Oct. 10, 2012
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While he hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was.

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Quentin Lance

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Paul Blackthorne (born March 5, 1969) is an English actor for film, television, and radio. Although born ...

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[b]Quentin Lance ~ "I swore to uphold the law because the law is steady, the law is unchanging, the law needed to be protected. But what good are laws, rules... if they don't protect people? Now listen, I know I'm throwing away my career by telling you this but I'm willing to sacrifice capturing this guy if it means saving peoples lives!"[/b]

Quentin Lance is described as a "gruff, determined city police officer" who believes true justice can only come from law and order. He is arrogant to the point where he seems to think he can go in a person's house without a search warrant or an arrest warrant when he said, "I have a badge and a gun, that says differently".

He initially hates The Arrow because he believes he is strictly a murderer who doesn't answer to anyone but himself. He even once coldly used his own daughter as bait, which resulted in her getting kidnapped. While he reluctantly works with The Arrow occasionally to get cases solved, he still makes it his goal to apprehend The Arrow. His morals and beliefs center around true justice coming from law and order, and his beliefs about The Arrow being a menace to the city begin to change after being told by The Arrow himself, that Malcolm Merlyn plans to destroy the Glades and everyone in it.
In Season 2, after being demoted to a beat cop for five months after the Undertaking, seeing how powerless the police is in dealing with the various crisis in the city and knowing how effective The Arrow is with dealing with criminals, his beliefs about law and order have changed.

While he still holds himself as an enforcer of the law, he now believes that the law isn't omnipotent, and that justice should prevail over doing what is strictly legal. As such, he is now more willing seek extra-legal measures to seek justice and is now pro-Arrow, especially after finding out that The Arrow is now going out of his way to avoid killing his enemies. Quentin even told Felicity to inform Arrow of a breakin to Queen Consolidated and even referred to him as a "mutual friend". He also defended The Arrow by asking Laurel if she was just blaming The Arrow when she said it was his fault Tommy died, a stated that later turned out to be true.


* Expert detective: As a former police detective, now a police officer, of the Starling City Police Department, Quentin has proven himself a highly skilled detective, unlike most of his co-workers. He rarely jumps to conclusions before he gets his facts straight, except when he is emotionally involved in the case.

* Advanced hand-to-hand combatant:
Quentin is shown to be a formidable fighter for a cop, but he is not as adept a fighter as Oliver and Sara,

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Season 5, Episode 07
07x01 - Inmate 4587
Season 7, Episode 01
08x10 - Fadeout (Series Finale)
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02x20 - Seeing Red
Season 2, Episode 20
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