Sydney Bucksbaum
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.
  • TV Tidbits: Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry Stage a 'Friends' Reunion on 'Go On'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 05, 2013
    Friends Turned Lovers... Twice? The NBC comedy Go On is reuniting a couple of Friends when Courteney Cox guest stars on an episode of Matthew Perry's show. Cox will join Perry, her former onscreen husband Chandler Bing, for an episode airing in April. She will play a woman whom Anne (Julie White) tries to set up with Perry's Ryan. It marks the duo's first small-screen reunion since the Emmy-winning NBC comedy ended its 10-season run in 2004. [THR] Malibu is Getting a Lot More Country: Blake Shelton will play Reba McEntire's brother on the ABC comedy Malibu Country. The Voice coach will appear in the Friday, March 1 episode. Back in October, McEntire said she was courting Shelton for a guest role. "I've already talked to Blake and Kelly [Clarkson] and they said ... that they would appear, so we just got to get the script right when we need 'em in here," she said. [Huffington Post] TV Tidbits: Robin Williams Gets Crazy; Ricki Lake Gets the Axe Vampire Diaries Spinoff Finds Its Big Bad: Charles Michael Davis has just been cast as the big villain Marcel in The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals. Co-starring opposite Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin, the potential spinoff will be introduced in the April 25 episode of the CW drama. Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, the show centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Davis). Wicked, wild and charismatic, Marcel is a former kicked-around street rat who now calls the shots in the supernatural playground of New Orleans. As a modern-day vampire, he’s fierce and bold, able to accomplish as much with his charm as he is with his strength. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. [Deadline] TV Tidbits: 'Girl Meets World' Finds its Shawn, Brenda Song Teams Up With Seth MacFarlane Arrow's Throwing a Party! DJ and producer Steve Aoki will make a cameo appearance as himself in an upcoming episode of The CW’s hit action series Arrow. Airing Wednesday, March 20 at 8 PM ET/PT, the episode features the long-awaited opening of Oliver Queen’s Starling City nightclub. Since money is no object for a billionaire like Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), he hires the world’s most in-demand DJ — Aoki — to play opening night at his new club. Tracks from Aoki’s recently released EP, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, will be included in the episode, in addition to tracks from affiliated artists on Aoki’s Dim Mak music label. [The CW] TV Tidbits: Lily Rabe Returns to 'American Horror Story'; 'NCIS' Returns to... Return Game of Contracts: Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin just signed a two-year overall deal with HBO. Martin will continue as co-executive producer on GOT, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. [Deadline] Extra Castle, It's What You Crave: ABC has just ordered an additional episode of Castle, making its season 5 a total of 24 episodes. The extra episode will air in April instead of a repeat. This is very good news for fans of the series who are waiting on an early Season 6 pickup. [EW] [Photo Credit: Getty Images; WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • Tina Fey and 'Pitch Perfect' Director to Join Forces, Create Comedy Masterpiece
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 04, 2013
    What do you do after your wildly successful TV show ends its run? What about when your wildly successful movie bows? Why, combine forces with another superstar, of course! After directing the breakout comedy Pitch Perfect, Jason Moore is in talks to direct The Nest, a comedy produced by Tina Fey through her Little Stranger Inc. banner. RELATED: 'Admission' Pairs Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, Pop Culture Explodes Based on an original idea by Paula Pell, who wrote the script, the comedy is about two thirtysomething sisters who come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale. They spend a last wild weekend together, bonding and feuding and finally growing up. No word yet on whether Fey will take the starring role in her post-30 Rock career, though she is starring in the upcoming comedy Admission with Paul Rudd, in theaters March 22. The Nest is Pell’s first feature script, though she worked with Fey as a writer for Saturday Night Live and executive produced Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • Fall Out Boy Is Back! Let's Dance, Dance Like It's 2006
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 04, 2013
    Break out that guy-liner, because Fall Out Boy is back! Just don’t call it a reunion. The pop/punk band announced on Monday that they are releasing a brand new studio album, Save Rock and Roll, as well as heading out on a national tour. "'My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)' is the first single from Fall Out Boy's new album, Save Rock and Roll, which will be released globally on May 6/7, 2013, the 10th anniversary of Fall Out Boy's first full-length studio album in 2003, Take This To Your Grave," a press release Monday said. RELATED: Fall Out Boy, 'Folie a Deux' This will be the first time FOB released new music since Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump announced in 2010 that they were taking a break from the band. But, while the new album and tour may seem like a reunion to fans, the band remains adamant that they never officially broke up. "As far as I know, Fall Out Boy is on break," Wentz said at the time of the break. He later tweeted, "A hiatus is forever until you get lonely or old, [and] I don't plan on either." Stump, meanwhile, said he had left the group and wouldn’t be back until something changed in "my head or my heart – not my wallet." Well, looks like something did change in his head or his heart (or maybe his wallet?) since FOB is making new music! "When we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. It's why we started Fall Out Boy in the first place,” the group said in a statement. “This isn't a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save Rock And Roll…" RELATED: Fall Out Boy Photo Gallery The band will also play three intimate club dates to kick off the Save Rock and Roll tour, starting Monday night in Chicago at Subterranean, Tuesday night in New York City at Webster Hall Studio, and Thursday night in Los Angeles at the Roxy. The nationwide tour then begins May 14 in Milwaukee, Wis. Tour dates will be announced at a later date. So time to reapply your black eye-liner (guys, you too!), put those skinny jeans back on (sag the butt, of course), and let's party like it's 2006! [Photo Credit: Wenn] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • 'Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters' Casts Main Trio: Did They Get It Right?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 02, 2013
    We have our Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri! Fans of the Vampire Academy series and the upcoming film adaptation of the first novel were anxiously awaiting a mystery announcement teased after the official Facebook page for the movie hit over 250,000 fans. And as promised, the casting announcement for the three leads was released Friday afternoon, as well as a name change. The first movie will now be called Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, which is the title of the German version of the series. Zoey Deutch will portray main character Rose Hathaway, Lucy Fry will play Lissa Dragomir, and Danila Kozlovsky will take on Dimitri Belikov. All three are relative newcomers: Deutch had a role on the CW show Ringer as Sarah Michelle Gellar's stepdaughter Juliette, Fry was on H20: Just Add Water, and Kozlovsky is a Russian superstar but unknown in the US. RELATED: 'Vampire Academy' Movie Gets Screenwriter and Script As a big fan of Richelle Mead's series myself, I was torn between these choices for the leads. While I appreciate the relative unknown status of the three (this is going to be a large franchise with six books, and it's better to start with a clean slate than go the route of casting Cedric Diggory as Edward Cullen...), I'm still unsure on the casting of Deutch as Rose for a couple reasons. First, she's isn't that unknown. Before her role on Ringer, she was also a big part of Disney Channel's Suite Life On Deck's final season, as well as in the upcoming movie Beautiful Creatures. But the major issue I have with Deutch is that she is too delicately pretty. Rose Hathaway is an infamous dhampir (half human, half vampire bodyguard-in-training), fierce, tough, and deadly with a fiery personality to boot. She is described as a curvy, exotic Turkish/Irish mixture. This gives her long, dark hair and tan olive skin. Rose can take down any opponent in a physical fight, whether it's another dhampir, a human male twice her size, or a Strigoi (an undead evil vampire with inhuman strength). Deutch does not exude that same strength that makes Rose who she is. You can't fake that kind of inherent toughness. Rose can intimidate anyone with just a threat of violence because her reputation is so well-known. I'm not confident that Deutch portray that. As for Princess Lissa, Rose's best friend and the last remaining Dragomir alive, I don't have any problems with Fry. She has the exact look for Lissa, pale skin for a Moroi (the good, living vampires), light blonde hair, and a kind, gentle demeanor. Lissa is elegant and polite, the sweet to balance Rose's spicy. Let's just hope she can hide her Australian accent well, as Lissa is of Romanian descent. The last of the main three is Dimitri, Rose's mentor. In the books, he is described as a god, the best of all the dhampirs. Deadly, yet with a gentle side that hardly ever comes out, Dimitri is supposed to be an enormous 6 foot 7, made of muscles, with shoulder-length hair and never without a long, black, leather jacket/duster. And the most important aspect is his Russian descent, as he speaks with a slight accent. And this is why I'm torn on the casting of Kozlovsky. As a native Russian, he will bring authenticity to the role, but physically he just doesn't strike an imposing figure. He doesn't have the kind of presence that you immediately notice and fear. Back when I was dreamcasting VA, I thought perhaps Supernatural's Jared Padalecki could fit the bill. He's enormously tall and muscular, he's already got the hairstyle down pat, and we know he can play both the badass good guy and the evil, deadly villain (I won't explain why the latter is necessary to play Dimitri, no spoilers here!). All he needed was a little coaching on the accent. But despite all the fans' complaints, celebrations, groans, and squeals, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters has been cast, and for better or worse we have our main characters. Daniel Waters, who wrote the iconic Sundance comedy Heathers, has written the script and his brother, Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters, will direct the film. Casting is in full swing for a summer shoot. What do you think of the casting? Are you happy with our Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri? What do you think of the name change? Hit the comments below and let us know how you feel! [Photo Credit: Penguin Publishing; WENN; Getty Images; IMDB] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • 'White Collar' Sneak Peek: Peter and Neal Enter the World Of Jazz — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 02, 2013
    Tuesday's all-new episode of White Collar is taking Peter (Tim DeKay) and Neal (Matt Bomer) back to a time when jazz clubs were all the rage. The pair's forgery and money laundering case leads them into one of the most iconic New York institutions, the famous Cotton Club, where guest star Diahann Carroll sings two musical numbers. Check out's exclusive sneak peek at the episode, entitled "Empire City," where Peter and Neal question guest star Bill Bellamy at the famed Manhattan jazz joint. Other guest stars include Keith Robinson, Joe Forbrich, Eliyas Qureshi and Haneefah Wood. The episode is directed by DeKay himself. White Collar airs on Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT on USA Network. [Photo Credit: USA] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo on 'Dr. Phil': The Voice of the Manti Te'o Hoax — VIDEO Holy Catfish! ‘American Idol’ Auditioner Matt Farmer Lied About Military Injury The Hottest Guys of Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens Vs. 49ers You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • Meryl Streep Heads 'Into the Woods' as The Witch
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 01, 2013
    Another musical for Meryl Streep! Despite rumors she was no longer attached to the project, the actress will play The Witch in a new film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's hit musical Into the Woods. The show combines the stories of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and explores the consequences of the characters' choices, combining beloved figures from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, among others. The main story revolves around a baker and his wife whose plans to start a family are complicated when a witch puts a curse on them. Streep was in talks to portray The Witch back in the fall, but missed a group reading with the rest of the cast – Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Cheyenne Jackson, Allison Janney and Patrick Wilson – in October, which prompted many to believe that she had pulled out of the movie. "Disney is going to make the movie,” arranger David Krane revealed in an interview with a Connecticut newspaper. “Meryl Streep will be The Witch and it will be the first time I have worked with her since 1977." Krane previously worked with Streep on the musical Happy End in the '70s. Nine and Chicago director Rob Marshall is helming the movie. Baranski will play the Stepmother, James Corden will play the Baker, Kendrick will play Cinderella, and Wilson will play Prince Charming. [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Chicago' Director Rob Marshall Tackles Fairy Tales with 'Into the Woods' Meryl Streep in talks for wicked witch role in Into the Woods You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • The Hottest Guys of Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens Vs. 49ers
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 01, 2013
    On Sunday, Feb. 3, sports fans and pop culture enthusiasts (and pretty much every other person in America) will tune in to the biggest football game of the year: Super Bowl XLVII. While plenty of people are looking forward to the showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, we'll be tuning in for something else — the hot guys! (Well, the dudes and Beyonce's halftime show, but that's neither here nor there.) That's right, we're turning sports' biggest spectacle into a shallow contest. (Don't act like you weren't planning on it too.) Who will win on Sunday, based on looks alone? Let's meet our lineup and see who comes out as the hottest player of Super Bowl XLVII. Our prize may not be a ring or trophy, but bragging rights have got to be worth something. First Up: The Baltimore Ravens Name: Joe Flacco, #5 Position: Quarterback Why He's Hot: After the Ravens defeated the Steelers 23-20, that victory smile only added to his attractiveness. Name: Dennis Pitta, #88 Position: Tight End Why He's Hot: We could make a "tight end" joke but we won't stoop that low. Name: Torrey Smith, #82 Position: Wide Receiver Why He's Hot: More like why isn't he hot? That smile, those eyes, those arms... Smith is the whole package!
  • An R-Rated Oscars? Mark Wahlberg and CG-Enabled Ted to Present at the Show
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 01, 2013
    Did the producers of Ted, actually see Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut? In a press released from telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron released Friday, it has been announced that co-stars Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane's CGI alter ego Ted are set to present at the Oscars — making us wonder if the duo know what they're getting into. Foul language, drug use, a fondness for '80s science fiction... all screams, right? “We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron. “And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.” Host Seth MacFarlane was the director, co-producer, and co-writer of Ted – as well as the voice of the teddy bear – so it makes sense that Ted can make an appearance. It will be interesting to see the end result of the CGI bear on the stage next to Wahlberg. Even if the effects don’t turn out well, the jokes Wahlberg and Ted will likely perform should make up for it: Ted is now the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. “I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” Ted says. “I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.’" Previously announced Oscar performers include Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand. The Oscars air Sunday, February 24 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ABC. [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Charlize Theron in Seth MacFarlane's Western: Is the Genre Really Making a Comeback? 'Warm Bodies' Is Funny?! 10 Misleading Movie Trailers — VIDEO Jim Carrey Banking on New Heist Film 'Loomis Fargo' You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • 'Beauty and the Beast': Jay Ryan on Alex Vs. Cat and the Manhunt For Vincent
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 31, 2013
    If you were hoping that last week's introduction to Vincent’s ex-fiancé Alex was the last we were going to see of her on The CW's Beauty and the Beast, prepare to be disappointed — Alex (Bridget Regan) isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, she’s actually going to get a lot closer to Vincent (Jay Ryan)… much to Catherine’s chagrin. On tonight’s BATB, “On Thin Ice,” Vincent’s identity is threatened just as he is torn between his new feelings for Cat (Kristin Kreuk) — who remains off duty while she recovers from being shot — and his old memories with Alex. Meanwhile, now that he’s working with Evan on cross-species DNA research, J.T. (Austin Basis) learns that Evan is planning to propose a task force to catch the beast, and must figure out a covert way to sabotage Evan’s findings and stop the manhunt for his best friend. spoke with Ryan about tonight's episode. Check out all the spoilery intel we could get below: So Alex still doesn’t know the reason why Vincent is in hiding. Is Vincent going to tell her the truth? Ryan: He has to stand up as a man and finally take charge and explain to this woman what happened — where he went wrong, why he never contacted her for so long, why she thought he was dead... all these unanswered questions. Vincent’s very worried about how she’s going to react. Once he tells her the truth of what he has become, she then becomes a target for his greatest enemy, Muirfield. And Alex pulls him in and reminds him of the love that they had. Whatever the secret is that he’s holding, that doesn’t matter. They can rekindle what they had. How is that going to affect Vincent’s relationships with Cat and J.T.? At this time, the two closest people in his life, Catherine and J.T., have almost taken sides with him in a way. Evan’s brought J.T. on to research this cross-species DNA creature, and Evan’s definitely going in for Catherine’s affections. So these two people start to have to lie. That’s the one thing that [Vincent] hates, [because] of how he lived with his ex-fiancé. So there’s this whole thing with lying and Vincent having to start coming forward with the truth. Before we discuss J.T. and Evan’s situation, let’s talk a little more about Vincent and Alex. Is he going to rekindle his relationship with her? I think he does get swept up in the fantasy that he can live a life with this woman who only knows him as the Vincent before he was turned into this creature. At this point in time he feels he has this beast under control, through Catherine’s help. He believes that he can live a life and take off with Alex, possibly, and leave the people in his life again like he did with Alex! But he thinks that that’s a good thing, no longer having to lie about his identity. So he does get swept up in this false sense of romance. But Catherine is the voice of reason. It’s very difficult for her because she not only is his protector but now she’s his lover, and now he’s trying to take off with this woman who’s his ex-fiancé. That is out of the blue. Poor Cat. Now let’s get to the unique situation in which Evan has put J.T. Why does J.T. agree to help Evan? When [Evan] brings JT into the picture to help do research on this DNA, that’s his forte and he loves doing that stuff, but at the same time he’s helping to hunt down his friend. But it also gives him access to resources that he doesn’t have. So he starts to monitor Vincent’s body and his DNA and discovers that at this time it’s mutating very rapidly. And it’s creating all these side effects on Vincent that Vincent has put away as stress. We start to discover how this beast is going to become more volatile and unpredictable to Vincent himself. How did Evan even know to go to J.T.? Evan discovers this paper that J.T. wrote eight or nine years ago when he was studying cross species DNA. It’s been pushed aside because it was done by a student and no one believed it, but it’s very much in line with what Evan is trying to discover about this creature. So he tracks J.T. down and he puts it to him that he wants to work with him in finding this creature and J.T. doesn’t really have a choice. So he goes to work, and in doing so, he has a more protective quality for his best mate by rearranging evidence and DNA samples. So hopefully they stay off Vincent’s tail! J.T. and Vincent’s bromance has always been a compelling aspect of the show. Are we going to see any flashbacks to when they were friends before Vincent’s experiments? Between J.T. and Vincent? I would love to. There are moments that the script writers play on now, especially when Alex arrives on the scene, where they talk about the past, before the experiments. But yeah, I would like to see more of that, possibly in flashbacks, to start to arrive in the scripts. Anything you can tease about how the manhunt for Vincent picks up the pace? There’s a moment where Vincent is in a position where he has to save the life of Catherine’s sister. And in doing so, it forces the beast to accidentally kill someone that was in the way of saving Heather’s life. And that person is very close to one of our series regulars. So it ramps up the witch-hunt on Vincent. Watch Beauty and the Beast airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW. [Photo Credit: Sven Franzel/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Beauty and the Beast': Jay Ryan On the 'Love Square,' Vincent's Past, and the Rest of Season 1 CW Asks 'Beauty and the Beast' To Be Their Guest, Orders a Full Season Your Guide to Surviving the 'Beauty and the Beast' Premiere You Might Also Like: ’Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Spoilery Pics From Google Maps 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies
  • 'Arrow' Recap: Dizzy With Power
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 30, 2013
    Wow, Seth Gabel really committed to that, didn’t he? I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone enjoying playing their part as much as he reveled in portraying The Count in tonight’s Arrow, “Vertigo.” We knew his villain was going to be one fans would be talking about for a long time, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Count had a swagger to him, a swagger only accessible to those who truly did not care about the consequences of their actions. He’s called The Count because he tested Vertigo on the homeless, runaways, prostitutes, and the bodies were found by the police with puncture marks on their necks like a vampire. Even the way he describes his drug is chilling. “Wine is measured by its vintage. The years it takes to ferment. Vertigo is measured in lives,” The Count explained to Oliver. “56 people died to perfect the drug… and they didn’t die for nothing.” Starling City’s drug kingpin was one scary dude. But not because he could hold his own in a fight, or had no moral qualms about killing. Hell, we just described Arrow. No, it was the fact that, when interrogating and torturing a henchman, he put his gun in the henchman’s hand, giving him the option to shoot himself or The Count. He was confident the henchman would shoot himself to put himself out of his Vertigo-induced misery, but still. The Count stared his death in the face, smiling, unflinching. He had no fear of his own death, and that’s a terrifying thought. When death isn’t a motivating factor there is no telling what that man could do. And the fact that Arrow left him alive in the end – though overdosed on more Vertigo than a doctor had ever seen, leaving him in a questionable physical and psychological state – means we certainly haven’t seen the last of The Count. But let’s back up, shall we? Because of Thea’s arrest at the end of last week's episode, it turns out there’s nothing like a little trial to bring the Queen siblings closer. I loved how Thea and Oliver could bond over going in front of a judge for their partying ways. Because that is truly what billionaire heirs and heiresses do. They do crazy sh**, they get caught, they go to court, and some fancy lawyer gets them out of trouble. Well, too bad for Thea, since her judge wants to make an example out of her. Turns out Vertigo is becoming a huge problem for Starling City, and the judge thinks that making Thea the poster child for getting caught with Vertigo will help discourage others from buying and using it. This prompts Oliver to hunt down The Count, because if Oliver can get him to pay for his crimes, it will take the heat off Thea’s back. Enter Oliver’s newest lady friend, McKenna Hall (aka The League’s Shiva! ‘Fess up, who else did the Shiva blast when they saw Janina Gavankar? I can’t be the only one). McKenna is a cop who used to party with Oliver, but traded in her wild ways for a gun and badge. She works in vice, but partners up with Det. Lance for the special case of finding and taking down The Count. When Oliver went fishing for information on The Count, is it just me or did McKenna look a little shady? I think she might be hiding something. Too soon to tell. Back at casa de Laurel, Tommy still hasn’t adjusted to an adult schedule, aka waking up before noon. That makes for an awkward run in when Oliver stops by to speak with Laurel. I’m so glad they haven’t started getting back to normal yet, because the situation will never not be weird. Two best friends who love the same girl? Never ends well. Also, who else is getting sick of the Microsoft Surface ads on every CW show? Doesn’t anyone own an iPad? I know tons of people who own iPads, and zero people who own a Surface. Nice try. Anyways, Oliver checks his ego at the door and asks Laurel if her dad could help Thea by calling in a few favors and getting the judge to go easy on her. Surprisingly enough, Laurel is able to convince Det. Lance to do just that! While Thea acts all bratty and rejects the offer of probation and community service hours with Laurel at first, she comes around because she realizes it’s not JAIL. Smart one, that Thea. And saying you’d go to jail just to spite your mother? Come on, girl, I thought we were getting better! Oliver decides the best way to find The Count is to use his old Bratva contacts. Oh yeah, remember that time we found out Oliver is a leader in the Russian mob? When are we going to see that island flashback? He set up a meet with The Count to buy Vertigo for his night club, but really he just wanted to tail The Count back to his warehouse so he could Hood him up. The police arrived, and in the fray The Count dosed up Oliver with enough Vertigo to cause insufferable pain. Diggle helped treat Oliver, but there were still some lingering effects, which made his archery skills suffer. But when Diggle challenged Oliver, saying he couldn’t go after The Count while still suffering from Vertigo, Oliver shut down any more comments with one look. “You should always remember one thing, Dig: I don’t need the bow.” And it’s the truth: using only hand-to-hand combat, Arrow got the job done and dosed The Count with the fruits of his own labor. I’ve got to sing Gabel’s praises some more: the veins popping out underneath his eyes were a nice touch. You could see just how much pain The Count was in. And just like that, The Count was locked up in a ward, in too much pain to be a threat… for now. Backing up a bit, when Oliver was working his Bratva contacts, the mob made him kill a random member to see if he meant business. Though Oliver faked it, Diggle thought he really did kill a man to further his own investigation, and he judged Oliver hardcore. Diggle may think he’s seeing Oliver in a whole new light, but that’s who he’s always been from the beginning. Sure, he didn’t actually kill this guy, but I maybe kind of wish he did. Where’s the Arrow from the pilot that killed a guy just for seeing his face? This situation called for killing more than that one did. We have enough morally-straight heroes. The compelling aspect of Arrow is that he is not so heroic. He is a killer, just like Det. Lance said. Diggle knows Oliver isn’t innocent, and I thought he was getting a little high and mighty, and forgetting just who he’s partnered with. Meanwhile, Thea was finally clued in to the truth (kind of) about their father, that he wasn’t such a saint. But the swift way Thea forgave Moira for everything was a little disappointing. We were so close to her and Oliver finding out Moira is evil! Don’t let her off the hook so soon! Thanks to the return of our favorite intrepid IT girl, Felicity, Oliver is definitely not letting Moira off any hook. She approached him (after helping him with another task that led to this great exchange: Felicity: “If it’s a sports drink, why is it in a syringe?” Oliver: “I ran out of sports bottles.” Diggle: “Your bullsh** stories are getting worse.” Oliver: “Well aware.”) with Walter’s copy of The List, explaining she was helping Walter uncover the truth behind Moira before he vanished. Oliver is starting to realize his mother is not much of a saint, either. Finally! [Photo Credit: The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Arrow' Recap: Trust Is a Two Way Street 'Arrow' Recap: Burning Love 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. Justice You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians