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Arrow: Damaged

Oliver sets himself up to be arrested for murder so that he can prove that he's not the Arrow vigilante. However, his plan has unexpected results when he's forced to lie to his family and friends... including Laurel, who he asks to serve as his attorney. Meanwhile, Walter discovers that Moira has been keeping secrets from him with deadly consequences.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 2J7305
Airdate: Wednesday November 07th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Nov 06, 2012 (Premiere!)
UK (sky 1) Nov 19, 2012
AU (Nine Network) May 29, 2013
DE (Vox) Mar 10, 2014

  • Currently 8.9/10
8.9/10 (21 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Colin Salmon
As Walter Steele
Byron Mann
As Yao Fei
Sebastian Dunn
As Edward Fyers
Chelah Horsdal
As Kate Spencer
John Barrowman
As Well-Dressed Man
Eric Breker
As Leo Mueller

Co-Guest Stars
Thomas Cadrot
As Officer
Lesley Ewen
As Judge Moss
Shaker Paleja
As Technician
Jeffrey C. Robinson
As Deathstroke (as Jeffrey Robinson)
Melissa Roxburgh
As Blake
Valerie Tian
As Morgan
Robert Wolfgang Weiss
As Court Clerk
Jason Bempong
As Gang Leader
Shaw Madson
As Parole Officer
Steve Makaj
As Josiah (Josiah Hudson)
Rebecca Rifai
As Hot Chick
Main Cast
Stephen Amell
As Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy
As Laurel Lance
Colin Donnell
As Tommy Merlyn
David Ramsey
As John Diggle
Willa Holland
As Thea Queen
Susanna Thompson
As Moira Queen
Paul Blackthorne
As Detective Quentin Lance


Yao Fei shoots an animal and Oliver asks if he can shoot the bow instead of picking up dead animals. His rescuer hands him the bow and gives him basic instructions on how to shoot. Oliver takes the bow and concentrates, and then fires and misses his target. Yao Fei tells him that he'll die badly and that he should get the arrow. As Oliver goes into the woods, three hooded men grab him and toss him into a caged hole...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jeremy ThurberXOXOprison rave party

Episode Quotes
Oliver: The police think they know who I am. They think I'm the vigilante. The man in the hood terrorizing the city's criminals. They also think they have me trapped, that I have no way out. They're only half right.

Oliver: I know you couldn't resist saving my ass.
Laurel: You're going to make me regret this, aren't you?
Oliver: No, it's going to be like old times.
Laurel: Fortunately for you with the legal case, there's no way that you're this vigilante.
Oliver: I agree.
Laurel: Because he's actually trying to make a difference. We both know that's not really your style.

Thea: And you get me this. I mean, it's an arrowhead.
Oliver: Oh, man. Thea, I bought that in the gift shop at the Beijing airport. Now I'm sort of happy I didn't buy you the shot glass with the panda on it, 'cause then you'd be worried I was Panda Man.

Cultural References
Oliver: Uh, Burning Man meets Shawshank Redemption.

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 movie based on a Stephen King novella, set in a men's prison.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAndrew Kreisberg  |  Marc Guggenheim  |  Greg Berlanti
Executive ProducerMarc Guggenheim  |  Andrew Kreisberg  |  Greg Berlanti
Co-Executive ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker  |  Melissa Berman
ProducerJoseph Patrick Finn
Co-ProducerWendy Mericle  |  Jennifer Lence  |  Carl Ogawa
Associate ProducerJon Wallace
Production DesignerRichard Hudolin
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingLyndsey Baldasare  |  David Rapaport
First Assistant DirectorMark Bunting
Second Assistant DirectorYannick Leray
MusicBlake Neely
Music EditorZed Starkovich
Music SupervisorSeason Kent
Costume DesignerMaya Mani
HairstylistPaul J. Edwards
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerRobert Murdoch
Transportation CoordinatorJohn O'Toole (2)
Property MasterKen Hawryliw
Post Production SupervisorJoanie L. Woehler
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyGordon Verheul
Production ManagementTodd Pittson
Sound MixerPatrick Ramsay
Makeup ArtistPatricia Murray
Canadian CastingHeike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
Warning: Arrow season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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