Cupid has returned to Star City, and once again, she’s compelled by love. But not because she’s in love — because she despises it.
“Love is a bullet to the brain…or an arrow to the heart,” Cupid says to a young couple she has tied up in her hideout. They claim to love each other above all else, but for Cupid, love is now the root of pain, of destruction. So she intends to show the rest of the world just how disastrous love can be.
Cupid intends for her message to be heard loud and clear in “Broken Hearts,” as she positions the now-dead couple into the shape of a heart for the cops to find with a note saying “Love is dead.”
The week’s less-than-cheerful villain with romance on the mind comes at the perfect thematic time, of course, as Oliver and Felicity are contending with the fallout of their split. And it is indeed a split, despite how much Oliver wants to patch things up. Felicity has everything packed to move out of the apartment, the engagement is officially off, and yet the two still work together on Team Arrow, making things all the more contentious.
Felicity fills the rest of the team in on their break-up, which impels Diggle to play the wise friend to Oliver yet again and try to get to the root of what’s really happened to this once madly in love couple.
Cupid’s latest murders, however, put that soul-searching on hold, particularly once Thea identifies the murdered couple. Apparently no one else on the team (read: the older members) has Snapchat or an Instagram or whatever the kids are using these days, so they’re unaware they were one of the most famous couples in the city.
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Assuming Cupid is going after high-profile unions, Felicity tracks down a newly married couple on the night of their nuptials. The newlyweds are off to their honeymoon, whisked off in their limo with Cupid in the driver’s seat. Ollie and the crew head out to intercept the limo, with Oliver eventually tracking Cupid down on her own as she escapes into a building.
As the Green Arrow makes his way into the building, the limo comes careening back in and stops, only for Oliver to find the front of the car empty. Cupid swoops in for a quick tussle in which Oliver believes he’s kidnapped his returning nemesis, only for her to escape her bonds.
Luckily, despite how unhappy she may be with Oliver, Felicity is no less excellent at her job in the aftermath of their break-up, tracking Cupid down to a wedding dress storage warehouse that she’s been using as a hideout. Among her belongings is a picture of Oliver and Felicity, suggesting they were on her hit list, until that pesky inclination to lie caused the two to split up.
But Oliver sees no other option. They have to get married. Well, fake married, at any rate. Oliver never canceled their deposit at the location for the wedding (he says doing so would make their split official, to which Felicity counters that it already is), and though she’s reticent, the rest of the group’s agreement to the plan means a fake wedding is on.
NEXT: A wedding, a trial, and, an island