Recap / Arrow S 1 E 13 Betrayal

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On the island, Oliver finds a wrecked airplane. Inside, Slade Wilson beats Oliver in a sword fight and ties him up. Oliver frees himself and finds the Deathstroke mask, a replica of one Slade says was his partner’s, a man with whom he was working as Australian Intelligence to rescue Yao Fei; Fyers lied about Deathstroke being a former prisoner of Lian Yu.

Newly released from prison, Cyrus Vanch goes with Vivian to the house of his lawyer, whom Vanch kills and whose home he takes over. Laurel introduces Thea to Anastasia, a woman on pro bono sabbatical at CNRI. When Laurel learns of Vanch’s release, she calls the Hood for help gaining evidence against Vanch. The Hood records that Vanch wants to lead the Triad.

Oliver asks Moira about the book and she pins everything on Robert, ending the conversation by throwing the book into the fire. Diggle spies on Moira by becoming her driver. Moira converses with Malcolm Merlyn, while Diggle records the conversation through the wall. From this, Oliver learns that the yacht was sabotaged.

Tommy has plans with Laurel, but she abandons them after receiving a call from the Hood. Having overheard the conversation, Detective Lance and a squad interrupt the Hood’s rooftop meeting with Laurel. The Hood gives her the recording and successfully escapes.

With knowledge from Vivian’s police source, two men invade Laurel’s apartment. She takes them down, only to be taken down herself by Vanch’s taser. Later there, Tommy finds a recording from Vanch demanding the Hood and gives it to Lance. The Hood and Lance rescue Laurel and capture Vanch. Laurel tells her father to stay away. The Hood tells her, “Goodbye,” before busting through the window of Moira’s office and telling her she “has failed this city.”

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Hood meets his civilian contacts on top of the Winick Building. Judd Winick is a prominent writer of Green Arrow comics.
    • A newspaper headline refers to “Wolfman and Perez.” This is a nod to the two creators of Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke.
    • Laurel notes Cyrus Vanch is connected to 52 different homicides.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Laurel tears into her father for blatantly using her to get the Hood, points out his alcoholism and how blaming the Hood for everything won't fix his mistakes. Tommy later gives her a milder version when he realizes that she's been keeping her meetings with the Hood a secret from him.