Synopsis: Slade’s mirakuru-fueled army descends upon Starling City while Team Arrow attempts to fend them off and Sebastian Blood becomes the latest character to take one for the team.
Details: The episode begins with Arrow digging himself out of the warehouse debris he created in the previous episode to escape a few members of Slade’s mirakuru-fueled army who were descending upon Laurel and him. Laurel, however, is trapped on the other side of the rubble from him but – conveniently enough – with Arrow’s quiver and a special Exploda-Arrow that Arrow instructs her to use in order to escape her not-so-dire predicament.
Meanwhile, Diggle is on his way to meet with Arrow and Laurel when Isabel Rochev [Summer Glau] intercepts him. They fight briefly – with Isabel getting the better of Diggle – until Felicity shows up with her special Crazy Cab pedestrian-smashing Van of Death and knocks over Isabel, allowing Diggle to escape with her and them to meet up with Arrow and Laurel.
In flashback mode, Sara has been abducted by Slade, so Oliver must go retrieve her and instructs Anatoly to blow up the freighter if he doesn’t return with Sara in one hour. This gesture means Anatoly becomes his friend for life but when Oliver finds Sara, instead of leaving the freighter, he decides he still wants to “save” Slade.
Dad Lance convinces Buffoon Boss to call Arrow in to help them with fending off Slade’s mirakuru-fueled army while Sara locates Laurel just as Laurel is figuring out that Sara’s alter ego is Canary [what a coincidence!]. Starling City mayor Seb Blood begins to have second, third and fourth thoughts about his role in assisting Slade after a member of Slade’s mirakuru-fueled army kills the district attorney by snapping her neck.
A member of Slade’s army locates the mirakuru cure from a STAR Labs courier and delivers it to Slade just before Malcolm Merlyn re-appears to save his daughter, Thea, from peril [and he briefly does fend off a member of Slade’s army while trying to convince Thea to go with him to safety]. After the DA neck-snapping incident, Seb Blood begins to have fifth thoughts about helping Slade, especially after Slade informs him that Starling City now belongs to him and he intends to destroy it. Sara spills some emotional beans to Laurel, Felicity gives Arrow a pep talk and Sara saves a kid before Arrow and Diggle go meet Seb Blood, who has absconded with the mirakuru cure and wants to offer it to Arrow to help him save Starling City. But, after briefly explaining the rationale behind his mask, all he gets for his trouble is killed by Isabel, leading to…
The scenario roundup – yeehaw! – which begins with Arrow wanting to test the mirakuru cure on Roy but Felicity having reservations about it causing Arrow to hesitate until he finds out Amanda Waller is planning a city-destroying battle with Slade’s army and then he injects Roy with the cure. The roundup ends with Malcolm yammering on and on and on and on with a blah, blah, “Luke, I am your father” speech and finally, Thea has understandably had enough of the boring diatribe and shoots him dead [possibly – since sometimes people don’t really actually die on this series].
The Poop and Skinny: Seb Blood – played by Kevin Alejandro – is now the latest to be freed up to pursue other career options.
Arrow digs out of the rubble of a warehouse he blew up in the previous episode but the rubble resembles a rock quarry instead of warehouse-type debris and Arrow’s knee injury appears to be rehabbing at a remarkable recovery rate for him not seeing a doctor or going to physical therapy – credibility issues #1023 and 1024.
Finally! The episode we have all been waiting for – the season finale! – with the ultimate showdown between Slade’s side and Arrow’s side in the episode entitled “Unthinkable” on May 14.
Burning question for the next episode of “Arrow” – Now that the penny-pinching chief of police is dead, will the police department finally get to turn on their lights Season Three?
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.