Oliver: “She’s lying to you? That doesn’t sound like Laurel.”
Tommy: “Lying, keeping secrets about who she is spending time with, does that remind you of anybody we know?”
Oliver: “Me in every relationship that I’ve been in.”
“Betrayal” is the newest episode of Arrow. If you haven’t seen it yet, beware of spoilers. To refresh your memory on the last episode, click here. Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 7 on the CW, channel 5 for local Houstonians.
The latest big bad is named Cyrus, and he just got out prison. Unlike most cases, Cyrus comes after Laurel. He isn’t even on the Hood’s hit list. Instead, Oliver plants a bug to gather evidence for Laurel, and that is all he was going to do. It’s nice to have a slightly different case. The bad guy starts to be the one to make a more drastic move. Cryus shows he is very observant. The comment about how many arrows the Hood carries is just great. It’s a small thing, but for some reason it’s awesome. To make matters even better, Detective Lance assists the Hood in rescuing Laurel. The writers could have played up the hostage situation, making it take up a good bit of the episode. It didn’t need to happen that way, and the way the writers played out the hostage situation worked well. What did you think of Cyrus?
Diggle is suspicious of Moira, and Oliver refuses to see it. Because of this, Diggle decides to spy on Moira by taking on the position of her driver for a little why. Anytime Diggle interacts with someone other than Oliver, it’s great. This storyline is another instance that shows just how valuable Diggle is to Oliver’s operation. Oliver is there for when Diggle is too close to the case, and now Diggle does the same for Oliver. It’s a little strange that Oliver doesn’t recognize Malcolm’s voice on the bug. Parts of the recording aren’t that clear, but at least in one part it is. It will be interesting to see how Oliver handles going after his own mother. Are you surprised Oliver hooded up to go pay her a visit?
Here are quick thoughts on elsewhere in the episode. Detective Lance gets a chance to use Laurel as bait to get to the Hood, and it blows up in his face. Their relationship has been rocky since the beginning, and so it’s not out of the ordinary for them to fight. This time, however, it seems more permanent. Not sure what this really means for the show overall. The flashback throws in an interesting revelation. Sometimes the flashback just moves things along without revealing anything crucial, but this time Oliver learns more about what is really happening on the island. The power hierarchy and struggle on the island is still a little confusing. Hopefully the next couple episodes will clear that up. What did you think of the episode overall?
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