The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project: Episode 3.06 – “Guilty”
|December 17, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project|
We fade directly from Roy’s nightmares in the “Previously On” to Roy zonking out on a mission. Ollie impatiently leads him and Diggle in an assault on a gang’s stronghold, but they find all the gang members dead inside – and strung up by their ankles. It’s really, really disturbing, especially since they’re not white, and well, they’ve basically been lynched. Someone’s written the word “GUILTY” on the floor in blood.
Arrowcave. Ollie and Diggle decide to go looking for the gang’s rivals, but Ollie tells Roy to stay behind and rest because he’s so out of it.
Flashback. Someone should tell the producers that Hong Kong is more than one tiny block of a market. Why, I hear there are at least a hundred people there! Maybe more!
Ollie and Maseo are waiting for China White’s/Chien Na Wei’s courier. Ollie sees him pocket an envelope and gives chase. The guy runs into the path of an oncoming car and is killed, but when Maseo checks him the envelope is gone. Maseo says he must have stashed it somewhere, and Ollie must have seen, even if he doesn’t remember.
Present day, gym. Ted’s just finished giving Laurel another super-patronizing lesson, and invites her out for Korean tacos.
Arrowcave. Roy asks Felicity to test his blood for mirakuru. She says he was cured, and anyway mirakuru doesn’t cause insomnia, but agrees.
Ollie roughs up a gang and demands to know where their only lead, “Paco,” is. Sigh. He gets a full name, and Felicity directs him to the guy’s location, where he finds him dead…in what turns out to be Ted’s gym.
Ted and Laurel walk in and are stunned to find Ollie and a dead body there. Laurel insists that Ted’s innocent, that she was with him the whole time. Ollie lowers his bow poutily.
Arrowcave. Felicity proclaims Roy’s blood clean of mirakuru. Roy confesses that he’s been having dreams that feel more like memories – memories of killing Sara. Felicity is clearly alarmed but hides it.
Gym. The police have shown up. Quentin asks Laurel about Ted and she says they’re just friends.
Outside, she finds Ollie, who has helpfully unmasked for this conversation standing on the public street. Ollie still doesn’t trust Ted and doesn’t like that she’s learning to fight, and Laurel’s like “It’s boxing, Ollie.”
Flashback. Ollie’s wracking his brain trying to remember where the guy stashed the envelope. Akiro tests him with a memory game involving matching tiles, which is fairly cute. Maseo asks Tatsu to help Ollie and with some reluctance, she agrees. She shoos Akiro off, tells Ollie to stay away from him, and brings out a candle. “Do exactly as I say,” she tells him.
Present day, Arrowcave. Ollie still doesn’t trust Ted, especially after Felicity determines that the dead gang members were all beaten to death with brass knuckles. The MO’s consistent with an unsolved murder from six years ago, in fact.
Ollie heads off to follow Ted. He finds himself in…well, the Wildcat Cave, basically. There’s crimefighting gear, news clippings about a vigilante…and another dead body strung up.
Ted jumps him. They scrap, and Ollie rolls away, sticks an arrow in a boxing glove that’s lying around, and shoots Ted in the face with it, YES, YES, YES!!! #BOXINGGLOVEARROW #BOXINGGLOVEARROW #BOXINGGLOVEARROW
Ted insists he’s innocent, and in fact used to be a vigilante himself. Ollie’s skeptical: “Masks are also useful for serial killers.” YOU HAVE MURDERED AT LEAST 49 PEOPLE, OLIVER. Ted says he’s being set up and has never killed anyone. “Except for that drug dealer six years ago,” Ollie points out. Ted says it was a mistake, and he’s lived with the guilt ever since – in fact, that’s why he closed down shop.
Laurel tracks down info on the body they found in the Wildcat Cave, which further confirms Ted’s theory that he’s being set up by someone with a personal vendetta. He also asks how Laurel knows the Arrow and she rolls her eyes and goes “We used to date.” It’s great. Then Ollie tells Laurel that her baby vigilantism is “playing a very dangerous game” except she “hasn’t realized that it’s not actually a game.” UM, HER SISTER DIED SO I THINK SHE HAS, YOU PATRONIZING JACKASS.
Ollie and Ted head off and he calls Diggle and Roy for backup, but Felicity holds Roy back. She tells Roy that his description of throwing arrows into Sara’s stomach matches the autopsy results, and maybe one last mirakuru episode burned out any remnants in his system…meaning he really did kill Sara. He’s not happy about this theory.
Ollie and Ted enter the theater the last clue led them to – and a guy in a ski mask pops up on the balcony. “Hello, Ted. I see you got my message,” he says, and starts shooting at them. Ted and Ollie duck for cover. The shooter asks why they had to use brass knuckles instead of a gun like the criminals did, and Ted, who obviously knows who this is, says, “Because we’re better than they are. At least we’re supposed to be.” The shooter says that’s ironic and that he trusted Ted.
Ollie takes off after the shooter, the police burst in, the shooter runs out, and Ollie watches in grim befuddlement as Ted is arrested for murder.
Verdant. Laurel’s pissed but at least now Ollie believes Ted’s innocent. As they enter the Arrowcave, Roy tells Ollie and Laurel that he needs to tell them something – he killed Sara. Felicity explains about the mirakuru and the suppressed memories. A horrified Laurel backs away from him, and Ollie tells Diggle to let Roy leave, which he does.
Everyone is obviously really freaking upset. Felicity says all the other forensic evidence was inconclusive. To keep Laurel centered, Ollie tells her to find out from Ted who they’re going after. She leaves. Ollie asks how sure Felicity is and Felicity says signs point to Roy.
Flashback. The fucking windchimes start up as Tatsu tells Ollie to close his eyes and breathe. He has a flashback within a flashback of his target dropping the envelope behind some plastic crates. “I remember,” he says. Um, fuck this scene and its “mystical Asian woman and their memory powers” bullshit.
Police station. Quentin’s questioning a silent Ted when Laurel asks to speak to him. “You sure can pick ‘em,” Quentin mutters as he leaves. Hee, accurate. Laurel demands to know who the killer is. Ted sighs and says his name is Isaac Stansler, and he was Ted’s sidekick. He’s the one who killed the drug dealer six years ago, after which Ted “cut him loose,” a phrase that will be used a million times in the next 15 minutes, and told him to get the hell out of Starling. Ted blames himself for every murder Stansler’s committed.
Arrowcave. Diggle wants to bring Roy in, because if they want their crusade to mean anything, “we can’t have two sets of rules: one for the bad guys and one for us.” Ollie says he’s the one who brought Roy into this. Okay, Ollie, let’s talk about all the murders you’ve committed, then. No one bothers to point out that if Roy did it, he wasn’t in his right mind, and the law actually takes that into account. Of course, they never actually told us what happened to the cured mirakuru soldiers either, which would have been an interesting and relevant point for this episode.
Diggle thinks Ollie should “cut [Roy] loose,” which a) is not actually justice, just laziness, because it’s not the same thing as seeing him either punished for his crime or prevented from hurting anyone else, and like, this episode is ABOUT a murderer being kicked out of the Cool Kidz Club and MURDERING MORE PEOPLE, and b) is the most out of character thing John Diggle has ever done. That is, unless “cut him loose” is army slang for “cuddle him and talk about his feelings.” Ollie agonizes over whether taking a semi-homeless teenager with occasional violent superpowered fugue states off his Christmas card list is the right thing to do.
Police station. Ted and Laurel are leaving when Stansler grabs them at gunpoint. No cops, like, notice this or anything. Stansler bad-acts that the gang they used to fight tortured him for months. Ted’s genuinely regretful, but Stansler announces that he’s going to kill Ted. For some reason Ted and Laurel look surprised by this?
Cut to the three of them in a car, Laurel driving, Stansler holding a gun on them from the backseat. As Ted tries to talk Stansler down, Laurel calls Felicity (smart girl!) who tracks them (smart girl!) and alerts Ollie (dumb boy!).
Off goes Team Arrow on their various vehicles, including Roy, who I guess they called? When Stansler leans out the door to shoot at Roy, Laurel jerks the wheel, sending him flying. Ollie and Diggle help Laurel and Ted out of the crashed car while Roy does one of his hilarious sideways twirls at Stansler.
They scrap. Stansler tells Roy that he’s just another weapon in Ollie’s arsenal (get it?) and that the minute he does something wrong, Ollie will abandon him.
Roy knocks him out. “I’m not you,” he says, then turns to Ollie as he rushes up: “Don’t abandon me.” “Never,” Ollie says. It’s a sign of how poorly executed this plotline is and how completely nonexistent any kind of emotional relationship between Ollie and Roy is that this gives me no feelings except mild annoyance at an unearned beat, when Ollie and Roy’s relationship in the comics has literally made me weep on multiple occasions. Are we supposed to care about how these characters feel about each other? Since when?
Gym. Ollie tells Ted to stay away from Laurel and Ted says Laurel gets to decide that, not Ollie. They say “cut him loose” like ten times before Ollie declares that Ted’s mistake wasn’t, you know, that, but “losing faith in [Stansler].” OLIVER. HE BEAT SOMEONE TO DEATH.
Hospital. Ollie offers to drive Laurel home (she’s basically fine). She asks if he’s there to say “I told you so” and he says he doesn’t owe her one of those. They hug. I genuinely love their friendship, you guys.
Arrowcave. Roy’s staring at his costume. He repeats the line about being a weapon in Ollie’s arsenal and Ollie suggests they call him that, with a little grin. Ollie is a broken robot man who doesn’t know when or how jokes work.
Roy says he’s going to turn himself in. Ollie opens up his Box o’ Vengeance and pulls out…the red candle! Did you steal that from Tatsu’s house, Ollie? He lights it, babbles something about “hidden truths,” and they sit.
Ollie just completely copies Tatsu’s yoga breathing coaching from before, and just like last time, it has ridiculously effective results. Roy remembers killing Sara – but then he remembers killing a cop last season. A single crystalline tear rolls down his cheek as Ollie explains that he hoped Roy would never remember what he’d done but that Sara’s similar murder triggered the memories. Roy runs out, upset. Three episodes later, this hasn’t been revisited, and also, Ollie implies that he knew right away what was going on, so…he just let Felicity, Diggle, AND LAUREL believe that Roy had murdered Sara because…? Ollie’s the fucking worst.
Flashback. Ollie and Maseo find the envelope, which is literally just randomly lying on the ground, and open it. It’s a photo of a mountain.
Back at the apartment, Maseo scans it with his magic computer and reveals a message: “Contact Li Kuan Hui.” This is so dumb. Anyway Ollie thanks Tatsu and she’s like “Whatever, please leave ASAP.” Tatsu has the right idea.
Present day, gym. Laurel’s back for more training. Ted’s not so sure, but she’s all “Get back on the horse! Pick yourself up! I didn’t French braid my hair for nothing!” They smile at each other.
Police station. Two cops are leading Stansler out when they’re both shot in the foot by a redheaded woman with a bow. “Who the hell are you?” Stansler asks. “I’m Cupid, stupid,” she says, and shoots him. Oh, this is gonna be misogynistic.