For the eponymous celebration, see Thanksgiving (event).
"And yet... you cost me something dear to me. Someone very dear: My son. That's why I've arranged this little tête à tête. So that when your city burns, you'll know why."
Cayden James to Oliver Queen
"Thanksgiving" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-twenty-second episode overall. It aired on November 23, 2017.


Oliver celebrates Thanksgiving with his family but the happy moment is interrupted. Meanwhile, Black Siren returns to wreak havoc on the holiday.[src]


Main Cast

Guest Starring


  • Alison Araya as Officer Lopez
  • Gaalen Engen as Judge McGarvey
  • Kelly Richard Fenning as Baliff
  • Justin Fortier as SCPD Uni #3
  • Brian Johnston as Desk Sergeant
  • Lia Lam as Terrified Fan
  • Jaeson Lee as SCPD Uni #1
  • Jack Moore as William Clayton
  • Lisa Penz as Reporter
  • Hugo Raymond as SCPD Uni #2
  • Angelo Renai as Nate Parsons


Preparation ran from September 7 until September 15, 2017. Shooting ran from September 18 until September 27, 2017.[1]


  • This episode features an uncredited appearance from Billy Joel.[2]
    • Joel's appearance is archive footage from his August 4, 2015 concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, performing "No Man's Land".
    • Rene claims Billy Joel's album The Stranger to be a "treasured piece of rock and roll history".
  • Curtis mentions having seen every episode of the TV series The Closer twice.
  • Cayden quotes an infamous phrase from the William Shakespeare play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar to Laurel: "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war".
  • Curtis likens Team Arrow to Big Brother, the totalitarian leader of Oceania in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The phrase itself has come to be known as referring to the idea of constant surveillance.
  • Felicity informs the team that the thermobaric bomb is down corridor 52, a reference to The New 52, a 2011 relaunch and revamp of DC's comics or even to the 52 comic book series.
  • This episode aired on Thanksgiving Day in real life and is the first Thanksgiving-themed episode of Arrow.


  • Several times throughout this episode, people refer to Star City as "Starling City", even though the city's name had officially been changed two years previously.
  • Felicity says the name of the drug that "woke up Thea's brain" is a new form of Zolpidem. Zolpidem is generic Ambien, which is a sedative drug that treats insomnia.




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