Arrow Synopsis – Season 3, Episode 18: Public Enemy


I was so, so excited for this episode until I realized that “Public Enemy” probably doesn’t refer to the seminal late 80s-early 90s rap group. Instead, it most likely has something to do with Ra’s al Ghul and his attempt to discredit the Arrow in the eyes of the people of Starling City.

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Call it the strangest example of reverse psychology ever, or at least a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, since Ra’s and Maseo have suggested that the city will turn on Oliver Queen if he doesn’t accept the offer to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. The League of Assassins stepped up its campaign to force Ollie’s hand last week, when someone shot the mayor in her own office.

We know who did it, but Team Arrow doesn’t (not exactly, anyway), a fact that sounds like it will be right at the heart of “Public Enemy.” Here’s the official synopsis of this week’s Arrow from The CW:

"During an attack on the mayor’s office, Ray (Brandon Routh) is critically injured. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is pleasantly surprised when her mother, Donna Smoak (guest star Charlotte Ross), shows up at the hospital to offer her support. With the SCPD out in full force looking for the assailant, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and his team work hard to stay one step ahead of the police to find the man responsible. However, things come to a head when Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) kidnaps Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Dwight Little directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#318)."

I almost forgot about Mama Smoak! Everyone seems to love her.

After last night’s promo for the remainder of this season of The Flash, it seems increasingly likely that Oliver is going to end up leading the League of Assassins whether he likes it or not. The drama is going to be seeing it all play out, and this week’s episode could certainly get us closer to that conclusion.

Don’t miss Arrow Wednesday night at 8 pm on The CW, and we sure won’t, as we’ll have our full recap of “Public Enemy” on the site about 20-30 minutes after the East Coast airing ends. Also be sure to catch the Arrow After Show from our friends at, either live or archived, as hosts Ann Campea, Kaori Takee, David Griffin and Michael A. Medina break everything down for you. Be sure to tweet them with the hashtag #ArrowAfterShow for your chance to shape the conversation too.

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