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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 Hollywood.com 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.
  • ABC Renews 'Nashville,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal,' 'Castle,' and More
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      Amidst all the TV cancelations, here's some good news to tide you over this weekend: ABC is officially bringing back many of its hit shows for the 2013-2014 season: Nashville, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Suburgatory, Modern Family, The Middle, The Neighbors, Last Man Standing,  and Castle. Rookie series Nashville will return for a second season, bringing with it more country songs and soapy drama with Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Grey's Anatomy will return for an impressive tenth season with its core cast in tact, as stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., and Justin Chambers all signed two-year contracts last year, taking them through Season 10. Scandal, Revenge, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and Once Upon a Time will return for a third season each, Modern Family  and The Middle  will return for a fifth season each, The Neighbors will return for a second season, and Castle will return for a sixth.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:NBC Cancels 'Rock Center With Brian Williams'CBC Cancels 'CSI: NY' and MoreTNT Cancels 'Southland' From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Nerds Are Naming their Baby Girls Arya After 'Game of Thrones'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      There's some debate over who's the most badass character on Game of Thrones right now: fast-talking Tyrion Lannister, mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen, hottie king of the north Robb Stark, even the blunt wildling Ygritte... and then there's little Arya Stark, the revenge-obsessed, blood-thirsty girl on her way to reuniting with her family. But while the debate over the best character has yet to be resolved — and probably won't be any time soon— there's some cold, hard evidence as to which character parents are keeping in mind as they choose names for their newborn baby girls.  The Social Security Administration released their annual list of top baby names this week, and it turns out that "Arya" is the fastest-rising baby name for girls. The GOT-inspired name jumped from No. 711 in 2011 to No. 413 in 2012. While that is still far lower than any of the names in the Top 20, it's still much higher up than "Cersei" or "Sansa" — because who wants to name their daughter after an incest-loving, narcissistic b***h, or a boy-crazy, entitled coward? Always choose the fighter! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Game of Thrones': Whose Naked Butts Have We Seen So Far?'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Climb Makes Killers of Us All From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 5 Reasons We're Thankful Suri Cruise's Fashion Line Isn't Real
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      When you hear the name Suri Cruise, a few things come to mind: She's the uber-famous offspring of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. "Her" Burn Book takes down other famous kids. She's constant paparazzi fodder. But is she a fashion designer? Come on, the girl is only seven years old! Suri was rumored to be adding "fashion designer" to her already impressive resume. She was supposed to have signed a deal for her own line named "Suri" in lieu of her own fashion blog, but because the 7-year-old was "talking about specific designs," it was decided she should have her own line instead, including dresses, tops, jeans, shoes, and necklaces. Thankfully, this fashion line nonsense is completely false, according to Katie Holmes' rep, who spoke to E!. And we can't help but feel as if a great weight was lifted off our shoulders. There are so many reasons why this line would have been a crazy idea, but we narrowed it down to just five reasons we're thankful it's not a reality. 1. While Suri regularly tops most stylish celebrity child lists, she's only seven years old. That means her mother Holmes is probably the one picking out her outfits for her. But Holmes is already a fashion designer – her line is Holmes & Yang – so this is just redundant. 2. Suri's go-to accessory is a stuffed animal, so will that be her staple piece in all her outfits? Because that's already being sold... at a place called a toy store. 3. Suri is only seven. Can we at least wait until she's in double-digits to launch her own fashion line? 4. The line is being centered around Suri's drawings. We're predicting shirts with pictures of stick figure cats and suns wearing really cool sunglasses.  5. Again, Suri is seven years old. We rest our case. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Amanda Seyfried Is a Glamorous Mystery Lady In Givenchy CommercialKate Upton Addresses Fat Comments, Becomes Accidental Role ModelMariah Carey Makes Sweet Love to Motorcycle in '#Beautiful' Music Video  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Fox Picks Up Fifth Gordon Ramsay Series, 'Junior MasterChef'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      Giving a child a knife sounds like the world’s worst idea, but Fox figured out a way in which it’s actually a great one. The network just inked a new deal with Gordon Ramsay to launch his fifth series next season, Junior MasterChef,  EW reports. Junior MasterChef is a spin on the summer cooking competition featuring young culinary enthusiasts. While giving kids age 8 - 13 free reign in the kitchen might sound like a disaster, we were on set with the Top 12 contestants and they know what they’re doing. In fact, we had never even heard of some of the ingredients they were using in their wildly complicated, mouth-watering dishes! Junior MasterChef will use the MasterChef judging panel of Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. "We have such great teams and partners on these shows, and I’m really excited we’re able to offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with Junior MasterChef," Ramsay says. "Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action." Ramsay and Fox signed a multi-year deal that, among the Junior MasterChef pickup, also renewed parent series MasterChef for an additional two seasons. Hell's Kitchen, currently in its 11th season, has also been renewed for a 13th. These three series join Ramsay’s previously renewed Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell on Fox’s schedule. "Gordon brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his brand here on Fox," said network president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell. "He’s a global superstar, and the success and longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America just can’t get enough of Gordon." Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'24' May Return - Without Kiefer Sutherland?Fox 2013-2014 Comedies Include Andy Samberg's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'Fox Pilot Orders: 'Sleepy Hollow,' J.J. Abrams' 'Almost Human' From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Split: 'The Vampire Diaries' 5 Best 'Delena' Moments
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 09, 2013
      The Vampire Diaries fans who ship "Delena" — a.k.a. Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore — have always gotten a kick out of the off-screen romance perfection of Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. It added fuel to the "Delena" fire that "Stelena" shippers — a.k.a. those who paired Elena with Damon's brother Stefan (Paul Wesley) — couldn't argue with. But on Thursday, "Delena" fans were hearbroken to learn that the TVD costars have called it quits after more than three years of dating, a source told Us Weekly. Before you start worrying about how this will affect Elena and Damon's on-screen relationship, the source assured fans that the couple, who first took their romance public in 2011, are "consummate professionals," and "will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started."  While we mourn the death of Dobrev and Somerhalder's off-screen romance, let's console ourselves with the best "Delena" moments of that past four seasons of TVD... and lord knows, it was almost impossible to narrow down the list to just five. These two have chemistry that are off the charts, and even though they have never been an official couple on the show, there were a plethora of hot, romantic, sweet, and sexy moments to choose from.  5. Damon Dances With Elena While Stefan was going off on a human blood bender, Damon stepped in as Elena’s escort for the Miss Mystic Falls pageant in Season 1 Episode 19, "Miss Mystic Falls." Their dance was equal parts scorchingly hot and beautiful. Though many fans have been shipping Delena from the pilot, this dance was the major event that launched the true Delena relationship.  4. Damon Confesses His Love for Elena When Elena is without her vervain necklace in Season 2 Episode 8, "Rose," Damon confessed his love for her, but compelled her to forget what he said because he couldn’t be selfish with her. It was a beautiful moment, showing how much Damon had grown, and yet it was heartbreaking because Elena wouldn’t remember the encounter (until she became a vampire in Season 4 and remembered all the moments she had been compelled to forget). 3. Damon Kisses Katherine, Thinking It's Elena After the events of Mystic Falls’ Founder’s Day where all the vampires almost died, Damon confessed his love for Elena and they kissed on her porch in Season 1 Episode 22, "Founder’s Day." We didn’t find out until a few minutes later that the girl he kissed wasn’t Elena, but actually his ex-girlfriend Katherine. It was a classic TVD bait and switch, but for Delena shippers, it was still worth it to see the two finally kiss.  2. Elena Kisses Damon In Season 3 Episode 19, "Heart of Darkness," Elena went on a road trip with Damon to get Jeremy and bring him home. Elena made the first move outside of their motel room and passionately made out with Damon. It was hot, it was amazing, I rewound over and over. Florence + the Machine never sounded so good! 1. Damon and Elena Have Sex This was the episode that defined the Delena shipper movement. In Season 4 Episode 7, "My Brother's Keeper," Elena and Damon finally had sex, but the moment was semi-ruined when it was revealed that she was also sired to him. Whatever, still rewound and rewatched more than I am proud of! What do you think, Delena fans? Did we include your favorite moment, or did we miss one? Hit the comments with your thoughts! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Claire Holt Teases Her Male Conquests on 'The Vampire Diaries''The Vampire Diaries' Star on the Key to Spin-Off SuccessSneak Peek at 'The Vampire Diaries' Spin-Off 'The Originals'  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • The CW Renews 'Nikita' and 'The Carrie Diaries,' So Now We Can All Exhale
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 09, 2013
      You can finally exhale, Nikita and The Carrie Diaries fans — the final two CW series awaiting to hear their fates at the network have officially been renewed. Nikita will return for a shortened fourth and final season, while TCD returns for its second season with no end in sight. The exact number of episodes each series will get will be announced next week at The CW’s fall upfront presentation. Nikita and TCD were the last two of the network's series that hadn't gotten wind of their impending renewal or cancelation. Previously picked up series include The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Arrow, Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast, and new series The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. The CW also announced on Thursday that it had picked up four new shows for its 2013-2014 lineup: The Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed (formerly known as Oxygen), and Reign. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:The CW Picks Up Four Pilots for Fall 2013The CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' and 'Supernatural'The CW Orders 'The Originals,' Renews 'Hart of Dixie' & 'Beauty and the Beast'  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • The CW Picks Up 'The Tomorrow People,' 'The 100,' 'Reign,' and 'Star-Crossed' (Formerly 'Oxygen') for Fall 2013
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 09, 2013
      The CW’s fall 2013 TV lineup just got a whole lot bigger. The network announced on Thursday that it has ordered four new drama series — The Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed,  and Reign — were picked up for series orders. The Tomorrow People stars Robbie Amell (cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell) and is based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price. The drama, from Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries  executive producer Julie Plec, tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. The 100 stars Eliza Taylor and Lost's Henry Ian Cusick and is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series is based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.  Star-Crossed  (formerly Oxygen) stars Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden and 90210’s Matt Lanter as a human girl and an alien boy who fall in love when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Reign tells the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The period drama unveils the secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue and stars Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo.  The network also announced renewals for both Nikita and The Carrie Diaries.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:The CW Renews 'Nikita' and 'The Carrie Diaries'Fox 2013-2014 Comedies Include Andy Samberg's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' NBC Cancels 'Whitney,' '1600 Penn,' Guys With Kids' From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' Star Sendhil Ramamurthy on His Beastly Twist: 'I Had No Idea!'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 09, 2013
      Looks like Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowen (Sendhil Ramamurthy) has a few more skeletons in his closet than he revealed to Catherine (Kristin Kreuk). At the end of last week’s Beauty and the Beast, Gabe was excited to learn that the vigilante killer was still alive and out there… and his excitement caused his eyes to glow a telling gold – just like Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) when he beasts out! The reveal of Gabe’s true past was shocking, both to viewers and Ramamurthy himself. "When I signed up for the show I had no idea that Gabe was a beast. Everybody else did, though!" Ramamurthy tells Hollywood.com. "The entire cast knew, but when I turned up on set, Kristin was the one who told me inadvertently. She was like, 'I wonder when Gabe Beast shows up?' I was like, 'What?' And she was like, 'They’re making you a beast! You know that right?'" Ramamurthy may not have known in the beginning, but he’s excited for fans to be in on the secret now — especially since there are still plenty more secrets to reveal. "By the end of this episode you’ll find out what the circumstances are surrounding what he has to do," Ramamurthy teases. "We’ve established that he’s slowly deteriorating and dying, basically. He thinks that Vincent can help him in some way and he’s either going to be a friend or a foe." Finding the vigilante has always been Gabe’s motivation, and though we previously assumed it was because he wanted to find justice, we now know the real reason why Gabe was hunting Vincent. "That’s why he shows up at the precinct in the first place. The whole reason he ended up getting transferred there was because he wanted to be in that precinct where all of these vigilante murders were happening," Ramamurthy explains. "It’s his instinct that they’re being done by another beast. But Vincent thinks that he’s the only one up until this episode. The moment where they meet, Gabe is a beast and Vincent is human. So it’s a huge moment for Vincent to see Gabe like that because he really didn’t think that there was anybody else out there like him." Besides the fact that they share the same beastly nature thanks to Muirfield, what exactly does Gabe want with Vincent? "That’s what the next episode is all about: I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. We don’t have to be enemies," Ramamurthy reveals. "In a perfect world, Gabe would love for this to happen: he finds Vincent and they find a way to stabilize each other’s DNA. We’ve established that Gabe can take these pills that keep him normal, so maybe Vincent can take the pills too, or so that’s what Cat hopes." When Catherine finds out Gabe has a way to live a normal life despite his beastliness, it gives her hope for her future with Vincent… especially considering the romantic issues they run into in "Date Night." Without spoiling the episode, let’s just say that Cat finds herself in a normal situation that happens in normal relationships, but thanks to Vincent’s condition, it has dire consequences. Gabe represents a possible solution to her problems. "Maybe they can have this normal life that they’ve dreamt about," Ramamurthy says. "Catherine and Vincent sailing off into the sunset and being happy and together as two human beings, not a beast and a human being. Let’s see if that actually happens." Another storyline Ramamurthy is excited for fans to see play out is that of Gabe’s mysterious girlfriend, Tyler (One Tree Hill’s Shantel VanSanten). "Gabe has been experimented on since he was a child. He knows that other people have been experimented on, and his own girlfriend is one of the experiments," Ramamurthy reveals. "You get some nice tidbits in this episode and in the finale about Tyler. People will come to know about her. People will meet her. Our regular characters, some of them will meet her. And there’s some pretty cool stuff that happens in respect to that." Beauty and the Beast airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Beauty and the Beast' Executive Producer Reveals Shocking Finale Twist'Beauty and the Beast' Star Promises Resolution to Adrenaline-Fueled CliffhangerSendhil Ramamurthy's 'Beauty and the Beast' Debut 'Ruffles a Lot of Feathers'  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Supernatural' Recap: Sam and Dean's Trip Down Memory Lane Wasn't So Happy - Season 8 Episode 22
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 09, 2013
      Just when we thought the Winchesters stood a chance at closing the gates of hell – and surviving it together – Supernatural went and threw us another curve ball. Sure, Dean was 100 percent behind his brother for the trials, and gave a truly heartwarming speech proving just how much he believed Sam could do it, but when Crowley enters the mix, all bets are off. You see, now that Crowley knew what Sam and Dean were up to, and how close they were getting to closing the gates of hell, he had to take drastic measures before Sam could “cure” a demon thus completing the third trial. So what did he do? He appealed to the one thing we all know the Winchesters have a weakness for: saving people.  Crowley was using Carver Edlund’s books (great to see how many shout outs they’re getting this season!) to take a trip down Winchester memory lane and start killing every person Sam and Dean have saved every 12 hours until they give up and surrender. After Jimmy Collins from Season 1 Episode 2’s wendigo attack died suddenly, and another Season 1 veteran, Sarah Blake, bit the dust in a truly heartbreaking scene where I have never seen Sam and Dean look so completely helpless before, the Sam lost all faith that they can actually stop Crowley. But Dean hasn’t given up, and you can be sure as hell he’ll rally Sam to kick some a**. And hey, sure enough, the promos for next week show Sam and Dean attempting to cure a demon after all… and that demon is Crowley himself! That’s what happens when you piss off the Winchesters. Sorry I'm not sorry. Meanwhile, Cas was safely in the Men of Letters bunker healing after his angelic/demonic battles last week, and Dean wasn’t making it any easier for him. Even though Cas has wronged Dean in the past, he’s always been able to forgive his friend. He's always had a soft spot for his angel friend. This time, it wasn’t going to be so easy. Cas has continually betrayed Dean over and over again, and each time Dean forgives him, Cas just does it again. He never learns, or employs the same loyalty Dean has always shown him. Dean isn’t going to forgive him this time, and that makes Cas susceptible to Metatron’s plans. After finally getting the whole story on what he’s missed while being a recluse, Metatron decided the way to fix Heaven and their angelic family was to lock everyone in a room and hash things out. A time out of sorts, but on a massive scale. That’s right, Metatron wants to use the angel tablet and close the gates of Heaven! While there isn’t any evil reasons behind his plans, I still don’t trust Metatron, and the way he so easily manipulated Cas into completing the first trial worried me. The first trial, by the way, was to kill a nephilim, the offspring of an angel and a human. I was pleasantly surprised to see the folklore of nephilim come into play on Supernatural. For a show that focuses on the supernatural, and has had angels as big players since Season 4, it’s surprising it took so long for nephilim to show up. They are featured heavily in supernatural books and movies, with varying degrees of power and alliances with good/evil. Unfortunately, the ballad of the nephilim on Supernatural was brief: the only one on earth was killed by Cas to complete the first trial. So long, nephilim, sorry you never even had a name!  Also, Abbadon showed up again after Sam and Dean put her together to attempt to cure her before getting distracted by Crowley’s phone calls (coming from the number 666, nice touch). So she’s on the loose again, and seemed pretty pissed off at hearing how Crowley worked his way up from being a messenger to the kind of hell. Shout-out to the hilarious convenience store worker: I would have been pretty pissed myself if I had to deal with a messy, destructive shopper like Cas. But come on, how could you not have pie? The best quotes from “Clip Show:” Dean: How you feeling?Sam: Honestly? My whole body hurts, I’m nauseous and like I’m starving at the same time, and everything smells like rotting meat.Dean: I’ve had that hangover. Jaeger, man. Cas: I like this bunker. It’s orderly.Sam: Give us a few months. Dean wants to get a ping pong table.Cas: I’ve heard of that, it’s a game, right? Sam: A half-drunk beer, some jerky, and three peanut butter cups?Dean: Well, yeah, we’re running a little low… I’ll go make a run. Dean: If anybody else, I mean anybody, pulled that kind of crap I would stab them in the neck on principle. Why should I give him a free pass?Sam: Because it’s Cas. Dean: Well, that was weird. With three exclamation points. Dean, about Sam completing the trials: Father, over the past couple of months I have seen him do crap that I didn’t even think was possible. I’m sure he’s miserable and he’s hurting, but you know what? There’s not a doubt in my mind that he’s gonna cross that finish line. Not one.  Not a quote, but you could tell just how much Cas was trying to make it up to Dean on his run to get food and supplies. His cart consisted of jerky, toilet paper, even Busty Asian Beauties, aka Dean's favorite porn! But when he couldn't find pie, he knew no amount of porn would make Dean happy... Cas: Where’s the pie?Sales clerk: I think we’re out.Cas: I don’t think you understand, I need pie! Metatron: I should have picked a better-looking vessel. Sam: How’d you get this number?Crowley: First things first: what are you wearing?Dean: Oh, okay, hanging up now. Hang it up.Crowley: Fine, this isn’t a social call. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Supernatural' Recap: Could Sam and Dean Really Close the Gates of Hell? 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  • 'Arrow' Recap: The Truth Led to Make-Ups, Break-Ups, and Showdowns - Season 1 Episode 22
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 09, 2013
      Holy. Crap. The penultimate episode of Arrow Season 1 had so many OMG moments and shocking reveals that I’m pretty sure that this could have functioned as a season finale for any other series. But since this is Arrow, this was just a normal, action-packed episode. Let’s get right to it, shall we? The first scene of "Darkness On the Edge of Town" is the one we released early, where Malcolm decides to "pay" seismologist Dr. Brion Markov for his services… only, not with money, but with an arrow to the chest. The Dark Archer killed all the Unidac employees, destroyed the lab and all their notes, covering up his tracks. When he does use the Markov device, there will be nothing to tie Malcolm to the “natural” earthquake that destroyed The Glades. Basically, the lesson here is never do a favor for Malcolm. Back at the Arrow lair, Diggle and Felicity update Oliver on their tracking of Moira now that they know she is in league with Malcolm for The Undertaking, but so far she hasn’t done anything out of the ordinary. Oliver, however, doesn’t know how to process the fact that his family and oldest friends (the Merlyns) are behind all the evil he’s been fighting ever since he returned from the island. He decides it’s time to ask Moira, face to face, as her son, for the truth. Before he can leave Verdant, he’s ambushed by Laurel who wants to discuss that little matter of Oliver confessing that he still loves her. She realized that she was ready to admit that she has feelings for Oliver, too. She caught Oliver when he was embroiled in an Arrow mission that only reiterated his belief that he can’t be with anyone thanks to his life. So, he lied and said he hasn’t changed, leaving Laurel confused and heartbroken. Back at the Queen’s mansion, Walter finally came home! It’s hugs all around and a delicious brunch to welcome him home, but he isn’t exactly in the brunch mood. Something tells me he isn’t going to want to dive back into to the family life with Moira after his 6-month captivity, as evidenced by the kiss brush-off he gave her. Thea and Roy are getting their Veronica Mars on, with a bit more of a criminal side. They’re still hot in their pursuit of the vigilante, but they haven’t found any real clues to lead them to the Hood. They did find out via eavesdropping at the police department that the copycat archer is connected to Merlyn Global. When Oliver confronted Moira about Walter’s kidnapping, he started to drop his façade, and you could tell that Moira saw something different in her son that shocked her. But before he could get any real answers, they were both knocked out by tranquilizer darts. I bet the hooded assailant is Diggle in Arrow’s hood!  And look at that, I was right! It’s Diggle in the Arrow suit, just absolutely going to town on beating up Oliver in order to scare the truth out of Moira. As much as Diggle and Oliver made up last week, you can tell he’s enjoying beating up Oliver just a little bit after their fight over Floyd Lawton. Just don’t hurt Ollie’s face too much! Their plan worked: Moira spilled the truth on everything. Unidac Industries. The Markov device. Malcolm’s plans to level The Glades. Robert Queen’s involvement with the plans before he died. Once they were sure she told them all she knew, Diggle cut Moira and Oliver loose, and left. Oliver couldn’t even look Moira in the eyes knowing what she had done! Now that Team Arrow has new information, it’s back to the Arrow lair! Felicity looks up Unidac Industries – noting that Queen Consolidated acquired them seven months ago, the same time Felicity and Oliver met! Anniversary! – and figure out that Malcolm plans to level The Glades with a device that creates man-made earthquakes. They also figure out that since the other archer was the one responsible for what the media is calling the Unidac Massacre, that means the other archer works for Malcolm. Little do they know it’s actually Malcolm, but that will come later. Since Det. Lance found a connection between the copycat archer and Merlyn Global, he asked to speak with someone at the company… and of course they sent Tommy. That’s just adding so many levels of awkward to the conversation, especially when Laurel walks in on their meeting. After Tommy leaves, Lance puts a tech guy on the job of snooping around their network… hey, isn’t that exactly what Felicity is trying to do? Lance and Laurel also got in some father/daughter bonding when she told him the reason she and Tommy broke up was because of Oliver. Lance’s two least favorite guys in all of Starling City, and his daughter has to date both of them. Poor guy. Silver lining? Lance has noticed the difference in post-island Oliver and gave his kind-of approval to Laurel. That’s a huge win, and also made Laurel realize that Oliver lied earlier about not being any different now.   Felicity wasn’t getting anywhere hacking into the Merlyn Global network, so Oliver figures out a way to get her inside the actual building to download the files they need to find the Markov device. Shenanigans ensue when some random paper pusher guy tried to get on the same elevator as Felicity and Oliver, and even tried flirting with her! But Ollie shut that down and knocked him right out of the elevator car. Was that a hint of jealousy from Ollie? #Olicity shippers, discuss! While Felicity works her tech magic, Oliver uses his time to confront Tommy about Laurel. While Tommy came off as misogynistic, referring to Laurel as a consolation prize, Oliver put him in his place. He reminded Tommy that Laurel isn’t property, and makes her own decisions. She chose Tommy, and that should be all that matters. Oliver isn’t to blame for their break-up. On his way out, Oliver ran into his sister, and finally got the chance to meet Roy. That handshake is going down as one of the scariest encounters ever. Oliver warned Roy and Thea away from pursuing the vigilante since everyone who gets close to the vigilante ends up dead. Oliver plays the disapproving older brother part well! Too bad it didn’t work on Roy: he’s still set on finding the hood, so he can teach Roy to be like him. Apparently, Roy lost someone a while ago and doesn’t want it to ever happen again. Thea made him choose, though, the vigilante or her, and Roy chose the vigilante. Walter’s chilly demeanor when he first got home is finally explained: he knows that Moira had something to do with his abduction, and served her with divorce papers. Det. Lance’s tech guy struck out trying to hack into Merlyn Global – duh – but he did notice Felicity Smoak had tried to do the same thing. Looks like part of Team Arrow is being brought in for questioning... again! Back in the Arrow lair, Oliver had an epiphany: his father’s mission to clean up the city meant to stop The Undertaking. Once he did that, he’ll have cured the disease, and his work will be done. He could be done with being the vigilante, live a normal life, and could actually have a life with Laurel. Is there truly a light at the end of the tunnel? Oliver seems more hopeful than we’ve seen him all season! It truly does look like Oliver thinks there’s hope for him and Laurel, since he went straight to her place. With a real smile on his face, he told her he’s ready to admit she’s the one who means the most to him, and cue the passionate sexytime! Too bad Laurel didn’t shut the drapes first: Tommy got quite the eyeful. This is officially the beginning of Tommy going dark. Oliver went to confront Malcolm as the Hood, because the Markov device wasn’t where they thought it would be. When Malcolm refused to give it up, Oliver shot an arrow, meant to kill him… but Malcolm CAUGHT IT WITH HIS BARE HAND. Ollie’s wide-eyed surprise meant he understood now that Malcolm was the Dark Archer. Cue one of the greatest fight scenes Arrow has yet to show. In the ensuing chaos, Malcolm broke Oliver’s bow, and knocked him out to dehood him. When he realized the vigilante was Oliver, he let out a horrifed, “Oh no…” In this week’s island flashbacks, we finally learn the entirety of Fyers’ plans: he’s following orders to shoot down any incoming and outgoing aircrafts near China, thus grounding all air travel in and out of China indefinitely. That would cripple China’s economy, especially once Yao Fei, a rogue element from China’s own military, took the fall – which he will, since Fyers shot both Slade and Shado. He does manage to slip Oliver a knife before donning his old uniform and recording a video taking responsibility for the destruction of all the aircrafts. We also got the glimpse of the high heeled feet of Fyers’ boss… who could she be? And after Yao Fei finished his video, Fyers SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD. Once again, I say: whoa. While this could certainly have been a season finale, we still have one more hour left to go of Season 1. I could try to predict what’s coming, but honestly, all bets are off at this point. Who will survive The Undertaking? Will The Undertaking happen? Will Tommy go dark? Will anyone else find out Oliver’s identity? What will Malcolm do with Oliver? We’ll find out next week in the season finale of Arrow, “Sacrifice.” The best quotes from “Darkness On the Edge of Town:” Felicity: Are you okay?Oliver: My mom and my best friend’s dad are involved in a conspiracy that may have dire consequences for the city and I’m pretty sure they murdered my father. I’m not planning on using the word okay anytime soon. Felicity: The last time the vigilante paid your mom a visit you got shot and I got to play doctor with you. Ugh, my brain thinks of the worst way to say things. Thea: I’m really sick of us all having to go through a lot, you know? Det. Lance: The arrows are black, not green.Police Chief: The copycat archer again.Det. Lance: The psychopaths are color-coding themselves now. That’s helpful.  Felicity: Let me get you an icepack for… everything. Oliver: Felicity, are you hacking into the Merlyn Global mainframe?Felicity: Hacking is such an ugly word, no… Yeah, totally hacking into the Merlyn Global mainframe! Oliver: Anything?Felicity: Just for the record, I will pump my fists in the air and scream ‘Yes!’ if I get in. Felicity, dressed as a Big Belly Burger delivery girl: I have a super deluxe big belly buster for a Mr. Andrews. I think he’s in security. He a good tipper? Oliver: Don’t look down.Felicity: Too late! I should mention that I’m afraid of heights… which I just learned right now!Oliver: Hold on to me tight.Felicity: You know I imagined you saying that to me under different circumstances. Very platonic circumstances. Felicity: This is my hack face. I always look like this when I’m about to hack. Tommy: Why so serious?  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Recap: The Undertaking Has Begun!'Arrow' Recap: Oliver Makes a Mistake, and Diggle Pays the Price'Arrow' Recap: Vertigo - and The Count - Return From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)