I wish I had written this sooner, so that the episode was fresher in your mind and so that the title made more sense.
But this is a busy time of year – I’m sure you all understand. In fact, a part of me wanted to not even write this at all because I’ve got so much else to do, but there was just so much Oliver/Thea in this episode – it couldn’t be ignored. It called out to me in my dreams, screamed in my waking mind.
For those of you who are new, here are my commentaries on the first 8 episodes.
Please note that in this entry I misuse the word “literally” more times than I can count and don’t remind you often enough that I’m not actually delusional.
Remember Adam Hunt from the pilot? The very first Corrupt BusinessMan of the Week? Well a mysterious hooded figure puts three arrows in his chest in the first scene, and I think we all knew it wasn’t Oliver, even before there was a quick cut to him in the lair, training with John Diggle.
John Diggle is pointing out how many names Oliver has crossed off The List recently, and Oliver informs him (and us) that now that the vigilante has a reputation, most of his targets yield to him quite easily. I’m impressed with the writers moving things along so quickly – obviously, with Oliver going after the names on the The List no longer being much of a challenge, it’ll be time (narratively speaking) for a new opposition to come into play – but I’m worried they’ll burn through all their best ideas too quickly. Although, apparently Oliver has been in overdrive since his falling out with Helena, which was a factor (and, it would seem, a factor he doesn’t like being reminded of).
John Diggle is taking his nephew to see Santa Claus (awwwww), which reminds Oliver of the existence of a little thing called Christmas. Oliver takes forgetting Christmas more seriously than Sarah Lance’s death, if his facial expression is anything to go by. And when he talks about how he had to forget Christmas on the island in order to survive, I’m pretty sure it was a bigger sacrifice than when Yao Fei convinced him to stop staring at Laurel’s picture and let her go.
Apparently Robert (that is, Oliver’s father) would throw a big Christmas party every year, and would put a Christmas tree in every single room of their criminally enormous house. “The whole mansion smelled like…it smelled like Christmas,” Oliver adds.
I have to be honest with you: I have never loved Oliver Queen as much as I do right now. Apparently the way to my heart/vagina is through love of Christmas.
John Diggle suggests that Oliver give The List a rest and “just enjoy the holidays” with his family. GREAT SUGGESTION, JOHN DIGGLE. I want to nominate John Diggle for the “Best Suggestion” awards. (I hear Neil Patrick Harris is hosting.)
And then John Diggle adds that Oliver is probably in the “nice” column of Santa’s list. Heh.
Oliver flashes back to the island: Yao Fei has returned after abandoning Oliver in a “locked” cave for a few too many days, but he has captured Edward Fyers, who has a plane on the island.
Oliver’s next flashback is full of exposition: Edward Fyers (I kind of love him for some reason – and I’m crazy about his posh accent) explains that the island is literally a prison for China’s most dangerous criminals. The military shut down the prison, and hired Fyers’ unit to “dispose” of all the inmates. No transfers in China. Two were not killed: Yao Fei, and Deathstroke. Oliver is a little rattled when he hears that Yao Fei murdered dozens of people.
In the final flashback, Fyers reveals that he allowed Yao Fei to capture him, and his men, including Deathstroke, are lying in wait. Oliver gets away, but Yao Fei is captured, which was their mission all along anyway.
Back at Queen Manor, Oliver walks in the front door in a suit (he takes his nightclub business VERY seriously), and encounters Thea.
“Hey, you look very pretty,” he says. Whatever, Oliver. Her outfit is weird (I really don’t understand nor particularly care for Thea’s sense of fashion), and her face and hair look normal. So really you’re just saying that you think she’s pretty all the time, aren’t you?
I mean, honestly. If she were super dressed up for a party, I wouldn’t think anything of it, but this all seems very daily-life to me. So I can only conclude that he thinks she’s drop dead gorgeous on a regular basis.
“What’s the occasion?” Oliver asks.
OK, so there is an occasion. Fine. A dinner party thrown by Walter and Moira. But here’s the thing: Thea isn’t even invited. Oliver doesn’t even know that there is a dinner party and ends up sitting at the table eating with the guests, and it is implied that Thea is actually dressed up for this party (which I don’t think that she is), and she’s not even an attendee.
Thea says that everyone has just been really busy lately. But she’s acting a little cagey, and we learn later that this is actually a lie. I think this is the first time we’ve seen Thea actually lie to Oliver (unless you want to count her hiding the drugs in the pilot).
Oliver brings up a Christmas tradition: his mother would have candy canes, and he and Thea would race to see who would finish first. (I assume he means finish eating them.) Thea remembers always winning, but Oliver remembers her always cheating. It seems to me there’s a pretty small window in which two siblings 10 years apart would have shared an activity like that, but I’m still giddy over their little nostalgic moment. Just picture little 7 year-old Thea showing her empty hands off to 17 year-old Oliver and teasing him because she finished first, but he knows that she bit part of it off and hid it in a plant. Jfkdjaklfjdaskljfda
I think Oliver probably spent a lot of time on the island thinking about stuff like that, even though he was supposed to forget his attachments and focus on surviving.
Thea says that Moira has gone sugar free this year, so she doubts he’ll be seeing any candy canes around. Well, Moira just went down in my book. First she tries to eat a hamburger with a knife and fork, now she doesn’t do sugar. Woman needs to let loose.
He walks into the dinner party, where we see Starling City’s “muckety-mucks”, including a police commissioner (named Brian Nudocerdo – my Spanish is rusty, but that does mean “naked pig” doesn’t it? A little on the nose, eh?) and Mr. Merlyn. I’m not going to lie, it gave me total goosebumps to see him in the Queen household acting not as the Well-Dressed Man, but as Tommy’s father and a longtime family friend. Although his name is not said in the episode, I googled, and it has apparently been released: Malcolm.
They’re discussing the vigilante, of course – acknowledging him fully as a Robin Hood figure, though certainly leery of those kind of politics. Commissioner Nudocerdo is the one to bring up the fact that Robin Hood was in fact a criminal. I believe “outlaw” is the preferred term, Commish. It’s funny, because this is exactly Quentin’s line of thought, but we’ll see him butting heads with the commissioner later.
It’s interestingly/ironically Mr. Malcolm Merlyn who brings up the fact that Starling City crime is down, but Commissioner Nudocerdo believes this is due to changes his department has implemented. Hmmm. I am skeptical, as is Walter, and Oliver is downright offended. Interestingly/ironically again, it is Malcolm who asks Oliver what his thoughts are.
I like it.
Walter gets a call from Felicity in the middle of dinner: she has noticed that seven names from the List match up with men the vigilante has targeted (ONLY SEVEN???) and that one name from The List is a Queen Consolidated employee (ONLY ONE????).
This coincides with the arrival of a uniform to report to the commissioner that Adam Hunt is dead. Oliver is particularly intrigued, and then fakes a phone call with a “contractor” to get away. LOL, yeah, whatever Oliver. We haven’t seen him work on the nightclub for real AT ALL.
Malcolm is full of menacing and observant looks through all of this.
Quentin is a good cop: he knows right away that Hood Guy didn’t murder Adam Hunt. He knows that he wouldn’t just murder Hunt, especially not after successfully targeting him months earlier, and this guy used special black arrows. Oliver is listening outside, and is equally interested. Talking it over with Diggle, he informs him that the archer is quite skilled, and they figure that they can track the particular arrows he used. But in order to do that, they need one of the arrows…so…Oliver has to turn to Quentin. I think he has a lot of respect for Quentin, despite their antagonistic relationship. I bet he hates having to act like such as ass to him.
He sends him, in a manila envelope, a nicer phone than the one I’ve got, and calls him on it, using his voice changer. To announce himself he says, “You call me The Hood,” and can’t resist adding, “It’s not a good nickname”. LOL. Legitimately one of the funniest moments ever, though a bit dangerous, considering he made a similar comment just the night before as Oliver. Oliver asks for an arrow from evidence, and really doesn’t make a great case for why Quentin should give it to him, but you can see Quentin thinking about it.
Our next scene has – yay! – another interaction between Oliver and Thea. This episode is already kicking 1.08’s a$$ hardcore. Oliver and Thea are eating French fries at a diner-style eatery. Is it Big Belly Burger? I don’t know.
Thea is waxing worshipful about the fries (and making a pretty obscene show of eating them), but Oliver’s got Christmas-brain, and has finally realized that there’s not going to be any party this year.
Shane, a young man, comes to Thea’s rescue from the unwelcome subject by calling out to her. Shane’s arrival is what prompted me to doubt whether this was, indeed, Big Belly Burger, since it was originally introduced as John Diggle’s special little find (though it’s pretty obvious he only goes there to flirt with his sister-in-law), not a hangout where you would expect to find an acquaintance of Thea’s.
Oliver is IMMEDIATELY put off. I mean, before he even turns around to see this guy. I think he could tell from Thea’s tone when she said “Hey” back that this guy was the competition.
Shane makes a tasteless (pun intended!) joke about the food on the island being better than what they serve at the dining establishment at which they are all three now present. Um, why are you eating there, Shane, if the food isn’t any good? And if this really is Big Belly Burger, Oliver is not going to be happy that someone is insulting it, since he has slowly been introducing every single person that he knows to its cuisine.
Shane’s callously offhanded joke about Oliver’s extremely traumatic experience combined with the fact that he and Thea already seem to be, at the very least, friends with benefits, tells me that Shane is not a long-haul love interest. If we were supposed to be rooting for him and Thea, they would have made him likeable, and they would have shown us some of the earlier crucial moments in his and Thea’s relationship. (And spoiler alert: I have recently learned that Colton Haynes will be joining the cast as a love interest for Thea. But seeing as he’s a regular on Teen Wolf, I don’t he’ll be be anything more than a recurring character, and more likely will just have an arc.)
She looks at Oliver while she says this, and Willa has twisted her flirty-eyes dial all the way over to FULL ON, which is just one level down from actually hopping across the table and undoing his belt.
I’m pretty sure that she thinks “spending the afternoon” means some sort of afternoon delight, if you know what I mean. (I mean sex.)
STEPHEN AND WILLA NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR LIVES AND LOOK AT THEIR CHOICES.
Actually, Oliver almost looks a little surprised, like he thought Thea was going to abandon him for her stupid friend, and is quite pleased to see that she has chosen him instead.
SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU OLIVER. HELLO!
“Another time, then,” Shane says politely, taking his leave. Thea is a little embarrassed, you can tell, once Shane is gone. She looks down at her food, and avoids making eye contract with Oliver again for as long as possible. Clearly she doesn’t want to answer any questions about Shane. I wonder if she’d like to avoid the subject of her romantic entanglements entirely, or whether she’s particularly loathe to share details about Shane with him.
If Oliver knew about Tommy, I bed he’d be a bit more supportive of this Shane guy.
“How do you know that Shane guy?” Oliver asks. That Shane guy? Wow. Oliver clearly doesn’t have a lot of respect for Shane. (It’s only OK when I say it!)
Now, I was expecting protective older brother. She’s his kid sister, he mostly remembers her when she was still a kid, and the person he has become is fiercely protective, even to the point of being a bit of a dictator. But even I was surprised by how aggressively anti-Shane Oliver is in this scene.
Because he’s jealous, right? He cares about Thea and whatnot, obvs, but more importantly: only one person’s lips belong on Thea’s lips, and that person is Oliver.
“We rob banks and smoke crack together,” Thea informs him. Nice one, Thea. Oliver thinks that’s cute, but he actually doesn’t use that phrase this time.
“You don’t even know him,” Thea argues, though I had expected her to humor him, because I felt like she expected a similar reaction. Personally, I don’t really see why she cares what Oliver thinks at this point. But this is pretty consistent with Thea of episodes 1,2 and 3, in which she saw Oliver as ignoring her except to judge her. I suppose she sees Oliver’s disapproval of Shane as more judgment of her. Though I think she really ought to know better. “Let’s change the subject,” she says. But she probably wishes she hadn’t, since Oliver brings up the other subject she’s keen to avoid: Christmas.
The story of the decline of the annual Queen family Christmas party is pretty much what you would expect: no one felt like celebrating Christmas the year Oliver and Robert disappeared – Thea and Moira dropped it. And never picked it back up again.
I’m torn: I understand how that might have happened, and yet my first instinct is to feel how wrong it is.
Thea reassures him that it’s OK, but Oliver, like me, doesn’t really think that it is. He’s got a thinking face on, which bears fruit in the next scene: Oliver announces to the family that he is throwing the Christmas party all by his lonesome. All they need to do is show up, bring Christmas cheer, and look fantastic. (I think the last one was mostly for Thea’s benefit. He was probably imagining what kind of dress he wanted her to wear.) Thea has a bitchface on the whole scene, which Oliver never seems to fully pick up on, though he does force her to say “Fine” in agreement.
Oliver explains to them that he knows he hasn’t been the person in their lives that they deserve, but this feels like the moment to “start making up for lost time”. Moira looks quite happy about it. You can see Walter waiting to see how Moira responds, and then smiling. (OTP).
Malcolm and Moira are back to their secret meetings. Malcolm has gotten wind of Walter’s digging after Walter had a talk with the man from The List who is an employee of Queen Consolidated. Moira wants to talk to him again, but Malcolm thinks stronger action is needed. I knew Moira’s “I’ll burn your world to ashes” would largely turn out to be a hollow threat, but I was glad it got a mention. Here you can see Moira admitting through her expression that the Walter situation is problematic. Moira assures Malcolm that she’ll “handle it”, but Malcolm wonders if maybe it’s time for their “associate” to handle it. Hmmm…interesting.
Our mysterious archer kills another man from The List that Oliver has already targeted. Commissioner Naked Pig wants to blame The Hood, but that doesn’t jive with Quentin, who might be a jerkface, but is an honest cop. It prompts him to give The Hood the black arrow.
Oliver can do almost everything, but the writers select things randomly that he needs Felicity to do for him. I don’t mind, because the only thing I love more than Felicity is interactions between Felicity and Oliver. I think the fact that he could encrypt his phone so that not even the police could trace a phone call back to him, and yet needs Felicity’s help to find out the origins of the black arrow is asking a lot of me, though.
My vote is for Brian Dickerson. Or maybe Scott Morgan.
I won’t describe the Oliver/Felicity scene in any detail. I’m sure my multishipping – Oliver/Thea, Oliver/Felicity, Thea/Tommy, Tommy/Laurel – is putting some of you off a little. It was hilarious when Felicity said that archery looks ridiculous right to Oliver’s face, and he pretends to agree with her, with just a note of, “O rly?”.
After Felicity figures out the company that made the arrow, she’s also able to figure out, somehow, the address to which those particular arrows were shipped. REALLY?
Oliver tells her she’s remarkable, and it smacked of that scene when Tommy tells Thea that she’s amazing. Guys, you are too good-looking to be throwing compliments around like that. Men as good-looking as you can’t just compliment impressionable ladies with abandon.
He wishes her Merry Christmas as she leaves, to which she says, “I’m Jewish.” I knew she was going to say it right after Oliver wished her Merry Christmas, it seems to me it was played for humor. Especially since LAST EPISODE, she told Walter that it would be a bad idea to fire her because a lot of suicides around Christmas time are related to joblessness. (Not that that necessarily meant she celebrates Christmas, but it sort of implies it.)Well, it’s good for anti-Oliver/Felicity shippers. Clearly a Christmas lover like Oliver needs to be with someone who loves Christmas too. Even Thea’s mere lack of enthusiasm gets to him eventually.
It’s not really relevant for me to drone on about Tommy or about Tommy and Laurel, but he comes by her apartment while Quentin is over, and even though Quentin has always been a real butthole to Tommy (remember that bit about “roofied anyone special lately” from the pilot?), Tommy walks right in and shakes his hand and wants to fix that relationship and make a good impression and jfdljafjdkal.
Laurel is celebrating the holidays with her dad, but Tommy insists that he be there for her too during these tough times (because of Sarah), so he invites her to the Queen’s party. He has sensed that something is holding her back (what was your first clue, Tommy? (!)), and I have to wonder if he knows that it’s Oliver, since he says this in conjunction with the invitation. And he brought her a little gift: it’s an ornament with a photo of Quentin, Laurel and Sarah (awwwww, Tommy GET IN MY BED), which shuts Quentin up while he’s ranting about Laurel’s taste in men.
Well, our mysterious archer (I’m just going to start calling him Dark Archer now, since that is his moniker) was anticipating Felicity-like skills, and the address Oliver arrives at is actually a trap, with the most obvious bomb I’ve ever seen in my life. The Dark Archer is smart enough to trap the vigilante in a something (shipping container?) with a bomb, and yet makes it so obvious that something is about to explode that Oliver has enough time to get away. Of course, it helped that Oliver had an explosive-laced arrow with him, which got him out the locked metal door just in time. Props to the Dark Archer, though. It must have been really tedious hanging out there, just waiting for Oliver to show up.
Back at Queen Manor, the halls are decked, and it looks beautiful. It’s always three steps forward and then two steps back with John Diggle: the party is in full swing, and Diggle is asking if this is the right time for Oliver to be playing Martha Stewart’s Elf. Since when does John Diggle try to dissuade Oliver from doing normal human things with his family, especially when those things are in the middle of already happening?
Oliver says, “My family needs this party. Which means that I need it.”
Just then Shane walks through the door carrying a bouquet. He says, “Thea invited me, I hope that’s cool,” in a very respectful way, and tells a questioning Oliver that the flowers are for Moira. I kind of wish they had been for Oliver, though. Shane bringing Oliver flowers. HILARIOUS.
Oliver turns back to Diggle, almost in disbelief. “Smooth”, he whispers mockingly. See, even when Shane is being a pretty stand-up guy, Oliver hates him. JEALOUS. Though John Diggle doesn’t seem to think too much of Shane either. His expression is PRICELESS.
Well, joke’s on them. If Shane’s goal was to get Thea out of her clothes, his bouquet did the job.
More on that later.
First he finds his family deeper inside the house. He tells them they look great. Again, I’m pretty sure he’s mostly talking to Thea. I don’t know what’s going on with her dress, it looks like Picasso meets steam punk or something, it’s weirdly asymmetrical. But the important part is that it definitely draws the eyes to the cleavage. (And is that a CHOKER that she’s wearing? It seems more likely to be part of the dress, though, with skin-colored fabric over the chest.)
Shane moves right in, offering the flowers to Moira, which she accepts quite gracefully. Thea laughs, and pulls Shane away into another room, with Oliver staring daggers at them. “Is everything OK between the two of you?” Oliver asks of Walter after Moira says she needs to talk to him.
See how attentive Oliver is when he’s really trying? Though kind of nosy, if you ask me.
Thea and Shane fall into a conversation in the hallway for a minute, but once Oliver is alone again, his eyes find Thea just as she’s pulling Shane towards her bedroom. He gets crazy eyes for a minute. Literally. He looks like a lunatic. (I didn’t have time to make a GIF, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.) He is not pleased by the idea of them off on their own. By them together at all, really. Of course his eyes find her. They always do. I really think we see him torn here: he wants to just go rip them apart and send Shane packing, but he knows he can’t.
THIS FREAKING EPISODE.
It’s time for Tommy and Laurel. It’s awkward for a minute (after Oliver greets them, and Tommy and Oliver hug – afjkdjalfd) which Tommy chooses to acknowledge (bless him) and they all have a good laugh.
Laurel says to Oliver that she has been wanting to move forward with Tommy, but something has been holding her back, and she has figured out that it’s Oliver. GAG. She says that she was “emotionally off” because he had died, which Oliver almost looks disappointed to hear this, so I’m going to put that in the good column, though it’s not nearly as good as what she’s about to say: “The last person that I expected to make me feel again has.”jfkdjaklfjal AWWWWW. Thank you, Laurel.
Basically this is the best moment ever between Oliver and Laurel. They were able to be friends at dinner in 1.08, and now Laurel is finally letting go.
Oliver and Laurel are the most likely endgame. And the CW, when it brings its endgame couples back together for the final time, tends to write love speeches for them that whitewash their other love interests and the time they spent apart, something like “You were always the only one for me” or “I always loved you – this whole time – I just didn’t always know it” – you get the gist. So I wouldn’t be surprised if this moment is eventually forgotten. But I won’t forget. Sure, Oliver is grave in this scene, but what I see is two people who take the love they had for each other seriously, but are moving on, fully and completely.
Laurel departs, and guess what the first thing Oliver does is? He looks around the room for Thea. And when he doesn’t see her, he goes to look for her in her bedroom. (I wish I had had time to make a GIF.)
It was his first instinct to seek Thea after having a moment which felt like losing Laurel, because on some level, he equates them. This couldn’t support more our reading of Oliver mixing up his feelings for these two ladies, with Thea becoming the lover and Laurel becoming the sister-like figure.
Oliver literally looks over at Laurel and Tommy being all couple-y and it’s like a switch is flipped in his brain and he suddenly needs to find Thea right that instant.
Well, he finds Thea, all right. He does knock on her door (and says, “Thea, I have something to tell you”), but he opens the door right after knocking without waiting for a response, just like he did in episode 1. (We never do find out what he was going to tell her. Personally I think he was going to confess his undying love and lust.)Well, he should have waited for an “OK”, because he nearly catches them inflagrante delicto. Thea’s dress is pushed down to her waist (her black bra is visible in all its glory), and Shane’s shirt was nearly off.
I kind of wish Thea had screeched “Don’t you knock?!” just like Oliver did when she walked through his OPEN DOOR in 1.02 (even though, technically, he did sort of knock).
Thea making out with Shane and then freaking out when someone opened the door was in the promo, and I hoped that it was Oliver that was walking in on her, but I didn’t dare assume. But it was. THANK YOU BABY JESUS.
Thea pulls her dress back up (boo!) hurriedly and Shane gets his shirt back on.
Obviously, I love every second of
protective jealous Oliver. But really, where does he get off? She’s 17. And they weren’t even having sex. (Yet?) And we don’t know much about Shane yet, but he’s not a 35 year old ex-con, is he?
“What are you doing?” Thea demands, and rightfully so.
“Funny, I was going to ask you the same thing, because there’s a party doing on downstairs that I threw for you,” he responds. I get that he would be angry that she’s not enjoying the party, but still, it’s not like Oliver has never slipped out of a party to kiss someone in his bedroom – he did it in 1.05. And let’s be real – he’s constantly disappearing all the time.
“I told you, I didn’t want a party,” Thea argues. And it’s true. “But you didn’t care. Because you came down with the holiday blues. I’ve been trying to get you to open up for months. All this party is doing is bringing back memories I’ve been trying to forget.”
“No matter how fancy the party is you throw, things will never be the way they used to be in our family. Ever again.”
John Diggle needs to pull him away for Arrow business, like John Diggle so often does. Even Oliver is annoyed this time. “What is it now?” he snaps.
I love Oliver being
protective jealous, and the fact that he saw her in her bra, and I love the return of the angsty sexual tension, but I’m not crazy about Thea in this scene. Oliver had no right to throw Shane out, and I know that the party brings up a lot of pain, but she didn’t need to eviscerate Oliver. I think she’s actually being pretty selfish here.
I’m pretty hard on Oliver a lot of the time, but I’m going to stand up for him now. He talks about his family needing this party. That’s just his inability to be properly introspective. It’s pretty obvious that Oliver wants this party, Oliver needs this party. Oliver loves Christmas, and one of the most important family memories he has is their Christmas traditions – the party being the most important one. Moira and Thea’s grieving turned them away from Christmas, and Oliver is grieving in a different way, a way that embraces the good memories rather than running from them. And Thea is only thinking about herself. She’s not thinking about what Oliver needs. She’s not being there for Oliver. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen her be inconsiderate of the way that Oliver has suffered and what Oliver has lost.
And now he can’t even enjoy the party because he’s got to go save Starling City.
And Moira is preoccupied as well, unfortunately. She and Walter have gone upstairs to talk. Walter says that Robert was his oldest friend, and that he couldn’t just let go of this investigation if Robert was murdered. Sounds like an excuse, actually. If they were such good friends, I would think Oliver would have acted more warmly towards Walter at first, and not treated him like a stranger. He wants to know why Moira has done so many crazy things and lied to him.She says she salvaged the yacht for leverage (which is what I had assumed) against people that he has made very angry. Walter wants her to fight them, which forces Moira to admit that she can’t fight them because she is them. She says that she tried so hard to convince herself that she was different, and loving Walter was her salvation. He wants a full disclosure, but she puts it off until the party is over.Well, the Dark Archer has taken several hostages to draw The Hood out. Oliver rescues them, and then faces off against Dark Archer. “What do you want with me,” Oliver demands. “What any archer wants,” he responds. “To see who’s better.” And I feel like that’s sort of true, isn’t it, about archers?
Dark Archer kicks Oliver’s butt, but as he’s about to pull off the hood (a premature move – he should have killed first and revealed identities later), Oliver stabs him and gets away. Fortunately for him, he’s able to call Diggle on a radio for help.
I’m not sure what the doctor thought when he saw all of the arrows in Oliver’s back, but the cover story with Oliver’s family is that he was in a motorcycle accident. I feel that wouldn’t fly with the doctor (“But Mr. Queen, your injuries are only consistent with a bow-and-arrow firefight!”), but we’re not privy to that exchange.
“It seemed like the right move. Like you said, it wasn’t the best timing,” Oliver says to her, and he’s like a little boy. I don’t know what Stephen Amell was doing in this scene but he just seemed so lost and scared and little and I just wanted to pull him into my arms and rock him.
There’s a warm and fuzzy family moment at the end, where Walter points out that they are now closer together, whether it was the party or the life-threatening motorcycle accident that did it doesn’t really matter.
WILLA, LOOK AT YOUR LIFE. LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES.
She sounds like her present to him is her in lingerie in his bed.
Seriously, though. Stop flirting, Thea. Though I love that she waited for their mother to leave before she turned on the coquette.
WHAT?!!! Who is this guy? Dean Winchester? Enough with the martyr crap. You deserve a present, Oliver. You didn’t do anything wrong. This is the only episode, I think, where you really haven’t done anything wrong. Except you were kind of a dick about Shane, but we all forgive you. Cut yourself some slack.
“Look, I know that I’ve been hard on you,” Thea says. “About being different from the way you were. But the truth is, Ollie, I’m not the same person I was five years ago either.” Yeah, you’re sexy now.
“So maybe we can just accept each other, not for who we were, but for the people we are now,” Oliver says. I kind of felt like that went without saying. But OK. This is a good thing. Oliver wants her to know who he is now, and accept him. It’s what he wants more than anything because it’s what he’s most sure won’t happen.
She brought him candy canes.
Gigantic huge-a$$ candy canes.
So now I picture them sitting across from each other sucking on those candy canes hard trying to finish first. That’s not dirty at all.
Honestly, that smile was like the best part of the episode.
But the episode is not over: Dark Archer removes his hood to reveal MALCOLM. I guess fencing is not his only skill. So…Malcolm Merlyn and NOT Tommy Merlyn is Oliver’s arrow-shooting nemesis on this show. Does that mean Tommy won’t go bad guy? Or did we just take a step even closer to Harry Osborn territory?
I love Malcolm Merlyn in a love-to-hate-him way. I hope he’s more than just this season’s villain. I don’t want him to die in the season finale. Maybe Oliver can get him put into prison in the season finale, and then he can bust out next season or in season 3 or something (wow, I’m hopeful about this show’s longevity).
I guess the “associate” that he alluded to earlier is actually himself. Or maybe not.
Walter runs to the office and gets drugged and kidnapped in the elevator. Uh-oh. We learn that Malcolm had it done, with Moira’s approval – the caveat being that Walter won’t be harmed or discover that Moira was involved. Oh, Moira. This is a TV show, so Walter will definitely find out, and he is not going to like this.
This conversation between Moira and Malcolm does seem to imply that Malcolm went behind Moira to murder Robert. I’m glad, because I didn’t want her to be a guilty party in Robert’s death.
Malcolm then says that in six months their organization’s plan for Starling City will be realized. It remains very cryptic, but Moira implies that thousands of people will be killed, knowing that Malcolm won’t feel anything.
Moira seems to want out at this point, but she’s too smart to try. Though I do have to say that Malcolm has made a lot of allowances for her.
I can’t believe that poor Walter is going to be abducted for six months. That poor man. I hope Felicity gets on the case.
Well, Oliver had made the same assumption as me – that Robert had compiled The List with businesspersons he knew to be corrupt. But now Oliver knows that The List has an “author” who is not Robert.
Well, I love this episode. It might be my favorite episode so far. And I think they set up the rest of the season in a strong way. It was a very satisfying fall finale without a cliffhanger for a cliffhanger’s sake.
Have you noticed that more shows seem to do more holiday episodes than ever before? I always remember shows like, say, The X-Files, or The West Wing, or Buffy The Vampire Slayer, doing maybe one or two Christmas episodes in their entire run. But I felt like this year, it was Christmas on almost every single show I watch. It was even Christmas in Mystic Falls, and The Vampire Diaries does not adhere to a one-episode=one-week schedule. I am the opposite of complaining. (The Vampire Diaries had a better Christmas soundtrack, but Arrow gave me more Christmas feels.)
A Merry Christmas to you all, and a Happy New Year!