A new archer comes to Starling City as Team Arrow deals with a death in the family.
At the lair, Felicity starts using several government databases to find a link between Lacroix’s targets. Oliver, who’s been using tracking Sara’s killer as a way to escape grieving, hates waiting around and gives Felicity a hard time because her search is taking so long. Felicity says she’s doing the best she can given the fact that one of their friends died and her body is being stored in a freezer above them (because they have no idea what to do with it). She also can’t understand how Oliver can be so cold and rational, and she starts to say that things could’ve worked out between them if he’d allowed himself to feel more, but she stops herself because this is about Sara, not them. Oliver says he doesn’t have the luxury of grieving because everyone is looking to him to lead. The problem with his defense is that the past two times someone has died, he did the complete opposite of leading. Although his decision to actually hang around shows some emotional growth on his part, it’s still problematic because he’s not allowing himself to grieve and is pushing those closest to him, like Felicity, away.
Sara’s death is such an important death because it is the first time that one of the heroes has died on this show. This really puts things in perspective for most of Team Arrow, but especially Ollie. He admits to Felicity that Sara’s death has made him realize that because of the life he’s chosen for himself, he’ll probably die in that cave. Felicity, however, is not willing to sit around Verdant waiting for Ollie to die because Sara’s death has reminded her that there’s so much more she wants out of life.
Meanwhile Laurel, who’s not willing to sit and wait for Felicity’s computer to works her magic, goes to the hospital, lies her way past some police officers and proceeds to interrogate the man Oliver saved from Lacroix. Remember earlier when she said she was going to channel her rage into finding Sara’s killer? Well, she wasn’t lying. When he isn’t forthcoming, Laurel proceeds to twist his injured arm until he confesses that he and Lacroix’s other victims were working on a pipeline deal for AmerTek that no one was supposed to know about. His confession, unfortunately, is cut short by one Lacroix’s arrows.
With the information Laurel coerced out of the guy, Felicity is able to figure out Lacroix’s next target and that the oil pipeline is located in the fictional Middle Eastern country Qurac, which is where Sara once “worked” a job. Laurel, who tries to borrow a gun from the armory, insists on accompanying Oliver to take down Lacroix, but Oliver says no.
Lacroix’s final target is attending a party Ray Palmer is throwing at Queen Consolidated, and Lacroix makes his move right after Ray finishes his speech to the potential investors. Oliver and Roy show up and start fighting Lacroix, but he escapes to a lower floor. Oliver follows, and after a brief game of hide-and-seek, the two archers come face to face, bows at the ready. They both shoot, both miss, but Lacroix quickly reloads and fires again, but Oliver catches the arrow, does this cool spin move and fires it back at Lacroix. It’s at that moment that Laurel shows up with a gun and demands to know why he killed her sister. To everyone’s surprise, however, Lacroix has no idea what she’s talking about and says that he was in Blüdhaven on the night of her death and couldn’t have killed Sara. Oliver continually pleads with her to put the gun down. Laurel doesn’t believe Lacroix and actually pulls the trigger, but it’s empty because Ollie removed the bullets.
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