The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project: Episode 1.18 – “Salvation”
|January 13, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project|
Arrowcave. Ollie does weird chin-uppy things on a pipe directly above Felicity’s admiring head while they exposit about “John Nichol,” an evil real estate mogul the DA has failed to prosecute because the firetraps he owns are in the Glades. Ollie tells her he’s next on the List; Felicity looks at a news story about all the people who recently died in one of Nichol’s buildings when it caught on fire, and agrees.
Cut to Nichol’s oddly tiny apartment. He hears a noise and goes to investigate, taking a knife from the kitchen on the way. Before he can use it, someone knocks him down and drags him offscreen, screaming – someone not Ollie.
Ollie “Fashionably Late” Queen lets himself into the apartment, sees the evidence of a struggle in the living room, and looks puzzled/concerned/dark and inscrutable, like the night. Elsewhere, Nichol is dragged into the back of a van, mouth duct-taped shut.
Arrowcave. Ollie tells Felicity to look into who else might have been after Nichol. She points out that “you went over there to be all ‘grr, stop being bad or I’ll arrow you’ and now you want to rescue him. Fair point. Ollie tells her he doesn’t like the idea of there being another vigilante out there, and gets weirdly threatening as he tells Felicity that “typically, they don’t show my restraint.” Maybe stop “subtly” telling your female employee, ally, friend, and personal Google that you could kill her at any moment, Oliver? Because it’s fucking gross.
Ollie takes out the List to go after the next guy and Diggle takes the book from him and insists on taking him out to dinner. Hee, okay, you two.
Flashback. Ollie and Slade spy on Fyers’ camp as Ollie tells him via radio that they’ll trade the circuit board for a way off the island. Fyers offers them a boat, and also calls Ollie Slade’s “pet,” which: AHAHAHA.
Roy’s apartment. He and Thea are making out when someone knocks on the door. It’s a sleazy-looking dude in a hoodie, who recognizes Thea: “I see you on TV or something?” “Probably,” she says unconcernedly, while Roy radiates anxiety. “I’m Thea Queen.” The guy doesn’t believe her, which is pretty funny. He gives Roy something in a paper bag and tells Roy that “Joe” wants them there at 11 the next night.
Thea looks alarmed, and asks about it after Hoodie Guy leaves. Roy tries to distract her with makeouts, but she slips away and opens the bag. It’s a gun. “Why do you have a gun?” she demands, horrified. “Because I’m not good with knives,” he replies. She’s clearly not in the mood for levity, and he assures her that it’s “just” a liquor store and the owner deserves it. He even takes the bullets out of the gun, like that’ll help, but she points out that she offered him a job at Verdant: “You have choices. You don’t have to be a criminal!”
He tells her he owes a lot of money to scary people (a plotline that I can tell you from the future is completely dropped) and that this is what you do in the Glades. “No, lots of people in the Glades live honest lives, but obviously not you,” she replies, and storms out.
Laurel’s apartment. She walks in to find Mother of Laurel Whose Name We Still Do Not Know on the phone and Quentin making coffee for her. She asks, somewhat uncomfortable, what’s going on, and Quentin says he’s looking into Sarah’s possible survival, like she asked. “Well, I guess that deep down I just thought that you were gonna help Mom…accept things,” Laurel says, which…is not what she said last time MOLWNWSDNK was around, but whatever.
Quentin says the girl in the photo looks a lot like Sarah, and MOLWNWSDNK points out the “Starling City Rockets” cap the girl is wearing. Okay, but the Star City Rockets are called that because Star → Space → Rockets. Rockets and starlings don’t mix. (In fact, their turf war goes back decades.) Anyway, for some reason Laurel’s super mad that her parents are getting along, and flounces out.
Big Belly Burger. Ollie comments about being hungrier than he thought, like aw, Ollie-bot, did you forget about your need for organic sustenance? He asks when Diggle’s going to give him the lecture, and Diggle points out that he’s been wearing the hood a lot lately. “Keeps my ears warm,” Ollie sasses through the world’s biggest bite of cheeseburger. Hee.
Diggle says that pushing people away isn’t the answer and that Ollie seems “calm…scary calm. I get that things didn’t end well with Helena, with McKenna…” “With Laurel,” Ollie interrupts. “With Sarah. The list goes on.” Does it? Oh, dear. Anyway, Ollie says he doesn’t need a social life, or people, or feelings, and Diggle predictably expresses concern.
Suddenly, the cell phones of everyone in Big Belly Burger start ringing and/or beeping, including Ollie’s. Felicity’s on the other end of his: “I found Nichol. Click the link I just sent you. This came up on every screen with an IP address originating from the Glades.” Every screen? In the city? How?
Ollie clicks the link, which says “Glades Betrayed,” and it takes him to video of Nichol, mouth still taped shut. “If you make the Glades your home, you know who this man is,” says a voice through a voice distorter. “John Nichol. He owns your tenements, manages your slums, provides the leaking roofs over your heads, the lead in your pipes, the asbestos in your walls…”
Nichol shakes his head frantically and the voice tells him he’ll give him a chance to state his case for why he shouldn’t be “punished.” He takes the tape off and Nichol says that he did do all that stuff, but at least his tenants had a place to live; “Without me, people like that would be out on the street.” Oh John Nichol no.
“People like what?” the voice says, taping Nichol’s mouth shut again as the people in Big Belly Burger watch in horror. “That’s all we are to guys like this. John, I find you…guilty.” He shoots Nichol. Everyone in the diner recoils.
“There are plenty more people who need to answer for their crimes against us,” the voice goes on. “So…who’s next?”
Arrowcave. Felicity’s having trouble tracking the call, and Ollie starts to suggest something, but she cuts him off with a “No offense, but do I tell you how to sharpen your arrows?” Hee! But Diggle’s got a lead, thanks to a friend at the NSA – this guy is a hacker who calls himself “the Savior” and used to live in the Glades until a year ago, when he “hacked himself right off their radar.” Did he send a nastygram to their homebox, too?
Suddenly another video pops up on Felicity’s computer. This time the Savior’s kidnapped “Assistant District Attorney Gavin Carnahan,” who apparently didn’t bring a trial against the guys who killed the Savior’s wife in a bodega. (Side note: do (white) people in California say bodega?) That’s enough of a clue for Felicity to pull up a news story about the murder and thus the Savior’s name: Joseph Falk, former employee of the Department of Transportation who quit his job when his wife was killed, “one year ago today.”
Falk tells Carnahan he has 10 minutes to plead his case. Felicity hacks like the wind.
Elsewhere, Moira meets with Frank and tells him that Malcolm wants revenge for the hit on him – but since he came to Moira about it, he clearly doesn’t know she was behind it. Frank says he was very discreet about paying the Triad, so Malcolm can’t trace them that way – but just the same, he’s sending his daughter to London for a few weeks, just in case, and suggests she do the same for Ollie and Thea. “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my children, Frank,” Moira says inscrutably, and walks away.
WLLI. Thea asks if she can talk to Laurel and Laurel, who is neck-deep in Sarah research, blows her off, then catches herself and apologizes. Thea says she’s dating a textbook bad boy and could use some advice from someone who’s dated, “like, a kajillion of them.” “I haven’t dated a kajillion of…” Laurel protests. Thea gives her a look. “All right, guilty as charged.” Hee!
Laurel tells Thea to run far away from any and all bad boys. A random dude gets his SAG card by interrupting to tell Laurel the Chinese embassy’s on the phone, and Laurel excuses herself to take it. The woman in the photo, it seems, is in the States now. Laurel takes down the address, looking like she’s not sure whether to let herself hope or not.
Arrowcave. Felicity gets a lock on Falk’s signal. She can’t shut him down, but she does have a location. “You gonna Hood up?” Diggle asks. Ollie yells “It’s the middle of the day!” as he grabs his motorcycle helmet, like, please, Jonathan, let us be reasonable about our vigilantism.
He speeds off on his bike as Carnahan pleads with Falk: “I have 53 cases on my desk right now, I don’t always have time…” Ollie reaches the address, an abandoned office building, and smashes the glass to get in the front door. He’s taken his helmet off, like a moron. Felicity tells him to hurry over the headset as he smashes in the door to every office on all six floors. He reaches the roof, but there’s nothing there either.
“He’s not here, Felicity!” he screams over the headset, sounding extra Canadian. Felicity does some frantic typing and, befuddled, says that the signal’s moved to a few blocks away. Ollie flails his way across the rooftops as Carnahan sobbingly confesses to Falk that he only took on cases he thought he could win.
Ollie catches a ride on the back of a truck, scampers through traffic, and jumps a fence…to find himself at a normal construction site. Felicity types some more, but onscreen Falk finds Carnahan “guilty” and shoots him. “FIND THE RIGHT ADDRESS, NOW!” Ollie screams.
Trembling, Felicity takes her earpiece out and walks away. Diggle picks it up and tells Ollie it’s over.
When Ollie returns to the Arrowcave, Felicity’s alone. “Where’s Diggle?” he asks. “I asked him to leave me alone,” she says, “in my loud voice.” Aw honey. Ollie tells her it wasn’t her fault and in a choked voice Felicity says it was her job to find Carnahan: “I’ve never seen anybody die.” Ollie gently tells them that in this business, sometimes they lose. Felicity says maybe he’s right to chose to be alone, because how could she tell a hypothetical boyfriend about a day like this?
Flashback. Slade and Ollie meet up with Fyers, Yao, and a slew of Fyers’ men. Ollie tells Fyers that once they get to the boat, they’ll tell Fyers where the circuit board is. Fyers doubts they’ll be honest. “Well, I wouldn’t be,” Slade admits, “but this one’s got some hangups about principles and integrity?”
That was exactly what Fyers hoped to hear. He brings in Shado at gunpoint. Yao tries to get to her and the soldiers hit him on the back of the head and hold him in place. Fyers tells Ollie he’ll trade the circuit board’s location for Shado’s life.
WLLI. Quentin and MOLWNWSDNK walk in and Laurel tells them she called the Chinese embassy and found the girl in the picture. A brunette interrupts to ask if she can use Laurel’s phone and Laurel introduces her to her parents as “Jen.” She’s the girl in the picture. She blissfully chatters on about her trip to China until she sees that MOLWNWSDNK looks like her world has just shattered, and asks if MOLWNWSDNK is all right. “Yes, it’s just, uh…you look like someone I used to know,” MOLWNWSDNK manages, and runs out. Laurel gives Quentin a sadface.
Roy’s house. Thea approaches as he’s leaving. “I was waiting for this,” he says. “For the whole ‘you can change, I can see the real you’ speech.” He tells her again that this is what you have to do in the Glades, and she says she can’t accept that. “No,” he says, “you can’t accept me.”
Suddenly a strange man says “Roy Harper?” and when Roy turns, jams a syringe into his neck. Thea tries to intervene and the man knocks her down, then looms over Roy. Roy tries to shoot him, but of course, the gun isn’t loaded. The stranger dumps the unconscious Roy in a van and drives away.
Verdant. Tommy is watching the news, because Colin Donnell gots to get paid, I guess. The Savior is the one who kidnapped Roy, of course, and now he’s listing off Roy’s crimes: “larceny, robbery, aggravated assault…another gangbanger in the Glades running free like the ones who killed my wife.” Roy, unlike the previous victims, looks more angry than scared.
Ollie joins Tommy at the TV. “I know that kid,” Tommy says, horrified, but before he can explain how, Thea comes running into the club calling for Ollie. She bursts into tears when she sees Roy onscreen. Sobbing, she says that Roy’s her friend and doesn’t deserve to die, and Ollie tells her very seriously that Roy will be okay and leaves her in Tommy’s care.
Queen Consolidated. Moira answers a call from Malcolm, who has gotten a high-ranking Triad member in his clutches and plans to find out who hired the hit on him. Moira stumbles as she hears that, which is a nice touch.
Laurel’s apartment. Laurel and Quentin walk in to find MOLWNWSDNK gathering her research materials. She says she’s not giving up and that “neither of you have the stomach to continue looking for her.” “You know that I would cross to Hell and back to bring her back, but I CAN’T!” Quentin screams. “‘Cause she’s gone, Di.” A name! Finally a name! Dinah it is.
As her parents argue, Laurel looks at the picture again. “How did you know Sarah had her hat when she went on the boat?” she asks quietly. Dinah doesn’t answer, and Laurel demands again to know why Dinah was so sure Sarah had her hat on the boat. Dinah tearfully admits that she saw Sarah leave and tried to stop her from betraying Laurel, “but she said she was in love and she had to follow her heart, even if nobody else thought it was right…so I let her go. I killed her.” Tears all around. Quentin hugs Dinah as she dissolves into broken apologies.
I just…it’s an odd scene, because it’s played like a huge character reveal, but we barely know Dinah, so…it’s not? I mean, I assume Dinah had to have told someone, otherwise how would anyone know Sarah died on the boat? Unless she left a note, but…I just don’t think this has a lot of interesting character weight for any of the three people in that room – it doesn’t really change anything about Laurel or Quentin, and Dinah’s on her way out the door. The person it really sparks my interest in is Sarah, because I assumed her fling with Ollie was exactly that, not that she was in love with him…but of course, Sarah’s dead and we haven’t gotten a lot from her by way of flashbacks, so it’s kind of a wasted emotional beat, IMO.
Arrowcave. Felicity’s got no lead on Falk’s location, just ambient noise from his footage. Diggle recognizes it and asks for a map of the locations Felicity tracked before. (One is Locksley and Adams, aw.) “Those are all subway stops!” he declares. Apparently Starling City used to have a subway system, now abandoned. Felicity catches the snap before Ollie: Falk, an ex-Department of Transportation employee, is using an old subway to get around. Ollie heads for his bow.
Flashback. Slade aims his gun at Fyers and tells him to let Shado go. Fyers yells for his men to kill her, and a melee breaks out, with Shado in particular kicking all the ass. Slade looks intrigued. “Well, that was unexpected,” he says after Shado beats the crap out of Fyers, and she grins dangerously at him. Um, I love her now, guys.
Ollie, Slade, Shado, and Yao book it as the soldiers start shooting. Yao is hit, and Ollie and Shado help him to the other side of a little embankment as Slade covers their rear. Yao tells them to leave him so he doesn’t slow them down. Shado protests, but Ollie pulls her away, and the two of them plus Slade take off, Shado in tears.
Present day. Ollie makes his way into the subway system and is promptly nearly hit by a train. Onscreen, Falk asks why Roy should be allowed to live. “…I shouldn’t,” Roy says, emoting as hard as he can. “Just do it. Kill me.”
Falk, shocked, lowers the camera and for the first time we see his face: “You really don’t care if you live or die?” Roy says no one will miss him and he’s “just a waste.” Thea cries. Falk agrees, and holds up the gun as Roy shuts his eyes, but a noise makes Falk turn around and drop the camera. The feed cuts out. Tommy holds a sobbing Thea close and shushes her. YOU GUYS, I LOVE THEIR RELATIONSHIP.
Back in the subway car, Ollie crashes through the window and flings a flechette at Roy’s bound wrist. “Let the kid go,” he tells Falk, nocking an arrow. “You kill this kid, he’ll never get an opportunity to change. You can give him a second chance!” Roy’s eyes widen. Falk says he and Ollie can save the city and Ollie says they’re not the same. There’s some dumb speechifying about how Ollie’s killed before in the name of justice, just like every episode. Ollie, as bored as I am with this show’s relentless justification of his murdering ways, jerks his head at Roy’s wrist. The flechette is still there, and Roy uses it to cut himself free.
To distract Falk, Ollie tells him he understands the pain of being alone. Falk’s unconvinced, and turns to shoot Roy – and Ollie shoots Falk instead. Very dramatic music plays as Falk dies in slow motion. Dun dun dun.
Laurel’s apartment. Dinah tells Laurel she’s off to catch “the red-eye to Central City…Should be home in a flash.” I c whut u did there. Laurel tells her to call sometime and they hug.
Verdant. Thea’s sitting morosely at the bar when she gets a text from Roy: Turn to your left. She tearfully hugs him and tells him she thought he was going to die. “That makes two of us,” he says. Ollie watches creepily from the balcony, then leaves. Thea goes to freshen her makeup, and Roy pulls the flechette out of his pocket and stares thoughtfully at it.
Outside, Laurel pulls up just as Ollie leaves the club. He puts on a fake smile before he greets her and she asks about Roy. “Yeah, that worked out okay,” he says, all blissfully-dumb playboy, and it’s beautiful. He asks if Roy’s more than just Thea’s friend, and Laurel says bad boys will “hook you every time.”
As she heads into the club, Ollie tells her Tommy’s gone for the night, and asks if she’s okay: “You seem like you’re something other than all right.” She tells him about the stuff with her mom and Sarah and he commiserates. He asks if she wants to get dinner or coffee sometime. “Why?” she asks. Hee, burn. “I don’t want to be on an island anymore,” he says, and she smiles, agrees, and walks away.
Flashback. Ollie, Slade, and Shado discover that the circuit board is missing from its hiding place. Slade grabs Ollie like he’s about to lick his neck and tells him that this means the missile launcher is working again, and Fyers was scamming them all along. “Of course he wasn’t going to help you!” Shado says like they’re morons, which of course they are. “He couldn’t chance you telling the mainland what he has planned.” They’re amazed she speaks English, even though her dad does and so does literally everyone else on this Chinese island. Also, it’s raining but none of them are getting wet, which happens a lot on this show.
Present day. Moira meets Frank in a dark alley and tells him that she had no choice: she told Malcolm that she traced the wire transfer and discovered that Frank hired the hit on him. As Frank reacts, understandably, with betrayal, he’s suddenly shot from behind with two black arrows. Moira looks shocked, so I have to imagine she was only planning to warn Frank.
As Frank drops, the Dark Archer tells Moira that “Mr. Merlyn thanks her” and that Frank’s family is next. “Chen betrayed us, but his daughter didn’t,” Moira says firmly. “Tell Mr. Merlyn I want her to live.” He reluctantly agrees, and leaves. Moira gets into her car and stares in horror at the blood on her hands. Subtle, show! She breaks down sobbing as she tries to wipe them clean with a handkerchief. God, Moira’s a great character.
Arrowcave. Team Arrow chatters about Roy, and Diggle asks if Ollie’s okay. “Getting there,” Ollie says. He looks at Felicity. “By the way, if you ever need to tell somebody about your day, you can tell me.” She smiles. I wish that line had ended “…talk to Diggle. He’s good with that shit.” Maximum lolz.
Then Ollie freezes, looking at Felicity’s screen, which is an old map of the subway system. It perfectly matches the circular logo in his father’s book…which means that Robert, the Undertaking, and the Dark Archer are all connected to the Glades. Don’t feel bad, Ollie – I’m pretty sure the writers have also only just figured this out. And just in time for sweeps!