A family of bank robbers is in the middle of a crime wave all across Starling City and Oliver has to ask himself if he can put his city in front of his father’s list. Meanwhile, Thea has a crush on Tommy, but Tommy has his eyes set on Laurel. Oh, also something happens on the island, barely.
Alright, this episode has a lot going for it. I like the family drama between the Queens, especially between Oliver and his mom. Also Thea and Oliver are a good onscreen duo, though they only have one scene together here, I believe. And the family of bank robbers is a good counter of privileged versus underprivileged, culminating with Oliver meeting with the father of the gang involved in an attempt to offer him a way out. Also, I’m glad they took a risk and did something different than the Oliver revenge story and it worked out.
What really drags the show down is the totally forced love triangle between Tommy, Thea, and Laurel. I really hope this is confined to only this episode (I honestly can’t remember if this becomes a thing or not) because Thea and Tommy being together makes absolutely no sense to either of their characters, and, if I’m remembering future episodes correctly, is also pretty gross. Outside of that though, pretty good episode.
+7.5: Pretty good episode
+1: something new and different than the previous episodes
+1: Good relationship drama
+0.5: Thea and Oliver should share the screen more
-1.5: the love triangle is so forced it kinda hurts me