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TV Review: Arrow 5.19 “Dangerous Liaisons”
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Arrow
Season 5 Episode 19: “Dangerous Liaisons”
Directed by Joel Novoa
Written by Speed Weed & Elizabeth Kim
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Segarra, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 8:00pm

Last time on Arrow, because of the psychological and physical torture Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) subjected him to, Oliver (Stephen Amell) decided to disband the team, and also officially ended things with Susan (Carly Pope). He called in the Bratva to handle Chase, who ran around taunting him. The team was aghast and fought the Bratva because the deal let them take medicine. Oliver came to his senses, but Anatoly (David Nykl) declared war. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the Helix outed Chase, who killed his protective guard and escaped with a smile.

Spoilers below.

Arrow 5.19 “Dangerous Liaisons” review: A.R.G.U.S. tracks Chase to an arcade. It’s a trap! How? He’s playing with them. Mayor Queen holds a press conference, and gets his ass handed to him. Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and partner, Rene (Rick Gonzalez), tries to smooth things over with the victims families.

Felicity and Alena (Kacey Rohl) hack into A.R.G.U.S. and find the inside guy helping Chase. Two minutes later, Alena kills him. What the hell is going on? Felicity knows the culprit right away. Alena explains that Cayden James, the inventor of Helix, is being held by A.R.G.U.S. on the down low. He can find Chase with his biomarker tech. Alena wants Felicity to help free him in exchange for that tech. Oliver and team attempt to save the other key (and person holding it).

Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) won’t give up James, but will set a trap. Felicity stands against all three. Diggle (David Ramsey) is worried about Lyla… and Felicity.

Oliver goes to see Felicity to talk her out of it. It doesn’t work. She tells him, “You’ll have to stop me.” This is a nice change of pace for the show and their dynamic.

Rene tells Lance why his daughter deserves better. He was drunk and she got burned. Lance pays him no mind and brings his daughter for a visit, and they have a tearful reunion. He’s gonna fight for his baby. He thanks Lance and apologizes.

Helix hits the secret location and get Cayden James. They get confronted by Team Arrow. Oliver catches up to stop them, but Felicity traps him behind lasers.

Felicity: “I’m really hoping you’re gonna understand after we get Chase.”

Oliver: “Don’t count on it.” He drinks to forget.

The Diggles fight – ‘no lawyer, no trial, no justice.” John cannot believe that this is the way his wife is choosing.

Helix fires Felicity, but leaves her with a gift. She and Oliver find Chase on the screen, “He’s here.” Cue explosion.

Great episode. I am loving that Felicity is the tortured good/bad guy for a change. For a frustrating minute, I thought Alena was going to leave and not come through with the tech. I also really like Lyla as the new Waller.

My favorite part of the whole thing was Rene and his daughter. He was teary, and I was crying. I got really mad at him throughout and was glad he came through. And Lance gets a big pat on the back for paying the daddy/daughter connection forward.

Some thoughts:

– I miss the Green Arrow suit.

– Am I the only one that feels the Olicity tension again? I can’t be. It was missing for a while, but it was back this episode.

– I LOVE the Wild Dog/Lance team-up.

– I cannot wait for the final showdown. Arrow finales are always my top tv moments.

Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8:00pm ET on The CW.

The CW’s synopsis:

Arrow
Dangerous Liaisons (Ep# 519)
THE SEARCH FOR CHASE INTENSIFIES — Oliver (Stephen Amell), Team Arrow, ARGUS and the SCPD kick off a citywide manhunt for Adrian Chase (Josh Segurra). Helix tells Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) they have a way to find Chase but they will need something big, and illegal, from her in return. Joel Novoa directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Elizabeth Kim (#519). Original airdate 4/26/2017.

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Arrow | Dangerous Liaisons Trailer | The CW

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