Oliver: My name is Oliver Queen.
After five years in hell, I returned home with only one goal-- to save my city.
But my old approach wasn't enough.
I had to become someone else.
I had to become something else.
I had to become the Green Arrow.
Previously, on "Arrow"...
So, when are you gonna pop the question?
This is a map of Lian Yu.
I think that it leads to whatever Reiter is looking for.
To get there, I'll need your help.
The restoration of Starling Bay.
Leave the Bay as it is.
What if I refuse?
The fight to save Star City isn't going to be fought in the shadows.
It's gonna be fought in the light of day.
And I promise you that I will never stop fighting to save this city.
Oliver: There was a time I would have thought this was my fault.
It's not my fault. It's my responsibility.
Hey. How we doing?
It's actually a pretty great turnout.
Who knew people would rather pick up garbage than celebrate the holidays, huh?
Not bad for a hippie, crunchy campaign proposal, huh?
Nobody likes an "I told you so."
Accept apparently Star City.
Your approval rating is up 10 points.
I have an approval rating.
Yes. Yes, you do.
Welcome to politics, Mr. Queen.
Yes. Excuse me.
How do you feel about inspiring so many people to come out here today?
Oh, I didn't inspire anyone.
This is the city that I know, it's the city I remember, and it's the city that we can be again.
Nice. Thank you for your time.
Wish you'd given him that one?
I might have given a note or two.
Diggle: Well, you've got people picking up garbage when they should be picking up presents.
I think you missed your calling.
How are you doing?
I have my brother home with me for the holidays, Oliver.
He's in a cage, but he's here.
We're gonna get Andy out from under Darhk's influence, John.
That is a promise.
If we can reduce just 40% of the toxicity that's produced by the bacterial micro-organisms that have just sprung up here--
We can swim in just 12 more days if the restitution rates stays consistent.
She's like a mini you.
Everybody get down!
Come on, let's go.
Go, go. Get down!
I think I can power the drones down remotely.
I think now would be a good time for that.
You all right?
♪ Arrow 4x09 ♪ Dark Waters Original Air Date on December 9, 2015
A day of hope for a better tomorrow has turned into another day of despair for Star City.
A terrorist attack has left dozens in critical condition after people showed up to help Oliver Queen and his campaign staff clean up the Star City Bay.
In the meantime, SCPD and national authorities are searching for the individuals responsible, but so far, there are no suspects.
Any news on the victims?
Some are being released, some are still in surgery.
It's a miracle that no one died.
Despite Darhk's best efforts.
Are we sure that this was HIVE?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
Are you ok?
There were kids there.
He's saying that every news network in the country is looking for a comment from you.
Ollie, we have to give them something.
What do you want me to say?
I asked people to come and help, they almost died because of it.
It's--when we have a plan to get Darhk, then I will talk to the press.
I know HIVE wants this city to die, but going after a volunteer event, it just seems a little overkill.
Two weeks ago Darhk told me to back off my plan to clean up the Bay.
Today he went after civilians.
This is important to him for some reason.
We need to understand what it is.
Last time I tried to talk to my brother, it didn't go too well.
Try to talk to him again.
A couple of weeks in a cage will change your perspective.
All right, almost there. Maybe two more miles.
Since when does two more miles mean almost there?
Taiana, we need to push forward.
No. That's what you want.
My brother's dead and you have me marching to the sea.
I thought that you wanted to get back at Reiter.
I want to kill the bastards who killed my brother.
Conklin is just an extension of Reiter.
You want to hurt them, you keep them from getting what they want.
Your idea of revenge is a bit more indirect than mine.
You're right. I'm using you.
You said you were a dive instructor. I need those skills.
But I'm promising you, if I get what I want, Reiter and Conklin will suffer.
What would Vlad want you to do?
My friends seem to think you're ready to talk.
But I know better.
You were always one stubborn son of a bitch.
Pictures of Carly and Andy Jr.
A real man would have asked for them by now.
You know Carly cried for months because she thought you were killed.
Andy Jr. grew up without a father.
And you let them.
It wasn't me. It was HIVE.
They fake our deaths so we're untraceable.
Floyd Lawton shot me with ammo supplied by HIVE.
He didn't even know.
But you destroyed your family, Andy.
And you never reached out to them.
Not even once.
How could you do that?
I get it. You didn't care then, you don't care now.
Just so you know, your good friend Damien Darhk attacked the Star City Bay this morning.
Hurt a whole lot of people.
And the neuro-blockers he was using on you are no longer in your system.
So chemically speaking, Andy, you're no longer his bitch.
I'm not anyone's bitch.
And I'm not yours.
What happened to you, Andy?
If Damien Darhk brainwashed you, I could get it.
But according to Darhk, were you running drugs and weapons in the Stan?
I had to do what I had to do.
I'm giving you a chance here, man.
[Sighs] A chance, Andy, to redeem yourself for all that you've done.
I have to believe that some place deep inside of you you want to make the right choice.
So I'm asking whatever's left of the brother I love, the one I still love, Andy, one last time, man, what does Darhk want with the bay?
I don't know.
Thank God you're ok, baby.
Yeah, I'm ok. I'm fine.
Ohh, it's so awful.
It's like who shoots up a bunch of people during the holidays?
That's what makes it awful?
Why does it look like Santa Claus threw up in here?
[Laughs] It's for Oliver's campaign holiday party.
I wanted to make sure your Jewish heritage was represented.
Yeah, not so sure that's still gonna be happening.
No, no, no. That's ridiculous, sweetie.
No, you can't let the terrorists win.
I'm gonna go take a shower.
Mom! Mom! Are you ok? Are you ok?
Are you ok?
In the Christmas lights...
In a ring box.
I found this.
3 carats, Princess cut.
No cloudiness at all.
I knew Oliver loved you, but not this much.
He's gonna propose.
He's gonna propose.
Oh, my gosh.
Oh, honey, I don't know who's more excited, you or me.
Thanks for coming.
I've been trying to figure out how to deal with them.
Sort of think our best bet is telling the truth.
It's the only play we got, man.
The HIVE has us outnumbered.
If we have any chance of stopping Darhk, we need to ask the city for help.
If we do this, it's going to paint a target on all of our backs.
We can take care of ourselves.
Let's light them up.
Thank you for coming, everyone. Thank you.
As today's tragedy has reminded us, we are at war.
For 6 months, we have been besieged by a nameless and a faceless organization that seems hell bent on destroying our city.
You know them as the Ghosts.
And while they may be anonymous, their leader is not.
He has a face, he has a name, and I think that it is high time the people of Star City know the truth about who he is.
His name is Damien Darhk.
He controls the Ghosts on behalf of an organization known as HIVE.
HIVE wants this city to die.
Now, I will be distributing this, the only known photograph or Mr. Darhk, to every news outlet and social media feed in the country.
For months, this man has made us afraid to walk the streets.
I suggest that we return the favor.
We will also be setting up a hotline.
Now, individually, Mr. Darhk may be able to defeat us, but united, he doesn't stand a chance.
Congratulations, Damien. You're famous.
Well, that should get his attention at the very least.
You good with the hotline?
I'm on it.
That is a whole lot of Hanukah.
Yeah, for your campaign holiday party.
You better believe that my faith is going to be well represented.
Felicity, ahem, we just waved a red flag in front a bull.
That doesn't mean the bull is gonna charge right away.
And it doesn't mean we can put our entire lives on hold in the meantime.
But--help me out here, man.
Can't do. Can't throw a grenade and then go to ground.
John is right.
As much as your speech was about outing Darhk, it was also about sending the message that you're not afraid anymore.
And canceling your Christmas party--
Your holiday party is sending the opposite message.
Ok. Talk to Lance, see if he can get some extra security for this holiday party.
Can I ask you a question?
I mean, what's the question?
Did we do the right thing?
You mean with Darhk?
Yeah. He's gonna retaliate somewhere, someplace.
When he does, we'll be ready.
I think the drugs Reiter has you and the other captives growing is just funding his bigger plan.
Searching for some sort of mystical artifact.
He likes his prayers and trinkets.
But I cannot make that one without detailed survey maps of the island.
Reiter doesn't have them?
Not that I've seen.
But Reiter is not the first person to come to this island while I've been here.
If you're here to give me a Christmas present, you can keep whatever knife or torture device you plan on giving me.
No presents. Nothing gift-wrapped at any rate.
I just wanted to check and see how you're feeling.
Haven't wanted to snap anybody's neck who's given me the wrong look since Damien Darhk whammied me.
I think I might be cured, Dad.
So you can keep whatever file you have on a pedophile or meter maid or politician, whoever it is that you think I'm gonna kill.
Since you told me about your encounter with Damien Darhk, I had my minions looking into it.
You love having minions.
Darhk's affect on you had nothing to do with his exposure to waters from the Lazarus Pit.
Then why do you think he's affecting my bloodlust?
I don't know.
There are very few things in this world that scare me, Thea, but I'm beginning to suspect we're dealing with something that might fall into that category.
Cheer up, Dad. Ok? It's Christmas.
We are dealing with universal forces that I don't understand yet.
Please promise me that you will be careful.
I pinky promise.
[Indistinct chatter, music playing]
You were not kidding about the extra security.
Where did you find all these guys?
A friend of mine is a SEAL.
He knows someone who knew someone who knew someone.
Really big somebodies.
These guys are like 3 of me.
Yeah. Where's Laurel?
Probably fielding a million calls on the hotline.
She must love you right now.
Is it just me or did you hire the us army as your caterers?
Actually, they're marines.
I am John Diggle. I work security for Mr. Queen.
Curtis Holt, I work for Mr. Queen's girlfriend.
This is my husband Paul.
Wow. A hottie.
Nice work, Curtis.
What, was--wait, was that weird?
Don't worry, you're handsome, duh, but you bat for the other team and I'm practically engaged.
And by practically engaged, I mean not engaged at all.
Right? I mean, anything can happen eventually.
In like years. In another galaxy.
Excuse me, can I steal you for a second?
The fire department chief's here.
Very nice to meet you. Curtis.
How long have you two been married?
5 years right about now.
Oh, a winter wedding.
It must have been beautiful.
It was the summer, actually.
We got married on a scuba diving boat near the Great Barrier Reef.
I hid the ring in a seashell at the bottom of the reef.
And you are lucky I found it.
Well, you never would have found it if I had put it in a dessert like straight people do.
Have you seen him eat a piece of cake?
He doesn't chew, he inhales.
Felicity, are you ok?
Yeah, just got to find my mom.
Uh, I am never gonna be able to unsee this.
Um, sweetie, I would like you to meet my boyfriend, Quentin.
She's your mother? He's your boyfriend?
Did you say "boyfriend"?
I'm sorry, do--do you guys know each other?
I thought it was just like a date or something.
Can--can--can I talk to my mom?
For a second.
Listen, um, Laurel doesn't know.
Yeah, I'm gonna hit myself over the head with something very heavy so that I don't know either.
Ahh! Isn't Quentin amazing?
Oh, my gosh!
Oliver was gonna propose to me 3 months ago.
3 months ago.
How do you know?
It's a long story, but he was gonna propose, and then we moved back here.
So why didn't he just pop the question once you settled back in?
What? Excuse me.
Hey! Hey! Hey. Hey.
What's going on?
I don't know.
Is it Darhk?
In as much as he's the reason that Laurel and Thea showed up on our doorstep 3 months ago right before you were going to propose.
And before you say anything, you should know that my mom found the ring in the decorations box.
It's not what you think.
That depends on whether or not you think that I think that you were gonna propose and then that you changed your mind.
I didn't change my mind.
Well, something changed.
Everything changed. Where we live, what we do, who we are. We...
I was gonna propose.
But then we came back to Star City and I just needed some time to rethink things.
Because you thought I wasn't gonna say yes?
No, because what we're doing is dangerous. And I--
But I chose this life and I chose you.
And I don't understand why we can't have both.
How did you know that was my favorite red?
So full bodied, so full of life.
Unlike your security outside.
Oh, and in my defense, they fired first.
I guess my invitation was lost in the mail.
[Chuckles] I'm only kidding.
It's not my kind of scene anyway.
Hmm. I'm only here to have a word with the man of the hour.
What do you want?
Well, something I can't have, apparently.
Your loyalty, your allegiance.
I told you there would be a price to pay if you refused.
I made that decision, not these people.
Let them go.
Oh, I wish I could do that. I really do.
But sometimes the best way to teach someone a lesson isn't to punish them, it's to punish the ones he cares about the most.
Oliver. Oliver, they took her.
They took my baby girl.
It's all right. It's ok.
I'll get her back.
They took Thea, too.
All right, she's gonna be ok.
It was all over before it started.
John and Thea, they didn't stand a chance.
And I couldn't make a move because then Darhk would know that I was playing for your side.
And I'm not sure that was the right call.
You made the right call. We need to track Darhk.
You need to dig up everything that you can find, ok?
Yeah, I'm on it.
Police are gonna want to ask you about what happened.
Take care of these people. Get them home if they need it.
Get them medical attention if they need it.
And pay for it out of the campaign fund.
Of course. What about the police?
Stall the police.
Tell me where to find Damien Darhk.
Where is Damien Darhk?
Oliver, we'll find them.
Not even the Ghosts know where they are.
Did you learn anything from the hotline?
Only how many crazy/bored people there are in the city.
Don't go there.
Your go-to place.
Where you sit there and you say that it's all your fault.
Well, it is my fault. I'm the one who outed Darhk.
I know. I seem to remember us all being there when you did.
I ran for mayor because I can protect myself and I thought that all of you could, too.
And you were right, we can.
I know, but you didn't sign up for this.
Oliver, we can take care of ourselves.
And that's including Felicity.
You inspired a lot of people.
Well, Thea and John and Felicity, inspiration is not what they need tonight.
[Cell phone vibrates]
But somewhere, someplace there is a Ghost that's gonna talk to me.
What if there isn't?
I'm going to take great pleasure in trying to make them.
Are you ready?
I hope so.
I don't see how you can free dive after only an hour's instruction.
Well, since coming to this island, I've learned I can do a lot of things that I didn't think I could.
Plus, you're a good teacher.
I could go with you.
I know the ship. I'll be back in a few minutes.
All right, I want every uniform canvassing leads.
I want every detective talking to every CO we got. You get it?
[Sighs] Hey, baby, what's--what's going on?
Got a message from the office.
A tip came through the hotline.
Yeah? Something we can move on?
Are you working for Damien Darhk?
It's not what you think.
You don't know what I think.
Darhk threatened you, ok?
I did what I had to do to keep you safe, honey.
Oh, really? And what's that, Dad?
How many people died?
How many fathers' daughters?
None, I hope.
None, I... I just--I just been eyes and ears, all right?
First for Darhk, and then for the past month or so...
Oliver knew about this?
Yeah, he found out. Didn't take it too well at first, but then I think he understood.
That there was nothing I wouldn't do to protect my baby girl.
[Cell phone vibrates]
You got something?
[Sighs] Just a lot of suicidal Ghosts.
Yeah, and where does that leave us?
Honestly, Oliver, this place is even easier to break into than your last lair.
What the hell's going--
We're pressed for time.
Suffice it to say, I'm a little less dead than most people think.
What are you doing here?
My daughter's in danger.
Shouldn't your first question be what took you so long?
What is this?
HIVE used polyphasic-encrypted satellite phones to communicate. That is one of them.
And where did you get it?
I'm Ra's al Ghul.
Maybe we can use the phone to track Darhk.
If Felicity were here, maybe.
But as it is, our only play is trading me for them.
Ok, listen, I'm not gonna pretend to understand what is going on here.
But the idea of you turning yourself over to Darhk, that's the worst idea I've heard in a while.
Maybe, but it's our only play.
I brought all this on, I have to end it.
Well, I hope you're all enjoying the city.
You know, we have a lovely symphony and the best coffee on the western seaboard.
Ms. Fayad said you like to play games, Damien.
Games. Now you're just wasting our time.
We came here to check on your progress with Genesis, not to watch you exercise a personal vendetta.
Oh, you're talking about Oliver Queen's friends.
We have greater concerns than some mayoral campaign.
That campaign's involvement in the Star City Bay turned out to be a concern.
[Cell phone vibrates]
Well, folks, turns out things are gonna get real interesting real fast.
I was surprised to get your call.
And on one of our secure phones no less.
You are more than you see, Oliver.
Oh, you really better hope that isn't true.
What's the word for a man who threatens the man who's holding his nearest and dearest captive?
I don't know, idiot?
You didn't kill my friends.
You took them to make a point.
You've made it.
[Chuckles] Not yet I haven't.
[Metal detector buzzes]
I'm here. Let my friends go.
I'm sorry, did you think this was quid pro quo, Mr. Queen?
We have a deal. Now let my friends go.
Do you know who perfected the gas chamber?
For years I wondered why the world would allow those monsters to exist, let alone thrive.
And then I realized, the world needed them to.
As horrible as it sounds, every now and then, humanity needs a reset, a do-over.
That time has come.
What is this?
A demonstration of the project that you're gonna help us with once we install you as mayor.
Think of it as your friend's and family's life insurance policy.
Thank you for your service, your mind, and your belief in me.
You will forever be part of our HIVE.
Man: The bloom is active.
Oh, and by the way, thank you for doing the legwork on skimming the bay.
My people were using the harbor to create a certain type of algae.
One that would allow us to do this undetected.
Well, at least he lasted longer than the previous one.
I guess that's something.
All right, let's continue to adjust the ratio of the bloom.
If you told me I'd ever get used to seeing you dressed up like that, I'd...
Excellent. You've got your bondage outfit on.
And no mask for you?
Not my thing.
If we're going after Oliver, wouldn't it make sense for you to bring along a few of your little ninja friends?
I can't afford to pit the League against HIVE.
Do you have Oliver's location?
An abandoned industrial complex outside Pennytown.
You'd think Darhk would have checked to see if he was tagged with a tracker.
Well, I'm sure he did. Damien's very thorough.
But Oliver had me tag him with the same particular nano technology he used on me last year.
What about me?
No, you'll blow your cover with Darhk.
It's pretty much already blown.
Can you give us the room?
Happily. I have enough father/daughter drama in my life as it is.
Remember, we're on a clock.
Ok, if this is about you not trusting me anymore after working with Darhk, then--
No, it's just the opposite.
You've done things, things that you'll never forgive yourself for, because you were protecting me, but I'm the one who gets to decide whether I need anyone's protection.
That's not how parenting works, sweetheart.
I think that you and I can both agree that our relationship is a little unconventional.
[Sighs] Mask should have been the first clue.
You just be careful out there, all right?
'Cause I don't know what I'd do if anything were to happen to you.
In fact, that's not true. I know exactly what I would do.
And it'd be ugly.
These people, they're volunteers?
True believers. Every last one.
Aw. Well, I'll give you guys some privacy to say your farewells.
Are John and Thea all right?
Yeah, I think so.
Please don't tell me that you traded your life for ours, because that would be extremely old Oliver.
I had to turn myself in.
It was the only way to know where you were being held.
One little problem. Two if you think that Darhk is gonna keep up his end of the bargain.
But what happens when the calvary shows up and the Green Arrow's not present?
Darhk is evil, not stupid.
I have that handled, Felicity.
It had to be this way.
Why? 'Cause you think that we're in this situation because of your decisions?
Look, I really hate to be the one to break this to you, Oliver, but you are not the boss of me.
And I am the one who decides whether I need anyone's protection.
But at the Christmas party from hell, you said you were gonna propose and you didn't because you weren't sure our relationship could survive this kind of life.
It was a holiday party.
And I had more to say, but we were attacked.
And here we are, fighting.
Fighting our way through the danger instead of running away from it.
Isn't that the whole point of marriage, to get through the hard times because we are together, not in spite of it?
Just so you know, if you would have asked me, I would have said yes.
Ahh, thank you for coming.
Oh, my God. What's going on?
The deal is that I bring myself here and you let my friends go.
Let me go!
I'm so sorry about this.
We had a deal!
I think if you replay our conversation in your mind, our bargain was only at best implied.
Even so, bad guy, remember?
You let them go.
I will. Existentially speaking.
You do this, you lose any leverage that you have over me.
Wrong. As long as they're alive, you have something to fight for.
That is what I am taking away from you.
But don't worry, it's painless.
Look for seams.
This place may not be 100% sealed.
I love you.
Oh, Oliver, don't worry, there are plenty of fish.
If it's blondes you like, I can have one at your house in 20 minutes.
One that I won't kill.
Hey, come on, let's go.
I thought I lost you.
I'm here. I'm here.
Is that my father?
And here I was ready to just call it even for the night.
You may go.
As the kids say, I got this.
You really haven't learned anything, have you?
Oh, I might have learned a little.
I'm dying to see what's beneath that mask.
Seems like you're dying a bit, too.
We shouldn't leave all these guys here.
If they're anything like Darhk's guy in the gas chamber, we probably should.
Ok, they're definitely like Darhk's guy in the gas chamber.
Is that the best you've got?
There's four of you and a lot more of us.
Yeah, well, now there's five.
Guess you decided you didn't need anyone's protection.
Brought the calvary. Hope you don't mind.
I'm gonna let you live long enough to watch me kill your little green buddy.
Are you sure that Darhk didn't make it out of the explosion?
Have you seen any horror movies?
These guys don't stay dead.
Especially if you can't find a body.
Whoa. Glass half empty much?
Good news is whatever Darhk had going on there, we lit it up pretty good.
Where is Merlyn?
Said he had to attend to League business.
Can't believe I'm gonna say this, but I owe him one.
I helped out a little bit, too.
Yes, you did.
Aren't we supposed to go to that thingy?
It's a surprise.
You're not the only one that can keep a secret.
Guess I don't taste very good.
Ahh. That is gonna leave a scar.
Well, hey, Taiana.
You're a little less dead than you're supposed to be.
And you, you may not be a spy, but you're definitely a liar.
Which means you're probably lying about being a spy.
I'm gonna enjoy taking pieces out of you.
What do you want?
Thought you gave up on that.
I did, until I met your cult leader, Damien Darhk.
[Scoffs] It's not a cult.
The man has people, regular people, honest people, I'm thinking, so brainwashed they're willing to die for him.
You know what, think what you want to think.
It's a free country.
This isn't you, Andy.
The man I knew pulled me out of dark waters, convinced me to keep going when I didn't see the point.
No, what you didn't see, what you failed to see is the man I really am, right in front of you the whole time.
So my brother's a Ghost?
Fine, we'll treat you like a Ghost.
Your vigilante problem's getting worse.
Oh, relax, Ms. Nixon.
Focus on the here and now.
There's concerns that you're leading us off the rails.
No, I'm leading us exactly where we need to be.
Beautiful, isn't it?
And I don't even like corn.
Go ahead, breathe.
Drink it in.
Tell me what it reminds you of.
Seems so real.
Ahh, I liken it to the air on Everest.
Little thin, maybe, but just enough to keep things interesting.
I thought the tests had failed.
Not the last one.
Thanks to the algae we engineered from Star City Bay, the air down here is now perfectly breathable.
We are right on schedule.
Phase 4 begins now.
And what of Oliver Queen?
This is all Alex's idea.
He wanted to show the people that you're not backing down.
All you got to do is, uh, flick a switch and give a speech.
We'll be here waiting for you when you're done.
You're coming with me.
Thank you, everyone.
This week, an event just like this was interrupted by terrorists.
But all of us are here tonight to send those people a very simple message.
We're not gonna let the darkness win.
So all of us are here to light a candle together.
[Cheers and applause]
This right there's possible because of all of you, and I am grateful for each one of you.
There is one person in particular that I am grateful for.
Someone that has stood beside me when times were darkest.
She is the one who lights my way.
Would you make me the happiest man on the face of the earth?
[Cheers and applause]
♪ Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum... ♪
Wow, it looks even bigger in here.
But to tell you the truth, I don't even care about the bling.
All I care about is you.
♪ Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum ♪ ♪ to lay before the king, pa rum pum pum pum ♪ ♪ rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum ♪ ♪ so to honor him, pa rum pum pum pum... ♪
What's going on?
♪ I played my drum for him, pa rum pum pum pum ♪ ♪ I played my best for him, pa rum pum pum pum ♪ ♪ rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum... ♪
♪ Then he smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum ♪ ♪ me and my drum ♪