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Arrow Episode 17 “The Huntress Returns” Review

The Huntress ReturnsThe episode title says it all, the Huntress aka Helena Bertinelli (Jessica de Gouw) has returned to wreak havoc on Oliver’s life.

And the very first scene that we see Helena return is in a strip club and we see a young woman pole dancing. The only reason why I am mentioning this because it looks exactly like the set and really down to the pole and even the choreography that the young woman was doing that was used in Smallville season 5’s “Exposed” which has to be one of the funny Lois and Clark moments of the show.

By I digress, Helena is at the stripclub seeking her father’s attorney to see if he knows where the FBI has hidden her father. But she kills the man anyways and gets away on motorbike.

Oliver’s nightclub atop his Arrow Cave finally opens and apparently has gotten DJ Steve Aoki (playing himself) to play at his opening. Oliver takes McKenna around the finished club before its opening.

Detective Lance meets Laurel at the Big Belly Burger to once again apologize for using her as bait for catching Arrow and Laurel apologizes too. Lance is confused as to why Laurel needs to apologize and that is when Dinah, Lance’s ex-wife interrupts their conversation.

Lance is confused as to why Dinah is back in Starling City. She tells her ex-husband that she believes that Sarah is still alive because there are tons of other deserted islands around the one that Oliver was found on. Dinah offers Lance a photograph that she thinks proves that Sarah is still alive. Lance remains unconvinced and questions why Dinah is doing this.

Ok I just love how they are using underneath the Granville Street bridge to represent a sketchy area of Starling CIty when in fact in Vancouver, it actually leads to Granville Island, a very popular tourist attraction in Vancouver and not even remotely sketchy.

Thea and Roy meet again in the Glades and they continue on their flirty bantering about him being a purse snatcher and her being a rich snob,  Thea offers Roy a potential job at Oliver’s club. Roy reluctantly accepts Thea’s help.

Back at the Arrow Cave, Diggle is reading up on an assassination that seems to be connected to Deadshot but quickly closes the screen when Oliver shows up.

Hoping for a day off of criminals with his club opening, Diggle shows Oliver surveillance footage at the stripclub that shows Helena killing her father’s lawyer. Diggle calls Helena, Oliver’s psycho ex-girlfriend while Oliver wonders why she would come back to Starling City. He tasks Diggle to find out why Helena is back in Starling City.

When Oliver comes home, he finds Helena in his living room having a casual conversation with Thea. This is when Thea brings up wanting to give Roy a job, Oliver tells her they are hiring and should call Tommy in another room.

This is so he can talk to Helena alone. He wonders where he has been, it seems she was all over Europe to find herself but came back because she claims to have missed Oliver. He throws back the man she just recently killed back in her face. He tells Helena that her father is serving consecutive life sentences. But Helena tells him that her father cut a plea deal to testify against another criminal organization and thus is going into witness protection. Helena believes that her father doesn’t deserve a second chance at life and she can’t take on US Marshalls without help. Oliver tells her that it is murder and not justice in what she wants to do.

Moira interrupts their little tete-a-tete. Oliver introduces the two and he walks her out but she is undeterred in her request and tells Oliver that she will just have to be more persuasive, almost hinting that she will do something to his family.

Concerned for his family’s safety, he enlists Diggle’s help to get his mother and sister protection from Helena.

It seems that Tommy has been avoiding Oliver since he found out that his best friend is the hooded vigilante. Oliver apologizes to Tommy and again says that he kept his secret to protect his friends and family. But Tommy only sees Oliver as a killer. Oliver wants to explain to Tommy how and why he is the way he is; Tommy rebuffs saying there is no point in him telling him as he wouldn’t believe anything Oliver tells him.

In our first island flashback of the evening, Wilson and Oliver are scoping out Fyers camp and want to figure out what are his plans for the missile launcher. Wilson believes Fyers wants to start a war and it is up to them to stop him before thousands of innocent lives are lost. Both men formulate a plan.

Lance, who is investigating what he calls the “Hood’s girlfriend”, and Laurel have a talk about Dinah and ask her if she believes that Sarah is alive. Laurel says no but says there is no harm to take a look at the evidence that Dinah has found even if it is to set her straight. Laurel wants her father to try and he reluctantly agrees.

Oliver’s new club is hopping to the beat of DJ Steve Aoki. Moira gives a toast to tell Oliver that she is proud of him for opening the nightclub and his father would be proud too.

Laurel notices that Tommy is distracted even after Laurel tries to tell him about her meeting with her parents and even more so when Thea tries and see if Roy had contacted him about that job. As Tommy leaves both ladies, he is confronted by Helena.

A note from Diggle, leads Oliver back to the Arrow Cave where he finds Helena in Tommy in a death grip. With his hand forced, Oliver agrees to help Helena in her quest for vengeance against her father.

Diggle thinks that Oliver still has feelings for Helena and that is the only reason why he is helping her because if she didn’t look like as he calls her the “T-Mobile” girl, she would have been dead a long time ago. Oliver doesn’t believe that she is a killer but someone who is lost. He agrees that he can’t kill her nor take her to the police or risk her exposing his secrets. By helping her, he can at least keep her contained.

Helean interrupts their conversation and Oliver tells her that he doesn’t know where the FBI is keeping her father. Felicity then walks into the room happily saying that she has always wanted to hack into the FBI’s computers but Oliver does not want her involved and asks her to leave. Helean looks bemused and wonders how many girlfriends does Oliver have.

What Oliver does tell her that her father is being taken to a hearing by the Justice Department but there are two vans, one being a decoy. Oliver tells her there is still time to call it off but Helena wants to take no prisoners.

Back to the island, we see Oliver dressed as one of Fyers men with Wilson as his “prisoner.” This distraction works perfectly as Wilson kills all the guards surrounding the missile launcher.

At the CNRI, Tommy tells Thea that Roy never showed for his first day at work. But he really came there to apologize to Laurel. But Laurel wants to know the truth but Tommy can’t. Laurel pleads to Tommy that she needs her especially with all the stuff that is happening to her family. Tommy says that he still is but Laurel doesn’t believe him.

Thea goes over to Roy’s place and wonders why he didn’t show up for his job. Roy changed his mind as didn’t want to be Thea’s charity case. She wonders why he is so obsessed with the fact that she is rich but Roy doesn’t answer and closes the door on her. As Thea walks through the Glades, she is confronted by two thugs who look like they are going to rob her, until Roy, in his red hoodie, comes to rescue but he is stabbed in the process.

On two motorbikes, Oliver warns that they are only going after her father and if anyone else is killed, he will put an arrow through her. Each takes on a van. Oliver;s van is the decoy but Helena’s van is a trap as cops come streaming out and McKenna arrests Helena. Oliver looks on and Helena doesn’t look pleased.

Lance questions Helena and actually calls her the Huntress. He lists all the people that she has killed. He wonders why she wanted to kill her father but she doesn’t answer. McKenna knows that Helena is working with Arrow and realizes she knows who he really is. If Helena tells them who the Arrow is then they might be able to work out a deal. She mentions the name Oliver Queen and for a split second we think she has betrayed Oliver but no, it was actually Helena asking McKenna if it was true that she was dating him, since she saw the two at Oliver’s nightclub. Helena taunts Oliver’s past liasions to McKenna’s face and just when it seems that she is going to reveal his identity Arrow comes in a brakes Helena out.

Thea takes Roy to get stitched up and to distract him from a needle, she kisses him and he kisses her back.

Oliver tells Helena that he only rescued her so she wouldn’t spill the beans on him but she believes it is because he still has feelings for her. Oliver doesn’t answer instead hands her a new passport and a plane ticket to Rome so she can start a new life. Her plan for vengeance can’t happen as the police know she is tracking her father down and she will never find him. Helena takes the envelope and let’s hope it is the last time we see her for awhile.

Back on the island, Wilson and Oliver are going to blow up the missile launcher but instead Oliver takes its circuit board so it won’t work. Wilson believes they now have leverage.

Back to the present, Oliver visits McKenna at her apartment, and confesses that he feels that he is letting people down with all his responsibilities. She manages to comfort him and they start making out. But Oliver fails to notice a phone call from Felicity, who leaves him a message telling him that Helena robbed a sports store for its crossbow, which means she is still in town and will keep him informed of anything she finds. Unfortunately, for Felicity, Helena is there and wants to meet her formally.

Oliver and Diggle find Felicity tied up at the IT Department of Queen Consolidated. It seems that Helena made Felicity hack into the FBI security systems to find her father, which she did successfully.

Helena is at the safe house and starts killing pretty much everyone there with her crossbow until she is confronted by Arrow. Helena ends up with a high tech shot gun  and points it at Arrow while he has an arrow aimed at her. Even though, he is not a murderer, Arrow believes he has to kill her for all the people that she has killed and by letting her go the first time, their blood is on his hands to. He shoots at her but Helena catches the arrow and the two begin to fight with Arrow getting the upper hand. McKenna then arrives at the scene but ends being shot by Helena, who gets away.

We find out that McKenna is okay and Oliver goes and visits her in the hospital and we find out that she has a shattered femur that will take a year to recover. McKenna will be moving in with her sister to Coast City as they have the best rehab center there. Oliver tells her will visit her and even move there for her. But McKenna breaks up with Oliver.  

Dinah visits Lance at the police station to so he could hear her out.

Back at the club, Tommy and Oliver have that talk. Tommy apologizes for not understanding Oliver and the burden it is keeping this secret from others. Oliver tells him that he thought he could do what he does and still have a normal life with someone. Kind of sounds like Clark Kent’s dilemma that he had on Smallville. He wondered how he could have all these powers yet tell no one about them and still be able to share a life with someone. Clark wondered that for pretty much 9 seasons until he discovered that he could have it all: sharing a life with someone that knows about him completely.

Anyways, Tommy tells him that if Oliver is alone, he will never be happy but Oliver believes his happiness isn’t what is important.

Final island flashback, Oliver calls Fyers letting him know they have the circuit board and the trade threats back and forth. Oliver proposes a trade: he wants a way off the island.

And it seems next week’s episode, Felicity is on board with the List. I wonder why.

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