The Loop (TV)
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- Not to be confused with the fifth season episode "".
- "All that time on the island, plotting my return, I didn't realize how hard it would be. To reconnect with Mom, Thea, Laurel. Okay, I didn't... I didn't know how painful it would be to keep my secrets. You asked me to save the city. To right your wrongs. I will. I swear. But to do that, I can't be the Oliver that everyone wants me to be, which means that sometimes... to honor your wishes... I need to dishonor your memory. I'm sorry."
- —Oliver to his father, Robert Queen's, tombstone
|Oliver heads to the courthouse to get his death certificate repealed and is pleasantly surprised to run into Laurel, who is there prosecuting Martin Somers, a criminal with close ties to the Chinese Triad. Oliver recognizes Martin's name from his father's book and sets his sights on taking him down. Martin orders the Chinese Triad to "take care of" Laurel so they send their top mercenary - China White - after her, an act that culminates in a battle between the Hood and China White. Meanwhile, Moira and Walter ask Oliver to take over the company.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Hood
- Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance
- Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn
- David Ramsey as John Diggle
- Willa Holland as Thea Queen
- Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
- Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance
- Kelly Hu as Chien Na Wei/China White
- Colin Salmon as Walter Steele
- Ty Olsson as Martin Somers
- Annie Ilonzeh as Joanna de la Vega
- Emma Bell as Emily Nocenti
- Marrett Green as TV Anchorman
- Tristan Jensen as Bodyguard #6
- Graham MacDonald as Victor Nocenti
- Babek A. Motamed as Reporter #2
- Silvio Pollio as Marcus Redmond
- David Quinlan as Reporter #4
- Marc Senior as Reporter #5
- Elizabeth Thai as Reporter #3
- Joanne Wilson as Reporter #1
- Desiree Zurowski as Family Attorney
Laurel brings a civil suit against shipping magnate Martin Somers, who is also one of Oliver's targets, for taking part in drug trades with the Chinese Triad that ultimately led to the death of Emily Nocenti's father. As The Hood, Oliver threatens Martin to make him confess to the murder as penance for all of the wrongs he has done to the city. Instead, Somers contacts the Chinese Triad, who send their assassin, China White, to kill Laurel. Oliver saves Laurel from China; he also captures and gives an audio recording of Martin's confession to Sergeant Lance. Meanwhile, Oliver's mother and Walter push Oliver to take a position at the company. Oliver intentionally embarrasses the family at the opening of the company's new applied sciences division to get out of it, knowing that he can't honor his father's request to fight for the city and be the man his mother wants him to be at the same time. A flashback to Oliver's time on the island shows him being attacked by an unknown hooded figure wielding a bow and arrow.
Preparation ran from July 9 until July 17, 2012. Shooting ran from July 18 until July 27, 2012.
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