Recap / Arrow S 1 E 3 Lone Gunmen

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On the island, Oliver wakes up with the arrow in his chest and Yao Fei says he shot Oliver to protect him and that it’s too dangerous to be alone because “they” will kill him. After a present day workout session, Oliver goes after James Holder, a man responsible for several deaths via defective smoke detectors; however, Deadshot watches from afar and shoots Holder. Thinking that Deadshot has no code of honor, Oliver places him at the top of his list.

Oliver brings Tommy and Diggle to the warehouse, telling them he wishes to open a nightclub there. Tommy suggests they check out the competition, and while at a club, they run into Laurel and Thea. For revenge against Oliver, the owner takes him and Tommy to a back room, letting his minions loose on them. Tommy knocks some men down, and Laurel comes in to finish it off. Later, Tommy convinces Laurel that their relationship is worth a chance because he’ll become someone worthy of her. Laurel mentions that Oliver knew about them before Thea spilled it at the club.

Oliver busts into Deadshot’s room, but Deadshot escapes, leaving behind his computer, which Oliver takes to I.T. woman Felicity Smoak. She tells him it actually belongs to Mr. Patel, a man in competition with Walter Steele for Unidac Industries. Realizing he can’t protect everyone on his own, Arrow warns Detective Lance about Deadshot’s impending attack. Deadshot fires on the Unidac auction and Oliver rushes away, grabbing conveniently hidden gear. Arrow and Deadshot have a weapons battle, ending with an arrow through Deadshot’s eye. Arrow takes a wounded Diggle to his base, saves him with a potion, and reveals his identity.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • And I Must Scream: Deadshot's poison, curare, is real, and it does kill by paralysis. However, you don't need a blood transfusion to survive it, just artificial respiration (no chest compression, as it doesn't affect the heart) until it wears off. It's compared to locked-in syndrome on the other wiki, the real-life And I Must Scream condition.
  • Antagonist Title: The title obviously refers to Deadshot, the lone assassin who killed the brother of our protagonist's bodyguard and is now back in Starling to take some high profile targets.
  • Arc Words: Poison is mentioned a few times, referring to both the actual poison Curare and the name of the club that Oliver, Tommy, Laurel, Thea and technically Diggle will attend. Both are very important to the plot.
  • Bad Liar: Ollie begins his Running Gag of ridiculously flimsy cover stories to Felicity.
    Oliver: I spilled coffee on my laptop.
    Felicity: It's got bullet holes.
    Oliver: My coffee shop's in a bad neighborhood.
    • Laurel claims she was just surfing the net. She's not interested in Oliver. She's over him.
  • Book Ends: The episode begins and ends with someone getting poisoned with Curare and being taken to the lair to be cured.
  • The Bro Code:
    • Tommy apologizes profusely to Oliver for sleeping with Laurel. Dead or alive, Oliver was his friend and that is not done.
    • Tommy points out that the waitress at the diner is rather hot. Diggle points out that she's his sister in law. Tommy points out that he will never ever look at or say anything about her ever again ever not even a little bit ever.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • When Oliver pulls his equipment out of a trash can in a stairwell, there's a brief moment when he pulls his hood out of the bag before taking off. That shot will turn up in the following episode when Det. Lance goes through surveillance footage to hunt the Hood.
    • Deadshot's tattoos are names of his victims that he murdered, and that includes Andrew Diggle.
  • Continuity Snarl: In this episode, Deadshot's Andrew Diggle tattoo is located in his left pecs. In future episodes, it's near his collar area.
  • Debut Queue: The episode marks the debut of Felicity Smoak, Deadshot, Carly Diggle and the Bratva.
  • Diving Save: Quentin saving Walter from Deadshot.
  • Dull Surprise: That Oliver didn't react to Thea's shocking announcement that Tommy and Laurel slept together is taken as evidence by Laurel that he already knew (having overheard them talking in the previous episode).
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Laurel saves Tommy and Oliver from a beating by quite handily taking out Max Fuller, with punches and elbows to the kidney, then taking out his knee, saying Det. Lance made her take self defense classes. These capabilities will vanish later.
  • Eye Scream: Oliver takes Deadshot down with an arrow to the eye.
  • Female Gaze: Practically invoked via Freeze-Frame Bonus. You can pause if you want to view all the tattoo names on Deadshot's body, which he shows while on a Shirtless Scene.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, you'll see that one of Deadshot's past victims is Andrew Diggle. Oliver later notices that Diggle's sister-in-law is not wearing a wedding ring...
    • Laurel, dressed in black, beating the shit out of someone.
    • An angry Thea tells Oliver that he's "barely her brother"...
  • Internal Reveal: The episode where Diggle finds out that Oliver is the vigilante.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Thea may be bratty but she has a point that Oliver doesn't let anyone in since he came back.
    • The guy who owns the club that Oliver and company attends still resents him for ruining his wedding when he nailed his fiancee during the rehearsal dinner.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Diggle tears apart Oliver's idea of gentrifying the Glades.
  • Laser Sight: On Deadshot's rifle.
  • Little Black Dress: Laurel and Thea during the club scenes. It's probably the theme that night as the guys are mostly dressed in black too.
  • The Mafiya: Oliver goes to the Russian mob for information about Deadshot. Turns out Ollie's a captain. Somehow.
  • Moe Greene Special: Deadshot with an arrow to the eyepiece, but he survives.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Laurel's fighting in the episode clearly hints to her becoming Black Canary.
    • The land of Markovia is mentioned. It is the home of Brion and Tara Markov, better known as Geo-Force of The Outsiders and Terra of the Teen Titans in the DC Universe.
    • Big Belly Burger is an established chain from the DCU with its first appearance coming back in 1988 with Adventures of Superman #441.
    • There is also a reference to Corto Maltese, which was a location mentioned in 1989′s Batman as well as the “Justice” episode of Smallville. It's also the location of the nuclear conflict in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. It comes into this show proper in season 3.
    • The room where Deadshot is staying is room 52, an arc number in the DCU.
    • Deadshot has his eyepiece and his wrist-cannon.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: No character seems to pronounce the name "Magnussen" correctly.
  • Rule of Pool: James Holder's suite.
  • Running Gag:
  • Scope Snipe: Oliver does this by accident against Deadshot, who wears a sniper scope over his eye in this continuity. Oliver takes cover behind a wall and Deadshot pins him down with gunfire. Oliver fires an arrow around the corner without aiming and the firing suddenly cuts off. He goes to see what happened and finds Deadshot lying on the ground - apparently dead - with an arrow sticking out of his aiming lens.
  • Shirtless Scene: Oliver per usual and Deadshot.
  • Shout-Out: James Holder's corpse floating in his swimming pool is a nod to both Sunset Boulevard and The Great Gatsby.
  • Stealth Insult: Diggle gives a great one to Oliver, before really getting to know him. Ollie, of course, picks up on it right away and doesn't take offense.
    Oliver: "Wow. You don't think very highly of me, do you?"
    Diggle: "Actually sir, I have a very high regard for how perceptive you are."
  • The Stinger: On the island, we see the first appearance of the commandos hunting Yao Fei. In the present, Oliver has brought Diggle to his Arrowcave and revealed his identity as the Hood.
  • Tattooed Crook: Deadshot. Holy shit, Deadshot.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Oliver chews out his mother for "giving Thea her space" because when he was Thea's age, he could have used "a little less space, and a little more parenting".
  • White Shirt of Death: James Holder was killed while wearing his bathrobe.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Done by Tommy when the owner of the club they're attending attempts to give Oliver a payback for ruining his wedding in the past.