02x13 - Heir to the Demon

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"...

Blood's trounced every potential candidate we've focus-tested.

You want me to run against Sebastian Blood?

The child of Ra's al Ghul awaits your return.

Tell Ra's al Ghul that my family is off limits!

You've got to come back home.

I can't!

If they knew I was alive, Laurel and mom, they would never stop looking for me, and that could get them both killed.

Thea Queen, telling me enough is enough.

Now, that is rich.

Laurel: Sara?

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My computer's froze.

Can you hold on a sec?

I'll be right back.

Down on the ground, down, down!

Put your hands on your head!

I said, hands on your head, lady. I will shoot you.


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Season 2 Episode 13
Heir to the Demon
Original Air Date on February 5, 2014

A successful mayoral campaign isn't about polling, it isn't about fundraising or hot button issues.

It's about connecting with people.

That's why right after we announce tomorrow, Moira, I want to get you in front of as many cameras as possible.

Morning shows, talk shows--

Mark, I want to help rebuild the city, not pander to it.

It's not pandering, Mom. It's campaigning.

Let the people get to know the real Moira Queen, and they are going to fall in love with you.

Speaking from experience, this man knows what he's talking about, Moira.


Mr. Steel?

May I talk to you about something?

I'm no longer your boss, Felicity.

So let's make it Walter from now on.


[English accent] Walter.

It's about Tempest.

Mrs. Queen's super sketchy offshore LLC you asked me to look into last year.

I remember.

That's right.

So, the thing is, I left an embedded account alert on it so we'd know if anyone ever accessed it again.

A few days ago, there was a wire transfer made from Tempest to a numbered account at Starling National Bank.

Probably the campaign accountant shutting it down.

Or it could be something else.

That is the money Mrs. Queen used to do some really bad things.

I mean, you guys did get divorced for pretty good reasons.

Which is not my business.

I'll talk to Moira first thing.

And thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Of course.


We're starting a campaign.

Oliver, can I have a word?


I know that you and he are friends, but you'll need to end your support for Sebastian Blood.

I will speak to Sebastian.


[Cell phone vibrating]


I'll be right there.

[Sirens in distance]

[Knock on door]


Mrs. Lance.

I came back as soon as I heard.

Thanks for coming.


How you feeling?

I've been better.

Don't worry, baby.

We're going to get you all the help you need.

There's a great rehab outside of Starling, they got a bed waiting for you--

Dad, I already told you.

I didn't OD.

I didn't take any pills last night.

I swear.


The doctor wants to check your eye.

What happened to her eye?

Minor subconjunctival hemorrhaging.

Probably from hitting her head when she lost consciousness. After the exam, we can discharge her.


You feel better, ok?

Thank you.

We'll be outside.

Let's go.


What is it, sweetheart?

Before I passed out...

The strangest thing happened.

I saw Sara.

I mean, I know I was hallucinating, but I saw her.

She was standing right over me.

I mean, I've dreamt about her over the years, but this was so much more real.


That's crazy, right?

Yeah, it's crazy.

She's been doing that for like an hour.

You saw Laurel.

Is she going to be ok?

You saved her life.

Hey, thanks for calling me.

And I never did ask you-- how did you find me?

I wasn't going to lose you again.

I should get going.

Hey, so that's it?

You're back in town for 24 hours, now you're just going to take off again?

The League of Assassins is still after me, Ollie, and staying in town would put my whole family at risk.

I only came because Laurel's in trouble.

Well, she's still in trouble, Sara.

Your entire family needs you.

So do I.

Do me a favor and dig up a copy of Laurel's bloodwork from the hospital, please.

Sure. What are we looking for?

I just want to make sure of something.

[Cell phone vibrating]

It's for you.

[Voice disguised]

Hello, Detective.

Put my daughter on.

I know she's there.

Hilton, tell the Lieutenant that the perp was practically lawyering up when I read him his Miranda.

If we don't get on top of this situation, the Lieutenant is not going to be happy--

Oh, it smells amazing, Dad.

Ahh, yeah.


Here, try one of these.


Beautiful. No, I'm talking to Laurel.

Quentin, hang up the phone.

Spend time with your family!

Oh, my family. You heard that, I got to go. Bye, buddy.

Sorry, ladies. Our do-er hired some dirtbag lawyer, and--

Says the dad whose daughter just applied to law school.

That is not the kind of lawyer that you're going to be, young lady, because you, you're going to be a judge or you're going to be a professor, just like your mother.

Yeah, come over to academia.

The fun never ends.

Dinner is at a crucial point.

Sara: Ahem!

Laurel: Hey!

Hi! Sar-bear!




Sara, what a surprise.

Hi, mom.

Please don't tell me you got kicked out of college.

Oh, well, thank you for the vote of confidence.

I had a three day weekend, so I figured I'd drive down and surprise everybody.

Well, you're just in time to eat. Come here.

Get yourself another plate. Come on.

Here you go.

[Phone dings]

[Bells jingle]

Hi, Dad.

Come here.

I only have a minute.

Well, a cup of tea is all I ask.

Sit down.

Oh, baby.

I have missed you so much.

How's Laurel?

She saw you.

Right before she passed out.

She thought it was, I don't know what.

A hallucination.

Well, good.

No, baby, you don't understand.

Seeing you, it made her happy.

Dad...The league, they're still hunting me.

So what, you're just going to pop back every time one of us is in trouble?

We can't live like this, Sara, and you can't.

It's time we started facing things together.

[Bells jingle]

[Dog barking in distance]

[Sara gasping]

I've had better greetings.

I'm sorry, I did--

I just--I didn't know what you were going to do.

To be honest, neither did I.

We should talk.

Of course.

Do we need permission from your boyfriend?

I am Nyssa.

Daughter of Ra's al Ghul.

Heir to the demon.

What are you doing here?

Sara swore her allegiance to the League of Assassins.

It's time for her to return home.

That...is not going to happen.


Please, would you give us a moment?

Take your time.

Good-byes are never easy.

Is that why I didn't get one?

I can explain.

You don't have to.

But you're not leaving.

I don't trust her.

Then trust me.

Mrs. Queen?


A Miss Smoak is here to see you.


Uh, me.

If you're looking for Oliver, he's not here.

I know. I'm here to see you.

Really? What about?


I flagged a large wire transfer you made.

When I mentioned it to Walter, he said he would talk to you about it.

I could tell in his face he wouldn't.

British people are really bad liars.

Yes, they are.

So I looked into it myself, because--full disclosure--

I--I don't trust you.

You paid a substantial sum of money to a Dr. Gill.

He was the doctor who delivered Thea, which didn't make any sense to me.

So I went through like a dozen different theories until I remembered...

Your testimony. At trial.

You had an affair with Malcolm Merlyn one year before Thea was born.

Merlyn is Thea's father.

I can see why Walter and Oliver have such a high appraisal of your capabilities.


What are you going to do with this information?


I don't know.

Confronting you in your living room was as far as my plan went.

I thought you deserved the chance to tell Oliver yourself. He should hear it from you.

I'm not going to tell my son anything.

And neither are you.

If you won't keep my secret for Oliver's sake, you should keep it for your own.

I see the way you look at him.

If you tell him this, you will rip his world apart.

And a part of him will always blame you.

Oh, he'll hate me, for sure.

But he will hate you, too.

We all have to keep secrets, Miss Smoak.

You look different.

I'm still me.

The Sara I know wouldn't have betrayed us and fled Nanda Parbat under the cover of darkness.

I didn't have a choice.

The earthquake--

I needed to see my family, make sure they were safe.

And so they are.

Come home.

I can't.

Look, I can't go back, Nyssa.

I don't have much of a soul left in me, but what there is, it can't take the killing anymore.

You swore an oath.

My father sent me here to make sure you honor it.

One way or another.

We both know the real reason why you came here.

When I found you, you were starving, and alone, simply waiting to die.

The League took you in... nursed you back to health.

The only reason you're alive today is because of me.

Hey, I wasn't with you because you saved me.

I was with you because I loved you.

But not anymore.

Ra's listens to you.

And you can ask him to release me.

[Scoffs] My father has never released anyone from the League.

He released Malcolm Merlyn.

An action he and the citizens of this city dearly regret.

Do what you have to.

It's been two hours, and she should have gotten back in touch with me by now.




Sorry. What?

Are you ok?

Uh, yeah, I'm fine.

It's just... things in here.

The League is never going to let me go.

At least if I'm halfway around the world, then I can keep my family safe.

I wouldn't be so sure about that.

Just got a copy of Laurel's bloodwork.

She tested negative for drugs.

Well, then why did she collapse?

Because they found traces of snake venom in her blood.

From a Tibetan pit viper.


So Laurel didn't OD?

She was poisoned.

She was poisoned by Nyssa, who did it to draw you back here.

And it worked.

My family's in danger.

[Sports announcer on TV]

[Turns off TV]

Who are you texting?

No one.

Did you meet a boy at school?

Cut it out.

Boys at school are lame.

Hey, how's everything with you and Oliver?


We decided to start looking at apartments together.

I know it's a big step, but...

We're ready. I think we'll live together for a year, engaged for another, and then...

Mrs. Laurel Queen.

Maybe one day.

This is kind of assuming that he's ever ready to settle down.

What's that supposed to mean?

Well, we both know at least ten girls that he's slept with.

Can't you just be happy for me?

I mean, if you met some amazing guy who wanted to spend the rest of his life with you, I would be so supportive, and so happy for you--

Ok, Laurel, I wasn't trying to be a bitch.

The title of your autobiography.


I'm going to get some sleep.





Dad, it's my fault, I'm so sorry.

The assassins group that you're a part of, they took your mother.

Not exactly.

Well, what exactly?

A woman.

Nyssa. She's a powerful figure in the League.

And she poisoned Laurel.

She took mom.

To get you to come back to the League?

To get me to come back to her.


[Cell phone vibrating]

Nyssa, don't do this.

I tried to warn you, but you wouldn't listen.

I thought it would be instructive for you to know what it feels like to suddenly lose someone you love.

To have them ripped from your life without warning.

You do not want to hurt my mother.

You're right.

I don't.

You have one day, Ta-er al-Sahfer, Make the right choice.

We have 24 hours.


We'll find her.

Ok, Laurel's inside, she's losing her mind, I got to go.

Keep me updated.

Oh, come on!

You ought to buy a ticket if you're going to play like that!

Hey, kiddo. How's the apartment hunt going?

Terribly. I really wanted to find the perfect place to show Ollie when he gets back from his boat trip.

Everything good was already taken by the time I walked in the door.

Maybe it's a sign that you're not supposed to move in with the frat boy that you call a boyfriend.

You and mom were my age when you moved into that place on Spring Street.

You weren't even engaged yet.

Well, that's 'cause your mother kept turning down all my proposals.

She did?

Oh, you know your mother, free spirit and all.

Why do we need rings when we have love?

You know I spent a year with that damn ring burning a hole in my pocket?

TV Reporter: A mayday transmission was heard, but so far there has been no trace of the "Queen's Gambit."

Among those missing are local residents Robert and Oliver Queen.

Do we have a lead on Dinah?

We researched the poison Nyssa used on Laurel.

Luckily for us, Tibetan pit viper venom is surprisingly difficult to transport.

It starts losing its potency the moment it leaves the fangs.

Yet another sentence I never thought I'd actually say out loud.

So it was bought locally?

Not bought. Stolen.

From where?

The zoo.

A local break-in.

The perps didn't steal anything, so the cops chalked it up to a bunch of kids looking for a thrill.

I pulled up the zoo CCTV footage from the night of the break-in.

I caught a plate.

The car's a rental.

Address is in the Glades.


Call your father.

[Cell phone vibrating]

Sebastian, I am so sorry.

I have a bad habit of standing you up.

Look, I know you have to pull your support for my campaign.

Blood is thicker than politics.

And it should be.

Well, thank you for understanding, and I really hope that this doesn't affect our friendship.

It's important to me.

And to me.

Moira: Can I help you, alderman?

Oh, I had a meeting with your son.

I'm sure you can guess the topic.

I hope my decision to run against you for mayor doesn't affect your relationship.

Out of respect for that relationship, can I offer some advice?


Get out.


The fact that you are advising me to get out before I even announce my candidacy suggests that you're threatened.

I'm apprehensive about destroying my friend's mother.

I can take care of myself.


During your trial, you portrayed yourself as a fragile creature living under Malcolm Merlyn's thumb.

So which is it?

The woman strong enough to lead this city, or the one too weak willed to save it?

The one who should not be underestimated.

[Sighs] So what exactly is the plan here?

We wait. The Arrow will lead him right to us.

You know, you never did tell me how you joined up with the Arrow in the first place.

Where did you two even meet?

Vigilante club.


Same old Sara.

Well, not exactly the same.

I loved her, Dad.

Are you upset?

Honestly, Sara, to think what you've been through these past six years?

The pain, the loneliness...

I'm just happy to hear you had someone that cared for you.

[All grunting]

What's the matter, they didn't teach you about right crosses in assassin school?

Where is Nyssa?!

Tell me where my wife is!

[Speaking Arabic]

What the hell is he saying?

He's praying.

[Speaking Arabic]

No, don't!

Son of a bitch!

It's over, Detective.

He's gone.

[Indistinct chatter]

Diggle: How's Sara holding up?

Not well.

And I need you to pick up the trail on Nyssa, because Mrs. Lance is running out of time.

I'm on it.

Oh, Oliver.


Hi, hi.

Ohh. Well, I haven't been this nervous since my wedding day.

Both of them.

Moira, it's time.

Oliver, are you ready to introduce your mother?

With pride.



What is going on with you?

And don't say...


Don't say "nothing."

The truth, please.

Might have noticed that I talk a lot.

It has not escaped my attention.

You might have also noticed that I don't talk a lot about my family.

I have noticed that.

My mother is...


She's my mother.


I don't really know what my father is, 'cause he abandoned us.

I barely remember him.

But I do remember...

How much it hurt when he left.

And just the thought of losing someone that important to me again...


You're not going to lose me.

Whatever it is that's bothering you...

Is it about your family?


It's about yours.

Time's up.

Have you made your decision?

Let my mother go.

And I will return with you to Nanda Parbat.


You're doing the right thing, Sara.

For both of us.

Here you go, sweetie.

Your chamomile, like you like.

Is there anything else I can get you?

My mother.


Laurel, there's something I got to tell you.

It's about your sister.

What about her?

[Cell phone vibrating]


Dad, I found mom.

Meet me at the lower boat yards in 30 minutes, and come alone.

Don't tell the Arrow.

Copy that.

[Laurel crying]

I got to go.

What about Sara, Dad?

I'll explain everything later, all right?

Just sit tight.

[Door opens, closes]

I say this with confidence.

Because the Moira Queen that I know is more than a successful CEO and philanthropist.

She is a loving mother who has devoted her life to raising two wonderful children.

Just to tell you how special she is, I'd like to welcome her son.

CEO of Queen Consolidated, Mr. Oliver Queen.


Phew. Thank you.

[Clears throat]

Well, I'm here today to say a few words... about Moira Queen.

I bet many of you think that you know her, because you... read about her in the press, or you saw her on TV.

But I can promise you...

You don't know my mother.

You don't know her like I do.

[Camera shutters clicking]

And you don't know what she's capable of...

When it comes to helping the people of Starling City.

Ladies and gentlemen...

My mother, Moira Queen.

[Cheers and applause]

I know.

Thank you!

Thank you, Starling City.


The snake venom, it's gone.

She found Nyssa.

And she's going to poison her?

We need to stop her before she does.

Activate her tracer.

You put a tracer on her?

She has a bad habit of disappearing on me.

Oliver, I hate to sound cold, but why do we care if Sara kills some bad ass assassin that wants to get her and her family?

Because, Diggle, if half of the stories that I have heard about Ra's al Ghul are true, if Sara kills his daughter...

We will all pay.

They're coming for you now.

Dinah! Move away from her! Move away!

It's all right, it's all right.

What's happening?


It's me, Mom.

It's me.

[Dinah gasping]

Oh, my baby!

My baby!

Oh, my baby!


I love you so much, Mom.

I have to go.

What? What are you doing?

Dad, get mom out of here!


We've got to go.




You took the poison.




I can't go back.

I can't take the killing anymore.

It needs to end.

Sara! Delta Charlie 52, to Central, need back up at the lower boat yards.

Ambulance, paramedics...

[Indistinct police radio]

If you want to be with your family so badly, they can join you in eternity.

You get the hell away from my daughter.


Live or die.

It's up to you.

Sara. I can still save her.

Worry more about saving yourself.

[Both grunting]


Sara: Don't kill her.





Sara, hold on.

Stay with me.

Come on.

Come on, stay.

Not again.



No more killing.



Ta-er al-Sahfer, in the name of Ra's al Ghul...

I release you.


[Tires squealing]

Thank God you're ok!

Are you all right?

Oh, I can't believe you.

Look at you.

You're all right, baby.

I can't believe it.

Look at you.

You're ok, baby.

Because Starling City is our city.

And starting today, we're going to take it back.

[Cheers and applause]

[Turns off TV]

I know we need to talk.

You need to listen.

For the past year, I have stood by your side...

And I have fought, because I wanted to believe that you weren't this...


And I needed to believe that I still had a mother.

You do, Oliver--

Oliver, I only lied about Thea to protect her from Malcolm.

No, you lied because that is what you do.

And that is who you are, Mom.


And now you've made a liar out of me.

Because Thea could never find out about Merlyn.

And she could never know the truth about us.

Which is that as of right now, we have no relationship.

I will keep up appearances for Thea's sake.

And publicly, I will support your campaign.

But privately...

You and I are done.




I know you have a lot of questions.


How could you not have any questions?

Because I already know all of the answers to them.

How could you still be alive; where have you been all this time?

Why didn't you call us.

And the answer to all of them...

Is because it's Sara.

Baby, don't do this--

Dad, I swear to God, if you say one more word.

Laurel, look, I know you're angry.

And you have every right to be.

But please don't take this out on dad.

If you need someone to blame, blame me.

Oh, I do blame you, Sara.

Every single thing that's gone wrong in our lives is your fault.

You got on that stupid boat with my boyfriend.

You didn't call us to tell us that you were still alive, even though it probably would have saved mom and dad's marriage.

And you brought some crazy assassin into Starling City who nearly killed mom and who poisoned me.


You stole my whole life away from me.

Now get out.


Get out.

I'm sorry.

I said get out!

[Knock on door]

Hold on.

Please, come in.

Tell me Oliver is ok!

Tell me everything's ok!

I wish I could.

Moira, I'm so sorry about Robert.

About Oliver.

I really am.

Yes, um, I need to tell you both something.

What is it?

Robert and Oliver weren't the only ones lost.

Along with the crew, a friend invited along by Oliver at the last minute.



It was...

It was Sara.

Your Sara.

I'm so sorry, Quentin.

The dock master saw her sneak on board.

[Laurel gasping]

Man on TV: With Moira Queen's impressive speech earlier today, some pundits are suggesting her candidacy might not be so far-fetched.

And while Blood's campaign has yet to issue a public response to Mrs. Queen's announcement...

I warned you not to underestimate Moira Queen.

What do you want me to do?

Thank you!

Thank you, Starling City!


I'll take care of it.

You've been crying.

Yeah, I was happy to know I still could.

Are you ok?

Well, Laurel wasn't as thrilled to see me as you thought.

Give her time.

I gave her six years.

What exactly are you taking out on that dummy?


My mother...

She's not who I thought she was.

I guess it's going around.

[Sharp inhale]

So what now?

[Sighs] I don't know.

I don't, either.

I know one thing.

What's that?

I'm home.

[Both gasping and moaning]