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Recap / Arrow S 2 E 8 The Scientist

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On the island, Oliver, Sara, Shado, and Slade make their way to the Japanese submarine. Onboard, they find the stash of miracle drug, but no sedative to prevent a probably fatal reaction. Slade orders Oliver to inject him because he’s almost dead anyways. The drug gives Slade bloody eyes and removes his pulse just as Ivo’s men walk in.

The astounding theft of a centrifuge at Queen Consolidated draws the attention of Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator from Central City who works cases like these in hopes of finding answers about his mom’s mysterious death. Working alongside Felicity, Barry discovers sugar in the thief’s footprints. That leads them to track the truck the thief just used to rob a blood bank. Oliver attacks the driver, but is easily overpowered. As Felicity fixes up Oliver’s wounds, he mentions seeing these abilities on the island. He destroyed all of the serum, so the thief must be trying to synthesize more. Felicity finds that the next ingredient is the sedative from an ARGUS bunker.


Malcolm orders Moira to tell Thea the truth. Moira decides she’s done being afraid and threatens him with knowledge that Ra’s Al Ghul wants him dead. Very few people attend the “Welcome Back” party Oliver throws for Moira, but Isabel shows up and Barry comes to dance with Felicity, who’s smitten by him.

Sin asks for Roy and Thea’s help to find her friend, Max, who went missing during a blood drive. They soon find that Max, not a druggie, died of an overdose. Roy sneaks a picture of the body, revealing blood draining from Max’s eyes. When Roy informs Arrow of this, Oliver cuts off their deal. During a fight with the thief, the Acolyte, Oliver is injected with an unknown toxin. Felicity and Diggle bring Oliver to the Arrowcave and ask Barry to save his life.


Tropes Applying to This Episode

  • Adorkable: More like Adorkable-to-Adorkable combat, when Barry and Felicity start flirting.
  • Agony of the Feet: Oliver arrows the Acolyte's feet to the floor. The Acolyte rips them out and continues fighting.
    • Barry repeatedly warns Felicity that he can't dance, that he's got two left feet. But he'll hold her hands and sway. As they start to dance...
      Barry: Sorry.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Don't know why they hesitated to bring Barry into the fold; he was 99% of the way to figuring out the Arrow's identity anyway.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Turns out Barry was pulling one. He barges into a crime scene pretending to be a CSI to investigate Queen Consolidated's robbery.
  • Birds of a Feather: Felicity and Barry, both Motor Mouth, geniuses with an interest in crimefighting.
  • Cassandra Truth: As part of Barry's backstory. He got into crimefighting because no one believed what happened to his mother.
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  • Cleavage Window: Felicity wears a dress with one.
  • Cliffhanger: In the present, Ollie's been poisoned with a minimal dose of an unknown drug, forcing the team to bring Barry into the masquerade in the hopes of saving him, while in the past Slade may or may not have survived the serum and the bad guys just broke in on the team, guns drawn.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Ollie puts an arrow through Roy's leg to keep him from investigating the super-serum on his own.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Malcolm tries to put Moira under his intimidation tactics again, this time Moira is ready for it and informs him she's let Ra's Al Ghul know he's alive in Starling City.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Slade gives one to Shado before Oliver injects him with the serum.
  • Emergency Transformation: In the past Ollie injects Slade with the Mirakuru super serum when it's clear he'll die without help and they've got nothing to lose.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The League of Assassins, whatever else they might be, have a code of honor. And Ra's Al-Ghul himself was so disgusted by The Undertaking that he now wants to kill Malcolm personally.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: Felicity and Diggle knock out Barry and take him to the Arrowcave while he's unconscious.
  • Mama Bear: Threatening Moira by endangering her children is not exactly a good idea for anybody attempting this.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Shado and Sara meet. It is about as awkward as you expect, especially once Oliver tells Shado the truth.
  • Mythology Gag: When Barry and Felicity are in the crime lab, Barry is reshelving chemicals while a lightning storm is going on outside, all in reference to the Flash's Silver Age origin.
    • Also, his story about how his mother was killed by a "blur", which was added to the Flash mythos later on.
    • Barry's boss, Director Singh is a recurring character from the Flash comics.
    • Barry Allen first appeared in the comic books in Showcase #4. The magazine Barry has over his head when he first appears in the rain has “Showcase” in the title.
  • Oh, Crap!: Malcolm's reaction when Moira reveals she's contacted the League of Assassins and told them he's still alive.
    • One for the audience when The Acolyte punches the Arrow up into the ceiling, showcasing the first glimpse of superpowers in the series.
  • Older Than They Look: Discussed by Oliver in reference to Barry not looking old enough to drink.
  • Running Gag: Barry is always running ten minutes late.
  • Saved by Canon: In an earlier episode, Sara asks Ollie whatever happened to Slade. It looks like he's gonna survive the serum injection.
  • Ship Tease: Barry and Felicity, more obviously. Less so is Ollie's dagger looks when they flirt.
  • Starving Artist: Sin's friend Max
  • Summon Bigger Fish: How does Moira get rid of Malcolm? By telling Ra's Al-Ghul he's still alive, forcing him to go on the run.
  • Wham Line: When Moira name drops Ra's Al-Ghul.


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