It's the day of Moira's big trial! And by that I mean her entire trial -- from opening statements to verdict -- takes one day. And that includes a lengthy recess in the middle when Adam Donner, who's prosecuting the case, is taken ill with what turns out to be the drug Vertigo. Because Count Vertigo escaped from prison in the earthquake, but the prison administrators decided not to tell anyone for fear they'd look bad. Now that I see it in print, it sounds kind of dumb.
Count Vertigo has this plan where he spikes flu shots with his eponymous drug, which will then make everyone in Starling City an addict so they'll have to keep buying it. It works pretty well, although the only two people who seem to be affected are Adam Donner and John Diggle. After Adam gets kidnapped, Felicity's able to do some zoom-in-and-enhance to lead Oliver to the scene. But after Oliver cleans the place up and gets back to the trial, Felicity gets herself captured. Oops! Oliver has to go back to his office because the Count has figured out he's the Arrow. And after a certain amount of hero-villain banter, Oliver has to shoot three arrows into the Count's chest, which throws him through the window and down like fifty stories into a car. So he's dead now, because I guess Oliver only vowed not to kill people who didn't deserve it. The Count was about to inject his drug into Felicity, so Oliver didn't have a lot of choice. He's fine. But he was being funded by Alderman "Brother" Blood, who may have found the perfect formula for making super-strong criminals or whatever it is he's up to.
The flashbacks have moved off the freighter and back to the island. Oliver takes Ivo to the skeletons he's so interested in, but it turns out what he really wants is the arrowhead that Oliver found. Shado and Slade appear out of the jungle to free Oliver, and he drags Sara along. Once they're alone, they discover numbers on the back of the arrowhead that are allegedly the coordinates of the Japanese sub that contains the formula that will save mankind.
Okay, the trial. With Adam out of the way, Laurel is running things, which seems like a conflict of interest. Especially when she tells Moira that the prosecution has shocking evidence that she once slept with Malcolm Merlyn. Moira tells her kids, but she still won't change her plea so it comes out in court. This casts doubt on how much she actually loved her family. It also suggests she wasn't averse to working with him in bed, which is more fun. But even this shocking revelation isn't enough to convict Moira; she's found not guilty of one count of conspiracy and five hundred and three counts of murder. When she's released from custody, her driver takes her to a deserted parking lot where she's confronted by Malcolm Merlyn, who isn't dead after all. And now he's Thea Queen's father! Gasp!
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After the Previouslys, we start with Moira confessing on television. We already saw this! Just because you put the caption "Six Months Ago" on it doesn't mean it's new. While she's confessing that the Glades are about to be destroyed, we cut to the prison, where guards are evacuating. And they're just leaving the prisoners to die. Nice! Cut to the cell of Count Vertigo, who has crazy drawings all over his cell walls. But he's not babbling incoherently anymore, so he's better off than the last time we saw him. He's thrown to the floor when the place starts shaking, and then he's able to get out of his cell and take some keys from a dead guard. After taunting various prisoners, he gives the keys to someone who appears to be the Dollmaker. Then he walks out of the prison with a big, crazy look on his face.
"Today," Diggle escorts Thea and Oliver to the courthouse while reporters shout questions at them. Watching from the steps, Laurel and Adam (her boss, the assistant district attorney) disagree on whether it's fair that Thea and Oliver get hassled when they're not the ones on trial. Adam has a secret plan for the trial that he hasn't even told Laurel. And she's his co-counsel!
Flashback to the island. Dr. Ivo has brought Oliver, Sara, and a bunch of guys with guns to the plane. Oliver shouts for Shado and Slade to run, but the plane gets riddled with bullets. Luckily, there's no one inside. Ivo declares that they must have moved on from their position. Yeah, no kidding. They were here and now they're not, so obviously they moved. Ivo tells one of his goons to plant a detonator set to four minutes and thirty seconds, and he moves on, telling Oliver to take him to the graves. Then we cut to Shado disconnecting the detonator with three seconds to go. There was no drama there at all. Shado and Slade are going to go try to save Oliver now.
Courthouse. Diggle has the flu or something, but he insists on walking Oliver and Thea up to the courtroom. Moira walks in wearing handcuffs, which the background music finds very, very touching and sad. The prosecution's case includes a videotape of Moira saying, "I have been complicit in an undertaking with a horrible purpose: to destroy The Glades and everyone in it." That seems like enough, but Adam also has a speech about the destruction and deaths (503 of them). The defense's case also uses the videotape, where Moira blames her actions on Malcolm Merlyn threatening her and her children's' lives.