In the "Arrow" episode "The Huntress Returns," Oliver has to deal with the consequences of having feelings for a murderous girl on a dangerous warpath of revenge. As he struggles to redeem her, Tommy, Felicity, and McKenna become collateral damage.
The psycho ex-girlfriendIt seems every TV show must visit a strip club at least once during its run, and "Arrow" puts Helena the Huntress in one for the opening scene. She's after her father's lawyer, trying to find what safe-house the FBI has put him in after he cut a deal. She traps, interrogates, and kills the man.
Digg warns Oliver that his "psycho ex-girlfriend" is in town. Oliver's determined to still see good in her, but he's unsettled when Helena turns up at his home. She urges him to help her find and murder her father -- or she'll take it out on his family.
Drawn to the bad boyMeanwhile, Thea is still working on rehabilitating her purse-snatcher Roy. She challenges him to attempting a real life and offers him a valet job at her brother's new nightclub. He scoffs at first but eventually agrees.
Nightclub hostageMcKenna agrees to be Oliver's date for the nightclub's grand opening, but it's not as cheerful an event as it could be, since Tommy is still angry and unsettled about his best friend's murderous alter-ego. Oliver offers to explain, but Tommy says he wouldn't believe him anyway. Tommy keeps his secret, but his dark mood starts to affect his relationship with Laurel.
Things get worse when Helena snatches Tommy, dragging him down to the Arrow lair and threatening to kill him unless Oliver agrees to help her. He's forced to agree. Digg is angry that Arrow has submitted to blackmail, rather than taking her out like he would any less-attractive criminal.
Two ambushesThe next morning, Detective Lance happily meets Laurel at a restaurant for breakfast. He thinks it's for reconciliation, but then his ex-wife joins them, and Laurel begs him to listen. Dinah suggests that their daughter may have survived on an island like Oliver, and she has a recent picture of a girl who looks like Sarah. Lance is horrified that they're dredging this all up for a wild goose chase, and he storms out.
Felicity walks in on The Huntress, Oliver, and Digg in the lair, discussing the mission. She barely gets out that she can hack into the FBI database before her two partners order her out -- trying to keep her safe from Helena. When she's gone, Oliver divulges that Helena's father is being transported to his safe-house in one of two police vans -- the second being a decoy. It turns out the whole thing is an ambush, and Helena is captured by police.
Back at the station, Helena toys with Lance and McKenna about their connection to Oliver, enjoying that she's telling them who the vigilante is without them realizing it. Before they catch on, Arrow causes a distraction and breaks Helena out. He offers her a passport and a plane ticket to Rome, and tells her to get on with her life. Now that the police are on to her, she'll never get near her father. She seems to give in.
From thief to heroMeanwhile, Thea finds out that Roy never showed up for the job. She visits his home again, but he says he's not interested in some rich girl's charity. Frustrated, she leaves but gets attacked by thugs before she can get far. Roy appears out of nowhere and fights them off with considerable skill, though he earns himself a bad knife wound.
At the hospital, Roy tries to play tough guy until he sees the shot with a giant needle the doctor's about to give him. Thea kisses him to distract him, and Roy suddenly doesn't seem to feel like being a jerk anymore.
The Huntress goes too farOliver and Digg get a call from Felicity. The Huntress attacked her, forcing her to hack into the FBI database to find the safe-house. The two make sure she's safe, then Oliver goes to intercept Helena. She's already killed several policemen in the house when he arrives, and he doesn't hesitate when he has the chance to hit her with an arrow. She manages to catch it instead, but she's devastated that he would try to kill her. She lashes out at the nearest target -- which turns out to be McKenna -- then escapes.
Oliver's girlfriend survives the attack, but she's hurt badly and will require a year of rehab. When Oliver visits in the hospital, she tells him that she's moving to another city to live with her sister, and she needs him to accept that decision. He doesn't want to, but he agrees she should do what's best for her.
ReconciliationLaurel talks with her father again, asking him to look into what her mother's found, even if only to disprove it. He invites his ex-wife to the station and tells her he's ready to listen.
Tommy reconciles with Oliver, saying that after having to lie to Laurel about his Huntress-inflicted wrist injury, he understands a little better how hard this has been for his friend. Oliver says he's realized he can't have a normal life with this dual identity.
LeverageThis week's flashback has Wilson and Oliver stalking Fyers's missile launcher. They attempt to blow it up but run out of time. Oliver steals the circuit board from the launcher to use as leverage for a way off the island.
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