In an attempt to help Thea, like the brooding big brother he is, Oliver begins working on tracking down the supplier; who he learns goes by the name "The Count" and and through his contacts with the Russian mob, he arranges a meeting. As all good plans involving drugs, Russian mobsters and hooded vigilantes do, the meeting is interrupted up by the police, and during the escape, the Count injects Oliver with a concentrated dose of Vertigo via a ridiculous looking double barrel needle.
While overdosing, Oliver has flashbacks to the island, and Yao Fei pretending to kill him in front of Fyers to help old Ollie escape captivity. Back in the non-flashback world, Diggle
(aka beefed up Alfred), takes Oliver back to his hideout and uses medicinal herbs Oliver brought back with him from the island to fight the drug overdose, which, shockingly, is a success! Oliver has Emily analyse the drug and uses the ingredients to tack the location of the Count.
As the Hood, Oliver confronts the Count and injects him with his own dirty medicine just as the police arrive, again, like the gatecrashers they are.
Laurel persuades her father to pull some strings and get Thea 2 years of probation and 500 hours of community service, which she begins serving at Laurel's legal office. At the end of the of the episode, Felicity shows Oliver the book with a list of names that Walter discovered, and informs him that they came from his mother. DUN DUN DUN!
So I actually started watching The Following after my Fiancée made me (I say 'made', by that I mean I wasn't doing anything when she watched it, so I looked at the TV) and I now see that this is in fact, my second favourite new series.
In this episode, a group of people watch some guy in a Poe mask reciting some of 'The Raven' before he packs up his things and reveals a cannister full of gasoline. He then walks across the street as a random civilian buys something from a street vendor and suddenly, he sets alight the poor schmuck as the crowd looks on in horror (but no one actually helps him?!). Mr Kevin Bacon and his super high up EE team obtain video footage (probably thanks to the super fast speeds of EE) of the incident and he recognises the man as a literary critic who gave some other guys book a bad review, leading Bacon to believe the author (who I now know is named Joe Carroll) is killing those he holds a grudge against. Bacon takes a cue from Arrow and has flashbacks that trail back to his first encounter with Caroll, who apparently seduced him with words. And Scotch.
I'll be honest, I didn't really feel the same shock as my fiancée as things unfolded, as I haven't caught up with the first two episodes, but, after I've watched them, I'll then update this episode and be all like "OMG! I can't believe that! WOW! That was so unexpected!" Which will be odd, as I will expect it, as I've seen it already.
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