"Arrow" season 2 continued Wednesday, Oct. 23, with episode 3, "Broken Dolls," and while the Arrow and Lance teamed up to take down an escaped psychopath, Moira got some bad news, and things turn an even worse turn on the island. Plus, a certain woman in black leather made another appearance, this time with a friend.
Don't shoot the messenger! Unsurprisingly, the Canary rescued Arrow from the tight situation he was in at the end of "Identity," thanks to one of her sonic charges, and after Team Arrow became busy with the Barton Mathis case, Oliver put his new errand boy, Roy, on finding out what he could about her. Roy was pointed in Sin's direction, and once she heard he was looking for her friend, she took off, and Roy took chase. She led him to a clock tower, where she knocked him out, and when he came to, the Canary joined them, wanting to know if "they" sent him—and wiling to even ruin that pretty face to get answers. But once she saw the text from Thea about Laurel being kidnapped, she was out of there. After taking care of Mathis, the Canary returned to the clock tower, but someone was waiting for her. She was being summoned (Ra's Al Ghul!), and when the messenger refused to lie and say he didn't find her, she simply killed him.
Creepy, creepy, creepy Meanwhile, Arrow and Lance teamed up to take on a killer, Barton Mathis, who had escaped prison during the quake, and what he did to his victims could have been taken right out of a "Criminal Minds" episode. "The Dollmaker" suffocated his victims by pouring a flexible polymer down their throats and then dressed them up like dolls. This case had been personal for Lance—due to the timing of it—and he was willing to do whatever he had to in order to get Mathis off the streets, including working with the very vigilante he had been so desperate to catch. (Plus it looked like he hated the lieutenant more than he ever hated the Hood.) Team Arrow and Lance worked together and figured out Mathis chose his victims based on their skin, finding the girls by the skin cream they bought, so Felicity insisted on going in as bait. They basically failed, and Lance ended up arrested for obstruction. Laurel was able to free her father, which led to a conversation about how they'd both done 180s regarding the vigilante—and it was during that conversation that Lance called him "the Arrow" ("Seems more appropriate than the Hood," he explained). He knew that what Laurel was going through wasn't about him, but about Tommy, but she saw no reason why she'd feel guilty about that.
Mathis kidnapped father and daughter, forcing Lance to watch as he began the process to make Laurel into another one of his dolls, but Arrow showed up in time to save her. The Canary stopped Mathis from getting away, but Arrow ended up saving her. However, she wasn't about to let Mathis live, and he wasn't going back to prison. It was after their rescue that Laurel finally admitted what was always going to be the truth: she felt guilty because Oliver and her father had both told her to stay away from The Glades and Tommy was only there to save her because she was too stubborn.
Bad luck for Moira Moira was prepared to face whatever was coming her way for her role in the 503 deaths, even if that meant spending her life behind bars. But she'd be lucky if she got that after Donner announced during the pre-trial hearing that he was seeking the death penalty. Moira's lawyer thought they had a solid enough case to win, but what Moira was afraid of was what would come out during the trial. There were some things that must never be spoken of, and she didn't want to ruin her relationship with her children.
From worse to even worse While Shado was reliving her pre-island, pre-med days with one of the skeletons from that cave back in their island lair, Slade took a reluctant Oliver to scout out their newest enemies, once again telling him that attachments were bad. But as Oliver pointed out when Slade almost slid down a cliff to his certain death, it was a good thing Oliver was somewhat attached to him. They did see the ship out in the water, but moments later, the people on that ship began firing on the island—specifically exactly where Shado was. They ran back, but it was too late, and one explosion eventually took Oliver down, and he could only watch as he passed out as Slade seemed to be on fire. When Oliver came to, he was on that ship in one of many cells. And…the episode ended. We're going to have to wait for more.
"Arrow" season 2 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 3 "Broken Dolls"?