Superheroes might rule the CW, but the network has never stopped giving audiences the juicy drama they crave. In an upcoming episode of Arrow, titled “Underneath,” the series will finally dive deep into the lingering, leftover tension between Oliver (Stephen Amell), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), and their nuclear breakup that happened last year during the show’s divisive fourth season.
In a conversation with TVLine, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said “Underneath,” which will air on May 3, will “basically deal with the consequences” of Oliver and Felicity ending their engagement which happened in the Season 4 episode “Taken.” “They never really had a full-on discussion or exploration of why that breakup happened,” the producer said. “Felicity just sort of reached her breaking point and walked out the door.”
Guggenheim wasn’t being figurative, by the way; Felicity literally walked out of Oliver’s door after Curtis Holt’s tech to cure her paralysis kicked in, which fans on Reddit thought was unintentionally hysterical. There was also an earlier episode this season, “Human Target,” where Oliver and Felicity opened up about their past. But, it was quickly swept aside for the plot to move forward.
“This is definitely an examination of the state of their breakup,” Guggenheim told TVLine. “It comes out of the events of [episode] 519 and, quite frankly, all the other episodes that led up to it. Something happens in 519 that really tees up this conversation.”
Episode 519, “Dangerous Liasions,” which as far as we can tell isn’t an adaptation of the Glenn Close movie, will air on April 26. “Underneath” will air the week after on May 3.