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This was another beautiful episode of Arrow.

We are going to have to work on your excuses.

That seems to be one of the themes of tonight's episode. And if it's not, then it should be.

It's amazing that Oliver's identity has managed to stay secret for this long because so many people seem to know who he is.

First was Diggle, who Oliver revealed himself to within ten minutes of meeting him.

Next was Felicity, who probably would have figured it out on her own considering the crappy cover story Oliver offered her about the bullet-ridden laptop he asked her to retrieve data from.

And apparently A.R.G.U.S. now knows.

If this trend continues, then it won't be long until Isabel figures it out as well.

Also, why did Oliver and Diggle think that it would be a good idea for the bad guy to know who he is? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a playboy with fighting skills = Arrow.

Felicity is my favorite awkward geek since Willow on Buffy and she outdid herself this episode. She's grown more confident of her place with the guys, which I think allowed her to finally speak her mind when Oliver slept with Isabel. I can only assume that Isabel is trying to sow the seeds of discord in their relationship because there's no other reason that I can think of for why she would 'flaunt' non-relationship in front of Felicity.

I also love how Oliver continues to grow as a person, and as a hero. Oliver's personal life is in chaos and that last thing that he needs is another problem to deal with. And yet when Diggle tells him that he needs time off to address a personal issue, Oliver drops everything to help him.

Oliver's reaction to Isabel confronting him about promoting his 'mistress' as his secretary was hilarious. As was his reaction to Felicity confronting Oliver about sleeping with the enemy (the first time in Russia). Felicity hasn't exactly been subtle about her Oliver appreciation, but I don't think that he realized that her feeling ran deeper until Isabel walked out of his hotel room. I don't even think that the possibility of a romantic relationship with Felicity even occurred to him until he saw the crushed expression on her face.

The fact that Oliver believes that he doesn't deserve better than a one night stand proves that he still has lot of progress to make before he can be in a healthy relationship with anyone. And at least he can see that, unlike Laurel who continues to delude herself. And while I love the idea of Felicity and Oliver as a couple, it might be better off if it doesn't happen until next season. Or at least towards the end of this one.

Things I loved about this episode:

1. Felicity's tenacity.

Felicity: What were you thinking?
Oliver: What?
Felicity: Over sixty-four million women over the age of consent in Russia and you sleep with her.
Oliver: So we're not doing the, "what happens in Russia, stays in Russia"?
Felicity: We're still in Russia.

I loved how Felicity couldn't let this go and was even a little snarky about Oliver's response. I don't think a man has ever been so grateful for an interruption as Oliver was at this moment. Also loved how Felicity almost implied that 1) a hooker would have been a better alternative than Isabel and 2) a barely legal teen would have been a better alternative than Isabel.

2. The depth of emotion Oliver displayed at the end of the episode.

Oliver is usually expressionless, which makes me wonder why people don't figure out that he's the Arrow just from that, but when he does...it's heartbreaking to see.

The most recent examples of that are when he found out that Sara was alive and when he talked Sara into revealing her presence to her family. So when he finished giving Felicity his explanation, you could see how much he regretted hurting her feelings and not being able to give her what she wanted, even though I don't think he's at a point where he returns those feelings yet.



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