"The Calm" is the ???th episode of Arrow. It aired on October 8, 2014.

"The Calm" is the first episode of the third season of Arrow, and the forty-seventh episode overall. It aired on October 8, 2014.


With crime in Starling City at an all-time low thanks to the Arrow and his team, Oliver thinks he can finally balance being both the Arrow and Oliver Queen and asks Felicity out on a date. However, when a new villain emerges, who has claimed the name Vertigo from the recently deceased Count, Oliver is caught off-guard and someone close to him is hurt. Oliver and a newly suited up Roy take on the Count. Meanwhile, Diggle becomes a father, Lance is promoted to Captain, Laurel joins Arrow's inner circle and Felicity gets a part-time job at a tech store to make ends meet. Also, Oliver fights to regain his company, Queen Consolidated, but comes up against a very worthy opponent - the charming Ray Palmer.



Preparation ran from June 27 until July 8, 2014. Shooting ran from July 9 until July 18, 2014.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Despite being credited, Willa Holland (Thea) and John Barrowman (Malcolm) do not appear in this episode.
  • From this episode, John Barrowman has been added to the main cast while Susanna Thompson and Manu Bennett have been removed.
  • Oliver states that he's approaching 52nd Street. This is a reference to DC's New 52 universe.
  • This episode also ties into the Pilot episode of the Flash, the scene where Barry calls Oliver in Arrow, and where Oliver talks to Barry on the roof in The Flash.
  • Vincent Steelgrave is possibly a reference to Professor Steelgraves, a minor enemy of Green Arrow and Black Canary in the comics.
  • Channel 52, which is also a reference to the New 52, frequently appears on Arrow.
  • Werner Zytle is the alter ego of Count Vertigo from the New 52, originally Werner Vertigo.
  • Greg Osborne is the name of one of Werner Zytle's accomplices. In the comics, he was a corrupt CIA agent who blackmailed Green Arrow in to hunting down Shado for him.
  • Felicity utters the word "frak", a popular expletive from the Battlestar Galactica franchise.
  • Ray Palmer's use of his belt buckle as a projector is likely a reference to how in the comics he could only change size using a special belt.
  • During his presentation, Ray mentions his aspiration to transform Starling City in to Star City. This is a reference to the city's name in the comics.
  • Shintaro Shimosawa, one of the crime bosses at the boxing match, is the name of a producer who both wrote an episode of Smallville and produced horror film, The Grudge.
  • Ferris Air is one of the boxing match's sponsors. In the comics, the company employs Hal Jordan, better known as the superhero Green Lantern. Also, the logo used is the same as that in the 2011 film, Green Lantern.
  • Ostrander Rum, another of the sponsors, is a reference to John Ostrander, who created, among others, the modern version of the Suicide Squad.
  • Barry Allen's cameo is a precursor to the scene in the first episode of The Flash, "Pilot", in which Barry meets Oliver atop a building and asks advice from him.
  • There was an error when Oliver described his love life. When he stated his girlfriend before Sara (Mckenna) shot his girlfriend before Mckenna (Helena), it was actually the opposite. So what Oliver should have said was "My girlfriend before that was shot by my girlfriend before that".


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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