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January 18, 2018 at 11:06 PM EST


TV Show
Action Adventure, Crime
run date
Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey
The CW
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B

In the words of Jay-Z, nobody wins when the family feuds. Unfortunately, Team Arrow ignores that sage wisdom in the midseason premiere, which dives into the aftermath of the team’s big schism. Alas, nothing has changed in the past weeks. Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle are still on the outs with Curits, Dinah, and Rene, and both sides feels as though they can’t trust each other. Unfortunately, this is the worst time for this to happen because Cayden James’ cabal is getting stronger and bolder.

This week, Cayden James sets his sights on the ports run by Jerry Bertinelli, the last remaining member of the eponymous crime family. Cayden gives Jerry an ultimatum: Turn over his ports, or Cayden will have one of his associates murder his daughter. As the last member of the Bertinelli family, Jerry is too proud to go without a fight, so he tries to strike up an alliance with the Green Arrow. (Unfortunately, Jerry’s cousin The Huntress is underground at the moment and can’t help.)

Bertinelli isn’t the only lead Oliver gets on Cayden. Felicity and Diggle finally discover that Laurel bugged the bunker when she broke in months ago, and they decided to use that information to track Cayden down. Felicity and Diggle warn Oliver not to go in alone, but he pushes forward because he doesn’t want to lose the element of surprise. He storms into whatever warehouse Cayden and Laurel are burglarizing; however, his upper hand is short lived because the rest of the Legion of Doom arrives. Thus, Oliver finds himself outnumbered and has to flee — which no doubt bums Black Siren out because she was really excited about them finally getting a chance to kill him.

Speaking of the B-team: Dinah, Rene, and Curtis are adjusting to post-vigilante life when we check in with them tonight. Curtis is hard at work trying to create an implant to fix Diggle’s tremor; Rene, who was recently fired from the mayor’s office, is enjoying time with his daughter; and Dinah and Vincent are starting to get closer. However, this semblance of normalcy doesn’t last long once Felicity and Diggle share their new intel about Cayden’s cabal with their old teammates, who are pissed that they waited 24 hours before telling them.

Obviously, Dinah takes this news the hardest because she and Vincent just went for a lovely stroll along the water the night before. She storms out of Felicity’s apartment and confronts Vincent with the new information, cuffing him in the process. But Vincent manages to slip through the cuffs and knocks her out. (Recap continues on page 2)

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