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Arrow Round Table: "Damaged"

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Welcome to our first-ever Arrow Round Table!

With this CW drama raking in the ratings, and coming off its best episode to date, we've convened Leigh Raines and Kate Brooks of TV Fanatic, along with Romancia from TV After Dark, to breakdown "Damaged." What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Gather around now!

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What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?
Kate: I'd have to say, as a 'shipper, the scene between Laurel and Oliver. You know, when she was undressing him and looking at his scars and it ended with a kiss. I actually felt the emotion from Oliver was real too because he lies to convince people he's the same guy. I love those two!

Leigh: Agree with Kate, that scene was totally sexy. I'll go with the polygraph test because we finally got some background and it shocked everyone in the room!

Romancia: "I've been the good soldier. I've done everything you've asked, but if any member of my family so much as gets a paper cut. I will burn your world to ashes." - Moira

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The prison party: brilliant or foolish?
Leigh: The kind of foolish, obnoxious party that only Oliver Queen could pull off. So all in all, yep... brilliant!

Kate: Brilliant and perfect cover for Oliver. It was foolishly brilliant!

Romancia: "Burning Man meets Shawshank Redemption. The invite says come before Oliver Queen get's off." Interpret that comment any way you will. That scene served its purpose: to stage a distraction for the fake Arrow storyline to play out. Oliver in a prison suit was okay, but Stephen Amell ain't no Tim Robbins. Not that it's a bad thing.

Do you think Oliver and Laurel have chemistry?
Leigh: Yes, totally. Her touching the scars and the kiss... mmmhmmm.

Kate: It's getting better each episode. It was there in the pilot, but it's becoming more irresistible as the show continues. As expected, the actors are getting more comfortable in their roles and with each other.

Romancia: I love how the writers are re-connecting these two characters with each other. In the scene where Oliver's told Laurel, "There was a time that I wanted to die. In the end there was something I wanted more," that little confession impacted Laurel and Oliver enough to engage in a very stimulating spit swapping session.Swoons Even though I do believe that Laurel and Oliver have chemistry, it's going to be interesting to see how Laurel will avoid their attraction. At least she's not denying it.

"After last night clearly we are still attracted to each other. Oliver nothing can ever happen between us." Okay, Laurel, if you saaaaay soooo.

How much do you trust Moira and why do you think she has the ship in a warehouse?
Leigh: I think Moira is entangled with some bad people. She cares about her family but she also had Oliver kidnapped and tortured in the first episode. I'm just glad we're learning more about her. 

Kate: I am unsure of how much I trust her. I trust she'll protect her family and I have this crazy feeling that she knows Oliver is the hood. I have this feeling she knew when he first came back. I don't know about the ship other than I can't wait to find out.

Romancia: Any woman that burns you to ashes if someone she loves gets a paper cut should not be trusted. I'll be honest, this one is stumping me. I'm more wondering what Moira is trying to retrieve or what she might be hiding.

Who else do you think knows Arrow's true identity and/or who will be the next to find out?
Leigh: I think Laurel has a really strong hunch but she's the obvious answer. Thea is definitely onto something when she was inspecting the rock he brought her.

Kate: Like I said previously, I think Moria knows. As for who could find out next, I am not sure. I want it to be Laurel but we all can predict she'll be one of the last. Maybe his sister next?

Romancia: I was surprised to learn that Laurel discovered Oliver may be lying so quickly when she accessed the report from the lie detector test. Though it was a genuine cover-up that Oliver told her, it's not going to last long. Thea, meanwhile, is totally under-estimated and the speech from Diggle at the end of the episode made it clear even he thinks it's only a matter of time before his secrets start leaking out.

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I guess I'm the only one who finds her complete support and forgiveness of Oliver more than a little pitiful. Where's the best friend to tell her "aww he missed you on that island. Was that before or after he realized he couldn't screw your sister anymore since she's dead?" First I find the idea that this green arrow is supposed to be considered a hero (or even an anti-hero) instead of a selfrighteous murderer laughable. What if he's wrong? Deciding you are the judge, jury and executioner has its risk. This is a revenge story, not a hero story. Not every crime on this show is worth the death penalty. As for Laurel, I find her lack of support of her own family disgusting. She comes off as a rebeling teen in scenes with her dad. I think this show should have her struggle with who to give her loyalty instead of just shoving it at the guy that ruined her family, got her sister killed and screwed her over ignoring the father that still very much in pain. She says she's in law because of him. I don't see any of that respect and admiration in their scenes. This weak chick definitely is no Lois Lane.

Arrow Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

I'm thinking prison, Burning Man meets Shawshank Redemption. The invite says "come before Oliver Queen gets off."

Oliver

I am having a sizeable get together for tomorrow evening and there is a better than likely chance it spills into the outdoor pool.

Oliver
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