Yes, I know that’s technically not good grammar. But it sounds weird any other way. So there.
Arrow season 5 is giving fans a different view of Oliver Queen than before, and it’s not always a view that show’s our favorite arrow-wielding vigilante in his best light. Sure, Oliver is still kicking butt and shooting arrows better than everyone else, but this new season is showing that he isn’t always great at everything else.
The most recent episode, “The Recruits,” showed clearly that Oliver totally sucks at a bunch of things. And they are…
Faced with the task of rebuilding his team, Oliver has reluctantly recruited Curtis, Mad Dog, and Evelyn Sharp. Now he just has to train them… You would think this wouldn’t be so hard, as all three have previously proven themselves to be badasses (even if Curtis can’t salmon-ladder as well as Oliver).
You would be wrong. Oliver mostly just yells at the new recruits and then makes them wear ugly t-shirts. Unsurprisingly, this makes them all quit. They only come back when Oliver reveals his identity and gets off his whole “stand on the line and ring the bell!” kick.
2. Being the mayor
We can only hope that the good people of Star City don’t notice how Thea is the one doing everything in the mayor’s office (including hiring Lance to… not be drunk? His specific job is vague otherwise).
3. Not making deals with people who turn out to be doing bad things
In one of Oliver’s rare attempts to be mayoral, he sets up a free clinic with what seems to be a lovely bit of corporate sponsorship.
They’re evil, of course. It takes many octopus-like attacks by Ragman (or whatever we’re calling them, see point #6) before Thea catches a corporate-type being bad.
4. Getting over Felicity
Does Oliver even know that Felicity is dating the world’s most trusting detective?
5. Keeping in touch with Diggle
Because he’s still a main character, it’s important for Arrow to catch up with John Diggle, even if Oliver does not. Too bad for Diggle though — he’s in Latvia (why not?), where his supposedly decent commanding officer decides to set-up John for stealing a nuclear warhead and killing a subordinate.
Oliver (or maybe his bratva buddies?) may need to help out.
6. Helping the audience get clarity on the various bad guys
Is it just me, or is keeping track of the villains on Arrow particularly hard this season? I mean, I know we’ve got Tobias Church being all crime-lordy. And there’s Ragman, who might be a good guy or he might be a bad guy or he might be out for something else. Also, is he the same person as Prometheus? Dark shadows and face-concealing costumes make that really hard to tell.
7. Keeping other people alive
While Oliver does do a better job of not causing deaths in the present-day (only maybe killing a henchman or two), the same cannot be said of Mr. Queen back in his bratva days. That bell-ringing exercise? However awful it seems in Star City, it was way worse back in Russia.
Oliver did ring the bell, but it cost everyone else their lives. Whoops.
What else does Oliver suck at? We’ll find out in the next Arrow, airing Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.
Arrow season 5 promises to be a big one for Oliver Queen and company. After all, at the end of the previous season, most of the team abandoned their vigilante mission for… well basically, anything else. It’s like they don’t want to be in life-and-death situations all the time!
Fortunately, this is Arrow and the whole gang is likely to be back, fighting for justice and their very lives, within the near future.
Who better than to tease when this might occur than the cast of Arrow themselves? Watch these Arrow season 5 video interviews shot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Emily Bett Rickards
Executive producer Wendy Mericle
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
It’s been a long summer, but Arrow season 5 is about to premiere with new episodes. What does that mean? Well, for the premiere episode, “Legacy,” it means a whole lot of changes for Oliver Queen and company. Remember — most of the team dropped the whole vigilante gig after the season 4 finale.
Oliver and Felicity Smoak are still in the game, a fact complicated somewhat by their breakup and by Oliver’s new job as mayor of Star City. And they’ve got Curtis Holt hanging around the lair, but everyone else is keeping their distance.
Will the team come back? Will Oliver be forced to hire some new blood? Arrow will most likely spend much of the coming season answering these questions. In the meantime, however, here are a few Arrow season 5 spoilers from the premiere.
1. Thea hasn’t gone far.
While Thea Queen may have hung up her Speedy hood at the end of last season, Oliver’s baby sister is sticking close to family — she clearly has a major role in the mayoral office, often covering for her absent brother.
2. The more things change, the more crime stays the same…
Sure, Damien Darhk is as dead as his creepy, subterranean utopia, but other bad guys are happy to pick up the slack. We meet one of them — Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman) — in “Legacy,” and he’s all kinds of evil-awesome. Another baddie, Prometheus, seems to be in the mix as well. Who he (?) is and what he wants, we’ll be finding out over the next few episodes.
3. Killing is back on the menu.
You know how Oliver hasn’t been doing much in the way of killing over the past couple of years? Yeah, that’s over with. There’s some violence both in flashbacks and in the present-day. Not everyone is OK with this turn of events.
4. Oliver and Felicity aren’t exactly on the same page, relationship-wise.
Things are impressively friendly between these former significant others — think season 1/2 friendliness with occasional reminders of the attraction between them. Interestingly, one of these two may be reading more into this attraction than the other.
5. Always a triangle…
As anyone who has watched the Arrow season 5 trailer knows, Felicity has a new man in her life. The character is more than just a pretty face and appears elsewhere in the episode. Who is he and how does he figure into the new season? The episode doesn’t give a lot of answers. The character is clearly related to law enforcement.
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
Our favorite love-struck foe isn’t so love-struck anymore. When Cupid returns to town on a revenge mission, she brings up some tough stuff for team Arrow, especially for Oliver and Felicity.
The episode opens with a pair of young newlyweds strapped to chairs, and they look more than a little roughed-up. An eerie love song is being sung by their captor, and why look who it is — Miss Carrie Cutter, well hello lover.
The couple pleads for her to not hurt them, but Cupid is all about the hurt these days. So, she shoots ‘em each with an arrow.
In another part of Star City, Felicity is throwing herself into a complicated algorithm — for packing up her stuff. A heartbroken Oliver stands by while Felicity moves on in her recovery, from both the accident and from him. She asks him to cancel the venue, and she will take care of telling the guests. However, she plans to continue working for team Arrow. Is there hope on the horizon?
In the foundry, Felicity informs the rest of the team about the breakup, though she refuses to speak about it. Oliver gets a call from Captain Lance informing him that their old friend is back at it.
When Oliver arrives to the scene of the crime, he sees the young newlyweds dead, and formed into the shape of a heart on the ground, with a note that reads “love is dead” attached to them.
Thea identifies the couple as celebrity newlyweds and guesses that Cupid is targeting celebrities who are about to get married, or have been recently, according to gossip sites. Felicity calls and tells them that she has located Cupid’s next couple.
The team tracks down Cupid, who is posing as a couple’s limo driver, right after they’ve been married. Thea jumps on the car to stop them but gets hurt in the process. Oliver orders Diggle to stay with Thea while he chases Cupid.
Once he finds the car, Cupid is not in it, but she attacks from behind. They fight, and he is able to subdue her to try and help the happy couple, but she escapes before he can take her in.
When the team returns to the foundry, Oliver gives Felicity a piece of cloth to examine to help locate Cupid. Diggle finds Oliver and asks him how he’s holding up. He convinces Oliver to tell Felicity that he still wants to be with her, still wants to marry her.
Felicity is able to trace the cloth to a wedding dress storage facility. When the team goes to check it out, Diggle finds Cupid’s shrine of married celebrity couple targets. Fortunately, (or not so) Oliver and Felicity are no longer targets of hers.
When the team decides they need to find a way to figure out who Cupid’s next target is, Oliver refuses to use an innocent couple as bait. Instead, he turns to Felicity and tells her that they need to get married.
Darhk (Witch) Trials
After the events of the last episode, Damien Darhk stands trial to be incarcerated for his actions — specifically the kidnapping of William, with Laurel as the lead prosecutor on his case.
During the trial, Darhk’s lawyer claims that his client’s real name is not Damien Darhk, but Kenneth Bender, from Marcovia. They file for dismissal of all charges based on a complete lack of evidence tying Kenneth to the charges.
Later, when Diggle is testifying against Darhk by reiterating the events of his, Thea’s, and Felicity’s kidnapping at the Smoak-Queen holiday party, Darhk’s lawyer presents him with a signed affidavit by Thea’s former dealer. The document states that Diggle helped Thea purchase a ridiculous sum of cocaine, and alludes to the fact that Diggle only fronts as personal security to Oliver Queen, when in reality he is involved in drug distribution with Thea.
When the team regroups after the setback in court, Captain Lance says that he will testify against Darhk, and risk his own incarceration if it puts Darhk behind bars. Laurel and Captain Lance discuss his decision. She cannot grant him immunity, so she doesn’t want him to testify but he is able to convince her.
Lance is put on the stand and Laurel cross examines him. He admits to doing awful things for Darhk, as he was asked to, because Darhk threatened Laurel’s life if he did not. The judge is moved by Captain Lance’s testimony, and ultimately denies the defenses motion to dismiss and sentences Darhk to trial.
Lance’s gun and badge are taken from him, and he is put on suspension until his hearing for his crimes against the SCPD.
As Darhk is transported to his prison cell to await trial, he pulls a ring out of his mouth and puts it on. Presumably, this ring gives him back some level of power — if his eerie smile is any indication.
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
Oliver, Taiana, and Reiter have finally reached their destination in these ever elusive caves. That destination? A strange totem.
Reiter explains that when he was young his village in Africa was destroyed and turned into nothing but dust — leaving him vulnerable, something he very much did not like. Since then, he has vowed to never let anyone make him feel vulnerable ever again.
To do this, he plans to destroy everyone and everything that threatens that. To prove his point to Oliver and Taiana, Reiter shoots one of his men. The totem then absorbs his (soul? energy? life source? voodoo magic?) and then transfers this essence to Reiter by way of his tattoo (which may have something to do with why Oliver’s tattoo was of such importance to him in the first place).
Oliver and Taiana knock out Reiter and his men, and steal the talisman. Once they get far enough away, they debate what to do with it. Taiana tries to destroy it, but it doesn’t break.
Reiter contacts Oliver through the radio he still has, and informs them that he has them surrounded — and his men have guns, so it would be wise to surrender. He sends his men after them.
When Reiter’s men locate the totem, Oliver and Taiana are nowhere to be found. The men go to pick up the talisman, and Oliver and Taiana attack them and take their guns.
I Do, Do You?
Now, given the fact that Felicity just broke off her engagement, one would presume that she wouldn’t exactly be gung-ho about going through with said engagement in a fake wedding ceremony to lure out a deranged villain that hates love, right? One would be correct.
Oliver says that he’ll call the venue and have the date moved up. Felicity is upset, considering she asked him to cancel the venue. However, Oliver admits that once he picks up the phone, it’s really over. She tells him it already is.
Despite herself, Felicity agrees to the ruse. Thea leaks that Oliver and Felicity have decided to have a secret wedding to the tabloids, in the hopes that Cupid will take the bait.
Unfortunately for Olicity, their very real, very new, and very raw emotions are unavoidable when Oliver sees Felicity walk down that aisle in a beautiful white wedding gown. Things get even more real when their officiant has them recite their own vows.
Felicity goes along with the ruse and says some quick vows, in order to get it over with. Oliver, however, takes this opportunity to express everything that he loves about her. He tells her that she brought him into the light, and that loving her is the best thing about him. He puts the ring back on her finger just as he tells her that she is his always.
Not expecting the outpouring of emotion, Felicity is stunned. She doesn’t have time to react though, because right on cue, Cupid shoots an arrow between them. Oliver tells the officiant to run, and crouches down with Felicity to guard her.
Oliver informs Thea and Diggle, who are on location, waiting for their cue. Cupid shoots Oliver in the chest, and Felicity runs to his side as he lays there. Cupid tells them that she’s rigged the entire building with enough explosives to take it down.
Oliver gets up and pulls the arrow out, revealing that he was wearing a Kevlar vest. He tries to talk Carrie out of going through with her plan, but it’s of no use, because she’s lost the only two men she ever loved and now she wants to see anyone in love burn.
Felicity steps in and explains to her that love is not a bad thing. She tells her that if she dies today, that’s okay, because she was fortunate enough to get to experience the kind of love that changes a person into the best version of themselves, and that was worth it.
Though Felicity’s speech almost convinces Cupid, she is too far gone. Luckily, Thea and Diggle and there to help fight her off. Cupid is subdued and Oliver shoots her, but not fatally.
As Cupid is dragged off by the SCPD, she tells Oliver and Felicity that they give hope to the rest of us. Oliver attempts to talk to Felicity about what they both said, but she’s not ready to.
Later, in the foundry, Felicity comes to talk to Oliver. He tells her that he meant every word he said to her, and she tells him that she loves him, but what she said to Carrie doesn’t apply to them. Oliver pleads with her, telling her that things can be different, and that he can be different. He promises never to lie to her again, but she can’t accept it.
Felicity tells him that a part of him will always default to that person on the island — alone, and that person who came back to fight his mission — alone. She knows that there will be times in which he may have to make the decision to keep things from her again.
Oliver tries to deny that, but Felicity is certain that she was wrong. She was wrong when she told him that they could make it work, being together and being vigilantes. She doesn’t believe they can anymore. She tells him that it’s too hard working with him every night, and that they need to let each other go.
She gives him back the ring, and tells him she wants him to keep it for good this time. Oliver tells her that he doesn’t want to let her go, but she tells him that she’s already gone.
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It was bound to happen — all of Oliver’s lies catching up to him, that is. One of the major arcs this season dealt with Oliver finding out he had a son, William.
As we know — Samantha, Oliver’s former fling, only recently let Oliver see William based on the condition that Oliver never tell anyone (including William) that he is the boy’s father. Though Oliver wanted desperately to include Felicity, he chose to abide by Samantha’s rules so that he could spend time with him.
Alas, this is Arrow — and in Arrow, your secrets always have a way of surfacing. Because Oliver just happens to be a vigilante, his secrets only surface after a villain decides to come for you. Cue Damien Darhk, who comes to him and tells him that he has his son, and he’s being held hostage.
Darhk gives Oliver an ultimatum, he must announce his resignation for mayoral office by 6pm on Friday, or William suffers the consequences.
This, of course, is a huge problem for Oliver — especially considering he has to tell his fiancée exactly who this boy is. And she doesn’t take the news too well.
Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past
It’s no secret to those who knew Oliver Queen pre-island, that he had a little problem with infidelity. Only after Oliver has been informed of Darhk taking his son, does his mother Samantha even tell Oliver that William had gone missing (she only came to Oliver thanks to a little birdy named Barry Allen).
Oliver quickly confesses to Samantha that he is the Green Arrow, and that he is going to do everything in his power to bring back their son. He brings Samantha to meet the rest of team Arrow.
Once meeting Laurel, Samantha recognizes her name, and apologizes for having an affair even while knowing that Oliver was with Laurel at the time.
Later, when Samantha is left with Felicity while the team (plus a very special guest) are out searching for William, Samantha tries to explain to Felicity that keeping William a secret from her was an ultimatum she gave to Oliver, and urges her to place the blame on her, not him.
Unfortunately, the team continually gets beat by Darhk’s magic. And what’s the only way to fight magic? With more magic, of course. Our old friend Constantine is stuck in hell, but our new friend Mari McCabe, aka Vixen, might be able to help.
You might recognize Vixen from CW Seed’s animated spinoff series, but Arrow got a special treat when Oliver tracks down a live action version of the warrior goddess in this week’s episode.
He finds Mari beating up some bad guys in her neck of the woods. He offers her a helping arrow and then asks for her help. She agrees, and he brings her back to the foundry to introduce her to everyone, explaining they had an “animated encounter” (I see what you did there, writers) in the past. Though she’s already met Laurel and Felicity — Digg, Thea, and Samantha are all new faces.
Mari explains to the team that she can channel the spirit of any animal through her necklace that gives her these mythical powers. She suggests that she can help locate William. Samantha gives Mari a Flash action figure, William’s favorite toy, and Mari is able to track the scent.
The team infiltrates the location in which Mari was able to locate William’s scent. While Digg, Thea, and Laurel take out some of Darhk’s men, Oliver crashes through the window that Damien himself is in. He’s followed closely by Mari. Damien is intrigued by Mari’s power, and recognizes her necklace. The two try to fend off Darhk’s magic but it proves futile.
Damien tells Oliver that they missed William by two minutes, and that he has been moved to another location. The team retreats back to the foundry and Oliver receives a call from Darhk that demands he resign that night — as well as endorse Ruvé — or he never sees William again.
Mari suggests that they try to locate the source of Darhk’s power, similar to how her necklace provides hers. Lance says that he saw such a thing a few times while working with Darhk and Mari asks him to draw it for her.
Mari sends the picture to an old friend of hers and is able to identify how to locate it.
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
Back in their cell, Taiana and Oliver discuss Reiter’s plans, just as he comes to get them. He brings them to a cave structure, that holds the source of a primordial energy. From this cave comes a zombie/demonic man.
The man speaks in a language that no one can understand. Reiter holds a gun to Oliver and Taiana and forces them to be stuck with the creature. Once he leaves, the man speaks to Oliver before he evaporates into the air, leaving Oliver’s Chinese symbol tattoo glowing orange.
When Reiter comes back and discovers the man missing, he forces Oliver and Taiana to enter into the cave to find answers.
End of an Era?
The episode begins with Oliver supporting Felicity at physical therapy. She struggles to walk, despite her high hopes for Curtis’ bio implant. Though she knew there was a possibility of it not working, she confesses to Oliver that she was really hoping to be able to walk down the aisle.
Their conversation gets cut short when Darhk shows up and gives them the bad news about William. Their once warm and loving banter turns cold as Felicity starts to realize the harsh reality that Malcolm Merlyn, Damien Darhk, Barry Allen, and Thea all knew about Oliver’s son before she did.
Given Felicity’s hatred of lies, we can all pretty much guess how she feels about this. Despite this, however, Felicity puts on a brave face for the time being, knowing just how important it is to Oliver to get William back safely.
During this time, Oliver struggles with making a decision about how to continue his relationship with William after the fact. On one hand, Digg supports Oliver being a father, and encourages him to become as involved as possible in his life (just as he is with his adorable baby Sara). On the other hand, Mari tries to convince Oliver that William may be better off without all of this in his life (this stems from her own person experiences with her biological parents and the whole magic necklace talisman thing).
When Oliver is given the ultimatum of either dropping out of the mayoral race, or risking his son’s life, he makes the decision to suspend his candidacy. (Pretty careful choice of words, though, huh?) This, naturally, confuses his campaign manager, Alex. However, given the circumstances, Oliver has no choice but to leave Alex without any explanations.
After Oliver steps down, Darhk calls him, telling him to meet him in three hours, at Nelson Plaza. The team goes out to save William and end Darhk’s reign of power once and for all.
Mari crashes in through the ceiling and manages to grab Darhk’s totem of power (in a wicked cool flippy move, just sayin’). Even separated from the item, his powers remain. The rest of the team tries to fight him off, but his powers prove too much.
William comes out of the house and begs Darhk not to hurt them. Mari then inhabits the spirit of a gorilla and begins smashing the totem until it eventually breaks, effectively cutting off Darhk’s powers and releasing the team to fight him on an even playing ground.
Later, William is finally reunited with Samantha. She gives him his Flash toy, but he says he’d rather get a Green Arrow one instead.
Oliver has one final discussion with Mari, thanking her before she leaves. She reminds him again to keep William as far away from that life as he can — to let him have his innocence.
Amidst all of this commotion, Thea confronts Malcolm on how Darhk knew about William in the first place. Though Malcolm lies about his involvement at first, Thea finds out the truth when Lance tells her and Oliver that the man who actually took William in the first place was missing an arm. She finally stands up to him, telling him that this relationship they have is over for good. Malcolm doesn’t like this too much and lashes out at Thea. He tells her that she can’t see the bigger picture, and never could, but he can.
In the end, Oliver records a video for William. He confesses to him that he is his father, at least biologically speaking. He says that he cannot be the kind of father that William deserves, and that is due to the fact that he is, in fact, the Green Arrow. He also tells him that he told Samantha to take him far away, and not to tell anyone where she is going — even Oliver. This video is meant to be shown to William only after his eighteenth birthday.
Of course, Felicity happens to hear the entirety of the recording and confronts Oliver. She tells him that now that William is safe, she needs space from him. She understands why he did what he did, but she doesn’t think that Oliver knows how to lean on her, like he should have.
She gives him her engagement ring back, and then (literally and symbolically) walks away — breaking the heart of Oliver, and the entire Olicity fandom.
Arrow returns Wednesday, March 23rd at 8pm on The CW!
When Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted a photo of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak standing at the altar on Tuesday, many fans were justifiably skeptical of what they were seeing. Could an Olicity wedding be real?
As it turns out, yes.
Guggenheim followed up his bombshell photo with a little bit of clarification on Wednesday morning:
This is, as far as semantics will allow, a real wedding photo.
Of course, a wedding is not a marriage and you just never know what’s going to go wrong at the last second whenever a TV couple heads to the altar. And since Felicity isn’t wearing a wedding ring when she is seen at the some-future-date cemetery with Oliver, there’s good reason to believe that these nuptials are not entirely everlasting.
But at least fans will get to see Felicity standing (yes standing, no wheelchair required) at the altar with Oliver this season.
Arrow season 4 has been pretty kind to Olicity shippers so far. Not only did Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak start off the new year in domestic bliss, but they even moved forward in their relationship and got engaged — no matter what impediments and injuries stood in their way.
And now there seems to be a WEDDING PHOTO???
Yes, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have caused a few heart attacks on Tuesday when he tweeted a picture of Oliver and Felicity standing in formal clothing with some sort of officiant. It sure looks like a wedding is coming!
But this is TV. And bliss never lasts on TV. Thus, many fans have been waiting for the seemingly inevitable downside of this couple getting together. Is that coming? Actress Emily Bett Rickards recently gave some interviews that indicated both good and bad things were coming for the Olicity pairing.
Warning: There are a few Arrow season 4 spoilers in these quotes — proceed with caution.
Here’s the deal as it stands right now: Oliver and Felicity are happy and looking forward to staying that way… There are just a few problems with that. What are they?
Well, first of all, Oliver has been keeping secrets.
Felicity is not a fan of secrets, and Oliver has been keeping a big one — the existence of his son, William — from her. As Felicity is clearly about to find out about the boy soon (probably this week, if you believe the promos), problems are certain to follow.
That was, after all, what happened in the Flash crossover episode back in December: Oliver kept William a secret and then caused a rift with Felicity when she found out. That could definitely happen again. “I feel like we saw her in the crossover episode react in a certain way, and we’ll see seams of that play into this reality,” Rickards warned in an interview with TVLine.
“I think we all know Felicity’s heart pretty well, and we know that she tries to be as honest as possible all of the time,” she added. “When she finds out this information that she would hope to have known, we can probably predict how she is going to react!”
This deception, however, might not be the death knell to Olicity. As Rickards told Zap2it recently, “I feel like [Oliver and Felicity] are intertwined in a way, hopefully with a connection and depth we have showed and portrayed, that can withstand this repetitive hit to Felicity’s heart.”
In the same interview, Rickards added that she and co-star Stephen Amell have portrayed their characters as people who don’t just give up when their relationship takes a hit. “Stephen and I have been very protective over showing that they’re open to communication, that they’re open to working through things, that they’re open to decompressing together,” the actress explained.
The emotional trauma of Oliver’s secret might pale somewhat in comparison to the physical trauma Felicity has endured this season — the woman has ended up in a wheelchair, for Pete’s sake! It’s the kind of thing that causes a person to reevaluate her choices, and Felicity may be doing just that.
Does that mean a breakup though? In and of itself, no, but there is the lingering issue of the flash-forward to the cemetery that has been teased throughout this season of Arrow.
Thankfully, it’s not Felicity in that grave (she pretty much confirmed that once again to TVLine), but all is not well in Olicity-land: She is not wearing either an engagement ring or wedding ring when Oliver joins her in the back of a limo.
This was, apparently, very deliberate and meaningful. “It literally said in the script, ‘NO RING,’ and I was like, ‘OK…'” Rickards told TVLine. She did, however, add that even the actors did not know the significance either way of the missing jewelry. “Filming that scene, we knew virtually nothing about what it was really about,” she said.
The only small glimmer of positive hinting that Rickards could give was, “Everything’s going to make sense in the end.”
Fans of Olicity can only hope that this will be a sort of sense that comes along with smiles.
So, if we counted the amount of times that this episode stressed the importance of telling the truth and avoiding lying to the ones you loved — it would be a real big number. It’s pretty safe to say that this episode’s theme relied heavily on secrets and lies. With an episode plot based on politics and an engagement party, what could possibly go wrong?
H.I.V.E. is Blowing Up (literally)
So we all (including Team Arrow) know by now that Ruvé Adams is Damien Darhk’s wife. She’s not a pawn in his game either — if anything she may call the shots. It’s no surprise that when Oliver, Diggle, Thea, and Laurel follow Ruvé (as they’ve apparently been doing for a while now), Team Arrow ends up fighting off a hoard of H.I.V.E’s men.
Back at H.I.V.E. Headquarters, Damien and Ruvé meet with a host of their peers (including Malcolm Merlyn) and reveal what they know about Oliver’s son, William.
They’re gearing up for Phase 5 of their master villain plan, which apparently requires control over City Hall, and therefore, rests solely on the shoulders of Ruvé’s campaign. They also discuss the little matter of Quentin Lance being a known informant for Team Arrow. Darhk promises to finally cut that tie for good.
When Quentin is called in to handle a petty crime, due to the SCPD being short staffed, Laurel tags along. On the scene, there appears to be no crime, but Quentin is swiftly attacked by the building, as it literally falls to pieces around him. Laurel gets him out, and the two narrowly escape before the entire building collapses. (Flashback to the Season 1 finale, anyone?)
Connecting the falling building to Darhk, the team tracks down H.I.V.E.’s base of operations and has a run-in with some of H.I.V.E’s men, who just happen to be planting bombs to demolish that building. With the help of a speedy Thea, the team manages to make it out of the building (and with a nail gun punctured laptop, no doubt!)
Felicity has Curtis take a look at the laptop, as she deals with the upcoming engagement party (and her mother), just as Dig calls to tell Oliver that H.I.V.E is using a special kind of acid to demolish their buildings, and their source? It’s just been completely ravaged.
Curtis finds blueprints to the next demolition site. It just happens to be City Hall, exactly where everyone is currently gathered for the mayoral debate. By pulling a fire alarm, they are able to get everyone out safely, and the debate goes on as planned — the results of which put Oliver way in the lead.
Donna and Quentin
The deeper that Quentin gets involved with Team Arrow, the more he wants to push away those he loves to protect them. (Sound familiar?)
When Donna comes to speak to him at the precinct, Quentin tells her he thinks they need some time apart due to some danger that he’s in related to gambling. Being the flawless BS detector that she is, Donna sees right through the façade and demands to be told the truth.
When Quentin refuses, Donna ends things, not willing to put herself through the same kind of relationship she had with her ex-husband.
Donna confides in Felicity about what happened, even apologizing to her for being a “momzilla” about the wedding. She tells her that she’s been vicariously living through Oliver and Felicity’s perfect, lie-free relationship. Felicity convinces Donna to try to trust that Quentin is doing what he’s doing to protect her, and to give him another chance.
While Donna confides in Felicity, Quentin repeatedly confides in Oliver. He feels horrible for lying to someone he loves, urging Oliver to never do that. (The foreshadowing is real with this one, kids.)
While this couple certainly portrayed the theme of secrets and lies all on their own, they served mostly to set up Oliver and Felicity for their own upcoming showdown.
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
After being clearly favored by Reiter, the other prisoners turn on Oliver. They threaten to hurt Oliver, claiming his attacks have warranted it.
Reiter’s men leave so that he can be taken care of, but Taiana stops them at the last minute. She convinces them not to kill him, and they agree on one condition — Oliver must kill Conklin. Despite his trepidation, Oliver agrees.
When Reiter explains to Oliver that the map he found on him helped him translate the stone he had. They detail a legend of a hidden place. A place of great power. It is believed that this location can only be accessed by someone who is deemed worthy by the Gods. Reiter thinks that Oliver is this person.
After Reiter leaves, Oliver uses a file to break free of his handcuffs and fights Conklin, ultimately killing him. When he is returned to his cell, Taiana thanks him with a kiss on the cheek.
Oliver and Felicity
This entire episode, undoubtedly, was setting us up for a whole ‘lotta angst coming to the Olicity fandom. Every single reference to secrets and lies was framed directly at the big elephant in the room, William.
In the midst of planning their engagement party (and eventually, their wedding), Oliver is preoccupied by a prying Thea who found evidence of an old check that Moira sent to one Samantha Clayton, never cashed. Oliver attempts to convince Thea to let it go, but we all know that the Queens can be a little stubborn when it comes to getting information they want.
Thea confronts Oliver about Samantha and her son, William, who just happens to be about as old as that uncashed check. Oliver confides in Thea about the issues surrounding Oliver keeping William a secret from everyone. He feels guilt over not telling Felicity especially, considering their upcoming nuptials.
Thea convinces Oliver that he did the right thing by keeping William a secret, as the lives they lead can be a dangerous place.
Back at the loft, Oliver and Felicity host their engagement party. They entertain their guests (including Laura — their slow-cooker obsessed neighbor from Ivy Town) and take pictures. While there, Curtis surprises Felicity with her engagement present — an implantable bio stimulant. With the help of the newly developed Palmer Tech power cell, the implant may work just in time for Felicity to be able to walk again, right down the aisle.
In the end, Damien introduces a new friend to his daughter, one that will be staying with them for a little while. His name? William.
This week on Arrow… With a name like Sins of the Father,” this episode promised a whole gambit of relationships to explore. It did not disappoint.
The episode focused on three main father/daughter relationship combos (surprisingly Captain Lance and one of his girls were not the focus this time). Instead, this week we explored Thea and Malcolm, Nyssa and Ra’s al Ghul, and Felicity and her father, Noah Kuttler.
And, as a bonus we got just a little smidgen of Oliver and his son, William (not a father/daughter relationship, but still crucial to the future story arc).
Last week we finally got to meet Felicity’s father, Noah (aka Calculator). We left off with Felicity completely shocked to see him (as one would be after not seeing their father for 18+ years).
When we first see them in this episode, Felicity has apparently agreed to sit down for some coffee with her dear ‘ol dad. Though she clearly looks displeased to be doing so. After Felicity cuts the crap on Noah’s attempt at small talk, he asks her if she knows why he’s wanted by the police. She quips that it couldn’t be anything other than petty crime, as that would require commitment.
She has only one question for him. Why now? The answer — he’s doing a job for someone. (Anyone else get a H.I.V.E. vibe?) But, he reveals, he almost got beat. By his own daughter.
That’s right. He knows Felicity is Overwatch. He knows it was her. He knows everything about her. Guess he’s been keeping tabs. Felicity is obviously not pleased, especially considering that he threatened to destroy the city and kill thousands of people. (He tells her they were “empty threats,” but Felicity buys it about as much as we do.)
In an effort to try to salvage their reunion, Noah claims that he wants a chance to prove that he’s not a bad guy, and wants her back in his life. Toying with Felicity’s heart (and therefore ours) he hands her a device that holds all the information about his documented hacks to prove that he’s not lying to her.
Later, after Felicity tells Team Arrow about her father, she decides she needs a way to test her father. However, after speaking to Donna, Felicity shows us just how conflicted she actually feels about her father’s return. Donna is adamant about the fact that “people do not change” (something I have a feeling will come back to bite us in the ass later on this season).
Once Felicity checks out the information Noah gave her, she decides that they may not be so different after all, and gives him a tour of the Applied Sciences Lab at Palmer Tech. There, Noah seems particularly interested in Curtis Holt’s tech (and it’s just as suspicious as it sounds).
Color us not surprised when, back at the foundry, Felicity reveals to Oliver that she had indeed found a test, and finds out that her father is just as bad as her mother had warned her. Felicity had planted a device that had the ability to store all the information from any nearby computer server, to see if Noah would bite. He did. Seems as if Calculator was just out to steal some of his own daughter’s tech, after all.
Felicity delivers one final (and powerful) speech to the man who left her about how much he hurt her, and how much his absence has affected her all these years, right before she has him arrested by Captain Lance and tells him that they are officially done.
Battle of the Leagues
While Felicity is dealing with the mistakes of her father, Thea and Nyssa are dealing with the mistakes of their own.
Thea is still very ill, where we left her at the end of the last episode. Since she chose to ignore the Lazarus Pit induced bloodlust, it began to attack its host (Thea, herself).
Also at the end of the last episode, Nyssa visits Oliver in the hospital, claiming she has a cure for Thea — as long as he agrees to kill Malcolm Merlyn. This episode actually begins right where that one left off, with the same conversation. They play a back and forth blame game, resulting in Nyssa declaring that this will not end well for anyone.
Back in the foundry, Oliver reveals his plan to convince Malcolm to hand over the ring (that declares who is to be Ra’s al Ghul) to Nyssa, in exchange for the cure for Thea. The team splits up, with Oliver going to speak to Malcolm, and Laurel going to speak to Nyssa.
Malcolm refuses to go along with the plan, not believing the effects of the Lotus. Instead, he claims he’s going to seek a real way to save Thea, and not play Nyssa’s game.
Meanwhile, Laurel goes to see Nyssa (who’s still not happy with her about the whole resurrecting the love of her life from the dead thing). Nyssa maintains that the role of Demon’s Head belongs to her, as it is her birthright. She, however, agrees to Oliver’s terms but promises a war if Malcolm does not uphold his end of the bargain.
Inspired by Felicity’s test for her father, Oliver seeks Nyssa out once more to ask for a sample of the lotus to prove to Malcolm that the cure actually works. She gives him one, but lets him know just how naïve she thinks he’s being.
They try the sample on Thea (who is discharged from the hospital and transported to the sublevel of the foundry, because Oliver pulled some strings) and the cure temporarily works. Satisfied with the results, Malcolm agrees to hand the ring over to Nyssa.
Everyone meets to make the exchange, but things go awry (when do they not?) and Nyssa and Malcolm end up fighting, with Malcolm leaving with the ring, and Nyssa declaring war.
When Team Arrow meets to regroup they discuss finding the two leaders, knowing that the four of them cannot take on two entire armies. A war breaks out between the two sides of the league, and the result is destroying Star City in the process. Laurel finds Nyssa and helps her fight off Malcolm’s men, before leading her to Oliver and Diggle, where she gets a tranq dart to the shoulder and a ride back to the foundry.
With Nyssa in their holding cell in the foundry, and Malcolm still missing, both Felicity and Diggle urge Oliver to kill Malcolm and end this for good.
They do eventually find Malcolm right below them, visiting Thea, where Malcolm tells Oliver about the time he first meet Thea when she was a baby. Oliver is unaffected by Malcolm’s story, until he drops a bomb on him. Malcolm knows about William. (Dun dun dun. No, but really, this can’t be good, right? Right.) Malcolm goes on to inform Oliver of all the “good” the League of Assassins does, and stands firm on the fact that he will never turn that kind of power over to Nyssa. In Malcolm’s mind, that means Thea has to die.
In true Oliver fashion, he believes there has to be another way. He suggests that Malcolm keep the ring and get the lotus from Nyssa. How will he do this, you ask? A duel. (Where you expecting something else?)
Just as the big duel is about to commence (shirts on, this time) Oliver invokes the league statute of replacing one’s spouse in battle (Yes, Oliver and Nyssa are still married — we got to hear Nyssa remind us of it a least one hundred times). Naturally, Nyssa turns him down, as she can fight her own battles. However, she yields when Oliver informs her that if he had to pick between the two of them who would survive this, it would be her.
Oliver and Malcolm battle (still with shirts on, *sigh*) and Oliver easily bests Malcolm. As Malcolm kneels before him, Oliver looks to Felicity who nods her approval. In a super-fun twist, Oliver chops off Malcolm’s arm (‘tis but a flesh wound?) and takes the ring off his dismembered hand and hands it to Nyssa. She hands him the lotus potion in return.
Thea is revived, and cured of her bloodlust.
Nyssa then calls a meeting between herself, Oliver, Laurel, and Malcolm. She throws the ring into the fire and informs them that she has disbanded the league, releasing all of her father’s captives in the process.
And now it’s time for… Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
A sick Oliver and Taiana are being held in a jail cell by Reiter. Things are tense, which makes a lot of sense since Oliver just told her that he was the one who killed her brother Vlad.
He tries to make amends, telling Taiana that he has an ancient stone that they may be able to use as a bargaining chip to free themselves. Angry with him, she takes the stone and calls for Reiter, attempting to use it for her own freedom.
Reiter steals it from her, leaving her in the cell with Oliver. He tells her that she is responsible for nursing Oliver back to health, as he is important in helping find what they need. If she doesn’t help him and he dies, she dies too.
She reluctantly cares for him, and Oliver opens up to her about losing his father, and then four more people he’s loved since then. She tells him that she knew, when she met him, that he was lost and shattered.
Reiter comes back and informs them that the stone was the last piece to the puzzle, and that they are starting the digging now. Right underneath them.
Nothing Like Their Fathers
In the end, Felicity, Nyssa, and Thea (though she came to this conclusion a little earlier than the other two) decide that they are not their fathers. They will not repeat their mistakes, ever again.
Felicity and Oliver discuss their issues with parental figures (Noah and Malcolm respectively) and Oliver warns Felicity that closure doesn’t come easy. On a much happier note, the wedding bells are officially chiming, ‘cause Olicity is in wedding planning mode. A small ceremony, a few close friends, definitely no caterer — they finally think the dust has settled and are ready to finally get hitched.
If only Arrow were a nice, fluffy, happy land where that would actually be believable. But it’s not, and we know there’s trouble ahead. And a grave. Always that grave.
The episode ends with Evil I and Evil II (better known as Malcolm and Damien Darhk) conspiring to do evil together, as Malcolm informs Damien that the number one most important person in Oliver Queen’s life? Not actually Felicity, but his son — William. (Told you this couldn’t be good!)
OK, first things first: Felicity Smoak is not dead and buried in that mysterious grave. Arrow at least put that scary theory to rest in its first episode of 2016, “Blood Debts.”
Unfortunately, that leaves just about everyone else who has ever been on Arrow as a likely candidate to kick the bucket before the end of season 4. The only clue given is that this death is bad enough that even Felicity thinks Oliver needs to kill Damien Darhk and be done with it.
That’s not really her style, so it must be bad indeed. Guess we’ll have to keep guessing! Until then, however, here’s the latest Arrow recap.
Not Dead Yet
As you might expect, considering that she’s alive and fuming in the flash-forward scenes, Felicity did not die following Darhk’s attack in the previous episode. She was hurt really badly though and seems to require several surgeries before she’s stable. Oliver sends flowers. But he isn’t there — Oliver is too busy kicking some Ghost butt in an effort to locate Darhk.
He is also killing people all over the place at this point. Oliver is totally cool with this. The others, not so much. And Felicity doesn’t even know how far her fiance (yes, they’re still engaged… for now) has already gone in his rage. That could be a problem down the line.
It’s kind of a problem right now too, since no one is spilling the beans on the Evil Blond One’s whereabouts.
Remember how Team Arrow has Andy Diggle locked up in the lair? That proves to be important in this episode, since Andy actually has information about his erstwhile boss. Not that he wants to say. No, Andy is still all “I’m not going to tell and you can’t make me!” every time Diggle tries to talk.
Beating the information out of Andy doesn’t work so well either. This is where perspective comes in handy: Lyla points out that Diggle needs to treat his captive like a brother. So the Diggle boys talk. Andy remains his tantrum-prone self, but he does reveal that Darhk might be hiding out in Stonehaven.
Later, the two brothers play a still-rather-tense game of cards. Maybe letting Andy win a few hands will soften him up?
Plastic Masks Are Uncomfortable
Did you ever try to wear one of those molded, hard-plastic masks as a Halloween costume? They’re really uncomfortable and honestly kind of hard to keep in place. You’d think that a guy covered in healing burns would avoid such facial gear… But Anarky is crazy.
He’s also back and ready to wreak havoc all over town. Oliver actually lets Anarky wreak more havoc than usual, because the violent young man proves himself to be surprisingly good at tracking down Damien Darhk — when he’s not taunting Thea repeatedly. Anarky really likes taunting Thea. It’s kind of like a tween boy with a crush on a girl, expressing himself by tugging on her pigtails. Only, you know, way more violent.
Thea doesn’t respond though and stays calm enough to have a romantic moment with Oliver’s campaign manager by the end of the episode.
It doesn’t go so well for Anarky, who captures Darhk’s creepy wife and cute daughter at their home. He is about to torture them (or something) when Oliver and Company arrive to save the day. This proves to be a rather conflicted moment for Oliver, seeing as he totally helped out his mortal enemy. As a reward for this help, Darhk offers the Green Arrow a couple of weeks of family time.
Then he’s going to strike. And Mrs. Darhk is very much on-board with this plan.
Felicity didn’t seem to be wearing an engagement ring in that final scene at the cemetery. Will she and Oliver break up before then?
Back on the Island, Oliver nearly got killed by Conklin and Reiter before those funky mystical tattoos started glowing. This earned Oliver a reprieve for some reason.
Is Thea suddenly 21? There didn’t seem to be much of a worry when she broke out a bottle of wine for her date.
Despite all that’s happened — what with the shooting and all — Mama Smoak and Papa Lance still seem to be enjoying their budding romance… I kind of hope they keep embarrassing their kids for a while with this one.