This was a really interesting episode for the whole Ray, Felicity, Oliver triangle. There are a few things that were horribly problematic (like the fact that we glossed over Ray probably seriously injuring Roy, apparently it was an out of sight, out of mind kind of thing, because Felicity should have called his ass on the carpet for that and I’m not forgetting it) that for the purposes of this meta, I’m just not going there with how frustrated I am that certain people didn’t get a taking to (Inhale, exhale.)
The really big thing that I want to focus on Is again, Ray’s compatibility with Felicity. I’ve discussed this issue in depth before but now we are dealing with Ray and Felicity’s first big argument. And again, I believe that Ray got a lot of credit where it wasn’t due. This was all about trusting Felicity, her judgement, her beliefs, her skills and Ray just again sort of dismissed Felicity out of hand because of jealousy and his ideas about her loyalty. He told Oliver that she was obviously wrong about him because of her feelings for him when it was more like the reverse.
Despite the fact that she’s known Oliver longer Ray assumed because of Oliver’s time on the island, of course he knew better than Felicity what Oliver was capable of. (He also doubts Laurel’s opinion of Oliver as well, hypocritically because she’s a vigilante, but that’s neither here nor there.) In the end, though he realized he was wrong and that’s really what matters, right? Actually, that’s exactly the problem. Despite what he said in the end about trusting Felicity, the fact is, he didn’t and technically still doesn’t. It wasn’t her judgement he was trusting when he decided to stop going after Oliver, it was Oliver’s actions – not killing him when he had ample opportunity to do do so. Once again, Oliver trusted her judgement but Ray did not. Some would say that Oliver didn’t trust her either but let’s look at the sequence of events because he disagreed with her about Ray’s appropriateness in her life..
Ray confronts Felicity about Oliver and she explains that Oliver is no longer a killer. After speaking to both Felicity and Oliver and expressing the idea that Felicity’s emotions are clouding her judgement, Ray takes multiple steps to see that Oliver is arrested or apprehended.
Oliver confronts Ray, then confronts Felicity and after expressing the idea that Ray is too “untrained and unstable” just like him and their relationship will never work, Oliver takes steps that will help Ray resolve his issues with Felicity because Felicity chose Palmer.
Both of them had discussions with Felicity and both of them disagreed, but only Oliver took proactive steps to trust Felicity’s point of view. Oliver could have injured Ray more severely (using an arrow to the leg instead of a fletchette) proving his point that he’s too untrained or he could have told Ray that he didn’t deserve Felicity and he should stay away from her, instead he told him to just be with her and trust her judgement. That’s showing true faith in Felicity and her agency despite their differing idea and only Oliver actually takes that trusting action in this episode. (Some would say Oliver didn’t trust her agency because he says he can’t believe he can be in a relationship with her but that’s about how Oliver deals with being a vigilante - thinking he loses his focus, rather than Felicity being in danger)
Another thing I want to point out is the fact that despite saying he wanted a true partner in everything, Ray’s actions speak a different story. Not only did her not believe her about Oliver, consequently not trusting her judgement in the field, but he didn’t tell Felicity he got the suit working despite the fact that it’s been functional for at least two weeks and it happened with they culminated their relationship. Ray’s expressed the idea that he wants a partner in his life and his mission, but he obviously isn’t sharing pertinent details with someone he says he trusts completely.
@mylunarsolstice expressed the idea that Oliver would confront Felicity about the issue with Ray’s trust and although he confronts Ray, (Oliver did confront someone about the issue, it just wasn’t Felicity, and that made her more right than I was) I still believe that this is going to be an underlying issue with Ray and Felicity, because despite what he says, his action tell a different story. I really don’t think that the issue of Ray having faith in Felicity and her skills has been laid to rest quite yet. Ray is always going to know that he didn’t trust Felicity and he was wrong and Felicity is always going to know that it took proof for her to believe him and that kind of thing doesn’t go away easily. The foundation that Ray and Felicity are building already has a deep crack and this isn’t the first time (it’s is actually the fifth?) that Ray hasn’t just trusted Felicity and I think that’s going to be a hard habit to stop.