A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene Ramirez in Arrow season 5 episode 13. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 12.
Arrow season 5 episode 13 opens with someone loading up a bag full of guns. Then, they throw a ski mask into the bag.
In the bunker, John Diggle and Dinah Drake spar. And, she tells Diggle that she used to belong to a street gang called The Pilgrims as her first undercover assignment.
Oliver welcomes Thea Queen back. She’s more than a little surprised to find out that Rene is the new deputy mayor’s assistant.
A masked shooter enters the mayor’s office. Then, Oliver finds Adrian Chase on the floor, shot.
As an ambulance removes Adrian, he tells Oliver, “Just catch that son of a bitch.” Then, Thea tells Oliver there were five casualties in total.
Oliver talks to a crime boss who Adrian believes might be involved. But, the masked shooter interrupts them. He kills the criminal.Then, Felicity Smoak calls Oliver and tells him that she traced the owner of the assault rifle.
At the bunker, Felicity says that the gun owner is James Edlund. It turns out Edlund lost his family in a shooting.
Oliver talks to Thea and Quentin Lance. He tells Thea he wants to meet with everyone involved in the previous gun control ordinance that got shot down.
Oliver meets with Councilwoman Pollard, who killed the ordinance. But, she says that she’s against anything allowing the government to keep tabs on people.
Diggle talks to Dinah about the dive she’s living in. She says there’s a studio apartment she liked, but the application asked questions she couldn’t answer about the past three years.
In a flashback, a dealer threatens Rene’s wife with a gun, saying that he owes her money. Rene tries to get his gun out of its safe to fight back, but it’s too late and the dealer shoots his wife.
In the present, Rene and Curtis Holt search Edlund’s home. Rene finds a floor plan. Then, he tells Curtis, “I know what he’s going to hit next.”
Later, Edlund points a gun at Oliver. Then, he almost kills himself, but a team of police officers stop him and apprehend him.
Oliver meets with Councilwoman Pollard again. And he shows her a series of gun ordinances that Oliver and Rene drafted.
In a flashback, Rene calls Child Protective Services to try to see his daughter Zoe. But, they say his home is an unsafe environment. He says, “I just want to see my daughter.” But, they hang up on him. After the phone call, he sees a news report about the Green Arrow killing Damien Darhk. After seeing that footage, he turns the hockey uniform sitting on his table. He picks up the mask and stares at it.
In the present, Curtis tells Rene that he found out about his daughter. Rene says that Child Protective Services is right and she’s not safe with him. Curtis says he disagrees and that he knows a lawyer who does too.
Dinah tells Diggle that not only is she applying for the apartment she liked, she’s also applying to be a Star City police officer. She thanks him for giving her a push.
At the end of the episode, Oliver holds a press conference. He says, “Hard choices require bravery. Fortunately, we live in the home of the brave. We don’t run from hard choices. We rise up and we face them together.” He says that he’s come up with a policy that protects both freedoms and lives.