Recap / Arrow S 1 E 11 Trust But Verify

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Oliver connects the robbing of several armored cars to Diggle’s former commanding officer, Ted Gaynor, now a bodyguard at Blackhawk Squad Protection Group. Although Diggle presumes Gaynor is innocent, his name appears on the list and Oliver insists on investigating. Oliver breaks into Blackhawk and steals a flash drive. Felicity Smoak cracks it and says it contains detailed information on how to rob an armored vehicle.

During dinner with Tommy and Laurel, Malcolm reveals that Mrs. Merlyn was shot to death when Tommy was eight years old and that he would now like Tommy’s signature to shut down her free clinic. Malcolm asks Moira to stop a man trying to gentrify the Glades, but she won’t until Malcolm gives her proof that Walter is alive; he soon does.

In the process of swabbing the blood in the getaway car from the man the Hood killed while stopping a heist in progress, Paul Knox, another man with whom Diggle served but never liked, tells Diggle he has taken Carly hostage to force him into helping with the final score. Diggle hinders their efforts and paves the way for Carly to run, but it is the Hood who finishes them and shoots Gaynor, who was in charge the whole time.

At Thea’s 18th birthday party, she receives a car from Oliver and a drug called vertigo from her friends. After concluding that her mother is having an affair with Malcolm Merlyn, Thea crashes her car during a late night angry drive and is taken to the hospital, where she is arrested for driving under the influence of narcotics.

On the island, Oliver infiltrates Fyers’ camp and goes off in search of Yao Fei with Fyers and one other. At the cage where Yao Fei is supposedly being held, Oliver is knocked out, locked up, and shown that Yao Fei was not actually a prisoner.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Bluff the Impostor: Subverted. During a flashback to his time on the island, Oliver, impersonating one of Fyer's soldiers, is subjected to this with Fyers asking what boat he came in on, knowing that every soldier who comes to the island does so by airplane. Subverted in that Oliver manages to beat the bluff, but Fyers was actually already aware of who he was anyway.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Knox and Gaynor give Diggle a grenade launcher as part of the heist, but never stopped to think of the possibility of him using it against them.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Black Hawk Squad Protection Group is reference to the Blackhawks; Ted Gaynor is in reference to Lt. Theodore Gaynor, a short-term member of the team introduced in the 1980s series.
    • Diggle refers to Oliver's hideout as "Arrow cave".
    • There's another reference to a comics creator, this time the Chaykin Art Gallery (after writer/artist Howard Chaykin).
  • Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: "I'm the one with the Grenade Launcher."
  • Title Drop: After Moira asks for proof that Walter's alive. "What's that saying? Trust, but verify."
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Thea hides the Vertigo her friends give her.
  • Windows of the Soul: How Fyers recognizes Oliver is an intruder, and why he requires his men to wear balaclavas. Somehow that makes them more recognizable.