Recap / Arrow S 1 E 12 Vertigo

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Judge Brackett denies Thea’s plea bargain, saying he wishes to make an example out of her, so Oliver asks Laurel to have her dad pull some strings. Detective Lance initially declines, but after Laurel equates Thea to Sara, he persuades the judge to agree to community service and probation under Laurel’s supervision.

At the police department, Oliver runs into an old friend, Detective McKenna Hall, and asks her for information after learning that the man supplying vertigo is the Count. Oliver brings Diggle to the Bratva HQ, where Oliver must kill a man before Alexi will arrange a meeting with the Count. Choking the man enough for him to appear dead, Oliver later orders Diggle to help the man flee. During the meet, police swarm the place, allowing the Count to escape, but not before he injects Oliver with liquid vertigo.

Oliver, fighting a drug hangover the next morning, asks Felicity to trace where the water in the liquid vertigo came from so he can find the Count’s home base. As the police close in on it, the Hood invades, fights the minions, and injects the Count with vertigo. McKenna tells Oliver the Count is in custody, but his survival is questionable due to the amount of vertigo injected. Felicity arranges a meet with Oliver, revealing that Walter found Moira’s book of names.

The men on the island create a fight ring into which Oliver is thrown opposite Yao Fei. The morning after Oliver is knocked out, Yao Fei rolls him over a cliff into a stream below. When Oliver swims to shore, he finds the map Yao Fei tucked in his jacket; it says “survive.”

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Awful Truth: Thea finally learns about her father's infidelities.
  • Blatant Lies: When Oliver gets Felicity to analyze the "sports drink". Lampshaded.
    Diggs: Your BS stories are getting worse.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Inverted. The island flashbacks reveal where Oliver first learned the trick he used to fake the death of Alexi's prisoner after he demonstrated it.
  • It's Personal: Oliver is more than a little intent on taking down the drug dealer responsible for Thea doing drugs.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Count is the series' adaptation of Count Vertigo with his powers being made as part of the drug called Vertigo.
    • Thea’s middle name is “Dearden,” a reference to Mia Dearden, the second Speedy and first female Speedy of the comics.
    • It is mentioned that Oliver saved one Anatoli Knyazev (which led to his becoming a Captain of the Bratva). In the comics, this gentleman is also known as the KGBeast, a Batman villain.
  • New Old Flame: Detective McKenna Hall.