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Arrow – Recap: Roy Pimps Out Sin

I’m not sure if this is meant to be a season of epic failure for Laurel Lance, or a season that will end up as a total triumph, but I like her more, for what it’s worth. Arrow was brand new tonight!

Episode 11 of Season 2 of Arrow, “Blind Spot,” took Laurel Lance’s (Katie Cassidy) quest for blood, as in Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro), into dangerous territory. While Laurel’s drug-addled fight carried on, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) suffered more consequences from his Mirakuru injection, much to Thea Queen’s (Willa Holland) frustration. Of course the Roy Harper storyline has been a pleasure to watch unfold, but friend Sin (Bex Taylor-Klaus) masquerading as a prostitute in Thea’s “first date” outfit stole that show. Does Oliver (Stephen Amell) still have a blind spot for Laurel? Does Diggle (David Ramsey) simply loathe Laurel? Where do we fall on that scale? Why did I just pretend like Diggle might not hate Laurel? Here is the Recap and Review of Season 2 Episode 11 of Arrow, “Blind Spot”!

Episode 11 opened with Sebastian Blood visiting his *cough cough* “aunt” at her permanent residence, a mental institution spat out of Hell. Sebastian is scary, even if we don’t actually consider him to be The Devil incarnate. His mother, on the other hand, did believe that, of course. I’m using the past tense here because before long Sebastian had slipped on his terrifying Brother Blood mask to induce an epic heart failure. At least she got a prayer in first!

Laurel, who’d been continuing her digging, eventually became privy to the death of the woman who’d previously tipped her off to Sebastian’s true nature and the fact that he murdered his father as a child. Sadly, no one believed Laurel’s story, and her pleas for assistance fell mostly on deaf ears, both at her place of employment and down at the police station. Luckily, Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne) has a solid connection with his buddy, The Arrow, and he linked the two for a rooftop meeting in no time. If you remember, the vigilante and Laurel weren’t necessarily on good terms heading into Episode 11. Was this another sorry attempt by Laurel to have him apprehended by a swat team? In the end, Laurel spilled the beans on Sebastian before handing over a file of what she’d previously figured out. Thus, the path to making amends began!

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The CW “Arrow”

Back at the Arrow Cave, the team first decided to attempt to gain possession of the case file of Sebastian’s father’s murder. Unfortunately, this case is decades old and dates back to the days when people actually had to use things like paper and key cards. Remember the good old days? Me neither. Basically, Felicity couldn’t simply hack the system and pull up a copy of the case file. Someone with access would have to manually rip the file from the confines of the government building. Funny enough, the best connection Oliver had here was none other than Laurel, whose position at the DA’s office technically gave her the passes required to sneak in. Through the rooftop, the duo safely made their way into the room containing the rows of files. As Felicity guided them through their seven-minute time window, the police began to swarm the scene having been tipped off by some strangely adept security guards. Luckily, Laurel managed to uncover the file in the nick of time, and with only a little bit of a scuffle between The Arrow and the police, the two seemed to have a win on their hands. After flying to safety, Laurel opened the file to realize that it had previously been stripped entirely. Everything they did was for nothing. It was interesting to see these two working together, though, knowing that many expect Laurel to eventually inherit the role of Black Canary from Sara (Caity Lotz) somehow.

Speaking of Sara Lance, she and Oliver continued to meander the island aimlessly in search of Slade this week. Sara told the tale of her first attempt to woo Ollie at one of Tommy’s infamous parties, a story that ended with Laurel tipping the police off in order to allegedly prevent her sister from sealing the deal with her own crush. Before long, Laurel and Ollie were an item, and Sara was just that chick on the boat. Episode 11 seemed to solidify Sara’s stance against Ivo (Dylan Neal), whom she previously believed to be of an innately good nature. Was Dr. Ivo simply misguided and blinded by his search for this “miracle” serum? While Ollie slept, Sara snuck off with the walkie-talkie and radioed Ivo for a private talk. Ivo attempted to play into Sara’s emotions as though he were in love with her. I’m not sure you ever refer to someone you love as an “ungrateful bitch,” Ivo, especially not because she voiced her opinion on your habit of mutilating men in science experiments. I mean, that was just a bad tactic in any case! That was that, everybody. Sara is dead meat right along with Oliver. That is, unless they can manage to find Slade and the serum.

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The CW “Arrow”

Roy continued to stress over his monstrous strength during Episode 11. While both Ollie and Thea attempted to check in on him after his heroic rescue of Moira Queen, Harper gave them both the cold shoulder. Eventually, he met up with his good buddy Sin down by the tracks in The Glades. That Roy Harper is such a charmer. In truth, Roy had to confess to somebody, and he trusts Sin. With his newfound abilities, he came to the realization that he no longer needs the backing of The Arrow to fight crime in Starling City. All he needs is his stubborn head and cinder block hands! Poor Sin was dragged into the mess before we knew it. Later, the two met again at Thea’s club. It must have been frustrating for Thea to witness all of the whispering peppered with murmurs from Sin like, “Tell her!..”

Sin managed to dig up a string of deaths related to a crooked lawyer of Starling City. The man had an affinity for drawing in prostitutes and slicing them up. (Some of the sentences I write in these recaps…) Luckily, Thea had just the perfect hooker outfit to help Sin out on her “first date” with a new guy… or girl. Whatever. Sin, you make a great Glades hooker! Before we knew it, she was the prime target for this sick serial killer. Though, I have to admit, by the time the two had pulled into a parking garage to get busy, I was pretty sure Sin could have handled that dork on her own. Roy ripping off the door of the car before beating the man to a bloody pulp was a bit excessive. Accidentally knocking Sin across the concrete in the process was even more unfortunate. It was funny that this was an intended crime-fighting scenario, yet the story ended with the two of them, and eventually Thea, watching over the murderer in his hospital bed. Eh, I guess bringing someone to the brink of death is startling, but did everybody forget that this man chopped up a bunch of ladies who were just looking to make an honest buck? Sin was almost one of them! Roy privately cried, though, and Roy’s not usually very warm and fuzzy. His hoodie probably is.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) was pretty enthusiastic about Laurel’s adamant insistence that Sebastian was up to no good. It’s clear that Diggle, on the other hand, is not very fond of Laurel at all, and he basically refused to even toy with the accusations at hand. It all came down to the fact that Oliver knows Sebastian personally, and the man deserved the benefit of the doubt. At Blood’s office, Oliver started to do some innocent digging of his own regarding Laurel’s odd behavior. She has, of course, been distraught all throughout Season 2, but Sebastian mainly admitted to somewhat falling out of touch with her. Honestly, Oliver’s visit was pretty weak. He wore his cool coat a lot during Episode 11, though! Slade (Manu Bennett), on the other hand, made his visit to Blood’s office later that evening count. Sebastian murdered his mother out of spite, continuing his sloppy trail that could eventually cause them their operation. As Slade put it, it was Laurel who needed to be put down. This was all interesting to consider. In a sense, Laurel and Sebastian were in similar positions of vulnerability this week in the quest to prove their credibility.

I feel awful admitting it, but I enjoy Laurel much more as a pill popper. She continued to abuse her illegal meds throughout Episode 11, and this is where Brother Blood started to strike back. After a coming home to her apartment in shambles… again, Laurel found Officer Daily (Jesse Hutch) standing amidst the wreckage. Laurel was under arrest for obtaining illegal medication, and before long she was face to face with her own father down at the precinct. Officer Lance looked at his daughter as though she were insane for thinking Blood set her up, instead pointing the finger squarely at addiction. Laurel did look kind of deranged, but this scene was still fairly difficult to watch knowing how right she’d been the entire time.

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The CW “Arrow”

Now, I was slightly confused as to why Brother Blood waited for all of this to transpire before, yet again, planning an attack on Laurel in her apartment. With Oliver, who’d driven her home, rendered unconscious, Laurel was dragged to the Starling City Cannery, and The Arrow was asked to follow via a note left behind. There, a decent fight between The Arrow and “Brother Blood” took place where it looked like Laurel might finally get some redemption. Stirring awake, she managed to scoop up a dropped gun and shoot the man in the mask dead before he could finish off Oliver. Sadly, Officer Daily had stood in for Brother Blood this time, essentially sacrificing himself for the cause.

I’m guessing the reason why Brother Blood had Laurel arrested for possession of illegal substances was to embarrass her and ruin her reputation. Back at the police station, it certainly seemed to have that effect. Laurel was treated more so like a drug addict than the victim of a brutal kidnapping and the savior who put down the twisted Officer Daily. Wasn’t that praise totally muted?

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The CW “Arrow”

To close the recap of Episode 11, Laurel received one last kick in the shin. Congratulations on surviving the barrage of bullets! You’re fired. Back at the Arrow Cave, Ollie admitted to Diggle to having a permanent blind spot for Laurel. A blind spot he decided to permanently do away with this week. (Laurel, I’m so waiting for you to have your moment in the sun.) In a final meeting with Slade, Sebastian’s entire team was slaughtered by Deathstroke (At least, whom I’m assuming is the definitive Deathstroke now)! Slade massacred Blood’s team with a few slices of his sword before offering his right-hand man one last chance to prove his worthiness.

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The CW “Arrow”

Outside of Thea’s club, The Arrow met with Roy Harper one last time. Rather than granting Roy’s wish of an arrow through the heart, the vigilante offered to train him. Best moment of Roy Harper’s existence, clearly.

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The CW “Arrow”

What did you think of Arrow Season 2 Episode 11, “Blind Spot”? Did you feel for Laurel? Are you happy that Roy is finally set to train with The Arrow? Will Brother Blood pull through or find himself as Slade’s next victim?

Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of Arrow Season 2 Episode 11, “Blind Spot”!

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