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Recap / Arrow S 4 E 10 Blood Debts

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Following the attack, Felicity is in the hospital, going constantly in and out of surgery. Oliver has hit the streets with disturbing brutality in the search for Darhk, while Diggle tries to get information out of his brother. And Anarky is back in town, to finish his debt with Darhk and thank Thea for setting him on fire.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Felicity is sitting in a car during the flash-forward, leaving some wiggle room on whether she's still paralyzed.
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  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The trope gets name-dropped when Thea questions the wisdom of not immediately turning Anarky over to the police.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Reiter stops Conklin from killing Oliver when he sees the mystical Chinese characters tattooed on Oliver.
  • Composite Character:
    • Felicity is paralyzed, which combined with her tech skills make her Oracle in all but name.
    • Though this was pretty much the case last time he appeared, Anarky becomes Joker-with-Anarky's-name, as he becomes far more theatrical, develops a obsession with a hero (in Anarky's case, Speedy) eggs the hero(ine) to kill him, and is treated with nothing but disgust by all.
  • Continuity Nod: When Laurel criticizes how Oliver basically released a killer lunatic (Anarky) back in the streets, Oliver retorts that Laurel did the exact same thing when Sarah's revived with the bloodlust rampage.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once again, Darhk effortlessly kicks Green Arrow's butt, sparing him because he saved his family. However, he does need his magic to do it, as his attempt to engage Oliver hand-to-hand was less than stellar.
  • Debt Detester: Darhk doesn't kill Green Arrow, since he considers it bad form to kill the man who saved his family. So he decides to let him have some time with his own family before the end.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Anarky's attack on his family sends Darhk into a rage like we've never seen before. Interestingly enough, dialogue indicates that his wife is just as evil, if not more so, than Darhk himself.
  • Evil Is Petty: Instead of directly killing him, Conklin decides to take revenge on Oliver by torturing him, starting by whipping him like he was before.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Word of God says that Felicity not wearing the ring in the flash-forward was an intentional visual cue, meaning that her and Oliver's engagement will presumably be broken off at some point before this.
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  • Internal Reveal: This time, it's Laurel's turn to find out her dad is dating Felicity's mom.
  • It's Personal: Even though Oliver denies it, the war against Darhk definitely became this after Felicity was shot.
  • Killed Offscreen: It's implied Darhk had some H.I.V.E. ghosts kill Anarky. When Ruvé asks what happens to him, Darhk merely replies that he'll never hurt her again.
  • Lady Macbeth: Darhk's wife seems to be this to him, deriding him for showing mercy to Oliver out of gratitude for saving her, and telling him to focus on their "Genesis" plan.
  • Pet the Dog: For saving his family, Darhk grants Oliver a few weeks to spend time with his loved ones.
  • Moral Myopia: Darhk sees hurting Oliver's loved ones as a useful thing to get to him, but when his family is put in danger, he treats it as unforgivable.
  • Noble Demon: Baron Reiter agrees to spare Taiana's life as long as Oliver cooperates.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Oliver goes on the war path to make Darhk pay for putting Felicity in the hospital.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: When Flashback!Oliver realizes that Reiter needs him alive, he grabs a gun off of Conklin and holds it under his own chin, threatening to kill himself unless Reiter lets Taiana live.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Anarky constantly tries to goad Thea into giving in to her bloodlust. She resists, if only barely.
  • The Unreveal: Felicity is not the one in the grave, but that's our only clue.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Even Felicity wants blood for Team Arrow's future fallen comrade.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Anarky.
    Anarky: You can't do anything to me that I haven't already enjoyed.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Averted with Darhk who spares Oliver since he saved his family. Played straight with his wife who feels like Darhk should've killed Oliver anyway. Justified, as she heard Anarky blatantly state that Green Arrow was the main reason why Anarky got to the Darhk residence in the first place. There's also the fact that she is fully supportive of Darhk's initiative, and would likely see Green Arrow as a growing hindrance in their nearly completed plans.
  • Villainous Crush: Anarky developed one for Thea.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ollie is on the receiving end when he frees Anarky to get to Darhk.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Oliver puts up a better fight against Darhk this time, partly because they fight hand to hand and partly because of the implication that Darhk's magic isn't as potent right now, likely because of the spell he had to use to keep from being killed by Malcolm.

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