While Felicity (and every single person watching) is deeply suspicious of Fauxrel, Oliver lets her sing her sob story from behind bars: Earth-2 Oliver, the man she loved, died 10 years ago, and then her fresh start devolved into plum-colored lipstick, a nose ring, a black leather duster, and a vicious canary cry. “It was just one bad choice after another,” she says. “And I guess once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.”
Oh, how Oliver wants to believe her. It’s his chance at redemption, to tweak this Laurel’s circumstances and make her a better person. To save her like he couldn’t save his Laurel.
Felcity, though, is pretty sure that Oliver’s being played. She’s working out her frustrations with a punching bag when Oliver enters the room. “She’s not our Laurel,” she reminds him, but Oliver doesn’t care.
So Felicity takes matters into her own hands. She lets Fauxrel needle her about Oliver — “Did he find someone else, or were you not tall enough? Do you have a sister? Because I hear he loves sisters” — while secretly planting tracking nanites on Fauxrel and letting her escape so they can locate Prometheus. Oliver’s furious when he finds out, mostly because Felicity put her life on the line to get the guy who killed Billy.
“Well, now that you’re killing again, I thought, ‘Why not put it to use?’” WHOA. Oliver promises they’ll get justice for Billy, “but first we need to take care of your ex who’s not even your ex,” Felicity snarks. This is the most honest, uncomfortable conversation we’ve seen these two have in ages, and I love it.
Then Oliver admits that Felicity’s right. “I failed Laurel before. I can’t fail her again.” He knows it isn’t really her, but he’s still going to try.
When the trackers go live, the team moves out. Curtis and Felicity have a canary cry dampener that may or may not work, while the rest of the group prepares to fight.
Wild Dog engages Black Siren, and she screams him, Felicity, and Curtis off their feet. Meanwhile, Green Arrow hits Prometheus with a diazepam arrow, but he shakes it off, claiming he has a tolerance. Presumably that’s a clue of some sort to his identity?
Apparently, Prometheus and Black Siren have coordinated this plan, because she moves to kill Felicity as Prometheus tells Green Arrow to choose: “Felicity or me.” Oliver chooses Felicity, of course, begging Fauxrel not to kill her because then there’d be no bringing the good Laurel back.
“She was never there,” Fauxrel spits. Thankfully, Curtis gets the dampener up and running, and Felicity socks Fauxrel in the face. Get it, girl.
Back in the Arrow Cave, Felicity ices her punching hand, then looks at the Black Canary costume. “I’m sorry she wasn’t her,” she says. Oliver in turn says he’s sorry about Billy, and I guess that makes everything okay.
NEXT: A new canary rises