02x19 - The Man Under the Hood

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"...

There's a new player we've been tracking.

We've been calling him...Deathstroke.

Slade: I have a proposal for you men.

Roy was injected with the serum.

He's alive. But we are going to have to keep an eye on him.

Stay away from Thea.

No.

She's not safe when she's around you.

You love her, and that's why you're going to do what I'm asking.

How could you not tell me Malcolm Merlyn was my father?!

I believed in you.

As of 30 minutes ago, your company belongs to me.

Slade. You're working for him.

I know Oliver Queen is the Arrow.

Felicity: I don't think my eye holes line up properly.

Is anyone else having this problem?

Don't be nervous.

I'm a lot nervous.

This is a big move, even for us.

And we've cornered the market on big moves.

Slade didn't give us any choice.

Yeah, as far as plans go, this is not a good one.

Felicity.

This was your plan.

I didn't think you'd actually say yes.

We're here.

Ughhh!

Aahh! Ohh!

Hey! That man used to work for me.

Sara: And now he works for our enemy.

Security cameras are down.

You all remember the skeleton key?

Courtesy of William Tockman, aka the Clock King.

It can open any lock.

Including this one.

This is where we met Barry.

These are plug n' play.

Fasten them to what we talked about.

Let the C4 do the rest.

Been a while since I've blown anything up.

Quick and clean.

I'm a bomber.

I can't believe I'm a bomber.

I wonder if I can list that on my résume under special skills.

Man: Freeze!

We have to go.

Thermal shows everybody's out.

[Beep]

It's just a building, Oliver.

[Explosions]


Arrow
Season 2 Episode 19
The Man Under the Hood
Original Air Date on April 16, 2014


Cowards.

Who else would needlessly destroy cutting edge, scientific and medical technology whose sole purpose is to make Starling City a healthier and safer place?

As CEO of Queen Consolidated, I have a message to the terrorist who committed this unspeakable act.

You will be caught, and punished.

For the record, I hated her before we found out she was a super villain.

Ok. Slade's goal is to create an army of human weapons using the Mirakuru.

To do that, he needs an industrial centrifuge.

Which having Isabel Rochev steal Queen Consolidated from your family gave him full access to.

But since Applied Sciences went kaboom, he can't use our technology-- well, formerly our for his warped science experiments.

Slade has had us on our heels for weeks.

It's about time we took the fight to him.

All this will do is set him back.

We have no way of knowing where the next attack is coming from.

Quentin: Look, you need to drop this, ok?

I'm fine. Really.

How is any of this fine?

Look, you need to concentrate on you.

Now listen, are you going to your meetings?

Yes. It's where I talk about how my father's facing prison.

Laurel...

This will all blow over, ok? Please.

No. It won't, Dad.

You were caught aiding and abetting the Vigilante.

Working with him last year cost you your detective shield.

Now, it can cost you 18 months in prison.

They want his name.

Do you know who the Arrow is?

I don't.

I swear.

Ok, well, what about the woman in black?

The one the Arrow works with?

Do you know who she is?

No.

Well, you must have some idea.

Honey, I can't tell you what I don't know.

Man: Time's up.

You girls, you take care of each other.

Do you really think he doesn't know who the Arrow is?

It's not like dad to lie.

Sometimes it's people closest to us who lie to us best.

Where is Thea?

She should be here for this, too.

I doubt she's coming.

Well, I can't lie to either of you-- it's bad.

If Isabel Rochev is one thing, it's thorough.

She's been laying the foundation for this takeover for months.

But we still own a majority of stock in the company, correct?

Yes, but Isabel has diluted that stock to the point where it's worthless.

On paper, you're virtually broke.

[Oliver sighs]

And what's the good news?

We can protect your assets.

We need to move everything into a new trust that Isabel can't touch.

All I need is the beneficiaries from the current trust to approve the transfer.

The two of you and Thea.

Thea needs to sign off.

Yes. And quickly.

Thank you, Ned.

Well, now I have to become mayor.

It seems I'll need the income.

Losing the company wasn't your fault.

It was mine.

I let Isabel Rochev get the better of me.

No. You always see the good in people, even if they don't deserve it.

I know that better than most.

Isabel is a vindictive woman.

She would have done this with or without your trust.

How do you know?

You told me months ago I couldn't trust her.

Your father had a weakness for beautiful, strong women.

They were together?

Yes.

She was still in business school at the time.

The pretty intern that caught the CEO's eye.

All right.

You take this to Thea, and you convince her, somehow, to help us fight back.

Hey. Will you help me up?

Yeah.

[Groaning]

Just to my trunk.

Ok.

[Exhales]

Ohh, look who's up.

Just in time for all the fun.

What are you going to do to him?

Make him scream.

Just like he made us.

Hmm?

They say living well is best revenge? Ha.

I prefer torture.

You want first turn?

No.

Ivo: Please.

I can help you.

No, doctor.

I can help you.

What was it you said you needed for research?

An eye?

No!

Let me get you a fresh one.

You can still stop Slade Wilson!

Anatoly. Wait.

What did you say?

I can help you stop him.

How? That miracle drug of yours has turned him into monster.

I know. I can turn him back.

Ivo, what are you saying?!

The Mirakuru.

There's a cure.

Hey.

Hey, is Thea here?

No, I haven't seen her.

How's your dad?

He's willing to go to jail for the Arrow.

I know you said you weren't worried, but Dig and I went to Roy's apartment.

It's empty.

Seems like he cleared out a few days ago.

Where the hell did he go?

[Exhales]

Roy will have to wait.

All right, we need to deal with Slade, figure out what his next move is.

I know Slade.

He is not going to stop till...

Welcome home.

Aah!

[Grunting]

Deathstroke: Hello, Sara.

Diggle, stay back!

You're wasting your bullets.

Aaah!

[Groaning]

Don't forget who taught you how to fight, kid.

Excuse me, I'm looking for my sister, Sara Lance.

Excuse me.

I'm Laurel Lance.

Is my sister ok?

Oh, she'll be fine.

Just a hairline fracture of her wrist.

We set it.

She's got some nasty bruises; Looks worse than it is.

Thank you.

Nothing compared to her previous injuries.

Previous...Injuries?

Yes, your sister has extensive scar tissue over her entire body.

The last person I saw with that much damage was a veteran injured in Iraq.

Has your sister served in the military?

No.

No, she hasn't.

Sara.

Hey.

What happened to you?

Oh, I'm fine.

Ollie and I just had a little motorcycle mishap.

It was nothing.

I already got my discharge papers.

But your back...

Those scars, where did you get them?

Oliver: You ok?

I will be. You?

Yeah. Hi.

Hi. So tell me what happened.

Motorcycle accident.

It was stupid.

We were making a left turn, this car ran a red light.

Did you file a police report?

We didn't see the point.

We're both fine.

That's-- that's what counts, right?

Right.

I should really go.

I have a deposition in an hour.

Ok.

Thanks for checking up on me.

Always.

I know Oliver Queen is the Arrow.

Hey.

We missed you yesterday.

The meeting with Ned Foster.

Thea, I know that you're mad at mom and me, but we may have found a way out of this financial mess where we aren't going to lose everything.

Mom and I both signed, we just...

We need your signature, and hopefully we can stop Isabel from ruining us.

After you let her ruin us, you mean?

Yeah.

It says Thea Queen here.

Who's she?

[Sighs]

That's you, Speedy.

[Scoffs] No, it's not.

Robert Queen wasn't my father.

Malcolm Merlyn was.

Thea Merlyn.

Kind of has a nice ring to it.

Merlyn was your biological father, but Dad raised you.

Only because he didn't know I wasn't his.

Hey, hey!

He...He loved you.

So do I, and I am still your brother.

No, you're not.

You're my half brother.

And you know who else was my half brother?

Tommy.

Tommy, who I tried to kiss.

I tried to kiss my half brother-- before my real father killed him!

That's how screwed up I am!

And you know the sad part, I was actually starting to be in a good place.

I had the club, I had Roy, I had a brother who wasn't lying to me.

And for the first time in my crazy life, everything didn't seem so completely and totally messed up.

I thought I was going to be ok.

I'm so stupid.

You're not stupid.

No, what I am...

Is the daughter of two mass murderers.

Not one, but two.

So let's face it, Ollie.

I was never going to be ok.

It's not in my genes.

Thea...

Oliver.

We need to discuss that security matter now.

What do we have?

What Slade took.

Took?

He wasn't here to kill us.

He was here because we had something that he wanted.

The skeleton key.

I did a full sweep.

It's the only thing that's missing.

[Exhales] He needs a new way to mass produce the serum now that we've dusted Applied Sciences.

With the skeleton key, he can get into anywhere and take anything he wants.

We know what he wants.

We just need to find it first.

Where is the most cutting edge technology housed in Starling City?

The combined inventory of every scientist who ever worked at S.T.A.R. Labs.

All housed right in here.

I hereby christen this building "da bomb."

Nobody says that anymore.

I say it.

I define my own cool.

I still can't believe Dr. Wells is shutting this place down.

S.T.A.R. Labs blew a hole in Central City when we turned the particle accelerator on.

It's not surprising that Starling City cancelled the lease on this facility.

We're not exactly the poster children for "let us store our unregulated prototypes in your neighborhood."

It was an accident, Caitlin.

Yeah, well, try telling that to the families of the people who died.

Maybe you can figure out how to tell that to yourself.

Look, Cisco, let's get this inventory done so we can go home.

[Door opens]

I thought we were the only ones here...

Maybe it's one of the security guards.

Oh. Hey, man.

We should be wrapped up any minute now.

Are you getting a bad vibe off this guy?

Deathstroke: The longer the chase, the slower the kill.

Help me.

This equipment belonged to Arthur Light.

Wells fired him two years ago.

Why?

Because he was a psycho.

Please tell me you can make this work.


Deathstroke: I take back what I said--

I'll make this quick.

Now!

Aaah!

We're too late.

[Indistinct police radio chatter]

Cisco: Felicity!

Cisco, Caitlin!

Are you guys ok?

He didn't hurt you, did he?

You said "he" twice.

Do you know who attacked us?

That lunatic with the mask and the sword?

Uh, no. I--no, I don't know.

I--I said "he" twice, because on the radio, I heard that the person who attacked you had man parts, which would make him a...He.

I'm John Diggle, I work security for Queen Consolidated.

Do you have any idea what the masked man may have taken?

An industrial centrifuge, by any chance?

No. It's a secret.

What kind of secret?

The kind I have to keep.

Well, does Cisco have to keep it, too?

Yes. He does.

Ok.

We're just so happy that you guys are ok.

How's Barry doing?

He's the same.

Barry's condition deteriorated.

They moved him to S.T.A.R. Labs.

They've been looking after him.

That's how I met Cisco and Caitlin.

Right.

Well, I'll come visit again, as soon as I can.

That would be cool.

Don't worry, Barry gets lots of visitors.

Iris is there a lot.

Iris?

She's, um, his...

Something.

Oh.

Sure.

Good.

[Scoffs] That's just swell.

Barry's in a coma and he's already moved on.

I hacked into Harrison Wells' personal files.

He's the director S.T.A.R. Labs, which basically makes me unstoppable.

And look what I found.

It's a prototype for one of their new bio-tech projects.

The patent is still pending, which is probably why they didn't want to tell us what it was.

So what is it?

It's a biotransfuser.

It can deliver blood from one single patient into multiple patients, at once.

Why would Slade need a blood transfusion?

He doesn't.

The prisoners that he freed from Iron Heights last week to create his own personal army do.

With a few tweaks, Slade can retro-fit it for the Mirakuru, bypassing what we know to be a less than desirable ratio of success to, you know, death.

Instead of it metabolizing in the person, it happens in the machine.

That's going to require a whole lot of blood.

Even a man with Slade's stamina can't handle that kind of drain.

Good.

What do you mean?

We let him use it.

He'll be weak, vulnerable, and that will be my opportunity to kill him.

How do we find this thing?

A machine like this pulls an exorbitant amount of power from the grid.

When it turns on, I'll know when and where.

Right now, we just wait.

I'm tired of waiting.

Don't listen to him, he's lying!

The cure is real, I promise!

No, he's just trying to save his neck.

[Ivo gasping]

Anthony, look at me.

Tell us about the cure.

[Anatoly scoffs]

[Gasping]

I want to help you, Sara. But first, you have to promise you'll help me, too.

She can't save your life.

No one can, not anymore.

All I ask is for is a quick death.

You don't deserve a quick death.

I know.

And I'm still asking.

It's your call.

Thank you.

Start talking, Ivo!

I was never able to replicate the Mirakuru serum from the original Japanese World War II research I discovered.

After conducting experiments on the prisoners that I acquired this past year, I was able to synthesize a solution that counteracts, reverses the physiological effects that exposure to Mirakuru produces.

From more than human... back to human.

Where is this cure now?

You'll keep your word about ending my life?

Yes. Tell us.

[Sighs]

On the freighter.

In the safe in my quarters.

Now I believe...

This concludes my end of our deal.

Whatever you came here to say, it takes security about 60 seconds to reach this floor, so I would start talking.

Where's Slade?

I just wanted to give you the chance to do the right thing.

I'm under 30, and I'm the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

I'd say I've already done the right thing.

And do you even know who Slade Wilson is?

Or why he's doing this?

I don't care.

I got what I earned.

What you earned?

You think that sleeping with my father entitles you to my family's company?

You have no idea what you're talking about.

Wow, he fooled around with a lot of girls.

I don't see any of them ordering hostile takeovers.

Fooled around?

Is that what your mother told you?

Of course she would write me off as a meaningless affair.

Slade Wilson put me through hell.

His training nearly killed me.

Would I put myself through all that just because I was a jilted lover?

Honestly, I don't know what you are!

I was your father's soul mate.

He was going to leave your mother, leave the company, leave you.

Our bags were packed.

Really?

Your sister had to go and break her arm doing something ridiculous, no doubt.

She fell off her horse.

We were at the airport when he got the call.

I begged him not to go.

I reminded him that Thea wasn't even his.

Are you saying that my father knew?

Of course he knew.

He was a fool, not an idiot.

And like a fool, he loved her anyway.

He promised me that we would leave the next day.

But instead, my internship was terminated and he never spoke to me again.

Oh, so that's what this is really about.

He chose us over you.

Please escort Mr. Queen off the premises.

Don't touch me.

He's no longer welcome in this building.

My building.

[Dialing]

Thea: Hello?

Thea, it's Ollie.

Listen, I just need five minutes face to face.

What do you want?

There's something you need to hear.

Five minutes. Come by the club after we close.

Just spoke with Felicity.

Someone reached out to the Arrow.

Wants a meeting.

Who?

Laurel.

You comfortable in there, Officer Lance?

I can see if there's an extra blanket if you're cold.

Nah, I'm good. But hey, now that I'm on this side of the bars, I think it's just Quentin.

I'm sure it's just a misunderstanding.

You'll be out of here soon.

Yeah, I appreciate your optimism.

Hey!

Hey, what are you doing?

Officer! We need help!

We need help!

Whoa, whoa, what are you doing, man?

Remember me?

You should, 'cause I remember you, Officer.

No, you can't do this.

Aahh! All right, take it easy.

'Cause you and that hooded freak show are the reason I'm in this place.

I thought I should be the one to welcome you.

[Both grunting]

[All yelling]

This isn't over!

This is not over!

[Voice disguised] I heard about your father being arrested.

If I could help him, I would.

That's not what this is about.

It's funny, isn't?

A year ago, he thought you were a murderer.

And me, I was--

I was drawn to you.

I couldn't explain why, but...

But a part of me felt connected to you.

You were always there.

For me...

For my family, and for some reason, I never asked why.

Are you asking now?

I don't have to.

Because I already know the answer.

[Cell phone vibrates]

Hello?

It's dad.

What is it?

Laurel, I am so sorry.

We had your father under protective custody.

There's no such as thing as protective custody in Iron Heights.

Dad!

Hey.

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

Hey, whoa, don't touch the ribs!

The ribs.

I'm getting tired of visiting my family members in a hospital.

What happened?

Oh, it's just some old collar paid me a visit.

I guess I'm not the most popular guy in prison.

Sara, do you mind giving Dad and I a second alone, please?

Yeah, of course.

I'll be right outside.

Don't go far, sweetie.

Dad...

What is it, honey?

I have to tell you something.

What is it?

I know who the Arrow is.

What?

Don't say another word.

Don't say anything.

Ok.

[Groans]

Listen to me, there was a time when I would have sold out my badge to find out his name. You know that.

But then I realize I didn't care who he was.

In fact, I didn't even want to know who he was.

Why not?

'Cause I knew if I knew who he really was, then he'd become a person, right?

Maybe he's got a family. Friends.

People that care about him.

Someone with a life.

That he couldn't be what I needed him to be.

What this city needs him to be.

It's the Arrow that matters.

The man under the hood isn't important.

Look at me.

Can you imagine what it's like to be him?

What he has to live with day in and day out, what that's got to be like.

Hey. The least I can do is sit here and do a little bit of time for him.

How's your father?

He'll be better once you drop all charges and sign his release papers.

He is facing 18 months.

Yes. But he is not going to stay here another day unless you want me to resign and embark on an exciting new career as a criminal defense attorney whose sole ambition will be to sue the District Attorney's office for wrongful arrest and reckless endangerment.

Your father will be released on his own recognizance within the hour.

And reinstated.

Tomorrow.

A word of advice-- be mindful of the battles you choose, because it will not always be this easy.

Nice work, counselor.

[Chuckles]

Thank you.

How's your arm?

Mmm, fine.

Only hurts when I wave.

Ouch.

I'm fine, I promise.

I know you will be.

Thanks.

Thank you for agreeing to talk to me.

You're talking.

I only agreed to listen.

I just want to start with--

[Cell phone rings]

I know you think that--

[Ring]

Ahem. Hold on.

I can't talk right now, Felicity.

I know. But the grid at Collins and Main just spiked, drawing a hell of a lot of power.

Which means someone either plugged in the world's largest hair dryer, or the biotransfuser just went online.

The power cycle on this machine is very specific.

You have 30 minutes, 40 tops.

I know this is selfish, Oliver, and don't hate me for saying this, but...Don't go.

If you don't get Thea to sign those documents, your family loses all of its assets.

If I don't stop Slade right now, a lot of people will lose a lot more.

[Gasps]

Slade: I wouldn't touch that if I were you.

Removing him mid-cycle will surely end his life.

Slade, he's just a kid!

Who's here only because you pushed him away.

You were the one person he looked up to.

And for that, you crushed his soul.

Isabel: We found him at a shelter in Bludhaven.

Pathetic.

Didn't even put up a fight.

I will.

Tell me how to shut it down.

If you could feel the power that is surging through me...

You would know that I do not fear an arrow.

I am stronger than you can even imagine.

And soon...

I will not be alone.

[Both grunting]

You can't hurt me, kid.

[Grunting and groaning]

Come on, Roy.

All right, stay with me.

[Gunshots]

Sara: He's lost a lot of blood.

I don't know what the biotransfuser did to him.

But his pulse is really weak; He's barely breathing.

And he needs a real doctor.

We can't take him to a hospital-- they run tests.

We need to keep what's in him from getting out.

What do we do now?

The only thing we can do--we wait.

Well, while we're waiting, we still have a Slade problem.

He's got 20 guys just like him, and we have no way to stop him.

Yes, we do.

Is that what I think it is?

Mirakuru.

You weren't thinking about taking it, were you?

No.

We're going to use it to make a cure.

Oliver, we don't even know if it's possible to reverse the affects.

[Sighs] Yes, we do.

Ivo did it.

Why didn't you ever tell us that, Oliver?

Because I'm ashamed.

Of what?

Five years ago, I had the chance to use the cure on Slade.

I chose to kill him.

Everything that's happening right now is my fault.

Ivo: I saved you once, Sara.

It feels like a long time ago now.

Time to return the favor.

[Sighs] You might not believe it now, but I was considered a good man.

A good doctor.

A good husband.

[Sighs] Until the Mirakuru drove me mad.

I didn't even take any myself--

[gunshot]

You didn't have to do that for me.

Once you take a life...

It changes you forever.

And I don't want that for you.

Thank you.

Anatoly: Schastlivchik.

So, now what do we do?

Well, I don't suppose any of you know how to pilot a submarine?

Thea.

What are you doing?

Just grabbing some stuff.

Something tells me the mansion's new owner won't want my clothes here.

Thea, wait.

Now he's not busy.

I'm so sorry, that couldn't be helped.

May I speak to you now?

Dad knew the truth.

What?

He knew about Merlyn.

How?

He never said anything to me.

He didn't have to.

Thea, whatever dad's faults were...

He loved us.

All of us.

Because we were his family.

You were his daughter, and some stupid blood test wasn't going to change that.

He chose us.

He chose you.

He made a decision to be your father, even though he didn't have to be.

So what does that tell you?

It tells me that he's a liar.

Just like both of you.

[Knock on door]

I need you guys to do me a favor.

This time, it'll be our secret.

Laurel: Oliver.

What's this for?

Because you're important to me.