In the real-world lab, Oliver wakes up. The cover on his chamber slides open. He yanks the wires off his head and stumbles to his feet. Chloe's standing there, waiting for him. He looks at her like he's afraid to believe. "Are we dead?" he asks shakily. "This might help you decide," she says, and pulls him into a kiss. I hope someone's been brushing his teeth for the last few weeks. As the camera pulls back from the reunited couple, the rest of the lab comes into view. It looks like a hangar. Several more chambers like Oliver's are set up, each connected to an assortment of computers. At least two guards lie (most likely dead) on the floor. Rick Flag walks in with Deadshot in tow. Flag utters the single worst line ever spoken on this show: "Keep your shirt on, Queen." Horrible! He says there's work to do. Oliver steps between Flag and Chloe. Both Flag and Deadshot pull their guns. "Stand down," Chloe barks at them. "It's OK, Chloe," Oliver says. "I got these ladies." Over Oliver's shoulder, Chloe ever so slightly raises her brows. The guns are put away. It dawns on Oliver that it wasn't his manly bravado that cowed these fellows. He turns to Chloe: "You're working with them?" "I can explain later," she says. "I did what I had to do."
That must have satisfied him for the time being, because after a quick word from our sponsors, everyone seems to be working together quite peaceably. Flag, who apparently never changes clothes, brings Oliver and the viewers up to date. The VRA doesn't know yet that they've taken over the facility (their security is as shitty as everyone else's on this show) but they'll be coming. Deadshot is on duty on the east side of the perimeter. Flag wants Oliver to cover the north. Oliver seems amenable. "What exactly are we up against here?" he asks. Shouldn't you know by now? You've been kidnapped by them twice. Flag says the VRA ops are highly-trained lethal killers. "Video cameras picked them up four klicks away," he says. They don't have long. Chloe goes back into the virtual world to get the others out.