2x09 Three Ghosts
First Aired: Dec. 11, 2013 on The CW
Summary: While recovering from a near-fatal drug overdose, Oliver begins hallucinating people from his past. Believing he's a liability, Oliver gives the information he has on Cyrus Gold to Quentin... which results in the deaths of several police officers. Meanwhile, Brother Blood captures Roy and…
Oliver Queen: That's not funny.
Oliver Queen: You're dead.
Slade Wilson: You are not a hero. Or a friend. Or a brother. You are nothing. Do not turn your back on me, not again.
Oliver Queen: You're gone.
Slade Wilson: Wherever I am... it's time you joined me. They say a coward dies a thousands deaths. But even that wouldn't be enough for you.
Oliver Queen: I tried to save you! And her.
Slade Wilson: But you couldn't. Just like you couldn't save this city. The island didn't make you strong kid. It revealed you to be weak.
Detective Lucas Hilton: Human weapons?
Quentin Lance: Look, his name is Cyrus Gold. He's the one who broke into Queen Consolidated last week. He's the one who robbed the blood bank. And he killed all those people.
Detective Lucas Hilton: Wait, hold on a second. Where are you getting all this intel? Oh, man, what's the matter with you? Talking with the vigilante's what got you demoted in the first place.
Quentin Lance: Look, we take a small squad. McCarthy and Evans from SWAT, Jones. We can bring this guy down.
Detective Lucas Hilton: I promised Jeannie I'd take her Christmas shopping.
Quentin Lance: Lucas. Please.
Detective Lucas Hilton: Fine. But you get to call Jeannie and tell her I'm not taking her shopping.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When handing over information about Cyrus Gold the Arrow calls Patrolman Lance Detective twice.
- Goof (factual errors): Warfarin has long been a main ingredient in rat poison, and is also used in a more pure form as a pharmaceutical for blood clots. However, it takes three to five days to take effect, and the dosage must be calculated very carefully to balance the actual thickness of how much blood versus the medicinal efficacy of the warfarin ingested. In addition, it has side effects, but hallucinations and excessive sweating are not among them.
- Goof (continuity error): When Felicity goes to put the mask on Oliver, she is putting it on his bare face (there is no black makeup on his eyes). When we cut to another shot, and the camera pans around to Oliver with the mask on, he is suddenly wearing eye makeup.
- The episode where Oliver receives his compressible micro fabric mask, custom made by Barry Allen, after Barry points out that grease paint is a poor identity concealer. Oliver's criteria for a mask was one that conforms perfectly to his face and doesn't affect his ability to aim while on the run.
- SPOILER: The episode is modelled after A Christmas Carol with the protagonist being visited by a series of ghosts. However while Shado is a good match for ghost of Christmas past and Slade appearing as the ghost of christmas present hints at him being the main enemy for this season, Tommy appears as what should be the ghost of Christmas yet to come. Unless Tommy returns from the dead in a future season his inclusion is odd.
- During the news broadcast that Barry Allen is watching, the reporter notes that her name is Linda Park. Linda would later be recast by Malese Jow and play a love interest for Barry in Season 1 of The Flash (2014).
- Near the end of the episode, Diggle asks Oliver about Cyrus Gold's whereabouts to which Oliver responds "Died on Saturday, buried on Sunday." This alludes to the "Tale of Solomon Grundy," whose real name was Cyrus Gold before he died.
- Cyrus Gold is the civilian name of a popular DC villain, Solomon Grundy.