Oh Deadshot, we barely knew ya. The infamous sharpshooter made his first—and seemingly last—appearance on tonight's episode. While we learned very little about his past (and a lot about his tatted up torso), the villain (and his poisoned bullets) helped make way for one of the series' biggest developments: Thanks to DS, someone finally knows Arrow's identity. I know. I wasn't expecting it to happen so soon either but I'm glad it did. After all, what's a hero without a sidekick? Now, before I giveaway too much, let's back-up to the start of the episode:
As if the salmon ladder stunt wasn't impressive enough, episode three opens with Arrow lifting a string of cement blocks (show off!). So, who's he preparing to go after this time? James Holder, a corporate big-wig who put defective smoke detectors in low-income houses.
Arrow decides it's time to cross Holder off his hit list, so he heads to the corrupt businessman's home to threaten him into a confession. It's a tactic that has worked well in the past, but this time there's a twist. Before Arrow can get Holder to fess up, a marksman guns him down. Arrow manages to escape, but not unscathed.
At his hideaway, Arrow patches up his arm, which was grazed by a bullet. Later, he starts to feel woozy and realizes the bullet was laced with poison. Before he passes out, Arrow manages to take some sort of medicinal herb mixture that he brought back from the island.
Cue flashback: Oliver wakes up in a cave on the island with an arrow lodged in his chest. He asks a mysterious man in a green hood why he shot him, and the man responds, "To protect you." The man offers Oliver some herbs—presumably the same ones Arrow was smart enough to pack with him later—and a drink. Then the hooded man pulls the arrow out of Oliver's chest and boy, does it hurt.
Back in Starling City, Oliver learns his sister, Thea, has been causing trouble yet again. Her latest ploy? Breaking and entering. After her mother tells her to get ready for school, Thea says she's decided to take a sick day. Mommy relents (and here I thought Gossip Girl's Lily was a bad mom!) and Oliver is peeved.
The cops start looking into Holder's death. They suspect Arrow is responsible for the murder, but Det. Lance doesn't quite buy it. Meanwhile, Arrow does his own investigation and traces the bullet back to an assassin known as Deadshot. It turns out Arrow's new enemy is a cold-blooded killer who likes to tattoo the names of his victims on his body. Let the ab face-off begin.
Later, Oliver tells Tommy and Dig that he's decided to turn the old Queen Industries building into a nightclub. Dig is skeptical, but for Oliver, it's the perfect cover. After all, no one will question his whereabouts at night if he's got a club to run. Tommy suggests they scope out the competition by attending a new club opening downtown. It seems like a good idea, except for the fact that Oliver slept with the club owner's fiance. Not that it stops him...
They're not the only ones planning a night out. Laurel's girlfriend convinces her she needs to let loose, flirt with some boys, and get her mind off Oliver. Laurel insists she's not into him, but her friend points out that the only physical relationship Laurel has had since Oliver is with his best-friend Tommy. Clearly, the girl has some unresolved issues.
NEXT: Laurel kicks some ass...