"Arrow" season 2 continued Wednesday, Oct. 30, with episode 4, "Crucible," and while Oliver learned the Canary's identity, the Mayor terrorize the Glades, Sin continued to be awesome, even from a hospital bed, and flashbacks revealed some of what Oliver went through on that boat. Oh, and Laurel was in desperate need of an intervention. What you really need to know is "Arrow" needs to keep Caity Lotz and Bex Taylor-Klaus around.
Unmasking the Canary Felicity was the one who realized that the Canary wasn't necessarily fixated on Oliver/the Arrow. There was someone else who had been at the same places when she showed up: Laurel. So Oliver followed her, trapped her, and unmasked—and un-wigged—her. It was Sara. Yes, the dead Sara. Unfortunately, that wasn't actually a surprise to the audience, because if it had been, we imagine our reaction would have been something like Felicity's ramble. "Do you have any happy stories?" She asked Oliver as he admitted that he saw Sara a year into his "crucible," as Blood later called his time on the island. But he had been so sure she was dead. Nothing good happened in those five years, and he thought the Lances were better off not knowing. But why wasn't Sara telling her family she was alive? As she told Sin, she wasn't what they remembered. She was a lot like Sin, whom she had saved because "no woman should ever suffer at the hands of men."
Sara found Oliver at Verdant and asked if he told her family she was alive. He hadn't—and he said he had seen her die. She had thought he was dead too, but when she heard about the Starling City vigilante in the green hood, she knew it was him. But where did she pick up the fighting? Where had she been? Was she really there to make sure he hadn't told her family or because she had hoped he had? Their conversation was interrupted by Lance visiting Oliver about Laurel, and while Sara was listening, she was gone when Oliver returned.
After taking down the Mayor, Oliver found Sara in the hospital checking on Sin from the hallway, wearing only a hat for cover, and he told her her family needed her. If they knew the truth, if they knew Oliver had lied, yes, they would never talk to him again. But it would be worth it. And she took his hand.
Drowning sorrows Last week, Laurel had realized she was blaming the Arrow for Tommy's death because she felt guilty, so the next logical step was for her to turn to booze and pills. After a few too many glasses of wine at dinner with Donner, she left (how could she walk away from Hot Paul?) and was pulled over for a DUI. The officer called Lance, who tried to talk to his daughter, but she just threw his own drinking problem back in his face.
At a loss, Lance turned to Oliver for help. He explained that after he and Sara disappeared, he hit the bottle hard. Laurel needed a friend, and Lance was desperate enough to turn to Oliver. However, Laurel wasn't interested in hearing what he had to say when he tried. She insisted she didn't have a problem and told Oliver that just because her father couldn't cope with losing Sara didn't mean she couldn't handle her life. But Lance was right. Laurel needed help. Though considering the pills she was chasing with a drink, even if Sara showed up at her door, she was likely to think she was seeing things.
There's a new Mayor in town… Oliver was going around taking out gangbangers and being late to an event at his own mansion—and showing up with blood on his face, just one more thing Felicity had to help him cover up around Isabel—and that party was when Oliver found out about the Mayor, who claimed he was the man to save the city and rule The Glades by the gun. Oliver suggested a "Cash for Guns" event, one he would fund himself since Isabel spouted off a bunch of stuff about how the company had to be their first obligation and they wouldn't sponsor the event. Felicity was able to turn the tracker back on with the guns the Mayor had gotten from the military, and while the Mayor escaped when he showed up, the weapons were secure. However, he wasn't done yet.
At the "Cash for Guns" event, as Oliver and Blood stood around having a polite conversation about crucibles, his reason for doing this—he didn't want the city to get used to the pain—the Mayor showed up again and he and his men began shooting. Oliver saved Blood's life, but Sin was shot. Roy saved her, and he and Thea waited for her to wake up in the hospital. Sara watched as Canary from a nearby rooftop, and Oliver found her to go get some revenge on the Mayor as he met his foster brother for another shipment, this one with grenade launchers. What followed was pretty much everything you would want to see as the Arrow and Canary take down a gun lord and his thugs, and Canary continued to be awesome as she refused to let someone call her a bitch without paying for it.
…and another new Mayor in town? As the episode ended, the Mayor was injected with green serum and asked if he was ready to serve. He screamed, his eye bled, and Blood wanted another. Yes, hello, Brother Blood.
Boat flashbacks We also got to see what Oliver went through on the boat, and it wasn't much better than what he went through on the island, except he didn't have Slade and Shado at his side. [Interesting note: Sara asked about Slade, so there is that to (presumably) look forward to in these flashbacks.] He was asked if he had found the graves and then shot in the stomach, a test of his strength as the guy in the cell next to his explained. "Living is not for the weak," he told him. Everyone in the cells had been shot and left to stich up their own wounds. He was once again questioned, and the last flashback of the episode saw him brought to another part of the ship, where he came face to face with Sara, who was clearly being taken care of better than he was.
"Arrow" season 2 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 4 "Crucible"?