Arrow (2012–2020)
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A Matter of Trust 

The Green Arrow is forced to face a powerful new drug dealer when Wild Dog goes off on his own.

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Gregory Smith

Writers:

Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt
Josh Segarra ... Adrian Chase
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Lyla Michaels
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
Joe Dinicol ... Rory Regan / Ragman
Madison McLaughlin ... Evelyn Sharp
Tyler Ritter ... Detective Billy Malone
Carly Pope ... Susan Williams
Cody Runnels ... Derek Sampson
Mike Dopud ... Viktor

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Storyline

Now that Oliver has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn't feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog defies the Green Arrow's orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Garret Runnels, who is terrorizing Star City. Runnels proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Runnels to save his teammate. Written by ahmetkozan

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Trivia

The street drug featured in this episode is called "Stardust". Guest star Cody Runnels portrayed the wrestler "Stardust" in WWE. See more »

Quotes

Rory Regan: Are you sure you were an Olympian?
Curtis Holt: Having good reflexes is not the only quality in being an Olympian. There are other things like determination and stubbornness.
Evelyn Sharp: I guess a sense of fashion isn't one of them. Come on, man. Where did you get that jacket? It's retro in all the wrong ways.
Curtis Holt: Wait, you don't know "Fair Play", Terry Sloane? Terry Sloane? Mr. Terrific? The greatest wrestler in the history of wrestling. He was so good that he wore an outfit with the words "fair play" written across it. ...
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Trust Brothers
19 October 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Arrow really let me down last week, so whether it was my low expectations because of last week or the actual episode itself, I really dug tonight's entry. I accepted the new team for what they were and prepared myself for a bad episode, but what I got, was far from bad.

I would still prefer Oliver to either do the vigilante business alone, or if he absolutely needs a team, get the old crew back. But the team was surprisingly effective this week in their limited screen time. Rick Gonzalez seemed to hold his own with Stephen Amell in the standoff scene, although there's clearly still some work to be done with his character. And heck, I didn't even mind seeing Curtis' ridiculous Mr. Terrific cover out in the field.

But I think the more important take I had from seeing the team interact this week was that it seems like they are having fun with each other filming. If they don't take the costumes or the quick training process too seriously, and poke fun at it, I'm okay with that. Let's face it, Curtis is right, shouldn't the people who constructed the Arrow cave know about Oliver's secret? Shouldn't everyone realize how ridiculous Wild Dog's mask is? Props to the writers though, I laughed when Oliver called it cool, perhaps a reference to his turn as Casey Jones last summer.

This week had a lot of spinning parts, including the anticipated appearance of Cody Rhodes from WWE. He didn't have a ton of dialogue, but I enjoyed Rhodes' presence and fight sequences with the Green Arrow. Oliver saying "goodbye" to Sampson's tendons? Absolutely brilliant.

Thea had a big mishap when it got out that Quentin had a relapse right before she hired him as deputy mayor. I'm glad she's not having the easiest of times doing her job, it's only realistic. But I also liked that Oliver took the heat for all of her faults, after all, he hasn't really done a good job at being at his obligations as mayor in the first place.

The other dangling plot line came from Diggle this week as he was stuck in a prison for a crime he didn't commit. He's one of the most troubled characters on the show after all that happened in season 4, and I was pleased that he felt this prison trip was atoning for a bit of what he did. Plus, the appearance by Michael Rowe as Deadshot made those scenes much more fluid and interesting than normal.

As for the flashbacks and Felicity's side arc, I was a bit indifferent. I want to spend a bit more time each episode in the flashbacks because I don't feel like we have gotten enough material to really sink our teeth in, but I'm liking what I see (and I appreciated the link with the present). But there was no reason to have Felicity outright admit that she "moved" the bomb to Havenrock. I understand this was something from season 4 that needed to be addressed, but the fact that they actually wrote in the script for her to admit to redirecting it herself and it not be "randomly assigned" to Havenrock was a mistake. It's just so weird that Arrow would even have a story arc that involves someone placing a nuke on a town in the first place, let alone Felicity (someone who were supposed to root for). So that was awkward. But to me, this was an overall big step forward from last week.

+The team was alright

+Fights with Cody Rhodes

+Michael Rowe as Deadshot!

+Thea/Ollie

-Felicity/Havenrock stuff

8.4/10


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