I just wanted to say a few words about the scene in 610 when Felicity recited that line from Bull Durham.
Oliver had come back to the Bunker, frustrated and a little pissed off that Cayden and all his cohorts got away. “Everybody got away,” he barked out.
Felicity immediately stepped up to the plate. Because he was out there on his own, her husband had been stymied by the bad guys and he was really in need of a hug. She sensed this the moment he came into the Bunker. She understood what he needed and she squashed any angst or brooding he wanted to take on.
So when Felicity brought up Bull Durham, I thought of how great the similarity was in the movie and in the show. Susan Sarandon was Felicity and Felicity was Susan Sarandon. In the movie, Tim Robbins benefited by her guiding light, one that helped him believe he was a good pitcher. Sarandon believed in him. He was a baseball hero to her. In Arrow, Felicity is the guiding light. She believes in Oliver. He is a hero to her as well. She understands that sometimes they just need to take a step back, regroup and wait for the right pitch to swing at.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose—and sometimes it rains.”
Oliver knew the line. Which brings to me a head cannon that Bull Durham must have been a movie they watched together, perhaps in Ivy Town or at the Loft. I can see them curled up on the couch for movie night. Oliver would have made something delicious for dinner. Afterwards, they shared a big bowl of popcorn and watched said movie. When it was over, they went upstairs and…
Sorry, I digress. When they spoke the ‘sometimes it rains’ line together, I saw Oliver relax as Felicity’s calming influence softened him up. He let go of his disappointment and took that moment to be comforted by his wife. It was a small moment, but it was everything that makes them work so well together. They were soul mates reaching out to each other. It was the light of love and understanding illuminating the newly de-bugged Bunker.
It also made me want to re-watch Bull Durham, a movie I haven’t seen in over 20 years. Well down writers.
I was also
reminded of the scene at the end of the crossover in Season 4 when Felicity
told Oliver she didn’t know enough about sports to offer up any sports
references. Then she climbed down to him and cuddling ensued.
Good times. You know, these two almost act like they’re married. Oh wait…they are, aren’t they? Just checking to see if everyone is paying attention.