Arrow Season 3 Recap: Speedy Returns

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Arrow Season 3 Recap: Speedy Returns

Arrow-Flash tandem returns in the new episode of “Arrow” Season 3 Episode 8 “The Brave and the Bold” that aired last Dec. 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m., on The CW. In this episode, the Flash teams up with Arrow as they try to destroy Captain Boomerang’s vengeful plot, and Lyla faces a horrifying moment that will make Diggle realize something important. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode kicks off with Arrow and Arsenal circling a shabby-looking house that turns out to be Digger Harkness’ home in Starling City, based on S.T.A.R. Labs’ findings using the boomerang they found. They bomb two sides of the house with their arrows and start infiltrating inside. They suddenly encounter four ARGUS agents with guns ready. An agent tells them to back off for the murder victim from last episode was one of them.


Back in Team Arrow’s headquarters, Felicity confirms the murder victim is indeed an ARGUS agent. Diggle tells everybody the case is an ARGUS thing, so Lyla does not want Arrow’s team to take part. However, Oliver cannot bear to just watch when more people will get killed.

In a flashback, Amanda Wallers introduced Oliver to a munitions specialist who planted a time bomb somewhere in Hong Kong. Amanda showed Oliver his bow and arrows from the freighter where they rescued him. Oliver sensed Amanda wanted him to interrogate the man with torture.

Back to the present, Caitlin and Cisco, all the way from Central City, approach Felicity to start examining DNA samples from Sara’s murder. Felicity says they should have wait for her email. However, Caitlin says they are “in a vacation,” and Cisco becomes outright about wanting to see the “Arrow Cave” and needing to see the “toys.” Felicity has no choice but to bring both in Oliver’s cave. Oliver is annoyed with Cisco who keeps on touching his weapons.

Diggle tries to convince Lyla to let Arrow’s team handle the case. Lyla is more bothered with Diggle calling her Sweetie. She says he only calls her that when he needs something. They have no idea Harkness is already entering the building. Diggle still keeps on convincing Lyla when the emergency signal suddenly goes on.

Gunners, including Diggle and Lyla, gather in the lobby to face Harkness. They still are no match with Harkness’ deadly skill with boomerang. Arrow and Arsenal arrive just in time and fight with Harkness. As Harkness throws his boomerang to unguarded Arrow, the Flash catches the boomerang with style. Harkness suddenly disappears after throwing bluish smokescreen.

Lyla explains to everyone why Harkness is after her. She confides he was a member of Suicide Squad. He was in Tanzania when their mission went south, and they had to be terminated. Lyla made the call to deteriorate bombs on the squad’s necks. Harkness managed to survive because of a bomb malfunction and planned for his revenge.

Inside Arrow’s headquarters, Barry is being fun and playful, even returning after a couple of seconds from buying sushi somewhere, still in his costume minus the mask. Lyla sees his carefree attitude, and Oliver calls him to talk in the corner. Oliver tells him he is not sure if Barry can handle Starling City, which is meaner than Central City. Barry still shows enthusiasm about the case that he hurriedly finishes assembling crushed boomerangs for clues. After Cisco examines a boomerang, he concludes the design is Klaus Markos’ signature, and the team plans to track him down.

With Quentin Lance’s help, Arrow, Arsenal, Diggle and the Flash track Markos’ hideout. Markos says he does not know where Harkness is, and that Arrow shot him out of impatience. He interrogates Markos by attempting to pull the arrow out of his shoulder, which is more painful. Markos swears he does not know and gives his cell phone he uses in contacting Harkness instead.

After hurriedly giving Markos to Quentin, Barry returns to confront Oliver that he is not okay with torture. Oliver emphasizes Starling City is darker and more dangerous than Central City. He confides he lost several loved ones in Starling City. Barry, however, empathizes that he had seen his mother died in front of him as well, but he does not use his tragedy to torture people. “I’m not as emotionally healthy as you are,” mocks Oliver as he walks away.


The flashback continues with Oliver interrogating the guy handed to him by Amanda. He tried to be reasonable with the man by not torturing him. The man just mocked him, and a bomb exploded suddenly not too far from them.

Presently, after tracking Harkness using the phone given to Oliver, Arrow, Arsenal, Diggle and the Flash go to the location. Inside, the Flash quickly ties up everyone there. When Arrow asks one of the guys inside about Harkness, he says he never met him, but he paid him to give Arrow another phone. Arrow slowly realizes Harkness has been manipulating him with the phones to know the location of his headquarters.

Harkness successfully goes inside the Arrow Cave and tries to kill everyone there. Felicity, Caitlin and Lyla hide to avoid his boomerangs. A boomerang hit Lyla on the chest as she tried to counterattack Harkness with a gun. Felicity throws a bomb toward Harkness, but he suddenly disappears.

While Oliver and Barry are talking about regrets that put Lyla in harm’s way, Felicity approaches them to announce she tracked Harkness again. In the train station, the Flash quickly carries the civilians away from the impending encounter with Harkness. Harkness tells them it is hopeless because five bombs were planted around the city and will explode at the same time after 90 seconds.

The Flash leaves Arrow with Harkness and rushes to the first location of the bomb while calling the headquarters. Cisco tells him to diffuse all the bombs at the same time. It seems impossible, but the Flash has a plan. He quickly carries everyone from the headquarters to four separate locations. Before the bombs explode, they manage to cut the wire at the same time through Cisco’s countdown via phone.

Arrow and Harkness fail to hear the sound of explosions. It signals Harkness defeat. Harkness still manages to mock Arrow for not killing him, but Arrow tells him he has some humanity left like what Barry had told him. Harkness attempts to throw a boomerang on Arrow as he turns to walk away, but Arrow is faster. An arrow is shot through Harkness’ hand. “You just couldn’t resist, could you?” jokes Flash after seeing the whole thing.

It ends well with everyone except Harkness. Diggle asks Lyla to marry him again. Before going back to Central City, Barry receives a costume-holding glass from Felicity, Cisco gives an upgraded power suit, which is lighter and can hold more weapons to Oliver, and Oliver goes with Barry somewhere to settle an “unfinished business.”

For the last flashback of the episode, Amanda gave Oliver a second chance. He was ordered to interrogate a high-end criminal again. This time, Oliver opened the bag of weapons.

In an empty warehouse, Arrow and the Flash plans for a friendly battle. They want to know the answer to a question they have been asking for a long time. Which one will win: speed or arrows?

There you have it for the recap on “Arrow” Season 3 Episode 8 “The Brave and the Bold,” which aired on Dec. 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m. on t\The CW. Watch out for the next episode on Dec. 10, 2014. For more updates about this show, including spoiler and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).

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