My name is Oliver Queen. After five years on a hellish island, I have come home with only one goal-- to save my city. But to do so, I can't be the killer I once was. To honor my friend's memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else.
Previously on "Arrow"...
I'm Barry Allen, from the Central City police department.
I'm with the crime scene investigation unit.
I have friends that can help.
This miracle could kill you.
[Groaning and screaming]
It was a serum designed to create human weapons.
You think someone found the recipe?
A centrifuge and a large supply of blood.
I think someone wants to make more of it.
Diggle: Is he alive?
Felicity, we can't save him!
You're right. We can't.
Please save my friend.
He's not going to make it.
He will. We just have to find out what's in his system.
I--I--I usually only work on dead people.
All right, I can think of four possible diagnosis for what's causing his body to react this way.
Make that three possible diagnosis.
Start chest compressions.
He's suffering from intravenous coagulation.
His blood is unnaturally clotting.
It's like maple syrup.
You can save him, right?
Lucky you guys have a rat problem.
Diggle: Are you kidding?
That'll kill him!
He dies if I don't.
Just the right amount of this stuff will thin his blood enough to get it circulating again.
Shado: Let go, Oliver.
Diggle: He's crashing.
Don't fight anymore.
Felicity: Oliver, stay with me!
Stay with me.
Season 2 Episode 09
Original Air Date on December 11, 2013
[Gasping and choking]
Oliver, let him go.
What the hell is going on?
You were injected with a strong-acting blood coagulant.
[Coughs] You would have stroked out, ahem, but fortunately you had a very effective blood thinner handy.
Better known as rat poison.
Kid saved your life, Oliver.
This is the point in a lifesaving emergency where you thank the person that did the lifesaving.
You told him who I am.
Yeah, I did.
That's not your secret to tell, Felicity.
I decide who finds out my identity.
Well, we didn't have time to get your vote, what with you unconscious and dying.
What happens if he leaves here and goes right to the police?
He wouldn't do that.
I wouldn't do that.
I trust him.
What are you going to do, put an arrow in him?
I am considering it.
Don't worry, he's kidding! How is this any different from when your mother shot you and you came to me for help?
Your mother shot you?
Or when you brought Dig down here when he was poisoned with curare.
The difference is that I did my homework on both of you!
I don't just tell people easily.
I'm not going to tell anyone.
And you don't have to thank me, but you should thank her instead of being kind of a jerk.
[Cell phone vibrating]
I have to go home.
That man that I fought in the bunker, he has what he needs to mass produce the serum from the island.
And we have to stop him.
He touched your skin when he grabbed your neck.
I was able to absorb the residual oils from his skin, which, when added to a gel-based polymer, might be able to recreate his fingerprint.
Never meet your heroes, right?
Oliver, thank you for coming home, sweetheart.
Is everything all right?
Well, I don't know.
Your sister has locked herself in her room and she won't talk to me.
Don't worry, I'll talk to her.
But given the last gala that we threw, I think we're going to skip this year's Christmas party.
Thea, it's Ollie.
Open the door.
Thea: Not--not now, Ollie.
Speedy, open the door!
Is mom with you?
What's going on?
I didn't want mom to see.
What happened to him?
Vigilante decided to use him as target practice.
You're right-- the guy's a psycho.
Why didn't you go to the hospital?
In this city, an arrow's the same as a bullet if you want the cops involved.
And mom actually likes Roy, but something tells me she'd revoke his tree trimming invitation if she found out he was messing around with the Hood.
This is going to hurt.
My anger's dulling the pain.
This will dull it better.
[Groaning and gasping]
Going to put pressure on it.
Diggle, I need you to come to the Queen mansion.
Roy's been shot.
With an arrow.
It's a long story.
Look, just bring the first aid kit to Thea's room.
Roy, my driver, Mr. Diggle, he has medical training from his time in the army.
He's going to patch you up.
It's the least I can do.
Look, I don't know what the three of you are up to, but maybe the vigilante was just trying to keep you safe.
By shooting Roy?
I...I'm just saying.
Maybe you should let this go.
Are you going to let this go?
But now we're going to do things my way.
You can't be here.
I had to see you.
Had to warn you.
You can't fight what's coming.
Put down your bow.
Take off my father's hood.
I wear that hood to honor your father.
And to honor you.
If you want to honor me, stop fighting...and live.
Or everyone you love will die.
Who were you talking to?
Get over there!
You got what you wanted.
You can let them go.
If you ever cared about me.
But I do care about you, Sara.
Which is why I won't choose to kill you.
But he might.
What are you talking about?
Time to choose, Oliver.
Who lives, and who dies.
But pick quickly, because in 30 seconds, I will shoot them both.
The incubation process has begun.
Serum will be ready for distribution in 48 hours.
And we will be able to create a hundred more like you.
And the people who run this city will see what real power looks like.
I knew the Vigilante had partners.
He likes to be called the Arrow now.
You three have messed with some really nasty people.
The Doll Maker, Count Vertigo, Dodger, The Huntress.
We weren't keeping score.
The rat poison that you gave me...are there any side effects?
Um, yeah, I think hallucinations, maybe.
And excessive sweating.
Are you sweating excessively?
What are you seeing?
A girl named Shado that was with me on the island.
How many women were you marooned with?
Are you sure this wasn't fantasy island?
You did train in a jungle or forest environment, hence the green.
Hey, let me draw some blood, see what's up.
Hey, can I ask you something?
Why no mask?
Not to tell you how to do your vigilante...ing, but the grease paint thing?
It's a poor identity concealer.
So find me a mask that conforms perfectly to my face and doesn't affect my ability to aim while I'm on the run.
You should look into a compressible micro fabric.
It could be great.
I found Cyrus Gold.
Who's Cyrus Gold?
The human weapon that left you nearly dead the other night.
The kid did manage to pull his print off your neck.
I've had facial recognition software scanning closed circuit cameras all over town.
He's at the corner of Delgado and 25th right now, but we're just about to lose him.
What else is at that intersection?
A parking lot, a market, a motel.
Could be where he's holed up.
I got this.
Why don't let me handle this one?
It's just recon.
But I'm going as your back-up.
I'll figure out what's wrong with Oliver.
You'd be the first.
Thea: Secret admirer?
No, actually, they're from my father.
What brings you by?
We need your help.
Cindy's friend was murdered, but the police aren't going to investigate.
They said that he ODed, end of story.
Check this out.
He earned extra money donating blood.
We found it in Max's apartment.
They wouldn't have accepted his blood if he was using, right?
Max went missing the same day as the Blood Drive.
If he did donate blood there, maybe they at least know something that happened to him.
I'll ask around.
Thank you, Laurel.
If you get bored, I keep a book of crossword puzzles in the glove box.
That's not funny.
Ok, what do you see?
"Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday."
Christened on Tuesday.
I know the poem.
It symbolizes the seven stages of life-- from birth to death.
What stage is this guy in?
Go, go, go, go, go!
He picked me up like I was nothing.
Felicity, call for back-up.
Felicity: On it.
This about Sara?
You heard from her?
I'm sorry, this is...
This is something else.
He robbed the Applied Sciences Division of Queen Consolidated last week.
He's extremely dangerous.
The CSI kid from Central City, he said this guy was like some kind of monster.
Well, what is it, steroids?
Worse. It's-- it's...
Well, assuming I believe you, why come to me?
I've been compromised.
What does that mean?
It means I'd be a liability.
You have to take my word on this, Detective.
Gather as many men as you can, and do not hesitate to kill Cyrus Gold.
Because if given the opportunity, he'll do the same to you.
You don't have to do this!
You got what you came for!
Just take it and go!
You freaking psychopath!
History will make that judgment.
I guess you made your choice.
[Knock on door]
What are you doing here?
I came by to see Thea.
Oh. Go on in.
She's upstairs in her room.
I noticed on the drive up that your house wasn't festooned with Christmas decorations.
Well, we didn't feel very much like festooning this year.
I know what you mean.
I remember last Christmas, Tommy and I came here for your party.
It was one of the best holidays I'd had in a really long time.
Anyway, I should probably go talk to Thea.
I checked into the Blood Drive, and it's all legitimate.
In fact, what Sebastian's done has helped save a lot of lives.
So if the Blood Drive is on the up and up, then how are we supposed to find Max's killer?
There's one other thing.
All of the blood donors at the drive were subjected to a psych evaluation by the Langford Institute.
Is that, like, legal?
It's not entirely out of the norm.
And while someone at the institute might know if Max was on drugs, there's no way of finding out without a warrant.
Which we're certainly not going to get.
I'm sorry I couldn't be more help.
What are you doing?
Uh, just messing around with something.
Shouldn't you be trying to figure out what's causing Oliver's hallucinations?
Sample's still being scanned.
Shouldn't be too much longer.
You're really worried about him, huh?
He takes crazy chances.
Even when he's not hallucinating about beautiful island girls.
The other night, I asked you if you liked Oliver.
I told you.
But if you did...
I could see why.
I mean, Oliver Queen.
He is a billionaire by day and saves the city by night.
[Chuckles] Sounds like you want to date him.
I just have a little experience with liking someone who doesn't see you the same way.
Protests continue into the final countdown for tonight's ignition of S.T.A.R. Lab's controversial particle accelerator.
S.T.A.R. Lab's founder Harrison Wells promises a new era of scientific advancement is at hand.
I guess I won't be back in time to see them turn it on.
I know, it sounds crazy.
Look, his name is Cyrus Gold.
He's the one that broke into Queen Consolidated last week.
He's the one that robbed the blood bank.
And he killed all those people.
Wait, hold on a second.
Where are you getting all this intel?
Oh, man, what's a matter with you?
Talking to the Vigilante's what got you demoted in the first place.
Look, we take a small squad.
McCarthy and Evans from SWAT, Jones.
We can bring this guy down.
I promised Jeannie I'd take her Christmas shopping.
But you get to call Jeanie and tell her I'm not taking her shopping.
Hey, sir. I don't mean to overstep, but could you guys use an extra man?
Grab a vest, Officer Daily.
[Cell phone vibrates]
Officer Daily: The police are onto Gold.
They're looking for him.
I made sure I'm in the loop.
We are too close to let the police interfere.
The police are eager to meet you.
So, any plans for Christmas?
Lighting my menorah.
Hi. How are you feeling?
It's a little bit crowded at my house, and I wanted to come down here to get a little privacy.
Come on, Barry.
We can watch the countdown at Big Belly Burger.
Your blood analysis is almost done.
What's the matter, kid?
You look like you've seen a ghost.
Are you sure he's in?
Yes, sir. Sector car spotted Cyrus Gold entering.
He hasn't left.
This is a nice place.
It's a bit more comfortable than the fuselage on the island.
You're not real.
Neither are you.
You told everyone when you started this crusade that it was about making up for your father's sins.
That was a lie.
This charade is to atone for your sins.
You are not a hero.
Or a friend.
Or a brother.
You are nothing.
Do not turn your back on me, not again.
Wherever I am...
It's time you joined me.
They say a coward dies a thousand deaths.
But even that wouldn't be enough for you.
I tried to save you!
But you couldn't.
Just like you couldn't save this city.
The island didn't make you strong, kid.
It revealed you to be weak.
Thank you for being my shopping guide.
Are you ok?
Uh, yeah, it's just, um, can I ask you a question?
It's about the Blood Drive you sponsored.
It's a wonderful cause.
Especially with the underfunded hospitals we're dealing with.
What about it?
[Cell phone vibrating]
Ok, I'll be right over.
My father. Um...
He's in the ICU.
I'm so sorry.
I'm so sorry, I have to go.
What happened in here?
Did someone break in?
Your blood analysis is done. Good news.
So you know what's in my system?
That's the thing-- your blood's clean.
There's nothing wrong with you.
Then why am I hallucinating?!
I don't know.
But whatever your problem is, it's not pharmacological.
It's in your head.
It's in my head.
Oh, my God.
Well, I can wiggle my toes, it must be a good sign.
I'm all right, honey, I'm fine.
How's Lucas, is he all right?
What do you mean?
I got to call Jeannie.
I got to call his wife.
No, Dad, I'll do it.
You just...stay here.
Get some rest.
What are you doing here?
Wanted to make sure your father was ok.
I wanted to make sure you were, too.
Oliver, voice disguised: How are you, Detective?
Unlike most everyone else in my unit.
I'm sorry about your partner.
I took him in there.
Because of me.
I hate to disappoint you, but not every death in this city is on you.
I got this off Gold.
Hopefully you can do something with it.
I didn't believe it at first, but this guy, I mean, it's like he's not human.
Well, then you can kill him.
For Hilton. And me.
I think those are sharp enough.
Apparently I'm not.
Diggle, do you think I'm losing my mind?
No more than the rest of us.
Slade was my friend on the island, and... like Shado, he is dead because of me.
Mr. Lance just told me that not every death in this city is my fault.
There are plenty that are.
When I got home from Afghanistan, I... saw a ghost, too.
Why us, not them.
I know why.
Then the "why's" not your problem.
How'd you make your ghost go away?
I figured out what they were trying to tell me.
That's for me to hear, Oliver.
You have to figure out what yours is trying to tell you.
Guys, we got something here.
I scanned the key Lance gave you, and traced its serial code back to the manufacturer.
This particular key fits a locked gate somewhere on Crescent Circle in the Glades.
Where are you going?
You can't go out there in your condition.
I have to stop this.
Oliver, Gold left you half dead, which is 50 percent better than how he left Detective Hilton.
I don't have a choice.
I'll come back.
Is this where you killed Max Stanton, hmm?
What are you doing?
If you stick that in me, I'll kill you.
No, brother Roy.
You'll kill for me.
Brother Cyrus told me he killed you.
Guess he's not as strong as you'd hoped.
Where'd you get the Mirakiru?
Who gave you the formula?!
It was a gift. A gift I would use to save this city from itself.
[Groaning and yelling]
Tommy: Get up, Oliver.
You're not going to die down here.
Tommy, I'm sorry.
I let you die.
You didn't let me die, Ollie.
You fought to save me.
Because that's what you do.
What you have always done.
You fight to survive.
I know I called you a murderer, but you are not.
You are a hero.
You beat the island.
You beat my father.
So fight, Oliver.
Get up and fight back.
Hey. I am not leaving anyone else to die!
You're strong, kid.
Come on! Come on!
Come on, Roy!
Fight. Come on, fight!
Where have you been?
I've been looking all over for you!
I was running down another lead.
It didn't pan out.
I thought you were chasing after the Vigilante again.
I got so scared. I thought something happened to you.
Hey, hey, don't worry.
I want to serve the people of Starling, not the men and women who think they own it.
Together, we can help rebuild our city into a place where there are no elites and no oppressed.
Where we are all brothers and sisters.
Man with New Zealand accent: So your campaign begins.
The city needs a leader.
And putting the copycat hoods up to assassinating the mayor was just the first step.
He destroyed the centrifuge and the serum along with it.
I will arrange for you to receive another sample of my blood, and then you can begin to mass produce the serum again.
When I ask you not to confront the Vigilante, you will listen.
Remember, your mask can be worn by another.
You know who he is under that hood, don't you?
I know exactly who he is.
He's my friend.
That's why you don't want him dead.
Death would be a release from this life, and his sentence is yet to be carried out.
I am going to tear everything he cares about away from him.
Destroy those who choose to follow him.
Corrupt those he loves.
Once he has lost everyone and everything he values...
I will drive an arrow through his eye.
[Groaning and gasping]
Ivo just shot her.
He didn't say why.
Whoever did this to her... is going to suffer.
Still have a ghost problem?
I got the message.
We have other problems.
Wouldn't be us if we didn't.
Roy was injected with the serum.
Oh, my God, is he ok?
But we are going to have to keep an eye on him.
And Cyrus Gold?
Died on Saturday, buried on Sunday.
But he was working with someone.
I saw him, he wore a mask with the image of a...of a skull.
He's trying to mass produce the serum to build an army.
You're a soldier.
What's the primary purpose of an army?
He went back to Central City.
Wanted to get home in time to see them turn on the particle accelerator.
[Cell phone rings]
I should take this.
Barry: Hey Did you make it?
I made it back to Central City in time, but I missed the cut off in line at S.T.A.R. Labs.
I was late, as usual.
But in spirit of not being late again, uh, if you ever decide that Oliver Queen isn't the guy for you; if you decide that you want to go on a date with someone else, um...
You should know that that guy, he'll be on time.
Good to know.
Oh, hey, and I left something for Oliver.
I hope he likes it.
I'm Linda Park and we're live outside S.T.A.R. Labs despite the inclement weather, which is only going to get worse.
The torrential downpour has driven away almost all the protesters though S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells has assured us that the storm tonight will in no way affect the particle accelerator, which is up and running smoothly.
Wait, we are now being told to evacuate the facility.
The storm may have caused a malfunction to the primary cooling system.
Officials are now trying to shut down the particle accelerator, but so far have been unable to regain control of the system.
[Power shuts down]
Even the Arrow deserves a Christmas present.
How do I look?
Like a hero.