Donna: “You and Oliver are one of those couples that everyone believes in. You don’t lie to each other ever, and he’s going to be the best daddy in the whole world when the time comes.”
“Code of Silence” is the February 17 episode of “Arrow.” Warning, this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. CT on the CW.
Even though they fight side by side, we don’t get a lot of Thea and Oliver heart to hearts, which is a shame. Tonight, we finally had another one, and it was amazing. Thea proved that she knows her family well enough to know when something was wrong, and it was a relief when she didn’t buy Oliver’s answer. She kept digging.
Of all the people to find out first, Thea was an excellent choice. She knows a thing or two about strained relationships with fathers, and her opinion on William carries a lot of weight because she’s been that kid who was protected.
It sort of made sense that Thea would want to protect William. The answer isn’t as simple as Thea made it out to be. Did she forget that she was super upset that everyone was lying to her? Thea has this huge issue with lying, mainly because her family kept so many secrets from her, but now she said it was okay to lie William.
There should have been more of a discussion with Thea recognizing the pros and cons of lying to William or at least Oliver asking her about it since he knows that Thea’s been in that position. Like Oliver said, she told him what he needed to hear, but it wasn’t the full truth. We could have had this amazing honest discussion, but sadly, that’s not what we got.
There was a cool role reversal with Lance and Oliver. Now, Oliver was the in the light while Detective Lance hid out in the lair keeping secrets. It was so nice that Lance commented on that and asked Oliver for his opinion. These two have come a long way, and they definitely have one of the more interesting relationships on the show.
The downside of this reversal was that Quentin praised Oliver for being so honest with Felicity, and how he didn’t have to lie to her. Now that by itself wouldn’t have been a bad thing, except that there are so many other lines in the hour about how Oliver and Felicity don’t lie to each other.
It was overwhelming. Yes, we get it. Oliver is lying to Felicity. The secret comes out super soon (next week) – stop trying to ramp up the drama. It would have been fine if one of those lines was still in there, but geez, so much of the hour was about how perfect Oliver and Felicity’s relationship is when it’s not.
Oliver at least knows it, but he only ever shows how it’s affecting him when he chats with Thea. We really needed to hear what Oliver thought of his situation and how he felt, but other than that conversation, Oliver never appears to have any problem with lying to Felicity.
The “case” of the week wasn’t all that exciting. The best part was being in Darhk’s lair as he chatted with his evil team, which now includes Malcolm. It was cool to get that glimpse into their operation.
Other than that, there wasn’t anything captivating. The fact that Darhk was going to go after the building the debate was in was predictable. Honestly, Ms. Adams better figure out that Oliver is the Green Arrow because it’s not like he was being subtle during his remark to her before the debate.
Curtis, you are a gem – please never change. His gift brought on the tears. Not only was this a great moment to highlight Curtis and Felicity’s friendship, but it was an unexpected way to potentially get Felicity to walk again. We had all been thinking that something meta-human-like or similar to the Lazarus Pit would do the trick, but instead, we have innovative technology. This was a nice twist.
The only downside was that we didn’t get to see Donna’s reaction. It would have been perfection. We could have maybe just seen like a wide shot of the party and saw Donna’s reaction that way. There was probably sobbing and a giant hug involved, and it just would have been amazing to see.
Speaking of Donna, the fear is growing that she will be the one in the grave. If that’s the case then, man, it’s going to be painful. Detective Lance (calling him this is a force of habit now) was worried about Darhk going after Donna to get to him, and it makes sense. Do you think Donna is the one in the grave?
What did you think of the episode? Is anyone enjoying the flashbacks? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.