When we last saw Oliver Queen, he was kissing Helena Bertinelli, the murderous vigilante daughter of Frank Bertinelli, head of the local mafia. And when this episode starts, Helena goes off the shoot the head of the Chinese Triads. Oliver objects to this for reasons that are not entirely consistent with his own actions, so he takes her off to his own training center.
He briefly tries to teach her archery, but she's impatient with the process, because she's already learned about guns. So he gets her a crossbow, which is the perfect combination of his affinity for archaic weaponry and her preference for something that you can just kill people with already. She goes along with him to non-lethally arrest a manufacturer of illicit oxycodone, but she's not convinced that any real progress can be made if you're not killing everyone.
Once they're off duty, Oliver and Helena go to dinner at a glitzy new restaurant. Tommy and Laurel are having trouble getting a table, because Tommy's no longer a billionaire. So both couples sit together, which immediately causes relationship problems: Helena can tell that Laurel is Oliver's true love, so she stomps off and vows to renew her murdering. And Tommy gets mad that Laurel wants him to work for Oliver, so he also stomps off. But he comes back right away.
So Helena shoots up a Triad poker game, which leads them to attack the Bertinelli household. Oliver kills a couple of Triad members and lets Frank get away. But Helena stops him! But Oliver protects him again! Then the police arrest Frank, but not before he shoots Helena in the shoulder. So he's been non-lethally detained, which is nice. But Helena vows that she will not stop her murdering, which means that her budding romance with Oliver is off.
In other news, Felicity Smoak is still around (hooray!) and she tells Walter that his wife's mysterious money movements have a strange symbol associated with them. He pretends to be angry with her, but he also searches the entire castle until he finds something with the same symbol. And it's a mysterious notebook with names written in invisible ink, just like Oliver's! Gosh!
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Previously: Oliver met a girl! Tonight: Oliver wakes up in bed with a girl! Well, Helena wakes up first and sneaks out. Then she rides her motorcycle to an alley stocked with Triad goons. She should be wearing her helmet here, both because that's how she hides her identity and because she's riding a motorcycle. Safety first! She slowly aims her gun at one of the Triads and eventually fires just as Oliver jumps off a roof onto her. He shoots an arrow into the Triad's car and evades the dozens of bullets shot at him in response.
Now that the Triad has driven away, Oliver's outraged that Helena was going to shoot the leader of the Triads. "It's not justice!" he insists. She asks what he does that's so different and he answers, "Would you let me show you?" But he does it in a weird clenched-teeth petulant snarl that implies he's been asking her for weeks to come to work with him. The emphasis is all over the place.
Oliver has taken Helena to Big Belly Burger. Carla says she doesn't know where Diggle is. Wouldn't you think Oliver would just buy him a phone or something? Oliver tells Helena that it's nice to be on a second date, but she clarifies for him that just because they slept together doesn't mean they're dating. She reminds him that he kills people and he claims that he only does that when it's absolutely necessary. "It's not my opening move," he lies. She apologizes for winging his mother, which is nice of her. He's mad that she's just doing this to get back at her father, because it's completely different from his father-based motivation. He also offers to show her another way. She declines.
Now he's doing shirtless handstand push-ups in the Arrowlair. It's hard to call this gratuitous when it's the major selling point of the show. Diggle lectures him about what a bad job he did of talking Helena down. Oliver recaps her story about having her fiancé killed by the mob because her father found a laptop full of evidence that Helena was going to give to the FBI, but he doesn't explain why she couldn't just go back to the FBI again. It can't be that hard to accumulate evidence when you're the daughter of the guy in charge. Diggle is also worried about the Triads raining down hell on Starling City if they decide to get in a war with the Bertinelli mob. For his part, Oliver goes to his pull-up bar and does some show-offy Ninja Warrior action. He swears he can save Helena. Diggle: "Either way, it ends badly." Oliver: "Either way, I gotta try." That was productive.