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"Oh, that boy is long gone now."
It doesn't take much convincing on Declan's part to have Laurel dive all the way into the case and she's soon off to see Detective Dad about the relevant files. But she doesn't tell him why she's suddenly so interested, namely her superhero crush/partnership. First, we check in on yet another thread developing throughout "An Innocent Man" with Walter looking into a missing $2.6 million in Queen Consolidated funds. There's a nice name drop for Vancouver, the city in which the series is filmed, before the camera shows Moira looking squeamish. Do you think mystery mom has something to do with the money's disappearance? It doesn't take long for her to claim responsibility (with a lie) as well as swear to clean it up herself. Suspicious much? Back to the framing story, Dig sits in his sister-in-law's restaurant looking down in the dumps when Ollie arrives, new bodyguard in tow, to once again extend his offer. The pair have a spirited debate and I enjoy pretty much every time the two sit down together. Ollie does his best to convince Dig to accept, even bringing up how he was the one to finally nab his brother's killer, not the law.
"Ours isn't a court of justice, Ms. Lance, it's a court of law. "
Laurel's poorly used girlfriend at the office has another short scene this week to tell the single female lawyer (I forgot last week) to get out more and she's not talking about vigilantes! Perfect segue to her meeting with Arrow on a random rooftop to discuss how to proceed with the Declan case and how lonely is must be to be a masked hero before he looks super cool ziplining away. Here the episode gets a little choppy, throwing in small scenes in order to space out Arrow's actions and repeated visits with his girlfriend. This time, we leave the hero to check in on Walter continuing his investigation into the 2.6 million even after his wife vouched for its whereabouts. In order to accomplish some sneakery, he recruits the show's resident IT expert Felicity Smoak (a DCU character introduced last week) to help him out. She's cute enough that the banter works, even if not really that well written or purposeful. In the meantime, Arrow has caught up with the dead wife's lying supervisor and it only takes the threat of a train to Bludhaven (where Dick Greyson's Nightwing may or may not be patrolling the streets) to get him not just talking but offering up exonerating evidence!
"I'm right too, about him. He's dangerous. He's outside the law."
Well, what would be exonerating evidence in a city interested in justice. Starling City? It's not even enough to stay an execution. Before Laurel is shut down by what may be the worst judge in history, she first gets delivered the files during another late night rendezvous with Arrow, this time in her darkened office. They is definitely some sparks flying as she tells him how the city needs unselfish people like him and both of them leave with smiles on their pretty faces. The smile is also noticed by Thea, once again showing up sans drugs or any of the other annoying problems from previous weeks, but not the new bodyguard because he can't keep up. Detective Dad, however, is putting the pieces together and shows up pissed off that his daughter is working with the vigilante even though he acted on a tip exactly the same way last week. Okay without the starry eyes. Once the new evidence fails to make a difference, Laurel vows to take down Brodeur which makes him first, scared and second, set up a hit during her next visit to the prison.
"No he's not. He's targeting the list."
Smoak turns up some information on the missing money and informs Walter of his wife's investment in company called Tempest that owns a warehouse in Starling City. Tempest could reference a few things but two particular nautical connections come to mind. Tempest was the second name of Aqualad but more likely, it's an allusion to Shakespeare's play which includes storms and shipwrecks not to mention the fight for power. It's also time to quickly catch up with Dig, with his sister unknowingly encouraging him to reenter the dangerous situation. But was there any doubt? The interrogation of Brodeur is an oddly short scene that feels rushed and out of place but it does lead Ollie to the prison for the episode's big action set-piece. And it doesn't disappoint. It's not quite Arkham Asylum but the prison does become a pretty threatening place with the cages open, too bad I couldn't help but laugh the first time I saw Ollie in the guard get-up. That quickly faded as they fought their way though the building, especially when he almost rage-kills the big bad. It's interesting that they had Laurel flip back to being on her dad's side because I thought she and Arrow would be working together for some time.
"You want survive this place, bird not last thing you kill. And forget her. You look at that all day, you not survive this place."
And seeing him kill that bird, I'm not sure she's wrong! Kidding. As usual, there are several flashbacks sprinkled throughout "An Innocent Man" and this week they're mostly confined to the cave with Ollie debating whether or not to kill for food. He finally steps up to the plate and makes a meal for himself which also prompts his mentor to break the language barrier to teach him a valuable lesson about survival and the importance of letting go. Kill or be killed. Focus or, well, be killed. The end of the installment unravels with a few more clunky-cut, short scenes shifting between Detective Dad's realization about Ollie, Walter's discovery of the Queen's Gambit (the password was Robert) and Moira's meeting with the Limousine Man (a familiar sight since she did the same in Eps 1 and 2). "An Innocent Man" wraps up on an excellent note, having Dig visit the Queen Mansion to accept the other position right before Detective Lance busts in to take the hero downtown. I definitely wasn't expecting him being tied to Arrow to happen so soon but it will probably end up serving as a way to kill suspicion for a while. Dig would be a great alibi, if the rest of his family didn't know about his disappearing tricks.
Arrow returns with Episode 5, "Damaged," next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Prepare for Deathstroke. Yes!
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