Recap / Arrow S 1 E 7 Muse Of Fire

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As Oliver meets his mother for lunch, the man she is speaking with, Mr. Caponi, is shot and killed by a passing motorcyclist. Oliver rushes after the assassin, but cannot catch up. Several of mob boss Frank Bertinelli’s men have been murdered, and while Frank suspects the Triad, Detective Lance believes it’s a mob war. Both are unaware that it is actually Bertinelli’s daughter, Helena.

Oliver learns that Caponi worked for Bertinelli, so he decides to infiltrate the family and meet with him. Frank offers to help Queen Consolidated, but must leave before the end of their conversation. Frank sends Helena out to dinner with Oliver to discuss the deal. At the restaurant, Nick Salvati, Frank’s associate, threatens the owner to force him into repaying a bill. In costume, Helena intervenes, along with Arrow, and he knocks off her helmet to see her identity.

Tommy attempts to woo Laurel with takeout and she agrees to go on a date with him. His credit card is declined at the restaurant. To clear up his financial drama, Tommy pays a visit to his father, who turns out to be the Well-Dressed Man. Tommy later confesses to Laurel that he has been completely cut off from his family’s money.

Oliver follows Helena to the grave of her deceased fiancée and there Salvati abducts the two. Salvati mentions that he was the one who killed her fiancée after finding evidence that he was talking to the FBI. Helena confesses that it was her computer and a throwdown ensues, with Helena killing Salvati to protect her secret. Oliver and Helena end the episode in a liplock, with her aware of his identity as Arrow.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Fighting Fingerprint: After fighting the Hood in one scene and watching Oliver fight in another, Helena realizes they're one and the same.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Tommy comes by to let Oliver know that he's having dinner with Laurel. Oliver says that's great, then adds: "If you hurt her I'll snap your neck. *beat* I'm just kidding."
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The "well-dressed man" played by John Barrowman turns out to be Tommy's dad.
    • “No one can know my secret” is a Call-Back to the first episode.
    • Helena's fiancé was named Staton, after writer couple Joe and Hilarie Staton.
  • Not So Different: Helena uses the "We're not so different, you and I" quote verbatim when describing herself and Oliver at the end of the episode.
  • The Reveal: The Well-Dressed Man is Malcom Merlyn, Tommy's father.