Laurel leaves a message for Tommy, then two goons break into her apartment. She does a pretty good job of defending herself, whacking one with an umbrella and smashing the other's head through some glass. But then Cyrus is there with a taser and she's unconscious. Laurel is pretty much Lois Lane at this point: knows Oliver, has a crush on the Hood and gets kidnapped to advance the plot.
Diggle drives Moira to a building that she claims contains her accountant. I would think a billionaire's accountant would come to her house. Well, and that she'd have a whole squad of accountants. She encourages Diggle to take the night off as she lets herself out of the car. Diggle watches her enter the lobby but he does not see her enter Office 606: Faquet-Lemaitre Consulting. He hears her through the door, though, so he sneaks into the supply closet next door and uses a device to listen through the wall. He hears her announce, "Carl Ballard will not be a problem anymore!" Malcolm Merlyn is a little disappointed that Ballard will still be alive. He'd also like the Queen's Gambit destroyed and disposed of. Just then a man enters the supply closet and wants to know what Diggle's doing. He's security for "the man she's meeting with," because it's important to keep Diggle and Oliver form knowing about Malcolm Merlyn for now. The security guy saw Diggle put something in his pocket, but Diggle comes up with a lighter. He claims he was trying to get a smoke.
Tommy comes to Laurel's place and she's not there. Oliver's voice-arrow is there, though. Vanch has twiddled it to play a recording of his voice so he can threaten to leave pieces of Laurel all over Starling City unless the archer shows up. Tommy brings it directly to the police, and Detective Lance wonders how this guy knew Laurel was connected to the hood. He's looking around at all the police, and he appears to decide he can't trust them. He takes the Arrowphone out of his desk drawer and, looking sick (nice touch!) says, "I gotta go make a call."
Diggle's in the Arrowlair, looking conflicted. Oliver comes in and is very angry at him for spying on his mother, but Diggle gets him to listen to his recording. It's a little garbled, but it contains things like, "I made it clear to him persuasively that his plans endanger the undertaking." When someone speaks that vaguely, you know they're bad news. Who talks about "the undertaking" like that? And the part about the Queen's Gambit being sabotaged is also on this recording, so Oliver also has to deal with that. And now Lance calls to tell him that Laurel's been kidnapped. Oliver's been a jerk this episode, but he's being pulled in a lot of directions right now.
Flashback! Oliver's tied to a chair. The other guy says it's nothing personal, but he can't allow Oliver to stay alive. Oliver seems to about break his wrist getting out of the ropes and he punches the guy. The guy laughs cheerfully and offers a hearty handshake and his name: Slade Wilson.
Side note! In the comic books, Slade Wilson is the real name of Deathstroke, the dude with the two-color mask that shoved a sword through Oliver's torso. And this guy does have two swords.
Modern-day. Detective Lance is on a rooftop and Oliver appears behind him in his hood. Oliver blusters a little and Lance tells him he needs him. Oliver acts tough: "He'll kill her anyway. So why come to me?" Well, there's no one else he can trust. Oliver says he can't take the mansion by himself. Lance says he needs Oliver's help. Oliver answers, "Then I need yours." Just like it requires two people to take an airfield it takes two people to assault a killer's well-fortified house. I guess.
The mansion has armed guards. Cyrus probably got some new ones after the last ones got arrowed. He holds a knife to Laurel's throat and she promises that he's going to prison for life. Cyrus talks about how many bullets these machine guns can fire. And we see Oliver kill four or five guards. Cyrus brags about his sharpshooters, but Oliver kills them too. Cyrus mentions his "veritable army of sons-of-bitches" and then we see Oliver killing a bunch of them, too. Cyrus says that the Hood carries 24 arrows and flechettes. Oliver comes in and lets himself be taken prisoner. Wait, so his plan was to have exactly 24 guards, because then Oliver would be out of arrows when he got inside? That's kind of brilliant. Although it does appear to mean that Oliver killed two dozen people just now. So now Oliver's helpless. Until! Detective Lance comes in and shoots another couple of guys. He's about to shoot Cyrus, but Oliver shoots the gun out of his hand. "I'm the vigilante; you're the cop." But Lance still punches Cyrus before arresting him. So I guess the reason Oliver needed help was that he knew he'd be out of arrows, and he needed someone with a gun as backup? That's crazy. Plus why couldn't he use Diggle?
Police station. Lance is going to take Laurel home, but she would like to take a cab. She wants him to stay away from him because she can't trust him. She's still mad about being used to set up her beloved vigilante.
Outside the station, the Hood walks out in front of Laurel. There's no way she can't see his face from there, but I guess we have to pretend that Oliver's sloppy eyeliner means that he's unrecognizable. She says her father has the Arrowphone now. He tells her he can't take any more risks with her. Tommy runs up and the Hood has vanished. Tommy and Laurel hug and reconcile. Oliver is watching them from the most obvious vantage point ever. He's up on a roof, completely backlit and highlighted by smoke. And I think this is the parking lot for the police station. He's not very stealthy, is he?
Flashback. Slade tells Oliver that it takes two men to take the airfield. And now he's going to turn Oliver into "something that won't get us both killed." He tells Oliver to choose a weapon. Oliver looks in a case of guns and finds the Deathstroke mask. Slade claims that he and his partner wore those masks when they came here to free Yao Fei. They're Australian Intelligence! Slade recommends a sword. I still think he's the one that stabbed Oliver. We've already had Yao Fei appear to be a good guy, then appear to be a bad guy, then appear to be a bad guy. I think everyone on the island just switches sides every few hours just to keep things fresh.
Arrowlair. Oliver admits to Diggle that the recording is his mother's voice, but he can't believe it. They don't know what "the undertaking" is. Oliver plans to talk to Moira again. So! In the very next shot, the Hood smashes through the glass wall of Q Consolidated. He rasps, "Moira Queen! You have failed this city!"
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