Change! Change. Change. Change. Change. Change. People can change.
At least four characters mentioned it so if you missed this point in last nightâ€™s episode, you must have been watching under a rock. We noticed it with Oliver on the island (he can draw a bow!). With Detective Lance in the bar (he doesnâ€™t need to drink his problems away!). Again with Oliver in present day at the asylum (he took mercy on the Count!). But my favorite one-on-one of the week that really hammered this theme home happened between Ollie and Tommy.
They had so many compelling (and gut-wrenching) conversations that I hardly know where to start. We havenâ€™t seen any of their friendship before Oliverâ€™s time on the island, but I can only imagine it was filled with bars, booze and recklessness.Â After finding out that Tommy paid off a city inspector to turn a blind eye to the club, Oliver clearly doubted Tommyâ€™s involvement in the current Starling City drug epidemic, leading to one of my favorite conversations:
Oliver: Before I left, you played hard. You play with bad people who were in to bad things
Tommy: So did you, Oliver. But I changed, just like you did. Now you put arrows in people who do illegal things. Last time I checked, bribing a city inspector was not legal.
Oliver: Do you actually think I could hurt you?
Tommy: Truth is, I donâ€™t know what youâ€™d do. You are a complete mystery to me.
Ouch! Oliver reveals the truth to Tommy and as a result becomes even more of an enigmaâ€¦that is not where I saw this going. Granted, Tommy is justified in his confusion and lack of comprehension of Oliverâ€™s mission, but I hardly find it fair that he is asking Oliver to believe in him when heâ€™s not even willing to do the same for Oliver. I was a big fan of the lighthearted Tommy/Ollie friendship that we witnessed earlier this season, but I fear those days may be long gone. This episode saw Tommy quit the bar and deliver a stabbing blow to their friendship as he walked out:
You want me to keep your secret, help you be this thing youâ€™ve become. But you refuse to see me for what Iâ€™ve become. Iâ€™ve got just a bit too much self-respect for that. I quit.
So Tommy harps and harps about how heâ€™s changed. How he loves nights in with Laurel. How he wasnâ€™t involved in the drug epidemic. And how he helped keep Oliverâ€™s secret by paying off the city inspector. But as we reached the end of the episode and see Tommy approach his father for a job, we were left to wonder, is this change of Tommyâ€™s a good thing or not?
The CW’s Arrow is taking the next two weeks off, so weâ€™ll have to wait until April 24th to find out. But on the upside, it’ll have an uninterrupted run all the wayÂ toÂ the finale on May 15.
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