This week's episode starts right where last week's left off, with the show's fourth or fifth dead mayor in a pool of blood on her office floor.
Her killer, Maseo, keeps shooting arrows through the windows, and manages to plant one right in Ray Palmer's chest before dashing away. More on what happens with him in a bit. (In brief, the show makes up for a season that seemed to lack Arrow's trademark hospital scenes.)
At the Arrowcave, Team Arrow watches Starling's One News Channel as Captain Lance gives a press conference in which he calls Arrow "a killer and a criminal." Which is true, just not this time. He announces that he has a first-degree murder warrant out for Arrow, and has put out warrants for all his accomplices, too.
At police HQ, Lance orders his officers to shoot to kill if they see Arrow, and Laurel says he doesn't understand what's happening. There'll be more confrontations like this.
Nyssa and Ollie meet in an alley (I guess he texted her "hey u wanna meet up in the alley?" and she replied "cool beans c u") and he asks her for help in tracking down Maseo, who Ollie immediately pegged as the mayor's killer. She initially refuses in a very theatrical way, but he gets her to agree by playing the Sara card and noting that she's got to be pretty mad that her dad passed her over for his successor.
She leads Team Arrow to Magnusson Plaza (perhaps a reference to Elsa, the wife of DC Comics magician Prince Ra-Man, but that may be a stretch), which is, what else, an abandoned building. Team Arrow scours the place, which looks to be entirely parking garage, and finds nothing, but then Dig catches some movement in his sniper rifle scope, and lo and behold, there's Maseo on the rooftop.
A fight involving some very shaky camera movement ensues, and Arrow eventually gets the better of Maseo. Ra's al Ghul approaches in full "Sarcastic Clapping Family of Southhampton" mode, congratulating Arrow on his victory.
He then turns on a dime and tells Arrow that he'll agree to his offer to be his successor or spend the rest of his live in a cage. Ollie says he'll never let Ra's take him prisoner, and Ra's says he won't have to. As if on cue, the cops arrive, with helicopters and everything. (Did Ra's call them, or do Starling City's cops just have great dramatic timing? U-decide.)
What follows is a full six-or-seven minute segment of Team Arrow getting away from the cops, and I have to say, it's all very well staged. The tension stays high throughout. The main beats are:
- Canary ends up face-to-face with her dad, who threatens to arrest her, but Nyssa shows up and puts an end to that. Laurel has to ask Nyssa not to hurt Captain Lance.
- Arrow tries to draw the cops' fire so Roy and Laurel can escape, but ends up with the easiest path out, running straight into Dig's van with seemingly little trouble.
- Roy gets cornered and ends up having to shoot a few cops. The segment ends with him looking sure to get caught.
- Dig watches from the rooftop and helps get the team through. He teleports into a van somehow.
Back at the Arrowcave, the team regroups and realizes that Roy got left behind. Just when it looks like that's what the rest of the episode is going to be about, up pops Roy, who says he managed to scurry away somehow, but had to pop some arrows in some cops. They're "just flesh wounds," he asserts, and, what? Did he check on each one after he shot them?
Ollie calls up Captain Lance and says Lance should know better than to believe that Arrow's wantonly hurting people. Lance insists that he turn himself in, and seemingly bounds straight off to hold another press conference about how Arrow is dangerous and must be apprehended.
Then we see the captain leaving through the back door of police HQ, screaming into his phone about how budgets don't matter, because this is a manhunt. You're really working for those taxpayers there, friend. He hangs up just in time to see Maseo in the alley, who chokes him out with great expediency.
Lance wakes up in a hallway where the League of Assassins has set up some torches and junk to make it look dramatic. I think it's a swim club. Ra's tells Lance that Sara spoke highly of him, and Lance starts flipping out.
But then Ra's drops two bombs on him: Sara was on Flashback Island with Ollie, and, guess what my man, Ollie is Arrow. Lance sits there and looks flabbergasted, instead of saying, "Well, yeah, I definitely should have known that before know. I've pretty much seen his face."
Lance is safely returned to police HQ, and Laurel goes to visit him. She lays it all out: She thinks her dad knows Arrow isn't committing these murders, but that Lance is upset that Team Arrow kept Sara's death from him. Lance says Arrow is directly responsible for Sara's death, because he started the whole masked vigilante thing. Plus, Sara was on Flashback Island with Ollie, who, by the way, is Arrow.
Laurel pulls out her phone, presumably to warn Ollie, but Lance says he's already got cops going to Theapartment, Verdant, and anywhere else Ollie might be.
Pretty quickly, the cops come and find Ollie at Verdant. He runs to Dig's apartment, where nobody seems to have thought to look, despite Ollie and Dig being together in public basically all the time.
In yet another press conference, Captain Lance reveals to the world that Ollie is Arrow. Team Arrow assembles at Dig's apartment to figure out what to do. Smoak suggests Ollie getting out of town, but Laurel says the cops have every egress blocked off. Not only that, Thea's assets have been frozen, so Ollie can't buy anyone off.
Ollie declares he only has one option. He walks out the door and into police HQ, where he turns himself in as every cop in the building holds him at gunpoint.
Somehow, Laurel manages to get Team Arrow ten minutes with Ollie in an interrogation room, despite warrants for all their arrests also being out. Captain Lance even runs into them in the hallway and lets them off with a stern talking-to. It's weird.
In the interrogation room, the team tries to talk Ollie out of sacrificing himself (yet again; has this guy got a messiah complex or what?), but Ollie says this is the way it's got to go and sends them away. "You have no idea how powerful the truth can be," he says.
In the Arrowcave, the team concocts a plan that isn't all that different from the previous plan when Ollie was more or less outed as Arrow.