Interesting thread…I especially liked this reply, which kind of mirrors my own feelings:
See, I didn’t mind that they had someone confront Laurel about her shifting of blame, but I feel like they used the wrong catalyst for that conversation. Laurel isn’t in the wrong to hold a few grudges, but she HAS reached the point where she’s also throwing shade at people for things that aren’t their fault. She needed to be called on it, but if they were going to have Oliver or Sara do it, then it shouldn’t have occurred in the context of Oliver & Sara defending a pretty disrespectful relationship.
Ultimately, Oliver & Sara DID screw Laurel over, badly. We know he knows that, it was years ago, and he’s been apologetic about it before. He’s also not WITH Laurel anymore. So, y’know, I could see this conversation unfolding if she’d laid into him for being with virtually anyone else. But just because you’ve genuinely regretted cheating on your then-girlfriend with her sister (& are now single & available) doesn’t mean you’re free to take up with that sister later. You can’t demand someone put things behind them when you drag those things back into the present.
I still really liked the apology speech Laurel gave Sara. Under other circumstances, it could have been perfect. They’ve both hurt each other, & while Sara was originally the more obvious aggressor, sibling forgiveness tends to involve both parties apologizing. Plus, that speech really highlighted one of Laurel’s deeper issues with regard to feeling unloved. She shouldn’t be at the point where she’s afraid a family member could stop loving her; she isn’t remotely close to being a bad enough person to need to fear that. But I think this is part of the scar left by both Oliver & Sara’s original betrayal & the way her family fell apart when Sara ‘died’.