Not to be confused with the first season episode "Honor Thy Father".
"Thank you for being here. I'd like to talk with everyone about my father. Our father. Based on further investigation, I can now state definitively that the allegations made against Robert Queen are... true. My father is not here to defend himself, and I cannot find the words to defend his actions. What I can tell you is that nearly ten years ago, in a moment of... of immense courage, Robert Queen chose to sacrifice himself so that I might live. So that I had the opportunity to leave behind a better legacy than he did. So that I might return and one day serve this city. Today, we took a step forward. With help from the Green Arrow and his team, the Throwing Star Killer is now behind bars, and our streets are a little safer. Tomorrow, we'll take another step forward. The day after, we will take another one. Because it is time, it is truly time for us to leave the past in the past, so that our children might inherit the Star City we always dreamed of. The way my father dreamt of a better life for me and my sister."
Oliver speaking about his father, Robert Queen, at a press conference
"Honor Thy Fathers" is the twenty-first episode of the fifth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-thirteenth episode overall. It aired on May 10, 2017.


Oliver returns to the mayor's office and faces one of his most pressing issues yet – the forced release of dozens of violent criminals prosecuted by Adrian Chase. Meanwhile, a crate is delivered to Oliver's office containing a mysterious corpse encased in concrete.[src]




Preparation ran from March 7 until March 15, 2017. Shooting began on March 16 and ran until March 27, 2017.[1]


  • Felicity jokes about how Oliver and John reenacted "the paleo version of [her] favorite scene from Witness", before Curtis describes it with the star, Harrison Ford, getting stuck under corn in a barn silo.
  • This is Thea's first appearance since "Fighting Fire With Fire".
  • The title of this episode is similar to the title of the Season 1 episode "Honor Thy Father".
  • When talking with Thea about the revelation of Chase's true identity, Oliver notes that it makes Isabel Rochev's seem like a bad joke.
  • This episode revealed that Oliver's rescue in "Pilot" was planned with Anatoly, along with providing a "castaway" look for him so that no one will question if Oliver ever left the island.
  • Thea watches the video Robert Queen made for her, which was briefly seen in a flashback from "The Return".
  • Robert accidentally killing the councilman was first mentioned back in "The Undertaking" when he told Moira about it in a flashback sequence as his primary motivation for working on The List.
  • When Anatoly and Oliver say goodbye to each other in the flashback on Lian Yu, Anatoly says goodbye with what sounds like "Ne doo-my ploho obo mnya" and Oliver responds with "How about Prochnost?". Anatoly says in Russian "Don't think badly of me" and Oliver says "How about 'Strength?'" (as a parting word).


  • To be considered concrete, a mixture should include coarse aggregate, which increases the density. Thus, it should not flow as it did when trapping Oliver and John.
  • At 13:56 when Oliver and John are rescued from the concrete trap, the circular section that fell out of the metal ceiling floats.


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
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