Arrow Recap 3/23

Broken Hearts: or “How Love Sucks and other Musings”

After a brief hiatus, Arrow returned last night with the return of an old villain Carrie Carter, aka “Cupid”, a female archer who after two failed relationships (“failed” as in both of the men she loved died – which sucks) has turned to trying to kill love.  The show begins with Cupid holding two love birds hostage and espousing how much love sucks. Her line of the night was: “Love is a bullet to the brain or an arrow to the heart” and quickly dispatches the newlyweds. She then poses the bodies in the shape of a heart, and the rest of the episode Team Arrow is trying to track her down while simultaneously also having to deal with the legal aftermath of Damian Dahrk’s capture.

Laurel, in her role as a prosecutor, is tasked to provide the court with evidence to show that Dahrk committed crimes for which he is accused, and that there is enough evidence to proceed to trial (known as a Preliminary Hearing). In a Team Arrow conference in the Arrow Lair (Arrow Cave? What are we calling their Honeycomb Hideout anyway?), they figure out what crimes they can stick on Damian without “outing” themselves as the vigilantes.

Felicity makes this meeting really, really because despite the face that she no longer wants to be Mrs. Queen, for some reason, she still wants to be part of Team Arrow.  The Olicity tension is palpable, and everyone, of course, gives their two cents on how to fix the problem.

Arrow -- "Broken Hearts" -- Image AR416b_0014b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Once in court, Laurel calls Diggle to the stand to place Damian at the scene of several crimes he committed.  On cross examination by the defense, information comes out that Diggle provided Thea with $75,000 worth of blow (if you recall from a past episode, this was done as part of an elaborate sting Team Arrow put on). Where did this information come from? Why, an affidavit by a drug dealer admitting he sold drugs of course (wonder where they got that notarized).

While everyone was in court, Felicity has managed to track down Cupid who has kidnapped yet another couple. Oliver instructs Felicity to track the couple’s cell phones to which she replied: “How do you think I found them?” (Me-OWWWW!!) The team rushes to the scene and prevents Cupid from harming the couple. Ollie briefly ensnares her, but she has an arrow literally up her sleeve that she uses to cut her bindings and escape.

Next day on the stand, Laurel calls her father, Captain Lance, who was Damian’s inside man in the police force. Lance basically spills the beans on everything he knows and implicates himself as an accomplice to several of Damian’s dastardly deeds. He also let the court know that the only reason he did so is because Damian had threatened Laurel’s life who, by her confused stare, had no idea her life was ever in danger.

In an attempt to capture Cupid, Ollie hatches a plan to set a trap for her by staging his wedding to Felicity which she had called off (the team found Cupid’s hideout and her target board that had Ollie and Felicity’s pending wedding nuptials on it). At the venue, only Ollie, Felicity, and the wedding official are on the inside with paparazzi lingering outside. When Felicity walks in, Ollie’s breath is literally taken away by how stunning she looks.  The officiant asks for their vows which seems to take Felicity by surprise, and her response is basically: “Yeah, I’ll marry him”.  When it’s Ollie’s turn, he gives a heart-felt exposition of his love for her that she’s clearly touched by. Before the fake “I do’s” are exchanged, Cupid crashes the scene.

Arrow -- "Broken Hearts" -- Image AR416a_0076b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Threatening to blow up the venue, Felicity then gives her own heart felt explanation of love and her feelings towards Ollie. Just as it seems Cupid was walking back from the metaphorical ledge on her own, Team Arrow rushes in, fights Cupid, and captures her. Threat averted.

Arrow -- "Broken Hearts" -- Image AR416a_0028b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Back in the courtroom (and it must be said here that having watched the horrendous and unrealistic court scenes in Daredevil Season 2, the scenes here were realistic and true to life), the court found Probable Cause for the case to proceed and remands Damian to custody without bail.

There were several flashback scenes on the island, but as of now the relevance is incomprehensible. What IS known, however, is that Olicity is no more. The episode ends with Felicity realizing that, despite her love for Ollie, she can no longer be a part of his personal life or Team Arrow and she walks. Whether it’s for good, you’ll just have to tune in to Atlanta’s CW (Wednesday at 8) like the rest of us to see. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, @ATLBlerd to live-tweet the show.

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