“Penance” or Shawshank Redemption
Once again our show begins with Team Arrow 2.0 on a rooftop. The team is on the hunt for one of Church’s henchmen who’s stolen a piece of technology. Arrow is sitting back directing the noobs; Curtis – sporting Randy Moss-esque braids – catches up with the guy and, despite his Olympic training, promptly gets his butt beat. Ollie orders Artemis to put an arrow in the guy without killing him. As she’s about to take her shot Wild Dog, in all his infinite wisdom, begins shooting at the guy with a gun. And misses. Before he gets away, Ollie puts an Arrow in his leg stopping him dead in his tracks. He instructs the team to take the purloined tech, along with the trussed up baddie, to the headquarters of Mayor Queen’s special task force.
Conspicuously absent from the mission was Ragman who learned last episode that Felicity was the one who made the decision to send the missiles that were launched by H.I.V.E. (last season) to his hometown of Haven Rock killing scores of folks, including Rory’s family. He feels that Felicity would be a constant reminder of all he’s lost.
Next up, Ollie and Diggle’s wife Lyla devise a plan to break John out of prison (at the beginning of the season he was framed for a murder committed by his greedy C.O. who was illegally selling military ordinance). The only person who recognized the sitting Mayor (Ollie) and Lyla breaking John out of prison as a VERY bad idea was Felicity. She even tried to talk sense into them, but no such luck. Ollie takes time off from the team and his mayoral duties leaving Quentin in charge so he can rescue his friend.
Back at the Arrow Lair, Curtis ponders the thefts committed by Church’s henchman; seems the tech stolen wasn’t particularly special and could be purchased at any Radio Shack or Circuit City (Oh. Wait.) While he and Felicity mull this over, there’s a break-in at Palmer Tech (the founder of which, Ray Palmer, now pals around with the Legends of Tomorrow which can be seen Thursday nights at 8 on Atlanta’s CW … but I digress) sending an alert to Felicity’s computer. She calls Ollie to check on it and when we see him answer his phone, turns out HE’s the one committing the robbery! Mayor by day, vigilante and thief by night!
The tech that was confiscated when the henchman was taken into custody was dropped off at police headquarters by the new D.A. and Deputy Mayor Lance. Turns out the Tech was from a company called Kord Industries which, in the comics, was founded by Ted Kord (think: Bruce Wayne, without all the charm ) who was secretly the hero Blue Beetle (think: Batman, without all the intimidation factor). As they’re about to leave, the wall explodes from a bazooka shot by Church who was waiting outside. Turns out that it was all a ruse by Church to get the components he needed in one location, so he could have a one-stop shopping trip.
During “Operation Shawshank”, Ollie and Lyla bluff their way into the prison where John is being held; Lyla in the van on coms, Ollie doing his best hide-and-seek routine. Ollie makes his way to Diggle’s cell and uses the tech he stole from Palmer to eat a hole in the floor that would have made Andy Dufresne proud (and saved him years of digging).
The pair, after travelling through all types of muck, make their way outside. As Ollie is putting a harness on both of them, they’re surrounded by the MPs. Just when you think they’re caught, we see a low flying military transport come by and WHOOSH, Ollie and Diggle are whisked away (the harness was attached to a balloon that the plane scooped up).
Back at the headquarters of Mayor Queen’s special police task force, the D.A. is questioning (without a lawyer or Miranda Rights, I might add) the henchman captured earlier in the episode. At one point, the D.A. rolls up his sleeves as if he’s about to get physical with the MUCH larger guy. Before he can do so, though, Church breaks in with the stolen tech.
Ragman and the rest of the team arrive just in the nick of time to help the cops and D.A. escape. As they’re making their way out, Curtis gets knifed in the back. Wild Dog tries to cover their escape by going up against Church alone and is promptly beaten and captured.
The show ends with us seeing Wild Dog being tortured by Church, and Ollie preparing to try to find and rescue his hard-headed new teammate. Will they rescue Wild Dog in time? How long will Diggle be a fugitive from the law? You’ll just have to tune in for another all-new episode, next Wednesday night at 8 on Atlanta’s CW to find out. Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @ATLBlerd, so we can live-tweet the show.