Arrow (2012– )
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The Devil's Greatest Trick 

Cayden James launches a full out attack when he uncovers a secret about the Green Arrow that puts him over the edge.


J.J. Makaro


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 / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
Juliana Harkavy ... Dinah Drake / Black Canary
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Siren
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Kirk Acevedo ... Ricardo Diaz
David Nykl ... Anatoly Knyazev
Kacey Rohl ... Alena
Tina Huang ... Captain Kimberly Hill
Michael Emerson ... Cayden James
Jesse Irving ... Owen Post


Cayden James discovers a secret about the Green Arrow that pushes him over the edge. Knowing everyone and everything he loves is in danger, Oliver must decide if he can do this alone or if he needs to turn to his old teammates for help. William starts to demand more of Oliver's time. Written by sarah_l91

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8 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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All the characters assume that the person manipulating Cayden James would be one of the people currently working with him because it had to have been someone who knows him well. Because the person manipulating him began doing so before his current operation began, their assumption is faulty. The person would have had to have known him (either personally or from a distance) prior to Cayden's current operation so people who knew him before, such as Alena, should be suspects. See more »


Green Arrow: We almost have proof that I didn't kill your son.
Cayden James: A desperate gambit.
Green Arrow: Cayden, give me more time.
Cayden James: Time, I'm afraid, is a commodity you and your city have run out of. Mr. Sobel's betrayal convinced me that there's little good in delaying matters further. Accordingly, I will be detonating the thermobaric bomb over Star City at midnight. My son will find justice in the ashes of your beloved city.
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References The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

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Enter the Dragon!
9 February 2018 | by highmarksreviewsSee all my reviews

If the Arrow ever had a light at the end of the tunnel, it would be "The Devil's Greatest Trick" for sure. Rarely has an episode felt like such a nailbiter. Plot twists and great action aside, this is probably the best of Michael Emerson's Cayden James performance this whole season. The utter defeat and sorrow that the character felt was truly touched upon masterfully and for once, Arrow actually made you care for an insignificant villain. The father-son dynamic of the Queens was a little forced, but effective nonetheless. With the episode concluding on good notes, the icing on the cake was the reveal of the real season big bad. Though questionable and late, this dark turn for the show will surely be fun to watch.

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