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"What happened to you on that island?"
"You're about to find out.
Mr. Blank and Oliver Queen during their fight.

"Home Invasion" is the twentieth episode of the first season of Arrow, and the twentieth episode overall. It aired on April 24, 2013.



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Laurel represents the Moore family, who are suing a corrupt businessman, Edward Rasmus, who cheated the family out of their life savings. A hit is put out on the family and the couple, Eric and Nancy Moore, are killed. Their young son, Taylor, is the only one to survive.

Laurel takes the boy into her custody until his extended family can be reached, but the hitman comes after Taylor, who can identify him. Laurel is saved by the Hood, and Tommy suggests that they all go to the Queen Mansion for protection while the police look for the hitman.

A sting operation headed up by A.R.G.U.S. is set to capture Deadshot, who returns to Starling City after taking down a US Ambassador and six others overseas. Oliver agrees to help Diggle, but chooses to locate the man responsible for hiring the hitman instead of stopping Deadshot. Feeling betrayed by Oliver for choosing Laurel over him, John decides to leave the team.

After killing Rasmus, the hitman comes to the Queen residence to kill all remaining witnesses, but Oliver manages to kill him before he can get to Laurel and Taylor.

Taylor is placed into the care of his grandparents. Afterwards, Tommy decides to leave Laurel, believing that he could never compete with Oliver should she ever discover that he is the vigilante.

Elsewhere, Roy continues his search for the Hood, and Thea agrees to help after seeing how important it is to him.

During a flashback to the island, Shado teaches Oliver to shoot a bow but before his skills can be used as their cover, Yao Fei Gulong brings Fyers' men to their hideout to capture them all.


Preparation ran from February 22 until March 4, 2013. Filming ran from March 5 until March 14, 2013.[1]



  • During Mr. Blank’s attack on her apartment, Laurel reloads her shotgun by sliding the pump up with one arm. In real life, while flashy, this move is risky and something a professional with guns wouldn't and shouldn't ever do.
  • The tattoo with Andrew Diggle's name has moved several inches up to his collar bone.
  • While talking to Roy and Thea, Quentin stated that the Vigilante had sent 26 dead bodies to the morgue, but Oliver had easily reached over 20 kills when dealing with the bodyguards at Cyrus Vanch's house.