Outside, on the incredibly spacious Queen grounds, I have to wonder where this castle is located. All the shots of Starling City look like a very busy city, but the Queens live off on their own. Thea's brought Oliver to see his father's tombstone. Their mother stopped coming here after a month. Oliver's stone says "Oliver Queen; 1985-2007. A loving son and brother, whose light was dimmed far too soon." Seems like they could have taken that down once he was declared not-dead. Thea would talk to Oliver's stone and ask him to come home. "I felt closer to you when you were dead," she says. She wants him to let her in. That's what's going on here. Also, the Queens didn't have a cemetery already lined up, so they just stuck their tombstones in the backyard.
Laurel is at home when there's a knocking at the door. It's Oliver. She points out that he told her to stay away from him and here he is. Good point! This seems like a bigger motivational swing than I was prepared for. He says he pushed her away to protect her but then realized that he hurt her. Her place is very nice, but it's no castle. She's snippy about not having had time to redecorate in the last five years. He claims to be a damaged jerk. But he brought some ice cream!
He sits on the floor while she sits on the couch. They are eating the ice cream. He says that his mother wants him to join the company. There are like twenty lit candles in the fireplace, which seems like it's just more work than using the fireplace like a normal person. He tells her he has plans and doesn't have time for board meetings and stockholder briefings. She thinks he can say no. "Be the person that you want her to see you as," she tells him.
A noise! Someone's on the fire escape! Oliver grabs a knife. Someone busts through the door! And through the bedroom window! There are guns! And a lady with a wig!
Dig comes in and shoots some guys. Then he fights with China White. She's about to butterfly-knife him in the throat, but Oliver throws a knife at her and she runs off. Dig asks him, "Are you hurt?" "No." Then he asks again, because he wasn't really listening.
Later! Police deal with the dead goons. Officer Dad comes in to hug Laurel. There were police in a squad car outside, but they were dead. Officer Dad thanks Mr. Diggle. He wants Oliver to stay away from his daughter. Even though it was his presence that saved her? Think about it, Officer Dad: the goons were clearly trying to kill Laurel, not Oliver. And because Oliver was there, his bad-ass bodyguard was there to save Laurel.