This episode written by Moira Kirland & Marc Guggenheim starts off with a bank heist that could have been stopped by a off duty cop if not for some lady talking to him and causing the bank robbers to shoot the man. It really is all her fault. The bank robbers send everyone running out of the bank wearing the same masks as them. The cops storm the bank and find a hole in the vault. Elsewhere in town they climb out of a sewer hole.
Oliver is training Diggle to fight like him. Diggle wants to know what happened on the island but Ollie won't tell him, at least not today. Oliver gets ready to go after another name on the list but Diggle points out that the man can wait, that Oliver should go after the bank robbers. Oliver says that he doesn't do street crime. He is so focused on one thing, just fixing the corruption at the top and leaving the people who need him to fend for themselves. Diggle tells him he has a very narrow definition of hero but Ollie points out he isn't a hero.
At Laurel's law firm we learn that their largest investor has pulled their funding. Things are bleak at the company. Tommy shows up and asks Laurel out but she is kind of snappy with him. She has a lot on her plate and it is moving too fast for her.
Ollie's mom, Moira, is trying to cope with her husband leaving her by reuniting with old friends. Oliver and Thea are not happy about this but agree to a family dinner. The man Oliver is after tried to kill himself. Tommy shows up to hang out with Oliver but he blows him off. Tommy is feeling left out, no one wants to hang out with him. He is so pathetic he even asks Little Thea for advice on how to date Laurel.
Oliver shows up and learns that Diggle lied to him to get Oliver to show up. He forces Oliver to meet the cop who was shot's wife. The cop is holding onto his life by a string. Oliver is pissed that Diggle lied to him but he falls in line and starts looking for the bank robbers. The arrow would not be the hero we all know and love if not for Diggle pushing him like this.
Dressed as the arrow Oliver breaks into the police station to use their computers and see what information they have on the bank robbery. Smart man, not really but hey he didn't get caught. Tommy shows up at Laurel's law firm and offers to help fund them. Laurel is against it but her partner talks her into letting him throw her a fundraiser. I mean come on Laurel! He is trying!!
At the family dinner Oliver breaks the news about his night club that he is opening. Where? Right above the secret base he built for himself. He runs out on dinner when he hears about another bank robbery. The arrow shows up and tries to stop them but they get away. We learn that this is a family of bank robbers. They decide to do one more bank robbery and then hang it up for good.
Oliver and Diggle have Felicity look up information on the bank robbery. Oliver learns that the father was laid off his job by Oliver's father and it ruined his life. His dad didn't even pay them a severance package like they were supposed to.
Oliver wants to give the bank robbers a second chance to turn over a new leaf because he feels guilty about what his father did to them. Laurel and Tommy get their date. The flash backs on this episode are all about Oliver wanting to kill himself on the island and the ghost of his dad talking him out of it. A bit of a weird one but I'll roll with it because the rest of the episode is strong, and even that part while feeling weird fits the story so well that I like it.
Oliver finds the father bank robber. Oliver all but tells him that he knows he is the bank robber and that it isn't too late for him to turn it all around. Oliver even offers him a job. He is trying to help him. Trying to get him back on the right track. Instead the man spits in Oliver's face and says no. Oliver leaves his card and takes off. The father tells his family that they are out. His wife talks him into doing the last job. He could have saved his family and kept all the money they had but now the arrow knows their plan and is out to get them. Poor guy.
The fundraiser is going good. Tommy tells Thea that he did all this for Laurel, she doesn't look too happy. She likes Tommy, which is very creepy seeing as he is really her brother!! Oh wait. . . that is a spoiler. Sorry. Anyways, back to the story. Another man swoops in and asks Laurel to dance. Tommy is hurt. Moira starts telling Oliver how much it hurts her that he won't talk to her and Diggle picks this moment to tell him that another bank is being hit. He has to go.
The heist is happening at night this time so that no one will get hurt and they can get in and out before the police or the arrow can know about it. Arrow tries to stop them but the son starts shooting at him. The dude has a shield and it gives him an advantage over the Arrow but not much of one. Oliver wins the fight but the day gets shot and starts bleeding out. Oliver tells the guard to call the cops. He goes to the father and takes off his hood so the father could see who he is. The father dies while in a flashback Ollie's dad tells him that he has to fix all the wrongs that the family has caused. Oliver agrees.
Thea starts hitting on her brother. . . oh wait she doesn't know that Tommy is her brother. So she is hitting on her big brothers best friend. She is drunk and throwing herself at him. He gets her out of the party and Laurel comes out to check on them. Laurel gives Tommy a kiss and thanks him for everything just before he takes Thea home. Thea asks Tommy not to hate her and he says he doesn't. She's young and had a crush, not the end of the world.
Diggle tells Oliver that what happens wasn't his fault. He did everything he could to help the man and the man made a choice not to let him help. He made his bed and has to deal with it, Oliver can't take that burden on. Back in the past Oliver wakes up and learns the conversation with his father was all a dream. We all knew that. He promises the memory of his father that he will fix everything once he gets home.
Oliver goes to his mother and tries to make peace. She apologizes as well. She tells him that a lot of her anger comes from the fact that her husband is away and Oliver is not as open as he use to be. He takes her out to eat, not an expensive dinner but still it is sweet.