Rather we find out the terrible terrible secret about Felicity’s past… that in college she was a politically active goth!
We then cut to Oliver and Thea, Thea is moving into a new apartment with the money left to her by Malcom Merlin. Oliver doesn’t approve of her taking his money. And I feel the need to jump back to the very first episode where Oliver robs a rich man to fund his Arrow adventures, so more then a little hypocrytical mate.
But I am so bored of the Queens lying to each other that I’m going to skip over it. And instead talk about Brother Eye, a rouge satellite in the DC universe Brother Eye can be a serious force to fight against. Here he seems an archaist, wanting to tear down the pillars of society. *Spoiler alert* is is obviously going to be Felcity’s ex-boyfriend. EVERYONE saw that coming.
Team Arrow tries to sort the matter out with Felicity’s mum taking care of baby Sarah, there is a lot of tension between Felicity and her mum. Both come off as understandable but also in the wrong, so it’s a good strong base of drama there.
Flashback time and dumb-ass boyfriend gets arrested. Shocking. Present Felicity recognises the hacking code from Brother Eye as one she created and Laurel as acting district attorney sends a squad down to stop a riot about to break out.
I really like Laurel taking charge like this, even though it wasn’t the right call to make because it escalated the situation rather than calmed it, I thought it was a important moment for her.
And then Arrow and Roy fire tear gas on a bunch of protesters… ummm. No comment.
Team Arrow chases down a dead end and we find out that Felicity’s boyfriend killed himself in prison after telling the cops it was him who created the virus to save her. With her tensions completely frayed we get into a big moment between her and her mother, talking about how each of them feel like the other is constantly judging them. Many feels were had in that moment.
Felicity’s mum also reveals that she came up so suddenly due to winning a flight from an email, Felicity knowing that is as likely as a Nigerian Prince realises what it is.
At that point they are both captured by Brother Eye who, as we all knew, is Felicity’s ex, very much alive and very much bitter from the work he did with the NSA after they faked his death. The Brother Eye reveal isn’t just predictable, it’s lame. Having a real hack-tivist anarchist could have been something really interesting but he turns out to be a watered down version of Hans Gruber.
More feelings are had as Felicity agrees to help Brother Eye steal millions while her mother talks about how proud she is of her. Once Arrow shows up and Felicity demonstrates some of those self-defence moves she learnt from Sarah (yay continuity!) the day is saved and boring villain is forgotten.
Laurel is getting her head back in the game with training, Thea and Oliver continue to lie to each other over popcorn while Malcom stands on a rooftop being totally not jealous guys. Felicity and her mum have a great goodbye and Ray is adorable, but still pretty useless.
Guess there wasn’t really any surprises in this one… oh… oh… WUT NO WAY!!