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Roy Harper returns to Star City and Oliver and Thea take action to save him when they discover the reason why he's come back.


Kristin Windell


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen / Speedy
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez (credit only)
Juliana Harkavy ... Dinah Drake
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Colton Haynes ... Roy Harper
Kirk Acevedo ... Ricardo Diaz
David Nykl ... Anatoly Knyazev
Pej Vahdat ... Sam Armand
Tina Huang ... Captain Kimberly Hill
Teryl Rothery ... Jean Loring


Oliver and Thea are shocked to hear that Roy Harper is back in Star City. However, when they discover the circumstances of Roy's return, Oliver and Thea realize that Roy is in trouble and jump in to save him. Black Siren makes a shocking decision. Written by Emily Reddom

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8 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building the Arrow team attacks with the "casino" sign on top (shown 16 min 30 sec into the episode) is actually the old train depot located in downtown Detroit. See more »


Oliver says that he found out that Green Arrow told him that Laurel was Black Canary. However, in Arrow: Canary Cry he announced at Laurel's funeral that Laurel told him herself before she died. See more »


Reporter #1: You notably outed Ms. Lance as the Black Canary at her funeral. That now seems a little suspicious in light of the recent allegations that you are the Green Arrow.
Oliver Queen: It doesn't, and it's not. I have made no secret of the fact that when necessary I have been in contact with Green Arrow and his team. He told me about Laurel Lance. Well, I wasn't talking to myself.
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Return to Form, for now..
11 March 2018 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

After so many bad episodes of Arrow, 'Doppelganger' felt like a necessary step in the right direction, but that can easily be attributed to the fact that the focus was not on the inter Civil War between Team Arrow, but instead a trip back to how the show used to be structured. No Rene, only one brief scene of Curtis, and Dinah was dialed back a thousand percent to the insanely stupid maniac she's been the past couple weeks. Plus, we have the return of Colton Haynes' Roy Harper and Thea Queen as her vigilante alter ego, Speedy. Really, this episode would have had to try really hard to suck.

Luckily, it wasn't so bad. Haynes' return was so very welcome, especially in this bad season. He didn't get a whole lot to do, other than get punched around and mutter a few lines, but his presence always brings the best out of Willa Holland as Thea Queen. As she said in the episode, it does seem as though after he left the show, Thea took a turn for the worse. And out of anybody on the show, Thea deserves to have some peace in her life. If she does eventually leave Star City and go live with Roy, I won't be devastated. Holland is great and all, but she's clearly not had a ton of quality screen time, and it may be best to remove another unnecessary piece to the Arrow team.

Speaking of unnecessary pieces, the new team Arrow has been laughable this year. But perhaps even more unnecessary is the inclusion of Katie Cassidy's Black Siren this year. How many times are we going to have her betray/double cross characters for people to start noticing. Also, she's not Laurel so why is it even in consideration for the Team to give her a chance, particularly Ollie!?! I will once again contend that this arc is ruining Cassidy's legacy on the show.

A few other tidbits include: Some incredible fight scenes with Thea's return in the field, the sudden re-emergence of the League of Assassins as well as Nyssa for next week, some very convenient and annoying lines about making the case against Oliver go away. So wait, you're meaning to tell me both Flash and Arrow are going to ignore the pivotal parts of both seasons (Flash going to prison and Oliver being outed as the Green Arrow)? So although it felt like this was an episode where they were waiting for Roy's availability to sneak the story into this season's arc, it was a far more entertaining 42 minutes than we have seen from this show in months. Lastly, another 3 week break? Are we serious?


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