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Not to be confused with the fifth season episode "Honor Thy Fathers".
"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 Queen to his father, Robert's, tombstone

"Honor Thy Father" is the second episode of the first season of Arrow, and the second episode overall. It aired on October 17, 2012.



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The Hood vs

The Hood v China White

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.[1]



  • When Oliver apologizes to John Diggle in the Queen Mansion, a microphone can be seen briefly hanging over Diggle as he first responds.
  • On Netflix the captions mistakenly spell “Sara” as “Sarah”.
  • When Oliver takes his hood off in the scene before he speaks at the Applied Sciences opening, the footage is played in reverse and he blinks in a very strange way.
  • The man who shoots Oliver with a bow at the end of the episode is clean-shaven and generally looks very different from who it is shown to be in the next episode, Yao Fei Gulong.