The Loop (TV)
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- "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
|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.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen
- David Ramsey as John Diggle
- Willa Holland as Thea Queen
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mister Terrific
- Josh Segarra as Adrian Chase
- Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
- Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels
- Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog
- Joe Dinicol as Rory Regan/Ragman
- Madison McLaughlin as Evelyn Sharp/Artemis
- Chad L. Coleman as Tobias Church
- Vincent Gale as Pyotr Friedkin
- David Nykl as Anatoly Knyazev
- 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
- The episode's theme of John escaping a military prison after being framed for a crime the prisoner didn't commit is similar to the plot of 1980s TV series, The A-Team.
- There are two references to George Lucas' films:
- Oliver escapes with John just as Batman did with Lau in the film The Dark Knight, using a Fulton surface-to-air recovery system.
- The IP address for the dark web dead drop (18.104.22.168) Pyotr Friedkin gives to Oliver leads to cwtv.com.
- The title comes from a line where Oliver convinces Diggle to return to Star City.
- When filming the scene where Oliver fights the recruits in the road, Stephen Amell actually broke his nose.
- 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.
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