"Arrow" Burned (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Oliver's confidence is shaken after being beaten by the Dark Archer and he takes a break from being Arrow. However, when Laurel calls Arrow for help investigating a firefighter's suspicious death, he reluctantly agrees but his hesitance while fighting almost costs him his life. Meanwhile, Tommy throws a benefit for the firefighters and Thea tries to lift Moira out of her depressive state.

  • Laurel asks for Oliver's help when Jo, Laurel's best friend, learns that her firefighter brother Danny died on duty. Based on information from the coroner's office, Jo doesn't think he died in an accident. He's also not the only firefighter to have died recently in questionable circumstances with several other members of a now disbanded fire company also dying on the job. Since his encounter with the Dark Archer however, Oliver has had difficulty continuing his pursuit of justice. Meanwhile, Walter Steele is still missing after 6 weeks and Moira is being pressed to step into his shoes at corporate headquarters.

  • Oliver and his sister encourage mother Moira, who stayed inside mournfully since Walter disappeared six weeks ago, in fact disposed by her henchmen as he was discovering her husband's fate, to accept the board's call to take over as CEO. Oliver is moody and doubts if he should resume his mission, now Black Arrow makes is more dangerous and he fears being lost again to lost ones. Still he can't just stay passive when Laurel asks help to investigate her law firm buddy Jo's brother Danny De La Vega's suspicious death in a fire, as turns out the last in a series, all firemen victims belonging to present fire chief Raynes's disbanded team which failed to put out a tragic fire. Tommy has assumed the Quen nightclub's management and organizes a firemen benefit as first event, which unexpectedly turns utterly dramatic.


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  • Open at a huge fire. A person dressed as a firefighter shoots fire accelerant at another firefighter, causing him to go up in flames.

    It's been six week since Walter's kidnapping and Digs tells Queen there is no update. They both realize he's likely dead. Digs wants them to get back to work on the names in the book, but Queen thinks his family should be his priority.

    We flash back to the island and Queen fleeing as soon as Yao Fei begins to fight the masked man. He turns back and sees Fei knocked out and carried away.

    Lance stops by with a representative from the fire department to tell Joanna her brother Danny was killed a fire.

    Queen tries to cheer up Moira but she seems pretty down.

    Queen and Thea swap Walter stories. She hopes he's having a midlife crisis and isn't dead. On TV they see a report that since the man in the hood stopped patrolling the streets crime is on the rise.

    Joanna tells Laurel she thinks Danny might have been murdered. She shows her evidence that the way he died doesn't fit with the circumstances of the blaze.

    Laurel takes evidence to her father. It seems that at least once other firefighter was killed when his suit burned hotter than the fire being fought. Lance wants to leave it with the fire department. Lance had the phone he got from Arrow analyzed, but it's a dead-end. Laurel snags the phone and places a call to Queen, saying "I need your help."

    Laurel is visited by Arrow. Using a devise to disguise his voice Arrow tells her he'll "look into" Danny's case.

    Queen tells Digs about his contact with Laurel and asks him to look into Danny. He wants Digs to alert the police to anything he finds. Digs wants Arrow to get back to work.

    Tommy wants to throw a fundraiser for the fire department. Queen is impressed with his friend's new attitude.

    Joanna is still working and Laurel wants her to take some time off. Lance confronts Laurel about taking the Arrow phone. She tells him she spoke with Arrow about Danny.

    Moira is pressured by the COO to take over as CEO. He's worried about the public perception of Queen Consolidated once again having a CEO disappear under strange circumstances. Moira sends him off and tells Queen she's not ready.

    Digs has found a pickup truck he can link to the fire deaths. Queen pauses when Digs tells him this is a time for Arrow.

    Back in a flashback we see Queen hunted by a masked man with a weapon. He seems to be trapped.

    Arrow arrives at the scene of a fire just after the killer tosses a firefighter into a blaze. Arrow notices a tattoo on his wrist but he manages to escape.

    Another island flashback. Queen tries to attack the masked man and ends up rolling down a hill into a stream.

    Queen calls Laurel as Arrow. He tells her what vehicle the killer drives and about a certain tattoo and scar.

    Digs isn't happy Queen left Laurel by herself to battle the killer. This leads to a brief fight between the two as Digs tries to figure out what is wrong with Queen. He thinks the other archer got into his head.

    Queen talks to Laurel about her relationship with Tommy and her not wanting him to have a drawer at her place. She isn't sure she's ready for the step-up in commitment.

    Laurel speaks with Fie Chief Raines. She references the fire house that had the Firefly tattoos. Three of them have been killed in the past six weeks. Another member of the group, Garfield Linze, died two years earlier in a famous building fire at Noddel Towers which claimed the lives of dozens of civilians and six firefighters. The fire happened because of faulty building materials. The chief isn't interested in Laurel's questions.

    Laurel calls the Arrow phone afterwards and tells him she's at a dead-end. Arrow says "It's my turn."

    On the island Queen wakes up in the water and sees the attacker he fought with is dead.

    Thea wants to get her mother out of the house. She's upset that Moira is no longer acting like her mother.

    Queen talks to Digs about what happened to him during his battle with the other archer. In past years he'd never been worried about death because he had nothing to lose. But his life is different now because of what would happen to his loved ones if they lose him. Digs thinks having something to live for should give him an edge. Queen suggests that perhaps Linze wasn't actually killed in the fire.

    At the benefit Laurel and Queen talk to Raines about the Noddel fire. He says it was the worst he'd ever seen. Linze begged him to send his unit back in but he wouldn't do it. Raines doesn't think Linze could have survived the fire. At that exact moment Linze shows up behind them and starts setting the place on fire. Linze covers Raines in accelerant and Queen runs off. Linze blames Raines for what happened to him. Just before Linze can set Raines on fire Arrow shows up. Arrow offers to get him help but Linze walks right into the fire.

    The media is hailing Arrow as a hero. Moira is taking over as CEO and seems to be in slightly better spirits.

    Joanna is finally taking a leave of absence. She gives Laurel her brother's badge. She wants her to give it to Arrow as a thank-you. Lance apologizes to Laurel and gets the Arrow phone back from her. But after a second he rethinks it and hands it back.

    We see that a speaker has been placed in phone. The next time Laurel speaks to Arrow the police should be able to listen in.

    Back on the island Queen has decked himself out in the gear of the masked man. He finds keys and a map.

    Queen tells Digs it's time to return to the list.

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