Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy gave us an exciting, fun space adventure and a surprisingly moving relationship between a raccoon and a tree. But according to the Internet, the real gift is that of Chris Pratt: Movie Star.
He's everywhere right now — interviews, talk shows, movie theaters, television screens, .gif sets on Tumblr — all punctuated by the giddy exclamations of a nation head over heels in love. And why shouldn't America revel in the glory that is Pratt? He's goofy, charming, lovable, and humble, the funny guy next door wrapped up in an action-star package. But though this is the biggest wave of Chris Pratt adoration that we've experienced, it's hardly the first time that people have fallen in love with him. You might not realize it, but he's been breaking hearts for years now, thanks to his transition from teen crush to goofy best friend to supporting character to leading man. But is Chris Pratt as Star-Lord really better than all of these Chris Pratts, or did we miss the best Chris Pratt when we weren't paying attention? Let's take a look:
Doe-Eyed High School Boyfriend Chris Pratt (a la Everwood)The WB
This is the original iteration of Chris Pratt, and everyone knows the sequels are never as good as the original. That’s the face of a guy who is bound to grow into a movie star, but right now is going to make your teenage heart melt as the jerk-turned-dream-boyfriend. Have you seen his scenes with Hannah? When you were in high school, all you wanted was for someone to love you like that. All you still want is someone to love you like that. And look at that floppy hair – do any other Chris Pratt’s have that ridiculous hair? No they don’t. That’s why this is the best.
Everyone's Chubby Best Friend Chris Pratt (a la Parks and Recreation)NBC
We’re glad that people are finally waking up to Chris Pratt, but frankly, we feel a bit bad for them. See, they missed the best Chris Pratt of all: chubby, accident-prone, lovable doofus Chris Pratt. You want charm? He’s got it. A brilliant sense of humor? Check. Dashing good looks? Always there. A relationship with both his on and off-screen wives that will make you swoon? Still here. On top of all that, chubby Chris Pratt is the kind of guy who will happily sit on the couch with you to binge-watch Netflix, buy you Chipotle whenever you’re craving it and he won’t care at all about what you look like, because he loves you no matter what.
So Badass It's Scary Chris Pratt (a la Zero Dark Thirty)Columbia Pictures
Sure, Chris Pratt elitists can complain that earlier versions are superior, but the truth remains that ripped Chris Pratt is the best one of all. All of those amazing traits that the other Chris Pratt’s have – the humor, the humble perspective, the charm – are still here, but now they’re covered in the most incredible abs you’ve ever seen. Now he’s a serious actor. No more running into ambulances, he’s got serious business to take care of, and when he’s done, he’ll swoop you up into his toned, dramatic actor arms and carry you off into a terrorist-free sunset.
Space Cowboy Chris Pratt (a la Guardians of the Galaxy)Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
There’s a reason everyone hopped on the Chris Pratt bandwagon after seeing him as Star-Lord: this is the best version of Chris Pratt. He’s cocky, he’s tough, he’s suave, he’s clever and he’s got a heart of gold and the coolest friends in the galaxy. He’s the best kind of action hero, the kind that has a wisecrack for every occasion and the sweet, sweet dance moves that are required in tense situations. Star-Lord is Han Solo for a new generation, the kind of character everyone wants to be and everyone wants to be with. It’s everything you love about the other Chris Pratts, plus a super cool fighter plane.
Moustachioed Chris Pratt in High-Waisted Pants (a la Her)Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection
Sure, he only has a few minutes of screen-time, but those few minutes show off the best Chris Pratt we’ve seen yet. He’s sensitive enough to enjoy a well-written love letter, kind-hearted enough to accept his friend’s non-traditional relationship, funny enough to break the tension, attractive enough to pull off that mustache-and-pants combination and – best of all – emotionally stable enough to be in a relationship with an actual human being. Imagine the weekends in Catalina with him. Would any of those other Chris Pratts take you on a romantic trip to Catalina?
Chris Pratt: French Braider, Heart Breaker YouTube/Entertainment Tonight
Just when you thought Chris Pratt couldn’t get any better he goes and braids an intern’s hair. Not just any braid – a French braid. Most women we know can’t manage a decent French braid... and there Chris Pratt is, effortlessly plaiting her hair into an artfully-messy style that people would pay good money for in a salon. He does it all without breaking his concentration, answering questions just as easily as he would if he weren’t breaking the hearts of everyone watching. And then, just when it seems like you’ll finally be okay, he chastises the interviewer for attempting to tie it off with a rubber band, because this Chris Pratt is the best Chris Pratt.
Chris Pratt, Family Man WENN/Brian To
Chris Pratt is at his best when he’s with or talking about his family, by far. All of his insanity and goofiness fades away to showcase all of the affection he has for them, and there is nothing in this world better than a hot man who loves his family. Have you seen the way he looks at Anna Faris? That’s the dream right there. How about the way he talks about his son, Jack? It’s heartwarming and charming and adorable, while still allowing him the opportunity to make poop jokes. It’s the perfect combination of everything that makes Chris Pratt wonderful, with an extra helping of smiley, adorable baby and beautiful, talented wife. This, right here, is the dream.
Cast your vote for the best Chris Pratt of all below!
Grammy-winning art director and photographer Ian Cuttler Sala has been identified as the passenger who perished in a car accident involving Salma Hayek's brother Sami, according to multiple reports. Sala was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred on Sunday (23Feb14) in Los Angeles, California, while Hayek, 40, was taken to a local hospital with several broken ribs and a head laceration. The driver of the truck that collided with the two friends' vehicle was treated for a broken foot.
Sala won a Grammy for Best Art Direction for Johnny Cash: The Legend box set music package in 2006, and he also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Art Direction for his work on the Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings box set.
He also created visual campaigns for several musicians including Beyonce, Ricky Martin, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and Marc Anthony.
Mission BriefingThat conniving ne'er-do-well, Ian Quinn is up to no good once again, so it's time for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team to put a stop his plans in their tracks, and maybe catching Quinn will get Coulson that much closer to finding the Clairvoyant. The team goes undercover on a passenger train traveling through the Italian countryside, in order to intercept a costly package that Ian has ordered from a tech firm called Cybertek, the belief being that Quinn wouldn't pay a whopping 10 million dollars for something that didn't do something super evil.
The AgentsEveryone's on deck for this week's mission. Each member of the team infiltrates the train with a different alias: Fitz and Skye are backpackers making their way through europe on couch at at time (Instead of both sticking to their respective nationalities, they both try on terrible accents, before deciding in favor of Fitz's awful John Wayne impression over Skye's Lucky Charms rendition of a Scottish accent), Ward and May are lovers (oh, that's a little uncomfortable), and Coulson and Simmons are an estranged father and daughter, whose relationship was broken due to distance, infidelity, and many, many prostitutes.
Mission FalloutThe S.H.I.E.L.D. team boards the train with their new undercover identities, and begin working to locate the package which is encased in a black box and guarded by a security detail, but things go south quickly when it's revealed that the Italian authorities that gave S.H.I.E.L.D. the intel are in Quinn's pocket. In a bit of narrative trickery, the story ping pongs back to the moment where things go wrong for each group of the team, and shows the mission from their perspective. Ward dresses up as a conductor to infiltrate the train and find the package, but is made by the guards. He bumps into Coulson, and both go tumbling out of the train, but not before getting hit with a fancy grenade that uses the same technology as the night night gun. May traverses to the top of the train to track the package, but has to bail when one of the guards start shooting at her. Once on the ground, she finds a frozen Ward and Coulson. She tries to help, but is captured by the corrupt Italians.
Meanwhile, Fitz and Skye hide out in a deserted luggage car to run communications, but are caught in a shootout that ends with Simmons getting hit with the same grenade that hits Coulson and Ward earlier on. Skye and Fitz track down the package to Quinn's hideout. Skye infiltrates Quinn's compound where she finds none other than Mike Peterson in a hyperbolic chamber. The Cybertek package turns out to be a fancy cybernetic limb that replaces Mike Peterson's missing leg. Peterson has been tasked by the Clairvoyant to kill someone, and goes off to slaughter the Cybertek agents. Meanwhile, Quinn, doubtlessly tired of S.H.I.E.L.D. meddling in his plans, shoots Skye twice in the stomach with a pistol. The rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. team finds an injured Skye at the compound. She's clinging to life, but just barely, and agent Ward is looking to blame Coulson for what happened. Why is an untrained hacker doing field missions in the first place?
The Most Valuable Agent AwardSkye gets the Most Valuable Agent Award this week for taking two bullets for the team. We're sure she'll survive but getting shot is nothing to sneeze at.
Mission Highlights and Other Observations — For an undercover mission, the team seems to be doing a lot of talking about the fact that they're on an undercover mission at full volume on the train. No wonder they were made. — Simmons' elaborate backstory for her undercover alias should be it's own Lifetime movie called My Dad and His Prostitutes. — Mike Peterson is now officially the Marvel villain called Deathlok.
There's nothing like a good haunted house story and last night FOX's Sleepy Hollow delivered. Crane and Abbie found themselves looking for a missing socialite who, as it turned out, had inherited a property that Crane visited in his former life with his wife Katrina. The episode opened with the socialite getting trapped in the house, where these creepy branches, dripping with blood, had seemingly come to life and captured her. When the case was brought to their attention, Crane explained that he and Katrina knew the original owner of the home, and that he was an abolitionist back in the day...but he also practiced witchcraft and was a part of Katrina’s coven. Yes, an abolitionist warlock -- only in Sleepy Hollow, America folks. Clearly, the fact that the case had come to Abbie and Crane was no coincidence and they headed out to the ginormous house to see what went down.
It’s Thanksgiving In Sleepy Hollow/Is That RUE From The Hunger Games?!
Officer Frank and Abbie’s newly-released-from-the-psych-ward sister Jenny continue to be kind of adorable/awkward, and in this episode we learned a little more about Frank’s personal life. Just after Jenny hands over the guns she stole from him (because she’s Jenny), she invites him to Thanksgiving dinner. The moment is made all the more awkward with the arrival of Frank’s estranged wife and daughter. Oh, and the adorable little girl chosen to play his daughter? None other than Amandla Stenberg AKA Rue from The Hunger Games. This was a very appropriate cameo, given this week’s release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and one more reason to keep tuning in to Sleepy Hollow (we’re seriously hoping this wasn’t just a one-time thing).
Surprise, Crane: You Are The Father
Crane and Abbie spent the majority of the episode inside the haunted house, with Crane’s flashbacks and Abbie’s visions providing clues about the strange going-ons. They managed to find the socialite, but remained stuck in this house with an evil, bloody, creepy tree monster (a Scarecrow, according to the credits) chasing after them. Finally, Abbie had a powerful vision that revealed that Katrina actually came back to the house without Crane to deliver – wait for it – their baby boy. There’s nothing like being told you are a father a couple of centuries after the fact, and Crane totally lost it when he realizes that the birth of his son coincided with the rise of this evil. He went after that creepy tree monster with all kinds of fatherly rage and emerged from the house victorious, and dripping in blood à la Patrick Bateman. It was pretty awesome...if not hot, depending on what you’re into.
Crane And Abbie Find One More Connection
Probably the coolest part of the episode (other than Rue’s appearance, obviously) was the closing scene. Abbie receives a package from the woman who’d inherited the property. She was grateful to be alive and sent thanks via some information about the property. This included a family tree of some of the residents of the home, including one Grace Dixon. Grace was the woman who had repeatedly come to Abbie in her visions. Looking at the family tree Abbie was shocked to find her own mother’s name, which not only connected her to the house, but to Crane as well. As a descendant of Grace, who had been the one to deliver Katrina’s baby, she realized that she and Crane were truly connected as witnesses: "My ancestor brought your son into this world." BOOM! This show is getting practically Scandal-like with all these twists and turns. This is a good thing.
A Few Questions To Ponder Until Next Week:
Did Crane’s son survive the attack of evil, and if so, are his ancestors in Sleepy Hollow?
Are Frank and Jenny leaning towards becoming a thing (yes, we asked the same question last week, because this is an ongoing issue)?
Can Rue AKA Macey please come back for the next episode, and all future episodes as well? Kthnxbye.
Drummer Chad Smith has become the target of online death threats after Latin fans took offence to footage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers star jokingly shoving a Brazilian soccer jersey down the back of his pants. The rocker was hosting a drum clinic at the Hard Rock Cafe in Belo Horizonte, Brazil last weekend (03Nov13) when a member of the audience handed him a shirt from Rio de Janeiro's local team Flamengo.
Video footage of the incident shows Smith opening the package and holding up the red and black jersey, before turning around and stuffing it down his trousers, prompting a chorus of boos from the crowd. One angry audience member even hurled an object at the stage, narrowly missing the musician's head.
Smith then tried to calm his fans, stating, "I'm just kidding...! I think the only place it's OK to hate something or someone is in sports."
He then added, "I love everybody, I love all of you!"
However, some soccer fans are refusing to let Smith get away with the prank and have used the comments section of YouTube.com, where fan videos of the event have been posted, to express their fury.
One Flamengo fan wrote, "(When you) arrive in Rio de Janeiro you will die motherf**ker", while another message read: "the fans of Flamengo want to kill you, (and) are already planning to invade (your) show to throw rocks at you."
Smith will be onstage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a gig in Rio on Saturday (09Nov13).
Pop star Pink has been named Billboard magazine's Woman of the Year. The singer will accept the accolade at the upcoming 2013 Billboard Women in Music event in New York City in December (13).
Pink has been chosen for the honour after scoring her fourth U.S. number one single with her track Just Give Me a Reason earlier this year (13), and she also landed her first album chart-topper Stateside with The Truth About Love.
She says in a statement, "I was absolutely shocked and surprised to hear that Billboard named me Woman of the Year. It's been an incredible year and I feel so grateful."
Billboard's Editorial Director, Bill Werde, adds, "Pink has almost been in a class by herself among women in music this year, and we're thrilled to recognise her successes by honouring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award. When our 2013 mid-year numbers were released, she had the top-selling album and song for a woman, and a blockbuster, sold-out, international arena tour. Earlier this year, Just Give Me a Reason, topped the Billboard Hot 100, extending her amazingly consistent chart success which dates back to her arrival in 2000. Combine all of this with a spirit that inspires fans of every stripe, and you arrive at the remarkable package that is Pink. She will undoubtedly continue to accomplish great milestones in the years to come."
Pink will be handed her trophy at the ceremony on 10 December (13). Previous recipients include Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Look out everyone! Iron Mike is shortly going to become Ink-and-Paint Mike. Former boxer and notorious ear-biter Mike Tyson is getting his own quarter-hour cartoon series, developed by Warner Bros. Animation, in which, voicing an animated alter ego of himself, he'll take to the streets to fight crime and solve mysteries.
We're not kidding: Mike Tyson Mysteries was announced at the Adult Swim upfront as a series to launch this fall. I mean, crazier things have happened than the idea of Mike Tyson fighting crime. Steven Seagal actually became a lawman. And Tyson has already been animated via Homer's boxing nemesis Drederick Tatum on The Simpsons.
Tyson's infamous face tattoo is supposedly "magic" in the cartoon, but whether that means it's some kind of cranial hyperlink, a Cyclops-style ray-blaster, or the ink embodiment of his conscience is unclear. We also know that Tyson's animated avatar will have a talking pigeon sidekick that Adult Swim describes as "fowl-mouthed." Imagine the illegitimate offspring of Ted and Iago from Aladdin and you've probably got that pigeon pegged.
But Mike Tyson Mysteries isn't all that came out of the Adult Swim upfront. Dan Harmon's first post-Community TV project is getting a home there this fall. His half-hour animated series Rick and Morty is about a genius inventor and his relationship with his less-than-Mensa-worthy grandson. Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder also has two pilots in the works. Hot Package, a Canadian entertainment show designed as a parody of spray-tanned, teeth-bleached entertainment shows like Extra and Entertainment Tonight sounds pretty hilarious. Plus, Bryan Cranston and Seth Green are exec-producing a new show co-created by Robot Chicken's Matthew Senreich called Übermansion, about the mundane lives of six superheroes living together in a mansion, Jersey Shore-style.
Will you be tuning in to any of these this fall?
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Secondhand embarrassment is a first-hand killer, so please proceed with caution before checking out the new 98 Degrees single, released today via the kind (?) folks at Billboard. The new tune, the oh-so cleverly titled "Girls Night Out," chronicles the men's libidinous love for all of the ladies in the world. It's not even 1997 anymore — why are we still doing this to ourselves, America?
The nation's sixteenth-favorite boy band from the '90s has decided that if everyone else can cash in on that nostalgia cow, so can they. And they've got a new, tone-deaf (metaphorically speaking) tune to prove it. Only problem is: "Girls Night Out" is hardly an ode to partying and having fun, it's a creepy, pick-up artist ditty and has 'I'm a Dad Who ROCKS!' written all over it. Please, 98 Degrees: think of the children. Namely your own (who are all too young to yell "Da-AAAAAD!" at you all exasperated).
Seriously, though: somebody in the world thought this song was both a good business AND creative decision. Somebody went into a recording studio and said to a bunch of guys pushing 40 (many of whom have children and wives), "Hey dudes, I think this is a totally hot track that will put you back in the forefront of music!" And somehow, these suburban soccer dads of pop listened in and said "Heck yes! This is so in-touch with the youths of America in 2013. Hot beatz and killer lyrics — this is destined to be a number one track on the Billboard charts! It is not at all weird that we are family men lusting after all da ladiez in da cluuuuuuuurb. Oh, and the kids say 'cluuuuuurb' instead of club, right?"
Just check out some of these really choice, relevant, hip, trendy lyrics: "Look how she do that sexy dance / She got every single man up in here want to lose his mind / She got her girlfriends all around / Lookin' good and gettin' down, tonight." And that's before we even get to the chorus, which is a real lyrical walloper with prolific lines such as: "Girls night out / So many women / Lookin' good in the place right now / Makes my head spin round / 'Cuz each one is sexy / Help me, I want to love them all down tonight." Overt sexual objectification of ladies for financial gain past the age of 28 is really not a good life decision/career move, but it IS a surefire way to push your way out of that pesky "sex symbol" status to "creepy uncle" in mere nanoseconds.
I mean, anyone who starts their comeback tour in a place called Uncasville (I'm from Connecticut so I'm allowed to make fun of it) is clearly in touch with what the kidz like. Lord, this is just the worst.
What do you think of the new 98 Degrees tune? Are you embarrassed as we are? Do you know what it means to "love 'em all down" and if so, can you explain it to us? Let us know in the comments.
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Tonight’s Arrow saw a lot of characters finding “Salvation,” but for some, that came with consequences.
Team Arrow is functioning normally after the whole McKenna/Helena debacle, and it seems like Felicity is now fully on the dark side, aka Team Arrow! For real! We knew it wouldn’t take long. As Team Arrow is discussing their next target, Oliver multitasks and does some fancy-looking pull-ups shirtless. Felicity, you ogle Ollie as much as you want, honey. I approve (hell, I was ogling him as well… I think I may have rewound that scene a few more times than may be healthy… No shame!).
Oliver sets off to take down his target, but someone else got to him first. Who is this mysterious kidnapper with a List of his own?
While Felicity worked on figuring out who else might have had a grudge against the target, Ollie didn’t want to go home or call it a night so he plans to move on to the next person on The List. Diggle stops him, though, and makes him take a break. That’s right, it’s time for a bromantic heart to heart: Diggle’s taking Ollie out to dinner! Too. Cute. How do I get an invite to these dinners? No, seriously: I want an invite.
Meanwhile, Thea and Roy have certainly wasted no time in getting to know each other. We see them getting hot and heavy in Roy’s place in The Glades, and it did not look like it was going to stop anytime soon… until one of Roy’s "friends" shows up to deliver a package and remind Roy about some sketchy job they were planning for the next night. Turns out the package was a gun, and Roy and his friends were planning on robbing a liquor store. Obviously, that doesn’t sit too well with Thea because she thinks Roy has the potential do more in life than just commit crimes. However, he thinks his only option is crime. Thea – frustrated and hurt – doesn’t want to see her new guy wasting his life, so Roy empties the bullets out of the gun. He won’t actually be armed, but the store owners will think he is. All I could think as I watched him empty the gun is, That decision is probably going to bite him in the ass. And oh lordy, was I right. But we’ll get to that.
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Remember how last week, Laurel and her mother were trying so hard to convince Quentin that Sarah was still alive? It worked better than Laurel thought: she comes home from work to see her mom and dad playing nicely together! They’ve set up their own Homeland wall of clues, and are diving deep into their investigation. Plus, they’re getting handsy with each other… Be careful what you wish for, Laurel! The surprising thing is, it turns out Laurel never truly believed Sarah was alive. She actually wanted her dad to help her mom see reason and accept Sarah’s death, like they have. Instead, they suck her in and get her to believe there might be validity to their theory. Poor Lance family – you know there is no happy ending to this saga and yet you can’t turn away. It’s like a particularly grisly car wreck.
Back at the bromantic dinner for two, Diggle begins his lecture to Ollie. Diggle thinks Oliver has been spending too much time recently (i.e. since McKenna’s departure) doing vigilante things and not enough normal things, and he doesn’t like Oliver’s new plan to be alone. Diggle knows that a person can’t live happily like that, but before he can truly make Oliver see reason, they need to press pause on the lecture: a Gossip Girl type blast is sent to any phone registered in The Glades for the website gladesbetrayed.com! Team Arrow’s missing target is murdered live, via a video stream on the site, and now Oliver knows who stole his target, and that this mysterious murderer is planning on continuing his streak with others who corrupted The Glades. All during this scene, all I could think of was, whoa, now the entire Glades population has seen murder! Live! That’s scary, creepy, and all-around utterly disturbing.
When another victim is kidnapped by the guy who dubs himself “The Savior of The Glades,” back in the Arrow Headquarters Oliver pressures Felicity to find the location of where the video feed is broadcasted from. He wants to save the victim even though it’s someone he would target, because Oliver gives his victims the chance to change and right wrongs, whereas this vigilante is just a killer. The only information they could find on him was through the NSA: The Savior is a digital savant so skilled that he hacked himself right off the radar. When Oliver tries to give Felicity tips on her computer skills, she rightly shoots him down. Don’t tell her how to do her job, Ollie! She finally gets an address, and Oliver goes off, de-Hooded (since it is the middle of the day, plainclothes is much less conspicuous than emerald green leather and a bow and arrow).
Damn, Ollie has to kick in a lot of doors to try and find The Savior and his victim before it’s too late. Oliver’s got some rage at being unable to find them, and Felicity is feeling it. After some technological cloak and daggers, Felicity gets the correct address. Ollie does some hardcore parkour across the tops of buildings, but the address turns out to be an empty lot. They’re too late: The Savior kills his victim.
Felicity freaks out, and Oliver looks like he wants to break a few bones. But Oliver isn’t actually mad at Felicity, he was just frustrated. Felicity, however, is blaming herself for not being to catch the bad guy in time. It’s the first time she’s lost on Team Arrow. Oliver is more used to it, and knows it’s just the price of what they do. But Felicity takes it as a sign that it’s better to be alone, since she can’t exactly go home and tell some guy about her day. Clearly, Felicity and Oliver don’t understand that that problem could be fixed simply by being with each other!
Meanwhile, Moira is worried about Malcolm’s desire to find out who ordered a hit on him – because, duh, that would only lead him straight to Moira! She meets with Frank, the only other person who collaborated with her on the kill order, to tell him that Malcolm is looking for answers. I feel like Moira is going to frame Frank for trying to kill Malcolm. She’s totally getting information from him about how he paid the Triad so she can use that against him, right? She even tells him, “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my children, Frank.” Boom, that’s her warning right there. Frank is done-zo.
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After her disastrous date with Roy, Thea goes to Laurel for relationship advice. HA. Sorry, that’s the funniest joke I’ve ever heard. Apparently, since Laurel has dated “a bajillion bad boys,” she is the perfect person to advise Thea on how to deal with her Roy situation. Laurel tells Thea to run, but come on: there’s no way Thea’s going to dump those cheekbones, or that jaw line, or those eyes, or… sorry. Got sidetracked. Colton Haynes, guys! This.
After failing to convince Thea to ditch her criminal beau, Laurel gets some information from the Chinese Embassy. Apparently, the mystery girl from the photo her mother found is in the states and Laurel gets an address. Could this really be Sarah? Laurel starts to truly hope again that she might find her sister alive. Hell, even I am hoping this might be true!
Unfortunately for all parties, the girl in the photo was just a random girl. This was a truly crushing blow for Dinah. But Laurel and Quentin already knew the truth. Even though they may have started to hope again, they knew deep down that Sarah was gone.
Thea does exactly the opposite of what Laurel warned her to do and goes to see Roy (that's mah girl!). They fight about Roy’s potential, and Thea gives up, saying that he is just a waste. But before they can truly hash things out, The Savior attacks them! I knew that bulletless gun was going to be a bad idea. Roy can’t save himself, and Thea gets knocked out. He gets a syringe full of sedative in the neck – the needle alone must have been torture for the guy who almost passed out at the sight of one last week – and now we know The Savior’s next target: Roy Harper, Glades gangbanger.
At Verdant, Tommy turns up the news to see a familiar name as The Savior’s target: the boy Thea asked Tommy to hire at the club. Side note: I love this one random reporter that’s always giving the news. He’s the same one from the pilot, and every other time major news breaks in Starling City. This dude has the monopoly on broadcast journalism.
Thea rushes to Verdant to tell her brother and Tommy what happened, and Oliver now knows Roy is Thea’s friend. He sets out to save him, and Tommy knows just how he’s going to do it. Time for the hood to come on.
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Things are not going well for Moira, either. Malcolm called her up to deliver some “good” news: a member of the Triad was going to give up the name of whoever hired them to kill Malcolm for a reduced jail sentence. I love how Moira tripped a little when Malcolm revealed that. She is freaking out, and rightfully so. Time to think of Plan B!
Even after finding out the girl in the photo was not Sarah (even though she was wearing Sarah’s favorite hat), Dinah is still convinced she can find her, reasoning be damned. Laurel catches on to something, though, that might explain why Dinah was so adamant about Sarah being alive: Dinah knew Sarah took her hat with her onto the Queen’s Gambit with Oliver, because Dinah knew Sarah was going off with Laurel’s boyfriend! Dinah breaks down, because if she had stopped her daughter, she would still be alive and her other daughter wouldn’t be betrayed. Their family would still be together. Tears were shed by all the Lances that night, and they finally all accepted Sarah was gone.
Dinah packs up her things and gets ready to leave now that her mission is done. Her plans are to take “the red eye to Central City. Should be home in a flash.” Is Dinah making a reference to the DC comics city that is home to Barry Allen, aka The Flash? Or is this just a tongue-in-cheek Easter egg? Either way, Laurel hugs her mother goodbye, and makes sure Dinah knows that Laurel doesn’t blame her Sarah’s death. She forgives her. But is she really telling the truth? The look on her face as they hugged did not look like Laurel meant what she said.
Back to the action: determined to save his sister’s “friend” Oliver went straight to Felicity to figure out who The Savior was and stop him for good. Turns out, The Savior’s wife was murdered by corrupt gangbangers in The Glades, and that’s his motivation for “cleaning up the city.” And Felicity hit the jackpot: he was using the old abandoned subway line in The Glades to get around! That’s why she couldn’t get a lock on him before, and why Oliver didn’t find him above ground. He was under it! He sets off to save Roy, but he better hurry: Roy doesn’t believe he should live, and he tells The Savior to kill him. You could tell Thea’s words truly affected him when he spit them out to the camera recording his death: “No one’s going to miss me. I’m just a waste.” No, you’re not! Don’t give up, Roy! THIS!
Oliver swoops in and shoots a mini arrow next to Roy’s bound hand, and while Ollie distracts The Savior with small talk, Roy uses the arrow to hack away until he’s free. That small talk Oliver traded with The Savior? Yeah, this dude thinks he’s the same as the Hood, but he’s completely misguided: The Hood gives second chances. And when he gives The Savior a chance to let this go and stop killing, he doesn’t take the out, so Oliver kills The Savior! Roy is left with his own tidal wave of relief, and he realizes maybe he doesn’t actually want to die.
Back at Verdant, we – and Oliver, and Team Arrow – are treated to a beautiful reunion between Roy and Thea. These two crazy kids have some deep feelings for each other, and Oliver realizes the guy he just saved is more than just Thea’s “friend.” Also, thank you Felicity for pointing that out awkwardly to her older brother!
Interestingly enough, Roy kept the arrow that saved him. Is this foreshadowing an alliance between Roy and Oliver like in the comics? Maybe he has seen a way to make his life meaningful, a way to live without committing crimes: cleaning up the city rather than making it dirty. But first, we need to see Roy and Oliver meet formally! Alas, we’ll have to wait for that moment – but I’m sure it will be epic and totally worth it.
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After the craziness dies down, Oliver heads outside for a quiet moment but is interrupted when Laurel shows up to Verdant. Side note: I love the moments where we see Oliver almost roll his eyes and slump his shoulders with a sigh before jumping into his upbeat and carefree façade for his family and friends that don’t know his secret. When he turned around to say hi to Laurel, you could clearly see that shift from weighted down and deeply emotional to lightweight and cheerful. Subtle, but necessary for him to keep up appearances. Laurel has a heart to heart with Ollie, revealing her family struggles from the past week, and for a moment, you can forget all their history and see the connection between these two. Could this be foreshadowing of Ollie and Laurel getting back together? I have to say, Oliver’s smile when she said yes to getting dinner or coffee and Ollie realized he truly did want to not be alone anymore looked pretty real. Is that the first time he was truly open and honest with Laurel since getting back from the island? I think she recognized it too, and something shifted between them. Something good, and warm.
Something that is not good and warm is Frank… Malcolm as the Dark Archer killed him. That’s right, Frank’s dead. Moira framed him, just as I thought! The interesting takeaway though is that Moira doesn’t know that Malcolm’s the Dark Archer. Also, she literally walked away with Frank’s blood on her hands, and she breaks down. Moira really does feel emotion! This villain keeps getting more and more complex.
Back in Arrow Headquarters, Felicity is officially a goner for Oliver. The moon eyes she gives him when he puts his hand on her shoulder and tells her she can always talk to him about her day were totally warranted. Time to officially start shipping these two!
The moment is cut short, though, when Oliver realized the subway map looks familiar… it’s actually the cryptic symbol that is in the front of The List! Turns out, The Undertaking, The List, and basically everything shady is all connected to The Glades. But what does it mean?!?
And in our island flashback of the week, we meet Yao Fei’s daughter, Shado! Oliver and Slade Wilson’s attempt to trade the circuit board of the missile launcher for a boat off the island goes south when Fyers threatens to kill Shado instead. Since Oliver and Slade are good people, they obviously can’t let this innocent girl die, so there goes their way off the island. A fight ensues – natch – and we learn that Shado’s got some badass moves of her own! Even Oliver gets in some good hits. Their luck runs out, however, when Yao Fei gets shot, and he forces them to leave him behind. More bad news: Fyers stole the circuit board back while they were discussing their “trade.” They got played, but they decide to thwart whatever his plans are. Good thing Shado knows what he’s planning… and speaks English (much to Slade’s surprise)!
The best quotes from "Salvation:"
Roy: We don’t all have butlers. Some of us actually have to answer our own doors.Thea: The horror!
Diggle: You’ve been spending a lot of time underneath that hood these past few weeks.Oliver: Keeps my ears warm.
Diggle: You’ve been home for 8 months, Oliver, but I don’t think you left that island yet.
Felicity: Oliver, no offense, but I don’t tell you how to sharpen your arrows.
Diggle: You gonna hood up?Oliver: It’s the middle of the day!
Oliver: Where’s Diggle?Felicity: I asked him to leave me alone. In my loud voice.
Slade: Oh good. Small talk.
Oliver: Want to have dinner? Or coffee? I don’t know.Laurel: Why?Oliver: I don’t want to be on an island anymore.Laurel: Yes.
Oliver, to Felicity, pleasing Olicity shippers everywhere: If you ever need to tell someone about your day, you can tell me.
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