"I need you, the team needs you, the city needs you. I'm not saying you shouldn't do your penance. You probably should, but do it as Spartan."
Oliver convincing Diggle to return to Star City
"Penance" is the fourth episode of the fifth season of Arrow, and the ninety-sixth episode overall. It aired on October 26, 2016.


Oliver and Lyla team up on a secret mission for Diggle. Felicity finds out and disapproves of the plan and opts to stay behind. When Tobias Church launches a deadly assault against the city, Felicity must decide if she wants to send the recruits out without the Green Arrow.[src]


Main Cast

Guest Starring


  • Andrew Baker as Palmer Tech Guard
  • Michael Cha as Triad Thug
  • Steve Dhillon as MP #4
  • Mike Hanus as Sergio
  • Sean Kuling as MP #1
  • Dominique Robinson as MP #2
  • Patrick Rocca as MP #3
  • Ross Smith as SCPD Clerk
  • Dan Vaida as Russian Cop #1



  • A soldier at the military prison stated he was going to "The Head" (the bathroom). However, Army soldiers refer to the bathroom as "The Latrine". "The Head" is a term used by personnel of the US Navy and Marine Corps.
  • Lyla, who is dressed as an Army soldier, calls an Army Sergeant "Sir" rather than by his title.



Production ran from July 27 until August 8, 2016, with a break for British Columbia Day on August 1. Shooting ran from August 9 until August 18, 2016.[1]


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
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