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"I can't stop it... because I wrote it five years ago."
—Felecity realising that she wrote the computer virus

"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" is the fifth episode in the third season of Arrow and the fifty-first episode overall. It aired on November 5, 2014.

Synopsis

When a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, Oliver and Felicity are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. Life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna, stops by for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Ted Grant questions Laurel’s motives, and Thea buys an apartment with Malcolm’s "estate" money, which infuriates Oliver.[1]

Plot

Oliver and Roy are working out in the Foundry early in the morning as Laurel works out with Ted in a boxing ring and Thea and Malcolm sword fight in another place.

Felicity is in her apartment doing some push-ups in pajamas. She then heads to brush her teeth. Ray knocks on her door and pushes his way inside and talks fast about something for Queen Consolidated. She then makes coffee and sits down to listen to Ray. Someone else knocks on her door so she gets up and answers it. It is her mother who squeals and hugs her, surprising Felicity. Felicity then learns that her mother was going to text her but she didn't do so. Felicity grew embarrassed when her mother was met Ray who gave her his prototype watch, which was similar to the one the woman already owned.

In a flashback, Felicity (who has black hair and wore goth clothing) was coding in her room when her boyfriend kissed her and then her virus broke into the Department of Education. The man, Cooper, tried to stop the students from having loans, upsetting Felicity and his roommate.

Oliver is sent somewhere and learns that Thea signed a lease on a place for herself. She claims that due to Malcolm, she got the place and is using the money to re-open Verdant. Thea then tells her that she is her own person and is annoyed that he brings up Tommy.

Oliver looks at the view and notices many people losing power. This includes the Police department, a neighborhood in the glades where Diggle is carrying his daughter, and Felicity's home. Oliver then rushes off. Oliver as himself saves a woman from a car.All the tvs talk about a "Brother eyes" taking over before the power returns.

Felicity and her mother head to the Foundry. Felicity drops her mother upstairs but she still meets Oliver and Diggle. Felicity then has her mother watch Diggle's daughter as Oliver is uncomfortable having baby Sara in the foundry. As Felicity tries to look into the blackout, Roy has arrived.

In flashback, Felicity is with her boyfriend Cooper who is annoyed with her for her having stopped him. They then kiss right before FBI show up and arrest Cooper.

In the present, Brother Eyes begins a second broadcast talking about taking the wealth's money. She begins to hack into the appearance. Laurel heads to the police department and learns she is acting district attorney.

With a riot at a bank, Laurel sends an ESU. Oliver and Roy head out to protect the bank. They shoot a gas to get the crowd to leave.

Felicity learns that the virus was hers from five years ago. Roy and Oliver return and Felicity is freaking out about her virus. She then tells the team that she was a part of a hackivist group. Felicity then talks about how it could've been Myron. She then looked into the cameras.

Five years ago, Felicity visits Cooper in prison. She tells him that she would confess but he tells her not to. He then tells her he loves her and is protecting her.

Laurel is pulled into her father's office and he yells at her for sending the riot squad as she made it worse. He questions her motives but she refuses to tell him.

Thea heads to Verdant and Oliver found Thea trying to get into the basement. They stop to talk and she says that she will still take the money but was meeting him half way.

Oliver then heads to talk to Myron along with Roy. Felicity is telling them that it had to be Myron but he says its not him. Felicity is freaking out and Oliver makes her tell him about Cooper. Felicity tells them that Cooper had killed himself before sentencing. She then walked off and headed to Queen Consolidated. That is where Ray finds her. He asks if she's okay and she talks vaguely about inventing something. That is when Felicity's mother shows up and got upset with Felicity. Felicity asks Ray to go elsewhere and she yells at her mother about how she was sorry for being a disappointment. Her mother mentions how she stayed while Felicity's father left. She then says how there wasn't anything of her in Felicity before leaving her behind.

Roy, Diggle, and Oliver are talking about what to do. Felicity shows up but she is still upset so Oliver tells her to talk to her mother. He tells her how Thea said family was precious.

Felicity heads home and learns that ARGUS had picked up Sara. Felicity then learns that her mother had gotten an email about a free flight. Masked men break down the door and kidnap them.

A man walks in and then shows himself as Cooper. She is in shock that he was alive. He said how it had to do with the NSA. He then admits to his true plan: have her hack the money trucks showing up. Felicity says that she would politely decline.

At the foundry, Oliver is worried so Dig calls ARGUS TO check things out. Oliver then calls Felicity but Cooper destroys her phone. Felicity then hacks after her mom tells her that she loves her. Cooper then ties her to the computer. The watch goes off on her mother's wrist. Felicity then begins to patch into the wifi of the watch and enables the gps. She quickly contacts her friends before Cooper returns. Oliver shows up and Cooper aims motion sensors at him. Outside the money arrives and the men working with Cooper shoot at the trucks. Roy and Dig show up to stop them, clearing the path for them to go inside. Felicity hits Cooper before Oliver could shoot. She then frees her mother and hugs her.

Oliver returns to the Foundry and changes. Felicity apologizes but Oliver tells her that he can't judge. He says that he is glad about who she is today. Felicity then heads out and says that they have to love their families.

Years ago, Felicity changed how she looks by dressing differently and dying her hair.

Laurel heads to the gym and decides to fill Ted Grant in on about Sara dying. He says that she needs to train for herself. She then chose a black jacket.

Thea is in her new place when Oliver shows up with popcorn. She lets him inside and he hugs her. She suggests that he move in with her as it was a large place. She promises to donate Malcolm's money to charity after the club makes money. Across the way, Malcolm is watching as Thea and Oliver watch tv.

Felicity is at work when her mother shows up at her job. They hug and Felicity thanks her for being there for her. Felicity tells her that she is tougher due to her influence. Felicity then hugs her mother right before Ray walks in. She then fakes sick and leaves with her mom.

That night Roy, dreams that he is the one who killed Sara, causing him to wake up.

Production

Preparation ran from August 14 until August 22, 2014. Filming ran from August 25 until September 4, 2014.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Originally the episode was titled "Oracle".[3] The codename Oracle was later referenced in A.W.O.L. when Oliver comments he was thinking about using it for Felicity but that it was already taken.[4]This could be a reference to Barbara Gordon , who in the comics is the vigilante Batgirl and later after her paralysis by the Joker becomes Oracle.
  • In the world of DC Comics, "Secret Origin" was a popular term and title for one-shot recaps of where principal characters came from, particularly when they were being rebooted in the 1980s and 90s.

Trivia

  • Cooper Seldon's shirt when being arrested is a vague depiction of the first ever Justice League cover. (Brave and the Bold Vol 1 #28)
  • Diggle mentioned that Lyla was off on an A.R.G.U.S. mission to Santa Prisca. In DC Comics, Santa Prisca is a fictional Caribbean island nation under harsh Communist rule and heavy illegal drug trade. Santa Priscia is best noted for being the birthplace of the super-villain Bane, a major Batman enemy.
  • Felicity's goth look from her college years, especially her black hair and shirt, and the silver ankh necklace, is a nod to the Sandman character Death.
  • When Felicity meets her boyfriend in prison, her necklace is the Egyptian Ankh symbol. This is a reference to Dr. Fate, a DC Comics superhero who has possession of the Helmet of Nabu which grants magical powers.
  • Cooper's code name is Brother Eye. In DC Comics, Brother Eye is a satellite created by the superhero Batman.

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Promos

References

  1. Arrow: Official Description For “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” - GreenArrowTV
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
  3. A New Title & Details About Arrow’s Felicity Backstory Episode - GreenArrowTV
  4. Oliver: "Overwatch, we're on site."
    Felicity: "Excuse me?"
    Oliver: "Well, I thought it was time you got a code name. What do you think?"
    Felicity: "It's perfect."
    Oliver: "Was gonna go with Oracle, but it's taken."