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Steven Culp on "Arrow"

Episode: Suicidal Tendencies

"ARROW" - "Suicidal Tendencies" (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) --- DIGGLE MARRIES LYLA; THE SUICIDE SQUAD RIDES AGAIN It's celebration time as Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) get married. However, Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe) interrupts their honeymoon and tells them the Suicide Squad has been given a new mission rescue United States Senator Joseph Cray (guest star Steven Culp) from a hostage situation in the Republic of Kasnia. Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) breaks down the mission and introduces them to the newest member of the Suicide Squad, Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick). Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) learns about Ray's new Atom costume and the two have a heated stand-off. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Ray hit a rough patch.

Jesse Warn directed the episode; it was written by Keto Shimizu (#317). Original airdate 3/25/2015.

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Summarizing thoughts of the storyline Steven's character was involved with

(, by Andrew Steinbeiser)

Waller tells them that Task Force X must extract a U.S. Senator who's being held hostage by from Kasnian terrorists. [...]

Once In Kasnia, the Squad approaches a hospital holding the hostages. [...]

Back in Kasnia, the Squad finds the senator and the other hostages. The Senator start panicking though, and says that they weren't supposed to be saved by the Squad. The Senator then pulls out a gun and points it at Deadshot. Cupid saves Deadshot's life, but he's still hit in a non-lethal area. [...]

The senator reveals that the entire hostage scenario was a set-up. He staged the ordeal to boost his profile and appeal for an eventual Presidential candidacy. Lyla discovers that the hospital is rigged with timed explosives, and will blow at any moment. [...]

Back in Kasnia, an ARGUS support team get the upper on the Senator, but the Senator still has an instant detonator for the building's bomb. Everyone puts their weapons down, but the Senator notices that Deadshot is missing. On cue, Headshot shoots the detonator out of the Senator's hand. With his leverage gone, the Senator and his goons are quickly foiled by the Squad. Everyone flees the building, except Deadshot. He sticks round to provide cover as they reach safety.

(, by Misha Davenport)

Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai Robinson) has assembled the squad as Senator Joseph Cray (Steven Culp) has been kidnapped. Lyla has been assigned to rescue him along with the rest of the members of the squad. [...] The squad is approaching the compound where the Senator is being held. John wants to enter stealthly to keep the collateral damage low. Lyla tells him their mission is to rescue the Senator. The rest of the hostages aren't U.S. citizens. [...]

The squad begins their assault on the compound. They attempt to rescue the Senator and after they have killed all the kidnappers, the Senator pulls a gun on Lyla. It was all planned by the Senator. He opens fire on the squad. Deadshot pushes Cupid out of harms way. Looks like someone just gained himself a stalker.

The Senator hijacks the squad's radio frequency (so they can't radio for extraction). He planned all of this to make himself look like a real American hero. Seems the Senator is thinking about running for president and an incident like this will send his polls skyrocketing. Assuming none of the squad makes it out alive to tell otherwise, of course. Or any of the other hostages. He plans on killing them all. [...]

The compound is now under seige by the Senator's mercenaries. They have rigged the place with explosives and plan to kill the squad and all the hostages. Deadshot insists they are going to make it out alive along with the hostages. [...]

At the compound, the Senator is apologizing to the hostages he's going to kill. Heck of a guy. The Diggles and Cupid storm the room and kill many of the mercenaries. The Senator threatens to blow everyone up. He wants to be president for the legacy and dying a hero is just as good. The three disarm. The Senator realizes one of the squad is missing. Deadshot lives up to his name: taking out all of the mercenaries and shooting the detonator out of the Senator's hand.

Cupid and the Diggles get the hostages to safety. [...]

Back stateside, Diggle watches the news. The Senator has bribed all the former hostages and pinned the whole thing on Deadshot.

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