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The growing tension between Oliver and Diggle puts both their lives at risk when they go after Damien Darhk and a H.I.V.E. deployed meta-human. Meanwhile, Laurel talks Thea into returning ... See full summary »


Wendey Stanzler


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance (credit only)
Neal McDonough ... Damien Darhk
Caity Lotz ... Sara Lance
Katrina Law ... Nyssa al Ghul
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt
Elysia Rotaru ... Taiana Venediktov
Ryan Robbins ... Conklin
JR Bourne ... Jeremy 'Double Down' Tell
Carmen Moore ... Mina Fayad


The growing tension between Oliver and Diggle puts both their lives at risk when they go after Damien Darhk and a H.I.V.E. deployed meta-human. Meanwhile, Laurel talks Thea into returning to Nanda Parbat to ask her father to put Sara into the Lazarus Pit. However, Laurel is surprised when Nyssa refuses to do it.

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Release Date:

21 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Mathew Yanagiya appears in this episode as a detective. He appeared in Arrow: Legacies (2012) as Stan Washington, a cop who was shot by Kyle Reston as they robbed a bank. See more »


Holt's observation about Felicity's name is not an example of irony, which is defined by an action producing the opposite of its intended effect. An appropriate example of irony would be that such a mistake arises during a lesson about language. See more »


John Diggle: You took a bullet for me.
Oliver Queen: They were meta-human tattoo playing cards.
John Diggle: Still counts, Oliver. Still counts.
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References Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) See more »


Arrow End Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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22 October 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Well, after over a year of mourning what may have been my favorite character on the show, Sara is back. Or at least Caity Lotz is back playing Sara Lance. We don't know how much of Sara will be there. I think people forget how great of a character she was. Season 2 is clearly the best season of Arrow so far, and it's no coincidence that Sara's only season was that year. She is a 10 times better Canary than Laurel, the most bada** female we have had, and I would argue the most fitting love interest for Oliver to date. So for bringing back Sara alone, this episode gets the benefit of the doubt from me.

This episode also gave us what many, including myself, have been asking for. An episode that centered on the original Team Arrow. Olliver, Diggle, and Felicity together are what made this show so special seasons 1-2. Plus, it was a chance for Oliver and Diggle to figure their beef out. I was growing tired of their bend in friendship. Not because it didn't make sense, it did. But because I was missing that bond that they always shared. Some of the best acted scenes the show has ever given us have been between those two, so i'm glad we may be getting back to that.

It was also fun seeing Felicity turn the tables a little bit and make up lame excuses to a tech person. Brings back those memories of Oliver bringing in bullet filled laptops and other outrageous things to Felicity in season 1. I also really enjoyed Curtis Holt in these scenes as he tried to make sense of a lethal card throwing man at Palmer Tech. Speaking of which, Double Down definitely came across as a Gambit wannabe but I'm hoping we get more backstory and a more drawn out performance from JR Bourne when he inevitably appears on The Flash. But I think everyone can agree it was awesome seeing Felicity try and use a machine gun on him. Oliver's reaction was priceless.

Back to Nanda Parbat, Nyssa's one line to Thea about being sister in laws reminds us that Nyssa and Oliver are still technically married. Glad the writers didn't gloss over that fact. But it was also nice seeing Thea deal with the aftermath of her own dip in the pit. When Malcom told her of a man in the mountains did anybody else immediately think of Bruce Wayne? It wouldn't make a ton of sense but that's just how my mind works. Of course that was all a ruse as there was no man at all and Thea just has to deal with her demons. It helps that Sara is now alive to at the very least remove that kill from her conscience.

So much like this weeks episode of Flash, there's nothing really special about this episode other than Sara being resurrected. I don't really see myself watching the episode again, but it had its fun moments. The good thing is that they fixed the Diggle-Oliver relationship and brought back Sara. I expect the coming episodes to improve as we grow closer to the crossover and mid season finale.

+OTA crew

+Felicity switching roles



-Not much to Double Down


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