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Arrow recap: Arrested Development

Twists galore! The Arrow in cuffs, John Barrowman arrives, a sidekick is hired, and a long-lost ship returns

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Arrow Ep4
The CW


TV Show
ActionAdventure, Crime
run date:
Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

It’s only the fourth episode and Oliver Queen was arrested for being The Hood?

That’s a shock. Arrow already took a big story-step forward last week letting Oliver’s wannabe bodyguard in on the big secret. Now all of Starling City could find out their favorite callow playboy is the mean-green vigilante. This is Homeland-style, full-speed-ahead story momentum, right there.

But first, a confession. [Recapper removes hood]. As you can see, I’m not your usual writer. New York City city is apparently suffering from some kind of weather problem. (Something about a giant storm? Have you heard anything about this?). So LA-based EW writers are acting as substitute teachers this week. Try to resist throwing anything.

That said, this week’s story, apart several great twists at the end (including the arrival of John Barrowman), felt weaker than previous episodes. There was too much speechifying about the nature of Oliver’s vigilantism and clunky dialog. “I always thought the law was sacred, that it fixed everything,” Laural declares at one point. “I think there needs to be someone who cares about the lives of other people, someone like you.” Arrow aims to be a grounded take on the superhero genre, but nobody talks like this.

Top of show: Oliver’s bodyguard John Diggle wakes up. In addition to having a total porn-star name, he’s got a major hangover from last week’s poison. Oliver lays his cards on the table and tries to enlist Diggle to his crime-fighting cause, appealing to his military service background. “You’re not a solider,” Diggle says. “You’re a criminal … and a murderer.” Ouch.

Oliver goes home and finds Laurel Lance just hanging out in his foyer. His sister has it right. For somebody who supposedly hates him, Laurel is a bit stalker-y. Laurel says his family deserves his kindness, but claims she doesn’t want any for herself. “I made peace with your selfishness a lot time ago,” she says. “I care about the lives of other people. Maybe you should try it sometime.”

NEXT: They’ve got to stop meeting like this (because we’re not buying it)