Violet recaps Season 3 Episode 10 of Arrow, titled Left Behind, where the remainder of the Arrow team picks up the slack in Oliver’s absence, and chases down some criminals who shot a cop! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Arrow, Season 3 Episode 10: Left Behind
The mid-season premiere of Arrow begins with a high speed police chase, in which Captain Lance is involved. However, the criminals, who shot a cop, manage to get a truck to block the police cars. Fortunately, Arsenal is hot on the trail, using Oliver’s motorcycle, while Diggle, wearing Arrow’s costume, assists from a bridge. Working together, they’re able to catch one of the bad guys, although one gets away.
Diggle and Roy return to the Arrow Cave, where Felicity is still trying to track down Oliver, though she hasn’t had any luck yet. But she’s optimistic, considering it’s only been 3 days.
Felicity shows up to work at Palmer Technologies. Ray is working on his ATOM suit, and Felicity expresses her concern for his safety. However, he asks her to try to get the nanite chip to function.
Jermaine Fisher, the guy that Roy and Diggle caught at the beginning of the episode, shows up for his bail hearing. The defense argues that the case should be dropped since the police were not involved in apprehending Fisher. However, Laurel has the murder weapon with Fisher’s fingerprints, so the motion to the drop the case is denied, and bail is also denied.
Back at the Arrow Cave, Felicity has tracked down Fisher’s partner that got away, Jose Anton. He works for a new crew in the Glades, of which Danny Brickwell, known as “Brick,” is the head. They figure out that Fisher and Anton killed witnesses in order to get Brick out of prison, but the next task is figuring out why they shot a cop. Roy heads out to investigate, while Diggle offers some advice to Felicity, telling her that she needs to prepare herself for the possibility that things didn’t go Oliver’s way.
Meanwhile, Oliver is laying on the ledge of a cliff, far below where Ra’s al Ghul pushed him, and someone approaches.
In a warehouse, Brick beats up Anton. They weren’t supposed to shoot the cop. It turns out it was a side deal gone bad. Brick gives Anton a gun. Brick makes a him a deal: if Anton gets Brick first, he gets to walk out alive. However, Brick quickly beats up Anton some more, and knocks him out, then leaves him behind for his guys to deal with.
At the police station, Laurel confronts Fisher, saying that if his attorney had his best interests at heart, he’d be walking out a free man, but Fisher says “More like a dead man.” She then overhears Fisher’s attorney talking on the phone, saying that Fisher didn’t flip, because “he likes breathing too much.”
Over at Thea’s place, she and Merlyn practice sword fighting. She is worried that she hasn’t heard from Oliver in days. Merlyn offers to have his associates look into Oliver’s whereabouts.
Back at the Arrow Cave, Felicity tracks the call that Laurel overheard Fisher make to Brick – to Brick’s burner phone in the Glades. Then Felicity rushes off to work.
Later that night, Arsenal and Diggle check out the warehouse where Felicity tracked the burner phone. They find a burned body, and lots of other burned evidence. They bring back evidence with them, including some industrial blueprints, and meet up with Felicity just as she is about to return to the Arrow Cave. However, just as they are about to enter, they see that the door is ajar – and Malcolm Merlyn is inside. He asks them if Oliver is alive, and if they have heard from Oliver. Felicity insists that he is alive, though doesn’t answer his other question. Merlyn says that if Oliver was alive, they would have heard from him from now, because Ra’s al Ghul does not take prisoners.
Laurel shows up at the Arrow Cave and reports that the body they found in the warehouse is that of Jose Anton. They inform her about Oliver having gone to fight Ra’s al Ghul, and what just happened with Merlyn. However, Laurel is confident that Oliver will be back again, because he has been back before.
We see Merlyn go to the cliff where Oliver and Ra’s al Ghul fought. He sees the sword that Ra’s al Ghul stabbed Oliver with, sticking out of the snow at the edge of the cliff.
Merlyn brings the sword that killed Oliver and gives it to the Arrow team. He explains that it’s Ra’s al Ghul’s custom to leave behind the instrument of death to commemorate the fallen. He says that Oliver fell into a ravine, and that his body was unrecoverable. Felicity blames Merlyn for Oliver’s death, and he accepts the accusation, saying that he’ll live with that guilt for the rest of his days. However, he also points out that Oliver’s death means his own death as well.
The mystery person drags Oliver on a stretcher through the snow.
The DNA results of the blood on the sword confirm that the blood is Oliver’s. A devastated Felicity leaves to go to work.
Thea finds Roy drinking alone in Verdant. She asks him a favor: if he can ask the Arrow if he could look for Oliver. Roy nods in agreement, then sneaks down to the Arrow Cave and tells Diggle what just happened. Diggle reminds Roy that Oliver didn’t want Thea to know, but Roy doesn’t know what’s the point now. Diggle has been going over the file for the case they’re working on, and there’s something familiar about it. He realizes that all the numbers refer to criminals who are currently awaiting trial for assault — they’re street enforcers, muscle. They wonder why Brick would have a list of these case numbers.
At work, Felicity tells Ray that his plan won’t work — it won’t bring his fiance, Anna, back. She begins crying, and says that when you lose something, there’s nothing you can do to bring them back. She decides to leave work, and answers Diggle’s call on her way out. Diggle and Roy tell her that the blueprints are schematics for the warehouse where the police store evidence for active cases, and that Brick has a list of case numbers. They think that Brick might be trying to steal or destroy evidence to get those cases thrown out. Diggle also points out that a lot of these are guys they’ve put away the past 8 months, since they took Slade down — everything Oliver had been working for.
Brick and his guys break into the evidence warehouse. But Arsenal and Diggle are there to fight back. A big shootout ensues. Meanwhile, Captain Lance arrives with the police outside. Diggle runs out of bullets. Just then, Brick finds him, and gives him a gun and the same deal he gave Anton: that if he takes him down, he can walk out alive. Diggle shoots at Brick, but the bullet just grazes the side of his head. The gun is out of bullets then, so they start fighting. Meanwhile, outside, the police get caught up in a shootout. Brick begins to strangle Diggle, but Arsenal shoots him in the back with an arrow. Brick runs off and jumps in his crew’s truck, as a door shuts and blocks Diggle and Arsenal inside. Brick gets away.
Back at the Arrow Cave, Felicity admits that she’s the one that shut that door. She explains that she was trying to protect them, because she doesn’t want to lose anyone else she cares about. Felicity walks out, saying there is no “this” without Oliver, and that she’s done.
Maseo bangs on a door – it turns out he has been the one pulling Oliver on the stretcher. He asks another mystery person for help.
Felicity goes to work and apologizes to Ray, explaining that she lost a friend recently, and lost another friend 3 months ago. She tells Ray that she can’t stop him from going out there, but she doesn’t have to help him. She gives him the nanite chip back.
At the Arrow Cave, Diggle laments the fact that the criminals they put away were set free. Laurel apologizes, saying that without the evidence, the judge had to let them go. Diggle tells Laurel that Oliver’s not coming back. Laurel asks if Diggle’s coming back, but he says he doesn’t know. Left alone in the Arrow Cave, Laurel looks at Canary’s costume pieces laying around.
When Thea returns home, Merlyn is waiting for her. He tells her that they’re in danger, that they have to leave Starling City and never return.
Brick addresses the new members of his crew, warning them that he has all the evidence against them, so if they get out of line, he can always send it to the DA. He plans to use his new men to help him take over the Glades.
As Fisher and another guy leave the warehouse, Canary shows up and beats Fisher up.
In the Hong Kong flashback, Amanda Waller reprimands Maseo and Oliver for kidnapping the scientist. She gives them a new assignment: obtain Alpha, which is the counterpart to Omega. However, Maseo is upset, because he’d rather try to find his wife, Tatsu, who Chien Na Wei had kidnapped last episode. Maseo and Oliver go to the top of a building. Oliver shoots an arrow with a rope on the end of it into another building across the way, then ziplines over to it. Meanwhile, Maseo shoots the window just below the rope, so that Oliver can easily break through it. But when Oliver reaches the window, it doesn’t budge. It takes him a few kicks before he is able to break through.
Oliver gets in and finds Alpha, with Maseo and a couple others following close behind. However, some people start shooting at them. They find cover, and Maseo says that it’s Triad – Chien Na Wei’s men. Maseo tells Oliver to run for the exit, and that he’ll cover him. On Oliver’s way out, a man starts shooting at him, but runs out of bullets. Before the man is able to reload, Oliver attacks him. Oliver is about to shoot an arrow at the man, but decides to let him go. At that point, Maseo and the other guy catch up to him, and they are able to leave.
Later, Waller praises Oliver for obtaining the Alpha, though reprimands him for letting one of Chien Na Wei’s men get away. After she leaves, Oliver tells Maseo that he put the GPS from the Alpha in the man’s pocket that he let get away, and now he’s going to lead them to Tatsu.
In the final scene, back in the present, Oliver wakes up – and sees Tatsu. Maseo says that he asked her to come there, so that she could save his life.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 3 Episode 10 of Arrow: Left Behind
Was it just me, or did anyone else find themselves not really paying much attention to the actual storyline in this episode? I mean, the storyline about Brick and his plans? I found myself only really watching the parts about Oliver’s whereabouts and how the rest of the Arrow team was taking it. To be honest, if you had asked me what the rest of the episode was about after I watched it the first time, I’m not sure I could have really told you. It wasn’t until watching this episode a second time that I actually understood everything that was going on. It’s not that the rest of the team didn’t do a good job when hunting down Brick, because Diggle and Roy did have a pretty awesome action scene in the evidence warehouse. I guess it’s just that it’s weird not having Oliver around, and my brain apparently was more interested in Oliver.
How soon will it be until Oliver returns? We see that Tatsu has revived him at the end of this episode. Will it take awhile for him to get his strength back after “coming back from the dead”? Or will he be back in the next episode or two? It looks like Laurel is going to be taking things into her own hands as Canary next episode. Not excited about that. I mean, I know she got some boxing training in, but when did she learn to handle the bo? There’s no way she could be anywhere near the level of fighting that Sara was. She should really just stick to the courtroom.
Speaking of which, I don’t think every single criminal awaiting trial would all be released simultaneously just because an evidence warehouse was robbed. Physical evidence isn’t the only evidence in a case. Anyone who listened to the Serial podcast knows that someone can be convicted without any physical evidence. The only explanation is that there’s a lot of corruption in the Starling City justice system, which is often true of comic book worlds. Although when Laurel said there was nothing she could do, I wanted to echo back the words that she said to Fisher about his lawyer. If Laurel’s so good at her job, which the show has led us to believe up to this point, it seems like she would have been able to keep a large number of those criminals in jail. But for the sake of the show, I’ll chalk it up to corruption.
So… what’s Felicity’s plan now? It looks like she has quit the Arrow team, for the time being. And she gave Ray back his nanite chip. Does that mean she has quit Palmer Technologies, or just quit helping Ray with his ATOM suit? I’m sure all this will change once Oliver returns. In the meantime, I guess we’ll see how Laurel does as Canary.
Josh’s Thoughts: Arrow, Season 3 Episode 10: Left Behind
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