This episode starts off with a bang as Ollie tells Diggle about him being the vigilante. Ollie thought that Diggle would join him but Diggle takes a swing at him and calls him a crazy murderer. Moira Kirland & Lana Cho give us this very emotional episode that just keeps swinging right off the bat. As soon as Oliver gets home Laurel is there waiting for him to tell him how selfish he is and how he needs to get over himself and think about other people for once.
Back on the island five years ago the mystery man is helping keep Oliver alive by feeding him birds. Oliver is acting ungrateful just yelling at the guy to speak English. In the present Oliver tells Thea his problems, she talks him into telling Laurel how he feels. Ollie wakes up the next day to find that Diggle has quit. Oliver now has a new body guard, luckily Diggle didn't tell anyone what Oliver told him.
It takes Oliver all o five seconds to ditch the new body guard. The arrow shows up at Laurel's apartment and she pulls a gun out on him. He asks her for help in proving that the man who murdered his wife didn't do it. He is being put to death for a crime that he didn't commit. Her boss killed her because she was going to blow the whistle on him.
Oliver tracks down Diggle and tells him what his mission is. He shows him his father's list, he even tells him about how his father killed himself to save Oliver. He tells him how the guy he stopped in the last episode was the man who killed Diggle's brother. Even though he didn't, long story, watch season 4.
Oliver's mother covers up a missing 2.6 million dollars that is missing from the company. Her husband doesn't seem to buy it. Laurel is starting to fall for, if not the arrow, the idea of the Arrow. This makes the whole, Luis, Clark and Superman thing look like a joke. Laurel, Oliver, Tommy and Arrow. It's so soapy and I love every minute of it!
Never jump to conclusions, that is a lesion that Felicity Smoak learns when she yells at her boss for firing her when he was really just putting her on a special task, what is that task? He wants her to find out where that 2.6 million really went.
The mystery man tries to teach Oliver how to take care of himself in the past while in the present the Arrow teaches Laurel that sometimes going outside of the law is the only way to get things done and help people. Detective Lance puts together that Laurel is working with the Arrow and it causes problems for the two of them.
Smoak finds out that the 2.6 million was used to create a underground company and bought a warehouse. The Arrow goes to get a signed confession from the boss, he won't do it so the Arrow shoots him through the hand. He is saved by a phone call that tips the arrow off to the fact that someone is going to kill the prisoner, and Laurel is there with him. Arrow runs to go save them. Meanwhile Diggle talks to his sister-in-law and starts to come around to joining up with Oliver to help the city.
The arrow saves them just in time. A prisoner gets the drop on them and almost kills Laurel but the Arrow stops him and loses his cool, Laurel sees him for the crazy man he is and loses all the respect she had been building towards him. He messed up bad. He just lost his cool, we see that the bird back on the island 5 years ago was his first kill. It changed him.
Oliver's step-dad goes to check out the warehouse that was bought with the money. He goes inside and finds what is left of the boat that Oliver and his dad were shipwrecked on. Why would his mother have the ship? Detective Lance goes through the footage looking for the hood and finds Oliver pulling out a ski mask.
Laurel gets the wrongly accused man set free. The day was a win even if it did cost them a lot to make it one. Oliver crosses another name off of his list. Back on the island Oliver eats the bird and finds out that the mystery man speaks English. He tells Oliver to forget about Laurel and that the only way he will live is if he hunts.
Oliver's mom meets with Malcolm Merlyn, the father of Tommy. He tells her that the Arrow isn't targeting the rich, he is going after people who work with them. Diggle shows up at Oliver's house and tells him that he will help but he isn't a sidekick, he is his partner. The two men agree. Just in time for Oliver Queen to get arrested for being the Arrow.
What a great ending to a great episode!!!!