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Arrow “The Calm” 

The Calm?! Really?! I’m sure that this title refers to the “calm” before the “storm,” but as far as I’m concerned, season 3 hit the ground running in a full-out downpour. We have a new villain (or two, depending on where you think Brandon Routh‘s character is headed), a side-lined side-kick, a whole new set of backstories and a death that I’m still not ready to accept. But more than anything, we have love. And I know that if I don’t mention this, then I, Cortney Persiani, will have failed this blog and all you faithful readers.

Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW
Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW

While I personally think that Oliver’s declarations of love were a little out of the blue (we’ve seen Felicity pine after him for so long, would it really have killed us to see him pine a little too?!), I can’t deny that their scenes together were phenomenal. Felicity has definitely gained more confidence over the break, as evidenced by the numerous times she touched him throughout the episode, and it’s nice to finally see her throwing him off his game for once. Him asking her out, their mid-chase flirtations and even their awkward but endearing dinner (pre-explosion, of course) were sweet. But it was their final scene in the hospital that was the moment that Olicity fans have been eagerly awaiting.

Oliver: We need to talk.
Felicity: I don’t want to talk, which I know for me is a little unprecedented. But as soon as we talk, it’s over.
Oliver: I’m so sorry, I thought that I could be me and the Arrow, but I can’t. Not now, maybe not ever.
Felicity: Then say never. Stop dangling maybes. Say it’s never going to work out between us. Say you never loved me. Say…
Oliver: Felicity….
Oliver: Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you.

And there it is. We finally get our kiss. And I’ll be the first to say, it was a good one. I’m pretty sure it was exactly what Felicity had been waiting for…if only under different circumstances. It was sweet and surrounded by declarations of love and the only thing that makes it not a total waste is that we know this isn’t the end for them. It can’t be.

But in the meantime, I will say that I’m kind of digging Felicity and the new guy (played by former-Superman, Brandon Routh). Sure he’s trying to take over Oliver’s company, but she inundated his phone/computer/etc. with “porcupine flatulence” so I’d say that makes them even, no? And by the way, you can’t deny that their nerdy tech banter is beyond adorable.

Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW
Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW

His name is Ray Palmer and obviously dating him would be an ultimate betrayal to Oliver, but like Felicity said, he has to stop dangling her along with “maybes.”  And she’s so ridiculously adorable that I’m sure she has no shortage of suitors lining up at her door. So unless Ollie wants to lose her (and potentially his company) to Ray or even to former-beau The Flash (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Felicity makes a Tuesday night cameo), he better figure out what he wants and whether or not he can be two people at once. Like Sara said (before she was arrow-gutted, RIP), you’re not your mask and you need people in your life who don’t wear one…let’s just hope Oliver realizes this before it’s too late.

So, what did you think of the long-awaited kiss? Was it worth the wait?

Be sure to catch the next episode of Arrow Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW.

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