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Season 4, Episode 6:

Lost Souls

Felicity convinces Oliver to launch a desperate rescue attempt to recover a miniaturized Ray from Damien's captivity. Meanwhile, Sara finds herself giving into the bloodlust of the Lazarus Pit, and Oliver thinks it's a good idea if Felicity takes some time off with her mother Donna.


  • Adorkable: Ray, of course, rambles excitedly about how interesting it was to encounter cockroaches the size of Golden Retrievers (Dig and Felicity are less enthusiastic) and his first response to hearing about a Nebulous Evil Organisation along the lines of SPECTRE is to smile and comment on how cool it is.
    Ray: That's so cool! [Oliver stares] And terrible.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Thea, Laurel, and Sara, during the climatic fight in the H.I.V.E. building.
  • Badass in Distress: Ray Palmer, although he's more of a Science Hero with only minor badass skills.
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  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Ray looks pretty good for a guy whose been the size of a French fry for six months, presumably without access to any kind of hygiene products.
  • Call-Back:
    • Oliver said how much he misses the vodka back in his old base with Diggle.
    • We're reminded again that Felicity dyes her hair blonde.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Ray acknowledges the existence of the James Bond film series in the Arrowverse. Colin Salmon (Walter Steele) was a prominent member of its supporting cast during Pierce Brosnan's tenure as the character.
  • Code Name: Felicity finally gives one to Diggle ("Spartan") because Curtis is taking part in the mission and is on their radio net.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • The Ship Tease between Quentin and Donna could come off as this, as they only meet each other by just happening to sit next to each other at the same bar.
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    • Darhk wasn't searching for Ray's signal; he intercepted it through sheer luck.
      Darhk: Of course, what some call luck could also be called destiny.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once again, Oliver is no match for Damien Darhk, and needs to escape with a flashbang. However, the objective was merely to distract him, not to actually defeat him.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The best that Curtis can say about what Felicity got from Donna is her blonde hair, which Donna doesn't get is an insult and just says that Felicity dyes it.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Oliver briefly gets "Chatty Cathy" from Felicity for inviting her mom to see her and texting with her beforehand. He is not amused. Thea, Sara, and Laurel are.
  • Epic Fail: Apparently Felicity's utter inability to cook is an inherited trait, as Donna puts chicken into the oven following Oliver's instructions and it somehow comes out raw.
  • Escape Artist: Oliver is able to escape from Darhk's chains twice.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Darhk is offended that Quentin calls his magic "mumbo jumbo" and for that, he makes sure that he'll be the one to summon Quentin from now on.
    • He also breaks one of Green Arrow's arrows, just to be a dick.
  • Foregone Conclusion: We pretty much know that Oliver will survive being forcibly drowned by one of the slave laborers.
  • It's All My Fault: Felicity blames herself for Ray's current condition, since she wasn't in town to pick up his distress calls.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Oliver, after the disaster of a dinner with Felicity and Donna. He initially wishes he still had the trunk of Russian vodka from the old Arrowcave, but Diggle says "vodka's for wimps" and gives him Tennessee whiskey, which he says "puts hair on your chest."
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: This episode really highlights how large Team Arrow has become, with seven people involved in the rescue missionnote , not including Ray/The Atom himself.
  • Magic Versus Science: Averted. Darhk is a sorcerer, but he understands science including the 'how' of Ray's technology and intends on having his science team use some reverse-engineered Palmer tech for some nefarious purpose.
  • Mythology Gag: Ray compares H.I.V.E. to SPECTRE. In fact, SPECTRE served as the original influence for both HYDRA from Marvel Comics as well as H.I.V.E. for DC Comics.
  • Neck Snap: In the flashback, Oliver killed Vlad with a neck snap, after the former attacked Oliver at the prodding of Conklin.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The Legends of Tomorrow trailer released before the previous Season Finales of both this show and The Flash (2014) shows that Sara has no idea that Ray is a Sizeshifter. This episode has Sara taking part of Team Arrow's rescue mission because he can't return to his normal size.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Curtis mentioned that although he told HR he was looking for excitement; base jumping into Darhk's hideout isn't what he had in mind.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Diggle was somehow able to jump a H.I.V.E. operative and take his place without Darhk being any the wiser.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Felicity has a hilarious one when her mother shows up.
    • She also has a not-so-hilarious one when she finds out that it's Damien Darhk holding Ray hostage.
  • Out of Focus: Sara had the least amount of screentime of all the characters (mostly appearing during the fight scene), considering her storyline dealt with the effects of the Lazarus Pit.
  • Put on a Bus: Sara is back on the team for only one episode before she decides that she needs to retire and leave town due to her Lazarus Pit-induced bloodlust.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The crew were clearly unable to get Alex Kingston to make an appearance, but they also couldn't just leave out Dinah learning that Sara was alive again, so we just see the end of a phone conversation between them.
  • Rescue Arc: The episode is centered on Ray Palmer's rescue.
  • Ship Tease: Between Donna and Quentin at the end of the episode, as well as Thea and Alex (Oliver's assistant in his campaign for Mayor).
  • Shout-Out: When Ray is told about H.I.V.E., he compares it to SPECTRE. note 
  • Sibling Team: Not just Oliver and Thea, but now the Lance sisters as well.
  • Too Much Information: Team Arrow's reactions when Ray is talking about encountering cockroaches when shrunken down.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Oliver and Diggle pull this off on Darhk to get Diggle inside and keep Darhk occupied while the rescue mission is going on.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Felicity had to stop Ray from talking about cockroaches due to her being freaked out by bugs.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Curtis tells Felicity "it can't get any worse". Cue her mother walking in.
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