The title this time makes more sense. 🙂 At least, it’s far more obvious, so there you go.
We start this episode with Oliver trying to save Helena from herself. Which is a laudable goal, given that he wants it for her own good, in part. But he also wants validation that he, too, can be saved, which may be where he runs into a problem. He wants this for the wrong reasons, and so can’t really begin to address what the real problem is. And once again, Diggle’s wise words go unheeded. Twice, this episode.
The Queen family drama continues. Walter seems to accept there are some things Moira will never tell him, and ‘dads’ Thea. This is one of those moments where I begin to question whether Moira really deserves this man, but I think she may feel the same way, so…
We have a moment where we think Oliver can reach her. Which is probably true, he had a shot. But this being Oliver, it’s a momentary victory. Trying to reform villains is tricky. And whatever her reasons for being the way she is, Helena is a villain. So is Oliver, but his ‘vendetta’ isn’t as… localized. I was going to say personal, but The List came from his father, which makes it pretty personal.
Diggle meets her, which does nothing to improve his opinion of her. That should really have been our first clue, as the audience. Diggle’s judgement, when he’s in his right mind, is never wrong, and such is the case with Helena. He’s so upset he threatens to quit, which should have been clue number two.
I want to take a moment and say that David Ramsey mentioned at one point that they weren’t really a team until Felicity joined them, and I can see what he means. As much good as they do, these two men had very different ideologies, and half the time, they have trouble getting along. Felicity helps try to keep things on track until they do.
Speaking of Felicity, she does get herself in trouble this episode by continuing to investigate Moira after Walter makes his peace with her secrets. This lasts just long enough for Walter to later find Moira’s version of The List, except blank. He takes Felicity back into his confidence, and has her help him figure out what’s in the book. Which she does, with a special kind of glasses.
Half Felicity’s screen time, this early in the show, is spent with Walter, which is in part responsible for why I wasn’t shipping her with Oliver right away. The other part being that I was still honestly giving Oliver and Laurel a shot, though I was falling pretty hard for Merlance, too.
Speaking of Merlance, we have moments with them where Laurel mentions Tommy asking Oliver for a job at the club he’s starting. Tommy balks, but only because he’s a bit stubborn. He wants to try and do this on his own. He would eventually capitulate.
Oh, and then there was The Date.
My issues with this scene are many, starting with the tension. Rather than being delicious and wanting to see what happened next, it was… uncomfortable. And the longer it went, the more uncomfortable it got. I understand some people like this, I am not one of them. This was yet another strike against the OTP, really, because not only was Tommy back on Laurel’s good graces after APOLOGIZING (something he hadn’t been known for previously), but Oliver has no luck with the same when it came to Helena.
Never have dinner with the ex while with a new girl. It always ends badly if it’s obvious there are still feelings there. This is a case in point. The awkwardness made it hard to watch.
Oliver complains to a returned Diggle, who is still not super supportive of all this. Apparently, this is a situation where ‘bros helping bros’ just doesn’t apply.
After having successfully joined Oliver’s crusade earlier in the ep, Helena kills again, this time in her father’s name. Oliver would later find the bodies, which bodes ill for their relationship in a big way.
The Triad attacks Frank Bertinelli, and Oliver is forced to save him not only from them but from his own daughter, who comes gunning for him. In the outfit Oliver made for her which just doesn’t make any of this better. Her father arrested, Helena leaves town.
Two episodes. That’s a fast relationship.
On a final note, there’s a heart-to-heart in Big Belly Burger, where Diggle might refuse chili fries, but talks to Oliver about love and what it is and isn’t. One of many instances where Diggle stands in for Oliver’s father. And one of the first where he tells Oliver what he needs to hear, as opposed to what he would like to hear. Oliver needs someone who’s willing to do that and knows what’s going on, so it’s nice to see the beginning of the bromance, here.
For a show that’s action-based, for the most part, this Huntress two-parter was more about relationships, which is a pattern that keeps showing up throughout the series. It’s also easily my least favorite two-parter, because Huntress. Just… not a fan. At all.
On a funny note, we find out Felicity has a thing against kangaroos, which is quirky and makes her a more fleshed-out character. It makes her human instead of merely a techie. I liked it.
Next: Year’s End (the first mid-season finale)