Season 1 Episode 2

Honor Thy Father

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2012 on The CW
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    Arrow "Honor Thy Father" Review: The Second-Episode Blues

    All in all, "Honor Thy Father" was not a great second episode, but it had some good stuff sprinkled throughout.

  • Episode Summary

    A corrupt businessman, Martin Somers, hires a Chinese assassin named China White to eliminate Laurel for finding out too much. While protecting Laurel, Oliver is offered the chance to take back control of the company.

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    • Strong.

      An interesting second episode with more development of Laurel which was definitelyy a plus.

      Still not too sure what the mother is up to, but I'm definitely finding it fascinating and looking forward to where it may go.

      The last scene was interesting... what does it mean? I guess we'll find out soon, but the flashbacks are promising.
    • Much better pacing with some descent drama moments and advancing conspiracies but not without convenient writing...

      The second episode of the Arrow was undeniably much better edited and had a much better pacing than the Pilot and enough time to dig into some of the characters and offer us some moments to make us care. The mother Theressa conspiracy plot is now confirmed and the protagonist is getting more and more likeable whereas his flashbacks get a turn to show us what happened on the island.

      However, the show has a great amount of convenient writing when it comes to the protagonist who can disappear in 1 second in the middle of an empty space area, he happens to be at his ex-girlfriend's apartment and can dodge bullets with his free running movements. Hilarious writing is also present with an iconic white-haired Asian girl who represents the mafia and wants to protect their connection in town by killing the lawyer who has a case against them with a full-assault at her apartment (like that won't raise any suspicions!!) and some great combat skills to fight Oliver.

      That being said, slightly better than the Pilot episode but still has great flaws and needs more family drama to counterbalance/and a more realistic action.moreless
    • omg awsome

      wow im desprite to find out who the hell shot an arrow in his back like omg
    • good!

      Very good
    • Honor Thy Father

      This episode actually improved over the awesome pilot. The show reminds me alot of the Nolan batman series but this time it's Green Arrow and most of his family is alive so i want to see who will now his secret first. I love the Diggle he is a great character like alfred but young and has moves. Laurel is growing on me as i love Katy Cassidy in everything she does from Supernatural i even watched the episodes of Gossip Girl that she was in although i hate that show.moreless
    Ty Olsson

    Ty Olsson

    Martin Somers

    Guest Star

    Emma Bell

    Emma Bell

    Emily Nocenti

    Guest Star

    Tristan Jensen

    Tristan Jensen

    Bodyguard 6

    Guest Star

    Kelly Hu

    Kelly Hu

    China White

    Recurring Role

    Colin Salmon

    Colin Salmon

    Walter Steele

    Recurring Role

    Annie Ilonzeh

    Annie Ilonzeh


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Oliver: The day I went missing... was the day I died. Five years in hell forged me into a weapon, which I use to honor a vow I made to my father, who sacrificed his life for mine

      • Oliver: This guy gets more air-time than the Kardashians, right?
        Thea: Five years on an island and you still know who they are.
        Oliver: I've been catching up. It's nice to see how much our culture has improved while I've been away.

      • Oliver: It's fine, Walter. I've been in a courtroom before.
        Tommy: Four times, by my estimate. You know, there was the DUI, the assault on that paparazzi douche bag. Stealing that taxi, which was just awesome, by the way. And who could forget peeing on the cop?
        Moira: I wish everyone would.

      • Moira: I hired you to protect my son. Now, I'm not a professional bodyguard, but it seems to me that the first requirement would be managing to stay next to the man you're hired to protect.

      • Oliver: Sorry to give you so much grief.
        Diggle: I served three tours in Afghanistan, Mr. Queen. You don't even come close to my definition of grief.

      • Laurel: I'm a lawyer. I live to argue.
        Quentin: I'm your father. I live to keep you safe.

      • Oliver: I'm a jerk. Before the island I was a jerk. And now I'm just a... a damaged jerk.

      • Diggle: And I think I'm just beginning to understand the kind of man you are.
        Oliver: Shouldn't take you very long. I'm shallow.

      • Oliver: I wanted to give Martin Somers a chance to confess and face a court's justice but he chose to go after someone I care about instead. He's still going to face justice. It'll just be a different kind.

      • Oliver: (to his father's tombstone) You asked me to save the city, to right your wrongs. I will. I swear. But to do that, I can't be the Oliver that everyone wants me to be, which means that sometimes to honor your wishes... I need to dishonor your memory. I'm sorry.

    • NOTES (4)

      • China White

        Chien Na Wei first appeared in Green Arrow: Year One Vol 1 #3 (October 2007), and was created by Andy Diggle and Jock. In this retelling of Green Arrow's origins, China White is the head of a drug cartel who has her minion Hackett embezzle money from the Queen fortune to finance her poppy fields in the Fiji Islands. Oliver is later stranded on the island and defeats her, destroying the poppy fields. This is her first appearance outside of the comic books.

      • Injoke: The legal aid office that Laurel works at has the acronym CNRI. In the comics, Laurel fights crime under the superhero guise of Black Canary.

      • Injoke: The Nocenti family is named after Ann Nocenti, a writer for both Marvel and DC, who has worked on the Green Arrow series.

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: October 17, 2012 on CTV 2
        UK: October 29, 2012 on Sky1
        Sweden: February 12, 2013 on Kanal 5
        Portugal: April 21, 2013 on RTP
        Finland: October 10, 2013 on Sub

    • ALLUSIONS (1)