Lance (Paul Blackthorne) continues his mission to take down the Arrow (Stephen Amell) so Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) orders Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons (guest star Doug Jones), who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray (Brandon Routh) for help. The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.
As Deadshot so appropriately says during “Suicidal Tendencies”: “The Suicide Squad rides again.”
Well… a significantly pared down Squad, but a Squad none the less.
The team has lost a couple of its members since its eponymous episode in season 2, leaving Diggle and Lyla to team up with Deadshot and the newest member of the Squad, the lovesick Cupid on a new mission.
“Tendencies” splits its time between the team’s mission in the fictional Republic of Kasnia and Oliver’s search for his new League of Assassin imposters. Oddly, pervading both story lines is love. Love is in the air from the episode’s opening and through nearly every major character interaction. For some, that means heartbreak, and for others, love brings the promise of a new phase in their lives.
But before Diggle and Oliver part ways and grapple with their respective relationships, the episode begins on what the happiest moment the show has enjoyed in recent memory. Diggle and Lyla are getting married—again—and not even late best man Oliver Queen and a missing officiate can delay that.
Ray Palmer, Felicity’s date, steps in to wed the two, and while I half-expected an enemy of someone in the room to come barging in, Diggle and Lyla’s ceremony goes off without a hitch. The good mood is only broken when everyone receives a phone notification with a news headline, ”Arrow Returns to Killing.” (Does everyone has an “Arrow” Google alert?)
Added screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×17 – Suicidal Tendencies
Question: Arrow‘s Oliver and Felicity got a little flirt going last week… I’m so glad to finally see them interacting again. Can you tease anything about their future scenes together? —Jewel
Ausiello: We asked Stephen Amell to ID his favorite moment from this Wednesday’s wedded hour, and he offered this: “I have a great scene with Emily [Bett Rickards] in the latter part of that episode where we’re really at odds with one another,” he previews. “I thought it was one of our more interesting Arrowcave scenes.” Could it have something to do with the discovery that her new beau is super-suiting up? “Oliver’s fine with Ray and Felicity, until Oliver discovers that he’s the Atom,” Amell says. “Because the whole reason that he can’t be with Felicity is because he has this other thing that he has to do. So if it’s just Ray Palmer, ‘Good, great. Enjoy.’ But if it’s Palmer as the Atom, then Oliver’s going to have a problem.” As for Rickards’ favorite moment — don’t shoot the messenger, Olicity ‘shippers — she tells us it’s when Felicity “walks in with Ray” at the start of the ceremony.
While Diggle (David Ramsey) is planning to tie the knot, Oliver (Stephen Amell) sets his sights on confronting Starling’s new hero: Ray Palmer, aka The Atom (Brandon Routh).
“We’re not super happy about it only because the vigilantism that’s going on in Starling City, they aren’t well-trained,” Ramsey tells EW. “It’s more that issue than it is anything else. The intentions are good, but these people aren’t trained and they have their reservations about that.”
However, even if Palmer had more training, Oliver still wouldn’t be his No. 1 fan. “He’s good with all the help that he can get, but if he’s going to be romantically involved with Felicity, [that’s different],” Amell says. “Oliver being someone else other than just himself is the precise reason why he doesn’t want to be involved with Felicity. He’s fine with Ray being involved with her, except if he’s The Atom, it creates the exact same set of problems.”
But going toe-to-toe with Ray could put Oliver at odds with Felicity, who you may be surprised to hear actually sides with Ray. “She does end up supporting it because we need it, but she’s nervous and anxious because he’s out in the field and he’s in danger,” Emily Bett Rickards says. “It’s a friend and it’s someone she knows and is growing to love. You’re putting your teammate in danger, so she doesn’t necessarily feel gung-ho.”
As for what’s supposed to be the joyous occasion of Diggle and Lyla getting married, the big day won’t go off without a hitch. “Suicide Squad interrupts our wedding,” says Ramsey, who teases that there’s a surprise wedding officiant. (Scoop on that here.) “Michael Rowe is just fantastic in the episode. It’s a big episode for him. We learn a lot about Deadshot. We’re actually going to see some of his life in that.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
In a way, tonight’s Arrow was a return to basics. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a simple “Arrow and company stop low-level bad guy from committing a non-destroy the city crime” episode. It was a refreshing change of pace to take a step back from the League of Assassin antics we’ve been dealing with, and at times “The Offer” was reminiscent of some of the first season’s better episodes. The return of Quentin Lance’s animosity toward the vigilante definitely added to that effect.
As the episode title suggests, tonight was all about Oliver considering Ra’s al Ghul’s offer. Arrow takes advantage of the slowed-down pace to turn its thematic dial up to 100 as the proverbial offer forces Oliver to revisit his identity crisis. Elsewhere in the episode, Thea also deals with her identity crisis; however, Arrow takes this a step further and subtly (very surprising) connects her Malcolm-caused issues with Nyssa and Laurel, who are also trying to pick up the pieces of their fractured relationships with their fathers. Basically, it was a thematically heavy episode—and let’s get to it…
Added screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×16 – The Offer
Now that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has declined Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) offer, Team Arrow is definitely in danger—remember, it isn’t so much an offer as it is a demand.
Rumors that not everyone would make it out of this season alive were, surprisingly, first sparked by the cast, who detailed on Twitter that they had just shot a very emotionally draining scene. “Goodbyes are tough,” Amell tweeted. So, is someone really getting killed off?
In avoiding the question, executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have all but confirmed that someone really will be saying goodbye. “I can’t confirm anything,” he told EW at the recent PaleyFest panel. “In all honesty, there are so many surprises coming. I was on my way here and I was thinking about episodes 16-23 and the truth of the matter is, every episode contains a massive spoiler. It’s one spoiler after the other after the other and it’s really hard to talk about. I can’t even talk about who is doing what because, yes, there is the strong possibility that someone will not finish the season with us.”
“Every year characters come and go on all these shows,” executive producer Greg Berlanti added. “It’s just the nature. We always try and do it in the right away, I guess.”
Adding more fuel to the fire that the potential departing character won’t be leaving willingly is Emily Bett Rickard’s reaction to the same question. “Yeah, who dies this season? Season 3, who dies?” she taunted. “You guys will be heartbroken again. I think that’s why you guys keep watching the show because you like to hurt inside. Everyone you know and love you can see in season 2 and the beginning of season 3.”
Who do you think may be leaving Arrow? Find out as Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.