‘Arrow’ Recap: Oliver Suffers Vertigo at the Hand of The Count (VIDEO)

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'Arrow' Recap
Oliver and Dig battle it out over trust.
On this episode of CW’s Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) is ready to do whatever he has to in order to protect his little sister (Willa Holland). In doing so, he comes across a new villain called The Count (Seth Gabel) and takes yet another trip down memory lane.

Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Wednesday’s episode, “Vertigo.”

Here’s what I loved about this episode. First of all, there was The Count. I don’t know why, but I found myself completely fascinated by him. I saw him in the previews and hoped he would be just as captivating as I thought he would be, and my wishes were fulfilled when he showed up on screen. I think it had something to do with the long coat and the finger-less gloves. Sure, finding out that he experimented on the homeless made him less appealing, but not as much as it probably should have. Will The Count be back? My money’s on yes and he’ll probably be more dangerous than ever. The doctor’s comments about the damage to his brain and nervous system assured us of that.

More stuff that I loved included the flashbacks to the island. For once, I wasn’t completely lost there. I mean I’m still struggling to keep up with the whole big story as to why he was there, but in this episode we just saw that Yao Fei (Byron Mann) did not actually betray Oliver and in fact figured out a way to set him free. What that all means, I have no clue but I did enjoy the flashbacks this time.

Finally I loved Diggle (David Ramsey) saving Oliver’s life after The Count shot him up with Vertigo. It looks to me like Oliver may be suffering the effects of that drug for a while and I’m curious to see what’s going to happen to him. But I thought it was great that, even operating at less than 100 percent, Oliver still went after The Count.

The so-so parts in this episode for me were again, I’m sorry to say, Tommy (Colin Donnell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy). I can’t help it; every time they come on screen, I just want to yawn or turn the channel. It was slightly more interesting when Laurel volunteered to help Thea, but only slightly.

Speaking of Thea, she spent most of this episode on my list of things I hated. But then, she finally accepted the truth about her father and finally forgave her mother and I stopped hating her and moved her up to the so-so list. I am intrigued by her working for Laurel though, so she might even end up on my favorites list if she plays her cards right.

So what did you think of “Vertigo”? Do you think that Oliver is going to suffer more effects from Vertigo? How do you think Laurel and Thea are going to get along while working together? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Yao Fei throwing Oliver over the cliff.

Thank you, TV gods.: Thea FINALLY getting over herself and forgiving her mother.

Awk-ward: Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) trying to pretend that she didn’t just say that she noticed Oliver’s body. Not that I blame the girl, but it was still hilariously awkward.

Hotness: Really? Do I have to say it? Shirtless Oliver writhing on the table under the effects of Vertigo. Duh.

Fab-u-lous: Oliver sitting in front of the rainy window at the café. It was quite beautiful.

Can. Not. Wait.: To find out if the Vertigo that Oliver got pumped into his system is going to continue to cause after-effects and what they will be.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. Another fantastic episode made even better by an awesome villain.

— Michelle Carlbert

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