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China White, Cupid and Liza Warner break out of Iron Heights and return to Star City to get revenge on Green Arrow. However, Oliver's attempts to stop them are hampered by Prometheus who has tipped the ACU off that the Green Arrow killed Billy Malone.

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  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • It's unclear what Susan was planning to do with the revelation that Oliver was the Green Arrow and was a Bratva captain, but Thea makes sure she can never use it.
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    • It's never 100% confirmed that Claybourne's mistress is Prometheus' mother.
  • Arc Words: "Sins."
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: This episode's hair color trio has China White (blonde), Liza Warner (brunette), and Cupid (redhead).
  • Broken Pedestal: The reason Liza went back to crime was because she found out Quentin (who convinced her to do the right thing and turn herself in) was working for Damien Darhk.
  • The Bus Came Back: China White, Cupid, and Liza Warner.
  • Call-Back: When Thea said she would destroy Susan Williams she wasn't kidding.
  • Cassandra Truth: Oliver tries in vain to convince Susan Williams he didn't discredit her, but to no avail.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Dinah says she doesn't feel ready to fill Laurel's shoes, Felicity (while handing her the mask) says that it's a mask, not shoes.
  • Dark Action Girl: China and Cupid both qualify.
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  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: It's clear Prometheus' mother still loves her son and her late lover, even though he was pure scum.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Why Prometheus turns up the heat after Oliver confronts his mother. Maybe.
  • Expy: The trio of China White, Cupid, and Liza Warner are very similar to the Gotham City Sirens.
  • Idiot Ball: Oliver seems to think he can just dismiss Susan's claims he's Green Arrow ignoring she's Star City's most tenacious investigative journalist.
    • Susan also gets this for asking him in his office if he is the Green Arrow, and expecting him to answer.
  • Informed Wrongness: In-Universe Oliver and Quentin blame themselves for the actions of Prometheus and Liza Warner. The others have to point out to them that it's not their fault that Prometheus is a murderer and Liza is a criminal.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Oliver, Felicity, and Thea find out Susan knows that Oliver is Green Arrow.
    • Quentin and Frank Pike find out that the Green Arrow killed Malone - albeit by accident. At the end of the episode, it is outed to the public.
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    • Pike is implied to have figured out that Oliver is Green Arrow.
  • Inspector Javert: Frank Pike, who gets the information of the Green Arrow killing Billy Malone and then has the ACU focused on catching him alone, other than the escaped super criminals - they even let them get away in their first attempt to catch him, even though they're cop killers themselves.
  • It's Personal: Quentin says that in regards to Liza Warner and the feeling is mutual.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Poor Curtis is on the receiving end of a lengthy one from Liza Warner and Cupid, only ending when the cops arrive.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Oliver notes what Thea did to Susan was something like Moira would've done to protect the family.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Oliver had no idea what Thea had planned for Susan. She also didn't bother telling Felicity what she'd be a direct accomplice to.
  • Mama Bear: Prometheus' mother doesn't care if her son is a deranged killer, she won't help the authorities put him away.
  • A Macguffin Full Of Money: Church's stash. Girls want it because it's 100 million dollars, everyone else wants to get it before they do.
  • Moral Myopia: Prometheus' mother thinks that killing a Corrupt Corporate Executive pulling a Poison-and-Cure Gambit justifies killing random innocent people in revenge.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oliver finds out that confronting Prometheus' mother means Prometheus turns up the heat.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Thea's attempts to protect Oliver from Susan do more harm than good.
  • Not So Different: Liza tries to pull this on Quentin after being arrested, but he shuts her down.
  • Not So Similar: After a rousong from Thea and Oliver, Quentin concludes that he and Liza Warner aren't so much alike after all.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Thea goes way too far in her attempts to "protect" Oliver from Susan.
  • Oh, Crap!: Thea and Felicity are horrified by Susan's cache of information on Oliver's time in Russia.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Susan Williams' password is 1234.
  • Properly Paranoid: During the flashbacks, when Oliver sees the same person walking by several times in the background, he rightly predicts that Gregor has sent his men to kill him and Anatoly.
  • Reality Ensues: China White and Cupid, previously villains whose abilities made them worthy adversaries, have become relatively-easily-handled Elite Mooks after significant time out of the game, presumably unable to keep up any kind of training.
  • Revealing Cover Up: Thea's attempts to discredit to Susan Williams basically confirm her suspicions that Oliver is the Green Arrow.
  • Sarcastic Confession: When Susan confronts Oliver and asks if he's Green Arrow he says "yes" and then turns it into a joke.
  • Saved by Canon: We know Gregor won't kill Anatoly because he's still alive in the present day.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: It seems like Frank Pike has connected the dots that Oliver and the Green Arrow are the same person.
  • Sequel Hook: The episode ends with the news announcing that there are allegations Mayor's office covered up Billy's murder.
  • Terrible Trio: The three villainesses. Liza Warner seems to be the one in charge, with China White and Cupid being the Co-Dragons.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Curtis, who has so far been the weakest link of the team in terms of combat, handles himself quite well this episode, even briefly fighting off Liza Warner and Cupid at the same time.
  • Villainous Friendship: China White and Cupid are quite chummy with one another, while Liza Warner seems a little more distanced.
  • Villain Team-Up: China, Cupid and Liza all come together to get their hand on Church's money - and by extension control of Star City.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not clear whether China White was only wounded or shot dead.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Oliver rips it into Thea for having Felicity hack into Susan's computer to plant evidence that would damage her credibility. He points out that not only was Thea okay with getting her fired, she was okay with ruining her life, since there's no way Susan will be able to get another job now.
  • You and What Army?: Asked by Diggle to China White, Cupid, and Liza Warner when they state they will take back the city. As usual for this trope, the army in question immediately shows up; a large group of armed criminals whose loyalty the 3 women bought with Church's stash.
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