That's a good point re Laurel. Also, though, I think a huge part of it is that Oliver doesn't have to hide anything from Felicity, whereas he's hiding everything from Laurel. Felicity knows him and his secrets, she accepts that and she doesn't treat him any differently because of it. Oliver doesn't have to be afraid of what she'll think of him. That makes their connection more honest, lighter and more sincere. Honestly - I completely forgot about the flu shot mention at the beginning. That was a facepalm moment for me.
LOL - this was a really fun review to read, even though I didn't agree with everything. No snowballs here :) I will admit total surprise at the end (as in me yelling "whaaaaaaat" at my TV), just because I didn't think they'd bring Malcolm Merlyn back so quickly, and it didn't even occur to me that he was the one who paid off the jury. I did figure he was alive, and the Thea thing though - yeah, we all saw that coming. I was really happy that Oliver didn't miss the verdict - I don't know if Thea would have gotten over it. I found myself rewinding every Oliver/Felicity scene (and I'm watching the west coast feed now just for those). Oliver has never once looked at Laurel on the show the way he looks at Felicity - not with that kind of tenderness and sincerity. Honestly, the writers can't tease us this much at this point and not put them together. They just can't. Right?
I'm glad you're enjoying the show, Amy Lynn. I'm glad you mentioned Scully - seriously, how is he even a cop?! He lost his gun while it was holstered to him!!
Hi Linda! I have been watching the show regularly from the pilot. It's always possible that I've missed something, or maybe I just didn't word it right. Though I'm pretty sure that this is the first episode that divided the main cast up into these pairs for the entire episode, and all of their character development took place within those pairs. Until now, they've either functioned as a full ensemble, or split into trios and the interactions mix around during the episode. Hope you're enjoying the show!
1. My fave is the scene where they take Pandora's box from Rumple. My heart broke when they all turned against him. 2. I'll say 9. I didn't see it coming until the start of that episode - and then somehow I just knew. But the implications of it all were worse - not only did Peter Pan abandon his son, he kept his grandson captive for years, and now is stealing the heart of his great-grandson 3. Beyond stupid. BOTH your moms and your dad are telling you not to, and you do it anyway? Ugh. I was really annoyed. 4. I think it will come out. Peter will call Neal his grandson or something. 5. I think his legacy should take him down. Rumple and Baelfire. Not so much Henry.
Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady in a sing-off, and the return of John Lithgow. That was pretty much all I needed, really. I don't even care what the plot was :-)
Hi San - I totally noticed that! So great! This show is really impressive for casting actors that can match the mannerisms of their older counterparts.
1. Oh my gosh - so far we have Ivo, STAR Labs, Amanda Waller, HIVE, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Ra's al Ghul, League of Assassins...so freakin' much to look forward to. I was most excited about Amanda Waller, though she wasn't as intimidating as I hoped. 2. I'm with Nick - I think they're both playing each other. Though the alcohol helped. 3. I absolutely think he was sincere. I've been watching how he reacts to her all season. She makes him smile - sincerely - all the time. She calls him out on his BS constantly, and he totally cares what she thinks of him. She knows who he is and accepts him that way. He knows that he could care about her if he gave himself the chance, and that could be costly to her and to himself. 4. His first mistake was using Bing. Diggle - dude, Google. But I think he'll try to figure out why his brother was a target. 5. I'm ambivalent about Shado/Slade. And agreed with Carla and Hank, Sara's doing the best double-agent job that she can.
LOL!! He does this on every show. Drives me nuts, but with a kind of begrudging respect. He makes trolling an art form, seriously.
That was probably one of the best twists of ALL TIME. I had NO IDEA until this episode. Now I need to re-watch to see if there were clues during the season! I don't know what it was, but the second that Rumple's dad gave young Rumple the doll, I just felt he was gonna be Peter Pan. Then when they landed on Neverland, I knew it. But watching it happen - WOW. Worst. Father. Ever. You said it, Christine - no wonder Rumple's a mess. I wonder if Neal would be more understanding if he knew what Rumple had been through. I wish we had gotten to see more of the whole team, but this episode was amazing. And one more thing: Colin O'Donoghue, please let it be known that your good looks will NEVER fail you.
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