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 could save you, or I could kill you.
Slade has the Mirakuru in his system now.
The ones who survived, they became someone else.
This Mirakuru, it's messing with your head.
Ivo: I know you and your new friends have the Mirakuru.
In exchange, I'll promise you and your friends safe passage off this island.
Slade's gone, and he took the Mirakuru with him.
You know who he is under that hood, don't you?
Once he has lost everyone and everything he values...
I will drive an arrow through his eye.
[Car horn honks in distance]
Woman: Welcome to St. Walker's, alderman.
Or should I call you Mayor?
Sebastian: Thank you for letting me come by so late.
Well, I can imagine how busy your schedule is.
It's really great of you taking the time to come and visit your aunt.
Her health has taken a bad turn.
Maya, look who came to see you.
It's your nephew, Sebastian.
We'll be fine.
Still worshipping the old Gods, I see.
They're the last thing I have from your father's.
They protect me.
You were supposed to protect you.
A friend of mine, Laurel Lance, came by to visit you a couple days ago.
Do you remember her?
She's muy linda.
Yes, she is.
What did you both talk about?
You know I don't like it when you lie to me.
I told her the truth.
That you-- you kill him.
I don't know what came over me.
I am so, so sorry.
I hurt you, mijo.
No te preoccupes.
But you are my child, my son.
And I hurt you.
I forgive you, mama.
I forgive you for everything.
La luz de Dios me rodea, el amor de Dios me envuelve, El poder de Dios me protege, la presencia de Dios vela por mí.
Los dioses están muertos.
Season 2 Episode 11
Original Air Date on January 22, 2014
Oh, please! [Stammering]
I don't know anything.
The man in the skull mask.
Where is he?
I don't know what you're talking about.
He's been experimenting on people in the Glades.
He's leaving a trail of corpses with blood running from their eyes.
No, no, no, no, no.
I deal in stolen merchandise, that is it.
Ah, ooh, please!
Felicity: Ask him what color his shoes are.
You want this guy to take a polygraph via Bluetooth, cool, but I need to hear him establish a base line.
I need to hear him tell the truth just once.
What color are your shoes?
He's not lying.
He's out there.
Felicity: Come home.
We can't do any more tonight.
Thought maybe he'd come back here.
He has the Mirakuru serum in his bloodstream.
He's not thinking clearly.
So what do we do now?
I don't know, Sara.
The sensor grid is still active.
So at least we're going to know if Ivo and his men come back to the island.
So we just sit here and wait?
Well, do you have any other ideas?
'Cause right now, I'm open to suggestions.
We find Slade, and...
Maybe we consider Ivo's offer.
Look, if we get the serum back from Slade, then we can go home.
And I can try to talk to Ivo.
I can get him to listen to me.
Like he listened before he shot Shado in the head?
He's just tired, and he's frustrated.
You don't understand what finding the Mirakuru serum has meant to him.
You're right, Sara, I don't understand.
And I don't get how you can even consider trusting him after what he did.
He's not evil.
He kept me safe on that ship for over a year.
And I mean, not just safe, he taught me things.
And I learned a lot.
I learned a lot, too.
This island taught me that you can't trust anyone.
I have a call for you on line two.
Thank you, Katherine.
This is nurse Downey from St. Walker's.
You asked me to call if there was any changes in Maya Resik's condition.
I'm sad to report she passed away.
Her heart gave out on her, poor soul.
You think Sebastian Blood, the saint of Starling City, killed his own mother?
He was the last person to see her alive.
That isn't a coincidence.
He's a devoted nephew visiting a sick relative.
You're right, that's very, very suspicious.
He didn't go there to visit her.
He went there to kill her; to cover up the fact that as a child, he killed his father.
Maya Resik told me what happened.
From inside a padded room, right?
Which he had her forcibly committed.
She tells me the truth and then two days later has a heart attack.
You don't find that strange?
Well, for one thing, there's no record that Maya Resik was even Blood's mother, and according to the hospital, she was in the late stages of heart disease.
I need you to call in a favor with Judge Carlin.
Get a search warrant for Sebastian's campaign headquarters, his phone records; I--I have to start somewhere.
Laurel, this isn't some casual request.
I'm the ADA who took Vertigo on live TV.
I take a shot at Sebastian Blood and miss, my career is done.
I'm sorry, Laurel.
You're on your own.
Lurking in an alley.
That's not at all creepy.
When I ran the club, I learned all the secret entrances.
I never got a chance to thank you for saving my mother's life.
Thea told me.
She said that you were very brave.
I did what anyone would have done.
It takes a lot to run towards danger, not away from it.
That sounded like praise.
I thought where I was concerned, you didn't approve.
Thea said that you also got hit by some falling debris.
How are you feeling?
Actually, it mostly missed me.
I'm fine. Look, I got to get back to work.
Has Roy mentioned anything about the man in the skull mask who injected him?
[Sighs] Roy is not the kind of guy who is comfortable discussing his feelings.
Not like you and me.
Don't yell at me, but I really think we need a new plan on how to find this creepy mask guy.
Scaring the crap out of low-lifes isn't yielding results.
Felicity, I am open to any and all suggestions.
Oliver, maybe we're over thinking this.
What if the mask simply got wind that you were after him and decided to skip town?
He didn't go to all the trouble of recreating the serum and testing it on people just to walk away.
He is still out there, and we need to locate him.
[Cell phone rings]
Lance, for the Arrow.
Can we meet?
What is it?
Someone wants to talk to you.
The Arrow: Hello, Laurel.
I had to circle around to make sure there wasn't a SWAT team waiting for me again.
Trust me, I wouldn't have asked my father to put me in touch with you if I had any other choice.
What do you need?
He's about to be the new mayor of Starling City.
I know who he is.
No, you don't.
No one does.
A few weeks ago, I was approached by your groupie, Roy Harper, and his girlfriend.
They asked me to investigate the death of Max Stanton.
You think Blood was involved in Stanton's death?
Blood, or a man that works for him named Cyrus Gold.
Gold killed four cops, including my father's partner, Lucas Hilton.
Blood and Gold knew each other from the orphanage that Blood was raised at.
He would do anything to keep the truth about his past hidden.
Including murdering his own mother.
Why would he do that?
To cover up the fact that he killed his father.
I tried going to the DA.
No one will believe me.
I swear to you, Sebastian Blood is dangerous.
And you're the only person in this city who can stop him.
Laurel was right.
I hacked Blood's cell phone records.
The alderman and Gold have stayed buddies since Zandia orphanage.
So what? They kept in touch.
Doesn't exactly mean that Sebastian Blood is the man in the skull mask.
His last name is Blood.
That can't be a good sign.
Felicity, he's dedicated his life, risked his life to help the people of the Glades.
And in his spare time, he's a murderer trying to create an army of human weapons?
You're a personal bodyguard who fights crime at night with his billionaire boss.
Not a lot of people show their real face in public.
Oliver, what are you thinking?
Laurel gave me a case number to start with.
We need to know if Sebastian really killed his father, then we figure out if there's a chance he has the Mirakuru formula.
I'm on it.
And what if this is just another trap, set by Laurel?
She could be setting you up, and this time, you wouldn't have Sara to save you.
Asking a cute girl to meet you down by the tracks, Harper?
Good thing Thea and I are tight.
I have to show you something.
Easy there, tiger.
You're not even bleeding!
When did you start juicing?
Then how do you explain what I just saw?
You remember that night around Christmas when I went missing?
Yeah, Thea and I were pissed.
I never told you guys what really happened.
You were right about your friend Max.
He didn't OD, he was murdered.
He was injected with something, and I was injected with the same thing, but it didn't kill me.
It made me-- it made me stronger.
Thea must be freaking.
No, she doesn't know, I don't want her to.
No, I can't, not yet.
Not until I know more about what happened to me.
I don't want to scare her.
And you're not worried about scaring me?
Come on, I was going crazy not telling someone.
So what are you going to do?
Well, the Arrow once told me all I was good for was taking a beating.
Maybe it's time I started handing out a few of my own.
I don't follow.
Now I don't need his help to protect this city.
Let's find us a bad guy.
I have good news and bad news.
I suggest the good news first; it tends to soften the blow of the bad news.
Okay, dealer's choice.
Good news is we found the case file on Sebastian's dad's murder.
Anything in it to suggest he killed him?
Oliver, meet bad news.
That file was sealed years ago.
And since the file is over 27 years old, there is no digital copy for me to hack.
The only hard copy is stored the old-fashioned way in the city archives.
So I go in and take it-- the old fashioned way.
Except security in the file room is so old school, you need a key card to get in, which, even if you had, you wouldn't know where to start looking for the file.
An assistant DA would.
[Window opens, wind blowing]
The Arrow: You said you needed my help.
Now I need yours.
What do you need?
You know what I really miss about being home?
I don't know if I even remember what a bed feels like anymore.
And you probably never will.
And neither will I.
You don't have to do that.
We're going to find a way off the island.
You just--you just have to trust me.
Last time I trusted you was right before the "Gambit" went down.
I haven't gotten a chance to say this...
I know this is my fault.
And none of this would have happened if I hadn't invited you on the boat with me.
That's not exactly true.
I was the one who said yes.
And it was only half because of your charm.
And the other half?
Do you remember when you spilled that beer on me at Tommy's party?
But I never left one of Tommy's parties with my memory intact.
Well, I wasn't even supposed to go.
But I snuck out of the house because I knew you were going to be there.
And I had this--
I had this embarrassing crush on you.
And Laurel, she knew it.
And that's why the party got broken up by the cops.
She tipped off our dad.
Then I was grounded for a month, and the next thing I knew...
You and Laurel were together.
You think she did all that on purpose?
Not everybody's what they seem.
We should get some sleep.
You ready for this?
Whatever it takes.
We're going in.
Felicity: At least the security cameras are from this century.
And now they're toast.
You have exactly seven minutes until the system reboots.
Hey, check it out.
This could take a while.
You have six minutes.
I'm rebooting the monitors.
There's a trojan plugging our system.
It's probably some punk.
It looks we've got the one rent-a-cop with a brain here.
If there's a camera nearby, I recommend hiding.
You got to send some officers here.
Starling's finest will be there any minute.
You need to get out of there now.
We're not leaving without the file.
I can't find it!
Up there, third floor.
Wait! Case number SC43878!
This is it!
Vigilante, we know you're here!
Close everything off, now!
They're blocking our only way out!
It's not our only way.
Get to the east wall and wait for me.
Drop your weapon!
We tried going through all the security footage at the city archives to see if anyone swiped the file over the last few days.
Did you see anyone?
It's all been erased.
So what happened when you reversed the footprint to see who hacked in before you?
I struck out again.
It must have been an inside job.
As a city alderman, Blood would have had access to the files.
Oliver, anyone on city payroll could have done this.
He's running for mayor.
One hint that he killed his father, and his political future is dead in the water.
Wait, I thought you two were supposed to be friends.
Don't you think you ought to give him the benefit of the doubt?
Please keep digging into Blood's past and see if there's anything that could help us.
Where you going?
To give a friend the benefit of the doubt.
What, are you still giving me the cold shoulder?
[Sighs] Are you still not telling me what the hell is going on with you?
Am I interrupting?
He and I would actually have to be talking for you to be interrupting.
Can I try?
Be my guest.
Now what do you got for me?
This guy in the Glades, the Starling Slasher.
Word on the street is, he's got a thing for prostitutes.
And by thing, I mean he has a thing for slicing them up.
Mostly hunts in Crescent Circle.
Sounds like a great guy.
Hmm, yeah. Problem is, he's some big shot lawyer, so no one has the sack to ID him.
Wait, this sounds exactly like someone the Arrow would go after.
But we don't need the Arrow anymore.
We're going to have to bait him.
What pro is going to let us dangle her in front of a psycho?
No. No, no way--
Um, Sin has a date.
She has hoping to borrow an outfit.
You know, something slutty.
I have the perfect first date outfit.
Guarantees a second one.
This guy won't know what hit him.
Whatever you're into.
I could do your make-up or your hair.
You are not touching the hair, Queen.
You looking for me?
Good to see you.
You too, man.
Listen, I'm so sorry, but I'm right in the middle of a polling snafu.
I'll be quick. I just had a question about Laurel.
Is everything ok?
Not sure. I ran into her the other day, and something just seemed off.
I know the two of you have been spending a lot of time together, I just wanted to know if you knew anything.
Well, we've traded phone calls, but she's in trial, I've been campaigning.
We haven't really been able to connect.
Nothing happened between the two of you?
Not an argument or a fight or something?
If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were coming to me like a jealous ex-boyfriend.
No. Just--no, I'm just looking out for a friend.
And I hope you do the same.
Listen, I will take care of Laurel.
Thank you for letting me know.
Got to start somewhere, right?
I see you'd like to play rough.
I've got money!
Roy, Roy, stop it, you're killing him!
Sin, I'm sorry.
We have to call an ambulance.
Point blank range.
Single shot to the heart from a low angle.
Obviously the handiwork of someone quite scared, and very small.
How come the police didn't arrest you?
I knew how to cover my tracks.
A skill you've obviously lost since you've gotten bigger.
You know how close you came to allowing the Vigilante to destroy everything?
Someone spoke out of turn.
I've taken care of the problem.
Your mother was not our problem.
Laurel Lance is.
You were the one who told me to get close to her.
You said that it was part of the plan to hurt the Vigilante.
But you being sloppy isn't.
Fix this, Mr. Blood.
You don't want me to fix it for you.
I need you to take care of something for me.
Whoever you are, I'm calling the police!
No need to.
Officer Daily, right?
What's this all about?
What are you doing in my apartment.
I have a warrant.
A warrant for what?
We found these in your bedroom, Ms. Lance.
These aren't prescribed to you.
That's a felony.
What?! This is ridiculous!
You're under arrest for possession of a controlled substance.
You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
I know what this looks like.
But you have to listen to me.
I know what's happening.
He's setting me up, because he knows I'm onto him.
He's--he's trying to frame me!
So he planted drugs in your apartment?
Forget about the drugs.
The point is, is that he is the one behind this witch hunt.
Sebastian called your boss.
He's worried about you.
He wasn't worried about me.
He's trying to discredit me!
Don't you see what he's doing?
What I see is that you have tested positive for opiates.
I see that you have been lying to me, and I see that you have been stealing from me!
I can explain that.
Every person that stands where you're standing now says the same thing.
The DUI, the paranoia about Blood, you're looking like hell.
You got a problem, Laurel.
It runs in the family.
You can't pin it on Sebastian Blood.
Daddy, please, you have to believe me!
I don't, baby.
How is she?
I don't know.
I don't know anything anymore.
I'll--I'll get her home.
[Static on radio]
Are you there?
Ivo: I'm here, Sara.
I was hoping that you would reach out to me.
Are you alone?
Are you all right?
You're not hurt, are you?
Do you even care?
You were going to shoot me.
I swear, you were never in danger, I swear.
So it's ok because you were just planning on murdering Shado?
Her name was Shado.
And you killed her, Anthony.
And I'm going to have to live with that for the rest of my life.
I never set out to hurt anyone.
I started this quest to save people; to save the human race.
I know you think that this ship rescued you when you were stranded at sea.
The truth is...
You rescued me.
But now the darkness, it's threatening me again.
I need you, Sara.
How's he doing?
The damage done to his head and lower abdomen is severe.
He ruptured his spleen and he has massive swelling in his brain.
Thankfully, he got medical attention quickly, so he's got a shot.
You did a good thing here, Roy.
What happened to you out there?
I don't know.
We nearly killed this guy.
Are you ok?
What are you doing here?
Sin called me.
Why did you do that?
Because she was worried about you.
Who is that guy?
He was my date.
We put him there.
You--you did this?
Just drop it.
Roy, something is happening to you.
I'm not judging you.
I'm not angry with you.
I'm on your side.
I just want to help you.
I--I got to go.
You haven't said much.
Are you working on your lecture?
I suppose you think I was wrong about Sebastian, too, though.
[Exhales] I think... that you have everyone fooled, because you want people to think that none of this gets to you.
And that you don't need anyone's help.
Except, I know you!
This isn't you.
What happened to no lectures?
I just--I need a glass of water.
Do you mind?
Brother Blood: Leave him. He's not important.
[Laurel gasping and groaning]
Someone came after Laurel.
Felicity: Do you know where they took her?
I think I have a pretty good idea.
If that mask is supposed to scare me...
All that it's doing is confirming what I've already known for a while now.
You're one sick son of a bitch, Sebastian.
Brother Blood: 30,000 years ago, masks invested their wearer with authority, like a God.
I'm not the one making drug-addled, unsubstantiated accusations against Starling's favorite son.
If I can find out the truth, then others can, too.
You found out nothing.
You know nothing.
The Arrow: Get away from her!
Or I will put...You...Down.
And to think, a few short months ago, you were trying to arrest him.
You wanted me here.
No, I think she should witness this.
[Arm cracking, Oliver groaning]
Take off his mask.
I need to see.
Are you all right?
Looks like Daily was behind this whole thing.
Son of a bitch volunteered for the raid that got Hilton killed.
And we found the accelerant that he used to torch the Langford Institute in his apartment.
I thought it was Sebastian.
I was so sure.
Well, that's the thing about the booze and the pills.
You know, same thing that dulls your pain... clouds the judgment.
Donner: Can we have a minute?
Are you here to say, I told you so?
We're dropping the possession charges and you won't be charged in Daily's shooting.
It was clearly self defense.
You don't seem that thrilled for me.
Are you going to look me in the eye and tell me you don't have a substance abuse problem?
The DA's office has a generous severance package.
Wait, let me explain to DA Spencer.
I can--I can tell her everything!
This isn't coming from Spencer, Laurel.
This is me.
I'm the one that hired you.
But you're done.
Did Laurel really shoot him?
She saved my life.
That's a good thing, Oliver.
She really had me believing that Sebastian Blood was a criminal mastermind, and the only reason that I nearly believed her was because it was Laurel.
I do have a blind spot where she's concerned.
Certainly know how to talk yourself out of a victory.
It's a gift.
Take the win, man.
Daily's dead, you destroyed the serum.
No, it isn't.
Something I said?
Don't take it personally.
He won't even make eye contact with me.
He put someone in the hospital.
He's a little stingy with the details, but...[sighs]. You should have seen this guy.
I don't understand how any human could have done that to another.
Each day, he becomes more and more like somebody I don't even know.
He won't even listen to me.
I know someone he'll listen to.
Ivo: Sara, are you still there?
When you first found me, I felt like you were my savior.
And letting me into your work, I felt like I was a part of something bigger.
You are, Sara.
It was only because I didn't want to see what you were really doing.
I mean, what you did to those people on the boat, and how you tortured them for science...
How I was glad that I wasn't one of them.
I'd rather be dead than keep being a part of this.
You ungrateful bitch.
You think you know what torture is?
You have no idea.
But I will show you.
I am going to hunt you down.
Both of you, and I will show--
[turns off radio]
Let's go find Slade.
They think it was all Daily.
He sacrificed himself for our cause.
Slade: A good start.
But the magnitude of your negligence requires a greater sacrifice.
[All grunting and groaning]
Your incompetence has now cost four lives, alderman.
Fail me again... and yours will be the fifth.
[Sirens in distance]
If that was supposed to go through my other leg, you missed.
The Arrow: You seem to be healing pretty well.
You're stronger, you heal faster, but you're not in control.
The serum that you were exposed to, it changes your body but it also warps your mind.
How do you know so much about it?
I've seen it before.
It twists men.
Turns them into someone they don't recognize.
Maybe you should put another arrow through me.
This time through my heart.
There's another way, Roy.
I can teach you... to control your new ability.
And to control yourself.
Let me help you.
When do we start?