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ARROW is excellent TV! I've never been a comic book reader. So, whatever is on screen is my accepted mythology. SO glad this has been renewed!

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EXCELLENT episode! There are some places thought where I don't agree with this review. When the series began, Oliver was always going off on his own to become the Arrow & cross names off his list. Diggle was the one who made him see that he needed to become closer & more attached to his family & friends. Now that it's happening, Diggle's obsession is overwhelming him, and he's pulling away from what is left of his tiny family & even shutting Oliver out. Hey, Dig, as strong as Oliver is, he can't bend the laws of physics & be in 2 places at the same time. It's not his fault you & multiple gov't agents couldn't take down Deadshot. Frankly, you should have been able to. Meanwhile, it was just Arrow going after Rasmus. The police weren't even chasing him. This was about more than Laurel. It was about protecting his family, and I don't blame Oliver one bit. He shouldn't have to apologize. Of all people, Diggle should be the one to understand that.

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Just one frivolous observation: Emilie made up as Lacey is a BIG improvement over Belle. The dramatic makeup is better, the updo makes her face look much prettier, and she really looks 10 pounds lighter in the more form-fitting clothes. Yes, Lacey is a skank. But, Belle always wore 3-4 layers of clothing in Storybrooke, and IMO the iconic gold princess dress didn't flatter Emilie as well as it should have. Want Belle's personality back. But, not the stereotypical frumpy librarian style.

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"She's a nice girl..." Nice girls don't enjoy watching someone get caned. That was brutal IMO. Lacey isn't a nice girl. That scene was meant to contrast w/Belle helping Robin Hood escape torture. We don't know what happened to the Sheriff of Nottingham in Storybrooke. But, a beating like that with a cane could kill someone.

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SIDE NOTE: Did anyone else see the Harry Potter-like wand in Rumple's shop in the wand collection? We thought that was cute.

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Does Lacey remind anyone else of Mila? How ironic it would be if Rumple's journey to become more like the Dark One to attract Lacey just resulted in her leaving him for Hook...AGAIN! You all know what's going to happen once Lacey spots Hook, don't you? Rumple may be dark. But, face it. Hook's got the looks, the eyeliner, and the black leather chaps to get Lacey's motor really running.

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@Miss Rozzie - Yes, there is one thing John Ross still needs to learn - how to take the long view. He's too impatient and doesn't see the forest for the trees. Also, when it comes to women, he's choosing too many with control issues. In season 1, Marta was a stalker. Now we have Emma. Jury is still out on her IMO. She brought down her daddy GOOD! But, I still think there is a screw loose in there.

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@Isabel - I am so with you on the John Ross infidelity. It makes no sense to me. BUT...I'm willing to go with it IF we can see Pamela stick it to John Ross in Season 3. In original DALLAS, the series began w/Sue Ellen on her way to alcoholism & mistrusting JR. She had a steep learning curve, and eventually paid back JR for his cheating ways. It would be sooooo satisfying to see Pamela, who has a crack legal & business mind, be one step ahead of John Ross. She was at a low point emotionally for much of this season. I'd love to see Mrs. Pamela Ewing come out of the gate next season like gangbusters. @jw - Businesses grow, adapt, buy subsidiaries, sell off assets, etc. over the years. I assume Barnes Global is a multinational corporation - what became of all those Wentworth companies after decades of business deals, mergers, sell-offs, buyouts & the like.

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PART IV...4) John Ross & Emma - WHAT THE FRIGGIN' HE*#!! I **HATE** THIS! But, I did like Emma taking down her own father. Boy, that was satisfying. And, that look of realization on Harris' face when he realizes he created a monster and brought it on himself was FABULOUS! Kudos, Mitch Pileggi. QUESTION: I didn't understand what is in Ryland's suitcase that John Ross wants. Did anyone else get that part? I was too upset that he finds this 21-year-old train wreck a better option than Pamela that I didn't pay attention to the dialogue.

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PART III...2) Elena - The girl has the attention span of a GNAT when it comes to love, and makes the WORST choices when it comes to showing how trustworthy she can be. Her mother tells her to hang in there & be patient with Christopher. Yet in LESS THAN 24 HOURS, she's exploring her options regarding her family's land with some MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL instead of taking the information to Christopher. Oh, yeah, that will earn Elena BIG brownie points. 3) Perhaps someone with a legal background can correct me. But, since Elena's dad & JR are both dead, wouldn't this be a case were that phrase fits - "possession is 9/10's of the law." Fraud or not, it was on Elena's dad to do his due diligence and check that what he bought fit whatever deed/records were filed. Isn't that what we have title insurance for?...

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