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Recap / Arrow S 4 E 16 Broken Hearts

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As Felicity and Oliver try to figure where they go next, Cupid returns to Star City hitting off high-profile couples. Meanwhile, Laurel struggles to make a legal case stick against Damian Darhk.


  • Amicable Exes: Averted. Felicity and Oliver try to be this, but their feelings for each other make it all but impossible.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Quentin ask one to Darhk's attorney that completely silences him after testifying
    "By saying all these things, I'm setting a match to my career. and maybe my life. So why would I be doing that if everything I'm saying isn't true?"
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  • Artistic License – Law: There's no way Laurel would be able to cross-examine her father (or Diggle, her friend) in real life - conflict of interests. Hell, the fact she was directly threatened by Darhk and is personal friends with some of his victims means she shouldn't even be presiding the case.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Felicity, while leaving the team, tells Oliver that since he hacked into Adam Hunt's bank account and stole back all the money he swindled from his victims (way back in the pilot), he isn't actually dependent on her hacking skills. Arguably, this is a response to criticism among some sections of the fanbase that Oliver no longer demonstrates some skills he used to have in early episodes in order to make him dependent on the team.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Felicity leaves Team Arrow, since she can't work with Oliver while he's still pining for her.
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • Cupid adopted the phrase "love is like a bullet to the brain" ever since she saw Deadshot died from the explosion in season 3.
    • Also, her mentioning that the two men she has loved are both dead might serve as a reminder (if your attention has wandered) that in-universe the vigilante known as the Arrow and revealed to be Roy Harper died after being shanked in prison, and that this new Green Arrow is a different vigilante who has taken up his struggle.
    • During Darhk lawyer's cross-examineation of Diggle, he brings up the fact that he brought 80 kilos of cocaine on Thea's behalf.
    • When Laurel is struggling with her case against Darhk, Captain Lance points out that there plenty of guests who saw Darhk attack Oliver's Christmas party. Laurel sadly informs them that she's been busy trying to subpoena them and most of them would rather take a Contempt of Court charge then testify against Darhk.
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    • Oliver stealing back all the money Adam Hunt swindled from his victims way back in the pilot is mentioned, as is his first encounter with Felicity in her cubicle.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Reiter reveals that at a young age, his village was attacked by evil men who murdered everyone he loved. Oliver points out however that he is every bit as bad as they were.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted Trope, it seems at the end Felicity might forgive Oliver and they will get back together, but she realizes there will always be times Oliver will feel it's necessary to keep secrets or work alone - and she's not okay with that.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • Although this episode does tease Oliver and Felicity rekindling their relationship, the lack of a ring on her finger in the most recent flash-forward is a good indicator that it's not likely to pan out anytime soon.
    • The thing Reiter was after 5 years ago turns out to be a familiar-looking idol. It's fair to assume he'll lose it eventually.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The prison guards somehow missed that Darhk smuggled a ring inside his mouth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Captain Lance testifies against Darhk, risking his career and liberty to do so.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out Thea is a big fan of celebrity gossip, including browsing message boards and blogger sites, and is apparently a shipper.
  • Honor Before Reason: The reason why Cupid's out of ARGUS's custody. Waller actually kept her word about the Suicide Squad members being able to work their way towards freedom.
  • Hope Spot: At the wedding ceremony to flush out Cupid, it seems like Felicity and Oliver are ready to get back together. Oliver is, but Felicity's not.
  • Jury and Witness Tampering: Heavily implied, as none of the guests who were at Ollie's Christmas party want to testify against Darhk.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In a nod to the fandom, the news refers to Oliver and Felicity's wedding as the "Olicity wedding".
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: Cupid's new MO - kill high-profile couples to deal with the pain of losing Deadshot.
  • Reality Ensues: It is exceedingly difficult (if not impossible) for a vigilante team to testify in a court of law in their civilian identities and actually legally put someone away
  • Ship Sinking: It appears that Olicity is dead, for now at least.
  • Silent Antagonist: Damien Darhk does not have a single line of dialogue in this episode, though his facial expressions say a lot.
  • Special Edition Title: Like in "Broken Hearts", the arrow behind the title is one of Cupid's heart-shaped ones.
  • Together in Death: At the episode's beginning, Cupid murders a couple with a double arrow shot.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The original trailer for this episode that was released after the previous episode aired contained scenes that ultimately were not present (which included the characters of Curtis and Malcolm, both of whom were absent in this episode).
  • Wham Shot: Darhk taking a ring implied to be imbued with magical properties out of his mouth, and then putting it on his finger.
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