‘Arrow’ 1×17 Photo Recap: “The Huntress Returns”

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Okay, so it’s been two months since Fringe ended, and there’s still a Fringe-shaped hole in my soul, but just because it’s over doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to go on with our lives. And in case you hadn’t noticed, my life basically consists of lots of television. (And also cake.) After some really supportive feedback from you guys on Twitter, I decided to try my hand at photo recapping another show. So here goes… Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…my first Arrow photo recap! (Bear with me; it’s been a while since I did this…)

As the episode title indicated, it featured the return of Oliver’s ex-lover/current nemesis the Huntress, looking even more like a hussy than she did last time we saw her. (No judgment.)

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Sadly, her return did not bode well for Starling City’s more unsavory residents…or Oliver’s love life.

Blissfully unaware of the impending doom that was about to be brought down on him, Oliver was being way too cute and happy with new girlfriend McKenna. How dare you be in a happy, semi-healthy relationship! You are a tortured superhero. Learn your place, Oliver.

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Meanwhile, Oliver’s other lady friend was not too pleased about him and McKenna being all lovey-dovey. Or maybe it was because her family life is a total clusterf**k and her boyfriend is being cagey ever since he found out his best friend is a murderous vigilante. Could be either one.

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Turns out the family reunion was on account of Laurel’s mom thinks that Sarah is still alive. Which is great, because Oliver could really use another love interest on this show. (HA!)

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In other troublesome-little-sister news, Thea was taking a stroll down the wrong side of the tracks with a random friend that even Thea had a hard time pretending to care about.

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Then, things got interesting… Hotness alert! (And I’m not talking about the coffee.)

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And with that, Thea went on her merry way (after offering to get Sexy Bad Boy a job at her brother’s club). Oliver went to brag about his momentous date with McKenna to Dig, who had some great (read: terrible) news for Ollie.

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Oliver went home, only to find that a certain leather-loving lady had beaten him there. Surprise!

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No good can come of this.

Back on Flashback Island, Oliver and his buddy were living it up, braiding each other’s hair and mud-wrestling and whatnot.

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So yeah. Fun stuff. But anyway, back to the present day, where Oliver’s club was rocking, and everyone was in attendance. Specifically Oliver’s current girlfriend and two of his exes, one of which was getting a little rough with Tommy in an attempt to manipulate Oliver into helping her kill her dad. Oliver sure does know how to pick ‘em.

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Never let it be said that Oliver wouldn’t do anything to save his friends. If only there was some way this all could have been avoided… Like if someone—and I’m not pointing fingers here—but if someone had killed Helena when they had the chance…

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Seriously though—four love interests in the same building? Even a superhero can’t handle that much sexual tension. Speaking of which, back in the Flashback storyline, Oliver and Slade actually managed to pull off the old Wookiee Prisoner Gag. (Not an easy feat—just ask Peter and Lincoln.)

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Good teamwork, guys. Now go tackle that smoke monster!

Thea went to see Roy so she could undress him with her eyes confront him about blowing off the new job she got him.

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Commence damsel scenario! You know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed in seducing the sexy bad boy, put yourself in danger and wait for him to save you. (To be fair, I do respect Thea as a character and don’t mean to belittle her by insinuating that she would purposefully risk her life to get the attention of a boy. While her decision-making skills are questionable at best, she’s not as dumb as most other characters her age on the CW. Or Bella Swan.)

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Well played, Roy Harper. Well played.

Meanwhile, Oliver was begrudgingly helping his crazy ex with some elaborate plan to get to her crime lord father, involving a tunnel, motorcycles, and, oh yeah, BETRAYAL!

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Helena was taken into custody by Laurel’s dad and McKenna, in keeping with the theme of the episode: at least two of Oliver’s love interests must be in the same room together at any given time. Helena looked like she was about to f**k some s**t up (by which I mean Oliver and McKenna’s relationship, and possibly his secret identity), but then chaos broke out in the precinct.

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And just like that, a psychotic masked villainess was released into the general population to wreak havoc. But back to the more interesting storyline—the one involving Colton Haynes with his shirt off. Of course, after demonstrating his masculinity by beating up two thugs, Roy needed to show off his vulnerable side by revealing that he has a fear of needles.

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Thea Queen: bringing new meaning to the phrase “warm bedside manner.”

Speaking of which…Thea wasn’t the only Queen getting a little somethin’ somethin’…

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Dig was right—Slutty McNutty was already going on a revenge rampage, killing errbody who got in her way, and Oliver of course had to go stop her. And, as stipulated by the previously mentioned clause wherein at least two of Oliver’s current/former/future lovers must be in any given scene, McKenna had to come too just to complicate things. As I’m sure you can imagine, it did not go well.

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Later at the hospital, Oliver tried to play the optimistic and supportive boyfriend who totally wasn’t there when she got shot and had no connection to the events of the evening whatsoever. All in all, it could have gone better.

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And that’s what you get for trying to date a police officer when you’re secretly a crime-fighting vigilante. Maybe try a nice dental hygienist or something? She’d probably be less likely to discover your secret identity. Or get shot by your psychotic ex-girlfriend. Oliver went to his spaceship-themed club to contemplate his impending bachelorhood.

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This was a super fun episode, if only for the fact that it was like an episode of The Bachelor, except only one of the women was criminally insane. Plus, any episode where Colton Haynes takes his shirt off AND breakdance fights is a total win. (Though, it would have been even better if they were at the same time.) I couldn’t really get into the Flashback story, but hey, you can’t have everything. Also, I’m a little sad to see Janina Gavankar leaving, but I know she’ll just turn up on another one of my favorite shows. She’s hopped from The League, to True Blood, to Arrow. Hey, Janina—try Cougar Town or The Good Wife next!

What did you think of this week’s Arrow? Who was the real star of the episode: the Huntress or Colton Haynes’ nipple? Debate in the comments section!

-L

*All images are property of The CW

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Posted on March 22, 2013, in Arrow Photo Recaps, Television and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This was HILARIOUS should do this for every episode just great.

  2. This is priceless! Especially the part with Oliver alone in the club with that one picture (btw, you should post that on Stephen’s fb page…) “All by Myself.” Just, wow.

    PLEASE do this for every episode, incredibly entertaining! :-)

  3. Please do more of these in the future, this was gold

  4. This was hilarious, I absolutely demand more.

  5. This was great, glad to see you haven’t lost your touch since Fringe ended *crying out loud*

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