Arrow focused a lot this week on Rene Ramirez a.k.a. Wild Dog, one of the newest members of the team as we learn about his background of how he became the vigilante. But the episode also deals with the subject of gun control and gun violence. The episode opens up with the team trying to locate Prometheus’ mother and Felicity, through her Helix access, is getting closer to finding out, which Oliver observes.
Thea is back in Star City as she is back at the office with Quentin while surprised to find Rene there as the new deputy mayor’s assistant. A mystery shooter shows up in city hall and ends up injuring several staff members, including Adrian Chase. Back in the bunker, the team tries to find out who the shooter was as he left one of his weapons behind. Later on, Felicity finds out the identity of the shooter as a man who lost his family in a tragic mall shooting.
Throughout the episode, we see flashbacks to Rene’s days with his family and we see that there was a conflict between him and his wife. She isn’t fully comfortable with Rene wanting to carry a gun outside of his home. Rene however calls her out on doing drugs again as the two argue before their daughter Zoey shows up. When the two get back from the match, Rene finds the dealer that was hooking his wife up with drugs and demands that they pay up. Rene manages to get his gun out of his safe and kills the intruder, but as the man falls to the ground, the gun fires off a bullet that kills the wife. It is later revealed that child custody had to take Zoey away and we see Rene witnessing the death of Damian Darhk.
While Diggle is out looking for the shooter, he and Dinah bonds a little. He asks her again if he can help Dinah find a better place to stay. Dinah explains why she can’t apply for an apartment due to everything she has been though in the past three years. Later in the episode, Diggle finds out that Dinah managed to get the apartment and has joined the Star City Police Force.
The shooter shows up at Starling General as that is his next target, but Oliver tries to talk him out of it. As Oliver starts to get through to him, the shooter tries to end his own life in order to pay for his sins. Oliver talks him out of it and gets the gun away from him before the SWAT team arrests the shooter.
Oliver has a meeting with a council woman who is against a gun registry, but Oliver is determined to find ways to setup reasonable guidelines for gun registry. Later in the episode, he and Rene put together a proposal that she temporary agrees to as it would make her look bad if she tried to defy the mayor after the recent events. Later that night, Oliver and the city are holding a vigil for the people that died in the shooting. He reveals to the citizens that a new gun control act has been approved.
A lot went down in tonight’s heavy episode so we got a lot to discuss. So hit the next button below and let’s go through some of the highlights and important moments of the Arrow Season 5 episode: “Spectre Of The Gun”