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My god, this is such a stupid show.

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Dinah to Laurel to Dinah, rather.

Felicity is still awesome, and Sidekicks United time is best time. I hope that some of that self defense training takes. Maybe then she can build some techy sonic weapon and become the Black Canary, and Dinah Laurel Lance can go die in a "tragic" car accident or something.

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This was actually the first episode where I thought there was romantic chemistry between Ollie and McKenna. She's probably a disposable love interest, but I'm okay with her now.

Casting Alex Kingston as Laurel's mom just isn't fair. Each time they cut from Laurel to Dinah to Laurel and back I kept on going "Not acting, Acting, not acting, acting". Can Katie Cassidy just not move her face or something? There's no soul there.

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I always laugh when some idiot calls this episode "not PoI". This was co-written by series creator Jonathan Nolan and directed by him as well. This episode was Nolan's baby. It is as PoI as you can possibly get.

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"Future Starts Slow" by The Kill. You might have heard it if you watched Political Animals last season.

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What, last night wasn't enough action for you?

The Machine has been a major part of the show since Day One. I always laugh whenever I see people whining about a show embracing its mythology like they want thought free tv. Well, for thought free tv go to CSI.

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World expanding episode, rather.

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It was fantastic. Reese, Finch and co. may not have been on the screen much, but their presence was definitely felt. I loved how Reese was running interference on the ambush teams and Shaw ended up waking past a bunch of tactical guys who had been kneecapped.

Fantastic world expanding universe, showing us the logical extension of how the Machine might work for the government. Plus, kudos to giving Sarah Shahi her first good role since she played Danielle Reese in Life. Badass Sarah Shahi for the win!

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@Sparky
Don't be a lawyer?

Hell, the main impetus behind Mike taking the job in the first place died earlier in the season. Mike gets absolutely no sympathy from me, especially if we're supposed to see him in the right. The man has the balls to criticize Katrina for the way she got in the firm, when 1) the position was only open because Mike frakked up and broke one of the principle rules of lawyering, and 2) the way she got hired doesn't even begin to compare with the way he got hired, because he doesn't even have a law degree? Or for that matter, an undergraduate education?

What a hypocrite.

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Also, Katrina pulls rank on a paralegal and overrides a task she's working on for a first year. Mike and Rachel then steals somebody's employee code? What the frak?