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Darhk ups the ante by kidnapping William, so Oliver calls in a friend from Detroit to help out.


  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: According to Mari, almost all the magically empowered foes that she has faced derived their power from one talisman or another, in a similar manner to her own totem. Sure enough, the source of Dahrk's dark magic is revealed to be an idol.
  • Artistic License – Biology: As soon as Felicity realizes she can walk again, she stands up from her wheelchair and walks out with no issue. As people who have broken legs or even had their leg fall asleep can say, that is highly unlikely, and in the least some limping would occur after sitting for weeks.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Because even after getting arrested, Darhk still got what he wanted: Oliver is resigning from his mayoral campaign, Felicity breaks off her engagement with him and he won't be seeing his son any time soon.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Oliver is forced to quit his mayoral campaign and has his wedding called off, but he successfully saves his son, finally decides on how he will handle his parenthood, and FINALLY manages to land a major victory against Dahrk by taking away his magic and having him arrested.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Darhk's magic powers disappear after Mari destroys his power source.
  • Callback: Oliver mentions Darhk abducting John, Thea and Felicity back during Christmas and feared that history was repeating itself.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Upon finding out he had her nephew kidnapped, Thea gives Malcolm a vicious - but thoroughly well deserved one in this episode.
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • After Felicity finds out about William, her resulting argument with Ollie is nearly identical to the one in Legends of Yesterday's erased timeline (with the bonus of appearing rather more reasonable given how long Oliver had been sitting on the secret this time).
    • Constantine is named dropped to help fight against Darhk, only for Ollie to reply that he's in Hell, literally.
    • Barry Allen is also named dropped as he's the CSI responsible for bringing Samantha all the way from Central City to Star City. Though, naturally he isn't asked for help. For some reason.
    • Oliver and Laurel's turbulent past is brought up, with Samantha even apologizing to Laurel for sleeping with Oliver.
    • Oliver intervening to save Mari is reminiscent of his and Ray's moment during the Legends of Tomorrow pilot.
    • A picture of Sara is shown towards the end.
  • Continuity Snarl: Mari appears to have not met up with the Arrow or Flash teams again since her own show, yet she somehow knows Laurel, who didn't appear in it.
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    • According to Word of God, Laurel and Mari will meet in Vixen Season 2, which takes place before this episode.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The tattoo bestowed by Constantine has helped Oliver disperse the mystical apparition of Conklin.
  • Crossover: With Vixen.
  • Death Glare: Laurel gives a subtle one to Oliver when she finds out that Oliver got Samantha pregnant while still in a relationship with Laurel.
  • Evil Is Petty: Damien Darhk is responsible for Felicity being in a wheelchair after shooting up the car she and Oliver were riding in.
    Darhk: Sorry about the limo. Love the wheelchair. Might I suggest motorized?"
  • Foregone Conclusion: The flash-forward at the end of "Blood Debts" showed that Felicity was not wearing her engagement ring, and Word of God says this was intentional. Sure enough, the engagement is broken off in tonight's episode.
  • Gate Guardian: Some kind of mystical ghost-thing that looks like a zombie Conklin blocks access to the cave Reiter was trying to enter.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Vixen advises Oliver to do this for William.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • Vixen, obviously. Oliver even goes to her city.
    • Samantha reveals that Barry was the one who sent her to Oliver.
  • Hypocrite: In the previous episode, Felicity said that sometimes people keep secrets for good reasons. This episode she learns about William and gets upset about Ollie keeping it a secret from her for good reason.
  • Idiot Ball: For some reason Darhk and Malcolm decided it would be a good idea if Malcolm—the man who's conspicuously missing a hand— to be the one to kidnap William. To be fair, he succeeds, but William is able to remember that his kidnapper only one had one hand.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Samantha learns that Oliver is the Green Arrow.
    • The rest of Team Arrow finds out about Samantha and William.
    • Team Arrow ultimately learns that it was Malcolm who abducted William.
  • Ironic Echo: Felicity mentioned how she hoped the implant will work so she can walk down the aisle for her wedding. Near the end of the episode, she finally got out of her wheelchair, but only after she decided to call off her wedding engagement with Oliver.
  • It's All About Me: Malcom, who was just exposed to have kidnapped William, tries to blame Thea in unfairly resenting him because he made her strong.
  • It's a Long Story: Said word-per-word by Mari when Samantha questions how magic will help find William.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Malcom states that he made Thea from a delicate spoiled teenager to a proud warrior.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Oliver describes his previous encounter with Vixen as "animated." Bonus points for Stephen Amell looking like he's struggling to not crack up.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: As part of the plan to track down where Darhk is keeping William, Mari has to sniff a Flash action figure. Mari makes everyone promise to never let Barry know about this.
  • Manly Tears: Oliver is barely keeping it together when making a video message for William.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Laurel, Felicity and Samantha are together in the Arrow Bunker.
  • Mood Whiplash: Oliver and Felicity share a particularly tender and tear-worthy moment after the biochip doesn't immediately restore her ability to walk. Then in walks Dahrk.
  • Mook Horror Show: Mari is introduced by means of a group of armed gunmen running in panic as they are picked off one by one from offscreen.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Oliver is explaining who Mari is to the rest of the team, he says he and Barry had met her in an animated encounter.
    • Thea does some flexible moves while shooting arrows, just like her comic counterpart Mia Dearden occasionally does.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Samantha realizes she's caused problems between Felicity and Oliver by unfairly making Oliver stay silent about William.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By staying quiet about his son William, whether it was an extorted promise to Samantha or not, came back to bite Oliver big.
    • He had to drop out of the mayoral race.
    • He had to send William and his mother away.
    • Most of all, even though she knew that Oliver was in a tough spot with this secret, Felicity decided to call off the wedding.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Laurel and Mari apparently have met offscreen. Word of God says that Laurel will appear in Season 2 of Vixen, which takes place before this episode.
    • John Constantine is literally in Hell. Oliver isn't explaining why.
    • Damien Darhk has encountered a previous wielder of Vixen's totem, but he doesn't go into details (he encounters the past Vixen in Season Two of "Legends".
  • Not Hyperbole: When Oliver mentions that Constantine can't help them deal with Darhk's magic because he is in Hell, he has to specify that he is being literal.
  • Old Shame: [[Invoked]] Even though over a decade has passed, and it only happened the one time, Samantha still feels deeply guilty about the fact that she slept with Oliver, even though she knew he was with Laurel at the time.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: The Conklin-ghost Gate Guardian intends on killing everyone present in order to prevent access to the cave. The tattoo Constantine gave Oliver makes it consider Oliver worth of passing and it disappears.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Mari has a clear affection for them.
    Gunman: Why don't you come out and fight like a man!
    Vixen: How about I kick your ass like a woman?
  • Reality Ensues: Huh Oliver, turns out your fiancee isn't too happy about you hiding your secret son from her.
  • Really Gets Around: This was such an integral part of Oliver's personality before the island that upon finding out about William, Quentin says the only thing that's surprising is that Oliver doesn't have even more illegitimate children running around.
  • The Reveal: Darhk's magic is fueled by an idol. No idol no magic.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Damien Darhk shows up after Oliver is consoling Felicity in a parking lot.
  • Secondary Character Title: It refers to William. Doubles as Verbed Title.
  • Shout-Out: The title of the episode is likely a reference to the film series of the same name, which has a similar premise to this episode and also featured Laurel's actress.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Thea had enough of Malcolm's bullshit and gave him a piece of her mind once she discovered that Malcolm abducted William.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Thea confronts Malcolm over his kidnapping William, he responds that he's the man who taught her how to fight and how she's incapable of seeing the bigger picture and how he would rather have her hate him and be alive than love him and be dead.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Oliver ends his mayoral campaign due to Darhk threatening his son.
    • Mari smashes the idol that fuels Darhk's magic leading to his arrest.
    • Felicity ends her engagement with Oliver because of his refusal to tell her about William.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Felicity calls out Oliver over lying to her about William. Even after both Oliver and Samantha explain the situation, she still calls off the engagement with him, saying that he doesn't know how to lean on another person and that she needs space.
    • When Samantha apologizes for sleeping with Oliver over a decade ago, Laurel responds by saying that she holds Oliver responsible.
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