Just as Oliver was about to menace and extort an evil rich person, somebody else shoots the guy. You'd think that Oliver could just take the rest of the night off, but it turns out he was lightly grazed as well. And the mysterious assassin coats his bullets in curare, because he's worried that bullets aren't deadly enough! Anyway, it's Deadshot, who allegedly never misses. Which doesn't explain why one of his bullets went into the side of a building instead of his victim.
Deadshot goes on to kill someone else, and the police report that both victims were bidding for control of a defunct company. And you know who else was bidding for it? Walter! The guy who is Oliver's new stepdaddy! So he's probably either responsible for the murders or he's next on the list.
Meanwhile, Thea is still acting up and kind of being a jerk to her mother. But then she decides to be nice, but not before telling Oliver that Laurel and Tommy slept together while he was dead. Oliver doesn't seem to mind, but that might be due to his lack of facial expression. And then Laurel and Tommy decide to be a couple.
After Oliver pretends to be a Russian mobster (because he learned Russian on that island, along with somehow getting impeccable mobster credentials), he realizes that there will be more assassinations at the big defunct-company auction at the end of the episode. He gets the police to help out, but Deadshot still shoots a lot of people. His publicist will probably claim that all those people were on the list, but I think he panicked.
Anyway, Oliver kills Deadshot, but then he has to save Dig from curare poisoning. And he lets Dig know that he's the hooded vigilante, probably because he realizes we're already bored with the gag where Oliver always escapes from him.
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We open in the Arrowlair, where the producers have decided to put the Shirtless Training Montage (or "STM") right at the top of the episode for once. Oliver has rigged up some kind of setup involving a rope, a pulley and a lot of concrete blocks. Then he drops the blocks for no apparent reason.
Well. I say "no apparent reason," but I should admit that for the first twenty minutes of this episode, all the CW was providing was the background music and sound effects. To get the dialogue, I had to turn on the closed captions. So it's possible I missed some of the nuances. On the other hand, there was kind of an artsy silent-movie vibe. So it's possible that Oliver was distracted by the news that he's about to be looking at. It says "Holder Group not liable for negligence in blaze," and you know how angry Oliver gets at people who aren't liable. And a glance at the notebook reveals that James Holder is on The List. Out comes the bow, which is not currently strung.
We next see a man who is presumably James Holder. He's strolling around at night next to a swimming pool on top of a skyscraper. And he's telling someone on the other end of a telephone that he's had to pay his legal team a lot of money to get him off. I can't hear his voice, but he probably sounds like a smug jackass. As he ends his call, his beer bottle shatters. Because Oliver (in his hood) is standing about twenty feet away and shot it with an arrow. He warns Holder that his security team can't hear him. Hey, neither can I! He asks how many people died in the fire. And as he starts to berate Holder, there's a gunshot! Holder dies suddenly because there was a sniper across the street. Holder falls into the pool and Oliver gets out of there. But not before being grazed by a stray shot.
After the credits, Oliver has returned to the Arrowlair so he can sew up his shoulder wound. That's the second time he's found a way to get his shirt off, and the episode's barely started. He voiceovers that he's not surprised that Holder has more than one enemy. So he crosses James Holder off the list. Then he staggers, realizing the bullet was poisoned. He goes to his box of island stuff and eats some grass. He's fine! Boy, it's a good thing that whatever poison was on the bullet just happened to have the antidote in the box!