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- For the eponymous organization, see Solntsevskaya Bratva.
|A mission takes Oliver, Felicity and team to Russia where they meet up with Oliver's old friend, Anatoly. Meanwhile, fresh out of rehab, Lance returns to the mayor's office ready to get back to work. However, when Susan asks for an interview with Lance to discuss his addiction, he balks and it's up to Rene to help keep things on track.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Hood
- David Ramsey as John Diggle
- Willa Holland (credit only)
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt
- Josh Segarra as Adrian Chase
- Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
- Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez
- Joe Dinicol as Rory Regan/Ragman
- Carly Pope as Susan Williams
- Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake
- Lexa Doig as Talia al Ghul
- Garry Chalk as J.G. Walker
- David Nykl as Anatoly Knyazev
- Alexander Kalugin as Hooded Man
- King Lai as Hideo Yamane
- Richard Meen as Lieutenant Page
- Sasha Piltsin as Lev
- Vladamir Raiman as Maxim Ostrovsky
- Robert Salvador as Ian
Preparation ran from November 3 until November 14, 2016, with a break on November 11 for Remembrance Day. Filming began November 15 and ran until November 28, 2016, with a break on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.
- Custom LEGO end cards were created exclusively for this episode's broadcast on The CW to coincide The LEGO Batman Movie that was released into theaters two days after the airing.
- After wondering if Oliver and Dinah slept together, Felicity musingly states "what happens in Russia, stays in Russia, remember?". This harks back to the second season episode, "", in which Felicity caught Isabel Rochev walking out of Oliver's room following sex, causing her to say the phrase.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Anatoly in present-day since "".
- Rene repeatedly refers to Quentin as "Hoss". Quentin's actor, Paul Blackthorne, played Harry Dresden in the TV adaptation of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files. One of Harry Dresden's nicknames in the books is "Hoss".
- When Rory is wrapping his rags around the nuke, he recites Shema Yisrael, a quote from Deuteronomy 6:4. The verse has been adapted as a regular part of daily prayers, and is traditionally used as last words by many Jews, credited to the story of Rabbi Akiva calmly saying it while being flayed to death.
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