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"...
This is my daughter, Helena.
When her father killed her fiancé, she changed into something dark and twisted.
My father doesn't deserve a second chance-- a second life.
This is about learning to control your strength.
Ollie, it's over!
We got to get off this ship!
Warrants out for racketeering, extortion, murder-- the goombah trifecta.
But he never travels alone, so watch your back, watch your partner's back.
Thanks for helping me keep watch over my dad tonight.
As long as Slade's out there, neither of our families are safe.
This is the SCPD!
Put your weapons on the ground!
Move, move, move!
My daughter sent you to kill me.
Season 2 Episode 17
Birds of Prey
Original Air Date on March 26, 2014
Dad, are you all right? Are you hurt?
Yeah, I'm fine, sweetheart.
Listen, I know you don't exactly believe in reading perps their Mirandas, but you can't just toss a guy out of a window.
He shot you.
And I'm still here, ain't I?
Just next time, show a little restraint.
That was me showing restraint.
We have another problem.
Yeah, I know.
With Frank Bertinelli in custody, it's just a matter of time before She-Ro is back in town.
Who is she?
Diggle: Helena Bertinelli.
Daughter of mafia boss Frank Bertinelli.
Or as I like to call her, Oliver's psycho ex-girlfriend hell-bent on revenge against her father.
That's what you took from that sentence?
Wait, why does she want her father killed so badly?
He had her fiancé murdered.
She wants payback.
Puts the many fights I've had with my father in perspective.
I've been keeping tabs on Helena over the past year.
Last known sighting was a month ago, Palermo.
She's been busy.
If by "busy," you mean torturing and killing mafiosos that might know where her father is.
Bertinelli's arrest just hit the wires.
How long do you think we have before Helena books a ticket back home?
Why aren't we moving yet?
We managed to repair the hull.
But the engine is too damaged.
So fix it.
I don't know how!
Then find somebody who does.
Hi, my name's Laurel, I'm an alcoholic.
All: Hi, Laurel.
And this is actually my second meeting today.
It's just, uh...
It's just so hard, because I don't know what to do with myself all day.
I'm a lawyer, well, I... was...a lawyer.
I loved it.
But I guess I loved drinking more.
I know that I can make it down here with all of you.
I just...I'm not sure I can make it out there.
Thank you for letting me share.
[Cell phone rings]
Adam: Thanks for coming.
Sorry about the way things ended here.
No, don't be.
You did me a favor, Adam.
It was the only way I was going to hit bottom, and...
And I did.
How about you do me a favor now... come back to work.
You want me back?
I'm looking for someone to try this case that just came in, and honestly, yours was the first name that came to mind.
I'm still facing sanctions from the bar.
Oh, I got a buddy on the disciplinary committee.
I squared things for you.
An SCPD raid last night brought in Frank Bertinelli.
He came back to Starling to collect on some old debts.
Now, the DA's office is clear to prosecute him; for you to prosecute him.
I appreciate the offer, Adam, but why me?
Well, there are Rico counts that your time at CNRI make you ideally suited for.
Laurel, it's a case.
If you want it, it's yours.
But only if you're ready.
[Music playing, indistinct shouting]
What's the special occasion?
I got paid.
So, you know, if you don't think it's nice enough, you only have yourself to blame for not giving me that raise.
Roy, I love it.
Hey, give me-- give me a second, I forgot to put an order in.
Hey, what's going on?
I got a line on Michael Statton, Helena's fiancé.
Felicity, he's been dead for five years.
Which makes the fact that he rented a car last night very impressive.
The car's got GPS, I hacked into it.
Yeah. She's heading straight for Starling City.
You ready to get back in the field?
I thought you'd never ask.
It's over, Helena.
Get out of the car!
Aah! Don't hurt me!
Don't hurt me!
He's just Helena's decoy.
Where is she?
I don't know!
Some chick just paid me to take the car for a joy ride.
Please don't kill me.
I'm getting married next month.
According to the SCPD, the guy that gave Helena a ride into town is a 22-year-old Poly Sci major at SCU, and a member of Gamma Tau, which totally explains the whole "I didn't know I was aiding and abetting a known felon" thing.
Anyone with boobs can get a frat boy to do anything.
I was a frat boy.
I rest my case.
At least she didn't kill him. That's something.
It's not like Helena to show restraint.
It sounds like you have a type.
Keep tabs on the police.
Let me know if they get any leads on her.
I'll do some canvassing.
By this time tomorrow, it'll be like nothing happened.
That's one upside to Mirakuru.
The only one.
Look, I know what you're going to say.
I had it under control last night.
Yeah, so under control that I almost put another arrow in you.
I was going to back off, but you never gave me a chance.
The only thing that snapped you out of it was when I brought up Thea.
[Scoffs] That's why you called me Speedy.
I--I thought you were trying to give me a nickname.
But for the record, don't call me Speedy.
Roy, you're dangerous.
I thought I was helping you control it.
You are. I mean, I can't look at a bowl of water without slapping it.
The first time that you're out in the field in weeks, and...you're ready to kill somebody?
I'm sorry, I should have asked you to do this months ago.
Asked me to do what?
[Exhales] Stay away from Thea.
No, I--I can't.
She's not safe when she's around you.
I'm not sure anybody is when you lose yourself to this rage.
You love her.
And that's why you're going to do what I'm asking.
Felicity: Such a big uh-oh.
Reporter: ADA Adam Donner announced the return of Laurel Lance to the DA's office after a brief sabbatical.
She will lead the prosecution of Mr. Bertinelli.
Jury selection starts today.
Hey. What are you doing here?
I heard you picked up some big new case on the news.
How come you didn't call me?
I was going to, but it all happened so fast.
Plus, I thought you and dad would try and talk me out of going back to work so soon.
Which is why you're here.
I'm just worried about you.
If you're worried I'm going to slip, I'm still going to two meetings a day, and--
Laurel, it's not that.
Everybody knows what kind of guy Bertinelli is.
And not to mention his completely psychotic daughter, who's already on her way back to Starling City to kill him.
How do you know that?
I just want you to be safe.
And I love you for caring.
But Sara, you've never seen me be a lawyer before.
And I am really good at it.
And I miss it.
I have to run.
I can't be late for court.
Yeah, this is much better than the freighter.
You prefer boat, Hendrik, feel free to swim back.
Sara said Oliver survived here for over a year.
We can do the same.
Unless Ivo and his men come find us.
We don't know what happened on the boat.
Who's alive and who's dead.
Slade, on radio: Sara, are you there?
Slade! Is Oliver...
He's in pain, yes.
But he's still breathing--for now.
Slade, listen, you won, ok?
You have the "Amazo."
Just let Oliver go, and then you can leave us here!
Well, here's my problem, Sara.
I can't leave.
During our assault, the ship's engine was damaged.
She won't sail.
During the attack, unfortunately I decapitated the engineer.
So what can we do about our problem, Sara?
You want Oliver back, and I need someone qualified to fix this boat.
For Oliver's sake, I sure hope a Mr. Hendrik is there with you.
It's not like you to play with kid gloves.
Like Helena, he is not too pleased with my skills as a mentor.
Laurel won't drop the case.
She's headed to court right now.
Where are you going?
To the courthouse.
Well, hey, you forgot your baby arrows.
Look, I get your whole no killing spree, but if it comes down to saving Laurel or killing Helena--
Sara, those aren't the only two choices.
Well, you were happy enough to let Dig take the kill shot when it was Slade threatening your family.
This is different.
I failed Helena.
I created the Huntress.
Yeah, well, you created Slade, too.
But when it comes to our families...
Neither one of us thinks clearly.
Which is why you have to stay here.
I'm not going to let anything happen to Laurel.
I love her, too.
What do you guys think?
Oh, I think if the Huntress shows up, you should totally kick her ass.
Please don't tell me you're worried about me, too.
No, I just wanted to watch the trial.
I heard the prosecutor was something special.
Why are they bringing him in through the front entrance?
Everybody get down!
Sorry I'm late, but you're a hard man to track down.
But it's fitting that you came back to Starling.
Where it all began.
Where you killed Michael.
You know, I almost feel sorry for you.
Oliver, you know I can't.
Well, what are you waiting for?
I said, what are you waiting for?!
Helena Bertinelli, put down your weapons and place your hands above your head.
So this was a big trap... with you as the bait.
What did they offer you?
Ah, they didn't have to offer me anything.
Give up, Miss Bertinelli, the building's surrounded.
What was it you always taught me, Daddy?
Be prepared for anything.
Fall back, fall back!
Take hostages, and fall back.
Hey, hold your fire, hold your fire!
They have hostages!
Hold fire. Say it again, hold fire.
They've taken hostages.
Where's Laurel? Where's Laurel?
Is she with you?
I'm sorry, Mr. Lance, we got separated.
She's still inside.
Reporter: We are live outside the Starling City courthouse, where Helena Bertinelli and an unknown number of assailants seized control of the entire building. And I'm now being told, they are holding a number of hostages inside.
I want snipers with thermals on top of every building for a two block radius.
This was not how it was supposed to go down, Captain! You promised me there wouldn't be any casualties!
This was your idea, huh?
You son of a bitch!
Hey, my daughter's in there!
What were you guys thinking, putting all those innocent lives at risk?
Listen! I was following orders.
No one has to die today.
Helena: My father does.
And unless you hand him over to me, I'm going to start killing hostages.
See this, Mr. Donner, is what happens when you let freaks with masks run wild.
Get them the hell out of here.
[Indistinct police radio]
[Oliver's cell phone rings]
It's my mom.
The Arrow: Detective.
Helena Bertinelli just took ten hostages.
Laurel's one of them.
Yeah, I'm aware of the situation.
[Cell phone vibrates]
Oliver, where are you?
Are you ok?
I'm with Lance as Oliver, and he just called the Arrow.
It's getting really hard to keep track of who knows whose secret identity.
Felicity, Laurel is still inside the courthouse.
What do you need, Oliver?
My work clothes.
I'm on it.
Put Sara on the phone.
She's not here.
Where is she?
Are you one of the good guys?
No, but I'm friends with them.
[Dance music playing]
Dude, watch it.
[Yelling and groaning]
Thea, we need to break up.
What do you mean, no?
Thea, I'm breaking up with you.
No, you're not.
You can't make me date you.
Roy, yesterday you gave me a bracelet worth every dime that you had, and now what, you want to end things?
Look, you're clearly going through something right now, and I'm not going to let you go through it alone.
I'm always going to be here for you.
Sorry, Thea. The guy from the private party said we stocked the wrong vodka, and he's freaking me out.
[Sighs] Look, we'll talk about this later, ok?
Are you hurt?
[Chuckles] I'm so stupid.
You don't want to do that.
Oh, no, trust me.
What about your sobriety?
How do you know about that?
The "A" chip on your keychain.
Do you even know why I'm here today?
Turns out I'm decoration.
What do you mean?
This whole trial was a sham.
I should have seen it.
Sara was right.
She's my sister.
She said that I wasn't ready to come back, and...
[Chuckles] I just thought she was being overprotective.
Well, sisters can be like that.
You should meet mine.
She's gone through a lot.
She must have been so strong.
I wanted to show her, show myself...
That I was still strong, too.
So show me.
Oliver: Where are you?
Inside. I've got Laurel Lance, she's ok.
Is that the Arrow?
I'm headed to an egress point in the south wing.
What about the other hostages?
You're just going to leave them?
Look, I need to get you to safety.
I don't understand! What is so special about me?
What's going on?
She won't leave.
I know Helena.
She's going to kill all of those people, innocent people.
You wanted me to show you I'm strong.
This is me being strong. I'm staying.
Are you going to help me or not?
Get her out of there now!
It's not like I can just knock her out.
I don't want you engaging Helena.
What, you're afraid of what she'll do...
Or what I'll do?
Sara...You're not a killer.
I am what I need to be.
Slade, on radio: Sara, did you hear me?
I heard you.
Hendrik's not here.
There's someone I'd like you to say hello to.
Don't give him anything, Sara.
One last chance.
Oliver for Hendrik.
I told you! Look, Hendrik, he didn't make it to the island, he drowned.
To think it was only a year ago, you were a little college girl, fretting about boys.
What's your point?
You're not a good liar.
Look, he's your friend!
That is the sound of electricity surging through my friend.
Five milliamps, to be exact.
Seven causes cardiac arrest.
Oliver just passed out with six milliamps.
He'll be delivered with the fatal blow of seven in one hour if Hendrik is not standing here by my side!
There's no way in hell I'm going back there.
I was almost married once.
It's been an hour, and I'm a woman of my word.
Just ask my father.
Everything's going to be ok.
Canary: Behind you!
Oliver sure does like to dress up his girls.
You all right?
Laurel! She's still in there.
Nice to see you again, Laurel.
Oliver: Helena, listen to me.
This has to end.
And it ends with my father in a box.
The police are never going to hand over your father!
No, they won't.
That's why you're going to do it.
Simple trade-- my father for Laurel.
We need more vodka.
I'll get it myself.
Where are you taking me?
Listen, front's mobbed with reporters.
Let's take Bertinelli out the back.
Bring the van around.
Ow! All right.
Whoa! What the hell?
Don't worry about it.
What's going on?
Just get in the van!
SWAT's getting ready to breach the courthouse.
Then we make the trade now.
Listen, I'm not going to lose any sleep over Frank.
But are you really going to serve him up to his daughter?
No one dies tonight.
Are you ok?
Everything's going to be fine.
I said...no talking.
We talked that night.
You, Oliver, Tommy, and I.
I remember you telling me your fiancé was killed.
I'm so sorry.
Does this make us girlfriends?
But I know what it's like to lose someone.
Did Tommy dump you?
And I couldn't deal with it.
So I became a drunk.
Every problem I had, I solved with a pill or a drink.
My friends and my family, they tried to help me, but I wouldn't let them.
You don't have to do this, Helena.
It's not too late.
Yes, I do.
Because once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.
I have your father.
I want four men teams, diamond formations.
Move fast, shoot sharp.
One more thing-- vigilantes are not the law.
If they're wearing a mask, they get a bullet.
Let's move out.
Hands up, Bertinelli!
Do it now!
Please don't kill me! Please!
She--she told me-- she told me to wear it or she'd kill me!
Where the hell is she?!
[Sirens, indistinct chatter]
Don't look so scared, Laurel.
You might just live through this.
So you're just going to hand me over to my daughter?
I thought you were the good guys!
Remember all that stuff I said about restraint?
Forget about it.
You can't stop someone like Helena by becoming her.
I'll do what I have to to protect someone I love.
Hendrik, please, put the gun down!
Why? So you can send me back to that hell hole?
I don't think so!
It's not for any of us to decide who lives and dies.
But in Hendrik's case, I'd be willing to make an exception.
Don't stop me.
Good at talking, but you will not kill me.
Let's find out.
Sir, we've got a ping off Ms. Lance's cell phone.
She must still have it on her.
A machine shop at Gail Street and Simone.
Should we rally up there?
Hold your location.
Sergeant, keep this position.
Well, this is irony for you, dad.
Didn't you have Jimmy d'Agostino's body buried under the building next door?
I'm sorry, my girl.
Now you're about to die, I'm sure you are.
I'm sorry for that little girl I used to take to ballet class.
Go on ski trips with.
The one I used to help with her math homework.
Oh, she hated math.
Sorry that I caused her so much hurt.
'Cause she brought me so much joy.
Don't kill him.
You can never come back from that.
It's too late.
I'm already gone.
Man: Damn vigilantes!
You went above the law!
Last time this happened, I threw you out a window.
I was holding back.
I won't do that again.
You're not a killer.
You don't know who I am, Laurel, not really.
Then show me.
[Sirens in distance]
It was supposed to be me.
It was supposed to me who did it.
All right, Bertinelli, that's enough.
How did you get in here?
My family makes a generous donation to the policemen's retirement fund.
And every once in a while, I get to call in a favor.
Hmm. Maybe you could ask them to send me to prison somewhere tropical.
You know, I thought I'd feel different now that he's dead, but I don't.
And you always told me that...
Killing him wouldn't change anything.
You were right.
But I was wrong, too.
I thought I could help you.
Stop you from being a killer, but...
I was just starting.
And I was a killer, too.
And what are you now?
I'm trying to be better.
It's so stupid, but...
I keep thinking, now that he's dead, my father and Michael are together, and...
I'm still here.
You're not alone.
What are you doing to me?
In Roman times, a criminal was branded to identify his crimes to the world and to forever remind him of what he'd done.
Shado wore this tattoo on her back.
Now you shall wear it for the rest of your life, however short that may be.
[Static on radio]
I hope you've made the right choice.
Look, on behalf of the entire DA's office, I have to apologize.
Adam Donner's employment here has been terminated.
Obviously we had no idea what he was plotting.
I would hope not.
Unfortunately, Adam was not authorized to offer you your job back.
I'm sorry, but nothing has changed.
Yes, it has.
You are going to rehire me, Kate.
Unless you feel like explaining to the press that your own assistant district attorney was the brilliant mastermind behind tonight's hostage crisis.
I have to say, I am impressed.
I would have thought blackmail was a little dark for you.
Someone recently told me, once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.
What are you still doing up here?
Roy and I are...
I caught him with some slut.
Right over there, actually.
He was doing it to push me away, which clearly worked.
I don't know why.
Why is it so hard for everyone just to tell the truth?
I mean, Roy can't even tell me the truth of why he wants to end things with me.
She keeps all of these secrets.
I mean, doesn't it...
Doesn't it feel like she's still keeping something from us?
I don't know, Thea.
You're the only one that doesn't lie to me, Ollie.
You're the only one I know who doesn't keep secrets from me.
Just, I got to go.
Let me drive you.
No, I just want to be alone right now.
Is she ok?
She will be.
You did good tonight.
That's what heroes do, right?
Slade: It's a dangerous city.
You shouldn't be out in the streets alone.
Call me Slade.