'Arrow' react: 'It's a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Queen'
Spoiler alert: If you have not watched the Feb.26 episode of Arrow, stop reading now!
I don’t even know where to begin. Did that just happen?! Was that the firmest handshake in the history of the forever?! I think so, people! It’s official. Slade Wilson is alive and currently in Oliver’s living room! I have no idea where to go from here, but I know I’m excited about it. But for the time being, what do you say we go back and reflect on what might be my favorite episode of the season? Deal? Deal.
I’m not quite sure why I loved this episode so much. Part of it was definitely Robert Knepper’s Clock King. Not only was Knepper amazing — as was expected — but I loved the villain. He was just the right amount of creepy, intelligent and badass. Plus, something about that opening sequence felt very Dark Knight-esque to me, and that is a compliment of the highest esteem. Combine all that with Oliver finally telling Laurel off, Felicity being Felicity, and a shirtless threesome fight scene, and I am one happy viewer. Let’s get to it!
We jumped right in with an introduction to The Clock King as he set up his first heist. The biggest thing I took away from a scene? I’m not sure I could get down any stairwell in 5.38 seconds, unless I was either falling or sprinting down the stairs of Verdant to witness Sara, Oliver, and Diggle (!) train without their shirts on. I couldn’t help but think that it was about time they let Diggle join in on the fun, but perhaps they shouldn’t have, considering he made Sara’s head bleed (which I actually thought was kind of awesome). Then the trio started comparing scars as Felicity looked on and failed miserably at joining the conversation. Alright, everyone hit the showers! It’s time for Sara’s back-from-the-dead party!
At the Queen mansion, Sara arrived with Quentin and Dinah in tow. Laurel, not surprisingly, was staying home with a bottle of wine. The party, overall, seemed a little dull (the party, not the scene). Quentin and Oliver had a sweet moment when Quentin apologized for how he had treated Ollie after he first returned from the island. Other than that, nothing much happened until Quentin got a call about a homicide.
Cue the alleyway meeting! Quentin informed Arrow and The Canary about a murder involving the minute hand of a clock. Apparently the assailant had stolen a skeleton key, a.k.a. the code breaker/weapon that Ollie previously tried to get rid of. It could be modified to open any bank vault, which was exactly what The Clock King was planning. But before we get to that, we have to discuss adorable Felicity in her workout gear trying to throw some punches. I actually think Sara and Felicity could be really great friends. I kind of like their dynamic, jealousy and all.
Okay, back to the robbery. Felicity was directing Arrow when The Clock King hacked their feed. He informed them that a city bus and train were about to collide. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t realize that Arrow had backup. Arrow stopped the collision while The Canary went after The Clock King, hitting him between the eyes with some sort of metal pole. Back at the lab, Sara proved she knew how to use a microscope and then borrowed one of Felicity’s computers — oh no, she did not just! — to analyze the blood. The Clock King’s real name was William Tockman, and he was suffering from something called MacGregor’s Syndrome (a Batman reference). It was terminal, but Felicity quickly realized his motive for robbing banks was actually to get money for his sister, who needed a lung transplant. Sweet, right?
Ollie and Sara hopped on their matching motorcycles to track Tockman down before Felicity realized it was all a trap. Tockman had hacked their system again. He used the skeleton key to penetrate their firewall and blow up all their computers. Clock King: 2. Felicity: 0. Ollie’s only idea was to trap the guy by baiting him with his own money. After all, who doesn’t want to rob Oliver Queen? (I do, but personally, I’d steal all the shirts from his closet.)
After Diggle gave Felicity a pep talk about how she’s irreplaceable, Sara be damned, Sara invited Ollie to her family dinner where her father secretly hoped to rekindle things with his ex-wife. Spoiler: It didn’t go so well. Not only did Dinah inform Quentin that she wasn’t moving home, but she let it slip that she had found someone new. Then, in a moment of weakness, Ollie and Sara shared a look, which made Laurel absolutely lose her mind. And now for one of my favorite moments ever: Ollie called Laurel out on her 100 billion excuses and incessant pity party. Was it all his fault? Tommy’s? Whose fault was it this week, Laurel? He said that he was done taking the blame for her, done caring. His best line was about her going and getting wasted: “Go to Verdant. I’ll pay for it.” Then he finished with this kicker: “I have loved you for half my life, but I’m done running after you.” *Slow clap*
Back at the cave, Ollie and Dig couldn’t find Felicity. She had planted herself at Starling National Bank for the next robbery (and she was wearing an adorable leather jacket to look tough). Dig couldn’t get her out before The Clock King arrived, but that ended up being a good thing considering Felicity tackled Sara, taking a bullet for her, and then blew up Tockman’s phone as he was holding it, thereby knocking him unconscious. Clock King: 2. Felicity: Everything.
After Sara stitched her up, Felicity finally had a scar of her own (and more
aspirin oxycodone than she could ever want). In a wonderful drug-induced moment, Felicity told Oliver that she was used to being his girl. He touched her face — and she leaned into his hand! — and he told her, “You’ll always be my girl, Felicity.” And just like that, this recapper almost fell over and died. I feel so torn. I really like Sara and Ollie, and I also really like Felicity and Sara, but these two have something! I need more Olicity like Laurel needs wine, and I need it to explore more than friendship … or else you might as well send me to a deserted island because this is just torture.
In a surprisingly sweet moment, Laurel showed up at Verdant, where Sara was now a bartender, and asked her sister to forgive her. More specifically, she asked her not to hate her. It actually made me tear up! And while we’re talking about sisters, I should mention the island flashback of the week. A plane was shot down by Ivo’s crew, and Sara tried to save the pilot. She failed, but he’d asked her to look after his daughter. Who’s his daughter? Sin, Sara’s honorary little sister! Love! You know what else I love? Laurel going to AA and me not having to hate her right now.
And finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for: Ollie responded to an emergency text from Thea only to find that Thea wasn’t home. But Moira was, and she was having a meeting. “Oliver, I’d like you to meet Slade Wilson.” *Insert incredibly aggressive handshake* “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Queen.” Okay, now I’m really going to fall over dead. It was such a bold and perfect way for Slade to tell Ollie’s he’s still alive, and I’m speechless. More than anything, I’m now fully convinced that the title of this episode, “Time of Death,” refers directly to me/viewers.
So what did you all think of the episode? Did you love it as much as I did? What do you all think of Oliver and Sara’s relationship? Will The Clock King return? And, most importantly, what is coming now that Slade is out and proud? Sound off in the comments!
“When you come back from the dead, you get a party. It’s a Queen family tradition.” -Oliver to Sara
“It’s from War and Peace. 1440 pages. It takes a while but it’s worth the read.” -Clock King to his henchmen
“It’s hard to get a job when International Assassin is the highlight of your resume.” -Sara
“I love when people come back from the dead. Juices my zombie fetish.” -Sin