The last Arrow episode was a couple weeks ago. Catch up with Josh’s Arrow recap for the episode Eleven Fifty-Nine. The name of the episode as a significant meaning. We also provide thoughts on the episode after the recap.
- His thoughts on Eleven-Fifty-Nine, Episode 418 of Arrow
- Her thoughts on this Season 4 Episode 18 of Arrow
Do We Trust Andy?
Opening up Eleven-Fifty-Nine, Diggle’s brother, Andy opens up this episode of Arrow, and Diggle finds him looking for something, which turns out to be a gun. Apparently, Andy has gotten word that Damien Darhk is looking for him, and is working with a one-armed man. Diggle deduces this must be Malcolm Merlyn. Andy seems to think Hive and Darhk are having issues, since Darhk is still in jail. Andy doesn’t know how to move forward though, concerned about Hive coming for him. But Merlyn seemed to ask Andy to help him steal some cargo of missiles.
At the Arrow Cave, they discuss the situation. Oliver then tells the group that he has seen the idol they found. It was the same one he had seen in the flashbacks. Diggle offers to use Andy as a double agent, keeping an eye on Merlyn.
Oliver then attends Darhk’s wife’s acceptance speech for the mayor position. Oliver meets with her, as well as Laurel. She offers Laurel a position as DA.
The Missile Cargo distraction and the Idol Taken
That night, Oliver and Diggle watch the docks for the missile shipment. Thea and Laurel talk some at the Arrow Cave. Laurel contemplates her job offer, and Thea discusses her dad. Speaking of dear old dad, Malcolm showed up with a few men to steal the idol. Meanwhile some ex-League members attempt to steal the missiles, so Oliver and Diggle jump into action. Andy is on the truck, and remarks how easy it was to save the shipment. Back at the Arrow Cave, Thea and Laurel are gotten the better of, with the idol being taken.
Oliver and Diggle return, and Thea and Laurel break the news. Thea heads out to beat some answers out of people to find Merlyn, and Diggle heads to talk to Andy. Oliver and Laurel talk, and Oliver is questionable of Andy, and Laurel tells him to tread carefully.
Laurel heads out to dinner with her father, and he wants her to turn down the DA position. Laurel says she would be a part of the inner circle, and could get some information. Lance says he would rather have her be the Black Canary.
At the Arrow Cave, Andy says that he has “eyes on Merlyn”. Laurel, Oliver, Thea and Diggle head to the location to find him. Andy gets hit by an automated arrow-shooting machine, narrowly saving Oliver. Andy tells the group that they need to stop Merlyn from getting the idol to Darhk.
At the prison, Merlyn and Darhk discuss their deal, and Merlyn says he wants himself and Thea to be spared. But Darhk says that there is a piece missing of the idol, and the deal is no good until that is retrieved.
Back at the Arrow Cave again, Andy is patched up. Andy is freaking out, worried he has been seen as a double agent, and Hive will take him down. Diggle tries to calm him down. Oliver overhears the talk, and tells Diggle they need to keep information quiet, with less people knowing the better–in regards to the missing gem in the idol. Laurel decides to have Darhk’s cell searched, and Oliver says he has a lead to check out.
Unfortunately nothing is found in Darhk’s cell. Andy, meanwhile, is looking for something in Diggle’s apartment. Oliver shows up, and asks Andy what he is looking for. Andy says he is looking for surveillance. Oliver makes his accusation, telling Andy he thinks he is looking for the idol piece. Oliver gets physical, but Diggle walks in. Diggle pulls a gun on Oliver though, believing Andy. Diggle tells Oliver to get out.
Back at the Arrow Cave, Diggle shows up, and is really mad about Oliver’s move. Diggle is pretty harsh on Oliver. Laurel comes back to the Arrow Cave, with no news on the idol. She also tells Oliver she will not be taking the DA position. Oliver tries to get her to reconsider–to be a hero without a mask.
Darhk’s Prison Break
Speaking of Iron Heights, Darhk seemed to have a plan to break out of prison. He also has a new idol. Darhk’s new recruits are slipped shivs via library books, and take out guards. Oliver and the team get wind of it, and head in to help.
Outside, Lance has causes a big distraction, which gets Team Arrow inside. Everyone moves in, including Andy. Merlyn shows up, and Thea takes him on alone. Diggle, Andy, Oliver and Laurel move in on Darhk, taking out his men.
Thea is taken down by her father, but he lets her go. Andy, meanwhile, is held captive by one of Darhk’s men. Diggle and Oliver drop their weapons, and Andy turns traitor, handing Darhk the stone. Thea shows up and puts a couple arrows into Darhk. The team jumps into action, and Darhk says, “I need a sacrifice”. He kills one of his own men, and absorbs something from them. Darhk then freezes Team Arrow. Merlyn then walks in. Darhk gives a long speech, and finishes it up with stabbing Laurel with an arrow. He then unfreezes everyone, and leaves as Oliver attends to Laurel.
It’s Eleven-Fifty-Nine, and Not The Good, New Years Eve One
Oliver gets Laurel to a hospital, and asks for help. The Doctor tells Oliver to leave so the doctors can do their work.
Lance had been arrested following his “distraction”, and is back at the station. He asks what happened at the prison, and the officer tells him that Black Canary was injured. He pleads to be let go, but the officer offers no help.
At the hospital, Felicity and the rest of Team Arrow have shown up. Diggle is broken up because of Laurel’s wound, his trusting of Andy. The doctors then wheel Laurel out, and it looks like she will be okay. Team Arrow visits with Laurel, and Laurel talks about how much she enjoyed fighting alongside Team Arrow. Most of the team leaves, but Oliver hangs back to keep an eye on her.
Laurel asks Oliver to get something from her stuff. It is the photo of her that Oliver had on the island. She kept it as a reminder about their old life. Laurel says that she hopes that he finds his way back to Felicity, and tells Oliver that he will always be the love of her life, even though she is not his. Laurel then tells Oliver that she needs him to promise something. We don’t hear what this is though, and the next thing we see is Laurel seizing and Oliver saying he doesn’t know what happened. Doctors try to revive her, but they are unable to. The Team cries over her death, and Oliver heads outside, looking stunned.
Captain Lance then finally shows up, and sees Oliver. He figures out what happened, and collapses himself.
Taiana and Oliver work towards their escape, and Taiana is not wanting to kill anyone in their escape, despite Oliver thinking they might have to. Oliver tries to get her to stop focusing on the past, as that “person” would not survive the island. Taiana tries to get her courage.
Later we see Taiana freaking out about Conklin, and some men head into the cave to investigate. Oliver takes out those men, and Taiana takes out the one guard that remained. Taiana frees many of the captives as Oliver holds off the other soldiers. They get into a bit of a scuffle with soldiers, and Oliver tells the team to head for the boats outside. Oliver wants to take out Reiter though.
After things calm down, Taiana and Oliver talk. They promise that if one of the two don’t make it out alive, the other will notify their loved ones. Underground, Reiter absorbs more life forces for himself.
His Post Arrow Recap Thoughts on Season 4 Episode 18: Eleven-Fifty-Nine
So is Laurel really dead? I didn’t really understand what was going on. The doctor had just said she would be just fine. Then we see her about to tell Oliver a promise for him to keep, but then suddenly she is seizing and dead. Did she get her request out to Oliver? Is this one of those fake deaths and we will see Laurel back eventually, like they did with Roy? It just seemed like a sudden death. Maybe it was done this way for shock value, but it seems really odd how it was handled. Oliver didn’t seem like someone mourning the loss of a close friend, but then again, he could be stunned as well. We now know who is in the grave from the beginning of the season though.
Diggle, meanwhile, has some apologizing to do. Oliver was onto Andy, and Diggle refused to listen. It is hard when it comes to family and knowing who to trust, but I think it was pretty obvious what Andy’s plan was.
As for Merlyn, a few episodes ago, I was finding Merlyn to be a bit more grey of a person than purely a bad guy. Sure, now he seems to be trying to protect his daughter, but he sure is willing to kill the rest of Team Arrow. Or at the very least, watch someone else do it. I really hope that Merlyn gets what is coming to him right along with Darhk.
Overall, a pretty sad episode. I have been pretty harsh on Laurel, but I thought her character was becoming a little more interesting towards the end. We will have to see if this is the end of Katie Cassidy/Laurel/Black Canary on the show or not.
Her Thoughts on Arrow, Season 2 Episode 18: Eleven-Fifty-Nine episode
Arrow Scenes for Season 4 Episode 19 – Canary Cry
The next episode of Arrow deals with the aftermath of Laurel’s death. In the scenes for the next episode, the funeral is held, and the team seems pretty broken up over the loss of Laurel.