Season 2 Episode 17

Birds of Prey

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 2014 on The CW
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The Huntress returns to town to kill her father, who has been arrested. Oliver promises Sara that he'll stop his ex-girlfriend. However, when Huntress takes a courthouse hostage, including Laurel, Sara steps in. Meanwhile, Roy realizes the cost he must pay to keep Thea safe.

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  • Glamorous episode.

    I love Helena so much - she is a face I never am tired of seeing, and I really hope this isn't her final appearance on the show. I wish she had at least been the one to kill her father - she deserved that much - I can't understand how Oliver can justify Diggle wanting to put a bullet in Deadshot when Helena's not allowed to do the same thing. The circumstances are identical, and I think they handled Frank's death poorly.

    Nonetheless, I loved the episode because Helena brings so much to the table and she really is so much more interesting than quite a few more regular fixtures.

    Laurel's way back into her job was a little unrealistic to say the least - plus I can't believe she didn't recognise her own sister in that disguise. Oliver's disguise is bad enough, but Sara has basically her entire face exposed - she is so easily recognisable...

    Aside from those couple of hitches, loved the episode. I give any episode with Helena in it a 10 automatically, even though it did have some flaws, but I hope the story keeps progressing nicely.

    Disappointed in the Thea/Roy situation also - they're so cute together... but REALLY excited to see what Slade has in mind!moreless
  • Great episode with so much happening

    Great episode with so much happening and a great cliffhanger ending.
  • Seriously?

    A big crime boss and the police decide to use him as a trap for the vigilantes? He has been alluding the police forever, but getting the vigilantes is more important to them, plus a DA that will happily hire you if you blackmail her, in fact, she is impressed!... No wonder Sterling City is overrun with crooks :)
  • Lance sisters for the bore

    This episode concentrated on the lance sisters, individually and also their relationship. It's a pity that Sara and laurel are the show's most boring characters and weakest actresses. Laurel's drinking problem showed just a shade of an character but I guess now we are back to her being the self-righteousness personified.

    If the Lance sisters decided to take a year long vacation together and then never came back I wouldn't mourn them one bit.

    Thanks heaven for Felicity and Digggle.

    I care much more about Thea and Roy and the mess Oliver sent them into in his attempt to protect his family. It is said how he is unknowingly playing right into Slade's hand while thinking he is doing the right thing. I know his intentions are good but I hope once Thea finds out she kicks his ass for lying and manipulating Roy. I really liked how Thea was aware of what Roy is doing. She could actually be an asset I think, once she is in the know. She is smart and takes no sh*t.

  • Adventure Finally!

    It's always changing things to keep it interesting!
Jessica De Gouw

Jessica De Gouw

Helena Bertinelli/Huntress

Guest Star

Jeffrey Nordling

Jeffrey Nordling

Frank Bertinelli

Guest Star

Artine Brown

Artine Brown


Guest Star

Caity Lotz

Caity Lotz

Black Canary

Recurring Role

Dylan Bruce

Dylan Bruce

Adam Donner

Recurring Role

Chelah Horsdal

Chelah Horsdal

Kate Spencer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Although the college student driving the rental claims that he's just a clueless pawn, and Felicity seems to confirm that... no one wonders why he has a gun or points out that he shot Roy.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Black Canary: He shot you.
      Quentin: And I'm still here, ain't I? Just next time, show a little restraint.
      Black Canary: That was me showing restraint.

    • Diggle: Helena Bertinelli, daughter of Mafia boss Frank Bertinelli.
      Felicity: Or as I like to call her, Oliver's psycho ex-girlfriend hellbent on revenge against her father.
      Sara: Ex-girlfriend?
      Oliver: That's what you took from that sentence?

    • Roy: She's been busy.
      Felicity: If by "busy," you mean torturing and killing Mafiosos that might know where her father is.

    • Felicity: According to the SCPD, the guy that gave Helena a ride into town is a 22-year-old poli sci major at SCU, and a member of Gamma Tau, which totally explains the "I didn't know I didn't know I was aiding and abetting a known felon" thing. Anyone with boobs can get a frat boy to do anything.
      Oliver: I was a frat boy.
      Felicity: I rest my case.

    • Sara: What do you guys think?
      Felicity: I think if the Huntress shows up, you should totally kick her ass.

    • Arrow: I don't want you engaging Helena.
      Black Canary: What, are you afraid of what she'll do... or what I'll do?
      Arrow: Sara, you're not a killer.
      Black Canary: I am what I need to be.

    • Laurel: You don't have to do this, Helena. It's not too late.
      Huntress: Yes, I do. Because once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.

    • Kate Spencer: I have to say, I m impressed. I would have thought blackmail was a little dark for you.
      Laurel: Someone recently told me, once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Susanna Thompson is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Birds of Prey
      In the comics, the Birds of Prey first appeared in1996 in the Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey one-shot, created by Chuck Dixon. Over the years those two heroines plus Huntress have formed the core of the group, which consists primarily of female members as well as male heroes with bird-like names. The series served as the basis for a WB TV series.

    • Injoke: The reference to "Gail Street & Simone" is to comic book writer Gail Simone, who wrote many of the Birds of Prey comics.

    • In the comics, Bruno Mannheim is a leader of Intergang, a major criminal organization that seeks to dominate Metropolis. He later swears his allegiance to Darkseid and becomes a devotee of the legendary Crime Bible.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: April 10, 2014, on Sky1
      Norway: May 6, 2014 on TV2 Zebra
      Finland: July 3, 2014 on Sub


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