'Arrow': Who is Oracle in 'Birds of Prey'? Does Lance know the secret? Is Thea OK?

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While plenty of action occurred in the "Arrow" Season 2 episode, "Birds of Prey," several questions also need to be answered going forward.

Who is Oracle, if Canary and Huntress are already present? How did Officer Lance not notice Oliver answering the Arrow's phone? In how much danger is Thea, now that she is in Slade Wilson's clutches?

Keep reading for the answers.

There are three 'Birds of Prey,' not two

Traditionally, the Huntress and the Canary are only two of the three women who make up the Birds of Prey. So where was Oracle in this episode?

The answer is that she was there, just not entirely in on the action this time around. "Arrow" producers are saving that for later.

So who is she? In an answer that should please many fans, executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently hinted to reporters that Felicity Smoak is (as many guessed) Oracle.

"One of the thing we would love to do at some point is do an episode in which you've got Black Canary, Felicity and the Huntress working together," Guggenheim answered when asked about future Birds of Prey stories.

Sure, he didn't flat-out say that Felicity is definitely Oracle, but this hint combined with her computer skills make for a strong case.

Does Lance know who the Arrow is or not?

In "Birds of Prey," Oliver Queen just barely dodged a bullet when Lance dialed the number for the Hood ... and Oliver's phone rang. The secret vigilante did managed to cover it, but how many more near misses will it take before Lance puts two-and-two together?

Keep in mind that he knows all about Sara being the Canary -- and he knows how the Canary hangs with the Arrow. It isn't a great leap to figure out that the mysterious man could be Sara's boyfriend, Oliver. And it's not like Lance hasn't had his suspicions in the past.

Whatever the case, audiences are going to find out what Lance knows very soon. "Episode 19 pretty definitively answers that question, as far as Lance is concerned," Guggenheim said. "And the answer to that, I think, will surprise you."

Um, is Thea OK?

In the final moments of "Birds of Prey," poor, broken-hearted, confused Thea Queen got a ride "home" from Slade Wilson. There is no way that that can end well. Just how much danger is she in?

"I think she's in physical danger and emotional danger. Sort of the Sword of Damocles that's hanging over her in episode 18 -- it's a double-edged sword. It's both physical and emotional," Guggenheim hinted. "I will say that Thea learns something pretty massive in episode 18. And it will cause a tectonic shift in her relationship with Oliver."

The next few "Arrow" episodes (airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW) are going to be interesting.
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