Arrow was action-packed this week as Team Arrow headed to Moscow with an added surprise guest, Isabel Rochev. Diggle went to save his ex-wife, Lyla, from the gulag and to find his enemy Deadshot. In “Keep Your Enemies Closer,” the rescue led to quite a few surprises, including a hook-up and an expected truth.
During a mission with Arrow, Diggle got kidnapped by ARGUS. The apparent trouble may have been over, but Diggle should have noticed they were coming, but he didn’t. He was hooded and taken away without anyone else realizing.
Lyla was missing in Moscow and ARGUS wanted him to go and find her. The mention of Lyla was enough to convince him, but there was more. ARGUS knows about Team Arrow. Uh oh!
Without delay, Diggle headed to the lair to get supplies before making arrangements to go to Moscow. When Diggle mentioned what he was doing, Oliver and Felicity immediately knew they had to go with him and help because they are a team.
Oliver made arrangements for them to travel to Moscow on the company jet under the guise of business. Isabel Rochev found out and decided to crash their trip. She’s definitely keeping her eyes on Oliver.
Isabel believes that Felicity is more to Oliver than just his short-skirt-wearing assistant. And, she is, but definitely not in the way that she’s implying. Though, the jump from IT to CEO’s Assistant is a bit of a leap.
Oliver contacted an ally of his in Moscow for help saving Lyla. The job wasn’t an easy one. She was caught breaking into and held at a nasty gulag, “The Nightmare.” Diggle was arrested in order to get into the prison.
While there, he ended up face-to-face with Deadshot. In order to save Lyla, Diggle teamed up with his enemy and got her out in time to be successfully extracted. The bomb on the coat was a nice touch. Oliver was dressed in Russian guard clothing and provided support for the escape, which was successful. They all made it out alive … including Deadshot.
After escaping from the prison, Diggle forced Deadshot out of the car. He could have killed the man he had hunted for years. There was nothing stopping him, except himself and his honor.
Deadshot asked Diggle how he thought his brother died. And, Diggle got the shock of his life. The contract wasn’t for the man his brother was protecting. Diggle’s brother was the target. And, it was H.I.V.E (Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination) that ordered the hit.
Each week, Arrow continues to expand the show’s world beyond Team Arrow and Starling City. What did his brother do and why was he targeted for assassination? With that response, Diggle couldn’t kill Deadshot.
The two leaders of Queen Consolidated are more alike then they realized. Isabel came clean and acknowledged that she knew that Oliver was playing the role of the lazy idiot. She knew that he was really intelligent, but lonely. Isabel was born in Russia and later adopted in America. Their shared loneliness provided an opportunity for them to hook up and get some companionship.
It was an odd hook-up for sure. It temporarily caused some strain between Oliver and Felicity, but he was honest with her. He doesn’t have the heart or time for a real relationship.
Oliver’s headed back to the island in search of a World War II serum, “Miracle.” Given the event in the future, Sara must not have betrayed him on the island. Oliver must get back to the boat to save the Russian.
What will take place next week? Check back in with us to find out!