After a three-week break, this week's episode offers a little refresher on last week: We see Ra's al Ghul once again tell Ollie he wants him to be his successor. He explains that Ra's is a title rather than a person, and he's not the first, which makes him pretty different from comics Ra's.
How he's not different? Wanting a Batman (or ersatz TV Batman) to take his place. He takes Ollie through a chamber full of chandeliers and shows him some fighting assassins, explaining that Ollie would have every possible resource available to him as the new Ra's; an army that is completely loyal to the point of death.
Ollie scoffs at the offer and asks if he's supposed to be impressed, Ra's retorts by saying that he can see that Ollie is conflicted about having to serve two identities. Arrow was once a murderer, full stop, and soon the city (the cops, the woman he loves) will turn on him.
Later, Ra's shows Ollie his Lazarus pit, which looks pretty much just like a big jacuzzi. It's totally surrounded by candles. I was waiting for Ra's to break out mai tais and start blastin' "Beautiful Girls" by Van Halen. And maybe for the the two of them to make out a little.
Instead, Ra's explains that the pit isn't working on him as well as it used to (so he's really old despite not being the original Ra's), and is coming toward the end of his time, despite looking about 45. Then Ra's and Ollie have a very civil debate about the nature of justice. Ra's even says the assassins will denounce killing if Ollie tells them to; he'll be the supreme leader.
Ollie is incredulous about that point, and asks what will happen if he refuses the offer. Ra's says he, Dig and Malcolm will all get to go home as an act of good will.
And so they do. Ollie takes Malcolm to Theapartment for him to convalesce and he gets back into the groove by taking on a terrible criminal, which we'll get to in a minute.
Everything Ra's said starts coming true. Arrow goes to visit Captain Lance, and Lance says he doesn't want anything to do with him because everyone lied to him about Sara's death (a pretty reasonable reaction to his situation, honestly). Ollie goes to visit Smoak at Palmer Technologies and he sees her flirting up a storm with Ray Palmer, which means she's off the market.
Later, in the Arrowcave, Ollie tells Dig about Ra's offer and how everything Ra's said is coming true. Dig says that's crazy talk, but Ollie says he's legitimately considering being the new Ra's, because virtually all the work he has done as Arrow has been reversed with prison breaks and earthquakes and Deathstroke armies.
"Maybe I should be Ra's al Ghul," Ollie says, though he pronounces it differently from Ra's. (Hilariously, Thea pronounces it "Rarrs" at one point.)
Then Ollie talks to Malcolm about the offer, and Malcolm says there's a prophecy that if someone doesn't die by Ra's sword, he (or I'd hope she) will be the next one. It's inevitable, he says.
Then Ollie talks to Smoak about it, and launches into the whole, "What have I really done?" question again. He really could have just gotten her, Dig and Malcolm into a room together and done this once.
Anyway, Smoak says that when everyone thought Ollie was dead, the team came up with their own reasons to continue the crusade. Ollie needs to find his, she says.
After the fight with the week's villain, which involves the bad guy shooting at cops, Ollie returns to the Arrowcave to announce he figured out his reason: saving people. Yeah, that's it. He wants to save people. Great for him and all, but it ain't exactly the book of Revelation.
Ollie meets Maseo in what appears to be the middle of a street (?) to tell him he won't be taking the Ra's job. Maseo says Ra's has willed it to be, so it's going to happen whether Ollie wants it to or not. He warns "There will be consequences," like he's a vice principal trying to calm down a bus full of rowdy kids on a field trip. That's kind of Maseo's whole character, actually.