This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night’s 2x08, “The Scientist."
Last night's episode of Arrow was the gift that kept on giving for Olicity shippers (that is, fans of the potential pairing Oliver/Felicity); just when you thought things couldn't get better (worse?), they did, right up until the final moment. And it was fantastic.
Not only did the introduction of Barry Allen (future superhero The Flash) further the plot (omg, he's the only one who can save Oliver now!), but it brought out some fascinating emotions in both Oliver and Felicity. While Oliver seemed to find himself a little jealous—his reaction to Barry was not unlike Felicity's to Isabel, with whom Ollie had a fling a few episodes back—Felicity was clearly attracted to the—admittedly quite charming—scientist.
Not a little angst resulted, of course. Felicity denied having romantic feelings for her boss (“I don't like Oliver,” she told Barry), and later she and Ollie got into a bit of a tiff over Oliver's looking into Barry's past and basically being a hypocrite about lying, which he then made up for by inviting Barry to his mother's party to dance with Felicity. The latter scene, by the way, struck me as kind of...fraternal?, which I found unsettling after all the UST (unresolved sexual tension) last week, until I realized that, duh, Oliver's still pretty deep in denial land and probably thinks that's exactly what he's feeling. How precious.
Of course, this is Olicity we're talking about, so there were plenty of light moments, too—Felicity accidentally bringing up prison with Moira, Oliver pulling Felicity aside after she invited Barry to set up shop at QC, Oliver acting like a baby as Felicity patched him up, Felicity telling Barry that the vigilante probably thinks he “penetrates just fine,” etc. etc. If there's one thing these two never are, it's boring, that's for sure.
Plus there was also that tense little moment where Oliver claimed he could beat a guy with cement-like muscle density and Felicity asked “What if you can't?” before the two engaged in
some classic eyefucking a staring contest. Mmmm...
But all of what came before paled in comparison to the episode's last couple scenes, in which Felicity and Diggle discovered Oliver passed out on a warehouse floor, two syringes still stuck in his leg. Felicity rushed to his side and checked his pupils (taking a quick sec to fondle his face, it must be added) before realizing she didn't know how to counteract the drug. To save
her man Oliver but protect his secret, a frantic Felicity suggested they needed Barry, who in the last shot woke up in the foundry to see Oliver/the Arrow laid out on a table and Felicity coming 'round to face him, begging: “Please save my friend.”
Annnnd that is where we're left for the week, until Part 2 of the midseason finale, 2x09 a.k.a. “Three Ghosts,” airs next week. What did you think? Did you enjoy Olicity's scenes? How about Barry and Barry/Felicity?
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ETA 5:50pm: Fixed an error in the title and spoiler tag—the episode is 2x08 rather than 1x08. Thanks to commenter Claire Rose for the correction!
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