Season 5 Episode 14 of Arrow, titled The Sin-Eater, has the return of some of the female villains of the show, as Oliver tries to dig more into Prometheus. Check out Josh’s recap of the episode along with our thoughts!
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On this week’s episode of Arrow, we gain a little more information about Prometheus–primarily with Oliver and Diggle meeting mommy-Prometheus. Amanda Westfield, Prometheus’ mother, says she hasn’t seen her son in 4 years, and Oliver asks her for help in tracking Prometheus down, or at the very least, his name. However, she proves to be completely uncooperative.
Giving up on this for now, Oliver and Diggle return from Opal City, and learn that 3 of the femme fatales have broken out of prison–China White, Carrie Cutter (Cupid), and Liza Warner. They have killed their guards, stolen a bus, and headed to Star City to enact some big plan.
But Oliver has some mayoral duties to take care of, including the swearing in of Dinah Drake as a cop of Star City. Diggle tells her it is a big deal, and she seems to agree with that.
Other mayoral duties have Oliver talking to his reporter girlfriend, Susan Williams. She asks about seeing him soon, since he has been cancelling dinners a lot lately, and then blatantly drops the bomb asking him if she is the Green Arrow. Oliver says yes, but then plays it off as a joke, probably to unbalance Susan.
Oliver then talks to Thea about the situation, but says he has it handled. Turns out that Thea doesn’t quite believe that, and talks with Felicity. Felicity hacks into Susan’s computer to discover a pretty big information load of stuff Susan has collected relating the Green Arrow to Oliver. So…Felicity does some hackery on Susan’s computer, and Thea seemingly frames Susan for plagiarism, and Susan winds up fired. Needless to say, Susan thinks Oliver had something to do with this, and when Oliver is blind-sided by this, he confronts Felicity, and then Thea. Thea admits to it, but tells Oliver that she didn’t think this would happen, and she was just trying to keep his secret. Oliver tells her that she should have come to him with this plan, but Thea says that they would just be having this same conversation, and Oliver’s identity would be released.
But back to the trio of hooligan-nesses–they have decided to murder some triads, and after looking at some security footage, and Mr. Terrific and Wild Dog doing some of their own recon, Team Arrow figures out that the women are looking for Tobias Church’s money stash. Meanwhile, Lance is feeling guilty about Liza Warner, feeling like her change of heart about her change of heart is his fault. When Lance and Oliver confront the trio, Liza tells Lance that she felt betrayed once she heard he had been working with Damien Darhk.
There’s another wrinkle in the mess for Oliver, too–the police have been given information that implicates the Green Arrow in the murder of Billy Malone. When Oliver seems to have the trio ready for the cops to round up, they turn on him, trying to arrest him. Oliver manages to make an escape.
Meeting with Pike, Oliver tries to explain that he has it “on good authority” that the Green Arrow is innocent. Pike is not backing down though.
Meanwhile, the trio of women take some hostages, and Oliver says they need to let the police handle the situation since the police are all over the Green Arrow. Lance doesn’t seem to understand, but Oliver seems to feel guilty about Malone still. Lance tries to help him feel better, and it seems to work. Oliver decides to chat with Pike again. Oliver tells Pike that the Green Arrow was manipulated into killing Malone, by making Malone appear as the villain. Pike has questions, and Oliver tries calm him down, making him think that the Green Arrow is trying to save the city. Pike seems to soften, but still says he has to think about it.
Felicity then gives Oliver the potential location of the trio, so the Green Arrow can jump into action. Apparently they are at a hospital, and Felicity gets the team in gear. Dinah is given the Black Canary mask to wear. Pike, meanwhile, has the task force sent out to meet where he thinks Green Arrow will be.
The trio find a tomb in the mortuary and find the cash. But Dinah greets them with a Canary cry. The team surrounds the trio. Some thugs show up, and begin attacking Team Arrow, giving some back up for the trio, who seem to have the cops on their payroll.
But Pike shows up with his men, and they take down the women and arrest them without incident.
Thea and Oliver, meanwhile, talk about what happened. Thea apologizes, and Oliver seems to understand her choice she made. Oliver sees her actions as those as what her mother would do for him, and is worried what will happen to Thea on this road.
Back in the mayor’s office, the DA tells him to turn the news, and it looks like Oliver’s coverup of the murder of Malone is leaked to the news, and Oliver remarks this could be the end of his term as mayor.
As for the flashbacks, Anatoly is recovering from his injuries, and Anatoly tells Oliver he is a “sin eater”. He describes a sin-eater as a person in some cultures that metaphorically eats the sins of the dead so that they can move on to the afterlife. After the sentimental moment, Oliver realizes that they are being watched, so the two try to make an escape. Unfortunately, they are surrounded by some Russian thugs, who apparently will let Anatoly live if the “American” surrenders. Oliver gives himself up, and Oliver takes down most of the men. But Ishmael finds Anatoly, and has him at gun point…
His Thoughts on Arrow, Season 5 Episode 14: The Sin-Eater
The theme of this episode seemed to be that of not being responsible for others’ mistakes. This was shown in the flashbacks with Oliver and Anatoly, Lance with regards to Liza, and it seemed to be hammered home quite a bit.
One surprising thing about the episode is that Pike has not put together who the Green Arrow is. It seems like Oliver is practically admitting it to him, but Pike is not smart enough catch up. But I guess that’s expected in most secret identity hero situations.
As for the villains this week, they were pretty “meh”, but I did find the actions of Felicity and Thea regarding Susan interesting. I am curious what Susan’s intentions were with the information she had. Did she intend to go public and betray Oliver? Was she going to use this information for other, worse purposes? I have a feeling now that her career is ruined, we will see a more dark side to her, and I would not be surprised if she has some hand in the releasing of the autopsy of Malone. Could she and Prometheus be in cahoots? I have always thought it was possible, but so far there hasn’t been any concrete information.
While we probably won’t get resolution until the end of the season, I am getting tired of waiting to figure out who Prometheus is. Is he just some new guy? Will we be shocked to discover it is an old friend/foe? I guess patience will be necessary…
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