Arrow

Season 1 Episode 4

An Innocent Man

106
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 2012 on The CW
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    Arrow "An Innocent Man" Review: Occupy Starling City

    "An Innocent Man" started to inch Oliver toward the liberal, "fight for the little guys" persona of '70s-era Green Arrow. It also put his lack of faith in the system up against Laurel and Quentin’s belief in it.

  • Episode Summary

    While juggling his relationship with Laurel, Oliver discovers that one of the men on his list has framed an innocent man. Meanwhile, Thea helps Oliver with Laurel, and Walter has an employee look into a withdrawal that Moira made from the company accounts.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Lots of progress

      7.0
      SAo many things happening this episode, the pacing was off the charts. Laurels dad is back to being all black or white when it coes to Arrow/Oliver. Last week he trusted Arrow now he's back to the hunt. It was refreshing to see that Walter appears to be in the dark when it comes to the scheming of his wife, schocking to see the wreckage.

      Oliver being arrested will be a great opportunity for Diggle to show his worth, looking forward to that.

      Too bad Oliver made such a stupid mistake, rookie.

      Not the best of the bunch, but still entertaining enough.moreless
    • An Innocent Man

      10
      This show doesn't stop improving and that is awesome. loved the way oliver changed his voice when he talks to Laurel (that was a smart move because she knows his voice and may identify him). Arrow kills and that is awesome for a comic book character but i don't think that will last because Diggle will stop him from doing that in one way or another and i think that will be Diggles purpose for a little while atleast (to take oliver in the right direction). I didn't think they will play this card (finding the footage of oliver) this soon in the season i though it might be in the midseason finale or even maybe the season 1 finale but happy they did that because the nest episode will be awesome because of this ending.moreless
    • Another great episode.... then John Barrowman appeared..... *Fangirl moment*

      10
      This episode was different from the first three episodes of Arrow; still it was brilliantly done and executed. It had less action, more drama. Oliver wasn't actually fighting a bad a guy, he was trying to save a good one. Arrow couldn't do it alone, so he asked Laurel to help him, thinking that this will help the way Laurel see him as Oliver. Maybe he thought that after Laurel decided that Arrow is really a good person, doing good deeds, Oliver was going to reveal himself as Arrow, and Laurel will love him forever. Doesn't matter what he wanted to accomplish because it all back fired.



      Laurel accused Arrow of being ruthless. As the episode progressed, flashbacks were shown. During these, it was explained why Oliver, and Arrow as a consequence, was so ruthless. During his stay on the island he couldn't show mercy for anyone or anything, if he wanted to survive. Oliver's nameless mentor made sure to teach him exactly that since day one.



      Dig is up for the ride! Arrow at last has a sidekick! Or a helper, or a protector; because Dig doesn't want to be a sidekick (his own words were: "I'm not signing on to be a sidekick"). He is accepting the "job" well, firstly, to make sure there are fewer casualties and secondly, because Oliver needs someone to remind him who he is, to help him separate Oliver from Arrow.



      Thea keeps improving. She had small appearances, and all of them felt natural. I'm still waiting for the moment Oliver takes her under his wing and transform her into Speedy. The character I still don't like is Laurel. I don't know why, I just don't. I began to read about Green Arrow's love life. I wanted to find hope; maybe Laurel was the Lana Lang of Green arrow. But my bubble was burst because Dinah Laurel Lance is actually Black Canary. I just don't know if eventually Laurel will be cursed or if she is already.



      After the first half of the episode, there were many plot twists. And as has happened before, they weren't resolved; they were left as hooks for next episode.



      Moira's secrets keep coming up, some of them are even being exposed. Walter has discovered one of them. Which gets me thinking; I considered Walter a bad guy. I thought he helped Moira in the Queen's Gambit sabotage. Now I have to rethink everything. If he is suspecting Moira, it probably means he doesn't know about anything at all.



      Speaking of Moira's secrets. In this episode she got on a limousine, just like she regularly does. Usually, we can't see who she's talking to, but this time we did. And you wouldn't believe my reaction when I saw who it was: John Barrowman. The John Barrowman from the Doctor Who universe! I screamed like a little girl, paused the video and started hyperventilating and giggling. It was literally a huge surprise. He had only like five lines, but for what he said, it is possible he appears again. Fingers crossed. I was thinking of giving this episode five stars. After seeing Barrowman I thought I should give it like ten out of five stars.moreless
    • Support

      8.0
      While Tommy was noticeably absent in this episode, as well as severely missed, it was nice to see the minor characters Joanna de la Vega, Felicity Smoak and Carley Diggle getting a little more air time. In the long run, especially on comic-book-based television shows, minor characters can have major impact.



      It seems as if Oliver can't win Laurel over (he did cheat on her with her sister and all), yet Green Arrow has her waiting by the phone (sorta) after only one rendezvous. This sounds familiar and I was grateful when the writers put an end to the Superman-Lois Lane-Clark Kent-ish love triangle before the episode's finale. Hopefully it won't be resurrected in future episodes.



      Loved the allusion to Bludhaven, but hated the effects used to create the Queen's Gambit. With visual effects like those they might as well have left the audience in the dark about what Walter had discovered, as they did with Oliver's untimely arrest.



      As always, looking forward to next week.moreless
    • An Innocent Man

      9.0
      An Innocent Man was a great episode of Arrow and propels the show forward. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, intrigue and drama. The story picked up from the end of the previous episode where John learns the truth about Oliver and he is less than thrilled. It was awesome seeing Arrow contact Laurel to help an innocent man being framed by a man on his list. I liked the dilemma the situation put her through. Moira is under suspicion by her husband for withdrawing a large amount of money for shady purposes that don't add up. I liked the ending where there is a suspenseful scenario unfolding at the Queen Mansion. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
    Stephen Amell

    Stephen Amell

    Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

    Katie Cassidy

    Katie Cassidy

    Dinah "Laurel" Lance

    David Ramsey

    David Ramsey

    John Diggle

    Willa Holland

    Willa Holland

    Thea Queen

    Susanna Thompson

    Susanna Thompson

    Moira Queen

    Paul Blackthorne

    Paul Blackthorne

    Detective Quentin Lance

    T. J. Ramini

    T. J. Ramini

    Jason Brodeur

    Guest Star

    Lane Edwards

    Lane Edwards

    Peter Declan

    Guest Star

    Kirby Morrow

    Kirby Morrow

    Matt Itsook

    Guest Star

    Colin Salmon

    Colin Salmon

    Walter Steele

    Recurring Role

    Byron Mann

    Byron Mann

    Yao Fei

    Recurring Role

    Roger R. Cross

    Roger R. Cross

    Detective Hilton

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Arrow shoots Jason in his office, he pins his left hand to the wall. However, later when he's shown on television being taken away, the bandage is on his right hand.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Diggle: You really did lose your mind on that island.
        Oliver: Found a couple of things along the way.
        Diggle: Like what, archery classes?
        Oliver: Clarity.

      • Oliver: Thank you for coming.
        Laurel: I care about the lives of other people, Oliver. Maybe you should try it sometime.

      • Thea: So why don't you make a play?
        Oliver: There are reasons.
        Thea: Mm, what are they? Besides you sleeping with her sister and her sister dying and her father hating your guts and you basically being a jerk to everyone since you got back.
        Oliver: Those are the top ones.

      • Joanna: You know, if you go somewhere that's not work or your home, your odds of meeting someone increase by, like, a gazillion percent.
        Laurel: Oh, that's not true. I could still get mugged on the way home.
        Joanna: In that case, I hope he's cute and single.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Several DC Comics locations are mentioned. Bludhaven is the base of operations of Nightwing (until it was destroyed in a chemical bombing attack) and Monument Point served as home to the Justice Society. Iron Heights is the high-security prison in Central City, home of the Flash.

      • Colin Donnell is credited but doesn't appear.

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: October 31, 2012 on CTV
        UK: November 12, 2012 on Sky1
        Sweden: February 26, 2013 on Kanal 5
        Portugal: May 19, 2013 on RTP
        Finland: October 24, 2013 on Sub

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