Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2012 on The CW
out of 10
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  • Episode Summary

    When an off-duty officer is wounded by bank robbers calling themselves the Royal Flush Gang, Diggle tries to convince Oliver that he must do more than go after the men on his father's list. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Thea for dating advice and Moira demands to know why Oliver keeps disappearing.


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    • Great!

      This was a different kind of episode in which we delve into something not on the list. Instead, it's a series of bank robberies, as Oliver - with the help of Diggle - finds another way to help the city.

      I have to admit that I wasn't too fond of the island scenes today - the hallucinations are all well and good, but in essence nothing actually happened in those scenes that we couldn't have guessed. I hope the next episode continues off on where the previous one left off there.

      But the seriously good stuff from the present day was interestinga and all up, a very good series of events to follow.

      Looking forward to more!moreless
    • just a rip off

      I gave this episode a one the start of the show where the bank robbery takes place is just a straight ripoff from the movie Point Break - nothing like modern television writers pinching scenes direct off a movie.
    • Great History

      This episode delves deeper into the history of how Oliver first discovers the list and finds the will to survive the island. The bank robbers add an interesting twist to Oliver's father's history. However, I want to know when we are going to figure out how he learned to fight and shoot the arrow. It seems to be droning on a little bit.
    • A few cards short of a full deck...

      Far removed from their comic-book counterparts, Arrow's ''gritty'' take on The Royal Flush gang lends the hour a certain pathos and drive that not only animates Oliver in ways I hadn't seen previously (he felt much more human here), but also manages to push the arc forward quite a bit. Elsewhere, it's refreshing to note that Digs sees himself as the Nightwing to Arrow's Batman rather than the Alfred to his Wayne. And I even noticed a genuine glimmer between Dinah and Tommy this week, which certainly trumps their lack of chemistry during the last handful of episodes. There are still a lot of standstill plots, of course: Mamma Queen's insecurities (''I'm so rich and throw all of these lavish parties! Why doesn't my son appreciate my lavish parties? He'd have probably been better off staying on that island!'') and Thea is still as inconsistent as ever (although Willa Holland does wonders with what little she is given) and the overall denouement doesn't quite hit home, either. Overall, though, this was a solid episode, one that manages to improve upon a few of the niggles that plagued the show up until now. Let's hope Arrow can keep on the right track!moreless
    • Verry cool

      I love it
    Jamey Sheridan

    Jamey Sheridan

    Robert Queen

    Guest Star

    Currie Graham

    Currie Graham

    Derek Reston/King

    Guest Star

    Kyle Schmid

    Kyle Schmid

    Kyle Reston/Ace

    Guest Star

    Roger R. Cross

    Roger R. Cross

    Detective Hilton

    Recurring Role

    Emily Bett Rickards

    Emily Bett Rickards

    Felicity Smoak

    Recurring Role

    Annie Ilonzeh

    Annie Ilonzeh


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Joanna: It's like they say--"it's the economy, stupid."
        Laurel: No, it's the stupid economy. Okay, without Stagg, how long can CNRI keep their doors open?
        Joanna: Depends. What time you got?

      • Oliver: I think you have the wrong impression about what it is I do.
        Diggle: You take out bad guys with a bow and arrow.

      • Oliver: My father died so that I could live. Live and make a difference by fixing the city that he and the people in this book ruined. Every name that I cross off this list honors that sacrifice.
        Diggle: There's more than one way to save this city.
        Oliver: Not for me. Crime happens in this city every day. What do you want me to do, stop all of it?
        Diggle: It sounds like you have a narrow definition of being a hero.
        Oliver: I'm not a hero.

      • Moira: I expect you to be there.
        Oliver: I have plans.
        Moira: That's fine. Brunch is tomorrow.
        Thea: Hmm. inches from a clean getaway.
        Moira: Well, you too, Thea.
        Oliver: Snap.
        Thea: Nobody says that anymore.
        Oliver: What?

      • Oliver: You lied to me.
        Diggle: You asked me to work with you, not for you. And when you did, you said it was because you understood the kind of man I am. Well, Oliver, I'm the kind of man who doesn't walk away when there's a chance to make a difference. And neither does Stan Washington. Oliver, I'm not finished talking. Where are you going?
        Oliver: To make a difference. Let's catch some bank robbers.

      • Carter: One minute I'm publishing this book on how long-term potentiation initiates the creation of a slow-moving protein synthesis and the next, there's an agent trying to make me the next Dr. Oz.
        Oliver: Why would he want you to be a wizard?
        Thea: For all our sakes, start reading Us Weekly.

      • Felicity: I guess you didn't have Facebook on that island.
        Diggle: Nope. Not even a MySpace account. It was a very dark time.

      • Tommy: Now, cake--chocolate or mocha?
        Laurel: Mm... carrot.
        Tommy: Are you sure about that? Because Bugs Bunny hasn't RSVP'd yet.

      • Tommy: Wow. You look just... really lovely.
        Laurel: Lovely. Well, it's nice that you've extended your vocabulary from words like hot and megahot.
        Tommy: You could just say thank you, you know.
        Laurel: Thank you. You know.
        Tommy: You're welcome.

      • Diggle: I'll tell you this much. You say going after the guys on that list is the way you honor your dad. Well, if your dad could have seen you this week, the way you cared about the people he had hurt, the way you stepped up to try to help them, I'd say he'd be pretty damn honored. So maybe there is more than one way to save this city.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Paul Blackthorne is credited but doesn't appear.

      • Music: Devotion (Jeseie Ware), Melrose Ep (Foy Vance), Underwater (Joshua Radin), One More Night (Maroon 5)

      • Royal Flush Gang

        In the comics the Royal Flush Gang was brought together by Amos Fortune (Justice League of America #11 - May 1962) and in have gone through several incarnations, each having a vast array of technological powers. In recent years they have expanded their ranks to include 52 members, including the 1-10 of each suit. In both the comics and the SuperFriends series where they also appeared, the Joker formed at least one incarnation of the Royal Flush Gang as well.

      • Injoke: Joanna and Laurel mention Stagg Industries. Simon Stagg is a businessman in the DC comics. The cities of Coast City and Keystone are mentioned, which are cities in the comics, the hometowns of Green Lantern and the Golden Age Flash, respectively. Broome's restaurant is mentioned: John Broome created numerous comic book for DC, including the Silver Age Green Lantern, the Phantom Stranger, and Detective Chimp.

      • International Airdates:
        UK: November 26, 2012 on Sky1
        Sweden: March 12, 2013 on Kanal 5
        Australia: June 12, 2013 on Nine
        Portugal: July 21, 2013 on RTP
        Finland: November 7, 2013 on Sub

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Carter: And the next, there's an agent trying to make me the next Dr. Oz.
        Referencing Dr. Mehmet Oz, a talk-show host and licensed physician who hosts his own TV program, The Dr. Oz Show, where he dispenses medical advice. He also has a radio show and several best-selling novels.

      • Tommy: Because Bugs Bunny hasn't RSVP'd yet.
        Referencing the cartoon rabbit created in 1938, voiced by Mel Blanc. The wisecracking gray rabbit has appeared in numerous animated shorts, movies, TV shows, and comic books. While avoiding nemeses like Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, Bugs wisecracks his way through a series of adventures, chewing a carrot and reciting his catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?"