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Arrow Conversations: Diggle and Oliver Discuss a “Betrayal” 

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

Starling City runs on secrets. Secrets are tearing the city down, but secrets are also keeping it standing. As this episode showed us, Laurel is keeping secrets from Tommy. Detective Lance is keeping secrets from Laurel. Moira is keeping secrets from her family. And obviously Oliver is keeping secrets from pretty much everyone. Granted each secret-keeper justifies their actions by claiming they protect their loved ones and are ultimately for the “greater good” but as we saw this week, it feels much more like betrayal when it’s coming from those you love. Tommy stated it best when talking to Ollie about Laurel’s rooftop rendezvous with the hooded vigilante. “I can’t believe Laurel of all people would lie to my face, I guess that’s how it is with the people you’re closest to.” Unfortunately for Tommy, that’s truer than he even realizes.

While I love Tommy and Oliver, my one-on-one of the week was between Oliver and Diggle. Those two have so many great moments that I often have trouble deciding which is my favorite, but this week, Diggle’s objective insight won me over. As Ollie and Diggle discuss Moira and her supposed oblivion to the book of names (claiming she only knew that those were the people who owed her husband — before throwing it in to the fire!!), Oliver can’t help but defend his mother, while Diggle sees the situation a bit more clearly. “She said she didn’t [know about the book], you don’t have to take her word for it. Oliver, if this were anyone else, you’d be hooded up right now, on your way to have an arrow-side chat with them.” And as we come to see, Diggle is right, as usual.

But before I jump ahead, we must discuss Diggle’s impressive undercover work. Let’s be honest, I don’t for a second believe that Moira’s driver called in sick, but what better way for Diggle to get the dirt?! The way he executes everything with calm confidence makes him the perfect counterpart to Oliver’s passion-driven vigilante and when he walked in to the 50th birthday party, I couldn’t help but smirk. Granted, I don’t always think he’s the most stealthy of spies, but that trick he pulled in the staff closet of Merlyn’s office was downright genius. He got the goods, he nearly got caught and thanks to a faux-smoking habit, he got out scott-free.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

While I don’t necessarily like him going behind Oliver’s back, its clear that that’s the only way he was going to convince Oliver of Moira’s involvement. Oliver had to hear it straight from her, plain and simple. And unfortunately, he did. Discovering that Moira knew that the Queen’s Gambit was sabotaged may just be the tip of the iceberg, but it was enough to plant the seed of doubt that Oliver needed to look at the situation objectively. So while he started out claiming “she’s my mother, not a suspect”, by the end of the episode, we see him go all vigilante on her, declaring that like the others in the book, she has failed the city.

I’m not going to lie, this took me by surprise. Oliver has always been so ridiculously and absurdly upfront when it comes to confronting his mother that I expected another jeans-and-sweater chat in the living room, not a hooded fly-through-the-window attack at the office. That being said, I can’t wait to see what happens next week when both Moira and Oliver are forced to face secrets that could potentially destroy their family. And I can only imagine how Oliver’s acting skills will be tested when he must play Oliver, the naive son, rather than Arrow, the noble-vigilante, in order to keep his own secret from his mother. But as Diggle said, people only keep secrets when they’ve got something to hide.

 Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW.

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  1. Heather M

    Really enjoying this column, Cortney!

    1. Cortney

      Thank you, Heather! Love all your Haven scoop…can’t wait for season 4!

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