Last season we had Laurel, the old girlfriend from *before*. Laurel is now friendzoned by way of "It's way too damn complicated". This season, it looks like we're playing the Olicity angle. Okay. I like Felicity. She color-coordinates well and she gets good lines, insofar as there are good lines in the thing. She's also cute and has more than three facial expressions. I would be rooting for Olicity except that she is so clearly an entire target demographic's stand-in that it pains me to do so. I feel like my media-savvy chops require me to resist being pandered to so obviously. (But still. Felicity deserves Oliver. They should totally be doing it. Look. I'm media-savvy, not made of stone.)
So this season, Oliver has Isabel, a chick who is his 'partner' in Queen Consolidated (Oliver's family's business). She was trying for a leveraged buyout or whatever and didn't quite manage it, so she is now partners with Oliver. Fair enough. Isabel is sorta-hostile regarding Our Hero, but apparently not hostile enough to stay out of the sack with him, as we saw (tastefully) in this episode. Given the entire lack of boning scenery (There was not even shirtlessness, ffs. We see more Oliver nudity in the club basement than we saw during this hookup.) it's pretty clear that the point of this episode was not voyeuristic entertainment (I feel moved yet again to point out that this show is totally not above voyeuristic entertainment. They hired a guy who's built like a brick shithouse to portray Our Hero and they're not afraid to use him. Yay.) but rather to beat up the Felicity/Oliver dynamic in a way that I find kind of offensive.
Oliver bangs Isabel in Russia (they're in Russia this episode) more or less right under Felicity's nose and then has the unmitigated gall (is there ever 'mitigated gall'? Anyone ever see that used? Gall is apparently *always* unmitigated.) to tell her that it "didn't mean anything" and that "because of the life he leads, he doesn't feel he can ethically pursue a more-meaningful relationship with someone he could actually care about (with meaningful glance aimed directly at Felicity's heart)." (I am paraphrasing.) Felicity then says she thinks he "deserves better".
This is bullshit writing of the sort I will accept from fanfic authors because they're, like, twelve. Where I come from, actual writers-for-television are held to a higher standard than fanfic authors.
Because apparently the writers-for-television are unable to provide Oliver with Better Responses to Felicity's "Why did you sleep with her, besides the obvious leggy model reasons?" question, I have provided some below...
1. "Isn't that reason enough?"
2. "Stress relief."
3. "We couldn't figure out the hotel's wifi."
4. "She said she didn't have a gag reflex and I couldn't let that statement go unchallenged."
5. "Stock options."
6. "She reminds me of Laurel."
7. "Have you seen that ass? Seriously, Felicity, you need your eyes checked."
8. "Boredom. And vodka."
9. "That's an interesting question, Felicity. Here's another: What grounds do you have to question
But no, we didn't get any of those gems. We got "B/c of Life I Lead, I Don't Deserve A Good Woman (like you)." ARGH. Writers, you suck. You suck a lot.