Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 14 of Arrow, titled Time of Death, where Sara gets a “Welcome Home” party and deals with the repercussions of her return from the dead, and the Arrow Team tries to stop the Clock King! Following the recap, Violet shares her thoughts on the episode.
Episode Recap of Arrow, Season 2 Episode 14: Time of Death
- William Tockman, a.k.a. The Clock King, directs a couple of guys posing as employees of Kord Enterprises to steal an item. Disregarding the Clock King’s directions, the men encounter a security guard and shoot him, which sets off alarms, and alerts the SCPD. Lance and the police show up and a gunfight breaks out, as Lance recognizes one of the men as Walczak, but the men are able to blend in with a crowd of protesters and get away.
- While Oliver, Sara, and Diggle practice stick fighting, Diggle accidentally hits Sara in the head. They stop to examine the wound, but she’s fine. The three compare scars, and Felicity tries to compare her own scars. Oliver convinces Sara to attend a welcome back party he’s throwing for her. In a flashback to the island, Slade, Oliver, and Sara try to get the attention of a small plane, but it is shot down by a missile.
- The Clock King chastises his men for disobeying him, and when Walczak talks back, he kills him. Mr. and Mrs. Lance accompany Sara to her party, while Laurel is notably absent. Sin almost slips up and lets on that she already knows Sara. Thea notices something is wrong between Moira and Oliver. Lance, Oliver, and Sara get called away to a homicide in the Glades.
- Arrow, Black Canary, and Lance meet up. Lance shows them an interesting murder weapon pulled from Walczak’s body: a minute hand. Lance tells them that Walczak was involved in a robbery earlier, and the object stolen was a high tech device called a skeleton key, which Arrow explains is used for codebreaking, and could be used to open any bank vault. They realize that Walczak was just the muscle, and they need to find the brain.
- Felicity practices punching a training dummy, and Sara walks in and gives her some tips. When Oliver checks with Felicity on the status of the skeleton key, she admits that she is having trouble. In a flashback to the island, Slade, Oliver, and Sara go to the site of the plane crash. The radio is broken, but the pilot is still alive, so Oliver runs to get medical supplies from the fuselage.
- Lance gets Laurel to agree to host a family dinner at her apartment. When Arrow cuts the Clock King’s bank vault heist short, Tockman hacks into Arrow’s transmission to Felicity and informs them that he has scheduled a bus to collide with a train. While Black Canary tries to apprehend Tockman and his guys, and has to dodge bullets, Arrow narrowly stops the bus from colliding with the train.
- Sara analyzes a slide of the Clock King’s blood, and determines he has MacGregor’s Syndrome, which helps them identify him as William Tockman. They realize he is stealing the money for his sister, who has cystic fibrosis. Arrow and Black Canary go to his address and find Tockman’s truck, which is empty, except for a device which allows him to hack into their network again. Suddenly, all the electronic equipment in the Arrow Cave explodes.
- Oliver liquidates his stock in an effort to lure Tockman into trying to steal his cash. Sara asks Oliver to come with her to dinner at Laurel’s. Mrs. Lance reveals that she has someone in Central City, to Mr. Lance’s dismay. Laurel figures out that Sara and Oliver are together, and freaks out. In the flashback, the dying pilot gives Sara a picture of his daughter and asks her make sure she’s okay.
- Oliver tells Laurel off. Felicity calls Oliver from Starling National Bank to inform him that Tockman took the bait. Diggle, Arrow, and Black Canary go to Felicity, and Tockman hacks into their frequency to inform them that he is focused on the gas mains. Felicity sees that he has shut down the gas mains, which could cause an explosion.
- In trying to blow them up, Tockman gave Felicity a way to track him down. Arrow fights Tockman’s men, while Diggle manually tries to turn the gas mains back on. Tockman aims and shoots at Black Canary, but Felicity pushes her out of the way and takes the bullet. Felicity then makes his cell phone explode the same way their equipment did, which knocks Tockman out.
- Sara sews Felicity up while she is loopy on strong pain meds. Oliver reassures Felicity that she will always be his “girl.” Sara gets a job at Verdant as a bartender. Oliver gets an emergency text from Thea to come home. Laurel has a heart to heart with Sara. Later, Sara reassures Sin that she still has room for a little sister.
- In the flashback, we see the picture of the pilot’s daughter: it’s Sin. Oliver finds a parachute and says it’s their way onto the freighter. In the present, Laurel shows up at an AA meeting, to Lance’s surprise. When Oliver returns home, he realizes that Thea is trying to force him and Moira to talk. He then discovers that his mother is in the middle of a meeting with Slade.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 14 of Arrow: Time of Death
It’s always fun to see Robert Knepper play yet another villain. He’s just so good at it! In fact, he appeared on an episode of The Blacklist earlier this season, as the villain of course. Before that, he was a villain on Heroes. But I’ll always remember him as T-Bag from Prison Break. At this point, I don’t think I could ever buy him as a good guy, because he’s been so typecast as a villain. I like how Arrow likes to bring in villains from the Green Arrow comic books, but it always feels so short-lived when they only appear for an episode. Maybe the Clock King will return at some point in time, like a couple other villains have.
Sara was annoying this episode, as usual. She was so patronizing to Felicity with her “You’re so cute!” comment. Then she has the nerve to invite Oliver to what was supposed to be a family dinner, even though she knows it could cause trouble with Laurel, which it did. Sara’s entire relationship with Oliver, past and present, goes to show how selfish and bratty Sara is and was, going behind her sister’s back and running off with her boyfriend. Now she’s flaunting Oliver in Laurel’s face, so soon? Really? Not that I’m a fan of Laurel. Both of the Lance sisters are just annoying in general. At least Laurel had the sense to listen to Oliver’s scolding, and it looks like she’s going to get cleaned up now.
Poor Felicity, feeling inadequate now that Sara has joined the team and is able to do certain things just as well or better than Felicity. But I guess that won’t be a problem anymore now that Felicity has taken a bullet for Sara (which was pretty awesome, by the way, and shows just how much more awesome Felicity is than Sara), and has a scar to show off and compare the next time the superheroes compare scars. Speaking of superheroes, where’s Roy been lately? Why couldn’t he have been helping out?
Oh yeah, I almost forgot that Sin and Sara already knew each other. Sin’s character has always seemed kind of random, but I guess the show is trying to show that she’s supposed to be important because the pilot asked Sara to look after her. I suppose we’ll eventually get some sort of backstory about how Sara looked Sin up after she got off the island.
Which brings us to the big story at the end of this episode: Oliver finds out that Slade is still alive! And he’s in his own house! What will happen next? Guess we’ll find out in the next episode!
Scenes from Arrow, Season 2 Episode 15: The Promise
Here are scenes from the next Arrow episode, titled The Promise: