Recap: Arrow S 1 E 14 The Odyssey

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On the island, Slade Wilson teaches Oliver combat. Slade mentions that there is one supply plane every three months, and they must take action soon. While heading through the forest with Slade, Oliver steps on a mine. Unable to move as Fyers’ men approach, Oliver disguises himself as one of them. Slade takes the men down and uses one’s corpse to shove Oliver off the mine; it does not explode.

Slade reveals that his partner was Billy Wintergreen. They were assigned to find out why Fyers was interested in Yao Fei. Fyers took Slade and Billy hostage, and Billy agreed to join Fyers’ camp, but Slade did not.

Oliver and Slade take over Fyers’ watch post. Oliver uses the phone to call Laurel, but he cannot muster up words to say. Slade and Oliver argue about what will happen to Yao Fei once they leave. Slade wants to blow up the island, but Oliver wants to rescue Yao Fei. Oliver heads to the main camp and follows Yao Fei into a tent, but Fyers enters and takes Oliver to be executed. In his Deathstroke mask, Billy Wintergreen beats up Oliver, but is interrupted by an explosion. Slade arrives and fights Wintergreen, fatally stabbing him in the eye. The plane leaves the island without them aboard. Fyers allows Yao Fei five minutes with his daughter, Shado.

The Hood faces off with Moira and she soon shoots him in the chest. Oliver, having sneaked into Felicity’s car, reveals himself and orders her to take him to the warehouse. Diggle sews up Oliver’s bullet wound and shocks him back to life when Oliver begins seizing. Felicity expresses her disapproval of Oliver killing, even bad guys. As Oliver wakes up, Felicity hacks into the police system and tells them to destroy Oliver’s blood sample taken from Moira’s office. Oliver officially asks her to join the team, but Felicity only wants Walter back, after which she will resume her normal life.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Eye Scream: Billy Wintergreen gets a sword in the right eye...from Slade Wilson, no less.
  • Literary Allusion Title: To The Odyssey.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • “Wintergreen” was an associate of Slade Wilson’s in the comics. William Randolph Wintergreen first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2, the same comic book that introduced Deathstroke, as his butler.
    • Slade Wilson mentions a son named Joe. Joseph Wilson is the Teen Titan named “Jericho.”
    • Shado is a major figure in Mike Grell’s seminal Green Arrow story "The Longbow Hunters".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Troll: Slade watches Oliver trying and failing to light a fire when he has a lighter in his pocket. He watches for two hours.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Nearly, anyways; only a handful of scenes take place in the present day, the rest of the episode is a flashback to Oliver's time on the island.