On the island, Oliver finds a wrecked airplane while looking for Slade Wilson. Inside, the man himself beats Oliver in a sword fight and ties him up. Oliver frees himself and finds the Deathstroke mask. Slade lays down his weapon and explains that it's a replica of his the mask belong to his former partner, Billy Wintergreen, who was assigned with Slade to rescue Yao Fei before Wintergreen defected to Fyers. It turns out 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:
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Many viewers were surprised to learn that is such a thing as the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. Even some Australian viewers.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Cyrus Vanch certainly feels that killing the Hood will bring him authority in the crime world. We never get to see if he's write or not since he failed the asskicking part.
- Batman Gambit: Initially pulled of by Vanch, relating to the Counting Bullets example below. Had Oliver retrieved one of his arrows before entering the house, or taken down one henchman without an arrow or flechette, or simply decided the elevated security at the mansion demanded more ammo, he'd have entered the building with an arrow, and Vanch wouldn't even have had a chance to hold even a temporary standoff. Still foiled in the end, though, as he didn't anticipate Oliver bringing backup in the form of Quentin.
- Counting Bullets: Or Counting Arrows in any event. Vanch knows the Hood only had 24 arrows in his quiver, so he sends 25 henchmen to guard his house, leaving the Hood defenseless by the time he reaches Vanch and his hostage. Unfortunately for him, the Hood anticipated this and got Detective Lance to back him up.
- Establishing Character Moment: Vanch casually murders his lawyer within the first five minutes of his screen time to set him up as just ruthless enough to stand a chance at stopping Oliver.
- Evil Power Vacuum: When Vanch gets out of prison, he tries to earn the respect to take over by killing Arrow since after the Huntress' murder of the Triad boss, and Frank Bertinelli's arrest, the leadership of Starling City's organized crime is up for grabs.
- 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.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Vanch is always wearing a fancy suit of some type.
- 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.
- Would Hit a Girl: Vanch uses a taser on Laurel to take her hostage.