Arrow Season 1 Episode 5: Damaged
This episode written by Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski starts off on the island 5 years ago when Oliver's new friend teaches him how to hunt. Ollie goes to pick up the dead bird but is captured by men in masks and tossed into a hole in the ground while bars are placed over it.
In his current life Detective Lance is questioning Oliver who keeps telling him that he isn't the Arrow, his mom and step dad break up the interrogation. He tells his parents that he wants Laurel to be his attorney. She says no so Oliver represents himself. Laurel shows up at court and says that she is going to be attorney. She gets him house arrest with an ankle bracelet until the trial is over.
Oliver wants to throw a giant party at his house and Lance yells at Laurel about defending Oliver. He blames Oliver for killing his daughter. She points out that Sarah made her own choice and they can't put all of that blame on him. Diggle shows up in Olvier's room and Oliver tells him that he set himself up to get arrested. He asks Diggle to follow his next target and he sends Diggle to his underground base.
Ollie's step dad, Walter, has the boat that Oliver and his father were on when it went down moved to another location. The DA offers Oliver a deal but he turns it down. Detective Lance tells Oliver he will never believe anything he says. Oliver says that he will take a lie detector test in front ofu Detective Lance. Funny thing about the lie detector test, it was creator by the same man who created Wonder Woman. Very cool bit of information.
5 years ago Oliver is brought to meet the leader of the men who captured him. His name is Edward. Oliver tells the man that he can pay him a great deal of money for getting him off the island. The man shows him a picture of the guy who has been helping him and asks if Oliver knows him. Ollie says no and Edward calls his bluff and storms out. He gives Oliver over to a man who has what looks to be Deathstroke but isn't.
Thea is worried that Oliver might be the arrow and be going away for a long time. Oliver tries to convince her that he isn't. That nothing is going to happen to him. She starts to believe him and tells him that she can't lose him again. Oliver's mom meets with Malcolm again.
Oliver starts the lie detector test. Now in the past he is a bad liar but now he is doing pretty good. He keeps flashing back to his time being tortured on the island. He admits he wasn't alone on the island. He admits that he was tortured on the island. Lance asks him if he killed anyone and Oliver says yes, when he asked Sarah to come with him he killed her. He unhooks himself and leaves. Laurel asks if her dad will drop the charges and he says no.
The party starts and Oliver makes a speech mocking his situation. Lance is at the party. Oliver tells Diggle his plan, he wants a 100 witness seeing Oliver at the house while Diggle is across town stopping the back guys. Diggle tells Oliver that from now on he never lies to him. That isn't how this partnership works. Diggle agrees to plan.
The man that Walter hired to move the ship was found dead in a car crash. Laurel shows up at the party to talk to Oliver in private. She apologizes for how her father acted and he said that he understands it. She tells him that Sarah dying is what caused the divorce. Lance blames Oliver for that as well. He asks Laurel why she doesn't hate him as well and she tells him how she did for so long. She asks to see the scars and he takes off his shirt to show her. They start kissing and I can't help but feel bad for Tommy. I think Laurel does too because she rushes out of the room.
In the past the fake deathstroke is ordered to kill Oliver but the old man he was protecting shows up dressed as the hood and saves him. In the here and now Diggle shows up and stops the gun deal. Walter calls his wife to the office in the middle of the night and tells her that he found the ship and that she had it hidden. She begs him not to look into all this anymore. That it is too dangerous. Diggle calls to tell him everything is done and a man with a gun shows up trying to kill Oliver. They get into a fight. Lance come in saving him. Talk about ironic.
Oliver's mom blames Lance for causing all of this to happen. He removes the ankle monitor since the Arrow has been seen across town. Lance feels like shit, it is made worse when Oliver thanks him for saving his life. His mom then goes to confront Malcolm about trying to kill Oliver and all he can say is sorry. She tells him that if anything happens to her family she will take him down hard.
Laurel shows up with the results of the lie detector test and tells Oliver that she sees a slight flutter on his test. She knows that he lied and can fake the results. He tells her that he can't tell her or anyone else the truth about what happened because they would never look at him the same again. She tells him that nothing can ever happen between them again and he says he knows.
Diggle points out that Oliver underestimated how much people would care and look into what he was doing. Walter leaves the house for a while. Lance goes back to drinking and Laurel gets him out of the bar. Oliver takes off and stops the gun deal, finishing what Diggle started. Oliver's plan worked!
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