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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In a case of classic bad timing, Tommy stopped by her office while she was freaking out and suggested taking her away on a day trip. Naturally, Laurel didn't waste any time shutting him down (or dropping some serious attitude). Fresh off his rejection, Tommy asked Thea for girl advice (why he would ask his best friend's messed up younger sister for any advice is beyond me). Thea, who I should note thought she was the girl in question, told Tommy to "find out what's a big deal to her, and make it a big deal to you." With this brilliant new insight, Tommy decided to step in as a sponsor for CNRI. Of course Laurel, ever the self-righteous one, wasn't willing to accept his gesture. Instead, she told him she could manage without his family's finances. Can someone please explain to me why she's so hot and cold? Last time I checked, she and Tommy were on good terms. After a little convincing from her co-worker and pal though, Laurel changes her mind and decides to take the money (how principled!).

Later, while planning the fundraiser, she asks Tommy why he's making such an effort with her. He tells her a heartwarming story about picking up a girl at a bar only to realize he had already hooked up with her. The incident made him realize that he'd rather spend his days making omelets with Laurel, than accidently hooking up with the same girl twice.

Now back to the benefit! Thea realizes that Tommy is just not that into her and proceeds to down drinks until she's a drunken mess. Meanwhile, Tommy's convo with Laurel gets interrupted by Carter—you know, the perfect son. Carter tells Laurel that he's thinking about opening up a free clinic and suggests the two of them catch up over drinks. Within seconds, she leaves poor Tommy behind. As Tommy mopes about Laurel, a wasted Thea confronts him with her feelings and asks him for a dance. Tommy pushes her away and tells her he sees her as a baby sister. Ouch. (Still, I think there's something brewing between these too. It'll just take a lot of time and a lot of growing up on Thea's part to find out what it is). Tommy ends up taking Thea out back so she can empty out the contents of her stomach. Laurel finds him and lets him know that she only danced with Carter because he made a big donation (again, principles everyone!). She leaves him with a peck on the cheek and says he "earned" it. Sure.

Meanwhile, inside the benefit, Oliver's mom lectures him about ditching brunch earlier but she doesn't get far because he has to dash off yet again.

Arrow goes after the robbers as they attempt to clean out another bank. As he tries to stop them from getting away, a security guard takes aim at Kyle, but Derrick steps in front of him to absorb the bullet. On the verge of death, Derrick tells Arrow that he's responsible for how Kyle turned out. The heartfelt admission prompts another flashback. This time, Arrow recalls hallucinating his father telling him to stay strong and right his wrongs.

Later Dig tells Oliver that he's not responsible for Derrick getting shot, and tells him that his father would have been proud to see his son today. I have to say, the deepening friendship between Oliver and Dig is my favorite thing about the show right now.

Cue another flashback: Oliver is about to burn pages from his father's book to fuel a makeshift fire on the island when he realizes they have names written on them. It's essentially the moment when he finds a reason to keep on living.

At the mansion, Oliver's mother apologizes for lashing out at him at the benefit and tells him she's lonely and misses her son. To set things right, Oliver takes his mom to his go-to diner, and they bond over burgers. How sweet.

Ok, now it's your turn. What did you think of tonight's episode? 

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