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Recap | Arrow: ‘Lone Gunman’

Last week, China White; this week, Deadshot.

Not only did another DC Universe villain make it onto Arrow this week but someone discovers Oliver Queen’s secret identity. In the third episode of The CW superhero drama, “Lone Gunman” (no, not “Gunmen”; this isn’t an X-Files crossover, unfortunately), Deadshot shows up with his poisoned bullets — and while it was nice to see him in Star(ling) City, from the looks of it, he may not be back.

The episode opens with Ollie in the secret headquarters he built inside one of his late father’s abandoned warehouses, once again engaged in an impressive shirtless workout. If he weren’t so busy playing the part of a reckless billionaire playboy by day and hooded, arrow-slinging vigilante by night, he could seriously have a career as a Crossfit instructor. The voiceover narration reminds us that Oliver Queen is a man on a mission: He has a book filled with names of men and women who have corrupted the city, and he plans to bring each of them to justice, one by one (and episode by episode …).

Only this week, somebody took out one of his bad businessmen ahead of schedule, and with lethal precision. Oliver may be a badass martial artist and marksman, but he’s no killer. No sooner had Arrow suited up and hit the rooftops to confront James Holder than a sniper’s bullet rang through his target’s heart. Arrow is injured in the skirmish as well, although it’s nothing a little self-stitching can’t mend.

But wait! The bullet that grazed Oliver’s arm is filled with poison! He realizes it just in time to take a swig of all-purpose antidote before he passes out, giving way to one of the show’s cool flashbacks to the five years our hero spent marooned on an island.

He’s still stuck with the arrow that hit him during the flashback at the end of last week’s episode — an arrow delivered by a guy in a costume strikingly similar to Oliver’s. “Why did you shoot me?” Oliver asks. “To protect you,” the archer answers in another language. Later in the episode, another flashback reveals Oliver escaped the cave where the archer was keeping him, only to be trapped in a net. The archer again insists he’s protecting him, from others on the island. We see some of these others on the island, looking like some sort of commandos.

Back in the present, Oliver wakes up and heads home to find his sister Thea is in trouble with the police for some teenaged tomfoolery. “When I was her age, you and dad let me get away with murder. Looking back, I could have used less ‘space’ and more parenting,” Oliver says, scolding his mother.

At least one cop was smart enough to realize “The Hood” didn’t kill Holder. Detective Dad (as we like to call Mr. Lance) knows guns aren’t his style. Oliver shows off some science skills, analyzing his bandage at his makeshift lab to figure out what type of “rare and deadly poison” was on those bullets. A quick hack into Interpol’s files reveals the poisoned bullets are the M.O. of a killer wanted for murders all over the world – a killer nicknamed Deadhshot. As Oliver narrates how Deadshot has moved to the top of his list, we get our first glimpse of the villain, who tattoos his body with the names of his victims.

“It’s sweet. Though I gotta tell you, man, if you’re thinking of calling it ‘Queen’s,’ I don’t think you’re going to get the clientele that you were hoping for,” Tommy Merlyn quips as Oliver takes him by a warehouse (yes, that warehouse) where he suggests opening a nightclub. Bodyguard John Diggle, whom Oliver now refers to as “Digs,” is there, too. The plan is for the nightclub to conceal Arrow’s secret lair underground and to provide an alibi for where Oliver Queen spends his nights.

Meanwhile, Laurel’s friend at the law office catches her trolling online for news about Ollie and tells her it’s time to move on. “We are going out tonight,” the pal insists,” and we are going to have shots and we are going to dance with men that we don’t know.”

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We’re not sure how Oliver learned parkour on the island, but watching him jump up a building is still pretty cool. He’s back at the scene of the crime and manages to get some evidence stuck in one of the walls. Detective Dad is at the rooftop pool, gathering some evidence of his own. Oliver figures out a connection with the Russian mob and showed off his fluency in the language (!) while snooping around a connected auto shop. “I’m Bratva,” Oliver declares, showing off his chest tattoo after disarming a Russian goon. Very intriguing!

“I apologize. We meant no disrespect to a captain, particularly, an American one,” says the man in the basement he came to see. The crime boss agrees to look for the guy using Deadshot’s particular brand of gun. He also promises to kill Ollie and his family if it turns out he’s not really Bratva (“brotherhood,” a term for Russian mafia group).

Deadshot is keeping busy in the meantime, taking out another bad-guy businessman and inking himself with another name.

Both dead businessmen were rivals of Oliver’s stepfather, it turns out, making him something of a suspect. Of course we know from previous episodes that Oliver’s mom is involved in some shady dealings, including having her own son kidnapped.

Oliver and Tommy’s night out is ruined in several ways: First, Ollie’s little sister is there, wasted. Second, wasted little sister spills the beans about Tommy and Laurel sleeping together. Third, Oliver slept with the nightclub owner’s fiancé at their wedding rehearsal. Said nightclub owner, Max Fuller, punches Oliver and proceeds to have his bodyguards rough up the two friends. Laurel (she was going for her own night out, remember?) comes to their rescue with a bunch of self-defense moves she says she learned at Detective Dad’s urging.

Oliver, Tommy and Dig (whom they had ditched at the velvet rope) regroup and recuperate at a diner, where we meet Dig’s widowed sister-in-law. Oliver tells Tommy he’s fine with the whole Tommy-and-Dinah thing. While there, he gets a call from the Russian mob guy, who says he has info on Deadshot and also says Oliver had been all checked out as a proper Bratva. So, Arrow has juice with Russian mobsters? From the island?

Arrow and Deadshot get into their first tussle, which ends with the villain escaping and Oliver snagging his laptop. He tricks a super-cute technician at Queen Corp (“I spilled a latte on it”) to salvage information from the computer, which allowing Oliver to piece together more about Deadshot’s plans. Mainly, he’s been hired to take out the guys who are bidding on some business deal. Detective Lance and Dig get the tip and arrive at the auction in force.

Tommy drops by the courthouse to tell Laurel that Oliver was “surprisingly cool” about them being together. And that he’d like to be again.

The Queen clan show up at the auction, and Deadshot causes all hell to break loose, naturally. Detective Dad shoves Oliver’s stepfather Walter out of the way as Deadshot fires his first round. Oliver is able to slip away and into his costume (but not before making a comment to Dig that reveals he knows a bit too much about the situation for a reckless playboy). Arrow and Deadshot engage in some hand-to-hand combat as Oliver scolds his opponent with, “We’re not in the same line of work. Your profession is murder,” Deadshot counters, “You’ve taken lives.”

“For the good of others,” Arrow answers, firing a shot that seems to take Deadshot’s life. Moments later, Arrow realizes Dig had been hit with a poison bullet, and taken him back to his secret lair – revealing his secret identity in the process


  • Sean McLaughlin

    interesting that they seem to be giving Ollie a bit of Connor’s origin

  • Lyle

    I am enjoying this show, and enjoyed this episode. The only problem I have (and will always have) is the naming of the city from Star City to Starling City. I just don’t understand why, since non comic book fans don’t care what the city is called, and comic book fans are annoyed by this, thus alienating part of their audience for no good reason.
    As for the episode: I liked the reference to Markovia while Oliver was looking through places where Deadshot had committed assassinations. It makes me hopeful that we will see Count Vertigo in the future. Yes, the show says no super powers, but Count Vertigo’s power does come from a hi-tech device not a super power. And, since Deadshot can have a wrist gun that does not exist in the real world, I don’t see why Count Vertigo’s technology cannot exist.
    Deadshot was done well, though he mostly just shot and killed people (which, if you think about it, is what he does). I wish he had his mustache, but get that most guys look like porn stars with a mustache so could not begrudge the actor that. Also, I think they gave us an out for him not actually being dead. The arrow may have been stopped by his eye ware enough that it did not hit his eye. And, if it did, maybe it just hit his eye and he now has to wear the eye ware permanently to see out of that eye.
    It looks as though Ollie will now have two assistants, with the cute techie girl helping him out and Digs discovering his secret.
    Finally, it was cool to see Laurel kick butt, since this does suggest her eventually becoming Black Canary.

  • Anthony Schultz

    My thought exactly!

  • Thalia

    I love this show, but the workout scenes just feel like pandering to me, all his money and he still hasn’t got some work out clothes? Not that I’m complaining lol

  • MrFreezeRhino

    They should have kept Floyd’s facial hair. It’s as iconic as his ocular targeting device! 

  • john

    Did anyone else notice “cute computer tech” get shot in the back at the party? Maybe she is to become the new Oracle?

  • Boris Bilenko

    “Oliver may be a badass martial artist and marksman, but he’s no killer.” Forgetting episode one are we?

  • sandwich eater

    There were two mind-numbingly stupid things in this episode that kept me from enjoying it. First, Ollie’s plan to keep his hideout a secret is to turn it into a nightclub and attract hundreds of potential witnesses to it every night. Second he is a local celebrity whose recently been on TV after showing up alive when he was presumed dead, and yet the Russian mob does not recognize him or even wonder how a rich American kid got Russian mob tattoos.

    Hopefully now that Dig knows his secret, Ollie can abandone the worst plan for maintaining a secret ID ever. I mean it only kind of made sense as a way to ditch Dig. Turning his HQ into a club is so stupid, it’s like the CW has a quota on weekly party scenes that must be filled.

  • Jean199999

    Deadshot was dealt with (and killed?) rather too quickly for my taste.

  • IndigoMX9

    I wasn’t much of a fan of Green Arrow’s comic, I only knew him from Justice League and Batman the Brave and the Bold.  However I REALLY like this show.  They are taking wow factor from Smallville to the next level.  So many great characters on the show: Laurel or Dinah, I was really glad to see her kick butt, can’t wait for her to become Black Canary.  I think that the sister will be the female Speedy.  The best friend is Merlyn.  I wonder if the the bodyguard, become Bronze Tiger or someone from the League of Assigns? 

  • Zenstrive

    Starling City because there is a group called Birds of Prey commanded by Dinah Lance. Just saying :)

  • Wyrder

     Maybe his eyepiece stopped the arrow from going in too deep, and he just passed out from the pain?  If so he can get a cybernetic eyepiece to replace his lost eye, and return to seek revenge on Ollie.

  • Wyrder

    The hideout could still work simply by him having a secret entrance from his private office to the underground lair.  Plus, with Diggle now aware of his double ID he can cover for Ollie and help him sneak out.

    As for the Russian mob, they may recognize Oliver Queen, yet not know he’s a part of their organization, but when he flashes a tattoo that marks him as a “captain” I’m sure the mobster did exactly what he was supposed to do, check out his credentials.  There’s obviously more going on there then we know, why not let the writers reveal the information at their own pace?  The bane of serial stories is the modern audience wants to know everything, now.  Relax and let the story unfold at its own pace.  If your questions aren’t answered once they do the reveal, or you’re unsatisfied with the answers then complain.  Until then why not sit back and try to enjoy the show?

  • Jean199999

    That makes perfect sense actually. I really hope they do exactly that.