Breakups are messy. Breakups where your ex dies and then her evil Earth-2 double pops up and plays mind games with your other ex, whose boyfriend you just killed? Messy doesn’t begin cover it.
When last we were in the Arrow Cave, Laurel had unexpectedly turned up to greet Oliver. He’s gobsmacked: “I saw you die.” She says Sara and the Waverider teleported her and fixed the embolism. Enter a shocked Felicity, declaring it a miracle. Laurel waves away all their, “Um, how?” questions with “wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.”
Felicity announces they’re having a party for her the next day. Oh, and she forgot what she was originally there to say: Diggle’s been taken into custody.
Let’s get this part out of the way quickly: Diggle wants to fight the trumped-up charges this time, so Oliver gets DA Chase to defend him, which… no. Prosecutors just don’t turn into defense attorneys for one case, particularly within the military system.
That framing SOB Gen. Walker shows up to transfer Diggle to Langham, where Dig’s pretty sure he’ll meet a fatal “accident.” So despite Walker’s threats to call in the attorney general and the president herself, Chase tells Diggle to hit him, which allows him to hold Dig to be prosecuted under Starling County jurisdiction… which he’ll do himself. NO! You cannot be Diggle’s defense attorney and his prosecutor! That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works!
But whatever, Diggle’s safe and close to home for the time being. Oh, also, Chase covered up Prometheus/Green Arrow’s involvement with Billy’s death in order to keep the public calm. Oliver takes this news with an admirable poker face and makes the rest of us wonder what else Chase is covering up.
Okay, so back to the miracle. The B-team finds Laurel’s party the next night weird, not just because they haven’t buried Billy yet (seriously, how is Felicity even upright?), but also because she and Oliver aren’t that surprised about this resurrection. “The Lance sisters have a habit of coming back to life,” Oliver explains, blowing Rene’s mind.
Of course, the party is actually a ruse for Felicity to collect Laurel’s DNA, which matches their dead friend’s. But when Rory jokes about it being an evil twin, Felicity realizes that’s exactly the case. Enter Earth-2 Laurel, a.k.a. Black Siren, sighing about how much she hates playing weak, vulnerable Earth-1 Laurel. “She’s such a pill. It’s pathetic.”
Guys, I love evil Katie Cassidy. Evil Katie Cassidy is the best Katie Cassidy.
She screams everybody around the room, then runs off when Oliver enters. They soon learn that Prometheus broke her out of S.T.A.R. Labs so she could be another object lesson for Oliver about how he destroys everything he touches. Honestly, shake up your M.O., Prometheus. (Also, love to Curtis forever for imagining his double: “Oh God, what if I’m straight?”)
When Prometheus and Black Siren reconvene, he doesn’t care for her constructive criticism of his plan to leave Oliver alive, so he chokes her and reminds her that she’s only alive because she’s following his orders.
Faux Laurel then calls Oliver, sounding more like the real Laurel. She says Prometheus threatened to kill her if she didn’t do what he wanted, then asks to meet him at the Black Canary statue. Everyone suits up, and while Oliver orders nobody to move on Fauxrel, Felicity opens a separate channel and, when Fauxrel reaches for a phone, Fi jumps the gun and orders the B-team to move in. Fauxrel sonics everybody, destroying the Black Canary statue in the process. But Oliver’s able to tranq dart her and lock her up in the Arrow Cave.
NEXT: I know why the caged canary sings