Arrow Recap: Secrets Revealed!

Oliver uses some truly out-of-the-box thinking to stop Merlyn’s evil scheme. Moira is amazing. Roy is obsessed. And someone dies.

Dude…. I mean, guys I just can’t with the OMG and the Feels and the holy crap! Yep, that’s about how coherent I felt when Darkness on the Edge of Town ended. I stared at the screen for several minutes with my jaw on the floor.

Okay, so let’s start with Magical Ninja island so we can get that out of the way. It turns out the reason for Yao’s latest betrayal (not to be confused with the other ninety-three times he betrayed Oliver) was to save them from being the victims of a forest fire that Fyers was preparing to set. Apparently, Yao felt they’d be much safer in Fyers’ custody because Yao, for all his loads of ancient wisdom, is a total moron.

Fyers entire evil plan is to crash the Chinese economy. That just seems so bland when compared to The Undertaking. But I guess not all Evil Schemes of Evil are created equal. In any case, Fyers needs Yao to take responsibility for the shooting down of a passenger plane, to which Yao gives a very adamant “Hells to the NO!”

Because, as I said, he’s a moron. I suppose I shouldn’t pick on him too much. It’s not like we haven’t all seen this same plot play out in a hundred movies. As soon as the Idiot Hero insists he will never cooperate, the Bad Guy points a gun at the hero’s loved ones and the hero is like, “Oh, yeah, I totally forgot you had me by the balls.”

Yao’s final act of defiance is to give Oliver a knife, because he continues to have way more faith in the silly rich boy than is, I feel, warranted. If he’d given that knife to Shado, for instance, they would all have been freed and Fyers would have been carved up like a Christmas goose.

Instead, while Yao is given a shave and a haircut and allowed to change, Oliver slowly saws through his bonds like the worst escape artist on the planet. Yao gives the speech Fyers wanted and in return, Fyers kills him dead. Well, I think he’s dead. With this show, Yao could have caught the bullet with his teeth and then willed himself into a death-like coma and then faked a blood spot on his forehead. But I think he’s just dead.

Fyers reports his success to his boss, who turns out to be a woman. Could it be Moira? She’s managed to convince me she is really just someone in over her head, but a part of me still thinks she might really be evil. Partly, this is due to my theory that killing Frank might have been more than a convenient alibi, it might have been retribution for Robert’s death.

Anyway, onto the present. Oliver is broody and unhappy because he now knows that his mom and Malcolm are in cahoots. He does not like the cahoots. He is, in fact, opposed to the entire cahoots concept. He doesn’t even like the way it sounds out loud.

When Felicity asks him if he’s okay, he actually admits that with all he knows, he’s a really long way away from okay. Finding out his mom is a super-villain has dampened his week in a big way.

Laurel drops by and wants to chat about the whole “I still love you” bomb that Oliver dropped last week. Oliver reacts as most men react when that four-letter-word comes up and he tries to change the subject. Then he tells her she’s better off with Tommy.

Personally, I think she’d be better off without either of them. I think she should find someone who maybe doesn’t have a whole magazine rack of issues. I’m not sure why she thinks she has only two choices, Oliver or Tommy. But that gets into a whole topic of feminine independence and power that I am way too tired to type out.

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