After several weeks off the air, Arrow is finally back — and with quite the twisty episode. In case you forgot, the last episode dropped several big developments on us. First, Curtis made the very smart decision to leave Star City in favor of a (hopefully) calmer life in Washington D.C. (and thus Echo Kellum left the show…for now). Secondly, we all found out that Mia is actually Felicity and Oliver’s daughter, a.k.a. William’s half-sister and Felicity discovered she was pregnant in the present-day.
While tonight’s episode “Brothers & Sisters” does touch on Curtis’ departure a couple of times, it’s more concerned with that latter development. In fact, the episode digs into Felicity’s anxiety over becoming a mother and starts to explore William and Mia’s dynamic, as well as Oliver and Emiko’s.
The hour’s concern with Felicity’s fears about bringing a child into this crazy begins from minute one. “Brothers & Sisters” opens with Felicity waking up in a cold sweat after having a nightmare about Diaz chasing her through the forest and threatening her loved ones, which is the same kind of dream Oliver had at the beginning of the season. Of course, her anxiety is compounded when Diggle finally comes clean about the Ghost Initiative and Diaz’s place in it, thus ruining the impromptu OTA moment she, Oliver, and Diggle were having. Right after she finds out about the Not Suicide Squad, Felicity texts Laurel that their plan to kill Diaz is back on.
Laurel shows up at Felicity’s apartment and tries to talk her out of her plan because she likes being a D.A. and is worried about the consequences. Laurel also deduces that Felicity is pregnant, and becomes the first person that Felicity tells since she still hasn’t told Oliver. But the friendship bonding doesn’t stop there. Laurel eventually returns to the apartment with groceries for her new bestie and gives her the pep talk she needs. ”There will always be another Diaz. You just need the faith that you can handle the next one, and the one after that, and the one after that,” says Laurel, explaining that Felicity shouldn’t kill him out of fear.
The development of Felicity and Laurel’s friendship has been one of the best parts of the season, if only because I don’t think we’ve ever had anything like this on the show. I could be wrong, but Arrow has never really given Felicity another female with whom she could bond. I don’t remember her having too many meaty scenes like this with Thea or the original Laurel. Sure, she was friendly with Alena, but their relationship didn’t have the emotional depth as the one she has with Earth-2 Laurel now. For the most part, Felicity has always been closest with Oliver and Diggle, which makes sense and is great, but this is great because female friendships are important and it further helps Felicity have a life outside of her relationship to Oliver.
While Felicity and Laurel’s relationship continues to blossom, Oliver hits a roadblock with Emiko. After Rene reads Oliver in on Emiko’s revengenda, Oliver decides the best way to earn her trust is to help her find her mother’s killer. Spoiler alert: he ends up coming on way too strong and offers unwanted advice and criticism about her knife throwing ability, arrow-making, and more.
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