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'Arrow' 2x19 'The Man Under the Hood': The importance of the Arrow

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Detective Lance: "It's the Arrow who matters. The man under the hood isn't important."

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“The Man Under the Hood” is tonight’s (April 16) episode of “Arrow.” If you haven’t seen it yet, beware of spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight's episode. “Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. central on the CW.

Laurel has a wall of crazy that’s dedicated to Oliver and the Arrow. It is nice that she maps it out first, and does not completely go on Slade's word. She even figures out that Sara is Black Canary. Laurel learns a lot this episode. Honestly, if Oliver doesn't suspect that she knows after that weird meeting Laurel had with the Arrow, I will be disappointed. Laurel brings up the connection she felt with the Arrow and how it makes sense to her now. Oliver needs to put the pieces together soon otherwise he looks a bit like an idiot.

Laurel goes to her father with the news that she knows the Arrow’s real identity. Detective Lance's reaction to this is fantastic because it shows that he is not an idiot. For him, it is better to view the Arrow as a vigilante, and not as a human with loved ones. Detective Lance is turning a blind eye to the clues because he does not want to have to worry about putting the Arrow in danger anytime the city really needs a man a hood to get the job done. It’s a great character moment for Detective Lance.

Thea isn't taking the Malcolm Merlyn news well, which is to be expected. I mean he is a murderer, and then there is the shock of Thea realizing that she tried to make out with Tommy aka her half-brother. It’s not a good time for Thea. What is good is that the writers focus more on Thea’s processing of how this news changes things. She isn't only harping on Oliver and Moira lying to her. She does make digs about it here and there, but that is not the focus for her this episode.

Isabel joined Slade's team because she was Robert Queen's soul mate. They were going to run away together, but he chose his family over her. Somehow that story is supposed to make her situation sound better than if it was just sex between her and Robert. It does, but it still does not justify going to the extremes that Isabel is going to. I expected there to be some bloodshed or something in Isabel’s tale. It is a bit of a letdown, and does not make Isabel any more intriguing, only annoying. The mirakuru injection will probably help with that.

You guys, there is an antidote for the mirakuru! Why are we just learning about this now? Obviously because Oliver had to wait for the island flashback to remember that this antidote existed. It is a little annoying that we are just learning about this now. You would think that this would come up when Roy is injected with mirakuru. The writers will have to do better to explain why it took this long to go the antidote route. Personally, I am hoping it doesn’t work simply because of the annoyance of there magically being a cure.

Hello “Flash” cast! Caitlin and Cisco work their way into this episode because Slade decides to hit up S.T.A.R. Labs for some fancy tech. Even though Caitlin and Cisco don’t play huge role, it is great to get a glimpse of these new characters that will be on “The Flash” in the fall. It looks like they will reappear again this season because Felicity goes to them with the mirakuru, which is probably for the best. No one on Team Arrow is skilled enough to whip up an antidote. What are your first impressions of Caitlin and Cisco?

What did you think of Detective Lance’s reasoning for why he does not want to know the Arrow’s identity? Anyone else annoyed at the timing of the antidote news? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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