Team Arrow is on the hunt for a new Black Canary, but no one will live up to Laurel Lance. A hacktivist tells Felicity that their group has everything she needs to free John Diggle once and for all.
The Arrow team got to take a break from hunting Prometheus, while they looked for a new Black Canary. Rory made a good point when he essentially described the perfect soldier as well as a decent human being, and Oliver still said no. Despite what he thinks, Oliver isnâ€™t ready to have a new Black Canary.
They finally find a good candidate, but sheâ€™s operating in Hub City. Tina Boland was in Central City during the particle accelerator explosion, and the blast turned her into a metahuman. Unfortunately, Tina was working undercover as a cop at the time, and she and her partner were just burned. Her partner was killed, but she survived. Now, sheâ€™s out to get revenge on the drug lords who killed her partner.
Oliver, Curtis, and Rene head to Hub City to ask Tina to join their team. When they meet up with her, she is less than impressed. Oliver offers to help Tina in her quest for justice, but he says that no one has to die. Oliver tells Tina that sheâ€™s afraid of what happened to her and what sheâ€™s becoming. He offers to help her find her way back. Iâ€™m no expert, but Iâ€™m going to guess that Oliver is projecting just a little bit onto Tina.
The Arrow team helps out Tina, and they work together to take down the drug king who killed her partner. But when Tina came face to face with her loverâ€™s killer, she couldnâ€™t be stopped. Oliver tried to tell her that she didnâ€™t have to kill him, but she pulled the trigger anyway. She claims itâ€™s what her partner would have wanted. In the end, Tina doesnâ€™t feel liberated, but Oliver offers her the chance to be part of a team again. Oliver hopes that she can be his second chance. Then, she reveals her true identity. Tina Boland was a cover; her real name is Dinah Drake. The puzzle pieces are finally coming together.
In the flashback this week, we get to finally see more of Talia al Ghul. Oliver wants to get back to the Bratva, but Talia tells him that he needed rescuing. Talia was Yao Feiâ€™s teacher, and she says that Oliver is destined for so much more. She says that the world needs people like him. Talia lets Oliver help her take down some bad guys, and he uses a gun. Itâ€™s as weird as it sounds. After, Talia reminds Oliver that he keeps looking for new fights when thereâ€™s a fight right in front of him.
Talia pulls out Robert Queenâ€™s book with the list of names of people who are failing Star City (formerly Starling City). Oliver knows that heâ€™s not the man that his father raised, but Talia offers to help him find his way back from thinking of himself as a monster. Talia gives Oliver the tools that he has been using from day 1 as the hood. Talia tells to give the identity; she says, â€œItâ€™s only when the monster becomes someone else, something else, that youâ€™re free to become Oliver Queen.â€ Talia agrees to help him get ready and starts by giving him the first Green Arrow costume we saw.
Meanwhile, poor Diggle is still rotting away in prison. The DA, Adrian Chase, found out that the NSA was building a case against General Walker, but he must have friends in high places. The investigation was stonewalled. Felicity wouldnâ€™t stand for that, so she turns back to the dark web. She knows that the information to free Diggle must be out there. Someone hacks into Felicityâ€™s computer offering to help, but they have to meet in person.
When Felicity sits down with the scary hacker from the dark web, itâ€™s like sheâ€™s looking in the past. A young girl sits down on the bench and canâ€™t believe sheâ€™s meeting her hero. She tells Felicity that she became a hacktivist because of Felicity. She was actually disappointed to hear that Felicity â€œwent all corporate.â€ The girl is part of a hacktivist group called Helix, and they have everything Felicity needs to clear Johnâ€™s name. They call it Pandora. She hands Pandora over to Felicity in hopes that she can inspire Felicity to be the hacktivist she used to be and to help the world.