Finally, Arrow set the crosshairs on Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), and the war on awful parenting has begun! “Betrayal” saw Mr. Diggle (David Ramsey) spying on the meanie mom while Oliver (Stephen Amell) dealt with a new crime lord. With Laurel (Katie Cassidy) caught in the crossfire, “Hood Guy” had the perfect opportunity to ignore the blaring truth; that his mommy is probably not a nice lady.
The episode opened with a new super baddie, Cyrus Vanch (sp?), being released from prison. First order of business; kill the lawyer and steal his beautiful home! How else would he fulfill all of his evil fantasies with his equally scary lady-friend? Word quickly reached Laurel surrounding the criminal’s way-too-early release. This guy had a list of crimes pinned on him that should have seen him sealed away for life. Thea (Willa Holland) had her hands full during her first day of community service, I guess. Luckily, she has a new equally disenchanted friend, Anastasia, to mope with.
Meanwhile, Oliver decided to show Diggle the replica book Felicity had received from Walter prior to his disappearance. Knowing the book was originally Oliver’s mother’s, Diggle was downright blunt with his accusation that Moira was most likely guilty of some involvement. Within a breath or so, the woman was convicted. Oliver, of course, was very hesitant to even consider going after his mother, refusing to even believe she’d been involved with the crooked corporate folk of Starling City at all.
Good thing for Ollie, Laurel jumped at the opportunity to use her shiny new secret weapon and called in the vigilante for help busting Cyrus. The situation surrounding Moira would absolutely have to wait. Diggle was peeved. The problem at hand was that there wasn’t enough evidence to reconvict Cyrus of his crimes. Oliver would have to don the hood and do some digging, although scooping up evidence isn’t necessarily his forte. Cyrus’s newly acquired mansion was heavily guarded, and “Hood Guy” barely managed to use one of his trusty hi-tech recording arrows to snatch a snippet of a conversation between Cyrus and his tramp before having to bolt.
Diggle wasn’t about to wait for Oliver to get on board with his hunt for dirt on Moira. Instead, he managed to finagle his way into the driver seat of her town car for the week. The first stop proved unfulfilling. Diggle managed to storm into what looked like a “ladies only” fiftieth birthday extravaganza. *shame*
Later, though, Diggle managed to find something worthwhile. At a meeting with an “accountant,” Moira blabbed with Tommy’s father about everything from “taking care of” some poor fool who got in the way of their scheme, to having to clean out the warehouse holding the salvaged shipwreck. Could Diggle have found any information more perfect? Granted, Moira’s involvement in the sabotaging of the ship is still a mystery, but now the fact that she was involved at all is out! You earned yourself an awesome diner burger, Diggle. I would say “on me,” but you’re a character on a television show.
Detective Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) ploy to use Laurel as bait to catch the vigilante was obviously doomed to tarnish their relationship from the start, but just how far things would be pushed was up in the air. Using his computer nerd buddy, Lance was alerted to Laurel’s call with Arrow, and he readied his team to intercept their rooftop meeting. Rubber bullets only, but still, try explaining that to Laurel when she accidentally gets shot in the face.
Arrow barely managed to hand off the recording he’d made before Detective Lance stormed the rooftop scene, forcing “Hood Guy” to use Laurel as a human shield. At least he apologized before rolling off of the roof. Lance ended up failing, putting Laurel in the middle of his obsession for naught. Later, she gave him in earful surrounding the price he’d pay for doing so. He can’t keep continuing to blame others, in this case Arrow, for the damage done to his family and his boozing.
Detective Lance’s shameless use of his daughter ended up having more consequences than he’d originally anticipated. “Evil sexy lady” used her secret connection within Lance’s team to discover how close Laurel and the vigilante had gotten. Uh oh, Laurel Lance! Basically, Cyrus had decided that the best way to establish himself as a Starling City super-jerk would be to fry the biggest fish, “Hood Guy” a.k.a. Arrow. With the triad in shambles and Bertinelli’s team left without a leader, he needed to convince a whole lot of criminals that he was worth following. Laurel found herself ambushed at her own apartment, but for the most part, she did an excellent job of embarrassing Cyrus’s team of thugs by kicking ass. Cyrus, though, thought to bring a taser. Boo, no fair.
Tommy (Colin Donnell) arrived too late, finding the typically lovely apartment trashed. Tommy had been angry with Laurel surrounding her secret rendezvous with the vigilante. Just as her father had kept the secret from her, so did she with Tommy. Still, I bet Tommy was feeling pretty guilty about giving her the silent treatment after he discovered she’d been abducted by a gang. Cyrus had used Oliver’s own recording device to leave a ransom message for Laurel. Tommy brought it to Detective Lance who, in desperation, went to Arrow for help. Mutual hate would have to be put aside due to the mutual adoration of Laurel. Oliver would need Lance’s help, though, as he was already privy to the fact that the mansion was heavily guarded.
Before the final showdown with Cyrus, let’s take a vacation to the worst island paradise ever! Flashback! Oliver found himself at the site of a plane crash and quickly became acquainted with one of Yao-Fei’s buddies. Obviously, this was the man he’d wanted Oliver to meet, but can any of these people trust any of these other people? Slade Wilson was kind of a jerk, but probably rightfully so because he was equally badass. From what I gathered, he and Yao-Fei had planned some sort of partner mission to escape the island; however, everything is so tangled at this point that I’m not sure who’s actually involved with the bad guys and who’s not. I mean, the man had the same mask as Deathstroke, the villain who tortured Oliver, but he claimed to not be the same person. I’m saying it… liar! I’m fairly certain that Deathstroke was the man who tortured Ollie, and I’m also fairly certain that canonically Slade Wilson is Deathstroke. Still, I think what is more important to note is that Oliver would have to play the role of the partner in this escape mission, now that Yao-Fei and faux-Deathstroke had been compromised. After proving that he could be trained, Oliver had no choice but to stick with Slade. Also, am I the only moron who had a little bit of trouble understanding the master plan through Slade’s killer accent?
The showdown with Cyrus was, as usual, kind of one-sided, until Cyrus managed to accurately guess the number of arrows Oliver carried on him at one time. Meaning, if Oliver carried twenty-four arrows, he’d probably only need one extra man with a big scary gun to capture him. He didn’t anticipate Detective Lance’s involvement, though, and found himself lying facedown on the floor pretty quickly. Oliver, with no baddies left to kill, decided to clock Cyrus’s woman. Sorry, skank! Back at the station, Laurel still refused to forgive her father for what he did, and understandably so. Technically, his scheme got her into this mess.
Oliver, knowing he too played a part in Laurel’s abduction, made it clear to her that she wasn’t to attempt to contact him again. That look Laurel gave him as he vanished into the night suggested that another player has been added to the love triangle; now we have Oliver, Tommy… and “Hood Guy.” Seriously, though, how can none of these people recognize the bottom three quarters of Oliver’s face underneath that hood? Isn’t this the love of Laurel’s life we’re talking about?
Back in the lair, Diggle had alerted Ollie to his discoveries surrounding Moira. After listening to the recording several times, Oliver could find no reason to deny Diggle’s claims. Suddenly, his avid protection of his mother warped into rage directed straight at her. At the episode’s close, the vigilante paid Moira Queen a visit, delivering his famous lines before aiming an arrow at her. Again, I ask, how did she not recognize her own son!?
What did you all think of Arrow Season 1 Episode 14, “Betrayal”? Does this spell trouble for Laurel and Tommy? How exactly is Moira involved in “the undertaking”?
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