04x13 - Sins of the Father

Previously on "Arrow"...

Oliver: Who's the blackmailer?

Roy: He calls himself the Calculator.

Felicity: Well, Calculator now has everything he needs to melt the Internet.

Oh, my God. Dad?

Taiana, I need to tell you something.

I killed your brother.

Thea!

What's happening?

It's the wound from Ra's.

If the life she owes doesn't come from taking others, it will come from the life of the host.

Thea, please don't go.

There's only one way to prevent that.

My father once told me of an elixir known as the Lotus, and I will freely give it to you on one condition.

I want you to kill Malcolm Merlyn.

If you cared about Thea, then curing her bloodlust wouldn't come with any conditions.

Thea is my sister-in-law.

You are my husband.

I'm not your husband.

But war does not know family bonds nor friendly sentiments.

Who are you at war with?

I just told you I want you to kill Malcolm Merlyn.

Try to guess.

Hey, hey.

If you have a problem with Malcolm Merlyn, deal with it yourself.

Do not involve me or my sister.

You put the Demon's Head ring on Malcolm's hand.

You--

You can't defeat him.

But you can. You have.

And that was before I knew that he was my sister's father.

So he dies so his child might live.

Didn't your father make a similar bargain?

I'm sorry, Oliver.

I would not resort to this if I had any other choice.

Nyssa, my sister is dying because of something that your father did.

I think you have every choice.

Thea is dying because of what her father did.

I am only following events to their inevitable conclusion.

♪ Arrow 4x13 ♪
Sins of the Father
Original Air Date on February 10, 2016

You know, it's strange, watching your baby girl drink coffee.

Yeah. It would probably be a little less strange if you'd seen your baby girl in the last 18 years.

You're right.

I don't suppose it helps if I say that I thought staying out of your life was the best thing for you.

I was protecting you and your mother.

You were protecting yourself.

You were wanted by the police, and you didn't want to go to jail.

That is why you stayed away.

And you know why the police were after me, the type of criminal I was?

Mom never went into detail.

I assume petty stuff.

Anything else requires commitment.

Well, I'm here now, and I want us to speak openly.

I'll answer any questions you have.

Ok. I just have one at the moment.

Why now?

I was doing a job for someone.

Almost got beat, almost.

My adversary had exceptional skills.

My curiosity piqued.

I investigated further.

Imagine what I discovered...

Overwatch.

Bye.

See you never.

Felicity, wait.

It is not what you think.

My employer, my work is hardly diabolical.

I'll be sure to tell that to my friend who you blackmailed.

Short-term legal mischief for long-term societal game.

Isn't that kind of hacktivism exactly what you did at MIT?

Is it really all that different from the vigilantism you practice today?

We are the same, you and I.

I am pretty sure that I didn't try to kill 8,000 people.

An empty threat, I swear to you.

I know I have no right.

I'm asking for a chance, a chance to prove to you that I'm not a bad guy and that I'm not a "bad guy."

What is that?

A record of some of the hacks I've done throughout the years.

I've selected ones that could be verified by news accounts so you know I'm telling the truth.

This is very simple for me, Felicity.

I want to be back in your life.

I know that doing that will require earning your trust back.

I hope this is a first step down that very long road.

So Nyssa's holding Thea's life hostage until you kill Malcolm Merlyn?

I would be surprised if she wasn't the daughter of the Demon.

That's not funny, John.

No, it's not. Thea's dying.

She has one, maybe two days, and if we can save her by killing the man that killed my sister, then how could you even think twice about that?

I'm not gonna defend Malcolm.

He orchestrated your sister's murder, he killed Tommy.

Nothing is ever gonna changed the fact that he is Thea's family.

I don't know how much you remember of my father, but he was not a good man, he threw in with Malcolm Merlyn, and all of that being said, there is nothing that I wouldn't do to have him back.

So you tell me how am I supposed to take that away from Thea?

But, Oliver, what's the difference if Thea dies?

It doesn't have to come to that, John.

There's more than one choice here.

Like what?

Diplomacy.

What does Nyssa want?

I mean, all Nyssa really wants is control of the League, so I need to convince Merlin to give her the ring, she gives us the cure, and no one has to die.

Laurel, can you convince Nyssa to go along with that?

Yeah. It's easier than talking Malcolm into it.

Well, let me worry about Malcolm.

I don't understand.

Why would you save me only to kill my brother?

Vlad attacked me.

Vlad would never do such a thing.

I was defending myself, and I did not know he was your brother.

Would that have made a difference?

I didn't have a choice.

There is always a choice.

I couldn't just let him kill me.

I'm done with you.

Taiana, I have something that Reiter wants.

Where did you get that?

It doesn't matter.

I think that we can use this against him.

I have a better idea.

Hey!

Hey, Tai--

Get Reiter.

Tell him I want to talk to him.

I have something that he wants.

Let me see if I've got this right.

There's a magic potion that could cure Thea's bloodlust that we've never heard of but Nyssa conveniently has.

I've been holding off telling you this for years, Oliver.

You're very handsome, not especially bright.

Bright enough to have checked.

It's called the Lotus.

Tatsu Yamashiro is part of the order who guards it--or did.

They gave it to Nyssa, and if we don't get her to give it to Thea now...

We're gonna lose her.

Even assuming such an elixir existed, even assuming Miss Yamashiro's order parted with it willingly, even assuming Nyssa Al Ghul's words could be trusted, then yes.

Of course I'd do anything to save my daughter, but none of that is true, Oliver.

Look. I appreciate you're trying to embrace a more optimistic viewpoint these days--

Malcolm, we're talking about your daughter.

Yes, and I need to do something to save her, and you need to stop wasting my time with Nyssa Al Ghul's games.

Man: We found her at the perimeter.

She claims to be a friend.

And she speaks the truth, at least until she defiled my beloved and stood idly by while I was left to rot in a dungeon.

Leave us.

Nyssa...

How is my beloved?

Sara's good. She's whole.

I think she's happy.

If you're here about Thea--

Nyssa, what are you doing?

Protecting my birthright.

By holding Thea's life hostage?

You say that as if she didn't fire the arrows that felled your sister.

You and I both know that wasn't her doing.

Yes. It was Malcolm Merlyn, and the time has come for recompense.

I will never forgive Merlyn for all the horrible things that he's done.

He's taken people, two very special people away from me.

Don't you think I want him dead?

Then why are you here?

Because if you want Merlyn dead, then you have to drive that sword, and if you can't or if you won't, then we'll need to negotiate a compromise.

You have my attention.

Oliver convinces Merlyn to give up the power, and you...

And you give us the cure.

I would accept those terms, but Merlyn never will.

Let us worry about that.

And by "us," you mean my husband?

Oliver's speaking with Merlyn right now, and Merlyn--he is a b*st*rd, but there is nothing that he wouldn't do to save his daughter.

I hope so because if he doesn't it won't just be Thea's life that is forfeit.

What do you mean?

There will be war, and the streets of your home will run red with the blood of our enemies, whomever they may be.

How'd it go with Merlyn?

Not good. Nyssa?

She brought an army, but if you get her the ring, she'll play ball.

We can get this done with no one getting hurt.

Everything all right?

No, not really. I mean, it's not great.

It's just not quite at the level of "my sister's on her deathbed" kind of bad, so...

What happened?

My dad came back.

John: And why is that a bad thing?

Well, it's an extremely long story, but you remember the superhacker who blackmailed Roy?

Same guy.

What?

Your father is...

Calculator. He showed up at my Palmer Tech presentation.

I had coffee with him yesterday, where he dropped the Calculator bomb on me.

John: And why would he do that?

Apparently now that he knows what I do, that we're both "vigilantes," we have something in common.

The sickest part is I want to believe him.

I wish there were some sort of test I could do that would prove that he is who he says he is.

A test is a good idea.

It's a good idea for you and for us.

I've got a way to bring Merlyn to the bargaining table.

I'm not usually one to be summoned by my prisoners.

I heard you had something for me.

Taiana, please. No.

I have something you want.

Let me out of this cage, and it's yours.

Show me what you have.

Magnificent.

Do we have a deal?

A deal?

You misunderstood.

It's mine either way.

Ohh!

I cannot stay here, Reiter.

This man killed my brother.

And you will continue to care for him as if he were your brother.

Mr. Queen is an important piece of my endeavor on this island.

You'll stay with him until he's well.

If his health gets worse, you'll join him in his fate.

Your left-side block is slow.

Your next opponent won't have my patience or my mercy.

Clearly you don't understand how this is supposed to work, my husband.

You were supposed to bring the Magician with you.

Well, I need something from you first-- proof that what you're offering is real.

A stalling tactic.

Al Sa-Her thinks me the fool or that you're one.

Or maybe he doesn't trust the woman trying to take the Demon's Head ring from him.

Can't imagine why.

Bring me a sample of the Lotus.

I recognize what you are doing.

Part of me even respects it, but the leadership of the League of Assassins is in the balance here.

It is naive to think this can be resolved without bloodshed.

This amount is not sufficient to cure her permanently, only to provide the assurance Merlyn seeks.

Thank you, Nyssa.

As I said, someone is going to die.

I pray it won't be your sister.

Was it difficult to get her discharged from the hospital?

No. I spoke to Dr. Lamb.

Friend of the family.

Nyssa...

She hooked us up with a sample of the cure.

This buys Thea some more time, and you get the proof that you need.

Let's see it.

What are Nyssa's terms?

You hand over the ring, she gives us the rest of the elixir, and Thea lives.

When can we meet?

Tonight.

Laurel's with her now.

Hi! I got your--

Oh, no.

Oh, no. You have Mr. Square Bear face.

What?

Mr. Square Bear. Oh, my God.

You don't remember. You lost him when you were, like, 4 years old, and you had that exact-- you had that exact look on your face.

Oh, baby.

Is it too much to hope that you lost a plushy toy?

No, but adjusting for age and inflation, might be just as bad.

Huh?

You want to sit?

What? What's up?

It's dad.

Noah--he's in Star City.

What? How do you know?

He came to see me.

[Sighs]

Did you talk to him?

Yeah.

Are you all right?

Yeah. You sound like you think he'd hurt me or something.

Yeah.

I've just been doing some checking.

Is it possible that he's not the guy we thought he was, that maybe he's better than we thought he was?

No.

Felicity, I would love to think that your father didn't show up with some ulterior motive in your life right now, but I've been where you are more times than I care to admit, and it always ends the same way.

He tells you exactly what you want to hear, and you get sucked in, and the next thing you know, you have no job, no money, and a sweet 7-year-old daughter who needs a new pair of shoes and wants to go to Space camp.

People don't change, even if you want them to.

Ok.

Laurel: You're doing the right thing.

I'm only entertaining Oliver's naive plan out of respect for our marriage, but his hope blinds him to reality.

You come dressed for battle, Al Sa-Her.

Just for the occasion.

In exchange for my daughter's life.

I'm glad you've finally seen reason.

Sadly, the only thing I have seen is your quick and speedy death.

Malcolm!

I knew you couldn't be trusted.

You knew, and you didn't prepare, and here you are outnumbered, outgunned, out maneuvered per usual.

Oliver: Nyssa, don't!

Kill him!

We need to stop them before they kill each other.

Retreat!

Don't let her get away!

Oliver: Malcolm, stop this now!

Get out of my way, Oliver!

Think about Thea!

Do not question my love for my daughter.

Everything I do, I do it for her.

I'm not moving.

So much for the Gandhi method.

Laurel: Given who we're dealing with, we shouldn't be surprised.

I can't believe that being Ra's Al Ghul is more important to Malcolm than saving his daughter's life.

I know that you're trying a new approach, but just because you've changed, that doesn't mean everybody else has.

We cannot allow a League civil war.

Too many people will be collateral damage.

And the 4 of us definitely can't take on two armies of assassins.

Then we take down the generals.

We need to work on locating Nyssa and Malcolm.

But mainly Nyssa because she's got that whole Lotus cure thing.

We find both of them.

No one else dies tonight.

Especially Thea.

You need this to keep your fever at bay.

If it comes back, well, that would be very bad.

I'm surprised you still care.

Baron Reiter made it very clear what happens to me if you die.

Taiana, I know what you're going through.

It's this feeling in the pit of your stomach.

It's an emptiness--

Don't you dare try to help me mourn my brother that you took from me.

Please just listen.

You know nothing about how I feel!

A man with a heart as small as yours is incapable of such things.

My father sacrificed himself so I could survive, so that I could right his wrong.

He did it by pulling out a gun and shooting himself in the head not 3 feet from me.

Since that day, I have lost 4 more people that I love, that I cared so much about.

It never gets easier ever.

I could see it in your eyes from the moment we first met.

That I was good?

No. That you were lost, shattered.

[Breathes deeply]

There is a Russian saying--

"tot zhe molot chto drobit steklo, kuyet stal."

"The same hammer that shatters glass forges steel."

If you want to be the man that your father wishes you to be, then this is how you'll get there.

You save us from Reiter, but you cannot do that shattered.

Hey. Everyone's telling the same story-- guys in black robes fighting each other.

John: Yeah. League of Assassins.

They're working on some leadership issues.

Yeah, but how many more people are gonna die before that happens?

Yeah. We're working on it.

You got to work faster.

This is just the beginning.

Hey.

I think we need to talk.

About what?

About the elephant in the room.

The way this is going down, it ends one way--

Malcolm Merlyn.

He has to be taken down, Oliver.

You're the only man who's ever done it.

Malcolm's killed hundreds of people.

He killed Tommy, he killed Sara.

Thea is dying right now because of events that he set in motion.

I have never hated anyone the way that I hate him.

You've been in denial, Oliver, holding onto hope with both hands that you don't have to give in to that hate, use that hate to do what needs to be done, but, Oliver, this needs to be done.

You have to kill Malcolm Merlyn.


I'm glad you called.

Well, all your files checked out, and I did some additional digging myself.

You're right.

You and I, we're not all that different.

This facility is really amazing.

Yes. After numerous false starts we finally got the R&D section working like a Swiss watch.

This floor contains most of our bleeding edge projects.

Ah.

That is an autonomous communications device 3 generations beyond Bluetooth.

But there are no seams in the casing.

I know. It's built from a single piece of aluminum.

The entire surface connects to an induction charger.

How did you achieve the heat sink?

Curtis Holt achieved it actually.

He's quite the genius.

Don't sell yourself short.

You're the Steve Jobs in this equation.

Heh.

Thank you for agreeing to give me a second chance.

Baby steps then.

Baby steps.

Hmm.

I have eyes on Nyssa.

Abandoned complex at 7th and Rucka.

Put the word out among our assets in Star City.

Whoever leads us to Al Sa-Her will be rewarded handsomely.

Oliver: Keep her there. We're on our way.

Nyssa, stop!

Step aside, Laurel.

No.

I will not let you wage your war in my city.

I bargained in good faith.

I'm only finishing what he started, and I aim to end it swiftly.

To what cost? How many lives will you sacrifice for what?

I will only say this once more.

Step aside.

No. You're coming with me.

Am I?

We're under attack!

[sonic scream screeching]

We have to get out of here.

Run!

[Horn honking, tires screech]

[Tires screech]

Go! Get inside.

[People screaming]

Cowards just like their master.

Sorry, Nyssa.

For what?

[Sirens]

For that.

I was in a cell much like this one barely a year ago.

Nyssa, where is the Lotus?

Safe.

This isn't a game, Nyssa.

Thea is dying, innocent civilians are dying, your own men are dying.

And surrendering my only leverage will not save their lives.

No, but it will save Thea's.

How could you be so selfish?

A question better put to Malcolm Merlyn.

He doesn't have the cure, you do.

Using Thea's life as a bargaining chip, letting people die for a lost cause--

Nyssa, this isn't who you are.

It's who your father was, but he's gone, he's dead, and you can finally be free.

Any luck?

Malcolm and the League have gone to ground, Nyssa is a brick wall, John and Laurel are out searching for the Lotus, but we are running out of places to look.

Well, that's depressing.

Well, we will find it. We have to.

Mm-hmm.

Is everything all right?

Not really.

I mean, it's not as bad as your sister being unconscious in our sublevel, but...

Did something happen with your dad?

More like something didn't happen.

What's that?

It's an IR burst receiver, incredibly advanced.

It can suck the data out of any room you put it into.

Don't worry. I turned it off before bringing it down here.

It's not yours?

It's my father's.

I gave him a little tour of Curtis' R&D lab, and he left this behind as a souvenir.

He's trying to steal from Palmer Tech?

It was your idea actually.

You needed proof about the Lotus, I needed proof about my dad.

You set a trap for him as a test.

Unrestricted access to Palmer Technologies' R&D lab.

He flunked with flying colors.

I don't even know why I'm surprised.

You're surprised because you're hoping that he's the parent you've always wanted him to be, the parent you deserve.

In an extremely ironic role reversal, my mother was smarter than me.

She said, "People don't change, no matter how much you want them to."

Some people don't.

Uh-huh.

I'd like to think that there's hope for the rest of us, or I did as far as Malcolm is concerned.

John thinks I should kill him.

If it'd help save Thea, I agree.

Yeah, and I'd agree if he wasn't Thea's father, but he is.

We are in this mess because of him on, like, a million different levels.

Let's not pretend that this is a typical father-daughter relationship.

He brainwashed her into killing a friend.

I know all this. I do, and I'm still holding out hope that with--with-- with time and with how much he says that he loves her that maybe they have some chance at some type of normal relationship.

If I kill him...

My sister never gets that chance.

Thea's father is no more likely to change than mine is.

[Computer beeps]

What now?

[Beeping]

Found Malcolm.

Where?

Right underneath us.

Malcolm!

The Lotus effect is wearing off.

She will pass by sunrise.

I would like to be by her side.

This has to end.

No more games.

You give Nyssa the damn ring!

She was 4 months old when we first met.

Your housekeeper Raisa, I believe, was picking you up from our house with Thea in a stroller.

I peeked my head into the bassinette, and Thea, all of 16 weeks, she stuck her tongue out at me.

I always knew I was connected to her, as if on some primal level I knew I was her father.

A real father wouldn't let their child die just to keep his hands on power!

That is not what I am doing.

What's unfolding here is larger than I, and it is bigger than my daughter.

It's not just her life that hangs in the balance, Oliver.

For all your dealings with the League, you still remain ignorant to what it is they do for the world.

Enough about the League.

You're a group of Assassins.

It is a force of change silently manipulating global events for hundreds of years, and I cannot, I will not put that kind of power into Nyssa Al Ghul's hands!

Let me ask you something.

If Damien Darhk came to you and told you to lay down your bow, let him finish his plan for Star City, would you do it?

Even if it meant saving William's life?

I know everything about you, Oliver.

I am Ra's Al Ghul, but back to the matter at hand.

You will never sacrifice your city to save your son, and believe me when I tell you that I am only making the same choice.

No. I would look for another choice, and I wouldn't stop looking until there was a third option!

Malcolm, what if-- what if you could have the Lotus and keep your ring?

I don't see how.

Nyssa's forces are stronger than I care to admit.

Not by herself.

You challenge her to a trial by combat.

You do realize your plan would end in her death?

We're all backed into a corner, Malcolm.

Nyssa made her bed.

This is one of your crazier ideas, and that is a competitive field.

Well, sit tight. I have a crazier one coming.

In deference to good taste, we will forego the removal of shirts.

Let us be finished with this charade.

As you wish.

Oliver: Hold!

In the eyes of the League, this woman is my wife.

As your husband, I wish to fight on her behalf.

I have never allowed anyone to fight my battles for me.

Do you want to become Ra's, or do you want to die?

Why are you doing this?

You told me yourself you couldn't defeat Merlyn, and if I am forced to choose between your life and his...

Then I will see justice done.

I'm a little disappointed I must say.

You're the one who put us in this position, Malcolm.

Can I remind you the role you played in putting this ring on my finger?

Oh, I remember.

Tonight I correct that mistake.

I can't believe it.

You've grown even more foolish with experience.

3 years!

Let's finish this.

Unh!

[Grunting]

Last chance, Malcolm. Yield!

Never.

To end this, you must kill me.

But you always knew that, Oliver.

I didn't want it to end this way.

Spare me the false sympathy.

Just do it.

Aah! Err!

[Groaning]

Bring me the Lotus.

You are Ra's Al Ghul.

Thank you, husband.

What--what is going on?

Is everything ok?

That, uh, depends.

How are you feeling?

I'm--ahem--I'm a bit tired, but--

What am I doing here?

It's a long story, but to shorthand it--

Is that you're gonna be fine.

The cure worked. No more bloodlust.

Come on. Let's go get you into some regular clothes.

Yeah. Um...

Oliver, you did it, man.

Thea's fine, and Nyssa and Merlyn didn't have to die.

Ooh, yeah. Not to be the buzzkill, but when are we gonna tell Thea about Malcolm's mmmrrr?

Baby steps.

Right.

What's up?

Something my father said.

Brought you a portable ramp, so anytime you come across a higher surface, just unfold it.

This will get you over almost anything.

Look. I have a meeting in a few.

I just wanted to say good-bye.

Good-bye?

We're just starting to get to know each other.

I think I know everything I need to know.

Felicity, what is going on?

I--I thought we were making progress.

When I was a girl, I hated myself.

I thought I was broken, that no one could or ever would love me.

It's the only way a child can grow up when their father abandons them.

Felicity--

All I ever wanted to know was why.

What was so wrong with me that you would leave?

There was nothing with you, sweetheart.

There was everything wrong with me.

The police, the FBI, they were never going to stop looking for me.

I realized a life on the run, that wasn't the life that I owed you or your mother, so I disappeared.

You thought you were doing the right thing for us.

Exactly.

I have waited my entire life for that explanation, and the thing is I don't even know if I believe it.

It's the truth.

There is only one part of your story that I know to be true, and that is that you are wanted by the police.

Felicity--

I just need you to know one thing.

You are wrong.

I am nothing like you.

Noah: Felicity.

Quentin: Noah Kuttler, you're under arrest.

You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you say can...

Felicity, no.

And will be used against you in a court of law.

Noah: Don't do-- don't do this.

Thank you both for coming.

How is Thea?

Don't pretend like you care.

I do. She's my sister-in-law, and her condition is the result of my father's blade.

You were right.

Even after his death, I remained my father's prisoner.

I allowed him to turn me into someone you showed me I don't have to be...

And you showed me, as well, when you took up the sword to save my life.

You both showed me what needed to be done.

And what's that?

Patience, please. We're waiting for one other.

Thank you for coming, Al Sa-Her.

You're Ra's. I had no choice.

And so you are mistaken once again.

What are you doing?

Earlier today, I disbanded the League of Assassins.

I released its forces much as my father had released you long ago.

No one will be held prisoner by my father any longer.

I thought of you as a son once, Oliver.

I had more in common with you than my own blood, but that's not the reason why I'm not going to kill you.

Neither the fact that you are my daughter's brother.

The reason you get to live is because death would be a mercy compared to the debt I now owe you.

Don't you dare threaten me, Malcolm.

Taiana.

I promise I will free your friends for Vlad.

Vlad is dead.

We do this for them.

Reiter: Mr. Queen.

I hope you have regained your strength.

The stone you gave me was the final piece of the puzzle, the final map.

We are going to dig.

Dig?

The heaven I seek is not above but rather beneath our feet.

We dig at daybreak.

Hey.

You feeling any better?

I don't even know why I'm so upset.

Doesn't every long-awaited father-daughter reunion end with the dad being taken away in handcuffs.

You don't have to be funny for me.

You know that, right?

I know.

And I know I did the right thing, but...

The look on his face when he realized I had turned him in, it's gonna haunt me for the rest of my life, and I can't help but think he doesn't even deserve that kind of remorse.

I think that remorse is a pretty clear indicator that you are a very different person than him.

Maybe Thea and I could make T-shirts.

We could join a club.

Listen to me. Don't make the mistake of thinking that this thing with your dad is over.

I can tell you from experience that closure does not come that easily.

Hmm.

Speaking of closure, are you punishing yourself for betraying Malcolm?

Is that insane?

Yes, but it's part of what makes you the man I love.

John was right.

You were faced with an impossible situation, and you found the best way out of it.

Will you marry me?

I think I already answered that question.

Thea's better, Andy's better, things are quiet on the Darhk front.

I feel like this might be our window, and with everything that we have gone through over the past few months, I want you to tell me why are we waiting?

Well, we'll have to plan it.

Mm-hmm.

Maybe just a small ceremony with a few of our friends and no caterers.

My mom will hate that.

I'm in.

Yeah.

Hmm.

I don't like to be kept waiting.

My apologies.

I don't have the resources I once had.

Yes. I'm aware of your recent reversal of fortune.

I take it that's why you asked for this meeting.

Well, I haven't come empty-handed.

So to speak.

I have some information that you might find of particular interest.

I know who Oliver Queen cares about more than anyone in the whole world.

Yeah, so do I. We did a pretty good number on her over the holidays.

It's not Felicity Smoak.

Who?

His son...

William.