Let’s start by saying that Team Arrow, with all their intelligence & high priced education, aren’t the brightest bunch in the world.
Back at the Diggle house-hold, John & Andy have a heart-to-heart. Andy says that H.I.V.E. & Malcolm have found him, and he doesn’t know what to do. He also divulges plans by Malcolm to hijack a shipment of missiles. This gives Team Arrow their first mission: stop the hijacking.
While John & Arrow are in the field waiting on the convoy, the rest of Team Arrow (at this point whittled down to Laurel & Thea) are back at the Arrow Lair cooling their heels and watching over the totem. And much as you would suspect, Malcolm strolls in as if he’s in Cumberland Mall with two ninja’s in tow. Now – let’s pause here and go back to my initial statement of how Team Arrow collectively aren’t too bright: if you KNOW your enemies know where you are and they KNOW you have something of value there, despite any upgrade or enhancements in security, why stay? Why not move to another location?
Anyway, Malcolm & crew proceed to whip up on Black Canary & Speedy and take the totem. In the field, Diggle & Arrow intercept the convoy and prevent any hijacking. In the process they almost take out Andy who’s one of the guards.
In Iron Heights, Damian is chilling in his cell when Malcolm The Magician just strolls in with the totem he’s recently purloined. As Damian tries to power-up with it, nothing happens. He then notices that a piece is missing which prevents it from working. That means, Malcolm has more work to do.
In the Arrow Lair, Oliver is starting to have second doubts about the loyalty of Andy and expresses as much to Diggle. But John, with that familial bond, of course believes that his brother can be trusted which is immediately put to the test. Andy, who’s supposedly undercover as a double agent with H.I.V.E. says he knows the location of Malcolm. Team Arrow is then off on their second mission.
The team ends up at a warehouse where they chase Malcolm – who we’ve NEVER known to run from a fight – and they get separated by a sliding wall: Ollie & Andy on one side, the rest of the team on the other. And wouldn’t you know, there’s a bank of remote controlled arrows on Ollie’s side. Before he can be skewered by one, Andy dives in the path of a loosed arrow and take a metaphorical bullet for him. You’ve GOT to trust him now, right?
Back at the Arrow Lair, Andy is patched up and we’re reminded that Ollie was once a Mayoral candidate when he’s called to attend the inauguration of the new mayor. While in attendance with Laurel, the new mayor suggests that Laurel will be in line as the new District Attorney since her now-former boss is working for the newly minted mayor.
Once again at the Arrow Lair, Diggle – the ever trusting big brother – divulges to Andy that despite the theft of the totem, it will do Damian no good since the piece is missing and he hid it himself. Ollie hearing this, pulls Diggle to the side and is basically like: “Ixnay on the deets Digg!”.
Andy is sent home to recoup from his wounds and when we next see him he’s in Diggle’s house rummaging through things as if searching for something. He looks up and who does he see? Ollie in full Arrow gear. When asked what he was doing, Andy said he was looking for bugs & cameras because the H.I.V.E. is after him. Ollie is like: “Yeah right!” and proceeds to do what he does and try to extract some info out of him.
Just as Ollie is inflicting pain on Andrew by pressing on his wound, in walks Diggle and IMMEDIATELY pulls his gun. He says: “I know what the Kevlar won’t protect”. At this, Ollie has no choice but to walk before he gets capped.
In the final act of the show, Damian has arranged to have some bladed weapons smuggled to other inmates in Iron Heights and they proceed to stage a prison riot killing several guards and taking others hostage. On their final mission of the episode, Team Arrow – including Andy – show up and begin to take down the rioting inmates. There’s a huge battle in what appears to be the cafeteria between Team Arrow & inmates as Damian, with the inert totem by his side, looking on with glee.
As Andy is fighting an inmate, he’s disarmed and a blade held to his throat. The team is told to drop their weapons or Andy will receive a new hole in his head by a now armed Damian. Of course they do and after Team Arrow surrenders ANDY BETRYAYS THEM AND HANDS DAMIAN THE MISSING PIECE TO THE TOTEM!!! Ollie was right all along; Andy couldn’t be trusted. He tells Diggle that he had him under surveillance and once he knew that he was the one who hid the missing piece, he knew where to find it.
Just as Damian is powering up, Speedy comes in & pumps 2 arrows in his gut. It doesn’t kill him, but it weakens him that he now has to have another inmate killed to absorb his life essence. Once fully powered up, Damian telekinetically stops the team. He then FINALLY connects the dots that Team Arrow is Ollie, Laurel, Thea & John through the latter’s connection to Andrew.
Once again the Magician shows up and let’s Damian know that it would be best if they made a hasty retreat. Before he does, however, Damian tells Laurel that he made her father a promise and wants her to deliver him a message. He then takes an arrow that had been shot at him by Ollie and stabs Laurel in the gut. And he’s like: “Ok, NOW we can go”.
We next see Ollie carrying Laurel into the hospital where she undergoes surgery and looks as if she’s going to pull through. In her first appearance of the night, Felicity shows up at the hospital to comfort the team, including a visibly distraught John who blames his self for Andy’s betrayal.
During a quiet moment between Laurel & Ollie, she tells him that although she’s not the love of his life, he is the love of hers. Ollie wonders why she’s telling him this now and before we the audience can find out, the camera pulls out and we look in on at the pair through a glass wall not being able to hear what’s said.
The very next thing we see are doctors rushing in to her room as she’s coding. Ollie tells them he doesn’t know what happened. We see them attempting to save her life but to no avail. Captain Lance shows up at the hospital after being released by the police (he was arrested for striking a cop because he was the diversion for Team Arrow to enter Iron Heights during the takeover) and immediately falls to the ground distraught. He’s lost yet another child. And that’s how they left it.
Is Laurel really dead or is this some sort of ninja trick so she won’t be held over the head of Captain Lance? We’ll see. Tune in next week to ATLCW 69 at 8:00 p.m. to find out. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, @ATLBlerd to live-tweet the show.