Arrow recap: ‘Irreconcilable Differences’



TV Show
ActionAdventure, Crime
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Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey
The CW
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In Season

We gave it a B

The midseason finale of Arrow begins with a union but ends with a separation — which, to be fair, is how things work on this series, where happiness is fleeting. From the moment the hour opened with Oliver and Felicity’s very joyful wedding, we should’ve known things could only go downhill from there.

The wedding is definitely the fun part of the episode, and it gives us a chance to check with everyone. While Oliver and Felicity celebrate their long-awaited marriage — which feels very earned after six years of watching this relationship develop — the Team Arrow newbies drown their sorrows in alcohol, especially the recently divorced Curtis. Thankfully, Rene stops Curtis before he embarrasses himself too much during a drunken wedding toast. The crowning moment of the entire wedding, however, is when Quentin goes full surrogate father and gives Oliver the watch his father gave him. This surrogate father-son relationship is one of Arrow‘s most effective pairings because the show has put time into developing it. Sometimes Arrow has a tendency to rush over important steps in relationships, but they allowed this one take its course at a reasonable pace. It feels right that Oliver and Quentin would be in such a good place.

Alas, the fun times were never going to last. During the party, Quentin receives word that the prosecution has a smoking gun witness who is willing to testify against Oliver, and it’s someone on the team. So, Oliver and Felicity set up surveillance on Rene, Curtis, and Dinah to figure out who it is. Diggle voices his objections but goes along with it. Their spying eventually turns up results: They discover that Dinah has been secretly meeting with Vigilante. Oliver’s not pleased that Dinah’s been lying about this and immediately assumes she’s the one who betrayed him — which means it isn’t her.

Criminal mastermind Michael Emerson Cayden James decides now is the right time to add to Team Arrow’s problems and instructs Black Siren to kidnap Quentin. Thea tries to stop her, but she’s still not back at full strength after waking up from her coma. But Black Siren lets Thea live so she can deliver a phone to Oliver, which Cayden calls and to give instructions: If Oliver wants Quentin back, he needs to break into ARGUS and steal something called a nano-aluminum amplifier, which I refuse to believe is actually a real thing. At least once an episode, I feel like Arrow is just making things up.

Seeing no other option, Team Arrow breaks into ARGUS and steals the device, without Dinah. However, Dinah learns they went out into the field without her, which forces a confrontation. Oliver accuses her of betraying him, which ends up revealing that he’s spying on all of them. Obviously, no one is happy about that. Even more obviously, Dinah denies turning on Oliver and is super hurt he doesn’t trust her. Eventually, the real culprit comes forward: Rene, who was honestly the only person it could’ve been. Rene explains that Watson had evidence he was Wild Dog and threatened to use it keep Zoey away from him forever. Since she had a solid case against Oliver with or without him, he cooperated. Oliver kicks him off the team.
(Next: Death of the Family)

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