Curtis Holt joins Team Arrow on tonight’s episode of Arrow season 4! For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 16.
This week’s episode of Arrow season 4 opened with Brie Larven using a computer lab at Iron Heights prison to hack into her file and change her release date.
Back in Star City, Oliver Queen, Laurel Lance, John Diggle and Thea Queen all spar together. He complains about everyone’s endurance running out and suggests they go again. Everyone else takes a pass.
When Thea mentions that Alex Davis is looking for a new job, Laurel says that Palmer Tech is looking of ra new head of PR. She gets awkward bringing up Felicity around Oliver and murmurs, “I just heard that…from someone.” Oliver tells her, “She’s not Voldemort.” Thea says that it’s shocking Oliver knows who Voldemort is. Oliver says he’s not immune to pop culture and he’s read a few of the Harry Potter books. Diggle says he was going to be that the only saw the movies. Oliver asks, “There were movies?”
When Donna Smoak visits Felicity at the office, Curtis says that his cold must be getting worse because he’s seeing double. Donna asks Felicity, “Did you hear that? He said he thinks we look like twins!”
Meanwhile, Damien Darhk has been locked up. Malcolm Merlyn visits him. When Damien tries to use his magic on him, it doesn’t work. Malcolm says, “Don’t be embarrassed. Performance issues are common for men of your age.”
Brie fills the Palmer Tech board room with her robotic bees and tells the board that she knows Felicity Smoak has an implant that allows a person to overcome paralysis. She says that she won’t leave until she gets one. But, there’s only one prototype and it’s inside Felicity. She broadcasts a message to Felicity that she needs to talk to her about the prototype and threatens her board members lives.
Felicity tells Thea and Donna about her previous run-in with Brie. She says that they need to get everyone out of the Palmer Tech building, but then they see that the building is surrounded by Brie’s bees.
After finding the bunker using a tracking device, Curtis is amazed to find out Oliver is the Green Arrow. He also recognizes Laurel and Quentin Lance. He tells Diggle he knows he’s met him before but he can’t place him.
Laurel asks Curtis if he can mobilize enough of the bees to give him a way in. Curtis says there’s only one way to find out and Oliver instructs him to try. Curtis is very excited to be on the team.
Felicity, Thea and Donna run into a supply closet. Thea asks Felicity how many bees there are. Felicity tells her to just try and think happy thoughts.
Oliver, Laurel and Diggle arrive outside Palmer Tech to try to help. Oliver is stung by one of the bees and incapacitated.
Back at the bunker, Curtis realizes that Oliver wasn’t just stung– the bee is inside him. He realizes that, even worse, the bee is replicating itself inside Oliver.
Curtis figures out who to use the canary call to stop the bees. He tells Laurel, “Just give him the full Mariah Carey and it should destroy whatever connection the bees are operating on.”
Felicity, Thea and Donna blast their way into the board room to help relocate the members to a panic room. Felicity instructs her mother to keep the board members safe, then she and Thea face Brie.
Brie holds Thea and Felicity at gunpoint. She gives them a quick mini-speech about how bee populations are being depleted and no one cares, then she gets to the point. She tells them that she has a tumor wrapped around her spinal chord and the only way to cut it out involves a surgery that would leave her paralyzed from the waist down. She asks Felicity to give her the specs. Felicity tells her that the blueprints are in Curtis’ office.
Laurel takes Oliver aside for an emotional conversation. Oliver says that he’s worried he can’t live this life and not surrender to the darkness. Laurel tells him that he’s only saying that because he’s in so much pain right now, but the harsh truth is that Felicity broke up with him because of things he did as Oliver— not the Green Arrow.
After Oliver approaches Curtis to admit to how harsh he’s been, Curtis says that he’s beginning to see why Oliver and Felicity didn’t work out. Oliver admits that he deserved that.
Once Brie has the blueprints, she puts it together that Felicity is the hacker who sent her to prison and she returns to Felicity’s office with a swarm of her bees in tow.
Laurel, Diggle and Oliver are faced with the bees a second time. Diggle tries shooting them while Laurel attempts a canary cry that should get in the way of the bee’s frequency.
Oliver runs into Palmer Tech to protect Felicity from Brie. Brie tells Felicity, “Looks like your green friend didn’t forget about you.” Oliver shoots Brie with a special arrow that ties her up. He says, “Never will.” Felicity thanks Oliver for saving her. He tells her, “You never, never have to thank me.”
Just in time, Curtis gains control of the bees and uses them to incapacitate Brie. Felicity happily says, “Lay down, bee-yatch!” When she sees Oliver’s look, she asks, “Too on the nose?”
Back at the bunker, Oliver tells Curtis that he did a good job. Oliver tells him that he’s always welcome on their team.
Curtis comes home to Paul, who asks where he’s been after bolting out of there. Curtis says he was chasing a silly fantasy that he could help the police. He tells him, “I saw enough to know that this is where I belong. At home with you.” He promises not to take off again. When Paul says he’ll get him some soup, Curtis says, “Terrific.”
Thea asks Felicity if she misses the thrill of fighting bad guys and asks her to re-join the team. Felicity tells her that she wants to focus on making Palmer Tech into a beacon of hope.
In the final scene, Malcolm talks to someone in a car. He tells him that Damien Darhk told this person he was his “ace in the hole.” Damien asks, “Should I call you Mr. Diggle?” They reveal that he’s talking to Andy Diggle.