Arrow (2012– )
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Beacon of Hope 

The Bug-Eyed Bandit escapes from jail and turns up at Palmer Tech threatening to kill everyone in the building unless she gets the bio-chip that was implanted in Felicity's spine.


Michael Schultz


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Canary
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Neal McDonough ... Damien Darhk
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt
Emily Kinney ... Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit
Jimmy Akingbola ... Baron Reiter
Adrian Glynn McMorran ... Michael Amar
Elysia Rotaru ... Taiana Venediktov
Charlotte Ross ... Donna Smoak
Eugene Byrd ... Andy Diggle


Oliver reeling from his break-up with Felicity is trying to take his mind off it by putting his team through a grueling work-out. Brie Larvan aka Bug-Eyed Bandit escapes from prison and heads to Palmer Tech and covers the building with robotic bees. She wants the microchip that allows Felicity to walk problem is that there is only one chip, the one in Felicity. Felicity learns of this and her mother and Thea are in the building with her. Oliver upon learning of this wants to go in but how. Curtis upon learning of this tries to find the Green Arrow and finds the lair and learns Oliver's him and the others. He tries to help them get in but Oliver is stung by one of the bees and it's killing him and they have to find a way to help him. Darkh leans that his people are not going to help him so he tries navigate the prison on his own. Written by

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Release Date:

30 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Bug-Eyed Bandit appeared in episode 18 'All Star Team-Up' of the first season of The Flash (2014). See more »


During the training session scene, when Diggle asks Oliver what advice he would give to him, you can clearly see Thea standing tired. However, two shots after that, Oliver and Diggle begin to fight, but Thea - along with Laurel - is lying on the ground. See more »


Curtis Holt: Now that I've been able to actually examine the bee, I've deciphered their upgrade protocol. Next time they adapt, I can upload a virus that will disperse in the entire hive.
Quentin Lance: Like what they did in "Independence Day", right? What, I can't watch movies, too?
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References My Girl (1991) See more »


Arrow End Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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20 June 2016 | by bpemby-865-469617See all my reviews

This is the funniest episode yet. I know this is supposed to be a dark superhero show but every now and then a show needs to have some comedic value. To let us laugh at a show that's completely ridiculous as any sci-fi / comic book show can be.

Aside from the double entendres the show is normally rife with, this was straight out gags and physical humour. When Curtis made that sideways 360 degree jump over the desk I was blown away.

So regardless of what the comic book fanz have to say about the accuracy of the show, I think they gave us a nice light hearted night off and still included the frantic heroism.

Most shows do this once a season. X-Files did it well, Supernatural has a few hilarious episodes even making fun of their own show once.

So, I really enjoyed this episode to the point of true belly laughing frequently. Thank you to the folks who make Arrow for giving us a nice little joy ride to occasion the addition of Curtis to the team and lessening the friction of Felicity leaving the team.

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