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On the island, Shado orders Oliver to repeatedly slap a bowl of water while she exhibits yoga poses and explains that Fyers wants Yao Fei to be the scapegoat in his plan. Finally, Shado reveals that Oliver’s task was building his strength so he could pull back the bow’s string before she teaches him how to shoot an arrow.
A girl on Vertigo is killed outside of the club. The Hood visits the Count in the mental institution, but the Count is incoherent and later said to have escaped. At the aquarium, the Hood chases a man on vertigo, but he dies of an allergic reaction to the newly added antipsychotic. Oliver wonders if the Count faked his escape to throw suspicion off of him, allowing the Count to steal this ingredient from the mental institution. During another visit to the psych ward, the Hood finds the Count still there and delusional. Dr. Webb, the man behind the new Vertigo, overpowers the Hood and feeds him liquid Vertigo. The Hood activates his exploding arrow, takes an antidote, and with the distraction of Diggle fighting the accomplice doctor, kills Webb but not the Count.
Lance discovers that $10,000 is missing from Verdant’s bank account and was used to bribe the city inspector, which prompts Lance to think that the club is dealing vertigo. After acquiring a search warrant, Lance forces his way into the sublevel, but all he finds is booze that Tommy stashed to cover up for Oliver.
Diggle has Felicity secretly tracking Floyd Lawton; she uncovers who was booking Deadshot’s hits. Diggle hands this information over to an old friend of his, Lila who is part of the agency ARGUS. Since stopping Lawton is important to Diggle, Oliver pledges to help. Tommy quits his position at the club and asks his father for a job.
Tropes applying to this Episode:
- Bait and Switch: Felicity ate a "pot brownie" once by accident. She may have had a good time... But she's allergic to nuts.
- Big Damn Heroes: Diggle when Oliver is overdosing on the new Vertigo.
- Boom, Headshot: Subverted with the Count. Oliver decides not to kill him, even though he appears to be a Death Seeker now.
- Bond One-Liner: Diggle, after killing The Dragon with a defibrillator.
- Book Ends: The opening shot of Verdant is Tommy telling Oliver how well the club is doing, followed by friendly banter between them. The last shot of it is Tommy telling Oliver how well the club is doing, followed by a falling out between them and Tommy quitting.
- Cool Versus Awesome: Nonlethally, Shado versus Slade in a sparring match. Ollie admits its badass to watch them fight.
- Death by Secret Identity: Doctor Webb.
- Evil Gloating: The cause of the villain's death. He doubted Oliver could aim a single arrow. So he aims three.
- Foreshadowing: Shado's talk about how Yao Fei is The Scapegoat does this for the Count's role.
- Impairment Shot: Several involving Vertigo.
- Irony: "What if he's still in the asylum? What if he faked his death the same way he faked being insane?" He did fake his death the same way he faked being insane, in that he faked neither and did neither himself.
- Mythology Gag:
- Mention is made of A.R.G.U.S., an organization in the DC Universe that first appeared under the “New 52″ initiative. A.R.G.U.S. in the comics stands for the Advanced Research Group for Uniting Super-Humans.
- The character of Lyla Michaels who works for ARGUS is better known as Harbringer in the comics.
- The plot of the episode is in many ways similar to the Batman Beyond episode "The Winning Streak".
- Oh Crap
Doctor: You're so high, I don't think you could aim even one arrow right now.
Oliver: [aims three]
- Red Herring: The Count is still insane. An institution doctor synthesized a new version of Vertigo from his blood.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tommy quits Verdant after a falling out with Oliver.
- Spread Shot: Used via Multi Shot to overcome aiming difficulties from Vertigo.
- Title Drop: The episode's name is said by Ollie at the end in relation to Deadshot and Diggle.
- Unfortunate Implications: Played for Laughs In-Universe.
Diggle: Alright. Person of color has successfully purchased your drugs.
- For the record, Felicity offered.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Oliver, with liquid Vertigo.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Oliver gets two of them back to back, first from Tommy about suspecting him of selling Vertigo while Oliver's out killing people, then from Diggle for prioritizing The Count over his own vendetta against Deadshot.