Dean Buscher/The CW
January 25, 2018 at 11:19 PM EST


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

While they wait for results, Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle also realize what Cayden James is planning. Taking a page out of The Dark Knight Rises, Cayden is targeting and closing every exit out of the city in order to trap everyone in. They deduce this right before Cayden targets the tunnel, which just so happens to be where William’s field trip school bus is stuck. Once the bombs start going off in the tunnel, William channels his father and helps his classmates get to safety but gets stuck behind. Thankfully, Green Arrow and Diggle arrive in time to help everyone — and William discovers that Oliver has been lying to him about being the Arrow. Naturally, that doesn’t go over well, and William avoids Oliver once they get back to the bunker. (Diggle, whose hand is fixed, is also bummed that Oliver’s back in the suit because he was hoping he could don the hood again. I’m glad the episode took time to check in about how Diggle was feeling about this, too.)

That isn’t the only lie that comes out: Curtis finally comes clean to his new teammates about the fact that Vincent is the one who gave him the subway intel. Obviously, neither one of them is too pleased about Curtis lying to them, especially Dinah, who doesn’t trust Vincent. I really appreciate that the new team is having some struggles in their early days.

Oliver gives a press conference in which he declares that Star City won’t fall to Cayden’s demands and asks that all citizens make their way to the safe zones they’ve setup around the city. Unfortunately, this plays right into Cayden’s plan, but thankfully, Vigilante wasn’t lying about being a double agent and warns The Outsiders that Cayden plans on targeting one of the safe zones. In the spirit of cooperation, Curtis shares this info with OG Team Arrow, which leads to a team-up.

What’s great about the ensuing fight scene is that it’s not even about the action. It’s about what’s going on with William. As the fight plays out with the sound kind of muted, the episode cuts back to Felicity talking to William about why it’s important for Oliver to be out there and reassuring him that Oliver’s the best at what he does. I’ll admit that I found her little speech about William needing to have faith that Oliver will come home rather moving, especially since it draws on Felicity and Oliver’s history together. In the end, the day is saved, but the Outsiders make it clear that they don’t intend on reuniting.

With one fire put out temporarily, it’s time for Oliver, Felicity, and William to have a chat about Oliver being the Green Arrow. Watching his father kick ass in the field convinces William that the city needs him, and so William retires to bed. Unfortunately, that’s the least of their problems. Felicity’s contact was unable to figure out what evidence convinced Cayden that Oliver killed his son, and with the deadline approaching, Oliver has no choice but to have Thea wire the money to Cayden James. It’s devastating blow because Oliver spent the entire episode determined not to do that, but in the end he had to compromise.

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