Arrow Recap: Where’s Walter?

Oliver wants to know where his people at. We get the lowdown on The Undertaking. And some big secrets are revealed.

Only two episodes remain in one of the most amazing first season of a show ever. Most series struggle a bit starting out of the gate. They have to try and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Arrow knew what it was doing from the get go. The writers had a plan and they executed it flawlessly.

We kick off with the Hood breaking up a little clandestine meeting with a CPA. I guess someone is a little late filing their taxes or something. Oliver is apparently in one of his good moods, because he just beats the snot out of the guy’s guards instead of killing them. Then he proceeds to take the CPA’s laptop, give him a swirlie and slap a “Kick Me: sign on his back.

The Arrow Cave is getting kind of quiet, what with Oliver’s bad behavior having driven everyone off but the wonderfully patient Felicity Smoak. Nothing phases Felicity, not sweaty workouts and not bratty behavior.

She even stands up to Oliver and tells him to get over his hissy fit and go make up with Digg. Of course, he pouts in response and says that Digg started it and he’s going to hold his breath until Digg says he’s sorry.

Now, the next thing that happens is something so laughably outrageous, so wildly implausible that it even puts the Vulcan Death Pinch maneuver to shame. Moira gets a call from the insurance company because they insist on paying out Walter’s life insurance policy.

I’m sorry, my suspension of disbelief only goes so far. No insurance company ever would seek out people to give them money. They’re number one goal is to fight tooth and nail to avoid paying out. And wanting to pay out life insurance when someone hasn’t been declared legally dead?

Sorry, show, I’m not going for it.

This entirely ridiculous notion is just to bring the subject of Walter back into the show, since we’ve forgotten all about him for months. And that lets us go into Flashback!

Finally, we get to see the origins of The Undertaking. Something I have long suspected proved to be true—it all started with the best of intentions. In the beginning, it was really an attempt to use The List of Doom to force horrible people to do the right thing.

So in actuality, all of Oliver’s killing and avenging all season has had no impact on The Undertaking at all. That’s fantastic! Dad really should have explained a whole lot more things before he ate that bullet.

Malcolm isn’t satisfied with just fixing small problems. He wants to level the Glades and wipe out everyone in it. The murder of his wife sent him totally over the edge, apparently. He has a plan to use some sort of doomsday device.

Robert Queen seems a little uncertain about this idea.

Back in the present, Laurel stops by Verdant to chat with Oliver. She is all sad because Tommy dumped her because Oliver loves her more than him. Oliver gives her the wacky idea that she should be talking to Tommy instead of him. I have to say, Katie Cassidy’s acting has really improved over the course of the show. In the beginning, there was no chemistry with her and Oliver. Now, while they’re not burning up the screen, I can see something there.

Felicity has found something on the stolen laptop that gives them a lead on Walter. With a little of the ol’ Felicity magic, they track the lead back to the guy who carried out Walter’s kidnapping. It turns out to be a guy who runs an underground casino.

They decide a stealth approach would work best. Oliver says, though, that he can’t go into the casino because Oliver Queen wouldn’t be caught dead in a place like that.

But Oliver would be seen hanging out with Russian mobsters and trying to buy into the drug market?

Okay, moving on. Felicity decides that she’s going. And I mean, she decides. She tells Oliver that this is what she is here for and she’s going and he just has to cope. I love her.

I also love John Barrowman so much. He’s actually got me believing that Malcolm just might be broken and not truly evil. In the flashback, he has a beautiful scene with Robert where he tells the story of the night his wife died. You can really feel his suffering and if you’re not careful, you might just empathize with him.

In the modern day, Felicity goes to see Diggle. Hilarity ensues:

“Felicity, Oliver and I don’t need a relationship counselor.”

“That hasn’t been my experience.”

So damn true.

She has a great heart to heart with him and tries to get him to come back to the team, but he’s still upset and he won’t come back without an apology from Oliver. These stubborn men are going to be the death of me, I swear.

Malcolm has great news for Moira. His doomsday device is ready to go! Moira looks so the opposite of excited. But she seems to be done challenging him. She has learned what happens when you defy Malcolm Merlyn.

Though we still aren’t really sure how Moira wound up in this mess yet. Maybe they’re waiting for season two to tell us that.

Because we do see her beg Robert to stop Malcolm. It turns out, Robert kind of sort of accidentally killed someone. I guess murder runs in the family. Anyway, he was trying to make up for it and Moira points out that helping in the wholesale slaughter of thousands might not be the best way to go.

Current day! Oliver and Felicity’s stealth plan doesn’t go too well. Felicity pulls off her little con just right, but then the stupid bad guy steps on her ear piece.

Felicity calmly informs him, “You’re gonna be really upset when you meet my partner.”

Oliver goes through the place like the Tasmanian Devil. No one, I mean no one threatens Felicity—like ever. In short order, Oliver wipes out the security goons and rescues the last friend he has in the world.

The bad guy gives up the info that Walter is dead. I don’t buy it for a second, but Team Arrow sure does.

In fact, Oliver buys it so much that he tells Moira and Thea that Walter is dead. Moira freaks out and storms out, and thank God Oliver has finally woken up. He watches his mom leave with a speculative look on his handsome, wonderful face that needs a visit from Mr. Razor.

Back in the past, Robert chats with Frank about the need to stop Malcolm. Frank says that it would be suicide to challenge Malcolm, so clearly Merlyn has a fairly nasty reputation already.

Robert doesn’t want to fight Malcolm, he just wants to outflank him. Apparently, Malcolm is buying up the Glades so that when he wipes it out, he can rebuild it how he wants. Is this all just a money grab on Malcolm’s part? I don’t know. It’s all so confusing.

The wig department has found something to put on Stephen Amell’s flashback head that doesn’t look like desert road kill. That and the freshly-shaved face manage to make him pass as a frat boy. He’s sort of cute. Laurel is too. She’s kind of girlish and silly and romantic. The actors play their more innocent selves very well.

Laurel suggests that they move in together. Air raid sirens go off in Oliver’s head and he quickly starts looking for an exit strategy. Nailing the little sister will probably do the trick.

Moira storms into a meeting Malcolm is having and reads him the riot act. After hastily dismissing his business partners, he assures her that Walter is fine. He would never break his word.

“We both know that’s a lie.”

You go Moira.

They have a nice little chat about Walter’s kidnapping and her involvement in The Undertaking and how many puppies they’ve kicked that week and so on. It’s just another typical conversation between the two of them.

Only Oliver is listening in to the whole thing.

He has a look of, “Mommy!?” on his face the whole time. It’s beautiful.

Well, he lets Felicity know that Walter is alive and gets her help finding him. Then he works out his anger issues by going to the place where his step-dad is being held and beating the crap out of everyone who gets in his way. Don’t make him angry, people. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Walter is a little weird after his experience. He says he doesn’t know anything about his kidnappers, but I think he’s lying. He has his own agenda. Just what it is, I don’t know.

Malcolm has a brief chat with Oliver, who can barely contain his rage. Poor Oliver. He ruined his friendship with Tommy to save the life of a man who is actually his enemy. This just won’t help his sociopathic tendencies at all.

Oliver decides to man up and apologize to Diggle. He doesn’t quibble, either. He tells Digg that he was right all along and that he needs his help. Yay! I love it when my boys kiss and make up. And it’s a relief, because if you’ve seen that photo of a chained up Oliver, you know he needs some backup.

Best part of this episode? No island time. Seriously, it was nice to get a break from it.

What did you all think? Predictions for the finale? Anyone you think is going to die?