The "Crucible" episode of "Arrow" reveals that it may soon be easier to list the characters who don't have an alter ego. Oliver gains two new allies this week, one whose alter ego remains hidden to him and one whose identity could shatter his relationship with Laurel and her father.
Arrow's Shocking New Ally
Felicity makes the connection that the new vigilante might actually be following Laurel, rather than Arrow. Oliver uses this information to track his possible partner in justice down, trapping her as she lurks outside Laurel's apartment. The leather-clad blonde warns him that he might not be ready for the truth of her identity.
Curious when she also calls him by name, Oliver pulls off her wig and mask and is stunned when he recognizes Laurel's sister Sara. She says he needs time to digest this new information, and with the help of one of her sonic devices, she disappears in the wake of a mini-explosion.
Oliver's New Ally
Oliver holds an event to woo potential company investors, but all he earns is another snarky conversation with Alderman Sebastian Blood. Despite partner Isabel's disapproval, Oliver offers to anonymously fund a Guns For Cash event, to help cut back on violence in the Glades.
Blood is impressed when the program seems to be a success. He's even more impressed when Ollie yanks him to safety just before he's cut in half by a hail of bullets from a violent party-crasher, "The Mayor" (Cle Bennett). Blood decides this rich playboy with great survival instincts is much more valuable as a friend than a foe.
Digg, Felicity, and Oliver use all their skills to track down The Mayor and the military weapons he's using to cause chaos in the city. With all those guns, Arrow needs help, and Sara is ready and willing to kick serious butt. The two are victorious in a battle with the gun-toting thugs, a thrilling dance of martial arts and archery that includes them trading weapons for a few take-downs.
Alter Ego Revealed
Arrow talks his new partner into not killing The Mayor, but a sinister fate still awaits this ambitious criminal. He wakes up strapped to a chair, in the company of a fake cop and a dude with a seriously creepy mask. He's injected with some neon green syringe and then he's slumped over, blood leaking from his eye. That can't be good.
And who is it under that nightmare-inducing mask? None other than Sebastian Blood, who recently told Oliver there were more ways than one to help the city. After this scene, we don't think we'd want his kind of help.
Sara's friend Sin is shot during the Cash for Guns ambush, but luckily Roy is there to rescue her. Since he's done her a solid, Sin agrees not to tell Thea that he's an errand boy for Arrow. Thea's also feisty enough to keep up with Sin's snark, so it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Meanwhile, Laurel's not coping well with all the recent horror in her life, and has turned to booze and pills. When her dad gets her out of a DUI, he tries to get through to her, but she thinks his temperance advice is hypocritical. She's not interested in advice from Oliver, either, and continues her downward spiral.
We thought Oliver had endured enough pain and torture on the Island, but apparently more awaits him in his new floating prison. After learning how to survive a gunshot wound on his own, he graduates to Step 2, where he'll be tortured for more information about those creepy, deformed skeletons. He's shocked to discover that his new knife-wielding tormentor is a toughened-up Sara.
Present-day Sara came back to Starling City to check on her family after the earthquake, but she doesn't want them to know she's alive. She feels she died on that Island, and they won't want to know this new Sara. With all the anguish Laurel and her father have endured, Oliver tries to convince Sara to let them have the good news that she's alive.
The downside is, after having lied about Sara drowning in the boat accident, Oliver feels that the two Lances will never forgive him. He thinks it's worth the sacrifice, though, and at the end of the episode, it looks like Sara agrees with him.
Stephen Amell dishes on Oliver's return to the island in Season 2:
"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.