Recap / Arrow S 1 E 16 Dead To Rights

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On the island, Slade sarcastically suggests that the two of them should build a bamboo boat to escape. Instead of working on this idea, Oliver attempts to repair the radio transmitter. He succeeds and begins to hear static and voices, but is unable to communicate with anyone. One of the voices is Fyers, who is talking about Scylla, a monster from The Odyssey. Slade and Oliver figure out that Scylla is a Russian missile launcher on the island that could take out airplanes.

In the Present Day, 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 and they start discussing about their fathers. Tommy reveals his father has been emotionally cold and distant to him ever since his mother's death. Oliver informs Tommy that he still has a lot of anger towards his late father, but would do anything to have him back, and encourages Tommy to reconcile with Malcolm. Afterward, Oliver excuses himself to interrogate a man in the kitchen about who the Triad is targeting for death. The man does not know, but says it will happen tomorrow.

While Oliver shows McKenna his future nightclub, Felicity and Diggle learn that the target is Malcolm. The Hood relays the information to Detective Lance over the phone.

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 pierces his skin and poisons 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 Sara may be alive.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Assassin Outclassin': Two examples:
    • The Hood throws around China White and would've killed her had McKenna not found the two of them.
    • Malcolm beats the crap out of two Triad gunmen and headshots one who aimed at Tommy.
  • Blunt "Yes": Inverted. Tommy asks Oliver if he would've ever told Tommy that he's the Hood, had what happened that night not happened. Oliver says he wouldn't.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tommy clearly doesn't take finding out that Oliver is the Hood well. After Lance questions if he knows who the Hood is, he says he has no idea who he is. You can tell he isn't lying.
  • 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.
  • Internal Reveal: Tommy finds out that Oliver is the Hood.
  • 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 going to Nanda Parbat, a DC Universe location that first appeared in the Deadman comic book stories.
    • Deadshot is found by China White in his apartment at Bludhaven.
    • The restaurant that is the front for the Chinese Mafia is called the "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 starts turning his gun from Malcolm to Tommy; that man is dead before it ever gets to Tommy. 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 his secret identity to Tommy.
  • Wham Episode: Tommy finds out that Oliver is the Hood. Laurel's Missing Mom comes back, claiming that Sara is alive. Deadshot is revealed to be alive.