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fifth season of , and the one-hundred-third episode overall. It aired on February 1, 2017.
|In his quest to take down Kovar, Oliver gets help from a surprising source – Talia al Ghul. However, when she reveals what she wants from him in exchange, Oliver isn't sure he can accept her help. Felicity attempts to hack the NSA to help free Diggle but when her online efforts are flagged, she faces off against an unknown adversary. Meanwhile, Curtis tells the team about a female vigilante, Tina Boland, he uncovered online who has been wreaking havoc all over the country.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Hood/Green Arrow
- David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan
- Willa Holland (credit only)
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mister Terrific
- Josh Segarra as Adrian Chase
- Paul Blackthorne (credit only)
- Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog
- Joe Dinicol as Rory Regan
- Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake
- Lexa Doig as Talia al Ghul
- Steve Bacic as Sean Sonus
- Kacey Rohl as Alena Whitlock/Kojo Sledgehammer
- Patrick Sabongui as David Singh
- Olivia Cheng as Linda Park
- Clayton Chitty as Vincent Sobel
- Howie Lai as Declan Lin
- Zinaid Mickey Memisevic as Yurievich
- Julius Morgan as Consigliere
- Dimitri Troy as Mayor Queen's Assistant
Preparation ran from October 24 until November 1, 2016. Filming ran from November 2 until November 14, 2016, with a break for Remembrance Day on November 11.
- A notable crossover with occurred in this episode. along with an appearance from David Singh and the Central City Police Department.
- When searching for a new candidate as Black Canary, Rene mentions one woman being a flight pilot, which Curtis relates to Top Gun, a 1986 flight film starring Tom Cruise.
- This episode reveals that Oliver received his bow and Hood suit from Talia al Ghul in Russia.
- In the flashbacks when Oliver wonders how Talia could've trained Yao Fei when she looks half his age, Talia chalks it up to "a family secret". This is a nod to the Lazarus Pit before Oliver met Ra's al Ghul.
- At the beginning of the episode, Linda Park can be seen at the TV screen, reporting on the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator. This is the first appearance of Linda since "". However it was the version of the character.
- This is the first episode of Arrow to feature 3 meta-humans: Dinah Drake, Sean Sonus, and The Flash.
- This is the second time the particle accelerator explosion is seen on Arrow. The first time was in Season 2's "".
- The title comes from the episode's theme of finding second chances with Team Arrow, which is acknowledged by Rene, Curtis, Oliver, and Dinah Drake.
- This is the only episode to feature Clayton Chitty in the role of Vincent Sobel. From the next season, Sobel is played by Johann Urb.
- Steve Bacic, who played Sonus, appeared on another TV show called Second Chances, which is coincidentally the name of this episode.
- The room Oliver and Rene investigate in pursuit of Tina is 511. The room number corresponds to the episode number - Season 5 Episode 11.
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