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While Oliver struggles to adjust to the changes to the team caused by his absence, Merlyn insists that it's time to tell Thea the truth.


  • Arc Words: "Home" has been mentioned quite a few times.
  • Batman Gambit: Maseo knows that Oliver might get captured, so he lied to him about going to Shanghai to fool Waller. Then he came back to rescue him and got captured anyway.
    Oliver: Great plan!
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: When Chase is cornered by Malcolm and Roy, he takes poison rather than let them kill him.
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  • Be Yourself: Laurel's resolution at the end of the episode is that she'll be her own version of The Canary instead of merely being Sara's exact replacement.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Oliver and Thea will finally start training to make themselves this.
  • The Bus Came Back: Count Vertigo II.
  • Character Development: Thea shows how much she has grown when, upon learning Ollie is the Arrow, she doesn't berate him for lying to her as she had many times before, but rather thanks him for saving so many people's lives.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Thea spending so much time with wines in Corto Maltese comes in handy for uncovering Chase's identity/allegiance.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For both Laurel and Thea.
  • Death by Sex: Chase dies almost immediately after having sex with Thea.
  • Defiant to the End: Chase mocks Malcolm before poisoning himself.
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  • Enemy Mine: After finding out the truth about Ollie, and knowing Merlyn hid it from her, she loses trust in her father figure, but like her brother, she knows they must train under Malcolm in order to have a chance against the league.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening makes you believe that Sara came Back from the Dead before being revealed as only a hallucination made by Count Vertigo II's drug.
  • Family Title: Only if you consider the fact that the titular Canaries are sisters.
  • Go Back to the Source: Malcolm will train both Oliver and Thea... in Lian Yu.
  • I Have Your Wife: Count Vertigo II made a reporter blow himself up to take Oliver with him by invoking this very trope.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Ollie finally reveals to Thea that he's the Arrow.
    • Captain Lance also finds out that not only is Laurel the Canary, but that Sara is dead.
    • Chase is outed as a League spy when he tries to poison Thea.
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  • Irony: By the end of the episode, flashback-Ollie is in Starling City and present-day-Ollie is on Lian Yu, a complete reversal of the expected situation.
  • Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality: Zytle's Vertigo darts are a perfect example of this. He tags Laurel with them twice, much the same as he did to Oliver in his premiere episode. There's no objective reason the darts couldn't have been lethal, or been bullets, except that then both characters would be dead.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Considering Laurel needed urgent medical attention, Oliver sniping at Thea when she comes down to the Foundry is perfectly understandable. Likewise he's also right telling Laurel that the adrenaline she feels when fighting won't heal her emotional problems.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Waller threatens to kill Thea to motivate Oliver to give up Maeso.
    • After spending the entire season preventing Oliver from contacting his loved ones, Waller brings him to Starling City for a mission, with strict instructions that he can't reveal himself to anyone.
    • Oliver throwing Laurel's struggles with addiction in her face was a very low blow, one she immediately calls him on.
  • Love Hurts: Roy sees Thea taking Chase home with her with a sad look in his face.
  • Mirror Match: A variant. Laurel hallucinates fighting Sara while both of them are in their respective Canary costumes.
  • Mythology Gag: Oliver once again addresses Thea as "Speedy" which may be, based on the episode's closing scene, a Foreshadowing of things to come.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Our first hint that Sara isn't Sara in the opening is her calling Laurel a "selfish bitch", when she previously stated that she didn't like that word.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Once Captain Lance finds out that the Canary running around isn't Sara, it didn't take him long to figure out it was Laurel.
  • Passing the Torch: The episode highlights Laurel finally earning her place as The Canary, complete with the ghost(?) of Sara (projected into Oliver by Laurel) smiling in approval.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: See What the Hell, Hero? below.
  • The Reveal: Apparently, Oliver did make it home to Starling two years before his supposed return.
  • Secondary Character Title: The title refers to both Laurel and Sara.
  • She's Got Legs: At one scene, Thea couldn't sleep being worried about Oliver after his revelation and waits for him wearing a sweatshirt and a short-shorts, showing us her legs and feet.
  • Shout-Out: One of the captured scientists in Vertigo's drug lab looks a lot like Walter White.
  • Sixth Ranger: Oliver finally accepts Laurel as part of Team Arrow at the end of the episode.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Despite all of Malcolm's training, Thea is overpowered rather easily by Chase and needs Roy and Merlyn to intervene. She realizes that she's far from ready to fight for real and joins Ollie in Malcolm's continued tutelage.
  • Stalker with a Crush: For some reason, Roy made a Big Damn Heroes immediately (and completely geared-up as Arsenal at that) after Chase starts attacking Thea, meaning he's been there a while realistically speaking.
  • Super Dickery: The episode's Fake-Out Opening has Sara beating the crap out of her sister.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: For all the crap Ollie goes through, Thea's reaction to his being the Arrow qualifies as this.
  • Training from Hell: Malcolm sends both Thea and Oliver to Lian Yu to train them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Roy calls out Oliver for yelling at Thea when she wanders down into the Foundry at a bad moment, supported by Felicity, who also rounds on him that he can't simply bark orders or question their judgment as before now that they've asserted themselves in his absence.
    • Laurel's hallucinations call her out on trying to take Sara's place for selfish reasons, as well as refusing to tell her father about Sara's death.
    • As he has before, Oliver continues to call out Laurel for putting herself in danger, reminding her that her father already has unknowingly lost Sara (again, and this time for real) and would probably not survive the burden of losing Laurel suddenly as well.
    • Laurel calls Oliver out for using her addiction against her (again), and asserts that he is the real addict.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Every time Zytle drugs someone with Vertigo is a time he could have just killed them instead. See Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Averted. Zytle's reaction when Arrow and Arsenal showing up after supposedly being blown up is to say he admires their persistence.
  • Worst Aid: Team Arrow decide the best time to have a heated argument about how things have changed is when Laurel needed urgent medical attention.

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