"When I got to know you, the real you, I was in awe. I had never met somebody so passionate, so focused and determined to make a real difference. But the recruits didn't get to see the real you because all you showed them was this angry guy in a mask. Like, scary angry."
Felicity Smoak to Oliver Queen on training his new team
"The Recruits" is the second episode of the fifth season of Arrow, and the ninety-fourth episode overall. It aired on October 12, 2016.


Oliver's new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp. Unfortunately, the Green Arrow's training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver's initiation into the Bratva continues.[src]


Main Cast

Guest Starring


  • Erin Aubrey as Doctor
  • Lauro Chartrand as Thug
  • Vincent Dangerfield as Evan Wender
  • Kory Grim as Recruit #2
  • Alexander Kalugin as Hooded Man
  • Olekshii Kyshkovych as Recruit #1




Preparation ran from July 6 until July 14, 2016. Shooting ran from July 15 until July 27, 2016.[1]


  • During a conversation around the 35-minute mark, a sign can be clearly seen in the background for the "Bam² Muay Thai Training Center." This a nod to the episode's director, James "Bam-Bam" Bamford, who is also Arrow's supervising stunt coordinator.


  • When Diggle throws a grenade into a side room, the ceiling is seen collapsing before the grenade explodes.


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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