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Recap: Arrow S 1 E 16 Dead To Rights
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On the island, Slade sarcastically suggests that they build a bamboo boat to escape. Instead of working on this idea, Oliver attempts to repair the radio transmitter. He begins to hear static and then clear voices, one of which is Fyers talking about Scylla, a monster in The Odyssey. Slade and Oliver figure out that Scylla is a Russian missile launcher on the island.

The Hood stops a hired killer, Guillermo Barerra, and steals his phone. Oliver asks Felicity, in the time she’s not being trained by Diggle, to break into the phone because Barerra’s work was unfinished. China White provides Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, with a fresh eye and a job.

Oliver and McKenna attend Tommy’s birthday celebration at Laurel’s apartment. Malcolm Merlyn shows up, uninvited, to inform Tommy that he wants his son to be there when he receives the city’s humanitarian award. Later on, Oliver dines with Tommy, where they discuss their fathers. Oliver excuses himself and interrogates a man in the kitchen about whom the triad is targeting. He does not know, but says it will happen tomorrow. While Oliver shows McKenna his future nightclub, Felicity and Diggle learn that target it Malcolm. The Hood relays the information to Detective Lance.

While Malcolm accepts his award, China White remotely cuts the power and creates chaos. Malcolm locates Tommy and leads him to his panic room. Deadshot shoots Malcolm numerous times, but since Malcolm was wearing a vest, only one bullet pierced his skin, poisoning him with curare. After a face-off with China White that was interrupted by McKenna, the Hood finds and informs Tommy that he must perform a blood transfusion to save his father. Tommy is initially hesitant, but agrees once Oliver reveals his identity. At the hospital, Malcolm orders Moira to find the traitor in his organisation who he believes attempted to kill him. Outside Laurel’s door, her mom Dinah surprises her and says Sarah may be alive.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Dramatic Irony: Oliver saving Malcolm, who's been plotting against him and is the Dark Archer.
  • Eye Scream: How Oliver keeps his Chinese "informant" from seeing his face; hot sauce in the eyes.
  • Foreshadowing: Sara Lance being alive.
  • Geoff Johns: Wrote the episode.
  • Kick the Dog: Referenced by Felicity by name, though the act that actually happened is not the case.
  • Mugging the Monster: Two triad mooks learn the hard way not to try to kill Malcolm Merlyn.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Malcolm mentions “Nanda Parbat,” a DC Universe location that first appeared in Deadman comic book stories.
    • Deadshot is found by China White in his apartment at Bludhaven.
    • The restaurant that is front for the Chinese Mafia is called "Jade Canary"; Lady Shiva, master assassin, once called herself Jade Canary in Birds of Prey.
    • Laurel remarks on the canary her father bought for her sister Sarah.
      • She also mentions how loud it was.
      • And if you look carefully, you can see that it's a Black Canary.
    • Guillermo Barerra, the hired killer stopped by Ollie is known as Brutale in the comics, a frequent villain of Nightwing.
  • Papa Wolf: One of the assassins turns his gun from Malcolm to Tommy. That man is dead before it ever gets to him. In fact, as soon as something even remotely bad happens (the fire alarm goes off) Malcolm's first thought is to make sure his son is okay.
  • Save the Villain: Even though he doesn't actually know it, Oliver does this for Malcolm.
  • The Unmasking: To save Malcolm's life, Oliver reveals who he is to Tommy.

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