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Recap / Arrow S 3 E 18 Public Enemy

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Ra's al Ghul's actions turn the city against the Arrow, leading the team to make a major decision. In the flashbacks, Oliver encounters a familiar face in Hong Kong.

  • The Atoner: Roy discloses that on some level he wanted to get arrested because of what he did under the influence of the Mirakuru. He takes it even further when he sacrifices his freedom for Oliver's.
  • Backup Twin: Flashback!Oliver meets Shado's in Hong Kong.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Maseo and Tatsu save Oliver, their son and Mei from A.R.G.U.S. Mooks in the flashback.
  • The Bus Came Back: Felicity's mom.
  • The Cavalry: Just as Flashback!Oliver is about to be shot, Maseo and Tatsu make a Dynamic Entry and quickly dispatch his attackers.
  • Continuity Porn: All over the place.
    • Roy suggested that Diggle pose as the Arrow again like in Season 1 (and while Oliver was away in Season 3).
    • Oliver brings up the time in Season 1 where he got arrested.
    • Quentin asks Oliver about being with Sara in Lian Yu.
    • In his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Oliver, Quentin mentions the deaths of Tommy, Moira, Hilton and Sara, as well as the terrorist attacks of both Malcolm and Slade.
    • Oliver mentions Shado and Yao Fei to Mei in the flashbacks.
    • Mei sees the "Shado dragon tattoo" Oliver has that was imprinted on him by Slade.
    • Quentin mentions the mask people in the Arrowverse who followed Oliver's example such as his daughters, Roy, "the freak in Central City", The Huntress and "the new guy flying over Starling City".
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  • Contrived Coincidence: Oliver somehow stumbles upon Shado's twin sister while fleeing in the middle of Hong Kong.
  • Darkest Hour: The whole city knows who the Arrow is and has turned on him, and Roy has to take the fall for him to protect him.
  • Downer Ending: Quentin and team Arrow's benevolent relationship got strained. SCPD hunts down Oliver, who was exposed as The Arrow. Roy, who is still guilty for killing a cop late last season, turns himself in as "The Arrow" so Oliver will be acquitted.
  • Event Title: Technically, the title refers to Oliver being branded a wanted man.
  • Follow the Leader:invoked Quentin accuses Oliver of being the paragon of masked people looming around the Arrowverse.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Roy brings up the suggestion of Diggle posing as the Arrow again and confesses to Thea that he wanted to be caught to atone for his crimes. At the end of the episode, he ends up turning himself in while posing as the Arrow.
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    • Ray mentions that he invented Nanomachines that can shrink. That is exactly what his comic counterpart's power is.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Roy chooses to pose as the Arrow in order to take the fall for Oliver.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The episode is perhaps where Oliver is in the absolute worst end of this trope.
  • I Am Spartacus: Roy's Heroic Sacrifice, as mentioned above.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: Ray tells Felicity that he loves her, only for her to not return it and excuse herself from the room. Ray sits in stunned silence while outside the hospital room, Felicity's mom points out to her crying daughter that her refusal stems from being in love with Oliver.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Quentin Lance finds out that Oliver is the Arrow.
    • All of Starling City finds out Oliver's secret identity as well.
  • Irony: Lance blames Oliver for somehow causing the appearance of masks in Starling City and metahumans in Central City, in an episode airing the day after the episode of The Flash that revealed a masked, costumed terrorist (the Trickster) had been operating 25 years before and that fifteen years before the Reverse-Flash had killed Nora Allen, as well as several others to establish his secret identity.
  • The Lopsided Arm of the Law: The city has been overrun by criminals for years, including one time letting two separate criminals (the Mayor and Brick) take over the Glades. Arrow essentially helped clean up most of it in the small time he has been active. Despite it obvious he is being framed, NOW the cops know how to do a manhunt.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Roy and Thea after doing their thing.
  • Mysterious Parent: Papa Smoak is mentioned in multiple suspicious throwaway lines...
  • Nanomachines: Ray invented one that he asks Felicity to use on him to rapidly cure himself.
  • Out of Focus: Malcolm appeared in one scene with no dialogue, though he was mentioned by other characters quite a few times.
  • Perma-Stubble: When Lance orders photos of Oliver circulated between officers, the first suggestion is one of a pre-island, clean-shaven Oliver. He's barely recognizable.
    Captain Lance: No, a current one, one with the... scruff he's always wearing.
  • Protagonist Title: One of the few episodes other than the series title itself that refers to Oliver.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lance gives a pretty harsh one to Oliver as he points out all the damage he's caused and the people he failed to save.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Lance blames Oliver/Arrow for Sara's death and becomes determined to hunt him down (even though it's obvious he's being framed).
  • Ship Tease: Felicity is unable to tell Ray that she loves him and Donna believes that it's because she's still in love with Oliver.
  • Shipper on Deck: Donna Smoak for her daughter Felicity and Oliver Queen.
  • Taking the Bullet: Ray takes Maseo's arrow in the chest for Felicity.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lance pursues Oliver with a shoot to kill order, irrationally blaming him for Sara's death. His "The Reason You Suck" Speech at the end is a particular Kick the Dog moment as he even rubs Tommy and his mother's death in his face.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer for the next The Flash (2014) crossover shows Ray appearing in his A.T.O.M. suit, making it clear that he's going to survive the events of this episode, and he does. And even if it hadn't, it was already announced that he was getting his own spinoff next season.
  • Wham Episode: Marc Guggenheim said that after this episode "the show will never be the same", and he wasn't kidding. The Arrow is on the run from the police for the killings for which he is being framed. Quentin Lance and the rest of Starling City finds out Oliver is the Arrow. Oliver turns himself into the police and finally Roy takes the fall for Oliver by dressing up in his green hood.
  • Wham Line:
    Roy Harper: "You’ve got the wrong guy! Oliver Queen isn't the Arrow! I am!!"
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • Let's see. An officer's daughter is dead, the officer blames the hero who was not involved, changes from supporting the hero to doing everything in his power to take down the hero and anyone associated with him. It is pretty much a Live-Action Adaptation of the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Over the Edge".
    • Also, Roy's surrender to the SCPD is reminiscent as in how Dent took the fall for Batman in the The Dark Knight.


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