The Emerald Archer Rises shows the life of a young Oliver Queen before he becomes Green Arrow.
- Oliver Queen ( Justin Hartley)
- Tommy Merlyn (Sam Witwer)
- Damian Merlyn (John Glover)
- Brianna Stone (Sarah Roemer)
- Eddie Fyers (John Cleese)
- Felix Jones (Andrew Stewart Jones)
Season 1 (2002)
- "Pilot"- Eddie bails soon to be 16-year-old Oliver Queen from a London police station, after Oliver has gotten himself into another fight. Eddie informs Oliver that the trustees from his family's company need to see him, and though he'd rather stay where he is, Oliver nods when Eddie tells him he has no choice. After having a nightmare about his parents' murder, Oliver wakes up in his private jet and turns on the TV to see every show talking about him, including one hosted by Susan Williams. Meanwhile, Eddie reads a book on troubled teens. Arriving in Star City; Oliver ponders why anyone would live in a city like this, as he points out running his company does not seem to be "part of the plan". After being mobbed by reporters, the two finally arrive at Queen Manor where, after snapping at Eddie for bothering him because he got emotional from seeing his family portrait, Oliver heads out. With Eddie at his side, driving the Rolls Royce, they arrive at the area now known as Crime Alley. Oliver visits the very place where his parents were killed, where he opens up to Eddie, saying that it was his fault, all because he had to see Zorro, described by him as "a silly movie about a 'hero' who wears a costume and fights crime". Suddenly, thugs appear, and despite Eddie's pleas, Oliver fights the thugs. Using martial arts that he has learned, Oliver fights, disarms, and defeats the thugs. Oliver and Eddie drop the thugs off at Star City PD, but their report is almost ignored until Oliver is recognized by a 13-year-old fan - Chloe Hilton.The two have a conversation, and Chloe introduces her father, someone Oliver already knows from when he was six: Detective Lucas Hilton, Ignoring the board with notes and arrows pointing towards Merlyn Corp, he asks Hilton who killed his parents. Hilton shows Oliver the file on his parents, which is now a cold case because the killer was never caught. When asked about the thugs or even his family's company, all Oliver says is that he's leaving soon, because he wants nothing to do with Star City. As Oliver leaves, Hilton asks about Damian Merlyn, whom he's meeting the next day. While he nods, he notices if Hilton's words are a warning. Meeting Merlyn the next day, Oliver asks about the investigation, and Merlyn notes the police commissioner is a close personal friend. As Oliver is about to sign, because of the sight of Eddie and an old friend called Walter Steele, he explains that he will look over the papers at his home. Now an intern, Steele reveals his father's "accidental" death, while Merlyn needs the papers signed first thing in the morning, for his 15th birthday is only two days away. Knowing the danger Oliver is now in, Eddie suggests a lawyer, and Oliver thinks of another old friend - Tommy Merlyn. Right in the middle of a costume party, Tommy welcomes Oliver back and says he will look at the papers. Oliver decides to stay at the party, even though he hates costumes, because he spots a stunning woman wearing a canary costume: Dinah Lance. Oliver is pulled away from Tommy, who wants him to meet his sister. While waiting, Oliver talks to an attractive girl wearing an angel costume. When Dinah and Tommy come into the room, Oliver learns the angel is , Tommy's sister, Tamara. Because Dinah says she is "saving" Oliver from where he is, Tamara leaves. Oliver becomes angry at Dinah, so she leaves too. Before he can do anything, Oliver is informed by Eddie that Hilton called for him at Queen Chemicals. Arriving there, and noticing the green pool of hazardous chemicals, Hilton and Oliver, only to learn neither one called the other. It's a trap! The access hatch closes and locks, and water rushes in.
- "Reunion"- Working together, Hilton and Oliver find a tunnel 20 feet overhead, and using acrobatics, Oliver gets himself and Hilton to safety. Both agree that someone wants them dead. Nearby, Merlyn watches. The next morning, Oliver and Hilton meet with Steele and his mother, talking about his late father, whom they described him as "nervous" just before he died. As Steele says he will check around, Oliver meets with Tommy, who demands that he does not sign the papers. While this happens, Tommy gets two phone calls from his sister and his father, with him playing both sides. All of a sudden, Tommy's mood swings and he tells Oliver to sign the papers. Oliver changes the subject and asks about Tamara , and Tommy tells him the location of where she works. As they leave, two sedans come up behind the Rolls and open fire. A chase begins, and ends at where Tamara works: the Star City Youth Shelter. Meeting Tamara, Oliver apologizes and asks for a date, successfully getting back on her good side. Back at Queen Manor, Oliver creates a ruse to explain why he did not turn in the papers yet. Just then, Hilton calls and tells him what Steele found: weekly shipments of hazardous waste. Oliver wants to meet, but Hilton tells Oliver to stay. Oliver gets an idea, alarming Eddie. Later, Oliver arrives at Wayne Chemicals, dressed all in dark green, and follows Hilton, Rupert Montoya and Frank Pike. Suddenly, the three encounter the bad guys. Oliver helps, but stays out of sight the whole time. After defeating the last guy (with a crossbow arrow), he and Eddie leave, with Oliver commenting that he may have found something he's good at. Oliver and Eddie meet with Hilton, learning the chemicals were drugs, and later hear that the head bad guy hung himself. Later, Oliver is greeted by a surprise birthday party with Tommy and Tamara, Dinah, Billie and Walter Steele, Lucas and Chloe Hilton, Pike, and Montoya. It's midnight, and Oliver Queen is 16! Tommy destroys the papers Oliver was told to sign, as he now owns QueenCorp. Damian comes to the party, and tells Oliver that his stock might take a beating if word gets out about the drugs. He gives him a book, "Business for Beginners", and after he leaves, Oliver tells everyone that he has a lot to learn and he's staying in Star City.
- ."Guardian"-While Oliver is reviving many friendships in his sophomore year at Hamilton Hill High, Walter is visited by his nephew, Jim Harper (Eka Darville), who is in Star City for the weekend. Walter is unaware that Harper is actually a steel-wielding crime fighter known as Guardian, and Pierce uncovers a crime when a Red Ninjas group conspires to steal information. Meanwhile, Oliver begins to experience flashbacks on the night of his parents' deaths and begins to suspect Damian Merlyn knows something about it. Pierce stops the Red Ninjas with help from Walter and Hilton. Hilton allows Guardian to leave the scene while he and Walter promise to keep his secret. In flashbacks, Robert and Moira Queen were threatened by mobster Salvatore Lestrade. Against Robert's wishes, Moira asked Damian for help in protecting them against Lestrade. Harper manages to defeat the Red Ninjas, led by Frederick Tuckman's son Randall Tuckman, when they try to steal information from Merlyn Corp. A mysterious storm happens in Star City, and Merlyn Corp accidentally releases a mysterious chemical into Star City despite Damian's best attempts to stop it.
- "Long-Lasting"- Hilton with the help of Walter, investigate the lab explosion at Merlyn Corp. Oliver and Brianna find a baby with no parents and take him back to Queen Manor. However, when the baby, Flint, ages from a newborn to a 7-year-old in less than a day, it becomes clear he is aging at a rapid rate and they turn to Tommy for help. Damian wants Hilton and Steele to stop investigating him which is why he goes to District Attorney Janice Porter for help. Knowing that Porter embodies an ends-justify-the-means attitude towards her work, Damian legally obtains evidence against Frederick Tuckman after visiting his childhood friend Adam Hunt for information on him. Damian gives Porter a recording of Hunt reciting all of Tuckman's crimes, including a list of five shell companies owned by him. Damian tells Porter hat the companies' books have enough RICO violations to put Tuckman behind bars and offers this evidence in exchange for her dropping the investigation against Merlyn Corp, assuring her that the lab explosion was an accident. Porter agrees to it and later on pulls strings to get Hilton and Steele to stop investigating. She then tells Commissioner Grorgan, Hilton's superior, that her her office "uncovered" new evidence against Tuckman, who will face indictment for several counts of money laundering, among others. Tommy becomes suspicious of Damian's plans.
- "Ethos"- Because of Damian's manipulation of the justice system, Frederick Tuckman is under indictment. Felix, who is a reporter for the school newspaper, learns of a series of electronic store robberies and wants to investigate himself. Felix infiltrates the gang where he meets Tuckman's son Randall. Felix's undercover work starts to cause serious repercussions. Oliver manages to save Felix in the end, however, he no longer wishes to be friends with him due to Felix putting himself at risk in the first place. Meanwhile, Tommy tells Walter and Hilton that Damian was the one who got Porter to go after Tuckman and tells them about a project that Damian was working on that was thought to be extinct. Tommy tells Hilton that he thinks Damian is not only responsible for the death of Oliver's parents but also for the decline of Star City and corruption within, but they may also be trying to kill him this whole time. Hilton confirms what Tommy believes and advises to not tell Oliver yet. Brianna tries to cope with the events of last week involving Flint.
- "Poison"- Two girls from Oliver's school are found dead outside Merlyn Manor, and have no obvious cause of death. The Gotham district attorney, Delbert Billings (Doug Jones) pressures Hilton to arrest Tommy in suspicion of committing the murders. However, Oliver's own investigation reveals some shocking information about a connection between Damian and the girls. Oliver ,with help from Walter, discover that the two girls were never shot, but were stabbed; the M.E's report was supposed to go to the detectives, but Billings intercepted it. Oliver then re-examined the tape to discover it was faked--the key point was the static interference that happened before the showing of him killing the girls. Oliver realized all along Billings was the one who framed Tommy for murder. Felix investigated Billings' background to inform Oliver the ring Billings always wear has the power to create illusions. Oliver noticing he has to stop Billings before Tommy is brought to Slabside. Oliver sets up a meeting with him, Billings, Tommy, Hilton, and Walter. Oliver tells everyone what he found about and has proof Billings framed Tommy. Hilton tries to arrest Billings, yet Oliver realizes the Billings who they were cornering was an illusion. Oliver and the others eventually chase and capture the real Billings with the help of Detective Arnold Glass spear tackling him to the ground. By the end, Tommy's name is clear and Billings is brought to Slabside; however, unbeknownst to the correction officers, he is in possession of his ring.
- "Coming To Light"- Oliver finds his father's journal, which reveals stunning information about Damian and the company. A scientist (Sarah Carter) witnesses a secret project Frederick Tuckman and another doctor (Tate Donovan) is doing, and steals the information that is central to make it work, so Tuckman brings his son Randall and the Red Ninjas to hunt down the scientist. Fearing for her life, she seeks help and shelter to one person whom she knows: Eddie.
- "The Scarlet Speedster"- As Star City prepares a huge police ball, Damian organizes the event as Tommy, Hilton, Eddie, Tamara, and Commissioner Grogan are among the guests. A sassy assassin (Lauren German) comes to ruin it as a fail attempt shocks everyone. When Oliver discovers this, he tries to find her, but soon meets a vigilante (Emile Hirsch), who can go fast in the speed of light. The two forms an unlikely alliance as a overpowered scientist (Woody Harrelson) uses the weather against the city. Meanwhile, Dinah believes people are framing her for the attempted assassination when Carl suspects it upon learning that Dinah could be Adam Hunt's daughter.
- "Amulet"- The search for the blue crystal sparks a war between Damian Merlyn and Frederick Tuckman and the people of Star City falls right in the middle. Oliver must learn the true origins of the crystal before all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Tommy's life is in danger resulting to a life-altering decision to murder Thorne's son Randall. When Randall enters his limousine, Tommy is waiting for him. As the two sit in the back seat, Randall is tricked into revealing that his father learned about Project Avalon from Damian's secretary. When Tommy flips the coin, it lands in Randall's favor. However, Tommy circumvents this by also judging Randall's driver. When it lands bad heads, Tommy buckles in and shoots the chauffeur in the back of the head, resulting in a car crash that leaves Randall dead. Brianna learns her mother may still be alive; and Felix tracks down an old friend for a story on the Red Ninjas.
- "Excalibur"- As the battle for the control of the crystal begins, Damian Merlyn attempts to finally stop Frederick Tuckman (Sam Neill) and the Red Ninjas by reviving Project Avalon again and the outcome won't be pretty. While, Hamilton Hill High is putting a Spring Fling dance and Oliver, Felix, and Brianna are among the others desperate to find a date. Oliver makes Tuckman disappear in a flash of light upon handing over to him the crystal. Eddie tells Oliver of his decision to take a sabbatical which Oliver gladly accepts. Tommy tells his father that he plans to leave for Rome due to having enough of the anarchy he brought into his and Tamara's lives. Tommy begs Tamara to come with him only for his sister to refuse due to wanting to stay by her father's side. As Tommy leaves, a masked gunman wearing a black hood arrives and demands that the Merlyns hand over all their money. When Tommy tries to intervene, the gunman shoots Damian.
Season 2 (2003-2004)
- "Accused"- After being shot, Damian is taken to the hospital by Tommy and Tamara, who are then joined by Oliver, Eddie, Brianna, and Felix. Detective Hilton gains a description of the shooter from Tommy and Tamara and calls them in for a lineup, but none of the men in the lineup are the shooter. Tommy and Tamara confirm to Hilton that nothing was stolen when Hilton suspects it, proving that the man in the black hood tried to kill Damian. Meanwhile, the Star City underworld is about to tear itself apart since Frederick Tuckman's absence, a new crime lord known simply as the Death Dealer tries to reorganize the crime underworld. In order to do that, he sends his personal solider,The Huntress, to eliminate his enemies including Damian. Hilton manages to protect Damian from the Huntress. Oliver and Felix reconcile upon Oliver seeing Felix being there for Tommy. When the Huntress is unmasked to be Helena Bertinelli, Helena is interrogated by Grogan and denies Death Dealer sending a man in a black hood to kill Damian.
- "Disoriented"- Oliver and Felix decide to take Tommy for a night on the town to get him over his recent depression, where Oliver meets the beautiful Carrie Cutter. After sleeping with her, he discovers that she drugged him as a part of a psychology project, and he may or may not have committed some serious crimes while under the influence. Meanwhile, Tamara confides in an unlikely ally, Dinah. Damian wakes up from his coma and tries to remember who shot him.
- "Extent"- After being shot and beginning to heal his injuries, Tommy undergoes some intense therapy, and soon crosses path with a fellow patient, Erion Maverick (Joseph Morgan). However, what he is unaware of is that he has been infected by the serum from the lab explosion and hones the ability to endure anything that comes at him. Tommy becomes jealous when Damian becomes fond of him. Meanwhile, Detectives Hilton and Glass tries to stop an elusive and dangerous street gang; Oliver is assigned to see counseling upon Damian getting shot; Tommy decides to not go to Rome yet until he finds the shooter.
- "Coincidence"- Oliver faces Damian in a major confrontation when Damian accuses Oliver of being the one who shot him, but something unexpected sends Oliver to get a couple of thugs; soon, he crosses path with a vigilante from Freeland known as Black Lightning, who is after the same thugs for other reasons. Not knowing what's his agenda as well as his connection to Walter, Oliver is left in a standstill as well as the vigilante not knowing what is the true connection of their same obstacle. Hamilton Hill High gets a new principal named Terrace Reynolds (Richard Gant), who does not approve of Tommy Merlyn having a relationship with his students, like Felix. Reynolds was the headmaster at Excelsior Preparatory School where Tommy and Bruce Wayne attended. Reynolds revealed to Tommy that Damian had him fired in order to avoid Tommy being expelled upon coming to class drunk.
- "Unlocked"- Damian returns to Merlyn Corp for the first time since his accident, but when he is introduce new ventures for his company. An opportunistic activist speaking for all those infected by the lab explosion, Klaus Kingston (Rick Fox), is using his charismatic personality by harboring his meta-human ability of persuasion to get amnesty for the infected; and he'll do anything to get it. One of Bruce, Ethan, and Julie's friends, Mitch (James Frain) is taking a key interest about the situation. Meanwhile, Principal Reynolds introduces Oliver's friends to a new student named Susan Williams and orders them to show her around Hamilton Hill High. Oliver and Susan take a liking to each other while Susan joins the school newspaper with Felix.
- "Watcher In The Woods"- While out jogging, Brianna hears a gunshot and rushes to find her schoolmates injured from a gun shot fired by the man in the black hood. Following the incident, Tommy founds a vigilante group called the Crows, to protect Hamilton Hill High students. Susan and Felix receive a letter from "the Komodo", taking responsibility for the shootings, and detailing his intentions to target sinners. Oliver fears that the Komodo might go after the man who killed his parents which is why he goes to Hilton, demanding that he re-open the investigation into his parents' deaths. Damian, seeing the Komodo's attacks as an opportunity for an unknown venture he is planning, convinces Tommy to utilize the Komodo's main weapons for the Black Circle. Inspired by this, the Crows makes a video calling out the Komodo, vowing to kill him.
- "The Town That Dreaded Sundown"- Tommy's viral video results in negative repercussions, as Principal Reynolds demands he disband the Crows. Though Tommy refuses, the Crows disbands regardless due to the basketball team being suspended but later reassembles with Tamara's help. Tommy runs into trouble when he vandalizes the Red Ninjas'' territory. Tamara finds out that her brother intends to murder the Komodo and convinces him to discard his gun even though Tommy confesses to having killed Frederick Tuckman's son. Susan receives a letter from the Komodo, revealing that her speech from the jubilee ball inspired his actions and gives her a cipher that only she could solve. Meanwhile, Hilton agrees to investigate the Queen murders despite the objections of Glass and his superiors. Because of Hilton's refusal, Captain Peter Pauling sends Henshaw and several corrupt cops to assault Hilton. Glass helps save Hilton and warns him to leave the Queen Murders as a cold case, however, Hilton refuses which is why he stalks Henshaw, beats him, and leaves handcuffed in his underwear as a warning to stay away from his daughter Chloe. When Oliver is on a date with Susan, the Komodo calls her.
- "Draw On"- After Dinah is arrested, Oliver is confronted by Adam Hunt, who tells him that if he gets his daughter out of trouble, he will tell him who killed his parents and the motive for it. Oliver reluctantly complies to it which is why he and Detective Glass, who has been assigned by Hunt, work together to break Dinah out of prison. While there, Oliver becomes surprised by Damian speaking to Pauling about transferring Dinah to Level Two in Iron Heights. Grateful that his daughter is free, Hunt reveals to Oliver that Harry Chill gunned down his parents. The Komodo reveals to Susan that he knows her brother is adopted and threatens to kill him unless she publishes a mugshot of her mother when she was in the Red Ninjas. Susan reluctantly complies to it.
- "Resolution"- Oliver's investigation gets him in trouble with Pauling, and soon becomes Hilton's problem at work. Oliver soon escapes police custody after finding out that Hilton has found his parents' killer. Tommy tries to figure out what Level Two is and Damian recruits some of Tommy's Crows as a phase for an unknown plan.
- "Expedition"- After learning that his parents' killer is apparently dead, Oliver decides that there is nothing left for him in Star City and intends to leave once again. Dinah gets into some serious trouble with her father's mob, Tommy loses his patience with Tamara, and Oliver comes face to face with the man responsible for his parents' death.
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