After his dismal encounter with the Dark Archer, “Arrow” hero Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is feeling less than confident about his future as a vigilante — and in the first episode of 2013, titled “Burned,” he hangs up his leather hood and makes like a civilian for a while.
Of course, Oliver can’t resist the call of fighting crime for long… especially when Laurel is the one dialing. When she calls (on his Arrow line, obviously) and asks for help with a case she’s working on, he’s pulled right back in to the madness. She’s looking into the suspicious death of a firefighter. But when Arrow faces the bad guy — Garfield Lynns (Andrew Dunbar) — he’s so unsure of his own fighting prowess that he nearly dies. It becomes clear that Oliver is going to have to get his groove back quickly… or everyone loses.
Meanwhile, Tommy throws a benefit for the surviving firefighters, while Thea does her best to cheer up mama Moira, who has fallen into a depression. Judging from these fresh new photos, we can also expect plenty of island flashbacks. (Is it just us, or is that shirt looking like it’s really starting to smell?)
Tune in Wednesday, January 16 at 8 p.m. EST.