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Canary Cry 

Oliver and the team struggle to come to terms with a friend's death, especially Diggle, who is overwhelmed with guilt for choosing to believe Andy had changed.


Laura Belsey


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen / Speedy
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn (credit only)
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Katrina Law ... Nyssa al Ghul
Parker Young ... Alex Davis
Madison McLaughlin ... Evelyn Sharp
Janet Kidder ... Ruvé Adams
Venus Terzo ... Dr. Schwartz
Alex Kingston ... Dinah Lance
Wolsey Brooks ... SCPD Officer
Rob Hayter ... Security


As Oliver prepares to bury his long term friend he is once again forced to play his cards close to his chest; openly showing grief while secretly plotting revenge. Will he call upon his friends and become the man he needs to be to defeat Darhk? Written by Ian Kennedy

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27 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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At the end of this episode, Barry Allen speeds off using his powers. However, if you keep up with the show The Flash, Barry is currently without his powers. See more »


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Oliver Queen: Are you okay?
Felicity Smoak: Are you?
Oliver Queen: No.
Oliver Queen: You know what you have to do right? You have to kill that son of a bitch.
Oliver Queen: I know. I don't know how.
Felicity Smoak: Because of his magic.
Oliver Queen: His ma - it's too strong. I've seen it before, back on Lian Yu. And whenever I have come up against it I have gone nowhere. It - he feels unstoppable.
Felicity Smoak: I refuse to believe that. I refuse to let you believe that. If Darkh wins, Laurel died for nothing. I fell in love with you for many reasons and one of those reasons is is that you always find a way,...
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References Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) See more »


Arrow End Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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We Can Never Become Them
28 April 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

One thing Arrow has always excelled at is handling the aftermath of a major character dying. Whenever the emotions are supposed to be at their highest, the actors come through with great performances, and this episode was no different. While 'Canary Cry' was anywhere near my favorite episode of the season, it was a good ending to Laurel Lance's/Katie Cassidy's run on this show, and I can appreciate that.

No one was stronger in the episode than Paul Blackthorne. Every time Quentin Lance was on screen and shed a tear, I felt it. The man has gone through so much on this show that it breaks my heart to see this guy go through yet another catastrophe. Unfortunately, he dealt with his grief through denial for a good chunk of the episode, getting false hope through a teenager dressing up as the Black Canary in Star City. The premise felt silly at times, but again, it served a purpose to give Quentin and Oliver great emotional moments together. Of course, because of the teen's crusading, the mayor, Ruve Adams, deciding to send out another arrest warrant for the vigilantes. I'm very tired of this particular story line, so I sure hope that it dies down over the next episode or two. I don't condone Diggle's actions against Adams in the episode, but man do I hate her. Just the fact that she's smiling when there's a gun pointed at her head and she's so bloody confident about everything. I can't stand her.

As well as the episode was acted at times, I also think there were some botched aspects as well. I understand why Quentin would think his daughter would be alive because he's not in the right state of mind, but it just seemed weird that the rest of the team even considered the idea. I don't know, it just felt strange. Also, I didn't feel any emotional connection to the flashback scenes. It was interesting that they chose to use Tommy's death as a focus rather than Sara's. I felt like if they were to have a funeral for Sara and Laurel be juxtaposed with each other, it could have given Laurel and Quentin material together, instead of Oliver and Laurel. Laurel and her father didn't get to have a closing moment together, and that could have been the time to do it.

I did however, buy into the fact that Felicity and Diggle were feeling a certain amount of guilt over her death. Even though it seemed like Diggle may have gotten over it by the end of the episode, I can't help but think he still may walk away from the team by the end of the season. Felicity also had a few nice moments with the group, finishing with her plea to Oliver in the limo to kill Darhk. We've seen the scene before, but now we finally know it was about Darhk after all. Wasn't it a little weird to see Barry speeding off though, considering the point we are in Flash right now? The CW with their confusing timelines…

Overall, it was a solid episode with plenty of emotional moments to keep the episode afloat, even if other things were definitely botched. Plus, it's always nice seeing Nyssa pop up again. Heading into the final 4 episodes, I think the show is on the right track, just keep your foot on the gas.

+Highly emotional


+Team going through guilt



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