A while back we reported that an upcoming episode of Arrow would force Oliver and Felicity to confront their failed relationship. After several seasons of will-they-won’t-they, Oliver and Felicity finally decided to give their romantic connection a go by the end of season three, with season four showing their relationship evolve.
Throughout season four Oliver learned that he was a father, which he kept from his fiancé, and eventually his lies resulted in Olicity’s breakup. Marc Guggenheim had teased that episode 20 of the current season would go into detail about how the two team members have dealt with that break up since then. “It comes out of the events of 519 [titled ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ aka ‘Team Arrow vs. Team Felicity’] and, quite frankly, all the other episodes that led up to it”, he said. “Something happens in 519 [airing Wednesday, April 26] that really tees up this conversation.”
Now an official synopsis for episode 20, which is titled “Underneath” has been released:
“Things get intense when Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are trapped in the bunker together. Meanwhile, Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) and Diggle (David Ramsey) deal with their martial issues.”
To be fair, the episode sounds like something straight out of Arrow fanfiction heaven. Or rather something straight out of Stephen Amell’s mouth. Let’s take a look back at an interview Amell (and the rest of the cast) did during San Diego Comic Con last summer. Did Amell himself pitch the whole “Oliver and Felicity are locked in the lair” scenario? We can only guess.
Probably the most shocking detail of the synopsis is the fact that Diggle and Lyla (Anderson really should have been promoted to series regular by now, but who are we to judge) are having marital problems? How did we miss this? And why is it something that needs to happen at all? Diggle and Lyla’s relationship has been the one solid romantic relationship the show has, and we really hope they won’t mess with that.
What’s for sure is that “Underneath” will bring us a lot of heartbreak, probably a few tears, and calls for an evening of tissues, wine, and ice cream. Unless you’re one of the very few casual viewers who don’t care about the connections between characters …
Arrow returns with new episodes Wednesday April 26 at 8/7 ct on The CW.
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