Arrow Recap: Divided Loyalties

Oliver breaks more promises. Diggle sets his sights on his brother’s killer. And Roy reveals his feelings about his savior.

Previously, on Arrow, Oliver and Tommy broke up over trust issues and Oliver’s habit of murdering lowlifes. Tommy then went to work for his dad, Malcolm, which is bad because Mr. Merlyn is totes evil — think Paul Ryan with a secret arsenal of weapons. Diggle found out his brother’s killer is still alive, which made him cranky and so Oliver promised to help him find and put the assassin in the ground. Bad Boy Roy was saved from certain doom by The Hood and now totally has a crush on him. And Detestable Detective Lance was detestable.

We start off with Digg pounding Oliver hard…. Okay, so they’re sparring, but I think it’s a metaphor. Digg is all hot and bothered, wanting to find Floyd Lawton and put the hurt on him. Oliver is totally on board, but he tells Digg that Floyd is on another continent.

So, the Hood has a jurisdiction. Ain’t that a kick?

The brilliant and amazing Felicity (who remains utterly uninterested in their sweaty, shirtless hijinks) informs that that Lawton is heading for the states. Apparently Digg’s friend from last episode has set a trap for our one-eyed assassin. And Digg wants to use that as a chance to put Lawton in the ground.

But before that can happen, we need a little Awkward Moment Theater. In spite of Digg and Felicity both warning him it’s a bad idea, Oliver heads off to have a lunch date with Laurel. Our boy really does live in his own little world. He has no idea, apparently, that having lunch with Laurel may come off as poaching to Tommy, who doesn’t like him very much right now.

The real purpose of this scene, though, is to introduce us to the show’s victims. A nice, average (re: white and heterosexual) couple are suing the guy who bankrupted them. Our villainous one-percenter of the week is a Mr. Rasmus. Notice that the ones who on The List of Doom are all white men? What up with that?

Well, Rasmus sicks his pet assassin on the poor family. IMDB names him Mr. Blank. I don’t know if he has a DC analog. Maybe one of my faithful readers can tell us.

Anyway, Mr. Blank (played by Angel alum J. August Richards) kills dad and then mom and then is about to kill the boy when his spell backfires on him and his body gets destroyed for like eleven years.

Wait, no, that didn’t happen. Sorry, it’s late. But the boy does escape into the night. Instead of making it to Hogwarts, though, he winds up at Laurel’s office.

Oliver is very upset by this news. He is also shirtless in a towel, which is the more important part of the scene. I swear his abs need their own billing. They’re practically a star in their own right.

Oliver rushes to Laurel’s office and wants to help. Tommy rather coldly informs him his help is not needed or wanted. Why can’t these boys just hug it out?

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