"Arrow" The Promise (TV Episode 2014) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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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  • We open with Moira telling Queen that Slade has just made a "generous" donation to her campaign. Slade has brought some rum and Moira asks Queen to join them for a toast.

    We flash to the island and see some of Queen's archery training under Slade. They then discuss the plan for attacking the freighter. It is heavily-guarded. Queen takes Sara aside and asks her about the drug. He thinks Ivo should never be allowed to control it. Slade agrees, saying they should burn it.

    While burning the drugs Sara mentions that Slade is going to kill Ivo for what happened to Shado. She wants him to kill Ivo.

    Slade, Queen and Sara share a drink and toast to Shado. Queen wants Sara to tell his family he's changed. She wants him to tell her family she died in wreck. Queen has a nightmare featuring Shado.

    On the freighter Ivo asks to see one of the prisoners. He's just gotten a poor update on his wife. He puts the man in a chair and goes to work removing one of his eyes.

    From the island Queen uses and arrow to ignite an explosion on the beach. Ivo sees this and orders them taken. Queen trips while running, and is taken by two of Ivo's men and put in a cell on the freighter. He chats with a prisoner named Thomas, who is a missionary.

    Ivo puts Queen in his chair and demands to know the location of his friends. Queen won't talk and Ivo injects him with truth serum.

    Back in present day Moira asks Slade about his love life. They talk about moving on after loss. At one point Queen announces he'd like to talk with his mother. Moira leaves the room and he tries to stab Slade. Slade is too quick and knocks the knife out of his hand as Thea arrives. She walks in and Slade introduces himself. Moira returns to guide a tour of the home's art.

    We return to the freighter. Queen says that Slade and Sara are on the freighter, but we see that earlier Sara gave him something that counteracts the effects of truth serum. We see Slade and Sara paraglide on to the freighter. Slade goes after Ivo's men, sending Sara to free the prisoners and Queen to grab Ivo.

    In present day Thea shows Slade one of their favorite paintings. Queen quietly calls Felicity and she puts the phone on speaker. Sara hears Slade's voice and realizes Queen and his family are in immanent danger. She gathers Digs and Roy and they head out.

    Back on the freighter Slade cuts through Ivo's men. Thomas saves Sara from another prisoner who doesn't like her. During the fracas Ivo calls his wife and tells her he's found a cure. She seems confused. Arrow bursts in and knocks him to the ground. He doesn't kill Ivo and Slade walks in behind Queen. Ivo tells Slade that Queen was asked to choose and Slade goes after Queen. Explosions on the ship save Queen. The prisoners and guards are in a furious fire fight. Sara tell Queen she thinks they need to get off the ship and get back to the island. They jump overboard, but Slade grabs Queen's ankle before he can get off. Slade throws Queen into a cell and takes command of the ship.

    In present day Roy goes into Queen's mansion, pretending to be looking for Thea. Slade seems to realize right away that Roy is also on the drug. Sara comes downstairs and Queen asks him politely for his plans. Slade tells Moira he needs to leave and says good-bye.

    Queen walks Slade to his car. Digs has a shot, but somebody knocks him out before he can pull the trigger. Queen asks Slade what he wants. Slade tells him he's there to fulfill the promise he made five years earlier.

    We flashback to the island. Sara and some of the prisoners have reached the shore, but she realizes Queen's not there.

    On the freighter Slade gives Ivo a gun and tells him to show how he killed Shado, but shooting Queen. Queen tells Slade he didn't want Shado to die. Slade then cuts off one of Ivo's hands. Slade promises Queen he will not die until he has known complete despair.

    In present day we see that Slade spent his visit planting camera throughout the mansion.

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