Recap / Arrow S 1 E 15 Dodger

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On the island, Oliver retrieves Yao Fei’s super herbs to give to Slade as he recovers from the gunshot wound he took in the last episode. In the cave, Oliver meets a beaten-up man, Alan Durand, who says he was on a fishing expedition when his boat caught fire and he was then hurt by the others on the island. Oliver doesn't trust him and leaves him behind.

While Thea and Laurel take a break from CNRI, a man snatches Thea’s purse. He escapes, but loses a wallet chain, which Thea uses to figure out his name: Roy Harper. When questioned by Lance, Roy says he has no other choice but to steal because of his mother’s Vertigo addiction. Thea feels sorry for him and doesn't pursue charges. Later, Thea visits Roy’s house and asks for her purse back. He eventually gives it to her and warns her about believing sob stories.

Moira tells Frank she wants out of their project to fix the Glades. Frank informs Moira that “they” will meet with him. Moira asks for a clue to where Walter is, even though Malcolm is the only one who knows. Under the suggestion of Frank, Moira meets China White and asks her to kill Malcolm Merlyn.

McKenna Hall warns the city about the Dodger, a jewel thief putting hostages in bomb collars to steal for him. Diggle’s date with Carly doesn't go smoothly. Meanwhile, McKenna leaves early from her date with Oliver to work the case. As the Dodger speaks with a fence, the police raid the place, but the Dodger runs out, even eluding the Hood. At a fundraiser, Felicity sees the Dodger with a stolen jewel, so he puts a bomb collar on her. With Felicity’s guidance, Oliver chases the Dodger and successfully disarms the collar. Lance interrupts McKenna and Oliver’s alone time at the police station to invite her into the vigilante case.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Decomposite Character: Much of Dodger's more positive qualities were instead incorporated into Roy Harper; specifically being a thief who dates Thea (this show's stand-in for Mia).
  • Evil Brit: The Dodger is British, and a classy Villain of the Week at that.
  • Explosive Leash: The Villain of the Week makes others steal for him by attaching explosive collars to their neck and killing them as soon as they get caught or try to abandon the mission.
  • Gentleman Thief: The Dodger sure comes off this way, but he's a bit more of a monster than most.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: How Oliver chases the Dodger after he grabs the Queen Family Jewels.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dodger's other signature move is to zap people unconscious. When he tries to use it on Oliver, he gets a taste of his own medicine.
  • I Lied: Roy Harper's Freudian Excuse, as he admits to Thea.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • There is a reference made to the Norris Cemetery. Paul Norris was the co-creator of Roy Harper, aka Speedy, for DC Comics.
    • The intersection of O’Neil & Adams was referenced in this episode. Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams were, basically, the writers for the Green Lantern/Green Arrow comic book series. They also created the issue where Roy Harper becomes a drug addict.
    • The character of Dodger in the comics was a bank robber who used alien technology to pull off heists. He and Mia Dearden (The 2nd Speedy) also briefly dated.
  • No Name Given: The villain's only known as "The Dodger".
  • Not So Different: The Dodger claims this to Oliver as he only steals from the rich. Oliver tells him he's not Robin Hood.
  • Phantom Thief: The Dodger's can pull heists while being miles away by forcing hostages to steal for him.
  • Pop the Tires: Oliver does this to Dodger's car by shooting the tire with an arrow and causing it to crash.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Felicity, as per usual.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Dodger uses some kind of electric mace that causes its victims to become unconscious for 72 hours.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The Dodger believes that The Hood is a Robin Hood wannabe and so doesn't fear for his life at all.
  • Your Head Asplode: The result when his hostages refuse to cooperate is that the Dodger detonates their collar, taking their whole head with it.