Last season's finale teased viewers who wanted to see Ollie and Smoak get together with a fakeout moment of Ollie confessing her love for her, all as a ploy to trick Deathstroke.
This season, after a summer full of "Olicity" (that's the real name of the coupling) shipping, the writers decided to give it a go and have Ollie and Smoak go on a date. The resulting scene at an Italian restaurant is as awkward and painful to watch as you might imagine. There's a part where Ollie brings up Hong Kong out of the blue, despite not having mentioned it at all in the past two years. That leads into some claptrap about how he can trust Smoak and no one else. Look, I'm as confused as you.
That said, Emily Bett Rickards actually does a good job of making it funny and entertaining in spots, like when she talks about how much she's seen Ollie shirtless. And it ends in an explosion, which is a pretty good scene transition. (It's an explosion from which Ollie, our title superhero, only saves one person, Smoak.)
Meanwhile, Dig and ex-wife Lyla/Harbinger are nearing the arrival of their baby. We know this because:
- Ollie and Dig talk about it at length at the beginning of the episode
- There's a scene with a false-alarm birth scare in which Dig and Lyla go to the doctor's office instead of the hospital, even though I know for a fact this show has hospital sets like crazy
- Ollie and Dig argue about how Dig can't go into the field for Team Arrow because he's going to be a dad, despite the fact they've known about the baby for months
So it's made clear.
At the end of the episode, Lyla has her baby at the hospital (see, I knew they had that set). Ollie smiles at the baby weird and Dig gives a speech about how being a dad changes everything. Dig is kind of becoming a non-character on the show, I fear, considering how much of a walking cliche this makes him.
Also: There's a scene where Ollie gives Dig's not-yet-born daughter a necklace (?) made out of arrowheads (??) that he made. There are certainly more inappropriate gifts for unborn babies, but how about a mobile or something, Ollie? Jeez.
At the hospital, Dig and Smoak kind of break up (?) when Ollie says he can't be Arrow and himself at the same time. I suppose we're supposed to get that from him having to fight himself in those encounters with Vertigo. It's really rushed and doesn't come across, though.