Synopsis: Inexplicably, people are getting sick in Starling City and it seems The Count has resurfaced and might have something to do with it while Moira is acquitted and Malcolm Merlyn never dies.
Details: The episode opens with a flashback to the earthquake which leveled the Glades and shows The Count [Seth Gabel] escaping from prison during the resulting chaos. A normal flashback – the ones that go to the island – shows Oliver being led to the site where Shado and Slade are hiding only to have them not be there because they obviously heard Sara, Dr. Ivo and his goon squad tramping through the forest on their way to the site.
Diggle is not feeling too well and it turns out, through a series of convoluted, jumpy scenes showing The Count and his clan, that The Count is back up to his old tricks of getting the drug Vertigo surreptitiously into people’s systems. The Count even goes as far as to abduct Adam Donner, the lead prosecutor on the Moira Queen case – whaaaat!!? – yes, it’s amazing but true, and proceeds to torture him on television for all to see.
Meanwhile, with Donner otherwise occupado, Laurel is preparing, as assistant district attorney, to go to court and prosecute Moira but doesn’t like the smell when she sees what her boss, has up his sleeve as a trump card and tries to convince Moira to not testify on the stand to the fact that Thea’s birth father is in question.
Flashback #2 [the real one] has Shado and Slade in a standoff with the noisy Dr. Ivo and his pals and it looks like there is going to be a firefight when, for no good reason, we are interrupted by the second-most ludicrous scene of the episode, that of Roy trying to get Thea to release her anger by strapping on the boxing gloves and hitting him. Can we hit both of them plus the writers who came up with that idea in the first place? Seems only fair after making us have to sit through that tripe.
Inevitably, thanks to Felicity’s continually amazing access through computer systems, Arrow infiltrates The Count’s drug lab in an abandoned building but is forced to let him go without an arrow through his heart – temporarily.
Moira admits to Oliver and Thea that she cheated on their father with Malcolm Merlyn and Laurel has to grill her on the stand. Afterward, Oliver is attempting to be nice to Laurel but a frazzled Laurel – who seems to mysteriously have no emotional support from Dad Lance, mind you – is taken aback and scuttle away off screen.
Flashback #3 shows Slade and Shado winning the inevitable firefight with Dr. Ivo’s goons and then taking off with Sara Lance into the forest.
With Diggle still conveniently sick and Oliver occupied by his mother’s trial, Felicity takes it upon herself to locate The Count’s stash of drugs only to get – predictably, sigh – snagged by The Count, who has put two and two together to come up with four like most intelligent people in Starling City probably would by now – and figured out that Oliver is Arrow. This, of course, means, he must die, so when The Count takes Felicity as a hostage when Arrow comes to rescue her, it’s just a matter of cutting to the chase.
In the scenario roundup, pardner, Moira is found not guilty of doing anything really bad, Felicity apologizes to Oliver for making him “kill” The Count when he was trying to avoid that kind of stuff, Seb Blood makes a cameo as The count’s boss as well as the curator of an army of superhumans and Malcolm Merlyn comes back from the dead to surprise Moira, and tell her he is glad Thea isn’t his daughter or some such sentiment – it’s hard to tell if anybody’s being straight with what they’re saying on this show any longer.
The Poop and Skinny: The name of the hoosegow Moira is incarcerated in is Iron Heights Prison, which doesn’t seem like the country club minimum security joint one would expect Moira Queen to be in.
How Laurel does not recuse herself for a clear conflict of interest in her appointment as lead prosecutor in the Moira Queen case is beyond the knowledge of anybody with a brain. Anybody who has watched Perry Mason knows she cannot try the case in TV court – Credibility Issue #44.
We would be less than surprised – or amused – to see The Count show up again in future episodes since, as proven with Deadshot and Malcolm Merlyn, nobody really dies in this show.
Upcoming episodes eight and nine in Season Two will introduce the character of Barry Allen, the alter-ego of The Flash.
Another in-episode advertisement for Bose, entitled Blood Rush and featuring Felicity and Roy, is halfway through its allotment, thankfully.
Burning question for the next episode of “Arrow” – At what point will the population of Starling City just say “F this!” and move to Hawai’i?
As always – it is important to remember that, at any juncture where the situation appears to be dire for Arrow/Oliver and his very life may be in danger – there would be no more show [and therefore no more money to be made] if he were to die. You continue to be welcome.