Episode 19: The Man Under the Hood
Last week saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) lose his company, his family falling apart, Team Arrow showing severe strain, and Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) putting plans into place to get his own army. So, safe to say, it’s time for Ollie, to quote Clerks, to either shit or get off the pot.
This episode sees the Emerald Archer start to fight back. Desperate to save Queen Consolidated and to make peace with troubled sister Thea (Willa Holland), Oliver’s life doesn’t get any easier as secrets are revealed about father Robert’s past. And then there is another tussle with the very badass Deathstroke, leading to Slade using the ever-familiar “I taught you how to fight” line as he belittles his enemy. But that isn’t all we get from Slade Wilson, for he also heads to S.T.A.R. Labs to claim some rather important bits and bobs. It’s there that he bumps into Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes). These pair are set to become important players in the Arrow spin-off show, The Flash, and this episode brings several nods to the world of the Scarlet Speedster.
With the biggest jaw-dropper of last week’s Deathstroke episode being the climactic reveal from Slade Wilson to Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) that the Arrow was Oliver Queen, this plot point is also furthered here. With Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) now incarcerated in Iron Heights for working with the Arrow, Laurel sees this as her opportunity to reveal the Arrow’s alias and give her father freedom. Thing is, it appears that Quentin may be giving her second thoughts when he explains why the Arrow needs to remain nameless and faceless.
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