Things pick up right from last week's cliffhanger, with Ra's telling Ollie that he has to destroy Starling City with the alpha and omega bioweapon to truly wipe away his old self. Oh, and he's got to marry Nyssa.
At dinner, which looks like they made a field trip to the set of Reign, because there are like six turkeys and giant hams on the table for only three people, Ra's also insists to Nyssa's face that she have Ollie's kid. Nyssa is massively angry about this, as she should be. Ollie says he's super chill with the mass murder stuff, but he's not so sure about the getting married, so he goes for a walk. I wonder how many real marriages start this way.
Outside on his walk on the set of Reign, Ollie runs into a generically dressed assassin, who he flips over and yells at for being late. The assassin takes off his mask to reveal that he's Malcolm Merlyn. Ollie says things are worse than they thought.
They set up a campfire like a couple of Webelos and talk about how Ra's is asking Ollie to dump a bioweapon on Starling using a teeny tiny little airplane. Malcolm says that's awfully high-tech for the League, and that they're going to need help to stop it, and since Ollie was so good at convincing his friends that he's a terrible villain now, they won't believe anything that comes from him.
So wait. When Ollie almost nearly stabbed Nyssa to death last week, that was part of a big ploy? How did he know Dig and Canary would stop him? And what about all the people he's full-on killed?
I guess Ollie is an absolute master of planning and timing, because just as Malcolm scoots out of there, Maseo comes to check on him. Maseo, who Ra's mentioned earlier had brought him the alpha and omega weapon, says he took the vial when they were dealing with that truck they blew up last week. He used it to trade his way into the League. Ollie says that once he's Ra's, he can release Maseo from his obligations to the League, but Maseo says the League isn't his prison. It's life, man. It's life.
Meanwhile, in Starling, Dig is running down criminal punk teens in his street clothes, with no mask. He knows vigilantism is illegal, right? And particularly frowned upon right now? I'm just saying, it's a little cavalier. This particular teen punk leads Dig to his full gang, and Dig says that was his plan all along just as he puts in some earplugs.
Cue the Canary cry, and Dig and Canary beating the tar out of a bunch of street goons. Dig gets a little too intense with one beating, messing up his hand, and presumably, the dude's face. Smoak has to shout him down over the radio.
Smoak, Laurel and Dig reconvene at Dig's apartment (he thanks Laurel for coming in through the back, because he lives in some weird 1950s building where neighbors will talk if they see a woman enter a man's home) and Smoak tells Dig that he's unhinged and in denial. Dig says he's not in denial; he's mad! (He says this as he shoots up in rage.)
And, you know, he's got a reason. His former best friend kidnapped his wife and all.
Laurel turns it around and uses an SAT word on Smoak, asking her how she can be so sanguine in all this. She really milks the word, too. Smoak says Ollie's dead, and that's that.
Smoak goes to see Ray Palmer at Palmer Tech, and they have another awkward interaction. He asks her why she's got a cloud over her head, then deduces that it's Ollie-related. He says he's her friend and wants to help where he can. Then he has her sign a document which he says is just a formality of her becoming a vice president, but it turns out it's a "transfer of ownership" form, which means he's giving her the company, I suppose. I think there's a lot more to it than that, legally.
Smoak gets a text from Malcolm summoning her to a meeting, so she goes to a warehouse (where else) where she, Dig and Laurel meet up to talk trash about Malcolm until he gets there. When he does, he says Ollie's whole trying-to-kill-Nyssa-and-also-maybe-Dig's-wife thing was a charade (pronounced sha-rahd, and with great verve).
Team Arrow finds this hard to believe and starts to just flat-out leave, so Malcolm brings out someone to convince them: Katana.
Smoak's reaction to Katana showing up is very honest, in that she wonders who the hell she is. Katana admits she has lived a life of isolation in a magic cabin on a mountain, but she helped bring Ollie back to life after Ra's stabbed him. She says her message is from Ollie, and he needs their help. Dig recognizes her as Akio's mom from stuff Ollie has said about her, but the team is still hesitant to believe her. Malcolm hands over some info about the bioweapon and tells everyone to go to Ferris Air if they want to come to Nanda Parbat with him.
The team takes the info back to the makeshift Arrowcave and watches a video of the bio-attack on Hong Kong. As I wondered last week, Smoak asks how no one knew about this huge catastrophe from a few years ago. Dig blames the Chinese propaganda machine for covering it up. Those dastards!
Even in the presence of this compelling evidence of a bioweapon, Smoak says she can't go back to Nanda Parbat, so Katana goes to see her at Palmer Tech. She tells Smoak that she thought she had lost her husband forever to the League, and that she shouldn't make the same mistake with Ollie.
That seems to work. Smoak shows up at Ferris Air, which looks like a Citibank location, ready to go. Katana shows off her fancy sword, and Malcolm asks if it's "a masamune blade." Yeah, okay, nerd. We all played Chrono Trigger, too.
The team heads off to Nanda Parbat.