Episode 1.14 picks up right where last week left off.
Having learned that his mother is somehow involved with the rest of the people on the list from his book, Oliver sets off to confront her as the Hood. He bursts into her office, and aims his bow and arrow at Moira Queen. Moira denies knowing where Walter is, and pleads for her life, talking about her children. When Oliver lets down his guard, Moira grabs a gun and shoots him.
Oliver makes it to the garage, and into Felicity’s car, where he reveals himself as the Hood to her, and gets a promise from her that she will only take him to his hideout. In a massive understatement, Felicity says “Everything about you just became so unbelievably clear.” She gets him to the hideout, and Diggle, and they work together to save Oliver’s life.
The episode features a lot of Slade Wilson training Oliver as well as getting to know him, and being largely unimpressed. However, by the end of the episode, Oliver is able to defeat a guard, proving that he’s starting to learn the skills that make him so formidable now.
Intercut with the island flashbacks are Felicity and Diggle’s ‘getting to know you while covered in blood’ scenes. Both have some great lines, work well together, and are similarly amused by Oliver’s inability to do certain things, like stay out of trouble.
Felicity refuses the offer to join the team, but will help them find Walter, who’s still missing.
Diggle calls Oliver on him not wanting to admit that his mother could be just as dirty as everybody else on the list.
Oliver makes it home to act surprised that his mother was attacked, and accept an awkward hug, before promising her that the Hood will never bother her again. Unlikely, if things keep taking a dark turn.
This episode was less heavy on information gathering in Starling City, but it fleshed out more of Oliver’s time on the island, who trained him – one Deathstroke is a deadly enough mentor, and as the guy still breathing Slade Wilson is going to be the only one who can take on that title.
In addition, the audience learned why Yao Fei is helping the bad guys – he’s protecting his daughter.
Lessons learned: ‘how, why, when, and where’ are Oliver Queen’s least favorite questions. Thank you for your snark, Diggle, and Felicity.
Oliver’s progress on the island not only shows him learning how to be a better fighter, it also charts his development from a selfish social butterfly into somebody who feels it’s his sworn duty to right the wrongs of Starling City. Him not wanting to destroy the island, because it would kill Yao Fei is a small step toward him being a hero.
However, he is going to have to come to terms with the fact that, like his father, his mother is very likely not the person he thought she was, and that may mean another confrontation between her and the Hood. Or, better yet, some truth-telling on both sides.