Arrow (2012– )
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Honor Thy Father 

Arrow moves further along his father's list while battling family issues with his mother, Moira, and especially with his sister. He also makes amends for past difficulties with Laurel.


David Barrett


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / The Hood
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
Colin Donnell ... Tommy Merlyn
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Susanna Thompson ... Moira Queen
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Kelly Hu ... China White
Colin Salmon ... Walter Steele
Ty Olsson ... Martin Somers
Annie Ilonzeh ... Joanna de la Vega
Emma Bell ... Emily Nocenti
Marrett Green Marrett Green ... TV Anchorman
Tristan Jensen ... Bodyguard #6
Graham MacDonald Graham MacDonald ... Victor Nocenti


Arrow continues to dispense justice but Oliver has to go to court to make a proof of life declaration and have his earlier court approved death overturned. His mother and Walter would like him to play a greater role in the family business but he's reluctant to do so. His mother is insistent however so Oliver comes up with a very public way to get her to change his mind. Arrow next targets Martin Summers who is on his father's list and who is currently being sued by Laurel Lance for having a dock worker killed. Arrow gives him a chance to do what is right but when an an attempt is made to kill Laurel, he goes into action. Flashbacks reveal Oliver's first days on the island. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Both Ty Olsson and Katie Cassidy have appeared in multiple episodes of Supernatural (2005), another show filmed in British Columbia and produced by the CW. See more »


The date of Robert Queen's tombstone does not match the date given on the news in the pilot. See more »


Oliver Queen: All that time plotting my return at the island, I didn't realize how hard it would be to reconnect with Mom, Thea... Laurel... and I didn't... I didn't know how painful it would be to keep my secret. You asked me to save the city. To right your wrongs. I will. I swear. But to do that, I can't be the Oliver that everyone wants me to be, which means sometimes, to honor your wishes... I need to dishonor your memory. I'm sorry...
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A great continuation of the pilot episode

Honor Thy Father is another great episode and continues the pilot episode with great intentions. The character interactions were neat and it's great to see Oliver Queen struggling with his relationships with his family and other people including Laurel and John Diggle. Also the dynamics between Oliver and John were superbly written with Stephen Amell and David Ramsey bringing solid chemistry.

The writing continues to be strong with its blend of mystery drama and action. Also, the flashbacks were very cool too and leaves you wanting more about what would happen to Oliver in Lian Yu Island. My only quibble on this episode is that while the villain China White was well introduced, her fate felt really predictable.

Overall, Honor Thy Father is another great episode and continues the pilot episode nicely. Thumbs up. :)

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