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Arrow recap: 'Draw Back Your Bow'

An obsessed fan sets her sights on the Arrow.

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Cate Cameron/The CW


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ActionAdventure, Crime
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Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey
The CW
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In Season

If you remember, I was not happy with last week’s episode, mostly because of how much it tried to force an unearned meaningful moment between Ollie and Roy, but also because it was the latest instance of Ollie being a hypocrite and, as anyone on TVD would describe him, a dick. Because he’s the main character, it’s easy to let him get away with a lot more dickish moments; plus, we were all too busy hating on Laurel, who’s notably absent from tonight’s episode. This season, however, Laurel has become less of a problem character, which is great for her, but not great for Ollie because his many unlikeable qualities—being manipulative, condescending, and a hypocrite—have become more obvious. Tonight’s episode, which features Team Arrow going up against someone who idolizes Ollie, definitely highlights the fact that Ollie might not be totally worthy of such obsession.

The episode kicks off with a flashback to the night of siege when Ollie, Felicity, and Diggle are rushing through the street to pick up the cure before Slade gets to it. On their way there, however, they decided to make a pit stop to save a cute redhead who’s being attacked by one of Slade’s mirakuru-powered soldiers. The damsel Ollie saves is immediately taken with the Arrow and picks up an arrow he left behind and stares at intently.

We then return to the present day where Quentin and Ollie are checking out the body of a man who was killed with an arrow with a spade-shaped point and dropped off in this location dressed in an Arrow costume; it’s Isaac Stansler. [ASIDE: Where does one order novelty arrows like that? Is someone actually making a living off of this or did Cupid just make these tips on her own?] Having seen the end of last week’s episode, we know Cupid, a.k.a. Carrie Cutter (played by Supernatural‘s Amy Gumenick), is behind it, but Quentin and Ollie don’t. All they know, based on the arrow and staging of the body, is that the killer wants Ollie’s attention.

Over at Queen Consolidated, Felicity realizes that she definitely has a type when she walks into Ray’s office to remind him about his upcoming press conference and finds him shirtless and working out on a salmon ladder. As he’s getting cleaned up, Ray asks her out to dinner. And before you get all excited, it’s not a date. Still pursuing his co-generation idea from two weeks ago, he’s meeting with the owner of minerals needed for the project and the owner’s wife for dinner and wants Felicity to ease the boredom. Initially hesitant because she wants to keep things platonic and professional and because she’s still not over Ollie, Felicity says no, but quickly changes her mind once Ray shows her the expensive dress he bought for her to wear to the dinner. I’ll admit it: I’m an Ollie/Felicity shipper. But I can’t help but be excited by the prospect of Ray and Felicity getting together because they have such a great chemistry and Ollie had his chance and gave it up.

Back at the Arrow-cave, Ollie and Diggle are examining the arrow picked up at the crime scene when Ray Palmer’s press conference begins, and Felicity is standing by his side—something Ollie is both shocked and not happy to see. Unintentionally kicking Ollie while he’s already down, Ray announces that saving Starling City requires rebranding Queen Consolidated and that he’s decided to rename it Palmer Industries—there’s a swirling finger motion that accompanies the name. Angry, Ollie starts hitting the tip of the spade-shaped arrow with a hammer, breaks the tip and finds a piece of paper inside with an address.

When they go to the apartment, Ollie and Diggle are surprised and slightly disturbed to find a room filled with candles, rose petals, and a heart-shaped mirror covered in arrows, and newspaper clippings about the Arrow plastered all over the wall. Creepily watching Ollie from across the street, Cupid calls a cell phone she left in the room and has her first conversation with her beloved. Carrie’s so inspired by how well Ollie takes care of the city but is worried that no one’s taking care of him (she isn’t too far off), and she has decided to prove her devotion by killing in his name. She then teases Ollie with a picture of her latest sacrifice in his honor. Once the phone call has ended, Ollie realizes that the arrow tips aren’t spades, they’re hearts.

Diggle and Ollie return to the Arrow-cave to find Roy, who’s still having a hard time since learning he murdered a cop because, unlike Ollie, lying to himself doesn’t come easy to Roy. Felicity walks in and says she was able to ID the man Cupid stole but hasn’t been able to find where she’s keeping him yet. She promises to work around the clock, except for tonight because she has dinner plans with Ray. Obviously challenging Ollie to express himself, she asks if she can have the night off, to which Ollie shortly tells her to do what she wants.

Basically, tonight’s episode is all about Ollie’s women problems. He’s forced to watch Felicity get closer to Ray because he, like an idiot, decided they couldn’t be together, while at the same time, he has to deal with this obsessed fan. Ollie’s approach to the Felicity situationis comparable to a little kid who decides that if he can’t play with a toy, no one can. Carrie’s obsession with Ollie is rather tragic because Ollie definitely isn’t the man she thinks he is and, at the moment, definitely not worthy of her obsession.

Felicity is eventually able to ID their mystery archer and we find out she used to work for the SCPD, and Ollie assumes that’s why she looks so familiar, but he’s wrong. Carrie Cutter left the force a year before he came back from Starling after stalking her partner. The reason she looks so familiar is that she’s been at almost every crime scene that Ollie’s been at recently.

NEXT: Not-a-date night