracer hack runs. Felicity says she has nothing to say, and he tells her what Thea told him about family being precious, and that it was “love in spite of everything” that made it so. “Go,” he whispers to her, and she does.

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When she finds her mother packing, she settles down to talk. She tells her mother that they will always be different, and Donna interrupts, taking the blame and saying she just got excited when she won a free flight. Felicity asks her about it, and when Donna says it was an email with a “free, first-class round-trip flight to Starling”, Felicity realizes that her mother’s visit was not a coincidence: someone wanted her there. At that moment, masked men burst into the apartment and push both women to the ground, pulling hoods over their heads.

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When the hoods are lifted, both Felicity and Donna are tied to chairs in a warehouse, crying with fright and relief, and Felicity’s hair is a solid 8. There is a bank of computers directly in front of them, and as a door opens, a figure enters and says Felicity’s name in the Brother Eye computerized voice.

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She asks who it is, and as he steps into the light, we see it is Cooper. “I thought you never forget your first love.” UGH YOU ARE GROSS. “You died,” Felicity says numbly, but it turns out Cooper let her think he was dead because the NSA offered him an espionage deal in exchange for his freedom and for letting the world think he was dead.

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Felicity tells him that she was “devastated” by his death, and that she loved him. He loved her, too, and he was going to find her to include her in his plans, but he was disappointed by the fact that she became a “corporate lapdog.” Felicity answers that if he though she was capable of this, he never knew her.

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Cooper tells her that years with the NSA taught him how the world works, and that is un-fixable. He tells her that the bank cyber-attack means the Treasury will send the mayor an influx of cash via armored car, and that if she hacks the GPS it uses to navigate to redirect the trucks to him, he won’t shoot the “motivation” he flew in: Donna.

in the Arrow Cave, Oliver worries that Felicity has been MIA for over an hour and that she isn’t answering her phone.

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He takes Diggle up on his offer to have the ARGUS agent that picked Sara up go check on the apartment. He tries calling her again, telling Roy that she is “never more than five feet away from her phone” and that something is wrong.

At the warehouse, Cooper watches Felicity’s phone ring and crushes it under his shoe, gesturing for her to sit at the computers. He warns her that the system cannot connect to anything besides the Treasury’s IP, so she can’t contact the police. Donna tries to take the opportunity to tell her daughter that she only ever wanted her happiness. Cooper wants to cut her short, but he himself is cut short by Felicity, who tells him the armored car will be at his door in five minutes. He zipties her to the desk and walks away, but not before reminding her that he’ll still shoot her, even if they used to bang.

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When Felicity hears a beeping noise. It’s the watch that Ray gave Donna, and as a function of being a desktop replacement, it has WiFi.

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Felicity uses the signal to connect to the internet while Cooper is directing the shipment, so when he comes back she tells him he doesn’t have to kill them because she did what he wanted. He disagrees, and Donna interrupts him to give him a piece of her mind, because she didn’t destroy her arches working time and a half to raise a genius for him to undo her hard work with his peen replacement of a weapon.

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Cooper is understandably annoyed by this slight because let’s face it, Cooper has an undeservedly high opinion of himself and goes to shoot Felicity when Oliver, dressed as the Arrow, shows up and tells him to put the gun down. Cooper compliments Felicity on her skill and then goes fishing for compliments of his own when he points out his motion-activated guns, mounted above them and pointed at Oliver. What he hasn’t counted on, however, is that Oliver isn’t your common target.

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Outside, the armored truck gets a pretty sucky reception, and Diggle and Roy try to minimize the damage even though I think both drivers are already dead. Inside, Oliver is climbing scaffolding and disabling the guns (HOW is it that no one on the ground is shot, I’ll never know). His success and own imminent failure annoy Cooper so much that he tells Felicity it’s all her fault, and she has the snappiest comeback imaginable: basic defense SING and pistol-whipping to the face. Mama Smoak’s face is amazing.

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Even Oliver is probably at a solid half-chub. Girlfriend is BADASS. Felicity frees Donna and they hug, crying it out as Oliver and Felicity make eye contact in the universal unspoken language for “All right, then, that was hot and I am mostly unnecessary here, I’ll be in my bunk.”

Back at the Arrow cave, Oliver is dressing his doll when Felicity tells him that he was right to keep pressing on Cooper, who was “not as dead as [she] thought.” Oliver has some experience with this, he tells her, so he doesn’t judge.

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Oliver asks if she is okay, and she comments that “old lovers have a way of opening old wounds”. She then gets caught up in the inherent creepiness of the word “lovers” when used other than outside Manolo Blahnik’s, and Oliver bookends the ep by smiling at a Smoak.

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He tells her that whatever experiences she had to go through, he’s glad that she did, because they made her into the person she is now, and that she knows “how I feel about her.”

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Felicity then tells him that this isn’t the best time for them to discuss his feelings because nothing is changed, that his is about her not him, Oliver apologizes for unfairly tossing her the I Love You hot potato when he has no intention of catching and they have a very mature discussion about their feelings. HAHAHHA NO. Nothing in this paragraph is true. Felicity changes the subject and pretends nothing happened, and Oliver adds “discerning the right time/way to talk to Felicity about feelings” to the laundry list of things he isn’t good at (shooting things and working out are not on this list).

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Felicity tells him she needs to head out, and in a masterful final twist of the dagger, tells him that the was right, “We have to love our families. No matter what.” Get it, Oliver? She has to love her family. She doesn’t have to love you. She is actually choosing not to love you no matter what, because down that road lies madness and you should consider maybe a bit more showing and a bit less telling.

***FELICITYBACK ALERT*** Back at MIT, Myron walks into his dorm room to find a black garbage bag on the bed and a godamned superhero coming out of his bedroom. Felicity, freshly dyed and pressed emerges in her new persona and answers his bemused “What happened to you?” with a calm “This is me, now.”

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***END FB***

Back at the gym, Laurel decides to take her father’s advice and talk to someone, and that someone is Ted Grant. She tells him that he’s right, she is angry, and it’s because her sister is dead, and no one but her knows she was murdered (technically not true, but let’s go with it).

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Ted says he can help her train, but for herself, not for her sister’s killer, who is a target “she will never hit.” He smiles and says now he knows how to teach her, and gives her a choice of workout gear, red or black. Laurel, who has gone black, predictably does not go back and we are ON. Much as the character can annoy me, I’m glad to see her connecting in a real way with someone outside the Arrow Cave.

At Thea’s new apartment, Oliver shows up with an apology and a bag of popcorn that is almost the size of his sister. “I missed you, Speedy,” he tells her, and they hug.

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Thea tells him they shouldn’t miss each other any more, and that it was easier to be all up in each other’s business when they lived in the same place. She tells Oliver that she has enough room for him to move in with her, and that once the club starts turning a profit, she will donate the rest of Malcolm’s money to earthquake relief. “I can live with that,” he says, and it warms my heart that this relationship, at least for the time being, is getting the attention it deserves. They settle down on the floor to watch TV (Joan Crawford’s Possession) like children have done for generations, and it’s heartwarming except for the psycho spying on them from a roof nearby and the fact that they are watching a movie about a highly dysfunctional relationship.

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Malcolm finally has a relationship with his daughter, it’s true, but it’s not entirely clear that he is comfortable not being the only important man in her life.

Back at QC, Donna stops by Felicity’s office with her cute Mondrian roll-along to say goodbye to her daughter before her flight leaves later that evening. As she hugs her mother goodbye, Felicity gets what so many of us adult children do at some point from a decent parent: the appreciation for what they did right, as opposed to what they may not have done right. She thanks her for being there day and night, and also tells her that she was wrong to say that there wasn’t any of Donna in her. image

She tells her mom that she has been through a lot in the past two years, and that she has learned that she is tougher than she thinks. “That,” she tells her mother, “I get from you.” Donna, touched, holds her face in the same gesture Felicity used for Oliver back in 301 and that Oliver used on her later that same ep and damn it now I’m crying.

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Oh good, here comes Ray to suck all emotion out of me and enable Felicity to blatantly lie about feeling sick so she can spend the day with her mom.

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The Smoaks walk out arm in arm while Ray talks to the computers in his head.

That night, Roy dreams of a deep voice, Sara’s death, and of himself, in his red hood, throwing the three arrows into her body. He wakes up in a cold sweat, breathing hard and terrified.

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