T’was a few nights before Christmas when a new killer made his presence known in Starling City by taking out some bad guy named Adam Hunt. And we know its Hunt because he’s been saving every newspaper article with his name on it.
Elsewhere our hero is practicing close combat with Diggle, but not for long because the bodyguard says he has to go put in some face-time with his sister-in-law by taking his nephew to see Santa. This makes Oliver reminisce of Christmas’ past when all was right in their family and evil prevailed; he’s now slightly resolved to return the holiday cheer to the Queen household once more.
But before we can see that sure disaster pan out, we are carted off to the island where ATF (Arrow the First) returns to the cave he dropped Oliver in. He’s happy to see the billionaire playboy survived and even brings company: Edward, leader of the black hooded guys on the island. Oliver attacks almost immediately, remembering that not too long ago, Edward had him interrogated by Deathstroke, but ATF (Yao-Fei is his real name if you must know) will have none of it. See Edward has a plane and they are going to use it to get Oliver off the island. [Wait, so ATF likes it there?! He wants to stay? Being a billionaire’s literal savior is big business stateside.]
Back in real-time at the Queen mansion, there are no happy people or decorations in sight. It’s easy to see how Oliver forgot it was Christmas. However there is a dinner later that evening for rich snobs. Moira, her husband Walter, Olive, Malcolm Merlyn and the police commissioner are the table. Evil is well-fed. And our suspicions are confirmed: Walter is a slow learner. He continues to run his mouth and revealing his anti-evil sentiments. Seems like we’ll be down one reoccurring character soon – I think Walter will be taking another trip in the near future and this time it’ll be against his will.
Merlyn makes small talk with Oliver at the dinner table about the hooded vigilante and dubs the hero the “green arrow”. “Lame,” remarks Oliver, who prefers to just go by Arrow these days.
Walter is forced to pull his foot out of his mouth long enough to take a phone call from computer-girl, Felicity Smoak, who reveals that Arrow has been targeting people on the list and one of the names is that of a Queens Consolidated employee: Doug Miller.
And the police commissioner reveals the existence of another hooded archer when he receives a call that Adam Hunt recently died by arrow. Will there ever be a smart police commissioner portrayed on TV? They get such an unfair shake.
Anyway, this news basically breaks up the dinner as the po-po makes his exit and Oliver saunters off with some lame excuse, so he can go play peeping Tom at the crime scene to find out about this new foe.
After confirming that there is indeed an imposter, he retreats back to Arrow HQ with Diggle to find out who this impressive archer is. But without much to go on, Oliver decides to snail mail an untraceable phone to Det. Lance and ask for his help. You can tell a lot about a man by the arrow he uses, and Oliver is hoping to get his hand on one of those. But the cop for obvious reasons is less than receptive to the idea of handing over evidence.
Meanwhile, proving to be even stupider than we last predicted, Walter confronts Doug Miller and asks why he may be one of the people that the hooded vigilante may or may not want to harm. Because surely Miller’s name ended up on the list of evil people by mistake and he wouldn’t dream of reporting this little conversation to the evil higher-ups. Worst. Detective. Ever.