Shalom! Arrow Photo Recap 308, The Brave and the Bold

In the home team edition of our #Flarrow crossover, we open in the standard Arrow manner-in the dark, with our heroes on a dangerous mission:

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Oliver, Roy and John assemble around what they think is the home of the boomerang killer. Oliver can confirm, because it’s rigged to explode via tripwire.

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Since Oliver is a control freak, he and Roy shoot explosive arrows at the entrances so they can look inside. Not only is the house empty, but they are confronted by an Argus team that proceeds to verbally pee on the scene and warn them off.

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When Roy asks Oliver if they are, in fact, backing off, he replies by saying, “What do you think?”

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(more after the jump)

Back at the Cave, Oliver asks Felicity why ARGUS is all up in his manhunt, and she answers that the victim, Kai Wu (one of the writers in RL), was an ARGUS’s payroll. Oliver asks Diggle to put Lyla on it, but he says she’ll object because it’s an internal matter. Oliver says that she shouldn’t let people get killed in his city, and DIggle jokes that he must not care about his marriage.

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Oliver says he would, if Digg were in fact married. This is far from the last time this is pointed out.

***FLASHBACK ALERT*** Amanda Waller walks Oliver into a room with a man tied to a chair, and asks him to obtain information as to the location of a bomb he has planted in Hog Kong. She has very helpfully brought along pokey things to help him do that, and when Oliver asks if she wants him to torture the guy, she says she doesn’t care-she just wants the information.

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***END FB***

At Palmer Tech, Felicity is getting ready to leave for the day when Caitlin and Cisco show up. Caitlin says she is there to help with the DNA identification for Sara’s murder, but Cisco is there to see “the Arrow Cave” and all the toys.

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At said Cave later on, Cisco is putting his paws on everything, Oliver is cranky, Caitlin is in awe and Felicity is unrepentant.

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Caitlin asks where “Mr. Diggle” is, and Roy answers that he’s running down a lead.

At ARGUS, Digg is trying to butter up his “sweetie” into giving up the identity of Captain Boomerang. Lyla says it’s internal ARGUS business, but “Johnnie” says he has told Oliver both those things, plus exotic killers are more their thing. Lyla points out he only calls her “sweetie” when he wants something.

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Downstairs, Boomerang Dude finesses his way past ARGUS security using Kai Wu’s ID. Haha, no, he boomerangs the guard to death when the ID gives a red flag and walks in with a saucy walk and a snappy phrase.

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As the alarm goes off, Lyla is alerted to the breach, and John calls the Cave to tell them what is happening. As Oliver and Roy reach for their bows, Cisco is very impressed by the badassery of it all, and Caitlin wonders aloud if it all won’t be done by the time they get there.

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At ARGUS, agents stand around getting boomerang’ed but thankfully, the boomerangs aimed at Lyla and Diggle, both armed, get lost and don’t make the round trip.

Caitlin must have made a call, because we pan from Oliver on his motorcycle to a yellow streak making its way through Starling City and interrupting Thea tries to unload her DJ hookup from last week.

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There is a super-cool 2-on-1 fight scene with the archers and CB, and right as Oliver is about to take a double-boom to the chest, Barry gets the best entrance of either show to-date, zipping in and catching the boomerangs before they hit, pausing to execute a lovely turn in between.

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Once Barry leaves, Lyla wants to know what/who that was, but Oliver asks for and ID of their attacker. He is Digger Harkness, former Suicide Squad. Lyla “sanitized” this team after a mission gone wrong, and Harkness’s charge malfunctioned.

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He escaped and has been targeting ARGUS agents he holds responsible, and Lyla is at the top of this list since Waller was out when the call was made. Since most ARGUS sites are likely compromised, Oliver tells her there is only one place to keep her safe.

In the Cave, Felicity and Caitlin watch Barry zip repeatedly through the salmon ladder with the same expression most of us have watching a puppy chase its own tail. Oliver’s Wednesday routine (ha!) doesn’t seem that hard to him.

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Felicity isn’t sure Barry should have come since Oliver “doesn’t play well with others,” but he and Cisco are all for it. Barry tells her that their guy needed backup, and then he dashes off to get sushi because the salmon ladder made him hungry. Barry is the pet my parents never wanted me to have.

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Lyla, Oliver and John come back, with pieces of the boomerang that Digg brought as evidence. Barry dashes back and into a chair with his hood down, eating his dinner. His FFW (Future First Wife) Caitlin reminds him that he’s supposed to be keeping his identity a secret.

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He assumed Digg was married (nope) and that he told his wife (double nope). Digg reminds him that he keeps secrets for a living. I wonder how much that pays.

Barry sweetly introduces himself to Lyla as the Flash and offers her sushi. What a guy. When he suggests “working the evidence” however, Oliver calls him to the back to lay down the law. He tells him he appreciates the offer of help, but that Starling is different.

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Barry tells him that he has been practicing what he taught him and following his advice, and Oliver agrees, but says that they will do it his way.

After Barry assembles the evidence before Oliver can finish pontificating about its importance, Cisco examines it and says their suspect didn’t make them. He also has his first strikeout at a name. Ka-Boom-Boomerang sounds like a naughty suite at The Palms.

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He does identify the maker as one Klaus Marcos, and although Felicity can’t find a home address, he was recently arrested by one Quentin Lance.

Barry and Oliver get into their civvies and go to the police station to get information from Detective Officer Captain Lance.

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Oliver re-introduces Bart Barry to him and uses the ol’ “he’s here with CCPD” ruse that worked so well on him last season. Barry finds out that Lance arrested him for credit card theft on behalf of the Bratva.

Later on, the archers and the Flash meet up at the Bratva’s cyber-crime digs, and Oliver waffles on his current former membership. They They split to case the area, and Oliver briefly stops Diggle to ask why the hell he doesn’t wear a mask good grief if he is okay. “I’m good,” he answers, and Oliver doesn’t push.

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In the intervening 8 seconds, Barry gets bored, so he knocks out and zip-ties all the henchmen, so Oliver kicks down Marcos’ door and Barry zips over to hold him down so Oliver can question him. When Marcos tells Oliver off and gets an arrow through the shoulder, however, Barry is shocked that Oliver is using the threat of pulling it out to get information.

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Oliver gets Marcos to hand over a burner phone Harkness gave him to contact him when his boomerangs were done, and Barry delivers him to Lance’s office. He returns to Marcos’ hideout to accuse Oliver of torture.

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Oliver replies that he interrogated him, and Barry replies that he defended Oliver to his friends because he thought he was a hero and that they “were supposed to be better than them.” Oliver wearily explains that in Central City, “Its sunny all the time and [his] enemies get cute nicknames” but  he’s not there. He then lists, one by one, the deaths he’s had to live through since he came to Starling: Tommy (“my best friend was murdered”), Sara (“a woman that I loved was shot full of arrows and sent tumbling off of a rooftop”), and finally, his mother (“ was killed right in front of me”).

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But Barry cuts him off. He saw his mother die, as well, and he tells Oliver that he doesn’t use his personal tragedies as an excuse to torture whoever pisses him off.

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This led to a rare gem: an Oliver Queen Moment of Truth ™. “Well I’m sorry, Barry. I’m not as emotionally healthy as you are.” image

Barry is flabbergasted and wants to know what is wrong with him but  this is a only a one-hour show. Oliver replies that he agreed to do things his way, and if it’s too much for him, he knows the way back to Central City.

At the Cave, Lyla interrupts Oliver brooding to ask if everything is okay between him and Barry, and there is a lovely moment where they commiserate with each other over being the stone coldest baddest of asses.

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They pretty much recite their crime-fighting motto and it’s a long one, but it encapsulates the two characters so perfectly it doesn’t even matter who said what line:

There are people in the world who deal only in extremes. It would be naive to think that anything less than extreme measures will stop them. Sometimes bravery isn’t enough. Sometimes the world requires us to be bold. Whatever the personal cost.

Felicity interrupts to say she has located Harkness in a building with 10 others. Oliver sends Cisco with Diggle and Roy and when he turns to leave, Barry intercepts him, telling him he’ll race him there.

***FB ALERT***Amanda’s prisoner isn’t giving up his information, and he taunts Oliver with the knowledge that torture is harder than murder, and that he is not capable of it. Before Oliver can get anything out of him, an explosion is visible through the windows.

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***END OF FB***

In the car, Diggle is worried about protecting people he loves, and despite Cisco’s assurance that he is capable, he worries that he won’t be able to in a crazy world full of meta-humans. Cisco points out that the world was crazy before, and he has a theory. “Maybe meta-humans and superpowers were given to us to deal with the crazy.” He thinks that people like Barry are the hope for saving the world (plus they’re pretty cool), and despite themselves, Roy & Diggle smile.

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Oliver enters the building where the 10 men wait, and Harkness isn’t there. He paid them to wait for them, and left a phone. He realizes it’s a trap.

At the Cave, Felicity sees Harkness’ phone turn on despite the fact that she shut it down and realizes their location was traced. She tells Lyla and Caitlin that they need to leave, and as they go, Harkness shows up and a battle ensues that unites the fandom in a common purpose.image

Lyla defends herself with a gun she gets from a drawer. Felicity runs over and grabs an exploding arrowhead from the case and yells at her to take cover, but it is too late. Harkness has hit her in the chest with a boomerang, and he runs away under the cover of the smoke. Felicity calls for Caitlin, and they begin to work to stabilize her.

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Diggle and the boys return, and when Caitlin says Lyla is stable but that she can’t operate there, John looks around until he makes eye contact with Barry, who picks her up and rushes her to Starling General.

***FB ALERT*** Oliver surveys the bomb damage as Amanda Waller berates him. Oliver says he just needed more time, but Waller says that what he lacked was conviction. She says the sentence about people in the world that deal only in extremes and we realize this is where both Oliver and Lyla get it. Oliver tells Amanda he doesn’t have the stomach for torture, but she says it’s because he lacks practice, and that he must cultivate the skill. image

She thinks he has a talent for it. ***END OF FB***

At Verdant, Roy, Felicity, Cisco and Caitlin are in the club, doing tequila shots, since Oliver said he wanted to be alone. Cisco notices Thea, but when he finds out she is Oliver’s sister and Roy’s ex he gets the message to stay away. Caitlin updates them on Lyla, saying she is in surgery.

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Cisco and Caitlin then wonder how they can work knowing people they care for can get hurt, and that maybe the fact that they work with meta-humans makes their risk seems less real.

Downstairs in the Cave, Oliver is hiding out in full Precious Moments mode when Barry finds him. He tells Barry it is his fault, that if not for his torture of Marcos for the phone, Harkness would not have found Lyla. Barry disagrees, but questions his blame. Oliver explains that what he does not only takes conviction, but a certain willingness to do what is ugly, and that each time he does it, he loses little pieces of himself. What’s wrong is that the parts he is trading away are Oliver Queen, and lately he feels that all he has left is the Arrow.

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Barry, a sympathetic look on his face, tells him that he is full of crap.

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He tells him that while he may feel that he lost his humanity, that it is just that which got him through things. He tells him that he “wouldn’t be a hero, someone who wanted to do good, if [he] didn’t have a light inside [him].” Curiously, that is when Felicity walks in and it is not symbolic at all.

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She ran a facial recognition on Harkness, and she knows where he is, so Oliver and Barry leave to find him.

At the crowded train station, The Flash carries everyone away one by one until Harkness turns and realizes he is alone.

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Barry then reappears with Oliver, whose clothes are sadly not on fire.

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They tell Harkness that there is no place he can go, but Harkness has a contingency plan: 5 bombs armed to go off in 90 seconds throughout the city. Oliver sends Barry off to deal with it while Felicity and Cisco trace the locations, and he and Harkness fight.

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Barry finds the first bomb, but Cisco and Felicity discover they are linked, and if any singular one gets defused, the other four will blow. As time runs out, Barry thinks of a way to solve the problem.

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Back at the train station, Oliver has pinned Harkness to a column with what looks like a garrote arrow, but  he isn’t giving up the information, saying that if Oliver had the heart to torture him, he wouldn’t hesitate and would have done it already.

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At the Arrow cave, the gang is staring at the screen when a red blur takes Roy away. One by one, Barry takes the team and deposits each at a location, and races himself to the fifth bomb. No one’s clothes are set on fire and I’m really disappointed, because I bet Cisco has Batman underoos and I kind of needed to see that.

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Harkness gives Oliver 10 seconds, but the team manages to cut the wires at the same time, and Cisco gets to name the baddie (“Screw you, Captain Boomerang.”) At the train station, sore loser Harkness asks Oliver if he thinks not killing him makes him strong, and tells him it makes him weak. Oliver, who hasn’t turned to see Barry behind him, responds that it shows he has some humanity left. when he turns to walk away, however, Harkness reaches out for a boomerang, and Oliver turns suddenly to shoot his hand into the column.

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At Starling General, Diggle is waiting for Lyla to wake so he can ask her to marry him.

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After his heartfelt declaration of love, Lyla starts wife-ing right by asking him to be quiet so she can say yes.

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Back at the Cave, Team Flash is getting ready to leave Starling, and Caitlin promises to process the DNA in Central City and call Felicity when she has the results. Oliver and Barry return from dropping Harkness at the island with Slade.

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Felicity reminisces about full-body Oliver, and Barry notices a new mannequin set up for the next time he’s in town to do whatever Oliver wants, because Oliver is still a control freak.

Cisco shows Oliver a new jacket for his suit, that is like 25% lighter and can carry 15% more gear.

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And although he wanted to switch out the hood, wifey nixed it because she knows the deal.

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Before Team Flash leaves, the two heroes have some unfinished business that may or may not involve punching each other.

***FB ALERT*** Amanda graciously gives Oliver a stab at torture practice redemption with Ming Na We’s contact, and we can tell this time he’s gonna put his back into it.***END FB***

At an empty warehouse somewhere in Starling, Oliver and Barry are about to selfishly deny the rest of their teams the thrill of seeing one of them beat the other in a fair fight. Barry is still a bit upset about being shot in the back, but tells Oliver that fighting him is like standing still. Oliver says he has experience and strategy.

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Before they have it out, Barry tells Oliver that he was wrong when he said he couldn’t inspire people. “Not as the Arrow, that guy’s a douche,” he specifies, “but as Oliver Queen.”

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That gets a smile and a thanks from Oliver, and he also tells Barry that he was wrong when he though he could kick his ass. Barry says if Oliver’s going to beat him, he better do it fast. WE GET IT, BARRY.

Barry zips off to one end and Oliver walks off to the other, and they countdown to the face-off we’ve been teased with for two episodes.

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…Whose outcome we don’t get to see. POOP, Arrow writers. Still, this means we can imagine any ending we want, and I can’t be the only one that hopes there’s a slashfic alternate ending being written as we speak

Or maybe I am.

Don’t judge me.

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