Once again the three men responsible for this episode are Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. It starts off with Ollie crossing yet another name off of his list from his father's book. Only things didn't go as planned. Another enemy fires a shot that kills the man before Oliver gets the chance too. Grazing him in the process. Turns out the bullet is poisoned. Talk about over kill!
Oliver comes home to find out that Thea was arrested for breaking into a store. She was let go in the custody of her mother. Things are not well in the Queen household. Oliver finds out that the assassin is a man known as Deadshot. Oliver plans on tracking him down.
He brings Tommy into his plans to open up a club above his new hideout. This way he has more chance to escape Diggle. We see that the two men don't really get along. It's a slow forming friendship, very slow.
Oliver tells his mother off about how she isn't being a good mother. She tries to do better but that ship has sailed. Thea wants no part of her. The police want to point the murder at the Arrow but Detective Lance points out that the M/O is different. That they are just being lazy and need to look deeper to find out who is really being the killing. Something his fellow cops don't want to hear.
Ollie goes to the Russian Mob and starts speaking Russian. Seems he learned a lot on that island. He is a man that has earned the respect of the Russian Mob. Not an easy thing to do. We quickly learn that Oliver is a captain. What the hell happened on that crazy island?
Deadshot tattoos yet another name on his body. He has a name for everyone he killed tattooed on him. One of the names we see is Andrew Diggle, John Diggle's brother Now spoiler alert, he is alive. We meet him in season 4. So, why did Deadshot believe he was dead? Is he that bad at his job? Was it an honest mistake? And if so, how many of the others are mistakes as well?
Oliver and Tommy get into the club but they won't let Diggle in and Oliver pretends he doesn't know him. Laurel and an under-aged over drunk Thea. She tells Oliver that Tommy and Laurel have been sleeping together since he died. Oliver seems not to care. It is an act. Laurel tells Oliver that they don't need his blessing and she doesn't want his forgiveness. It's hard for him to get back into the swing of things here.
Back on the island five years ago, he is running, winded as hell when he gets caught in a trap. Meanwhile back in the present Oliver tracks down Deadshot and the two have a shoot out. Neither one getting the better of each other. Oliver than goes and meets someone very important. The one and only Felicity Smoak!
Oliver goes to Detective Lance for help. He doesn't want to help the arrow but he is a good man who wants to do the right thing. It's just who he is. Deadsot kills a cop and pretends to be him so the cops have no idea that anything is wrong.
Tommy tells Laurel that now that Oliver knows they should date. That she should let him prove to her that he could be the right man for her. That he could make her happy. She agrees.
Deadshot attacks the party and the Arrow tracks him down. The two men fight it out. Deadshot tells the Arrow they are no different, they are both killers but Oliver doesn't want to hear it. He shoots Deadshot and hits him in the eye scaner, thinking he is dead. Diggle shows up, he has been shot and the Arrow gets him out of there.
Back in the past Oliver s cut down from the trap by a mystery man. It seems there are others on the island and they are closing in on Oliver and his new friend.
In the current day Oliver helps Diggle survive the gun shot. He wakes up and sees that Oliver is the Arrow and that is how this episode ends. What a badass ending to a great episode! It leaves you just craving the next episode, joneings for it almost.
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