“What We Leave Behind” or Ghosts of Arrow’s Past
This week’s episode of Arrow is the mid-season finale, which means we won’t have any new episodes until 2017. But the writers left us with a good one. Our show begins with Artemis, the traitorous member of Team Arrow, meeting up with Prometheus. She still holds a grudge against Ollie for the death of her parents and learning that he’s also the Arrow (who killed dozens of people earlier in his career) just pushes her over the edge considering he wouldn’t let her seek revenge against the person actually responsible for her parent’s death: Damian Darhk.
Speaking of Ollie, we first see him in his duties as mayor hosting an office Christmas party. Also in attendance is Felicity and her new boo, Detective Billy Malone. As the three make small talk, Ollie’s date arrives, the intrepid – and very attractive – reporter who he’s been seeing rather regularly. Felicity goes in to full geek-mode and makes the awkward suggestion of having a double date: her and her new fella along with her old fella and his date. Who does that? Also, there is Curtis along with his husband Paul who, when introduced to Felicity, mentions the start-up company she’s working on with Curtis. Clearly taken aback for a half-second, she roles with it when it looks like Curtis is about to wig out. Seems Curt used this fake company as an alibi for his late nights with Team Arrow.
While the public members of Team Arrow schmooze with the rich and famous, the rest of the squad – Diggle (with his infant son), Ragman, the traitor Artemis and Wild Dog – have their own party at the Arrow-Lair.
Back at the mayor’s function, Paul can clearly tell something is amiss based on Felicity’s response, so he wants to leave the party because he suspects that Curtis is cheating on him. As he and Curtis are outside having a lover’s spat, Prometheus shows up out of the blue and attacks Curtis with a throwing star, cutting him. Hopping in to Mr. Terrific mode, Curtis tells Paul to run and takes on Prometheus who makes short work of him.
Damaged, but not too severely, Curtis ends up in the hospital, where he finally tells Paul what he’s been doing with his nights (though, Curt’s newfound fighting abilities weren’t completely lost on him). Paul forces Curtis to make a choice: him or Team Arrow.
While that drama is going on, tests were done on Curtis’ blood which turned up a specific and rare, non-lethal drug that Prometheus injected him with. A drug that Ollie heard of before, when he first started out as Arrow. The drug was manufactured by the company of a man (Claiborne) on his dad’s original kill list. The reason Claiborne was on the list is because not only was he creating the “cure”, but had also made the disease it was used to treat. We see several flashback scenes of Arrow confronting Claiborne in his manufacturing plants, so the team uses this as a starting point.
At one of the old plants, Ollie walks in to an obvious trap and meets up with Prometheus face to masked face. The two have a glorious battle and when it looks like Ollie is about to be the victor, Artemis shows her true colors and turns on her team, helping Prometheus escape.
Conducting his own OFFICIAL investigation into the attack on Curtis, Detective Malone gets the same blood work, which also leads him to Claiborne’s drug. Using this info, Malone tracks down a Claiborne facility and goes to snoop around (without a warrant). Malone finds a baby picture in a drawer that he text to Felicity. With the picture in hand, Felicity digs deeper into Claiborne’s past and discovers that Claiborne had a stepson they didn’t originally know about. In the flashback scenes, Arrow, as he used to do, ended up killing Claiborne, and it seems as if Prometheus is the son seeking revenge.
Right after he sent the information to Felicity, Prometheus captures Malone. Ollie promises Felicity that he’ll bring him back and, as Arrow, retraces his steps the night he took Claiborne down for good. We are treated to scenes of the past interspersed with the present as Ollie walks through an office building where he’d confronted Claiborne. When he gets to the exact spot where he killed Claiborne, Prometheus shows up and the two fight again. They fall off the building and fall through one of its windows with the help of a cable rope arrow, briefly getting separated.
As Ollie searches for his nemesis, he can hear Prometheus’ voice and soon discovers where it’s coming from: a hooded figure holding a weapon. Ollie quickly pumps two arrows in him, but after the masked figure is down, Ollie soon learns he’s made a fatal mistake: it wasn’t Prometheus he killed; it was Detective Malone! Prometheus had taped Malone’s mouth and placed a speaker on him that broadcast Prometheus’ voice. Early in the episode, Prometheus told Artemis he didn’t want to kill Arrow but destroy him. The guilt of this may very well start Ollie down a dark path.
As the show ends, Ollie has to face Felicity and tell her what he did; Curtis has to deal with the heartbreak of Paul leaving him, not wanting to stick around and see him hurt as part of Team Arrow; and Diggle receives a call from his wife who seems in distress. But when he reaches the safe house where she’s supposed to be, he quickly discovers it was trap by law enforcement who take him back into custody (Diggle is an escaped convict, and if you’ve missed this earlier in the season, shame on you!).
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