David Anders (Once Upon a Time and Alias) is the next cult guest star to drop by Arrow. We’ll meet him next Wednesday night as infamous Starling City criminal Cyrus Vanch, who plans to take on Stephen Amell’s The Hood to re-establish his reputation as a leading crime lord. Something tells me it won’t work out.
But the theme of the episode is betrayal and there seems to be plenty of that to go around. In the Island flashbacks, Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen meets Manu Bennett’s man-behind-the-Deathstroke-mask who claims there are two masks..
Flash forward to Starling City where the major betrayals are parental. Katie Cassidy’s Laurel is betrayed by her father who uses her as bait to capture The Hood, filmed in the rain on top of the Bentall parkade in front of a gaggle of visiting American TV journalists. Afterward Laurel angrily tells Colin Donnell’s Tommy about it but he’s not thrilled she kept her meetings with The Hood secret from him.
Tommy talks to Oliver about Laurel and The Hood.
But what about Moira Queen’s copy of “The List”? Oliver confronts his mother but she denies involvement, throwing the book in the fire.
David Ramsay’s Diggle remains suspicious. He substitutes as Moira’s chauffeur so that he can shadow her and make sure she’s isn’t involved as she claims. He finds nothing suspicious until she meets with John Barrowman’s Malcom Merlyn, aka The Dark Archer.
So Moira Queen has lied to her son Oliver about “The List”. He pays her a visit at Queen Consolidated dressed as The Hood in the episode’s cliffhanger — ““Moira Queen, you have failed this city.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW in the U.S. and 7 p.m. on CTV in Canada.