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Season 2 Episode 15

"The Promise"

Oliver is shocked when he learns that Slade has come to Starling City. Back on the island, as Oliver, Slade and Sara prepare to take over the freighter from Ivo, Sara pulls Oliver aside and tells him he needs to kill Ivo to prevent him from telling Slade what happened with Shado. Oliver feels immense guilt over the situation but realizes Slade's growing rage from the Mirakuru makes him unpredictable and he could turn on his friends if he thinks Oliver is to blame. Oliver agrees to kill Ivo and the battle begins...


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This episode picks up where last weeks episode left off with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) in a handshake. Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) tells all Oliver that Slade has made a sizable contribution to her mayoral campaign.


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Slade asks Oliver what's wrong with him, saying that he looks sick in the face.


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Moira asks Oliver to join her and Slade in having a drink. Slade offers a toast "to friendship." Oliver looks at the rum bottle, and reminisces about the island.


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In the first flashback of the episode Oliver is seen training and Slade is shown giving him congratulations on a good training run. Oliver isn’t happy however, saying that trees don’t move or shoot back and that he’s not sure he’s ready.


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The next scene shows those two along with Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) are planning to attack the freighter and they go about some preparations. It was also decided that they will burn the remaining stash of Mirakuru.

Oliver and Sara decide that Dr. Anthony Ivo (Dylan Neal) needs to be killed so that he cannot tell Slade about what happened to Shado (Celina Jade). This is because Slade will go crazy if he finds out that Oliver chose to save Sara over Shado because of the ways the Mirakuru has changed him.

Oliver has a nightmare wherein Shado asks him why he never saved her and then stabs him repeatedly. He wakes up startled by the dream while the other two are preparing to move on the freighter.


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Slade and Oliver prepare to attack Dr. Anthony Ivo. Oliver puts on the hood for the first time, and Slade puts on the mask for the first time.


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Oliver shoots an arrow into a pile of wood to get Ivo's attention.

On the freighter, Dr. Ivo picks another victim, Olivers Russian friend, Anatoli Knyazev (David Nykl). Ivo threatens to take out his eye for research but it is saved when Oliver uses a flaming arrow to ignite a huge bonfire on the beach, which explodes and distracts Ivo.


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Two men from the freighter approached the beach and the bonfire. Oliver runs from them but trips and is captured immediately. From there he is taken back to the freighter to Dr. Ivo who injects him with sodium pentothal also known as truth serum.



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Back in the present, Moira leaves the room and Oliver tries to stab Slade in the back but is foiled when Slade turns around and captures his wrist. As Thea Queen (Willa Holland) arrives home and calls out a hello, Slade tells him that Oliver can’t kill him now because he hasn’t met Oliver’s whole family yet.


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Moira and Thea come into the room and Moira has Thea lead them on a short tour of their family’s art collection.


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In the flashback Oliver is questioned by Ivo and under the influence of the truth serum he gives up Sara and Slade’s positions on the freighter.

In another flashback, it is revealed that Sara made up an antidote to the truth serum to give to Oliver since she knows how Ivo works and knew he would try to use it.


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Sara and Slade are then shown parachuting from a cliff in order to board the freighter, while Oliver gets away from the guards escorting him back to prison and three meet up on board.


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Back in the present in the Team Arrow hideout, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Sara, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and John Diggle (David Ramsey) receive a phone call from Oliver. They think it is a “butt dial” as they only hear talking in the background but very quickly Sara identifies one of the voices as that of Slade Wilson. She then warns the group that if they don’t kill Slade he will kill Oliver and his whole family.


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Back on the freighter Sara releases the prisoners but is attacked and pinned down by one. Slade is then shown cutting and shooting his way through the men on the ship while wearing his Deathstroke mask and Oliver is shown slowly making his way to Ivo. Sara is shown being saved by a religious prisoner who hit her attacker with a metal pipe.


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Oliver finds Ivo as he’s talking to his wife, or possibly ex-wife, on the satellite phone, explaining that he went away for so long to find a cure, but he does not mention who it is for. As Oliver has an arrow aimed at him Ivo tells him that though he pulled the trigger, Oliver was the one who killed Shado when he chose to save Sara instead of her. The camera pans back to reveal that Slade had overheard the whole thing.


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Slade attacks Oliver and the two accidentally send the boat off course. As Slade holds Oliver in the air by his throat, the boat hit something and the two fall away from each other. In a nice touch, it is revealed that the freighter is named AMAZO, which is the name of an android that Dr. Ivo built in the comics that could mimic the powers of any superhero.

On the deck, all hell breaks loose and Sara, Anatoli, the religious prisoner, and Oliver, who has fought his way to them, jump from the freighter in an attempt to get back to the island. Slade catches Oliver’s leg and with his enhanced strength, he easily throws him back on board.

Oliver is then imprisoned by Slade who takes over the ship by crushing the skull of the current captain with his bare hands. None of the crew argues with this, and really, who could blame them?


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At the mansion Sara, Diggle, and Roy finally arrive; Roy heads in the front door, Diggle sets up his rifle outside, and Sara goes around the back.


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Inside, Roy and Slade are introduced and shake hands each trying to intimidate the other with the power of their handshake, but as both are enhanced with Mirakuru it is a stalemate.


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Sara comes down the stairs and seems to surprise Slade who doesn’t seem to know she’s still alive.


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Sarah lets Oliver know that Diggle is outside ready to kill Slade so Oliver offers to walk him to his car. As they make their way outside Daigle is knocked out by an unknown person. Slade references this and tells Oliver that he is going to make good on a promise he made him five years ago.

In the last flashback of the episode, Slade brings Oliver and Dr. Ivo together and gives Ivo a gun to shoot Oliver with before revealing that he saved some of the Mirakuru before they could burn it. Before Ivo can shoot, Slade cuts off his hand and tells Oliver that killing him now would be a mercy killing and that he wants him to suffer before he does it, like Slade himself has over the loss of Shado.


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Back at the mansion Moira tells Oliver that if he’s going to act so cold around her and her guests that he would no longer be welcome there. The color fades to a green and it is revealed that Slade has hidden cameras all around the mansion while he was taking the tour.


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