Recap / Arrow S 1 E 4 An Innocent Man

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In the aftermath of last week’s reveal, Diggle resigns and is replaced. At home, Oliver hears about Peter Declan’s upcoming execution for murdering his wife, Camille. Once Oliver realizes that Camille worked for Jason Brodeur (Kirby Morrow), a name on the list, he investigates and finds that she planned to turn in Brodeur for dumping toxic waste. Laurel comes home to find Arrow asking for help in proving that Declan was framed. Later, Arrow coerces Matt Istook, Camille’s supervisor, to give up the incriminating file. Arrow gives the file to Laurel, but the judge will not delay the execution. While forcing Brodeur to confess, Arrow hears that his men are executing Declan themselves. Arrow breaks into the jail and leads Laurel and Declan out. Something Laurel says prompts her father to review surveillance footage from the Unidac auction and he sees Oliver with his gear. After Diggle accepts Oliver’s offer to work with him, Detective Lance arrests Oliver for a variety of offenses, including acting as a vigilante and murder.

Meanwhile, Walter discovers that 2.6 million dollars was withdrawn from the company. Moira says she used the money on a friend’s start-up venture. Suspicious, Walter secretly enlists Felicity Smoak’s help, and she finds that a warehouse in Starling City was purchased. Inside, Walter sees the Queen’s Gambit split in half. Moira meets the Well-Dressed man, who informs her that Arrow is taking out “the list.”

Back on the island, Yeo Fei gives Oliver a trapped bird, indicating that Oliver has to kill it to eat. Oliver takes a while to do so, after which, Yao Fei reveals that he speaks English. Noticing that Oliver constantly stares at a picture of Laurel, he warns Oliver to forget her or he will not survive.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Bad Boss: Jason Brodeur.
  • Be Yourself: Thea's advice to Oliver regarding Laurel. It somehow worked.
  • Call Back: A footage of Oliver taking out something from the trashcan was used by SCPD against him.
  • Continuity Snarl: While interrogating Brodeur, Oliver shot his left hand. However, footage of him being arrested shows his bandages on his right.
  • Debut Queue: SCPD's recurring hacker makes his debut this episode.
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: Poor Rob.
  • Dramatic Irony: After witnessing The Hood snapping, Laurel tells her father that he was right about The Hood and calls him someone with no remorse. The accompanying flashback shows Oliver reluctantly killing a bird.
  • Frame-Up: Laurel's client was made to look like his wife's killer.
  • Impaled Palm: Oliver does this to Jason Brodeur.
  • MacGuffin: We see Oliver's photo of Laurel for the first time on the island.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Laurel's client due to being framed up for killing his wife. The actual culprit was her Bad Boss.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Oliver mentions Bludhaven, the city where Nightwing makes his home.
    • The Starling City prison is called Iron Heights which is where The Flash villains are usually locked up in the comics.
  • Prison Episode: Much of the scenes this episode happened in Iron Heights.
  • Prison Riot: Arranged by the Villain of the Week to cover their murder of Laurel's client. It failed.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Laurel gave Oliver one after he disappeared last episode and made his family worry.
  • Secondary Character Title: The title refers to Laurel's client who is Mistaken for Murderer.
  • Shipper on Deck: Thea doesn't hide the fact that she wants her brother and Laurel to get back together.
  • Tuckerization: Diggle's brother who was killed by Deadshot is named Andy, after Andy Diggle who wrote Green Arrow: Year One.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Oliver gets a lot of crap this episode. Not only does Diggle immediately attack him for being the vigilante, but Laurel calls him out for being so selfish as to leave his family in the dark following the shooting.
    • Quentin quickly scolds Laurel after figuring out that his daughter is working with the vigilante.


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