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"I'm sorry about the sedative. I was just trying to get your attention."
"It's OK. I understand, Stanley. I was just, um... Busy trying to stop Diaz from killing everyone in the prison, you know?"
Stanley Dover and Oliver Queen

"The Slabside Redemption" is the seventh episode of the seventh season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-forty-fifth episode overall. It aired on November 26, 2018.



"The Slabside Redemption" begins with Oliver awakening in his cell. The gatekeeper waking him advises him that he'll be discharged later in the day.

Diaz is showing up at jail when his police escort shoots different gatekeepers, he's been paid off by Diaz.

In the cafeteria, Stanley requests that Oliver have Laurel help for his situation, but Oliver won't — he's vexed Stanley confined Ben Turner for the homicide of Officer Dunbar. Oliver goes to visit Turner in isolation. Oliver concedes that he realizes Turner had nothing to do with the demise of Dunbar and apologizes — Oliver discloses to Turner he will talk with Lyla and the team at ARGUS about attempting to get Turner moved.

Oliver's called to the appearance room, where Diaz is sitting tight for him in camouflage. Diaz reveals to him he's going to slaughter Oliver above all and he's going to cause Oliver to endure by executing the remainder of his family. Oliver has a go at breaking the glass yet he's tazed by the gatekeepers and reclaimed to his cell.

Oliver's in the long run ready to utilize a container of antiperspirant and a battery to make a stopgap bomb, which he uses to get out his cell. Watchmen have a go at halting him, yet Oliver begins battling him. The jail goes into lockdown.

Out in the patio, the entirety of the detainees are requested to their knees because of the lockdown. Diaz ventures into the yard and starts shooting the watchmen. He gives a persuasive converse with the detainees and they begin revolting under his order.

In a lower foyer, Oliver's attempting to find Diaz when he's halted by Brick and Samson — the trio begins to battle. Block showers Oliver in the eyes with pepper splash when Ben Turner steps in and cuts Brick, helping Oliver.

Diaz finds the control room and discharges each and every detainee from their cell leaving Oliver and Turner to battle them all off. The pair discovers two watchmen and Oliver orders Turner to take them to the jail's frenzy room.

Oliver leaves to take a stab at discovering Diaz but Stanley tracks him down and infuses him with a syringe. At the point when Oliver comes to, Stanley has tied him up and is going to have a mental meltdown about Oliver abandoning him in jail. Oliver's ready to utilize his legs to trip Stanley, taking him out.

Oliver gets away from Stanley's bings and meets Turner in the grocery store, where the two work on social affair weapons to bring down the many detainees in the wreck corridor where Diaz is found. The two show up in the jumble corridor and make brisk work of the detainees, yet before long discover that Diaz has planted an unstable.

Diaz explodes the gadget, which lights to cause electrical fires everywhere throughout the jail. Olivera nd Turner split up with the last emptying the rest of the watchmen.

Oliver finds Diaz and the two start battling on the upper degree of the jail. Their battle bubbles over into the base level, where Oliver in the end gets the advantage and takes Diaz out, securing him Oliver's old cell.

Stanley and Brick run into one another in the mortuary and both attempt to escape through the window. The previous wounds the last mentioned and escapes.

When the mob settles down, Turner comes back to his own prison cell, where's he's expressed gratitude toward by the watchmen for sparing their lives.

Oliver's taken outside, where he's welcomed by Felicity and Diggle.


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  • This is the highest rated episode of Season 7 with a rating of 9.3 on IMDb.
  • This is the first episode of the series to not feature Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt) after being promoted to a series regular.
  • The episode's title is a reference to the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption which in-turn was adapted from the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.
  • Prior to filming, Stephen Amell suffered an occult fracture in his left hip from wrestling Christopher Daniels at ALL IN. On a related note, Cody Runnels, who portrays Derek Sampson, was the co-promoter for the event. Luckily Amell continued shooting despite the injury.[1]
  • Oliver is officially released from prison.
  • This episode marks the first time John Diggle appears, but has no lines.
  • Near the beginning of the episode, Oliver tells Brick and Sampson that “after today, you’ll never see my face again”. In a dark and ironic twist, both Brick and Sampson don’t make it out of the episode alive, with Sampson being burned alive by Bronze Tiger, and Brick being stabbed by Stanley Dover; this ultimately proves Oliver’s statement true.


  • Oliver breaks out of his cell by combining gum, the gum wrapper, a 9-volt battery, and an aerosol can to blow the lock. Later, at the end of his fight with Diaz, he shuts the cell door and it locks in place. The hole is still visible, and there is no way the prison had time to replace the cell door.
  • In the original aired version of the episode, despite his presence in the final scene, Diggle was missing from the closing shot.
    • The version of the episode streaming on Netflix fixed the error by adding Diggle into the shot.