Original Airdate: 03/27/2013
Written by: Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle
Directed by: Nick Copus
Starring: Stephen Amell (as Oliver Queen/Arrow), Katie Cassidy (as Laurel Lance), Colin Donnell (as Tommy Merlyn), David Ramsey (as John Diggle), Willa Holland (as Thea Queen), Susanna Thompson (as Moira Queen), Paul Blackthorne (as Quentin Lance)
Guest Stars: Alex Kingston (as Dinah Lance), Manu Bennett (as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke), Byron Mann (as Yao Fei), Celina Jade (as Shado), Sebastian Dunn (as Edward Fyers), Chin Han (as Frank Chen), Peter Benson (as Gavin Carnahan), Christopher Redman (as the Savior), Emily Bett Rickards (as Felicity Smoak), Colton Haynes (as Roy Harper), John Barrowman (as Malcolm Merlyn)
First Appearances: Gavin Carnahan, the Savior
– The Season 9 premiere of Smallville was titled “Savior,” and the finale for that season was “Salvation.”
– Another Smallville connection: Drew Z. Greenberg and Wendy Mericle both wrote episodes of that WB/CW series.
– Dinah Lance mentions Central City and says something about being there “in a flash.” Central City is the home to The Flash in DC Comics, and in another coincidence, Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, first appeared in Flash Comics.
On the island, Fyers agrees to give Oliver and Slade a boat in exchange for the circuit board. To the exchange, Fyers brings his backup, Yao Fei, and Shado, who frees herself after Fyers threatens to kill her unless Oliver abides by the deal. A fight ensues, and Yao Fei is left behind. When Oliver, Slade, and Shado return to the hideout, the circuit board is gone; Fyers didn’t intend to hold up his end. Now the missiles are ready to launch, but Shado knows details of Fyers’ plan.
As Oliver is literally hanging around in the base, he learns that John Nickel, a slumlord, is getting away with his crimes. The hood sneaks into Nickel’s home, but finds that someone kidnapped him. Over dinner, Diggle and Oliver discuss how Oliver is still “living on an island” after eight months. Everyone’s phone begins buzzing from a live feed of Nickel being interrogated and shot by “the Savior,” who is trying to clean up the Glades.
Dinah and Quentin continue searching for Sarah, leading Laurel to track down the woman in the picture; it’s not Sarah. Dinah is still convinced Sarah is alive and decides to leave Starling City. Moira meets with Frank Chen and assures him of Malcolm’s obliviousness to their part in his failed assassination. Malcolm later informs Moira that a Triad member was arrested and is willing to talk. As Moira tells Frank she ratted him out, the Dark archer murders Frank.
Felicity tracks down the Savior, who now had ADA Gavin Carnahan hostage. Oliver follows Felicity’s directions, leaping tall buildings and sliding over car hoods, but comes up empty as the signal jumps around. Carnahan is killed. Thea visits Roy’s, but is knocked out as he is kidnapped. Diggle figures out that the Savior uses subway lines to move around. The Hood stops the Savior and saves Roy, who swipes a piece of the arrow. Oliver realizes that the circle glyph in his father’s book matches the subway lines near the Glades.
Diggle: Oliver, you’ve been spending a lot of time under that hood these past weeks.
Oliver: Keeps my ears warm. … Think I’m losing my grip?
Diggle: No, the opposite really. You seem calm, really calm.
Felicity: Oliver, no offense, but I don’t tell you how to sharpen your arrows.
Oliver: This wasn’t your fault.
Felicity: I was the one who was supposed to find Carnahan. I was the one who sent you to the bogus location. I’ve never seen any one die.
Oliver: This is the thing with what we do. Sometimes we lose.
Felicity: Maybe it’s better being alone. I’m not seeing anyone currently, but if I were, I don’t know how I would tell him about today.
Slade: Well, I wouldn’t be [honest], but this one’s [Oliver] got some strange hang-up about principles.
Laurel: How did you know Sarah had her hat with her on the boat?
Dinah: I saw her.
Quentin: What do you mean?
Dinah: I came home early that day, and I saw her, Sarah. I saw her put the hat in a bag. She was packing.
Quentin: You knew she was going with him?
Dinah: I told her not to. I told her not to do this, not to you, but she said she was in love and had to follow her heart even when nobody thought she was right, just like I told her I once did, so I let her go. I killed her. I killed my daughter.
Oliver (to Felicity): By the way, if you ever need to tell someone about your day, you can tell me.
Laurel: Bad boys, hook you every time. …
Oliver: You all right? You seem like you’re something other than all right.
Laurel: My mom, she showed up in town this week. She had this crazy idea that Sarah was still alive. She was so sure of it that she kind of had me believing it also. But Sarah’s gone. I can’t believe she sucked me in like that. …
Oliver: Do you want to have dinner or coffee? I don’t know.
Oliver: I don’t want to be on an island anymore.