By Anna – 5 March 2014
This episode we will see for the first time Oliver Queen putting on the green hood and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) putting on the deathstroke mask. It will be the beginning of the relationship which will define the end of this season. Slade Wilson has returned to fulfill his promise he made 5 years ago on the island to kill Oliver Queen.
We begin where Oliver is in shock at seeing Wilson Slade alive and at the mansion. He is doing business with Moira and providing funds for her campaign. Slade says to Oliver “you look at little peak”. Oliver doesn’t look too well. Slade provides a bottle of Australian rum and they drink to friendship.
Most of this episode is back on the island with the attack on the freighter. Oliver is training hard in preparation for their attack on the freighter. Oliver has come a long way from when he first landed on the island from a playboy to a soldier and mastering the bow and arrow.
Slade, Oliver and Sara plan their strategy to board the freighter. They discuss the effects of the Mirakura and agree that it should be burnt. So the Mirakura goes up in smoke. Sara tells Oliver that Slade wants to kill Ivo but she wants Oliver to kill him first in case Ivo tells Slade that it was Oliver’s fault that Shado was killed.
To celebrate Slade, Oliver and Sara’s last night on the island they drink a toast from a bottle of Australian rum. If Oliver doesn’t make it he wants Sara to tell his mom and Thea that he wasn’t the same stupid kid going on the boat, he is different now. Likewise, Sara wants Oliver to tell her family that she died on the Gambit.
Oliver has a nightmare remembering Shado that he didn’t pick her. He wakes and goes to the crate and decides to wear the green hood in honour of Shado’s father. Slade wears the Deathstroke mask and so this is the beginning of what we know in the present.
On the freighter, Amazo, Anatoli Knyazev (David Nykl) is playing craps. The prisoners are restless. Ivo takes Anatoli. It appears that Ivo’s wife has dementia and this is why he wants Mirakuru to save her and not to save the world. Ivo plans to take an eye from Anatoli for his research.
Oliver shoots a burning arrow to ignite a bonfire which will draw Ivo’s men to the island. This saves Anatoli from losing his eye.
Oliver and Slade have a few words before they leave for the freighter that before they got off the island they were strangers and now they are brothers.
Ivo’s men land on the island to capture the trio. In fact, Oliver sets himself up to be captured and is taken to the freighter and placed in a cell. We meet Reverend Thomas Flynn one of the prisoners.
Oliver is taken to Ivo. Ivo injects Oliver with sodium pentothal to make Oliver talk where Slade and Sara are.
Back in the present Oliver has to endue sitting listening to Slade and Moira’s idle conversation. Oliver tells Slade that eventually you have to move on from losing love ones. Slade wants a tour of the mansion of its fine art collection. Oliver tries to get Slade to leave but Moira will have none of it. She departs the living room leaving Slade and Oliver alone. Once Moira leaves Oliver tries to icepick him but he is too strong and interrupted by Thea arriving home. Slade is now fortunate to have the entire family to his disposal. So the tour of the art collection in the mansion begins. Obviously this is giving Slade surveillance of the mansion.
On the freighter Ivo interrogates Oliver for information and his name is Oliver Jonas Queen. He tells Ivo that the bonfire was a distraction for Slade and Sara to get on the freighter via a raft. Actually this was a rouse to get Ivo’s men to the engine room and, in fact, Slade and Sara paraglide on to the deck. Sara gave Oliver a toxin to counteract the truth serum which enables him to act drugged and tell Ivo what he wanted to hear.
While Oliver is being taken back to his cell he knocks out the guards.
Back at the mansion the tour continues. Oliver uses his cell to call Felicity and leaves it on speaker so when she answers she will hear the conversation.
At the lair Roy is training to use a bow and arrow, without success. Oliver phones the lair and Felicity answers it where she believes they have been butt-dialled. She puts the cell on speaker where Sara realises that the voice she is hearing is Slade who she thought was dead. She warns the Team that if they don’t stop him he will kill Oliver and all his family. Sara goes on alert and with Roy and Diggle, with his biggest gun, goes on a mission to save Oliver. Felicity is left back at the lair.
There is chaos on the freighter with the prisoners being let out and running for freedom. Slade and Oliver go after Ivo and his men.
Oliver confronts Ivo but Ivo tells him that it is his fault that Shado died and he holds himself responsible. Alas Slade walks in on the conversation and now he knows the whole story. Slade attacks Oliver to kill him. The freighter is exploding and breaking up.
Oliver meets up with Sara, Anatoli and the Reverend and jump ship but before Oliver can Slade grabs him by the ankle pulling him back on board. Slade throws Oliver into a cell. Slade takes over the freighter as his ship.
At the mansion the Team go in. Diggle is at point rifle. Felicity does thermal imaging of the mansion to relay movement in the mansion, Sara goes in through the upstairs and Roy goes in the front door as if going to see Thea.
Slade says his favourite collection was “the Promise” to be particularly compelling. Slade is rather shocked with Sara enters the room. There are so many glares being past from Oliver and Slade and the Team. Oliver asks “Mr Wilson” what would you like to do now. Slade realising he is surrounded by the Team decides he should call it a night. Oliver walks Slade to his car where Diggle has a gun on him. Before Diggle can take a shot he is knocked out by one of Slade’s men. Oliver wants to know what Slade wants. Five years ago he made him a promise and he is back to fulfil it.
On the island Sara, Anatoli and the Reverend make it back to the island.
On the freighter Slade wants Ivo to show him how he killed Shado. He points a gun at Oliver. Oliver pleads his case that he cared for both Shado and Sara. Slade chops Ivo’s hand off. We also learn that the Mirakura was not burnt that Slade had a box of dirt destroyed. Slade says that Oliver cannot die yet as he has to suffer the same way he has suffered and knows complete despair.
In the present Moira is upset with Oliver for acting the way he did for the evening and has told him not to come by the house any more. Slade has cameras in every room of the mansion which were placed during his tour. So now he will know the Queen’s every movement.
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