#Arrow Season 6 Episode 17 "Brothers in Arms" Recap and Review

The episode starts with Dinah and all the clean cops in a truck. They are going to bust Anatoly. They manage to arrest him, with a little help from Oliver and Diggle.

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The police chief is obviously surprised, but Oliver sanctioned it, so it’s fine. Oliver and Dinah even kind of talk, with Lance mediating to make sure that they don’t kill each other, but still. It gave me a brief glimmer of hope. She even gives him time to talk to Anatoly in interrogation.

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Anatoly laughs at him. It isn’t just the police force that is under Diaz’s thumb. It’s everyone. He’s lost, and he doesn’t even realize it yet. That theory would appear to be confirmed when the DA refuses to press charges.

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Oliver talks to Diggle and Felicity in the Quiver, and it segues into Oliver telling Diggle that he isn’t giving up being the Green Arrow. Diggle is ominously passive aggressive on it, something Felicity picks up on.

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Diaz confronts one of the police officers that arrested Anatoly. Anatoly shoots him.

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The death is in the news, and the team is discussing strategy. Diggle wants to talk to Lyla and get intel on Diaz’s drug operation. Oliver thinks he can talk some sense into the police chief and the DA. Felicity tells Oliver that he needs to speak to Diggle.

Dinah and Curtis talk. She wants to protect the cops by herself and Curtis won’t let her. He eventually wears her down.

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Lyla and Diggle talk. She has intel, but she wants to know what’s up with him. He doesn’t know.

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Oliver tries to talk to the police chief and the DA. The police chief’s family is being threatened, and the DA’s son has cancer. They don’t believe he can protect them and he fires them.

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Black Siren and Lance talk. She’s bored and he tells her to go do something useful with her life. He even brings her Laurel’s old law books.

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Diggle is working out in the Quiver. Oliver tells Felicity how his meeting went and then apologizes to Diggle. He appears to accept it. Felicity has a lead on Lyla’s intel.

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It leads them to a drug dealer and his girlfriend. Oliver and Diggle argue about how to handle him and the girlfriend shoots him.

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Oliver and Diggle argue and Diggle storms out. Come on writers, Diggle is better than this.

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Diaz breaks in and talks to Black Siren. He threatens her, hits on her, and he brought dinner.

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Lyla and Diggle talk about the security breach in her office around Christmas. She forgives him and they talk about Oliver. She tells him he needs to figure out what is going on.

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Diggle and Oliver talk, and when I say talk, they throw down. The problem with fighting with your best friend is that they know all of the buttons to push. And they both push all of the buttons they can. And then Diggle punches Oliver and they physically throw down. Felicity has to separate them like they’re a couple of children.

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One thing they do agree on, thankfully, is that Felicity is usually right, so they simmer down. When Felicity finds Diaz’s Vertigo headquarters, they suit up.

Diaz on the other hand, found the cops and Curtis. One of the cops turned and led Diaz there. Curtis gets himself shot semi-heroically, but he’s fine because he’s wearing his suit underneath his clothes. Dinah cries an escape for the cops and Curtis.

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Oliver and Diggle attack even though Diaz isn’t there. They work together like they are supposed to and blow the place up.

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And then Diggle ruins it. He quits because he doesn’t trust Oliver’s leadership. OLIVER MADE WAY WORSE DECISIONS BEFORE YOU OFFICIATED HIS WEDDING!! THE BLAME FOR THIS GOES SOLELY ON THE WRITERS BECAUSE DIGGLE WOULD NOT DO THIS. HE’S THE LOYAL SOLDIER AND OLIVER IS HIS BROTHER. HE WOULD NOT ABANDON HIM! WHAT EVEN IS THIS SHOW ANYMORE??????

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Dinah and Curtis talk. The last thing the police chief did was fire all of the clean cops.

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Lyla offers Diggle a job.

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Felicity promises never to leave.

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The DA wants Oliver to be impeached for his gross overstepping of power.

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That was Black Siren’s idea. Diaz congratulates her and shows her his last vial of Vertigo. They kiss.

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I’ll repeat myself. What even is this show anymore? Melodrama is not plot. It’s proof that the writers have run out of ideas. 5/10.