Arrow recap: The Ultimate 'Odyssey'

Oliver almost bites the dust in both the present and the past
Ep. 14 | Aired Feb 13, 2013

OPERATION! Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) play on Oliver (Stephen Amell). Nobody wins.

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In the present, Diggle sutures up Oliver's gunshot wound, while Felicity fidgets as per usual. Diggle wants to know why she isn't more shocked after the whole "Oliver is Arrow reveal" (hey, I'm still shocked it was actually revealed to her!), and she explains that the signs have been there all along. After all, "I may be blonde, but I'm not that blonde," she says.

Back on the island, Oliver manages to sneak into the flight tower, but the guard easily gets the drop on him.

It's a tense moment, so tense in fact that Oliver's heart actually stops in the present, which prompts Diggle to grab a defibrillator to charge him back into action. "You didn't say 'clear,'" Felicity points out. Someone's been watching one too many episodes of Grey's Anatomy. When the defibrillator fails, Felicity re-works the wires, and thanks to her, Oliver's heart starts beating again. Romantic pun obviously intended.

In the flashback, Slade rescues Oliver yet again. After he takes down the flight tower controller, Slade gives Oliver a gun and heads back out to handle the rest of the guards. It's not long before Oliver realizes there's a phone in the flight tower, so he does the one thing he probably shouldn't do: He calls Laurel. As he listens to her voice he seems to be on the brink of totally breaking down, and my heart kind of turns to mush. This may be my second-favorite Oliver-Laurel scene (their ice cream date earlier in the season is obviously #1). Just as Oliver is about to say something, Slade comes in and pulls the phone away. Slade warns Oliver that the calls could be monitored -- but he doesn't have much time to lecture him because the supply flight is on its way in. Of course, there's a catch. Isn't there always? The pilot won't land the flight unless Slade is able to finish his challenge code, which starts with: "Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth..."

Slade is totally clueless, and honestly, so am I, but Oliver (yes, Oliver!), knows the answer. It's a line from The Odyssey, a.k.a. the only book Oliver paid attention to in college. I have a hard time believing Oliver paid attention to anything -- other than girls -- in college, but I'll let this one slide. Oliver tells Slade that the line they want to hear is, "Nothing is bred weaker than man." It works. Turns out Ollie isn't so useless after all. He tells Slade that The Odyssey is all about a guy who is trying to get home. Fitting, no?

Slade assures Oliver that they'll be off the island soon, though before they go he has one more thing to cross off his list. Slade wants to call an airstrike on the island so he can destroy Edward and his men. Oliver isn't exactly on board with that idea, though. He refuses to leave Yao Fei to die, so he decides to be selfless for once in his life and try to rescue his friend. Slade lets him know that the plane leaves in three hours — with or without Oliver.

NEXT: Oliver faces Deathstroke...

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