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After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.
After A.R.G.U.S agent Lyla Michaels goes missing, Oliver charters a trip to Russia to help Diggle find her when they learn that she was following a lead on Deadshot's whereabouts. Isabel Rochev learns that Oliver is going to Russia and tags along, believing that he is trying to meet with the international division of Queen Consolidated behind her back. Once there, Oliver and Diggle learn that Lyla is being held in a gulag. Based on their plan, Diggle is arrested and sent to the gulag to rescue Lyla. Once inside, Diggle finds Deadshot in an isolation freezer. The pair is forced to team up to save Lyla and escape. Afterward, Diggle lets Deadshot go for helping him save Lyla in return, Deadshot reveals that he was contracted to kill Diggle's brother by H.I.V.E. In flashbacks, Dr. Ivo reveals to Oliver that the Japanese soldiers were transporting a secret serum that would give soldiers superhuman strength and regenerative capabilities. Later, Sara tricks Oliver into revealing that Shado and Slade are still alive. Oliver is nearly executed, but Sara convinces Ivo to spare him.
Ben Turner escapes from prison with assistance from Milo Armitage, who also pays him $10 million to steal a prototype of Malcolm Merlyn's earthquake device. Arrow tries to teach Roy self-control, but Roy loses control during a mission and Turner manages to escape with the device. Arrow tracks down the device and is forced to reveal his identity to Roy in order to get his help in destroying the device. Meanwhile, Laurel learns that she may be disbarred because of her addiction, and spirals further out of control. In addition, Moira agrees to run for mayor against Sebastian, and Amanda Waller propositions Turner to commute his sentence in exchange for him joining a "squad" she is forming. In flashbacks, Oliver struggles with the guilt of letting Shado die and stops Slade from destroying Ivo's freighter with Fyers' missile launcher.
Oliver and his team break into the Applied Sciences division of Queen Consolidated and destroy the lab so that Slade does not have access to it to mass-produce the Mirakuru. In response, Slade attacks the team at their hideout and steals an electronic "Skeleton Key", so that he can access any lab to get the equipment he needs. The team is too late and Slade successfully steals a bio-transfuser that will allow him to transfer his Mirakuru-infused blood to the convicts he freed. Oliver tracks Slade and discovers that he has kidnapped Roy and is using him to transfuse the blood. Oliver rescues Roy, and Isabel is mortally wounded in the battle. Later, Oliver reveals there is a cure for the Mirakuru, and Felicity goes to S.T.A.R. Labs to have an antidote created. Meanwhile, Laurel investigates Oliver being the Arrow, which leads her to discover that Sara is the Canary. Laurel stops her investigation when her father tells her that the Arrow's identity is irrelevant to the symbol that he represents. Laurel later blackmails her supervisor into releasing and reinstating her father. Slade's army of Mirakuru warriors gather and Slade uses his blood to heal and empower Isabel as well. In flashbacks, Oliver kills Ivo after he tells him and Sara about the Mirakuru cure.
Discovering that Slade is alive, Oliver is forced by his mother to give Slade a tour of the home. Sara and the rest of the team are notified and arrive at the home to provide backup to Oliver. As Slade leaves, Oliver deduces that he is the one controlling the man in the skull mask, and attempting to create more Mirakuru. Slade informs Oliver that he is there to follow through with a promise he made to Oliver on the island. Later, it is revealed that Slade used the tour to plant cameras throughout the Queen home. In flashbacks, Oliver, Sara, and Slade strategize how to infiltrate Dr. Ivo's freighter. The trio set fire to the Mirakuru, and privately Sara convinces Oliver to kill Ivo in order to keep him from telling Slade how Shado died. Oliver, Slade, and Sara are able to board the ship, with Sara freeing the prisoners, and Oliver and Slade going after Ivo. With Ivo cornered, he reveals to Slade that Oliver chose Sara over Shado. Slade turns on Oliver and imprisons him on the ship as Sara and the other prisoners escape to the island. Slade takes control of the ship and reveals to Oliver that he kept the Mirakuru, having Sara and Oliver destroy an empty box, and tells Oliver that he will not kill him until he has made him suffer the loss of those he loves first, "the promise" he spoke of.
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It is revealed that the Count escaped from prison during the earthquake in the Glades. Afterward, the Count begins poisoning Starling City with the Vertigo drug Diggle and the assistant district attorney are among the infected. When the assistant district attorney collapses in court, the Count kidnaps him en route to the hospital and reveals to the city that the cure to their sickness is to take Vertigo. In court, Laurel uses an affair between Moira and Malcolm to cast doubts on Moira's defense. Ultimately, Moira is found "not guilty" by the jury she later learns that Malcolm Merlyn, alive and well, had rigged the trial. Malcolm also reveals that he now knows Thea is his biological daughter. Felicity is able to locate the Count, and Oliver manages to save the assistant district attorney, but at the expense of allowing the Count to escape. Later, Felicity is captured by the Count when she discovers how he has been infecting the city. In order to protect Felicity from being injected with Vertigo, Oliver is forced to break his promise and kill the Count. Meanwhile, Blood is informed by one of his aids that his test subject - Cyrus - has survived his injection. In a flashback to the island, Shado and Slade rescue Oliver and Sara, after Dr. Ivo and his men travelled to the island to locate the stone arrowhead left by the Japanese soldiers.
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Roy fails to stop a truck robbery committed by China White. When Oliver attempts to convince Roy to stop being a vigilante, he learns that the hospital in the Glades is having its medicine stolen. Oliver sets a trap and finds China White stealing the medicine delivery trucks the police arrive during the battle and he retreats, allowing China White to get away. Oliver decides to work with Sebastian Blood, an alderman for the Glades, to bring awareness and help for the people in need, but is forced to abandon his appearance at a charity event to instead stop China White. Blood lambasts him in the press. The vigilante convinces Roy to stop fighting in his name, but instead be his "eyes and ears" in the Glades. Afterward, Laurel sets a trap for the vigilante, who is seemingly surrounded by the police. In a flashback, Oliver, Slade, and Shado discover a cave containing the remains of several cranially disfigured World War II Japanese soldiers.
When a masked thief with superhuman strength steals a centrifuge from Queen Consolidated, Oliver and his team investigate, with the help of Central City CSI Barry Allen. Oliver suspects that Barry is hiding something and has him investigated. When confronted, Barry reveals that he is searching for super-powered beings in the hope that he will find the one responsible for the murder of his mother. Oliver realizes that the thief was enhanced using the same serum that Dr. Ivo was searching for on the island. Roy and Thea stumbled upon Oliver's case after helping Sin to find her missing friend, but Oliver shoots Roy in the leg to prevent him getting further involved. Oliver tracks the thief, but is injured and injected with an unknown toxin. In order to save Oliver's life, Felicity contacts Barry to help find an antidote. Meanwhile, Malcolm puts pressure on Moira to tell Thea that he is her father. Moira instead contacts Ra's al Ghul, who wants to kill Malcolm for breaking the League of Assassins' code of honor by destroying the Glades. As a result, Malcolm leaves and warns her that the issue regarding Thea is not over. In a flashback to the island, Oliver and Shado find the serum, but when they inject Slade with it his heart stops, just as Dr. Ivo arrives with his men.
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