Generally, I divide these recaps up into the week's villain-of-the-week plot and then whatever else happened, but there isn't a viillain this week (thank heavens), so I'm going geographically (and later, romantically).
Things start where they left off last week, with Thea on the floor of Theapartment, bleeding profusely from a stab wound administered by Ra's al Ghul. She crawls on through the broken glass from her coffee table for a bit before Ollie shows up and rushes over to her. He calls 911 while telling her not to fall asleep. Then he picks her up himself and seemingly carries her straight to the hospital.
Cut to: The most exciting hospital scene in Arrow history (and boy, there are a wealth of them), because there's some actual urgency and medical drama happening. Doctors rush Thea into an operating room and begin working when she starts flatlining. They administer CPR and get her heart beating, and Ollie looks like he's having a heart attack of his own, via some nice dialogue-free acting from Stephen Amell.
The urgency dies down considerably after the opening credits, and we see Ollie hanging out on the good old hospital set we've come to know so well over the years. A doctor comes up and tells Ollie that Thea's in bad shape and he might want to consider pulling the plug, but he pretty much ignores that and asks if he can see her.
In Thea's room, where she's breathing through a tube, Ollie tells her he's sorry and finally, finally lets those tears out. There's piano music like you wouldn't believe. Then Malcolm comes in and starts crying, too. He's better at crying than Ollie is. More piano music. Manly crying piano music.
Later, Smoak and Dig come by and find Ollie pretty much in shock. As Ollie explains how badly he's failed, Team Arrow notices a smoke signal outside the window. Ollie goes to check it out and finds Maseo, who explains that Ra's can save Thea, but only if Ollie agrees to become the new Ra's. So Ollie goes straight to Theapartment and starts packing.
Smoak, Dig and Malcolm catch up to him there, and Ollie starts pre-emptively telling them to can their attempts to stop him from leaving. They also cast some aspersions of the idea of a Lazarus Pit (Smoak calls it a "magic hot tub," as if I wrote that line of dialogue for her), but Malcolm says it's the real deal. He even uses the term "Lazarus Pit" and doesn't immediately call it stupid! That's progress.
Eventually, Smoak and Dig say they're not going to try to stop Ollie, but they are going to go with him.
But wait: How are they going to get there? It's never mattered up to now; Ollie and other characters have jaunted to Nanda Parbat and back numerous times before with no problems at all. I assumed they just jumped on a city bus, and it was a suburb of Starling. Now, though, it's a big deal to travel there.
It's really all just an excuse to have Smoak go see Ray Palmer, who's working at his office, as he always is. Here's the totality of my notes about this scene: "He jelly of Ollie, but he lets her take the plane." That's the long and short of it.
Team Arrow (and Malcolm) assemble at an airport hangar while some medics roll Thea to Palmer's plane on a stretcher. Malcolm tells Ollie he's very concerned about the Lazarus Pit, because it completely changes a person's soul. Ollie shuts that down pretty fast, because he just wants Thea alive.
Later, on the plane, Ollie engages in further self-blame while he tells Smoak about how he killed Thea's drug dealer a while back. Thea looks on sympathetically instead of asking why he didn't just recommend Thea go to rehab. So much piano music.