“Underneath” or You Don’t Trust Me
Previously on Arrow: the former city District Attorney Adrian Chase, secretly the criminal Prometheus, is on the run. Unfortunately for our team, he knows where the Arrow Lair is and has set up an explosive device in the bunker.
Our show begins with the aftermath of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) explosion in the Arrow Lair set off by Adrian Chase. EMP’s shut down all electrical units in their area. Unfortunately for Felicity, this means she can’t walk. In a previous season she was shot in the back and is only able to walk through the use of a chip that transmits impulses to her legs. So our two heroes are trapped underground with the air soon to run out due to the vents being down, and Felicity is trapped in a wheel chair.
Above ground, Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance is trying to hold things down at City Hall because they’re facing a crisis of thousands of convictions possibly being overturned due to the former DA being a psychotic killer.
In the Diggle home, things aren’t all hunky-dory. John is in his feelings because he found out his wife Lila, who heads A.R.G.U.S., has been holding criminal suspects without a trial or due process. She finds this mighty hypocritical considering his (and Team Arrow’s) vigilante status.
Curtis shows up at Felicity’s home which has the secret entrance to the Arrow Lair, but soon realizes something is amiss when he can’t gain access to the bunker because there’s no power. He quickly rallies the rest of Team Arrow, and they put their heads together to try to figure out how to rescue their teammates. Lila lets them know that they’ll have access to A.R.G.U.S. resources, which will come in handy.
Back in the bunker, Ollie tries to escape through the elevator shaft but is knocked down several feet due to an explosion. He falls on a screw putting a hole in his back that Felicity has to patch. As she does, she again expresses her problem with Ollie – he doesn’t trust her. They rehash how Ollie didn’t want her to join Helix, the hactivist group. Felicity’s position is that she ALWAYS backs his decisions even if she doesn’t agree, but doesn’t get the same consideration from him in return. Ollie’s rational is that he doesn’t want Felicity to have to make the same, morally questionable decisions he makes regularly – like teaming up with the Russian mob (the Bratva).
Meanwhile, Curtis and Renee make their way down to the top of the bunker through a shaft and attempt to cut their way through with a torch. Unbeknownst to them, Felicity accidentally ruptured a gas line as she attempted to restart the power in the bunker. Just as Renee is cutting through the bunker, Curtis realizes something is wrong and pulls Renee back as a fireball erupts from the breach getting singed in the process.
Lila shows up to help out, and in her possession she has a version of Curtis’ T-Spheres. This, of course, sets John off because his wife again is keeping secrets and has stolen his teammate’s design. Lila is like, look, we find some interesting tech, we keep our eye on it.
Curtis sends the purloined sphere down to the bunker and blasts a small hole in the wall. The sphere has audio and video capabilities so they’re able to communicate with Felicity and Oliver. The two teams realize they now have a new problem: the power is set to restart BUT if the gas isn’t vented, one spark could ignite it blowing up the whole building.
While Curtis works on getting the vents started back before the rest of the power comes on, Oliver carries Felicity to an access tunnel. Due to the strain and lack of blood caused by the hole in his back, he passes out. Fortunately, Curtis’ T-Sphere has a needle and adrenaline in it that Felicity jabs in Oliver’s chest that gets him back on his feet (think of that scene from “Pulp Fiction”).
Diggle, Renee and Tina (the new Black Canary) make their way from the top to an access tunnel as Oliver, carrying the immobile Felicity, make their way to the same tunnel from the bottom. Ollie – with a hole in his back carrying 120lb Felicity – has to make a jump to cross a chasm to reach John. He makes it but Felicity is slipping and tells Oliver to let her go. Of course he doesn’t and everyone is saved, the building doesn’t explode and it’s a good day.
At A.R.G.U.S. Oliver has a surgery to repair the damage to his back, and Curtis fixes Felicity’s chip so she can walk again. It also seems their personal relationship may be repaired as well, but we’ll see in future episodes. The show ends as Oliver’s young son William gets off a school bus, and guess who’s there to greet him: Adrian Chase.
Will Adrian use Oliver’s son in his dastardly scheme? Tune in to Atlanta’s CW next Wednesday night at 8 for more answers and action! Be sure to follow @ATLCW and @ATLBlerd on Twitter, so we can live-tweet the show together.