Recap: Arrow S 1 E 2 Honor Thy Father

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When Oliver goes to court to repeal the death in absentia declaration filed on his behalf, he runs into Laurel, who is trying a case against a crooked shipping magnate with ties to the Chinese Triad criminal society. Laurel argues that, while attempting to hide his involvement in drug trade, Martin Somers ordered the father of her client killed.

Somers’ name also appears in Robert Queen’s book and Oliver goes after him in his vigilante persona. Spooked, Somers calls on the triad for help in the form of drug trafficker China White. After Thea tells her brother he needs to open up to someone, Oliver visits with Laurel. They are attacked by White and crew, but Diggle and Oliver manage to fend them off. Quentin Lance, not wanting to lose another daughter, warns Oliver to stay away from Laurel.

As the Arrow, Oliver confronts Somers to get his confession about the murdered man. He fights with China White again before Lance and the police arrive. Cornered by Lance, Oliver escapes by giving up a recording of Somers admitting his crime.

Meanwhile, as Walter and Moira attempt to bring Oliver back into the business fold, Oliver makes the decision that he can’t do what he wants to accomplish by giving in to what everyone else wants him to be. Flashbacks to the island reveal Oliver burying his father’s body and discovering a book with the drawing of a strange symbol in it. As Oliver says goodbye to his father, he’s shot in the shoulder by an arrow. In pain, Oliver turns to see a man in the distance in a green hood…

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Bait and Switch: Ollie shows up at Laurel's apartment with a bag, and when she asks him what's in it, he tells her, "Every day I was on the island, there was something I thought about doing, and I told myself that if I ever got to do it again, I would do it with you." It seems like he's talking about sex, and the bag contains condoms. However, he then says, "Eat ice cream," and it's revealed that the bag has mint ice cream in it.
  • Character Development: Thea begins showing hints of not being an It's All About Me Spoiled Brat, telling Oliver that things were shitty for five years with him dead, and his return doesn't magically fix that, and he has to meet them halfway.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Oliver's presentation may have left something to be desired, but he doesn't have experience running a Fortune 500 company.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Oliver, unlike the pilot, begins playing this role to the hilt so people won't expect him to shoulder responsibility.
  • Tuckerization: Following the trend of naming characters after creators associated with the comics, Victor and Emily Nocenti are named after comic writer Ann Nocenti.
  • Wham Line: "He has no idea the yacht was sabotaged"