Hey you guys, this one was a hard watch for me and the multiple rewatches required for a good recap were even harder. Still, it provided some clarity on parts I previously disliked, and insight into others I still don’t like. Either way, I made jokes. That’s in my DNA.
Another chase down an alley. For a police chief, Quentin sure does plebe work a lot. Shouldn’t you be avoiding a heart attack at your desk? Team Arrow also continues their crime-fighting, working tighter suits and with poorer aim.
(Con’t. after the jump)
Back at the Foundry, Felicity has totally adopted Roy and is threatening him with Daddy for joyriding on Oliver’s bike. Also, Roy wants to strut but he looks like he can’t walk in that suit.
When he and Digg make it back, we hear it’s been three days since Oliver left. Roy and Diggle are starting to doubt the outcome, but Felicity still believes.
***FB ALERT***Amanda Waller would like you to quit whining about your wife when she’s got important military secrets to steal, MASEO.
She tasks him and Oliver with shutting the hell up and going after “Alpha”, the second ingredient of the Omega weapon/serum/thingy. ***END FB***
In other news, Felicity continues her track record of wearing awesome coats and talking to characters I don’t give a sh*t about.
And speaking of people IDGAF about, there’s a pointless court scene to remind you that Laurel is still pretending be a lawyer.
Back at the Foundry, a really sweet, believable moment between Diggle and Felicity, where he tells her to prepare herself for the possibility that things may not have gone Oliver’s way.
Which is ridiculous, because things will always go Oliver’s way. Maybe just not right this second, but EVENTUALLY.
Brief intro to Danny Brickwell, who is the new big bad. Movin’ on up from Iron Heights. Mazel tov.
In a warehouse in the Glades (where else?) Brick fulfills his Arrow villain bona fides by being a monstrous tool to his lesser tool of a former pal.
Back at the police station with Laurel, who can’t convince Brick’s man to tattle. She should have trusted his lawyer to do it, because I guess attorney-client privilege vanishes once you hit the hallway.
Malcolm and Thea have a heartwarming moment where he tells her not to be predictable, because boring will get you killed. Take a peek into his psyche.
She takes a break from pretending to kill her blood to check her phone, and when she says she is worried about Oliver, he promises to have his contacts (read:him) look into her brother’s absence. Every time someone else on this show lies to Thea, I want to yak. Maybe it should be a drinking game.
***FB ALERT*** Roof where Sara was killed gets a new life as roof where we find out Oliver wasn’t always great at busting through windows.
Roy and Diggle trace Brick’s burner phone to warehouse with Felicity’s help but by the time they get there the only evidence left is half burnt papers with numbers. When they get back to the lair to show Felicity, the Arrow writers screw with me by having Felicity find the door unlocked and shouting Oliver’s name as she runs down the stairs.
Nope. It’s Malcolm and though my disappointment is real, his assertion that “Guns don’t scare as much as annoy me” when Diggle pulls one on him leads to my favorite moment of the episode. John’s answer to that is to silently pull out a second gun-and point that at him as well.
Malcolm says what no one else does, that this entire plot is flimsy at best the team should really consider that Oliver would have contacted them by now, because R’as takes no prisoners. Felicity is like “That’s cool and all but I have numbers to crunch, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya,” an he glides out like a disdainful ninja.
When Roy questions Felicity about her divisiveness, she says that Malcolm didn’t tell them anything they don’t know, and that Oliver taught her to push forward. I BET. (Someone please write a sexytimes fic called “Pushing Forward.”)
Laurel arrives in her less-awesome coat and asks about Oliver when no one reacts to her ME report. Felicity turns to Digg, who comes clean and tells her that he went to go fight the (Demon’s) head of the LoA and hasn’t been heard from in three days. Roy adds that Malcolm came by and told them Oliver was dead. Laurel, who is a veteran of the Oliver Queen Receivers of Death-News, asks if they believe him.
Felicity nods her head no, but Digg rushes to explain. In one of the first of many times this episode that I agree with her, Laurel points out that she’s heard this news before, and that he will be back again, just like he’s done before. She obvs watches this show. Or maybe she reads the comics.
In any case, the fact that she looks at Felicity while she is being reassuring buys her some goodwill in my book. Grrls supporting grrls is my OOTP.
In the meantime, Malcolm is donning a League outfit that is way better-looking than all other League outfits because it’s probably Armani for LoA and a lamp that I need in my house NOW to hit up the mountain where the duel took place, and finds the scimitar in the stone with Oliver’s blood on it.
This place has GOT to be like, 30 min away. How does everyone get there so quick?
***FB ALERT*** Oliver manages the break the window on the third try and gain access to Alpha, but not before the Triad does, too. ***END FB***
Moment of truth(iness): Malcolm shows up in the Cave again, this time with the scimitar. He explains that it is “Ra’s’ custom to leave behind the instrument of death as a memorial to honor the fallen.” So thoughtful.
Digg asks if he saw Oliver’s body, but Malcolm answers that it fell into a ravine and is “unrecoverable.” Roy immediately looks at Felicity to gauge her reaction, but she asks Malcolm how they can know it is really Oliver’s blood. Malcolm responds by reciting the exact thing she’s gonna do (wait till he leaves, test the blood, come up with conspiracy theories, and then conclude that no matter why or how, Oliver is dead), which really serves more to illustrate that MM is both an ass, AND a master at reading people and gauging their motivations and actions. Oh, and selfish. Like, SUPER SHELLFISH. Even now, he makes it about him.
Felicity wastes no time in placing the blame at his door, albeit super-low key growly, since I guess she’s not about to expose her soft underbelly to Merlyn. But it’s too late. Merlyn admits his guilt in full and apologizes, and then does the one thing that can hurt her even more in this moment, verbalize what she herself could not: that she loved him.
Diggle steps in at this point and accuses Merlyn of enjoying himself, but Malcolm explains that he did in fact orchestrate the duel to free himself from the League, and since Oliver lost, his death means Malcolm’s, as well. Felicity, who has yet to take her eyes off of Merlyn, gives the most satisfying line delivery in the entire episode when she pours all her anger into one word, “Good.”
Meanwhile, Schroedinger’s Oliver rides in a fuzzy stretcher like a boss.
In a quiet Foundry, the ping of Felicity’s computer announces a blood match. Both Diggle and Roy make ready to catch the grief-football, but Felicity pulls a Lucy Van Pelt and just won’t throw it. Dude!
Instead, she quietly admits that she’s glad to know with tears in her voice, and excuses herself to go to work.
*** FB ALERT*** Maseo and Oliver escape, and Oliver doesn’t kill a Triad member when he could have. What a guy. *** END FB***
Upstairs at Verdant, Roy drinks his grief away while a worried Thea asks for his help getting The Arrow to find her brother. She knows he’s Arsenal, BTW, no big whoop. Roy promises to try because promising Thea sh*t that’ll never happen is a hobby on this show.
Downstairs, he tells Digg that there is no point in lying to Thea about Oliver anymore, and they have a very existential “what is the point of anything, really” discussion where Digg finally admits that he is focusing on the case evidence just so he won’t think about Oliver.
They look at the evidence together, and John realizes that the digits are file numbers, all corresponding to men they caught who are awaiting trial.
Digg calls Felicity but she is freezing him out at a record 9 missed calls, and because now we must start feeling an emotional investment in Ray Palmer, the following goes down. Palmer asks for the progress on his chip and Felicity lets him have it with double-barrels of grief. She tells him that when someone dies, they are just gone, and nothing you can do will bring them back. It’s both sad and kind of uncomfortable.
For all her intelligence elsewhere, I suppose this is a simple and profound concept that she has only now internalized, so I am willing to overlook the simplicity of the dialogue, which I feel could have been meatier. It does communicate, however, that Felicity Smoak is not prepared for loss, because for once she is the one having the inappropriate talk with her boss. And because Ray’s Ray, he can’t just let her have this. Nope, he has to growl at her to never speak of his dead girlfriend that he himself used as the motivating factor to pull her into a web of secrecy that had already at the time cost her the life of at least one person she cared about. I guess we finally know what sets him off, at least.
GOD, RAY. YOU EXHAUST ME. I LITERALLY NEED A NAP.
To Felicity’s credit, she GTFO and picks up on Digg on her way out. He is telling her about what they found and she promises to call Quentin. When Diggle proudly tells her that “this was everything Oliver was working for”, her voice gets stronger, and she says she’ll be right there.
Roy and Digg go to stop Brick and his men, and Roy’s looking pretty smooth for once, with a scene where he runs through a tube and shoots stuff like a hero. I am HERE for Arsenal asskickery, y’all. If this boy isn’t getting laid, he at least needs to do well at his night job.
Digg is crimefightin’ like a mofo too, but WTF OMG WEAR A MASK CHRIST ALMIGHTY. Think of that adorable puddin at home and HIDE YOUR FACE, JOHN.
During a moment of inattentiveness and bullet shortage, Brick challenges him to death in his usual quirky way, and things don’t go so well until Roy arrives and shoots Brick with an arrow. They try to chase the rest of his men out but the garage door slams shut suddenly, and divides our heroes from our villains, who get away on a truck with all the evidence for the upcoming cases loaded on it. Bah.
When they run into the Foundry, Felicity runs to John to see if he is okay, but he’s not. He’s ticked.
He and Roy bemoan their bad luck with the door when Digg realizes it was Felicity. Roy is upset that she let them get away, but Felicity says she saved their lives by making a choice not to lose any friends, because Oliver used to come back too, but now he’s dead.
John tenderly tells her that if they are going to keep on doing this, they need to trust each other, and that’s the moment of truth for her. She says there is no “this” without Oliver, and she walks out of the Foundry. “This is done. I’m done.”
Not surprising to me, and I suppose it helps set up why the Team would go to Laurel and Roy as helping hands. I get it. If we joke that they were married, this was their house, and who wants those memories every day when a loss is so fresh?
Back in Nanda Parbat-ISH, Maseo is revealed as the good Samaritan, and he knocks on a door and apologizes to the owner, saying he didn’t know where else to take him, and that he needed help.
LoA, A.R.G.U.S., no matter what or where, Maseo’s manners are EXQUISITE. Props to Momma Maseo.
So back to the scene I hated, and still hate. Felicity arrives at Palmer Tech and apologizes to her boss for being “out of line.” She tells him about the deaths of Oliver (“more than a friend,”) and indirectly, Sara. She is 25 and over having her friends killed off is really starting to wear on her. She’s kinda over it.
She says that she can’t stop him from killing himself, but she won’t help him, and gives him back his A.T.O.M. chip. Sure, fine, whatever. I could have used the message to Ray in an email and the apology and discussion of her feelings about death with Diggle or Roy or screw it, even Thea, but I get it. Still, if this is supposed to be Ray’s hero’s journey, and he seems awful unconcerned and naive about what it entails.
At the Foundry, Laurel and Diggle sympathize with each other over all the criminals that went free as a result of the loss of evidence, and Diggle comes clean with the fact that Oliver is “not coming back.”
He tells Laurel that it’s true, even if she doesn’t want to believe it, and “God knows” he doesn’t. “Are you coming back?” she asks. His response is all the more heartbreaking for the quiet way David Ramsey delivers it.
I don’t know. For the first time since I met Oliver Queen, I don’t know what happens next. I know it’s silly but I…(deep breath)…still like to think of myself as Oliver’s bodyguard. …But I just couldn’t protect him.
When Laurel hugs him, I can’t even hate. Hug the shit out of that man, girl. Hug him for all of us.
John tells her that it’s funny, Oliver worried something would happen to him…and leaves, overcome. Laurel, left alone in the Foundry, turns to look at pieces of her sister’s costume and Canary bombs, and UGH THIS IS NOT WEARABLE.
Thea arrives home and cutely tries to off her father, who has snuck in because keys and doorbells are for suckers who aren’t master assassins. Malcolm tells her he hasn’t found out anything about Oliver, but that they are in danger, and need to leave Starling and never return.
Meanwhile, (say it with me) in a warehouse in The Glades, Brick holds the trial evidence as blackmail over the criminals he exonerated, and tells them all that together, they will take over The Glades.
As two of them leave the meeting, they are incapacitated by a deafening noise that brings with it a full five seconds of a shot of Laurel’s ass, and a three-second of her face in the Canary costume, as she announces that she is the justice they can’t run from.
I know, Laurel, because the Arrow writers won’t let me.
***FB ALERT*** Amanda has her serum and she’s happy, but Maseo is still ticked about his wife. She leaves after chiding Oliver for letting one of the men go, but he confesses to Maseo that he dropped the GPS in his pocket so he could lead them to Tatsu.
Maseo responds tearfully that he will be “forever ” in Oliver’s debt for what he has done.***END FB***
Present Day Nanda-Parbatish, Oliver wakes up and looks around.
He is in some ind of small hut with Tatsu, who has healed him, and Maseo, who tells him that he asked her to come save him. She looks super-excited about that.
And that’s it for this week! Tune in next week, same undead time, same undead channel. Look for shorter recaps or Favorite Scenes only going forward until the end of 312. I find Oliver-less eps are not my favorite.
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