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I love Shado, too! There's a woman who can take care of herself, & not give Oliver a guilt complex about what her life "might have been" without his Vigilante role. She knows the score. And, she could do yoga with Moira!

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Finally, I'd like to express some Laurel & J. August Richards love. Laurel hauling out a pump rifle from her bedroom was just AWESOME! And, JAR played the cold assassin perfectly. Will always have a soft spot for him because of ANGEL.

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One thing puzzles me - while I understand the character arc being built for Tommy, why didn't Oliver just let him on to the Team? He found ways to include both Felicity & Diggle when they discovered his identity, and he hardly knew them. It would have gone a long way to smoothing over Tommy's shock if Oliver trusted him. They never had heart-to-heart about Oliver's motives, why he developed the alternate identity, etc. Tommy is still mad about being shut out, and acting like it. They need to be locked in a room with a couple of beers, and talk everything out.

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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.