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The mid-season finale of Arrow begins with a union, but ends with a separation, which, to be fair, is how things work in this series, where happiness is fleeting. From the moment the hour opened with the very happy wedding of Oliver and Felicity, we should have known that things could only go downhill from there.
The wedding is definitely the fun part of the episode, and it gives us the opportunity to check with everyone. While Oliver and Felicity celebrate their long-awaited marriage, which feels well deserved after six years of seeing this relationship develop, the rookies of Team Arrow drown their sorrows in alcohol, especially the recently divorced Curtis. Fortunately, Rene stops Curtis before embarrassing himself too much during a drunken wedding toast. The highlight of the entire wedding, however, is when Quentin becomes a surrogate father and gives Oliver the watch his father gave him. This substitute relationship between father and son is one of the most effective combinations Arrow because the program has given him time to develop it. Sometimes Arrow has a tendency to rush into important steps in relationships, but allowed this to follow its course at a reasonable pace. It feels good that Oliver and Quentin would be in such a good place.
Unfortunately, the moments of fun were never going to last. During the party, Quentin receives news that the prosecution has a gun witness who is willing to testify against Oliver, and is someone from the team. Then, Oliver and Felicity put surveillance on René, Curtis and Dinah to discover who is. Diggle expresses his objections, but agrees. His espionage finally yields results: they discover that Dinah has been secretly meeting with Vigilante. Oliver is not happy that Dinah has lied about it and immediately assumes that she was the one who betrayed him, which means that it is not her.
Criminal Brain Michael Emerson Cayden James decides it is time to add problems and instructions to Team Arrow Black Siren to kidnap Quentin. Thea tries to stop her, but has not yet returned with full force after waking from her coma. But Black Siren lets Thea live to give Oliver a phone, which he calls and gives him instructions: if Oliver wants to recover Quentin, he has to go into ARGUS and steal something called nanoaluminum amplifier, which I refuse to believe is really a real thing. At least once an episode, I feel that Arrow is inventing things.
When not seeing another option, Team Arrow breaks into ARGUS and steals the device, without Dinah. However, Dinah discovers that they went to the field without her, which forces a confrontation. Oliver accuses her of betraying him, which ends up revealing that he is spying on everyone. Obviously, nobody is happy with that. Even more obviously, Dinah denies having turned against Oliver and is super wounded because he does not trust her. Eventually, the real culprit appears: Rene, who honestly was the only person who could have been. Rene explains that Watson had evidence that it was Wild Dog and threatened to use it to keep Zoey away from him forever. As she had a solid case against Oliver with or without him, she cooperated. Oliver takes him out of the team.
( Next: Death of the Family)