Now that Dig knows that Oliver has been running around town in a hood, shooting bad guys with arrows, Oliver would like him to join Team Arrow. Dig declines, because he has some kind of hang-up about going back to war. Also because he thinks Oliver is a rich idiot who's just playing around.
To take his mind off things, Oliver decides that he's going to free a man unfairly accused of murder. He knows he's innocent because he's accused of killing his wife, who used to work for Jason Brodeur, who's on The List. Everyone who's associated with The List is either good or evil, you know. Oliver decides that the accused man needs a good lawyer. And instead of using his vast personal fortune to hire one, he puts on the hood and sneaks into Laurel's apartment so she can do it for free.
Laurel talks to her father and learns that the dead woman may have had information about Jason Brodeur dumping toxic waste. Oliver is on the case! First he handcuffs someone to a railroad track to terrify him into giving up an important file. And then he shoots Brodeur in the hand for no real reason, because he has to get over the prison to save Laurel from a riot. Along the way, he nearly kills someone (and, I think, actually does kill someone else), which shows Laurel that the Hood is a merciless killer.
And then there's a miracle confession, which saves the innocent man. And Dig wants to join up. So everything's going great! Except that Detective Lance has had another look at the security footage from the previous episode and it turns out the stairwell where Oliver stored his hood and archery equipment was also the stairwell where the only security camera was aimed. So Oliver is arrested for all those vigilante murders he's been doing.
Oh, and Moira Queen embezzled 2.6 million dollars to buy a warehouse where she's storing the ship that sank. And she meets in a secret limousine to talk to John Barrowman, who will hopefully have some scenes with the rest of the cast at some point, because this show could use some more fun.
The show starts with Oliver Queen telling us that his name is Oliver Queen. I feel like I know all this stuff already, but I guess this show's already gotten kind of complex, so I can understand the need to explain things right away. There's a shirtless training montage in there if you're interested. And there are some Previouslies that make no sense if you don't remember the context. So the actual show starts with Oliver giving Dig some anti-curare tea as they show the final scene from last week. Then, just as with last week, Dig wakes up and Oliver says, "Hey."
Dig identifies him as "that vigilante" and tries to punch him. But he's still all doped up, so Oliver easily avoids him. Dig now thinks Oliver lost his mind on that island, but Oliver claims that he found clarity. Starling City is dying, see, on account of there being a criminal elite. I've noticed that not only are there are a lot of evil rich dudes, but Starling City has a surprising number of international crime syndicates. We've already seen the Triads and the Bratva, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple more before the season's over. Dig asks Oliver if he's going to take all the bad guys down by himself, but Oliver wants Dig to join him. Dig tells Oliver that he's a criminal and a murderer. He's right!
Oliver comes home to Castle Queen. Laurel is there (for some reason) and asks where he's been. Oh, because he vanished from that shooting at the auction and everybody was worried! Yeah, I guess the last that anyone saw him a mysterious sniper was shooting everyone in the room. It's probably pretty thoughtless of him to have just stayed out all night. Laurel tells him that Moira, Thea and Walter deserve better. As she turns to leave, Oliver starts to say something. But all he says is a really stiff, "Thank you for coming." She leaves, and Thea steps out of the shadows. She's weirdly concerned about Oliver's well-being, considering that she wasn't very friendly last episode.
Flashback! Native Archer brings a trap into the cave. He caught a quail in a cage! He tells Oliver something in what's probably Chinese, and Oliver ignores him so he can apologize to Laurel's picture. Then Modern Oliver wakes up.
Late at night, Thea's watching the news. Oliver joins her so they can learn about Peter Declan, who allegedly killed his wife. Archive footage from 2008 shows Peter denying it. Oliver tells Thea he can't sleep because he's been having bad dreams about Laurel. Thea encourages him to make a play for Laurel, and then recaps all the reasons that won't work. Listen, this romantic subplot is of no interest. The characters have no chemistry together and Oliver has never even shown all that much interest in Laurel. Plus, he's explicitly told her to stay away from him because he's no good for her.