Who keeps a working earthquake machine - even a prototype - in their basement? (Okay, fine; obviously Malcolm Merlyn does.) How did the bad guys know it was there, anyway? And how did they know it even existed?
And what made them so sure that the device was even viable? It was sitting around in Merlyn's garage, and hadn't been used as part of the Undertaking, even though I'd imagine that earthquake-making machines aren't easy or cheap to make. It would've been really funny if the countdown reached zero and nothing happened.
(On a side note, I don't think Malcolm is going to be too thrilled when he hears about Bronze Tiger's little foray into B&E in his home!)
I rewatched the scene, and it looked like Oliver *might* have slipped the car key off the keychain. It's really hard to tell as it happens out of frame, though. Why does Laurel have so many keys all on the same chain, anyway? What are they all for?
I would never put my house keys on the same keychain as my car keys - that's asking for trouble if I lose them or they get stolen, and as a (former) ADA, Laurel would know this.
Hillary is horrible, isn't she? I loved it when Jed gave her that verbal beatdown, saying that getting someone killed was not a cause for celebration. "If I say 'yes' and you smile, you're next." Jedikiah is definitely not your average mustache-twirling villain; there were tears on his face when he took young John to see his friend executed.
Though I'm definitely curious as to what Jed is thinking after it becomes clear that Astrid is being protected by John and Cara and the Tomorrow People.
@Carissa Pavlica- Ollie asked Thea to call a cab for Laurel, which is how she made (falling down drunk) it back to her apartment to meet her not-so-dead-as-previously-reported sister.
It was a big risk for Oliver to reveal his true identity to Roy; we'll have to wait and see if it backfires. To be fair, they could all be dead right now, so it was probably an acceptable risk in the grand scheme of things. On the positive side, it gives Oliver common ground with Roy (i.e. Thea), and Ollie can definitely train Roy more freely and answer a lot of the questions that had been frustrating Roy.
Anyone else think that Nick Fury got a lot better looking at the end of this episode, when he came to ask Bronze Tiger if he'd ever heard of the Avengers Initiative? Wait, sorry, wrong universe... ;-)
I foresee a sudden spike in sales of Doc Martens... ;-)
I think Sebastien's days are numbered - the fact that he's survived so long when so many other of Captain Renard's spies have been killed is impressive, but I'm definitely forseeing a gruesome fate for him.
Also, who else is thinking that the Gypsy Queen is somehow double-crossing Adalind? I'm not sure what her endgame is, but I rather doubt that she's on the up-and-up with her deal with Adalind. Were I Adalind, I'd hop the first flight back to the States and take my chances with Renard.
1. I agree, Ollie needs to revise the way he sees Laurel. As I said in a comment below, he had an idealized vision of her that was almost more fantasy than reality. Now that this version of her has been shattered, maybe he'll be able to look past it to see the truth of her (admittedly paranoid) accusations.
2. It's a very real possibility that Slade might try to take advantage of Roy; Roy's in a very vulnerable position at the moment, emotionally and mentally speaking. We'll have to see if Ollie's training in the next episode is successful in keeping him on the side of light, as it were.
3. I see Slade and Oliver coming face to face in the season finale. It's possible that Slade will realize that the Mirakuru totally scrambled his brain, but I won't hold my breath. I agree with you about their friendship on the island, though, that was one of the things I liked about the flashbacks.
4. I, too, thought it was a bit obvious that the man in the mask was a decoy. Anyone remember "Kill Ari" on NCIS? Gibbs said, flat out, that the man was sent to die, not to kill. Same deal here. Of course, Blood is now short an inside man in the Starling City Police Department. I wonder if that will come back to bite him in the long run?
You've hit upon something here: up until now, Laurel could do no wrong... in Oliver's eyes. Laurel, I think, had become a sort of talisman or idol for Oliver during his time on the island. The memory of her became almost a fantasy, a sort of exaggeration of the life he used to have. But, obviously, she's not *really* perfect - that idea of her as the representation of all that is good in his past life really is just a fantasy. This is something that Oliver, up to this point, hasn't actually accepted.
I really don't envy Blood's bodyguards - they get Swiss-cheesed in about three seconds flat by Slade, and for something they weren't even responsible for! Man, it stinks to be a low-level goon, doesn't it? You get all the pain when the boss messes up.
What Oliver needs is some sort of independent corroboration, some sort of clue that maybe Laurel wasn't completely off-base despite her drug-induced paranoia. On the other hand, he doesn't find the missing file (in and of itself) at least a little curious?
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