To quote Felicity Smoak,
So… that happened.
But not before a lot of other shit happened. Including a flashback that wasn’t particularly germane to the episode except for the “without [humanity, love, fill in the blank] we are just a shell” quote. There was a sort of public service announcement from Tatsu on how to get information from a man. She threatens a soldier with her sword to his throat. He’s stoic. She moves the blade to pierce his heart. Nothing. Moves down to the crotch. He tells her everything! Then, Oliver drops the vial containing the Alpha/Omega bio-weapon and it shatters on the pavement. Bye-bye, Hong Kong.
1. The many faces of Oliver Queen, part 1
The sad collection:
- Panicked Oliver: Thea is mostly dead. In standard television medical procedure, the doctor tells Oliver he needs to stay out of the emergency room.
- Shocked Oliver: When he watches Thea flat-line, he’s knocked back against the wall.
- Oliver in mourning: While Malcolm Merlyn comes in to take the bedside watch, Olivier falls into a chair, drops his head in his hands and sobs.
Oh Oliver, I want to comfort you so much. I’m sure I’m not alone.
At some point this conversation happens:
Malcolm: She’s the only child I have left!
Me: Yeah, because you killed your son.
2. The sad face of Ray Palmer
Felicity to Ray: I’m breaking up with you, Can I borrow your jet?
Ok, it was a tad more thoughtful than that. Actually, it’s Ray who lets Felicity go, saying he now realizes Felicity couldn’t say to him “I love you,” because she’s in love with Oliver. Felicity has the decently to say “I’m sorry,” for her feelings. Aw, Felicity.
3. Battle of the Supporting Actors
As he shows Diggle to his nicely appointed room, Maseo tells him Oliver will be lavished and respected in his new role. Diggle says he sees nothing honorable in the League of Assassins, just sees a bunch of cowards who are hiding from life. Maseo says “Do not presume to know me until you hold your dying child in your arms…”
Oh fuck! Akio is dead! We sort of figured this happened, what with all the trauma Maseo and Tatsu talked about during the season, and no sign of their son in the present. But still. Shit.
Not to be outdone, Diggle asks Maseo what would his son would think of him now. Really, John? Is that fair?
The Lazarus Pit
The side effects of the Lazarus Pit are so frightening, Malcolm is willing to let Thea die instead of revive her. But Malcolm’s been a lousy father and Oliver won’t hear it. Thea’s side effects aren’t too bad right now. Initially she doesn’t know who Oliver is, and she asks for her mother. She recognizes her father, Malcolm— but could she be thinking he’s Robert Queen? It’s not answered. Well, at least she’s not insane. For now.
Felicity Smoak: Warrior
Oh Felicity, you’re so adorable, thinking you can go up against Ra’s al Ghul. She tells Ra’s she’s not going to leave without Oliver, and if he doesn’t let Oliver go, she and her friends will start a war. Ra’s is dismissive, but says he admires her fire. He advises her to tell Oliver how she feels so that they can have the kind of closure he was never given, that of saying good-bye to loved ones.
1. The many faces of Oliver Queen, part 2
It’s a scene so many years in the making, and so anticipated, it could have gone any number of ways,. The path it took was just right; honest, sweet, endearing, yet not over-the-top. These are two people who have known each other for a long time, admired each other, been attracted to each other, (metaphorical) warts and all. They’re the best of friends. Not much needed to be said.
Oh! The faces! Sorry, I got lost for a moment…
- Pensive Oliver
- (Mildly) Surprised Oliver—Felicity says “I love you.”
- Loving Oliver—Felicity said “I love you.”
- Smiling Oliver—afterglow
Then Felicity had to go and ruin the moment by spiking his drink.
Everyone has a role to play. Felicity’s in charge, Malcolm knows the secret tunnels, Diggle shoulders an unconscious Oliver. Thea just tries to stay upright and coherent. Even Maseo gets into the “saving Oliver act,” thanks to his verbal beat-down from Diggle. (See #3 above.)
The escape still doesn’t go down, because more ninja assassins arrive. Oliver quickly emerges from his stupor and orders the ninjas (it’s easier than writing “assassins” all the time) to stand down, because he is al Sah-Him, Heir to the Demon. And one other name, Wahreeth al Ghul, which likely means Heir to the Demon.
I was sure Oliver would be pissed that Felicity spiked his drink, but instead he says “Thank you for trying. I love you all the more for it.” Aw.
Oliver tells John “you’re the best man I’ve ever known. ” Yep, everybody loves Diggle! Of course, there are tears for Thea, and words of tenderness with Felicity. They part. As Oliver leaves, he looks back, but Felicity doesn’t! What? Well, Jamie didn’t look back at Claire when he left her at the Standing Stones on last week’s Outlander, so maybe not looking back is an indication of the strength of one’s love. You don’t look back because you can’t trust yourself to keep going. Either that, or your face is too messed up from all the sobbing