Arrow recap: Family Ties

Oliver takes on a family of bank robbers; Laurel and Tommy's relationship moves forward
Ep. 06 | Aired Nov 14, 2012

ISLAND FLASHBACK Oliver (Stephen Amell) nearly gives up his fight for survival.

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All the family talk reminds Oliver that he has one too, so he heads home to meet his mom and sister for brunch with guests, including Carter, aka the perfect child your mom constantly compares you to. Oliver has to cut the meal short when Dig interrupts with intel on the robbers, who are getting ready to make another hit.

Arrow attempts to intercept the robbers as they leave another bank, but they manage to get away — though this time they're empty-handed as Arrow manages to trap their bundles of cash. Later, the robbers hold a family meeting to discuss whether or not it's time to give up their life of crime. The parents want to call it quits and head to Mexico but Kyle, the cop shooter, refuses to give up. He wants to be "set for life." Somehow, this incredibly weak argument convinces his dad, who agrees to one more robbery.

Meanwhile, at Queen Corp., Oliver enlists blonde IT girl—whose name I will one day learn—to dig up some dirt on robber dad Derrick Reston. "I should add personal internet researcher for Oliver Queen to my job title...happily I mean," IT girl quips. I'm liking her more and more. She tells Oliver that Derrick used to work at the Queen Industrial's steel factory. After the factory was shutdown due to outsourcing to China, Derrick, who was denied a severance package, lost his home. (Side note: I don't really understand why Oliver needs research assistance, especially since we've seen him track down more difficult intel on his own).

Oliver feels responsible for Derrick's actions. After all, his dad was the one who shutdown the factory.

Cue flashback: On the island, a weak Oliver hallucinates a conversation with his father. His dad angrily says he begged Oliver to survive. Then, he hands him a gun and tells him there's one bullet life. Oliver is tempted to take his life, though his dad pushes him to keep on surviving.

Guilt-stricken, Oliver decides to give Derrick the chance to do the right thing, so he heads to a dive bar where the factory workers used to hangout and offers Derrick a job. Derrick declines and tells him he doesn't want to take charity from the son of a man who ruined his life. On his way out, Oliver leaves his card with Derrick and drops a bug in his pocket.

Later, he and Dig listen in as Derrick and his family deliberate their next move. Derrick tells his wife he wants to retire, but she says they have to do one more job so that their reckless son Kyle can feel like a "winner." (Um, what?). Now that he knows the Reston's are planning another robbery, Oliver decides it's time to take them down.

But first, Oliver has to attend Laurel's benefit! Actually, let's back-up a bit here. You see, while Oliver and Dig were hunting down the bank robbers, Laurel was freaking out about losing CNRI's largest donor.

NEXT: Tommy makes a play for Laurel...

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