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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Helena gets to see her father die, just not by her hand, and is arrested. Ollie isn't angry but rather feels sad for her and lets her know she's not alone.
  • Bad Liar: Slade can tell ara is lying when she says she doesn't have Hendrick.
  • Batman Gambit: By Adam Donner of all people. He sets a trap for Helena by staging a public trial for her father, knowing that she will eventually show up and try to kill him.
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  • Blackmail: How Laurel gets her job back.
  • Call-Back: "Once you let the darkness in..."
  • Clark Kenting: Laurel can't seem to tell that the blond assassin girl is Sara (and the voice changer would probably not help, either).
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Laurel's tendency to do this is highlighted especially in this episode.
  • Cry for the Devil: Laurel feels this way towards Helena.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Ollie feels this way about the Huntress and Slade.
  • Dramatic Irony: Thea, at her Despair Event Horizon, realizes that Ollie may be the only one who's never been hiding anything from her. Just that.
  • Electric Torture: Slade threatens he will kill Ollie this way if Sara doesn't hand over Hendrick.
  • Has a Type: Numerous people in this episode note the fact that Ollie tends toward Action Girls who have a tendency to kill and dress in sexy, leathery get ups.
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  • Hostage Situation: Laurel got herself into this from the setup her former boss made to lure out the Huntress. But unlike the rest of the hostages, she does not cower in fear under Helena and her gunmen.
  • If You Kill Her, You Will Be Just Like Her: What Laurel says to Sara when she has the chance to kill Helena.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Felicity mentions it when she finds out the guy Huntress recruited into her plan was a local frat boy and says that explains why he did it.
    Felicity: Boobs can get a frat boy to do anything.
    Oliver: I was a frat boy.
    Felicity: I rest my case.
  • Impaled Palm: A variation. Roy grabs a handgun by the muzzle, and is shot through the hand. By the end of the episode, he's back to relative normal with a scab.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The primary reason why Oliver persuades Roy to break up with Thea so that she won't be a casualty in the future fight against Slade.
  • Mythology Gag
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    • Ollie calls Roy "Speedy" in order to get him to calm down. Turns out he doesn't like it.
    • The episode title comes from the superhero group of which Black Canary and the Huntress were members.
    • The gangster Hugo Mannheim shares his last name with one of DC's foremost crime bosses, Bruno Mannheim, head of Intergang and minion of Darkseid.
    • At one point Helena is at the corner of "Gail Street and Simone", an obvious reference to Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oliver convinces Roy to break up with Thea in order to try and distance her from the fight with Slade. Instead, he ends up driving her right into his clutches and making Roy even more angry than before.
    • Gone Horribly Right: Then Roy gets the idea to set it up so that she catches him with some blonde. By the time Ollie finds her, she's in pieces.
  • Not So Different: Laurel tries this with Helena to get her to stop with her revenge plan, saying she knows what its like to lose someone and feel lost. It actually comes back to Laurel when she blackmails the DA to get her job back; when the latter notes she didn't think Laurel was capable of blackmail, she quotes Helena about what the darkness does to a person.
  • Oh, Crap!: A funnier one than usual, as Felicity takes a second to realize why Quentin calling the Arrow while Oliver is standing right next to him is such a bad thing (she's starting to lose track of who knows Oliver's secret identity).
  • Prisoner Exchange: Slade wants to exchange Ollie with Hendrick, who is the only person able to fix the Amazo.
    • At the episode's climax, Helena exchanges Laurel for her father.
  • Redemption Rejection: Both Ollie and Laurel give Helena a chance to save herself, only for her to throw it back in their faces each time. However, after Frank dies, she seems to be coming around.
    Helena: "Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Helena's back, and she's not gonna let her dad live this time.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Ollie and Laurel worries that Sara might become this.
  • Secret Identity: Felicity lampshades how Olliver's identity is practically an Open Secret.
  • Spotting the Thread: Laurel notices the trap set for Helena moments before it occurs.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: The initial reason for Helena sinking into despair is when her father is killed accidentally by a renegade cop rather than by her.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Sara invokes this when she meets Laurel as the Canary.
    Laurel: Are you one of the good guys?
    Canary: No, but I'm friends with them.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: We get to see Laurel participate in a meeting, with the typical "Hello, my name's Laurel, and I'm an alcoholic" greeting.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Helena gets revenge on her father just not the way she expected. And she still feels empty and unfulfilled about it.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Roy pretends to cheat on Thea to get her to break up with him. To her credit, it's revealed soon after that she knows it was a set up to push her away.
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