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Season 1 episodes (23)
In the series premiere, billionaire Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years and adopts the persona of Arrow to fight crime.
2 Honor Thy Father
Oliver heads to the courthouse to get his death certificate repealed and is pleasantly surprised to run into Laurel, who is there prosecuting Martin Somers (guest star TY OLSSON), a criminal with ties to the Chinese Triad. Recognizing Martin's name from his father's book, Oliver sets his sights on taking him down. Martin orders the Triad to "take care of" Laurel so they send their top mercenary -- China White (guest star KELLY HU) -- after her, an act that culminates in a battle between Arrow and China White. Meanwhile, Moira and Walter (guest star COLIN SALMON) ask Oliver to take over the company.
3 Lone Gunmen
Oliver is surprised when someone shoots and kills one of his targets. As his plan is to bring people to justice vs. outright killing them, Oliver doesn't appreciate the help and searches for the gunman. He soon learns that the man, Deadshot (guest star MICHAEL ROWE), is taking out businessmen who are scheduled to bid at an auction on an energy company and Walter is one of the bidders. Realizing he can't protect his family and stop Deadshot at the same time, Oliver enlists Detective Lance's help, but his plan has dire consequences. Meanwhile, Laurel and Tommy get caught in an awkward situation with Oliver.
4 An Innocent Man
Oliver still hasn't figured out how to get back in Laurel's good graces, but a late night bonding session with Thea gives him the inspiration he needs. Looking into a suspicious murder case, Oliver realizes an innocent man, Peter Declan (guest star LANE EDWARDS), was framed by one of the targets on his list. As Arrow, he asks Laurel to help prove Declan's innocence. Meanwhile, Walter asks one of his employees, Felicity Smoak (guest star EMILY RICKARDS), to look into a $2.6 million withdrawal that Moira made without his knowledge.
After Detective Lance arrests Oliver for murder, Oliver tells Moira that the only lawyer he'll allow to represent him is Laurel. Laurel takes the case, which puts her at odds with her father. Oliver offers to take a polygraph in front Detective Lance but things get tense when Lance asks him if anyone else was on the island with him. Oliver flashes back to the island, when he got his first scar, courtesy of DC villain Deathstroke (guest star JEFFREY ROBINSON).
A gang of bank robbers, dubbed The Royal Flush Gang, hits a local bank and seriously wounds an off-duty police officer during a heist. Diggle tells Oliver he needs to deviate from his father's list and start helping the citizens of Starling City. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Thea for relationship advice, but things get awkward when she realizes he was asking about Laurel. Moira confronts Oliver about all of his recent disappearances in the middle of family functions.
7 Muse of Fire
The Huntress rides into Starling City and heats things up with Oliver. When Oliver encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli (guest star JESSICA DeGOUW), daughter of mob boss Frank Bertinelli (guest star JEFFREY NORDLING), he feels he can finally be himself -- but soon comes to realize she's hiding dangerous secrets of her own. Helena is on her own personal mission of vengeance and Oliver is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Tommy is blindsided by an unfortunate turn of events and turns to Laurel for support.
As Oliver and Helena grow closer, Oliver trains her to be his ally, complete with showing her how to use a crossbow. Diggle disapproves of Oliver sharing his secret with Helena as he's not sure she can be trusted, but Oliver refuses to listen to his concerns. When Helena's quest for revenge proves to be too strong for Oliver to handle, she kills the head of the Triad and all hell breaks loose.
9 Year's End
Oliver discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira and Thea stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Laurel to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister's Sara's birthday and she needs to be with her father. Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn't sure her father is ready for that.
Oliver's confidence is shaken after being beaten by the Dark Archer and he takes a break from being Arrow. However, when Laurel calls Arrow for help investigating a firefighter's suspicious death, he reluctantly agrees... but his hesitance while fighting almost costs him his life. Meanwhile, Tommy throws a benefit for the firefighters and Thea tries to lift her mother out of her depressive state.
11 Trust But Verify
The next person on Arrow's list is Diggle's commanding officer and mentor from Afghanistan, Ted Gaynor (guest star BEN BROWDER). Oliver suspects Ted is responsible for recent armored truck robberies, but Diggle defends Ted and takes a job at Ted's security company to keep an eye on him. Oliver decides to make a move on Ted, putting him at odds with Diggle. Meanwhile, Thea suspects that Moira is having an affair with Malcolm (guest star JOHN BARROWMAN); and Tommy and Laurel have an awkward dinner with him.
Thea finds herself in trouble with the police after she gets caught using a drug called "Vertigo." Oliver thinks the only way to keep her out of jail is to find the dealer -- a man who goes by the name of "The Count" (guest star SETH GABEL). Oliver turns to an old flame, and current vice cop, McKenna Hall (guest star JANINA GAVANKAR), for help. Meanwhile, Laurel steps in to defend Thea, and Felicity gives Oliver some disturbing news about Moira.
Recently released from prison, nefarious criminal Cyrus Vanch (guest star DAVID ANDERS) intends to re-secure his position as leader of Starling City's underworld. His first step is to take down his biggest opponent in the city -- Arrow. Meanwhile, Oliver shows Moira his father's notebook and questions her about the names on the list. Thea is miserable as she starts her internship with Laurel at the legal aid office; and Detective Lance makes a deadly mistake that puts Laurel in the crosshairs of Vanch.
14 The Odyssey
After Oliver is shot, he turns to a surprising person for help -- Felicity. Diggle is stunned when he sees Felicity walk through the front door of the lair dragging a dying Oliver behind her, and the two team up to save Oliver's life. As Oliver hovers between life and death, he flashes back to a seminal event on the island -- a daring escape attempt with his new friend Slade Wilson (guest star MANU BENNETT -- Spartacus).
Felicity tells Oliver he's all work and no play, so he asks Detective McKenna Hall on a date. A jewel thief named Dodger (guest star JAMES CALLIS) hits Starling City and targets someone very close to Oliver. Meanwhile, while working with Laurel, Thea gets her purse stolen by a very fast pickpocket named Roy Harper (guest star COLTON HAYNES). And Moira makes a move against Malcolm.
16 Dead To Rights
Oliver and Diggle learn that Deadshot (MICHAEL ROWE) is still alive -- and his next target is Malcolm. Malcolm invites Tommy to attend a benefit honoring Malcolm for his work with Starling City -- but Tommy refuses to attend. Oliver encourages his friend to mend his relationship with his father while he can. Meanwhile, Oliver struggles to balance his new relationship with McKenna with his duties as Arrow.
17 The Huntress Returns
With his nightclub set to open and a new romance brewing with McKenna, Oliver is as happy as he's been since returning to Starling City. But when Oliver's ex, Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress, suddenly returns to town, she threatens to destroy everything and everyone he cares about. Meanwhile, Laurel and her father struggle with the return of Laurel's mother, Dinah Lance (guest star ALEX KINGSTON), who claims she has proof Sara is still alive. Thea gets Roy Harper a job at Oliver's club, but he's not too inclined to stop his life of crime. Oliver and Tommy are thrilled they were able to get EDM megastar STEVE AOKI (guest starring as Himself) to play at the opening of their new nightclub, Verdant.
An angry resident of The Glades who calls himself "The Savior" (guest star CHRISTOPHER REDMAN) embarks on a kidnapping and killing spree to punish those he believes have wronged the residents of his neighborhood. To make things worse, he broadcasts these murders online and claims he was inspired by Arrow's vigilantism. Oliver is horrified by this statement and vows to stop "The Savior," but his manhunt in intensified after Thea comes to him in tears and tells him Roy has been kidnapped. Laurel is surprised when her father starts to believe her mother's claim that Sara is still alive. Meanwhile, Malcolm tells Moira to find the person responsible for his attempted murder.
19 Unfinished Business
When a young woman meets a violent death after partying at Verdant, Detective Lance and his partner, Detective Hilton (guest star ROGER CROSS) inform Oliver and Tommy that she was on the drug Vertigo. Oliver immediately pays a visit to the mental institution where The Count (guest star SETH GABEL) is locked up, but finds he is in no condition to deal drugs. However, when The Count escapes and Starling City is flooded with even more Vertigo-related violence, Oliver and Diggle make it their mission to track him down. After Detective Lance uncovers incriminating evidence against him, Tommy goes to great lengths to clear his name, and the fallout from his actions leads Tommy down a new, unexpected path. In a flashback to the island, Oliver recalls the lessons he learned from Slade and Shado (guest star CELINA JADE).
20 Home Invasion
Deadshot returns to Starling City after taking down a U.S. Ambassador and six others overseas. By keeping tabs on A.R.G.U.S.'s manhunt for the assassin, Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity learn that a sting operation is underway to capture Deadshot -- alive. Diggle is determined to see his brother's killer dead, with or without Ollie's help. Meanwhile, Laurel takes drastic steps to protect a young witness, exacerbating friction between Tommy and Oliver. Later, Roy Harper unconventionally pursues all leads to find his new hero, but runs afoul of Detective Lance. Back on the island, Oliver recalls how Shado helped him incrementally gain confidence with a bow and hit the target for the first time.
21 The Undertaking
Finding it difficult to mend fences with Tommy and Diggle, Oliver instead focuses on crossing another name off the list. While digging through a crooked accountant's laptop, Felicity discovers a transaction that could help Oliver find Walter. To reconfirm the lead, Oliver gambles that Felicity can be counted on in the field for the first time. In a flashback, Malcolm reveals to Robert Queen (guest star JAMEY SHERIDAN) and Frank Chen (guest star CHIN HAN) painful details surrounding his wife's murder, and how that shaped his plans for the Glades. Meanwhile, Tommy stuns Laurel with the truth.
22 Darkness on the Edge of Town
With the Undertaking days away, Malcolm dons his black hood to conclude business with seismologist Dr. Brion Markov (guest star ERIC FLOYD) and his team. Oliver and Moira entertain a number of surprise -- and mostly unwelcome -- visitors. Hooded confrontations at home and the Meryln Global Group reveal dark secrets. Meanwhile, Roy and Thea are still looking out for a hero. Laurel makes a decision after Tommy's revelation. In a flashback to the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado struggle to prevent Fyers (guest star SEBASTIAN DUNN) from shooting a Ferris Air jet out of the sky.
Heroes are forged and sacrifices made in this epic season finale as Oliver and Diggle race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades. However, they run into a roadblock after Detective Lance picks up Felicity for questioning. Tommy and Oliver's already tumultuous relationship takes a turn for the worse after Oliver makes a confession about Laurel. After hearing of the danger in The Glades, Thea races to find Roy, inadvertently putting herself directly in the line of fire for Malcolm's devious plan. On the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado are locked in a life-or-death struggle against Edward Fyers (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN DUNN) as his missiles lock on a full Ferris Air jetliner.
About this show
Reinventing the DC Comics character, the Arrow is not a superhero … but a hero – every bit as dangerous as the criminals he's hunting. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this action series.
Action & adventure
Ratings and reviews
Daniel “Knightmare” Knight
March 25, 2015
I was hyped up when I heard about the show for the first time. Being a long standing Hawkeye (Marvel) fan and Green Arrow (DC) fan, this show was something I had long waited for. Moving along, however, this show has been one of the most tantalizing shows on television for me, and as someone who rarely ever sits down to watch a movie much less a television show, the fact that this shoe has had me glued to the television every Wednesday since it started is amazing. Stephen Amell does a phenominal job at portray Oliver Queen in a real modern world scenario. The show puts a real world spin on the comic universe and brings it to the forefront of what the complications of being a hero in the modern world WOULD be like. The fact that the show incorporates action, drama, comedy, and adventure all into 1 hour a week, and keeps viewers coming back to see what's next is, in my personal opinion, a very successful television show. I can foresee this show running for quite some time, and being the one thing DC has put out, that will hold some weight against Marvel. I look forward to the rest of Season 3 and the upcoming episode where Atom and Arrow face off. Love the show.
705 people found this review helpful
July 12, 2017
Liked the show a lot, and watched all five seasons on Netflix. Also like the flashbacks and the action scenes are good. However, sometimes to much time is spent in talking about drama, and Prometheus, should've had a better motivation to destroy Oliver. However, the show is good and my favorite character was Slade Wilson, or Death stroke played by Manu. Can't wait to see how season 6 will unfold, especially since all the flashbacks are done.
July 14, 2021
Arrow will be missed by all, but I guess like all good things must come to and end. Maybe one more time as the Specter. Gustin's on about his way out, if he dose it would open up many things. The Wonder Twins, and don't forget about the monkey at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths , that in its self is an Easter egg....