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Arrow Season 4 “The Candidate” Recap

Arrow -- "The Candidate" -- Image AR402A_0352b-- Pictured (L-R): Willa Holland as Speedy and Stephen Amell as The Arrow -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s been a week since Oliver proclaimed himself to be the Green Arrow and the new team seems to be a well oiled machine as they take down more Ghosts to stop a bomb from blowing up the city’s water supply. Thanks to an assist from the Green Arrow, the Black Canary zips down to defeat more Ghosts. Alas, Felicity never gets that code name. Also, unfortunately, Green Arrow observes Speedy being a bit too aggressive. This aggressiveness is a sticking point between the siblings throughout the episode.

Let’s divide the action up.

Island Flashback

Oliver is back on Lian Yu and is ordered to infiltrate a group that appears to be doing some gardening on the island. Unfortunately, Oliver has killed one of the men guarding the island so improvises and throws the guy’s body in a land mine. When more men come, Oliver says that the man died in a field of land mines. When asked who he is, he says his name is Oliver Queen and that three years ago he was marooned on the island. So these men take them to his leader, a man known as the Baron, who asks Oliver to join his team. So we see Oliver berate a young woman for caring for an elderly worker.  What’s new is that we lose Island Oliver’s hair; may it rest in piece till we see it again.

It’s tough being CEO

Felicity returns to Palmer Technologies with a new fern in hand and a bagged lunch from Oliver. The board says that Palmer Technologies isn’t doing too hot and employee Curtis Holt has come up with an algorithm that states that layoffs are to be had. So Felicity goes about doing the layoff that include Curtis. But later on, Felicity tells the board that there will be no layoffs; it wouldn’t be what Ray would have done. So Felicity has rehired everyone and tells the board that what will save Palmer Technologies is a revolutionary tech that Curtis. However, Curtis doesn’t have one but Felicity has faith that he will come up with something.

The Candidate

Arrow -- "The Candidate" -- Image AR402B_0152b -- Pictured: Jeri Ryan as Jessica Danforth (CENTER) -- Photo: Cate Cameron /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Arrow — “The Candidate” — Image AR402B_0152b — Pictured: Jeri Ryan as Jessica Danforth (CENTER) — Photo: Cate Cameron /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Oliver and Thea meet up with Jessica Danforth (Jeri Ryan) and her daughter Madison, old family friends over breakfast. Jessica says she is inspired by the Green Arrow and Moira for wanting to make Star City better so she decides she will run for mayor. The brother and sister tell Jessica what happened to the last three mayors but she isn’t deterred. So the next day with Oliver and Thea present, Jessica announces her candidacy in the Orpheum. Moments when Jessica makes the announcement, there is gun fire. Thea goes after the shooter but sees it is self-firing. Oliver goes after the Jessica and the unknown man that whisked her away. He isn’t part of Jessica’s security detail and gets away using an electrical stick. Even though Oliver gives chase, this man gets away. However, Oliver gets evidence, a windshield from a car that has this man’s fingerprints. Oliver acquired the windshield thanks to Felicity’s money. They joked at San Diego Comic Con that Felicity is Oliver’s sugar mama – guess it’s true!

Arrow -- "The Candidate" -- Image AR402A_0043b -- Pictured (L-R): Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Arrow — “The Candidate” — Image AR402A_0043b — Pictured (L-R): Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk — Photo: Katie Yu /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This man, who is Lonnie Machin aka Anarky, was hired by Darhk to get Jessica to drop out of the mayoral race. But the Darhk isn’t happy with his botched attempt. Machin wants a second chance, which Darkh gives but not another.

Because of the threat on Jessica’s life, Lance and the SCPD is giving her round the clock protection. However, Lance refuses the help of Team Green Arrow. Despite that, Laurel and Diggle stand guard outside the precinct where Diggle confides in Laurel about Darhk and HIVE but he still won’t tell Oliver or Felicity about it.

Arrow -- "The Candidate" -- Image AR402A_0352b-- Pictured (L-R): Willa Holland as Speedy and Stephen Amell as The Arrow -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Arrow — “The Candidate” — Image AR402A_0352b– Pictured (L-R): Willa Holland as Speedy and Stephen Amell as The Arrow — Photo: Katie Yu /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Thanks to some tacky material found on the windshield, Felicity points them to a Palmer Technology paper plant that she had to close. Speedy and Green Arrow track down some people who may be able to ID Machin to them. When one guy starts paying lip service, Speedy gets too aggressive and breaks the guy’s arm.

Back at the Arrow Cave, Oliver berates Thea for taking things too far and is worried that she will cross the line. The two siblings start to fight and Diggle pulls them apart. Oliver finally confides to Thea and Laurel that to save Thea’s life, he took her to Nanda Parbat and used the Lazarus Pit to bring her back. Oliver tells about the side effects that are starting to manifest itself.

At Laurel’s apartment, Thea tells her the full story about Ra’s attack and what Oliver did.

Oliver pays Jessica a visit and asks where Madison is. Jessica doesn’t seem to concerned but Oliver is and asks her to call her daughter. Oliver is right as Machin kidnaps Madison and has killed her guards. However, kidnapping Madison did not make Darhk happy and cuts all ties.

Darhk kidnapping Madison seems to have pissed off Lance, who wants out from under his hold. However, Darhk threatens Laurel’s life, which gets Lance back under his thumb. Darhk does give the address to where Machin is. Lance gives Oliver the address in hopes that he will do things differently.

Team Green Arrow arrive at this address, saves Madison but Speedy gets to aggressive in her fight with Machin that she almost burns him alive.

With Madison safely back to her mother, Jessica announces that she is dropping out of the mayor’s race, much the chagrin to Oliver. Lance pulls Oliver aside and says that he really isn’t doing anything different and is lucky that Machin is being taken to the hospital or he would have been laying on murder charges.

Back at Laurel’s, Oliver visits and Thea admits that she isn’t okay. Laurel then suggests taking Thea away to a spa weekend. Oliver thinks that it’s a great idea. After Oliver leaves, Laurel tells Thea they aren’t going away to a spa but to Nanda Parbat as the League will have answers on how to make her better.

Oliver returns home to his loft and tells Felicity that to inspire hope to Star City that he can’t be in the shadows as the Green Arrow so he has decided to run for mayor.

We return to Laurel and Thea, who is at Sara’s grave. Thea asks if Laurel is sure she wants to do what she wants to do. Laurel says she is sure as she jumps into Sara’s grave and opens up her coffin and see her decaying body.

I was wondering how that can be possible to bring back someone from the dead after being dead for so long but I guess that isn’t going to be an issue.

Also, I thought Jeri Ryan had a recurring arc on Arrow. It seems like a one and done to me. But I am hoping to see more of her.

 

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