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- "What's happening with Ray - to Ray - is my fault!"
- —Felicity Smoak to Oliver Queen on Ray Palmer's capture
|Felicity is frantic when she learns that Ray is alive and being held by Damien Darhk. Felicity's guilt over not finding Ray sooner causes tension between her and Oliver. Meanwhile, Sara joins Laurel, Thea and the team on a rescue mission for Ray. However, the effects of the Lazarus Pit take over and threaten to jeopardize the entire operation. Donna Smoak returns to Star City.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
- Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Canaray
- David Ramsey as John Diggle
- Willa Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- John Barrowman (credit only)
- Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Special Appearance By
Special Guest Star
- Charlotte Ross as Donna Smoak
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt
- Jimmy Akingbola as Baron Reiter
- Ryan Robbins as Conklin
- Elysia Rotaru as Taiana Venediktov
- Parker Young as Alex Davis
Preparation ran from August 28 until September 8, 2015. Shooting ran from September 9 until September 21, 2015.
- When Oliver explains about H.I.V.E., the organization that captured him, Ray compares it with S.P.E.C.T.R.E., a criminal and terrorist organization in the James Bond franchise.
- This episode marks the last appearance of Sara on until "". It is also her last appearance as The Canary, as she later adopts the identity White Canary.
- So far, this is the only episode of Arrow that both Sara and Ray appear in before they joined the Legends. They wouldn't do so again until "", which was after joining the Legends.
- John Diggle comments, "Vodka is for wimps anyway. Tennessee whiskey - put some hair on your chest". However, he and Oliver start drinking a bottle with a black Johnny Walker label, which is a Scottish blended whisky, not Tennessee.
- The pass code "4587" is used when Team Arrow break into Kord Industries to steal the quantum manifold. This is the same docket number of the case The People vs Moira Queen and Oliver's prison inmate serial number in Season 7.
- Felicity refers to Diggle as "Spartan" to protect his identity. In the comics, Spartan is the leader of superhero team Wild C.A.T.S.. The character is known for his strength and durability, much like the character of John Diggle.
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