My name is Oliver Queen.
After months in hell, I have been released from prison and returned home with only one goal...
To save my city, but things have changed.
Instead of operating outside the law, I am now working alongside the police.
I am no longer inmate .
I am once more the Green Arrow.
Previously on "Arrow"...
TURNER: Ricardo Diaz is dead.
Whoever's been running around dressed up as the Green Arrow, that's your murderer.
Does she have any reason to blame my family for her mother's death?
Y'all did become Starling City royalty while she and her mom were left to struggle in The Glades.
What our father did to you was unforgivable.
EMIKO: I see now you are different from him.
DANTE: You and Oliver Queen are getting along quite well.
He trusts me now.
It's time for you to come home.
COMPUTER: Archer is active.
I think that's more than a security system you're working on.
I think you're on to something big.
You're lying about who you really are.
What makes you think they will believe a word you say, Black Siren?
WOMAN: Where are we supposed to go?
ROBERT: I don't know. I'm sorry.
Sorry? This is our home, Robert, one that you used to be a part of.
You don't understand.
If I let you stay, she will take everything...
My company, my money, my children.
What about our child?
The movers will be here tomorrow afternoon.
Tell Emiko I'm sorry.
- Where are we going, Dad?
You and your mom are going to live someplace else, someplace better.
But I want to stay here!
I know you do, kiddo, but life isn't fair.
We don't always get what we want.
Dad, please don't leave.
Where'd you learn that?
I'll tell you if you tell me where you learned taekwondo.
I learned taekwondo from a woman named Talia in Russia.
Your past gets more mysterious every day.
Could say the same thing about you.
I had a good teacher. He, um, showed me how to protect myself.
He taught you well.
The key is to watch your opponent and not the stick.
What are you smiling about?
- I kicked your ass.
- Oh, no.
You most certainly did not.
Thea and I used to spar like this.
She always wanted a sister.
So did I.
If you think you can handle it.
Oh, come on, Smoak. You got this.
You know you can be pregnant and be CEO of a company and a deputized vigilante by night.
Women really can have it all.
I'm talking to myself.
[KNOCK ON DOOR]
ARCHER: DNA match complete.
Identity confirmed. Alena Whitlock.
Well, that is ingenious.
Was not expecting an entrance or that you knew my last name.
- Alena, hi.
Hi! Oh, it's been so long. How have you been?
When you're the known associate of the evil and murder genius Cayden James, good to keep a low profile, so I'm working at Tech Village.
Oh, no. Oh. I have been there literally.
I know your pain. The... the vests.
So, um, how did you find me, actually?
It's part of a new project I have been working on.
It started off as, like, a home-based security system, and now it's turned into, like, a DNA-tracking-based surveillance system.
- Meet Archer.
- Sorry. So you located me using my DNA?
When did you collect my DNA? Heh.
- I know it's a little creepy.
- It's more than a little, but it's also impressive.
I've been using it for Team Arrow, but I think if we scaled it up, it could be so much more than that.
I mean, we could find missing persons, we could track terrorists, we could do crowd control, we could do anything!
Just, I can't do it alone.
I mean, whatever you need, I am game.
I am so done telling customers to use the chip in their card when they insist on swiping.
Great! How does CTO of Smoak Technologies sound?
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Oh! You're not even gonna ask about benefits?
I don't care about the benefits as long as there's no crappy vest requirement.
- I am in!
- No vest. Huge benefit.
Music to my ears.
ARCHER: D.A. Laurel Lance is at the front door.
- Is your wife around?
No. She went out. What's up?
Uh, nothing. I'll just...
I'll come find Felicity later.
Your bandage is bleeding through.
Sit down. We'll get you cleaned up.
- Thank you.
Looks like an arrow wound.
Because it is an arrow wound.
Where'd it come from?
Your sister's bow.
- Look. I don't mean to blindside you with this, which is why I wanted to talk to Felicity...
You know, empathy and all that...
But your sister is not the hero you think she is.
What are you talking about?
Ben Turner saw her at Slabside the night Diaz was murdered.
It wasn't another inmate that killed Diaz.
It was Emiko.
Heh heh heh.
That makes no sense.
Well, I figured you'd say that, so I did more digging, and there are no records of her that exist past the age of , no fingerprints.
And when I followed her last night to find out more,
she tried skewering me with an arrow.
Okay. I've seen her skills up close.
She doesn't miss.
If she wanted you dead, you'd be dead.
Oh. Maybe I should be thankful, then.
Once upon a time, I actually shot Roy Harper and Barry Allen.
It was to illustrate a point.
My guess is that her point is she doesn't want to be stalked anymore.
Or maybe sister has brother wrapped around her little finger.
You know, the Oliver I knew, he had a blind spot for family, and I'm guessing you do, too.
It's called loyalty.
I know that's a concept you don't totally understand.
I have nothing to gain here.
I am only trying to do what's right.
Why can you not see that?
There has to be more to this, and I will look into it if you will promise to stay out of it.
I already wish I would have.
If I give this to you, my family's safe, right?
I can guarantee it.
If it's all there.
All that we'll need.
I believe we're done here.
What the hell is that?
[PUNCHES ARE THROWN]
Hey. It's okay. It's okay.
I got you, I got you. I got you.
Forget about me.
You need to stop them.
Who? Who? Stop who?
The Ninth Circle.
The Ninth what?
- Dante's a part of it.
Turns out he's not just a banker for terrorists and cartels.
Okay. Lyla and I have been hunting Dante for months.
Why are we just hearing this name?
Because the Ninth Circle is practically invisible.
I mean, I combed the entire dark web and came up with nada, but then I remembered this photo you sent me from the Ghost Initiative's last ride.
JOHN: Right. That symbol was on all the weapons that Virgil's goons used.
FELICITY: The symbol also pops up on artifacts dating all the way back to th-century Italy, the real Dante's era.
The insignia is mostly commonly found on ephemera that is connected to times of historical upheaval...
The Russian revolution, the colonization of the Americas, the war of roses.
So you're saying Dante runs a secret society responsible for centuries of worldwide regime change?
OLIVER: Right, but if that's true, the Ninth Circle's clearly way bigger than just Dante.
Okay. Well, how did you run into Dante last night, Oliver, and why didn't you call for backup?
Laurel came to speak with you and found me.
Emiko has been hiding certain parts of her past and said that she killed Diaz.
She killed Diaz?
Which doesn't mean she's bad.
OLIVER: I followed Emiko, and it led me to Dante.
JOHN: Okay. Well, all we really know about Emiko is what she's told us, which isn't much.
She's a vigilante. For all we know, she's gathering intel on the Ninth Circle to take them down.
Also, why are we taking Laurel's word about anything?
Hey. Laurel has changed a lot.
I mean, she's been a really good friend to me...
Not to say that your sister's evil, but she's changed a lot.
Be that as it may, the Ninth Circle is clearly a threat, and we need to follow up every lead that we have.
Well, we know that they stole military-grade drones, which they could literally be planning to do anything with.
Okay. Can you use Archer to pinpoint Dante's location?
Not without his DNA.
Okay. Well, I'll talk to Lyla, take this new intel back there, and see if we can use A.R.G.U.S.'s databases.
Yeah. We should be able to use SCPD resources, too.
I'll get D up to speed.
I'm gonna go speak with my sister.
She deserves a chance to explain herself.
And I... I will...
I'll be here.
What is so important that couldn't be handled over the phone?
Do you remember our conversation about playing by the rules, about doing things the right way is usually the hard way?
Why do I feel a lecture coming on?
The Halcones' kingpin, Ramiro Gonzalez, we had a witness who was ready to nail him for criminal conspiracy until we found out his confession was coerced by the D.A.
You wanted the city cleaned up, right?
You are an officer of the law.
You have to play by it.
You know, with Team Arrow working alongside the SCPD, this city has a real chance of turning things around, and it's never gonna happen if our D.A. is a criminal.
All of those guys are guilty.
You'd rather see them kicked than me bend a couple of... of little rules to make sure their charges stick?
Yes, because if anyone finds out what you've been up to, they're all gonna get off on technicalities, and you're gonna get fired.
Fine, but I'm sure there's a reason you brought this up in the first place.
You have a second chance.
SWAT brought in one of Ramirez's lieutenants last night...
He's looking to deal, and I want you to put that kingpin behind bars.
Just need you to do it the right way.
You really know how to take the fun out of everything.
Uh, we don't have a training session until next week.
I don't think family needs a reason to stop by.
I, uh, was just heading out for a bite to eat.
- What some company?
- Hmm. Not really.
Because you're meeting someone?
What's with the interrogation?
That teacher that you were telling me about, how long did you train with him?
Since I was .
Where'd you meet?
It doesn't matter. It was a long time ago.
Yeah. I mean, if I was working with a known terrorist,
I'd want to keep that quiet, too.
What are you talking about?
I saw you last night with Dante outside Palmer Technologies.
You were following me.
So now you, uh...
You think I'm some kind of criminal?
Trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, but... this guy Dante is...
He's a monster.
I know who Dante is, but I... I didn't back then.
I was when your father walked out on me and my mother.
He chose your family over mine, and he left us with nothing...
No home, no money.
Dante took me under his wing, and he... he trained me.
He taught me how to survive.
By the time I knew who he really was, it was too late.
You know, I owed him, and I still do now.
I can help you.
You have no idea what kind of power he holds.
The organization he runs...
The Ninth Circle?
Then you know there's no way out.
On your own,but if you're being backed up by a team...
Just, I can... I can help you, but you have to let me.
You can't, and, trust me, you will only make things worse for the both of us if you try.
Delivery from Frank Bertinelli.
I didn't know the Bertinellis employed child labor.
Pays better than a lemonade stand, and the cops don't hassle a kid.
That'll be all.
I'll take my watch back.
Do you know who I am?
Dante. It says on the package.
Do you know who I am?
The suspense is killing me.
- Well, Emiko,
taking my watch is a pretty risky move.
Well, I need money, and it looks like you have enough.
I earn it.
How'd you do that thing with the knife?
Pretty simple, actually.
I can teach you if you want.
Come back tomorrow.
That was a good lift.
Steal from me again, and I'll slit your throat.
JOHN: Good news!
Lyla got a DNA sample from the dagger used by Dante to kill Director Bell.
Guess who now has said sample.
FELICITY: John Diggle, you give the best gifts.
Now that we have Dante's DNA, will Archer be able to find him?
Well, with all the money I'm spending on this program, that is the hope.
How's Emiko? Did you find anything more
- about her being...
- Being on the wrong side.
OLIVER: She admitted to being in very deep with Dante and the Ninth Circle.
Sounds like she could be in some real trouble.
FELICITY: Boom. I got him.
Looks like he's at the Star City branch of Szrek Chemicals.
If we surprise Dante now, we could still take him down.
And get my sister out of trouble.
Let's suit up.
MAN: Hey, Jerry. We still on for beers tonight?
[STATIC OVER SECURITY RADIO]
Maybe we should try Nelson's.
I'm afraid Jerry's not gonna make it.
Please don't kill me.
Of course not.
- You told him we were here!
- I didn't.
Your allegiance has shifted.
RENE: D, go! We got you covered.
Let's get out of here.
Let me go!
- You okay?
I shouldn't be here. Dante will find me.
It's just a matter of time, and you will all be targets.
Yeah? Well, it won't be the first time.
RENE: Think about it like this.
It'll be a hell of a lot easier to stop Dante with all of us working together than you by yourself.
EMIKO: Okay, as long as I get to be the one who takes him down.
That sounds fair to me.
Well, yeah, except there's just one problem.
Archer just crashed, which means I lost Dante's location.
JOHN: Fine. We'll just have to find Dante the old-fashioned way.
EMIKO: Easier said than done.
Now that he knows I'm working with you, we should consider all ninth circle locations burned.
But that op we just interrupted, I mean, Dante didn't get what he was looking for.
You must know what he was after.
I told you he was dangerous.
RENE: We need to figure out where else in the city he can get his hands on that uranium.
Yeah. I'm on it. Archer may have crashed, but computers will never replace people.
Do you have any idea what he was planning on doing with the drones and uranium?
I wish I had more intel, but it was always on a need-to-know basis.
That's how the Ninth Circle works.
- Hey. You hurt?
- Not badly.
- You guys have some ice?
[CELL PHONE CHIMES AND VIBRATES]
DINAH: This could not be worse timing, but I have to run to the SCPD.
JOHN: Go ahead, Captain.
We'll handle it from here.
Hey. What's wrong?
Just be careful with her, Oliver.
Okay. I will.
FELICITY: Hey, guys.
Think I got something.
- That was fast.
- One point for the humans.
If Emiko is right and he's after uranium, there's only two places in Star City that have it...
Dunkirk Power and Global Energy.
Sounds like a divide and conquer situation.
My thoughts exactly.
So are you just gonna not ask me about it?
You have nothing to say about the fact that I've been secretly working for the Ninth Circle?
I know you well enough not to pry, and you did try to keep me out of your mission when we first met.
I didn't want you to get mixed up with them, but I... I should have told you the truth so you'd know what you were really getting into working with me.
I bet you wish you'd listened when I told you to stay away.
If you think I regret teaming up with you, I don't.
We're still partners, Emiko, no matter who we're up against.
You haven't practiced.
This is much harder than last week.
No. You're just not prepared.
I was busy. I was working on something.
Oh, yes. Your plan to impress daddy.
Being a father means more than just blood.
I know, but he is still my father.
So you would choose a man who abandoned you over the Ninth Circle?
Why can't I have both?
The Ninth Circle is not a place of split loyalties.
Once you join, it is a lifetime commitment.
There is nothing else.
I can't give up on my family.
The Ninth Circle is your family now...
And that is their gift to you.
You really want a deal for this smug b*st*rd?
Are you sure?
Bigger picture, Laurel.
LAUREL: Mr. Hernandez, do you know who I am?
You're the D.A. who used to be a vigilante.
Yeah, I know you.
Good because I know you, too...
Drug trafficking, embezzlement, manslaughter.
So this is the part where you offer me a deal to make it all go away, right?
Hmm. If it were up to me, I'd let you rot or worse, but, luckily for you, it's your boss who we're after...
And you think that a plea deal's enough to flip me?
Hey. I've got enough evidence here to convict you of felonies, one using a deadly weapon, and that was in a day.
Imagine what I could do in a week.
You know, your dad thought he could convict me, too, right?
Must be a family defect.
I would be really careful if I were you because we're not a family that plays very nice.
How's that going for you?
Captain Lance... He's dead now, isn't he?
LAUREL: Say his name one more time, and you will be, too.
Aw. Girl's got a soft spot for daddy. Aw.
That's enough, D.A. Lance.
We're done here.
Global Energy was a bust.
No sign of Dante or the uranium.
Ah. You still came back looking like a prizefighter, though.
We ran into a couple thugs on the way back.
Ooh. Cute. A little brother-sister crime-fighting duo time.
- I like it.
- Any word from John and Rene?
They struck out, too.
OLIVER: Global Energy and Dunkirk Power are two spots in Star City that manufacture uranium.
- Archer's still not working.
I'm just about to go down into the deepest, darkest, most dungeony part of this bunker and give it a full system reboot.
Then hopefully then, you know, Archer can be back online, we can find Dante, and all my dreams of Smoak Tech saving the world don't have to die.
I'm gonna clean this up.
Think I found the problem.
Some kind of jammer.
Wonder how that got there.
So you were never under duress.
Sorry to disappoint you, but that's what family does, right?
This is the reason that Archer isn't working?
I couldn't let you and your team get in the way again.
We don't give up that easily.
You've been lying this entire time, everything about our father, your debt to Dante?
It was all true, but I never needed you to put me back together.
I just knew you'd try.
Can't resist playing the hero, can you?
You went looking for a family, and you chose the Ninth Circle?
Better than living as a Queen.
Always watch your opponent.
You don't have to be a part of this.
You have a choice!
I've made it!
I was married to a junkie.
You'd think I'd know when someone was lying to me.
At least now we know what side Emiko's really on.
It doesn't matter. The... the Ninth Circle are still out there, and they are a threat.
You can take a minute to process this if you need to.
I need to know where she is.
How soon can you have Archer back up and running?
Not as soon as I would like.
Emiko's little device didn't just jam up the system.
It wiped the entire memory card, which means I have to rebuild the entire infrastructure.
Looks like we have another problem.
There's been a break-in at the waste treatment site at Orchard Bay.
I thought the only spots that manufactured uranium were the two sites we just canvassed.
Well, that's true, but how much do you want to bet that Dante and his pals aren't actually after uranium?
- More of Emiko's lies.
- What'd they get?
All the ingredients to make a big batch of sarin gas.
That plus the drones that they just stole makes one hell of a murder party.
We have to know where the Ninth Circle is planning on sending these drones.
- Oliver, we're on it.
- You might want to take .
I'm going to Emiko's hideout, see if she left behind a clue or something.
FELICITY: Yeah, or you could do exactly the opposite of what your wife recommends.
I'll go with him.
[KNOCKS ON DOOR]
Are you here to give me another lecture or...
The Halcones' lieutenant, Gustavo Hernandez, was found dead an hour ago.
Am I supposed to be sad about that or something?
Well, we had him in custody to prevent that.
That is, of course, until your office said we had to turn him loose.
Well, he made bail.
You're the one that said I had to do things the right way, so I let him loose, and here we are back to square one.
Well, actually, we're not.
Hernandez's death spooked one of Gonzalez's other lieutenants, and, uh, he's gonna testify.
Isn't that convenient?
You think I did this.
I'm not exactly hearing a denial.
I shouldn't have to give you one.
I think I've done more than enough to have earned the benefit of the doubt from you.
I saw how you looked at that man, and it was the same look that you gave Vinnie right before you executed him.
I have busted my ass being a good D.A., trying to play by the rules, but no matter what I do, you always just see me as the Black Siren.
You're right. You're right, and I am sorry, but I don't know who you really are, Laurel.
I don't, and I don't think that you do either.
I think that's what scares me the most.
Didn't hurt you too bad back there, did I?
No. It was a convincing performance.
Did you, uh, make any progress on who hired
Andrew Thorn... ton?
You know I'm a man of my word.
Once you've found and taken care of your mother's killer, you can go back to focusing on the mission.
A deal is a deal.
This is really impressive.
Did you come up with this yourself?
Yeah, I did.
Um, and Queen Materials, Inc., could be profitable in as little as months.
If you look at page , after an initial startup fee, its projected growth rate is at %.
I wish Oliver showed this kind of interest in the business.
I inherited your business sense.
Let me start Queen Materials, and I'll show you.
Well, I... I can't approve this.
Queen consolidated is for Oliver.
He's going to inherit it, and if anyone were to find out that you're my daughter...
I need this.
Okay. Otherwise, I am gonna have to find the money somewhere else, and I need it to help mom,
- something you never did.
Do you ever even think about us?
All the time, and I wish things were different.
I really do.
Since the day you left, I kept holding out, thinking one day you'd do the right thing and become the father I deserved.
It's never gonna happen, is it?
I have to go.
I have a trip planned to China on the "Queen's Gambit."
And I'm sorry.
Is there something else you'd like to talk to me about?
No. Have a good trip.
You want to talk?
Not even to the guy who found out his long lost sibling was secretly an evil double agent?
Being reminded that this has happened before is not really making things better.
I get that, but I also know that despite what Emiko's done, you're not quite ready to give up on her.
That obvious, huh?
Only to someone who knows you and who's been there.
All I wanted was to bring Andy back over to the light.
I don't have to remind you what having that blind spot cost us.
No, you don't.
But please, John, trust me when I tell you that I am seeing Emiko more clearly than I ever have.
Oliver, you're still trying to save her.
John, my family is to blame for her current situation.
My... my father a-abandoned her and her mother.
She was !
She was years old, and no one's gonna convince me that...
That her life wouldn't be different now if that had never happened.
Andy tried to convince me that I was the reason for his bad choices, too.
He made me feel so guilty that I was willing to trust him again even after knowing he worked for Damien Darhk.
I held out hope, Oliver, so much hope that I put you, my family, my team at risk.
John, if I abandon her now...
I'm no better than my father.
If I can help redeem her, selfishly I feel like I... I help redeem my family just...
Felicity got a hit on the Ninth Circle.
Drones are at an abandoned airfield north of the city.
Let's get the team. Let's go.
All right. They're still prepping the drones.
Good news is we're not too late.
Bad news is we're outnumbered : .
Those are my kind of odds.
- Got eyes on Dante.
- And Emiko.
Once the drones are primed, we can begin the demonstration.
Eight stolen drones, which means potential targets, and each one runs on a separate signal.
It's gonna take some time to hack into the guidance system.
Oliver, that means that you need to stop those things before they take off.
You draw them out, I'll get the drones.
- Copy that.
- Let's go!
It's your brother.
I'll deal with him.
Pack up the demonstration.
No! The demonstration goes as planned.
Protect the drones.
Get out of here.
[ARROW DRAWN, MAN GROANING]
FELICITY: Bad news, guys. Those drones are airborne, which means you need to incinerate them mid-air or else that's a lot of sarin gas raining down on the city.
Overwatch, it would be very helpful if I could see them.
Okay. I'm working on decloaking them now.
OLIVER: There's still one drone left.
I'm working on it.
Emiko, it's not too late.
Whatever you owe Dante...
I owe Dante everything.
Dante taught me how to take care of myself, to cut the ties that bind us, that hold us back, which is why it's time for us to say good-bye...
Please tell me you got that last drone.
By the time I locked on, the gas had already been deployed.
- How many casualties?
The target was an abandoned building.
What about the other targets?
Well, that's the even weirder thing.
All of the other buildings targeted were also empty.
DINAH: Who goes to the trouble of bombing empty buildings?
Seemed like some sort of weapons test.
Well, imagine what would happen if all the drones worked instead of just one.
They'd be able to take out multiple targets simultaneously.
If we couldn't stop this test, how are we gonna stop the real thing?
BETHANY SNOW ON LAPTOP: Reacting to the shocking allegations about district attorney Laurel Lance, new photos show her with notorious criminal Ricardo Diaz.
Could the city's highest prosecutor actually be a wanted criminal herself?
EMIKO: Looks like you've got a problem.
- Knocked off that Halcone?
Media's gonna have a field day.
- You're a psycho.
- And you make me sad, trying so hard to become someone you're not, and for what?
So that the city will take you seriously as a hero.
That is almost as ridiculous as you wanting to be one.
Get the hell out of my office. Now!
I thought I was punishing you for following me.
Maybe I just set you free.
FELICITY: Oh, hey. Good. You're still here.
I'm sorry. It's been a day.
I assume that's always the case.
Honestly, going over Archer has made me happier than I've been in months.
The algorithms you programmed are like this beautifully composed rondo finale.
A rondo what, now?
Not into opera. Got it.
Hey. So question for version two.
- What happens when we don't have the DNA of the person that we are looking for?
- What do we do then?
- Well, that's a little trickier.
We could reprogram the algorithm to highlight any individuals whose DNA we don't have, but unless we hack into a medical or criminal database and collect all of their DNA profiles first, all we'd really be doing is taking a couple pieces of straw out of the haystack we're looking in.
Ah. Guess we'd better get to work then.
Felicity couldn't find her, but you think you can, huh?
I just... I don't want to give up.
Still trying to redeem her?
Trying to stop her before it's too late.
You disobeyed a direct order.
I gave you that dagger.
The weapons test failed because of your brother's involvement.
Any more mistakes, and the rest of the Ninth Circle will mutiny.
- I am their leader.
- Then lead.
Where is your focus at this critical time?
The family you swore to give up to be part of the Ninth Circle.
Your absence has been noted.
Thanks to my time with Oliver, I found something even better.
The Archer Program, cutting-edge surveillance technology.
We can't stake our future on technology we haven't even seen.
I need you to trust my vision, okay, trust that you have taught me well, but if you question my authority again,
I'll kill you.
WOMAN ON TV: The "Queen's Gambit" sent a mayday transmission late last night and has not been heard from since.
Casualties of the "Queen's Gambit" include Starling City billionaire Robert Queen and his son Oliver.
While rescue teams continue to comb the seas in search of passengers...