Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kat's Arrow Episode "Speedy"


This semester for class I had to write an episode for an existing TV show. I decided to write an episode for Arrow. This episode takes place after "Seeing Red". This is a Thea centric episode. I explore her reaction to Moira's death and the return of her father, Malcolm Merlyn. Other sub plots are with the Arrow Team and Roy. Oliver and the Arrow team try to find Thea and we also see Oliver's reaction to Moira's death. This episode Roy leaves town and finds a new home in Gotham.

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 "Speedy"

INT. VERDANT - NIGHT
 
Thea and Sara are at the bar. Sara is checking her phone and
Thea is preparing a drink for the last customer in the night
club.
 
Thea hands the drink to the man. Thea starts to gather her
things and leaves the bar.
 
                    THEA
          Sara once this guy leaves, can you
          close up the club?
 
                    SARA
          No problem.
 
                    THEA
          I am going to head home.
 
                    SARA
          I don’t want you to walk by
          yourself. Do you want to wait for
          me?
 
                    THEA
          It’s okay Sara. I will be fine.
          Thanks for the offer though. I just
          need to clear my head.
 
                    SARA
          Just call me if you need anything.
 
Thea waves her cell phone around.
 
                    THEA
          Got yeah.
 
Thea leaves the bar.
 
EXT. DARK ALLEY - NIGHT
 
Thea walks down a dark alley. Smoke fills the street. Thea
holds her pocketbook close to her. Thea sees a dark shadow
from the corner of her eye.
 
She keeps her composure and turns the other direction. Thea
hears a voice calling out to her.
 
MALCOLM
Thea! 

Thea now starts to run. She hits a dead end. Malcolm comes
out of the shadows.
 

2.
                    MALCOLM
          Hello Thea.
 
Thea looks shocked.
 
                    THEA
          How are you still alive? You died
          when the Glades were destroyed.
 
                    MALCOLM
          You can’t trust everything you hear
          Thea, but I am sure you know that
          more than anyone.
 
                    THEA
          I don’t know if I am more shocked
          that you are alive or if you would
          have the nerve to show your face
          after killing hundreds of people.
 
                    MALCOLM
          I have been hiding in the shadows.
          I wanted to make my appearance when
          the time was right. What is more
          important than seeing my only
          daughter?
 
Thea stares at Malcolm and doesn’t make a sound.
 
                    MALCOLM
          I see, so you already knew that I
          was your father. Your mother must
          have told you. I knew your mother
          wasn’t a total coward.
 
Thea starts to shout at Malcolm.
 
                    THEA
          My mother is not a coward. She
          didn’t tell me the truth to protect
          me from you.
 
                    MALCOLM
          If your mother didn’t tell you then who did?

     
                    THEA
          Slade Wilson...
 
Thea stops for a moment and starts to break down.

3.
                    THEA
          That monster. He killed her in
          front of my eyes. Touched the blade
          with her blood onto my face. He
          killed her!
 
Malcolm grabs Thea before she falls to the ground.
 
                    MALCOLM
          I am sorry Thea. You shouldn’t have
          to go through this. You need to
          know, that your mother and I may
          have had a very complicated
          relationship, but was Moira still
          an important person in my life
          also.
 
Malcolm holds Thea tight. He starts to get up.
 
                    THEA
          That is the first time I said it
          out loud. My mother is dead. I know
          Oliver knows something about Slade,
          but he won’t open up.
 
                    MALCOLM
          You just want closure.
 
                    THEA
          My mother wasn’t the perfect woman,
          I know that more than anyone. But
          that doesn’t mean she deserved to
          die. I just want to know why this
          had to happen to us. I am an orphan
          that has lost everything.
 
                    MALCOLM
          You feel alone Thea, but you are
          not an orphan. You have me and I am
          your father. Come with me. We have
          to catch up on lost time. Together
          we will honor Moira’s life. You may
          despise me, but at least I will
          tell you the truth.(beat) Thea are
          you ready for the whole truth.
Malcolm holds out his hand for Thea. She gets off of her
knees and grabs Malcolm’s hand.
INT. STARLING CITY PREP SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY (FLASHBACK)
Thea sits in a classroom. She starts to write some final
notes.
                    MR. WINNICK
          We are going to have a test on
          Othello this Friday. Remember one
          essay question. Come on guys we are
          learning Shakespeare you should be
          more excited about this.
                    STUDENT #1
          Mr. Winnick can you give us a hint
          on what the essay will be on.
                    MR. WINNICK
          Be sure to know the major themes of
          the book. Especially with Iago and
          the lies he tells the people around
          him. If you study that you should
          be fine.
The bell rings and everyone starts to get out of their
seats.
                    MR. WINNICK
          Be sure to study kids. I want to
          see everyone get an A on this one.
Thea starts to get up from her desk. Shannon walks towards
Thea.
                    SHANNON
          Are you going to Trig next period?
                    THEA
          I am going to probably skip it.
          Four classes are enough for me
          today.
                    SHANNON
          Same here, we will hang out in a
          few. I just got to tell Kara to
          skip gym, which Coach Simmons is a
          total zombie anyways she would
          never even notice.
Shannon leaves. Thea picks up her books and passes Mr.
Winnick’s desk.
(CONTINUED)
4.
CONTINUED:
5.
                    MR. WINNICK
          Can I talk to you for a second
Thea?
                    THEA
          Sure Mr. Winnick.
                    MR. WINNICK
          I have noticed your grades have
          been slipping. You used to be one
          of my best students. Always raised
          your hand and now you just sit in
          the back of the room half asleep. I
          know everything that has happened
          to you in the past couple of months
          have been tough. I lost my father
          at a young age also. My grades
          slipped and I needed focus.
                    THEA
          (sarcastically) And how do you
          suggest I gain focus?
                    MR WINNICK
          When I lost my father I turned to
          archery. It is not just a physical
          sport, but a mental one. I think it
          would help you. I am the coach of
          the team so it would be easy to get
          you situated.
Mr. Winnick pulls out a flier advertising the archery team.
                    THEA
          Honestly, I am fine Mr. Winnick. I
          don’t think I need to join the
          archery team.
                    MR WINNICK
          How about if I make you an offer
          you can’t refuse?
                    THEA
          That was really cheesy.
                    MR WINNICK
          You get extra credit if you join
          the team. It will allow you to pass
          my class.
Mr. Winnick gives Thea the flier. She grabs it and puts the
paper in her bag.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
6.
                    THEA
          Thanks for the talk. I will really
consider it.
EXT. GOTHAM CITY ROY’S CAR - NIGHT
Gotham is dark and gloomy. Police sirens can be heard every
where. Roy parks his red sports car. He gets out of his car.
Two muggers pull a gun on him. You see the rage in Roy’s
eyes.
                    MUGGER #2
          Give us the keys.
                    MUGGERS #1
          Or else your head gets blown off.
A woman with a white mask comes out of the dark. CHESHIRE in
her early 20s is wearing green and looks very fit. She has
two swords on her back.
She takes the two swords off her back and points them to the
two men’s necks.
                    CHESHIRE
          He’s with me.
The mugger has fear in his voice.
                    MUGGER #1
          Whatever you say Cheshire.
The two muggers run away. The rage leaves Roy’s eyes.
                    ROY
          Thanks for that, but I could have
          handled it myself.
                    CHESSIRE
          I know, but I thought this would be
          the best way to introduce myself.
                    ROY
          Why did you help me anyways?
                    CHESHIRE
          I like you and I think we can be
          good friends.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
7.
                    ROY
          You don’t even know me.
                    CHESHIRE
          I want to get to know you, and I
          might be able to teach you a thing
          or two about Gotham City.
She takes out her two swords and puts one against him in a
non threatning matter.
                    CHESHIRE
          What do you say? How about if I
          become your personal guide to
          Gotham City?
                    ROY
          Well I am new to this town.
EXT. ON THE ROOFTOPS OF GOTHAM CITY - NIGHT
Roy and Cheshire make it to the top of a rooftop.
                    ROY
          Why did you take me here?
                    CHESHIRE
          This is how most masked people in
          Gotham City travel. Also if you get
          past all of the fog it is kind of
          nice up here.
Cheshire jumps to the next rooftop. Cheshire turns to Roy,
who is still on the other rooftop.
                    CHESHIRE
          Come on Jump!
Roy gets a running start and jumps onto the next rooftop.
                    CHESHIRE
          See told you, you could do it.
Roy starts to run ahead.
                    ROY
          Now you going to have try and catch
          up with me.
Cheshire follows Roy.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
8.
                    CHESHIRE
          How are you liking Gotham so far?
                    ROY
          I have only been here a total of a
          hour, but it seems like a place
          that doesn’t judge you. I need a
          city to make a new start. Maybe
          Gotham is that city. But at the
          same time I don’t really get this
          city. You hear so many stories
          about the doom and gloom, but it
          doesn’t seem so bad from up here.
                    CHESHIRE
          You came on a good night, but if
          you are going to be a permanent
          visitor you will learn that this
          place can make you go mad. We are
          all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.
                    ROY
          I am not mad?
                    CHESHIRE
          You must be or you woudn’t have
come here.
Cheshire looks down at the building next to them. She stops
in her tracks.
                    ROY
          Why are we stopping?
                    CHESHIRE
          We’re here.
                    ROY
          I didn’t know we had a here to be.
                    CHESHIRE
          I have a little side thing I have
          to do, but I don’t want to bore
          you. You can wait here if you
          want.
                    ROY
          It looks like fun, I want to help.
          What do we have to do?
Cheshire points to the building next to them. Two men
talking to each other crowd the window.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
9.
                    CHESHIRE
          There are men in that building.
          They stole something and I just
          want to return it to its rightful
          owners.
                    ROY
          What did they steal?
                    CHESHIRE
          A gun that I hear is pretty
          important. I don’t know what it
          does. Just know that the people I
          am returning it to need it.
Roy starts to run towards the building.
                    ROY
          So, what are you waiting for? Don’t
          you want to get your gun thing?
Cheshire follows Roy into the building.
INT. LARGE BUILDING IN GOTHAM - NIGHT
The two men are talking to each other. They are all armed
guarding a large silver weapon.
                    GUARD #1
          Do you know what this gun even
does?
                    GUARD #2
          Nah, just know the boss needs it.
Roy and Cheshire crash through the window.
The Guards start to point their guns at Roy and Cheshire.
Before the men are able to shoot. Cheshire swipes her sword
against one of the Guard’s throughts. Roy slams the other to
the wall. Cheshire puts her sword in his chest.
Blood is everywhere.Cheshire grabs the gun.
                    ROY
          You didn’t have to kill them?
                    CHESHIRE
          They’re bad men Roy, they deserved
          to die. With your strength I am
          sure you could do worse.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
10.
                    ROY
          I would never kill anyone? They
          might have families.
                    CHESHIRE
          Like you said, your new to this
          thing. If you were in the game as
          long as I have been you learn that
          there are no other options.
                    ROY
          You had an option here.
                    CHESHIRE
          Yes, tonight I did. But how about
          if they went back to their boss
          told them who we were. We probably
          would regret that with our next
          meeting. Wouldn’t we? So, yes death
          is always nessicary.
A siren starts to go off in the building.
                    CHESHIRE
          Come on, lets get out of here.
Cheshire jumps out of the building with her grapple gun in
place. Roy follows.
EXT. ABANDONED LOT - NIGHT
Black Canary and The Hood meet up in a abandoned lot and
encounter Isabel Rasputin/Ravager. She is dressed up in a
similar outfit to Deathstroke.
Black Canary and The Hood are shocked to see Isabel is still
alive.
They go in hand to hand combat as they start a conversation.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          I thought you were dead.
                    ISABEL
          Didn’t take.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          They injected you with the
mirakuru.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
11.
                    ISABEL
          Wow, Ollie you are sleeping with a
          smart one. Sara I know your more
          brawn than brains. But at least try
          to pretend. Ollie had more fun with
          me because I am both.
Isabel takes a swing for Sara. Sara ducks and weakens
Isabel.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
Nice shot.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          It looks like that I am alot
          smarter than her. She should have
          kept her mouth shut.
Isabel still able to talk.
                    ISABEL
          Don’t think you are so brilliant
          yet. Look around you.
Ravager’s back up comes onto the scene. Two men injected
with mirakuru, wearing deathstroke masks start to swing at
both Black Canary and The Hood. They are deep in combat. The
mirakuru men are not backing down. They are not being
overcome by Black Canary and The Hood’s efforts.
The hood uses a trick arrow, smoke fills the air. Black
Canary and The Hood are able to knock out both mirakuru men.
In the mix of this Isabel leaves the scene.
The smoke clears and Slade comes face to face with Black
Canary and The Hood.
The Hood takes off his mask to show his face. Oliver’s eyes
are filled with rage. He runs straight to Slade. Brings him
to the ground and continuously punches at his face. It is
not hurting Slade.
Slade pushes Oliver off of him. Oliver lands on his back and
he shows pain on his face.
                    SLADE
          I don’t want to fight. I came here
          to tell you something.
                    OLIVER
          I don’t want to hear a word you
          have to say. You killed my mother
                    (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
12.
                    OLIVER (cont’d)
          and you will pay for hurting my
          family!
Black Canary holds Oliver back from hitting Slade again.
                    SLADE
          You can’t kill me, don’t you want
          to know where your precious sister
          is?
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          What did you do to her? If you even
          touch her, you are dead!
                    SLADE
          This has nothing to do with me. I
          just thought you would like to know
          that Malcolm Merlyn is back in
          town.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Malcolm is dead. I put an arrow
          through his chest.
                    SLADE
          He survived and he is getting comfy
          with Thea. I may be your enemy
          Oliver, but there is no value of
          lieing to you.
Slade starts to walk away. The hood shots an arrow at Slade,
but he easily deflects it and escapes the scene.
INT. ARROW CAVE - NIGHT
Felicity and Digg are surrounding the computer. They are
eating take out and making small talk.
                    FELICITY
          Maybe we should find a new Chinese
place.
                    DIGG
          I think this is pretty good.
                    FELICITY
          Not when you have it every night
          for two weeks straight. I don’t
          think any person should consume
          that much ramen noodles.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 13.
Oliver and Sara burst into the Arrow cave. Felicity and Digg
end their conversation. They turn towards Oliver.
                    OLIVER
          Malcolm Merlyn is alive!
                    FELCITY
          Malcolm Merlyn who destroyed the
          Glades, that Malcolm Merlyn? Why do
          you think he is alive?
                    SARA
          We ran into Slade tonight. He told
          us that Malcolm was alive and has
          Thea.
                    DIGG
          Why trust Slade? How do we know he
          is telling the truth?
                    OLIVER
          We don’t know. But I can’t lose
          anyone else. If I lose Thea I will
          never forgive myself. Losing Thea
          isn’t an option. I have no other
          options, I have to trust Slade is
          telling the truth.
                    FELICITY
          And Slade knows that, Oliver. You
          are probably falling for another
          one of his tricks.
Oliver stops for a beat.
                    FELICITY
          Oliver, I am sorry. You couldn’t do
          anything to prevent Moira’s death.
          But because of your grief you are
          jumping into this blind and that
          can get Thea hurt.
                    DIGG
          Then what do we do?
                    FELICITY
          Figure out if Slade is telling the
          truth and then find out Slade’s
          motive. We have to figure out why
          Slade will tell Oliver the truth.
          It has to be part of a bigger plan.
Felicity turn to her computer.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
14.
                    FELICITY
          Maybe Malcom left some sort of
          trail. If we are lucky he could
          have been sloppy through out the
          months. You and Sara should ask
          around, vigilante style.
Sara takes out her staff.
                    SARA
          Good idea.
Sara turns to Oliver.
                    SARA
          Don’t worry we will figure this
out.
                    OLIVER
          We better.
Oliver and Sara leave the Arrow cave. Felicity starts typing
on her computer. Digg helps Felicity.
                    DIGG
          Do you think Oliver is getting over
          his head? Getting his emotions get
          the best of him.
                    FELICITY
          He got over his head a long time
          ago. All we can do is help him from
          drowning.
Felicity continues to work on the computer.
INT. QUEEN MANSION - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
Thea and Moira sit at a long table. Moria up at front and
Thea on the other side. They both eat their dinner silently.
Until Moira speaks up.
                    MOIRA
          How was school today, Thea?
Thea picks at her food.
                    THEA
          It was fine.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
15.
                    MOIRA
          That’s great to hear.
They both continue to sit in silence.
                    THEA
          Well...um actually my teacher asked
          me to join the archery team and I
          am thinking about it.
                    MOIRA
          Thea, do you really think its the
          right time to put yourself in any
          extra activities right now? You
          know with everything going on. I
          just don’t think you have enough
          time for it.
                    THEA
          I do think it’s the right time. I
          am actually interested in doing
          something positive, and besides I
          need the extra credit.
                    MOIRA
          Why would you need the extra
          credit, Thea? You are an A student.
                    THEA
          Actually if I don’t take this I am
          going to fail English.
                    MOIRA
          Why didn’t you tell me this?
                    THEA
          We never really talk mom. I never
          had the chance to tell you.
Another beat.
                    THEA
          Mom I miss them too, but they’re
          not coming back. We have to move on
          with our lives. This could be a
          good start.
                    MOIRA
          This has nothing to do with Oliver
          and your father. This has to do
          with your family obligations. Now
          that Oliver is (beat) gone you will
          have to take over the company one
          day.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
16.
A Beat.
          THEA
Who said I wanted to take over the
company? How about if I want to be
a doctor or lawyer like Laurel. I
am not fit to be a CEO. I never
wanted to take over the family
business. You always said you would
support me in what I wanted to do,
but I guess I was wrong.
          MOIRA
We aren’t having this conversation
right now.
          THEA
Why can’t I just do something I
enjoy for once. Do you know how
much I suffered with Ollie and
dad’s death? I just need something
to help me move on. This could be
my anchor.
          MOIRA
I have been trying to keep this
family together.
          THEA
And that’s fine, but in the process
I want somewhat of a normal life.
          MOIRA
That’s impossible, your a Queen.
You will never be normal.
          THEA
Why can’t we ever talk about it?
          MOIRA
Talk about what?
          THEA
Ollie and Dad! Everytime we bring
them up we get into a screaming
match and then pretend like it
never happened the next morning. We
need to talk about it to heal. I
need to talk about it!
          MOIRA
I miss them Thea. (beat) A mother
shouldn’t out live her children.
          (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
17.
                    MOIRA (cont’d)
          And you are right I have been
          ignoring the subject hoping that
          their death was just a nightmare
          that I could wake up from. I am
          finally realizing that I can’t be
          selfish. We should talk about them
          and celebrate their lives. Then at
          the same time move on with our
          own.
Moira starts crying. Thea gets out of her seat and walks
towards the other side of the table to confront her mother.
She hugs her mom.
                    THEA
          Everything will be okay. We can get
          through this together. I love you.
                    MOIRA
          I love you too Thea, don’t ever
          forget that. So, how about I look
          at this archery thing.
Thea walks towards her bag. She grabs the flier and hands it
to her mother.
                    MOIRA
          You really want to do this?
                    THEA
          I want to do something. This could
          be a good start.
Moira signs the paper.
                    MOIRA
          I will be at every match.
                    THEA
          Thanks Mom.
Thea gives Moira an extra hug.
INT. MALCOLM’S HIDEOUT - NIGHT
Malcolm and Thea enter Malcolm’s hideout. It is an old run
down building in the Glades. Inside the building has a
rusted sign that says Merlyn Global Group wherehouse.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
18.
                    MALCOLM
          I know it is not the most homey
          place in the world, but it is what
          I have called home for a couple of
          months now.
                    THEA
          In the Glades? Isn’t that a little
ironic?
                    MALCOLM
          I love irony.
                    THEA
          What have you been doing all this
time?
                    MALCOLM
          Had some unfinished business with
          some collegues of mine. Stayed with
          the League of Assassins for a
          while. They were there for me when
          I needed them the most. Then when I
          thought it was time I came back to
          Starling watching everything from
          the sidelines. I was watching over
          you Thea. Just like I always did
          when you were a child.
                    THEA
          Before we have this father/daugter
          moment, I need to know. I came here
          for the truth. Why did you do it?
          Why did you kill all of those
          people?
                    MALCOLM
          I understand Thea. You must think I
          am this monster, but you don’t know
          the full story. You were young but
          Tommy’s mother died in the Glades.
          She was always too soft and she
          payed for it. I never forgave
          myself for allowing her to go there
          and help the undeserving. The
          Glades needed to be leveled,
          destroyed to create a new.
                    THEA
          But in the process of avenging your
          wife’s death, you killed Tommy.
          Your son and my brother.
Malcolm grabs Thea.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
19.
                    MALCOLM
          Tommy was like his mother in many
          ways. He was too caring and that
          hurt him in the end. I see
          something different in you Thea. We
          are more alike than you think.
          Don’t you want to avenge your
          mother’s death? That all starts
          with the Hood.
                    THEA
          What does my mother’s death have to
          do with the Hood? Slade is the one
          we have to go after. He is the one
          who killed my mother.
                    MALCOLM
          It is all connected Thea. The Hood
          is connected to Slade, to your
          mother’s death. He is your first
          target.
                    THEA
          How do you expect me do anything
          about the Hood? I am just a 19 year
          old girl who runs a night club.
                    MALCOLM
          Like I said I see a lot of myself
          in you. I have been admiring you
          and how you have grown strong over
          the years. You will be a natural, I
          was.
Malcolm walks towards a black case that sits next to him on
a long table. He opens the case and it reveals a bow and
arrow.
He hands it to Thea.
                    MALCOLM
          This was my first bow I used in the
          field. I have been waiting for this
          moment to give it you. Passing on
          the tradtion of the Dark Archer.
                    THEA
          You were the Dark Archer. I thought
          he was a myth that the media
          created to make the Hood more
          interesting. You know every hero is
          only as great as his villain
          cliche.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
20.
                    MALCOLM
          There is a lot of things you don’t
          know about me that I want to tell
          you about. The faliures and the
          successes. What do you say?
Thea stares at the bow for a couple of beats and grabs it
into the palm of her hands.
EXT. ON FIELD AT STARLING CITY PREP (FLASHBACK)
Thea is facing her target. She has the bow and arrow in her
hand. She takes a deep breath and hits a bullseye.
Mr. Winnick comes up to Thea.
                    MR. WINNICK
          Great shot Thea. We have never won
          nationals, but I think we have a
          chance this year. Keep up with the
          great work. You are such a natural.
          You must have someone in your
          family that has great skill also.
                    THEA
          Thanks Mr. Winnick, but my family
          are just millionaires with nothing
          to do. No archery talent but maybe
          just good at hitting the bullseye
          for the right stocks.
Thea aims for another shot as Mr. Winnick walks away.
Thea’s two friends SHANNON and KARA walk up to her and call
out for her from the other side of the field.
SHANNON
Hey Thea!
Shannon and Kara are now standing next to Thea. Thea puts
down her bow to talk to her friends.
                    THEA
          What are you guys doing here?
                    KARA
          Thought we should hang out tonight.
          Get drunk and have some fun.
                    THEA
          I would, but I have archery
          practice until five and got to get
                    (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
21.
                    THEA (cont’d)
          some work done tonight. Have a big
          test in Coach Winnick’s class.
                    KARA
          Come on Thea, loosen up. It has
          been since forever that we all hung
          out.
                    SHANNON
          Listen to Kara. You can take a
          break for a night. The archery and
          books aren’t going any where.
                    KARA
          Come on Thea, lets have some fun
          tonight! I know a club that we can
          get into.
                    THEA
          I guess you’re right. I will see
          you guys after practice.
                    KARA
          See you then!
Shannon and Kara leave the field. Thea points her bow and
arrow again to her target. She then shoots her arrow and
gets a bullseye.
FADE TO:
EXT. STARLING CITY ALLY WAY - NIGHT
Black Canary and The Hood are intergating a man dressed up
in a crisp suit. Black Canary ties the business man’s hands
up. He has no where to escape.
Oliver starts to shout.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Where is Malcom Merlyn?
                    BUSINESS MAN
          He is dead, last I heard.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          You were business partners, maybe
          even friends. You worked side by
          side with him. He is alive and you
          know it.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
22.
                    BUSINESS MAN
          If I knew he was alive I wouldn’t
          be working a dead end job in a
          office cubicle would I? That’s what
          happens when people found out you
          worked for a terrorist. You masked
          people are crazy. Malcolm Merlyn is
          dead! There is no such thing as
          rising from the grave. He died when
          the Glades died.
Oliver pulls an arrow at aims at him.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          This is no time for being sassy.
          Tell me where Malcolm is holding
          Thea or else you die.
                    BUSINNES MAN
          Who is Thea? I don’t know what you
          are talk about. Please just let me
          go I have a family. I only worked
          with Malcolm Merlyn because the
          money was good. I didn’t even know
          what he was planning with the
          Glades.
Oliver still points his arrow at the business man. Sara
pulls Oliver aside.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          You are not a killer Oliver. He
          doesn’t know anything.
                    THE HOOD/ OLVIER
          This man worked side by side with
          Malcolm Merlyn. He needs to know
          something. For Thea’s sake, he
          needs to know something! Why
          shouldn’t I kill him.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          Because you are better than that.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          If it was Laurel, you would have
          killed him. You would have done
          anything to protect her.
                    BLACK CANARY/ SARA
          I am a killer. I spent years with
          the League of Assassins. I danced
          with devil and got burned along the
                    (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
23.
                    BLACK CANARY/ SARA (cont’d)
          way. There is no turning back for
          me. You still have a light to you.
          If you kill this man you are no
          better than Slade.
Oliver lowers his bow.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          Besides, maybe Malcolm thought it
          would be too risky. He probably
          didn’t keep contact with anyone.
          That depends on if Slade is even
          telling us the truth about Malcolm.
          Don’t worry we will figure out
          another way. Lets go back to
          Felicity. Knowing her she has
          probably found something.
Sara and Oliver walk away with the man still hanging.
                    BUSSINESS MAN
          Aren’t you going to let me down
from here?
Off screen Oliver shoots an arrow at the rope that tied the
business man’s hands together.
The rope is cut and the man falls to the ground.
The Business man says sarcastically
BUSINESS MAN
Thanks.
INT. CHESHIRE’S HOME - NIGHT
Cheshire and Roy walk into Cheshire’s apartment. The
apartment is clean, but with little decoration. It is a one
bed room apartment.
She has an Alice and Wonderland poster hanging on her wall.
It is worn.
Roy puts his stuff down on the couch.
                    ROY
          Nice place you got here.
                    CHESHIRE
          It makes due. Better than the place
          I use to share with my dad.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
24.
          ROY
It’s weird, I am staying at your
place and I don’t know anything
about you.
          CHESHIRE
I can say the same thing about you.
          ROY
Touche. How did you get into
becoming a vigitlante?
          CHESHIRE
We don’t like calling outselves
vigilanties. But the bussiness runs
in the family. My father taught me
everything I know.
          ROY
I am kind of new to all of this.
          CHESHIRE
That is a good thing. That means I
can teach you more and we can spend
more quality time together.
          ROY
I am looking forward to that.
          CHESHIRE
You never told me what brought you
to Gotham. You said you wanted a
new start, but what was so bad
about your old life that you needed
to leave it.
          ROY
Relationships got complicated. I
changed and saw a diferent
perspective.
          CHESHIRE
All relationships are complicated,
that is how you learn which ones
are worth sticking around for. You
left someone you loved, didn’t you?
          ROY
How did you know?
          CHESHIRE
It is written all over your face.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
25.
                    ROY
          I didn’t want her to see the
          monster I became. Had to leave her
          with good memories.
Roy pulls out his cell phone and shows a picture of him with
Thea.
                    ROY
          She changed me for the better. We
          brought out the best parts of each
          other.
                    CHESHIRE
          It seems like you care for her.
                    ROY
          How about you? What complicated
          relationships was worth sticking
          around for?
                    CHESHIRE
          My family was a cluster of
          complicated relationships, we don’t
          always see eye to eye. I have cut
          connections with my mother and
          sister. One day I just packed up my
          bag and went. Then met up with my
          dad. I chose the path I wanted to
          lead.
                    ROY
          That does sound complicated. What
          happened to your mother and sister?
          If you don’t mind me asking?
                    CHESHIRE
          We just grew apart. Didn’t want
          them to see the person I was
          becoming. My mother was divorced
          with my father. It wasn’t pretty.
          She would never accept me picking
          him over her. My mom was crippled
          on the job. My sister wanted a
          normal life. They live on the other
          side of Gotham City now. Haven’t
          seen them since I left. My sister
          is probably going into high school
          now.
                    ROY
          Do you regret it? Leaving them.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
26.
                    CHESHIRE
          I dont tell this to many people,
          but I do think about if I had
          another life what it would be like.
          Living on the better side of
          Gotham, going to Gotham Prep. I
          think about it, but never regret
          the life I live now. With the life
          we lead we can never look back.
                    CHESHIRE
          But speaking of family, my dad
          would love to meet you. He always
          wanted me to find a nice guy to
          hang around. I always go for the
          bad boys.
                    ROY
          Why do you think I am so nice?
                    CHESHIRE
          You obviously haven’t met the boys
          I hang around with.
Cheshire leaves the room. Roy starts to take his stuff out
of his duffle bag.
INT. ARROW CAVE - NIGHT
Digg, Sara, and Oliver are siting around Felicity while she
is on her computer in a middle of a hack.
She slams her head on the key board.
                    FELCIITY
          Oww
Felicity rubs her head and goes back to speaking.
                    FELICITY
          This is impossible. If Malcolm is
          alive he took extra precautions not
          to be found. He hasn’t used any
          credit cards, which I figured he
          wouldn’t. But even the Starling
          City street cameras I could hack
          into don’t show a sign of him. He
          became a ghost.
                    SARA
          I still talk to some people from
          the league. I know that Malcolm was
                    (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
27.
                    SARA (cont’d)
          there before me, but maybe he went
          there to hide out. The league are
          experts at staying hidden.
                    FELICITY
          That is a good idea. Speaking of,
          did you guys find out any valuable
          information during your outing?
Sara and Oliver look at each other.
                    OLIVER
          All dead ends.
                    SARA
          But we got to beat some people up.
                    OLIVER
          At least that unleashed some
          frustrations, but doesn’t help us
          find Thea.
                    FELICITY
          Thea, why didn’t I think about that
          before?
Felicity starts to type quickly on her computer.
                    FELICITY
          This whole time we have been
          searching for Malcolm. The dead man
          who didn’t want to be found. We put
          ourselves on an impossible mission.
          But how hard could be it be to find
          a 19 year old girl.
                    SARA
          Can you track Thea’s cell phone?
          She never goes anywhere without it.
                    FELICITY
          Already done.
A beeping light flashes on the computer.
                    FELICITY
          The red light is Thea. It looks
          like they are in one of Malcolm’s
          old factories.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
28.
                    SARA
          Isn’t that a little obvious?
                    DIGG
          You know that Oliver’s first
          hideout was in an old Queen
          Industries building that is now a
          nightclub, right?
                    OLIVER
          Always hide in plain site.
Oliver and Sara start to put their gear on.
                    DIGG
          What’s the plan?
                    OLIVER
          Thea has gone through so much pain.
          Finding out Malcolm is her father
          and everything with my mother. I
          can’t imagine her pain. So, the
          plan is to keep her innocense in
          tact, but at the same time saving
          her from her biggest demon.
                    FELICITY
          You can’t hide the truth from her
          forever, Oliver.
                    OLIVER
          Doesn’t mean I can’t protect her.
          She is the only family I have left.
          I can’t lose her. I won’t lose
          her.
                    SARA
          Don’t worry Ollie we will get her
          back.
Felicity hands Sara and Oliver two ear pieces.
                    FELCITY
          Malcom has been hiding for months.
          You are going to have to sneak into
          the warehouse without him noticing.
          Digg and I will be able to be your
          eyes.
                    OLIVER
          Sara and I will go in the building.
          Digg you wait outside and get a
          point blank shot on Malcolm if we
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
29.
                    OLIVER (cont’d)
          need it. Felicity you are going to
          have to figure out a way for us to
          get in there.
                    FELICITY
          Lets go team arrow.
Everyone stares at Felicity.
                    FELICITY
          I guess this wasn’t the right time
          for some team spirit.
Oliver picks up his bow and leaves the cave with Sara. Digg
loads his gun. Felicity follows.
INT. SLADE’S OFFICE - NIGHT
Slade is sitting in his office chair. Looking at the
television screen where the newly elected Mayor, Sebastian
Blood, is giving a press conference.
                    SEBASTIAN BLOOD
               (on television) Good Evening
               Starling. I have many plans
               for our shinning emerald city.
               We have gone through so much
               with the destruction of the
               Glades and the death Moira
               Queen.
Isabel walks into Slade’s office. Slade turns off the
television.
                    ISABEL
          Oliver found out were Malcolm
          Merlyn is hiding.
                    SLADE
          I am guessing the bug worked. I
          planted it there when I trashed
          their hideout.
                    ISABEL
          Oliver did all the heavy lifting
          for us. It would have taken us a
          lot longer to find Malcolm.
                    SLADE
          Everything is going according to
          plan. Oliver and everyone around
                    (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
30.
                    SLADE (cont’d)
          him have become my pawns. I just
          have to call check mate.
EXT. MALCOLM’S HIDEOUT - NIGHT
Black Canary and the Hood are on a motorcycle riding down
the street. They stop their vehicle once they get find
Malcolm’s hideout. They go towards the side of the building
to find an opening.
CLOSE UP to Diggle at vantage point with sniper in hand. He
gets sees Malcolm Merlyn through the window. He is talking
to Thea. He aims to get a clear shot of Malcolm Merlyn.
Diggle talks into his bluetooth.
                    DIGGLE
          I am in place. I have a shot of
him.
Black Canary and The Hood try to find a way to get into the
building.
After searching for a few moments.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          There is no secure way to get in.
          Call Felicity to tell her we need
          an opening.
Oliver uses his Bluetooth to call Felicity.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Felicity, everyone is in place. Do
          you see a way to get in.
INTERCUT -- PHONE CONVERSATION
Felicity sits in a van in front of her computer. She has her
Bluetooth in her ear as she responds to Oliver.
                    FELICITY
          I am looking. There is no way to
          get in. You might have to make your
          own opening.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          My own opening?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
31.
                    FELICITY
          I made a few improvements with your
          arrows. Look in your quiver.
Oliver digs in his quiver to find a new trick arrow.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          You know I make my own trick
          arrows, right?
                    FELICITY
          Like I said I made a couple of
          improvements. Malcolm has high
          security around the building. Your
          old arrows would have never broken
          this material. My arrows do.
Oliver puts the arrow on the drawstring of his bow. He shots
it at the wall. The explosion hardly makes a noise.
                    FELCIITY
          I also added a stealth factor.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Remind me to allow you to build all
          of my inventory.
Black Canary and The Hood walk into the new opening of the
building.
INT. MALCOLM’S HIDEOUT - NIGHT
Malcolm sets up a new round of rice bags for Thea’s target
practice. The rice bags have a small red target drawn on
them.
Thea puts a new arrow into her bow. She aims for the shot
and gets a bullseye.
Malcolm smiles at Thea and gives her a slow round of
applause.
                    MALCOLM
          Paint me impressed. I am guessing
          those archery lessons really did
          help. I was there at your
          competitions. You may have not seen
          me, but I was there. I am proud of
          you Thea.
Thea doesn’t say anything, but gives Malcolm a soft smile.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 32.
To disturb the sentimental moment. An explosive arrow almost
hits Malcolm in the arm. Malcolm is able to dodge the
attack. No one gets hurt from the blast.
                    MALCOLM
          How did you find me? Come on don’t
          be scared, step out of the dark.
Black Canary and The Hood both step into the room.
The Hood and Black Canary both put on their devices to
manipulate their voices.
Oliver aims his bow at Malcolm.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Why did you kidnap Thea Queen?
                    MALCOLM
          Why did you put an arrow through my
chest?
                    THE HOOD/ OLIVER
          You needed to be stopped for the
          sake of Starling City. Now answer
          my question, Why did you kidnap
          Thea Queen?
                    MALCOLM
          You idiot, I didn’t kidnap Thea.
          She came willingly.
The Hood stands their in silence for a beat. He looks at
Thea. The Hood still has his bow aimed at Malcolm, and
doesn’t put it down.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          You destroyed the Glades, and
          killed your son. How can you live
          with yourself?
                    MALCOLM
          By knowing I have kin, that can
          take over my work. Thea helps me
          keep on living.
                    BLACK CANARY/ SARA
          You killed your son! Why would you
          care about kin?
                    MALCOLM
          Tommy was weak and he would have
          never had it in him to do the
                    (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
33.
                    MALCOLM (cont’d)
          things I do. I can train Thea to
          take over my mantle. I see many
          things in her that I see in myself.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Thea is nothing like you. She is
not a killer!
Malcolm turns to Thea. Who still has the bow in her hand and
quiver on her back.
                    MALCOLM
          Remember what I told you Thea. The
          Hood is your true enemy.
Thea doesn’t move or say anything.
                    MALCOLM
          Kill him and you will honor your
          mother! You will gain justice in
          her death.
Thea gets an arrow out of her quiver. She slowly puts the
arrow on the drawstring of her bow. She aims for the hood.
FADE TO:
EXT. STARLING CITY CLUB - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
Thea, Kara, and Shannon walk out of the Starling City Night
Club. Thea in the middle, drunkenly hugging both Kara and
Shannon.
Shannon looks green and runs out of the hug lock. She goes
to the side of the street and throws up.
Thea and Kara go towards Shannon to help her.
Thea holds Shannon’s hair back as she continues to vomit on
the side of the road.
                    THEA
          Are you okay?
Shannon throws up again.
                    SHANNON
          I feel so sick.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
34.
                    KARA
          She will be fine.
Shannon gets back up. The girls drunkenly walk down the
street. They pass a sleeping homeless man. Kara starts to
laugh at him.
                     KARA
          Do you still have your archery
          stuff Thea? I have a funny idea.
                    THEA
          Yeah I had to bring it with me that
          way my mom wouldn’t catch me going
          out.
She pulls out her equipment.
                    KARA
          You see that homeless man. Aim at
          him and see what he does. It would
          be hilarious. He will probably
          freak out.
                    SHANNON
          Come on you are totally drunk. We
          shouldn’t do this. How about if she
          misses and hurts the poor guy?
                    KARA
          Thea never misses.
Thea gets her bow and aims for the can next to the homeless
man. She tries to concentrate even in her drunken state.
Kara starts to laugh. The homeless man is still sleeping and
doesn’t notice what is happening around him. Thea still has
the arrow in her hand.
                    KARA
          Come on Thea!
Thea lets go of the arrow. She hits the can as promised. The
homless man wakes up startled from the loud noise. He begins
yelling at the top of his lungs.
                    HOMELESS MAN
          Incoming! Incoming! Incoming! Get
          down men. Get down! Get in out
          ditch! Get down!
Kara, Shannon, and Thea are all started at the chaos they
created. They stand still and can only watch the man out of
control.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 35.
As he creates more noice. He tries to dive out of the way.
He lands on a sharp metal object in the fence. It pierces
his stomach.
                    KARA
          Oh my God. Shit! Thea, what did you
          do?
Kara starts to cry hysterically.
Shannon comes closure to the homeless man to help him out.
The man is screaming from the pain. He can’t move.
                    SHANNON
          Come on guys, help me. This is all
          our fault and we need to help the
          man. It could be severly hurt.
                    KARA
          No, this had nothing to do with me.
          He is some crazy guy and he did
          this to himself. I am getting out
          of here, and if you girls were
          smart you would follow me.
Kara runs away.
                    SHANNON
          Thea. This man is bleeding out.
          Come here. We have to bring him to
          a hospital.
Thea looks at Kara running away and than stares and the man
dieing in Shannon’s arms.
                    THEA
          I’ll call an ambulance.
Thea dials 911 on her phone and puts the phone to her ear.
                    DISPATCHER (V.O.)
          9-1-1 state your emergency.
                    THEA
          There is a man he fell and he is
          seriously injured. I think he is
          bleeding out.
                    DISPATCHER (V.O.)
          Excuse me, mam, where are you?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
36.
                    THEA
          A block away from the Starling City
          Night Club. Please hurry!
                    DISPATCHER (V.O.)
          The ambulance should be there soon.
          I am going to keep you on the phone
          for a little while to keep you
          calm. Is that okay?
                    THEA
          Where the ambulance?
                    DISPATCHER
          You were brave to stop and help. We
          need heroes like you. Not many
          girls would stop at this kind of
          scene.
Thea hears the sirens in the background.
                    THEA
          I think the ambulance is here.
                    DISPATCHER
          Okay, I am going to hang up now.
          You might have saved a life
          tonight.
Thea hangs up and has tears running down her face.
The ambulance pulls up to the man. Shannon and Thea walk to
paramedics.
                    THEA
          Is he going to be okay.
The paramedic puts the man on the gurny.
                    PARAMEDIC
          We can’t know until we bring him to
          the hospital. Don’t worry we will
          do everything we can. Thanks for
          the help.
The paramedic puts the man in the ambulance. The girls wait
together and the ambulance drives away.
EXT. FIELD AT STARLING CITY PREP - DAY (FLASHBACK)
Thea walks across the field to find Mr. Winick helping out
the other girls on the archery team.
                    MR. WINICK
          Glad to see you hear Thea.
Mr. Winnick looks confused and stops for a beat.
                    MR. WINICK
          Why aren’t you in your uniform?
                    THEA
          I came here to tell you that I am
          quitting the team.
                    MR. WINICK
          Quitting the team? But Thea you are
          our best player. Nationals are in a
          week. We need you.
                    THEA
          I am sorry, but this is personal. I
          need to quit the team. I hope you
          can understand.
                    MR. WINICK
          Wish I could convince you
          otherwise, but I guess I
          understand. If you need anyone to
          talk to I will be here for you.
Thea puts her bow back in her black case and hands it to Mr.
Winnick.
LONG SHOT shows Thea going across the field walking away
from Mr. Winick.
Mr Winick start to help the other girls again.
INT. MALCOLM’S HIDEOUT - NIGHT
FADE OUT:
Thea still has her bow in her hand. She aims for The Hood.
Malcolm continues to yell at Thea.
                    MALCOLM
          Shoot Him!
Thea is still aiming at the Hood, but is not taking the
shot.
37.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
38.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Thea you don’t want to do this.
Tears roll down Thea’s face.
                    THEA
          And why is that?
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Because I know you are not this
          person. You wouldn’t kill anyone.
                    THEA
          You don’t even know me. Why risk
          your life for me?
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          I know you better than you think.
Oliver takes the voice manipulation off.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          You are my sister.
Oliver puts his hood down. Thea looks shocked.
                    THEA
          Oliver...
Thea puts her bow down. She drops it to the floor.
                    OLIVER
          I am sorry I never told you.
                    MALCOLM
          Tisk Tisk. See Thea your brother
          has been lying about half his life.
          Just adding up to more lies he told
          you since his return to Starling
          City.
                    OLIVER
          Merlyn, You knew I was the Hood.
          You could have told her the truth
          at anytime, but you didn’t. Your
          just manipulating Thea. You don’t
          actually care for her. You used her
          for your own vendetta against me.
          You didn’t even have the guts to
          kill me youself.
Thea turns towards Malcolm.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
39.
                    THEA
          You knew!
                    MALCOLM
          I was going to tell you Thea. Just
          had to find the right time. I
          wanted to tell you delicately. I
          didn’t want to hurt you when you
          found out that your brother was a
          killer.
                    OLIVER
          I don’t kill anymore. On the island
          I had to kill to survive. I learned
          after your son’s death that there
          is a difference between killing and
          justice. It took me a long time to
          figure out that difference. I honor
          Tommy’s death by not being a killer
          I once was. I am a symbol for
          Starling City. I stop men like you!
                    MALCOLM
          How is that going for you, Oliver?
          You are allowing Slade run around
          Starling City. The man who killed
          your mother.
Malcolm turns to Thea.
                    MALCOLM
          Oliver is not your bother. He is
          your true enemy because the Hood
          and Oliver are one in the same. He
          deserves to die for eveything he
          has put you through.
Black Canary runs towards Malcolm. She takes out her batons
and start to attack Malcolm. They go into hand to hand
combat with each other.
In the midst of the fight. Black Canary turns to Oliver.
                    BLACK CANARY
Get Thea!
                    MALCOLM
          Thea, kill him!
Malcolm and Black Canary continue their fight.
Oliver walks towards Thea. Thea scrambles for her bow and
quiver. She puts the bow and arrow back in her hands. She
aims towards Oliver.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 40.
Oliver puts his hands in the air. He has his bow on his
back.
                    OLIVER
          Please Thea I understand that you
          are angry.
Oliver steps even closure to Thea.
Thea releases the arrow. It passes over Oliver’s shoulder.
                    OLIVER
          Umm... Thea I think you missed.
                    THEA
          I never miss.
Oliver looks over his shoulder.
The arrow was aimed for a power box behind Malcolm. The
electricity shocked Malcolm. Malcolm hits the ground. Black
Canary lies over Malcolm’s body.
                    OLIVER
          Nice shot.
Black Canary gets her bow staff around Malcolm’s neck. Ready
to kill him.
                    OLIVER
          Sara, What are you doing?
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          He killed Tommy. He deserves to
          die. He was our friend. Laurel,
          Tommy, me, and you were inseperable
          growing up. We would go over
          Tommy’s house after school while
          Malcolm acted so innocent. He gave
          us cookies and allowed us to watch
          TV late. But he was never innocent.
          It was all an act. He deserves to
          die for killing our friend.
                    OLIVER
          We don’t do that anymore, Sara.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          You don’t do that anymore. I am
          still an assassin. I made a vow to
          dedicate my life to killing
          people.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
41.
                    OLIVER
          Please not in front of Thea. He is
          still her father.
                    THEA
          Oliver is right, not because
          Malcolm is my father, but because
          he is not worth it. I thought being
          with Malcolm would fill up a part
          of me that was missing. But I
          realize that Malcolm wasn’t the
          answer. We couldn’t save mom or
          Tommy. Nothing we do are going to
          bring them back to us. We just have
          to live our lives through them. Mom
          and Tommy wouldn’t want this for
          us.
Sara looks Malcolm in the face. Sara lets go of Malcolm. He
falls to the ground.
                    BLACK CANARY/SARA
          Malcolm was wrong, you are nothing
          like him. You may be able to shot
          arrows like your brother and
          father, but you still have a pure
          heart. Remember no matter what
          happens or what you go through keep
          that pure heart. It is something I
          wish I still had, but I lost that
          perspective a long time ago.
Black Canary, The Hood, and Thea hear police sirens in the
distance.
                    THE HOOD/OLIVER
          Feicilty must have called the
police.
Quentin and several other police officers in his sqaud walk
into the building. They have their guns pointed at Malcolm,
who still dazed on the ground.
Quentin gets his hand cuffs out of his belt to arrest
Malcolm.
                    QUENTIN
          I can’t believe your alive and you
          are going to get your justice you
          son of a bitch.
Quentin hands off Malcolm to the other officers.
Quentin turns to the Hood and Black Canary.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
42.
                    QUENTIN
          I am guessing you guys had
          something to do with this.
                    BLACK CANARY
          Actually we couldn’t have done this
          without Thea.
                    QUENTIN
          Nice work kid. We are going to
          bring him the precinct and
          hopefully he can than rot in jail.
INT. HOSPITAL - DAY (FLASHBACK)
FADE OUT:
Thea still in her school uniform walks to the front desk. A
nurse is sitting behind the desk. She hands a clipboard to
the person next to her.
                    NURSE
          Can you bring this to room 206.
The nurse turns to Thea.
                    NURSE
          Can I help you with something?
                    THEA
          I brought a man in here yesterday.
          I don’t know his name, but I was
          wondering if I would be able to see
          him.
                    NURSE
          Yes our John Doe. He is in room 3.
          You can just walk in, but to let
          you know he hasn’t woken up yet.
                    THEA
          Is he going to be okay?
                    NURSE
          We are not sure. He lost a lot of
          blood and the arrow hit some vital
          organs. You didn’t see what
          happened?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
43.
                    THEA
          We just saw him like that when we
          walked by the club. Must have been
          some stupid drunk kids.
                    NURSE
          People these days. They can be so
cruel.
                    THEA
          Yeah, I know.
Thea starts to walk away from the desk.
                    THEA
          Thank you.
Thea walks past two rooms before she sees room 3. The man
lays there with an oxygen mask over his face and IV tube in
his wrist. There are bandages around where Thea hit her
arrow in his stomach.
Thea looks around the hospital room. Watching all the
equipment attached to the man.
After roaming around the room, Thea pulls up a chair next to
the man. She sits in silence for a few beats.
                    THEA
          I don’t know what to say or even if
          I should say anything. Can you even
          hear me? Anyways, I need to get
          this off my chest. (beat) I am
          sorry for being so stupid. If I was
          sober I probably wouldn’t have ever
          listened to Kara. I should have
          never listened to her stupidity. I
          still haven’t heard from her since
          the incident yesterday. I hurt an
          innocent man.
A shot of the man stuggling to breathe through his oxygen
mask.
                    THEA
          I quit the archery team today. I
          don’t know if that will help the
          situation. But after this I can’t
          even look at a bow and arrow
          anymore.
A beat passes.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
44.
                    THEA
          I lost my brother and father a
          couple of months ago. I was really
          close to my brother and it is hard
          to come home every day and not see
          him. He use to have this stupid
          nickname for me, Speedy, because I
          would always follow him around as a
          kid. I looked up to him.
Thea stops and looks at the man.
                    THEA
          I don’t think he would be proud of
          me now. Where do I go from here?
          Can I even be a better person after
          this?
Thea stops talking to the man when he starts to flat line.
The doctor and nurses come running into the room as they
hear the machine go off.
                    DOCTOR
          Mam, you have to wait outside.
                    THEA
          What’s happening? Is he going to
die?
                    DOCTOR
          Please mam!
Thea does what she is told and waits outside the room. She
watches from the other side of the glass window as the
doctor and nurses try to save the man’s life.
After a minute of cardiac recitation the man is still flat
lining. Thea hears the doctor call the time.
                    DOCTOR
          Call it, 4:33 PM.
The doctor walks out of the room and comforts Thea. He puts
his hand on her shoulder.
                    DOCTOR
          I am sorry for your loss. He hung
          in there as long as he could.
The doctor leaves. The other nurses leave the patient and
follow the doctor to go to the next room.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 45.
Thea still watches from the glass window. Sees the man dead
on the table. Tears run down Thea’s face. Thea whispers to
herself.
                    THEA
          I am sorry.
FADE OUT:
INT. CHESHIRE’S HOME - NIGHT
Roy starts to put his stuff away. Cheshire helps him.
                    CHESHIRE
          What made you so strong?
                    ROY
          It is a long story.
                    CHESHIRE
          I just want to know if you are in
          my league. I may not have super
          strength, but I can be a very
          valuable player.
                    ROY
          It is called Mirakuru. I was
          injected with it and right after I
          got these powers. It has a lot of
          perks besides the temper tantrums.
                    CHESHIRE
          Hold that thought, Have to make
          this call. You get yourself settled
          and we can talk more about how to
          put those temper tantrums in good
          use.
She starts to seduce Roy and puts her cell phone in her
hand.
                    ROY
          Sounds perfect.
Roy continues to put his clothes away. Cheshire has her cell
phone in her hand and walks into a separate room. She closes
the door and dials a number on her cell phone.
                    CHESHIRE
          Hello father.
INTERCUT -- PHONE CONVERSATION
Sportsmaster is in an office. He talks on his phone with his
daughter.
                    SPORTSMASTER
          Hello daughter. How is your prey?
                    CHESHIRE
          He is opening up much easier than I
expected.
                    SPRORTSMASTER
          You gave him the sob story I taught
you right?
                    CHESHIRE
          How do you think I made him open
          up. I even got him to tell me about
          the mirakuru.
                    SPORTSMASTER
          Good, keep me posted.
Sportsmaster hears a dial tone.
INT. DEATHSTROKE’S OFFICE
Sportsmaster hangs up with his daughter.
Sportsmaster was in a corner of the office while speaking to
his daughter. He walks towards the main desk in the middle
of the room.
There is a black leather chair facing backwards. The chair
spins around and it is revealed to be Slade sitting in the
chair.
                    SLADE
          Did you talk to your daughter?
                    SPORTSMASTER
          Yes sir. She has Roy. They are at
          our apartment right now. She is
          getting him comfortable.
                    SLADE
          We can use him on our team as we
          take Oliver and all of Starling
          City down.
46.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
47.
                    SPORTSMASTER
          He is going to be part of the crew?
                    SLADE
          Don’t be silly. He is just a pawn,
          but I need him out of the way. If
          he learns how to control his
          strength he can be a threat that I
          don’t need in this fight.
                    SPORTSMASTER
          My daughter will keep him
distracted.
                    SLADE
          That’s the plan. Did your daughter
get the gun?
                    SPORTSMASTER
          She called me earlier to tell me
          that the mission was a success. Why
          is it so important to you, anyways?
                    SLADE
          It is not the gun that is
          important, but what is in the gun.
          STAR Labs has been creating a cure
          for the mirakuru. The only person
          who could fund such a thing is
          Wayne Industries.
                    SPRTSMASTER
          Why would STAR Labs create a cure?
                    SLADE
          Because Oliver Queen asked them
          too. He wants to stop me. He
          believes with the cure he can
          change my motives. He is going to
          have to learn that killing me will
          be the only way to stop me.
INT. APARTMENT IN GOTHAM
PAULA CROOK of asian descent sits in her wheelchair as she
watches television.
Her daughter ARTEMIS CROOK is on the computer. She wears a
Gotham Prep uniform. She is finishing her homework. She
types on her computer and continues to write in her
notebook.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
48.
                    PAULA
          How is the homework going, Artemis.
                    ARTEMIS
          I am almost finished mom.
                    PAULA
          I am glad. We can watch some
          television, and spend some quality
          time with each other.
Artemis puts the word document she was working on at the
bottom of her screen. She starts to watch security footage
of Cheshire killing the guards.
Paula wheels by Artemis and sees that Artemis is watching
the footage.
                    PAULA
          What is that? You are suppose to be
          doing your homework. You know how
          hard it was for me to get you into
          Gotham Prep with our financial
          situation. You need to keep your
          scholarship.
                    ARTEMIS
          I know mom, but I think I found
Jade.
Artemis pushes her computer towards her mother to show her
the security footage.
Paula slams the computer towards the floor.
                    PAULA
          I told you to stop looking for your
          sister. She made the decision to go
          with her father. She left us in the
          middle of the night to continue
          being a criminal.
                    ARTEMIS
          She is still family. I know you
          want to protect me from the family
          business. Dad trained us, but you
          instilled values into me after your
          accident. Maybe if someone reached
          out to Jade she will remember those
          values.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
49.
                    PAULA
          I had to make sacrifices because of
          your father.
She shakes her wheelchair to prove a point.
                    PAULA
          I don’t want you to have to make
          the same sacrifices.
                    ARTEMIS
          Mom, I promise I am not going to
          get myself in trouble. I am going
          to a good school, made friends, and
          I finally have a normal life. I am
          not going to ruin that.
Paula gives Artemis her computer back. The laptop is open
and the video is still playing.
The video shows Cheshire killing the last guard.
                    PAULA
          I don’t want you to end up like
          your sister because of our family’s
          mistakes.
Artemis closes the video and continues to work on her paper
for school.
INT. INTERRAGATION ROOM - NIGHT
Quentin puts Malcolm in the interagation room. He is
handcuffed to the table. Laurel walks into the room. When
Quentin sees her walk in he pulls her to the side.
                    QUENTIN
          What are you doing here, Laurel?
                    LAUREL
          I am here to convinct Malcolm
Merlyn.
                    QUENTIN
          You really think you should be
          doing this? Are you ready to do
          this?
                    LAUREL
          I am the only person who can do
          this.
Laurel sits across from the hancuffed Malcolm Merlyn.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
50.
                    LAUREL
          Good to see you alive. I rather you
          suffer for your crimes. For killing
          Tommy!
                    MALCOLM
          Tommy was weak. You were one of his
          main problems.
                    LAUREL
          You know you will be going to jail
          for a very long time.
                    MALCOLM
          I have lost so much. My revenge, my
          daughter, everything. I am ready to
          admit my crimes.
                    LAUREL
          You are not going to get less time
          in jail for confessing. You know
          that right? You murdered hundreds
          of people that night. I have every
          intention of seeking the death
          penalty. I can do that you know?
                    MALCOLM
          I know the consequences. Maybe I
          just want to do the right thing for
          my daughters sake. I want to tell
          the truth.
                    LAUREL
          Thea will never forgive you. This
          city will never forget what you
          did. Now state your crimes.
Malcolm looks straight to the camera that is recording their
conversation.
                    MALCOLM
          I Malcolm Merlyn am a murderer. I
          am the killer of the Glades. I have
          killed hundreds of innoncent
          people. I pretended to be dead to
          escape my crimes. I killed my only
          son and I am dead to my daughter.
          The love of my life is dead. I have
          nothing to live for. I am saying I
          am guilty.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
51.
                    LAUREL
          Why did you do it Malcolm?
                    MALCOLM
          For my wife. I wanted to level the
          glades. They killed her because of
          her weakness, and they got what
          they deserved.
                    LAUREL
          Thank you Malcolm, that is all I
          need.
Laurel gets out of her seat.
As Laurel walks out a few beats pass. Kate Spencer the new
DA walks into the room.
Malcolm still sits chained. Kate turns off the camera.
                    KATE
          Glad to see you again Malcolm.
                    MALCOLM
          Yes it has been a while, Kate.
                    KATE
          You will be getting your due.
Kate grabs Malcolm by the hand. She slips him a small pill
and walks out of the room.
                    KATE
          Take him to solitary!
INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - NIGHT
Kate Spencer walks out of the interrogation room. She walks
towards Laurel who is talking to Quentin by his desk.
                    KATE
          Good Job Laurel. With the Merlyn
          case I can see your career going
          very far.
                    LAUREL
          Thank you, mam.
Kate walks away from Laurel.
Laurel and Quentin surround Thea. She sits in the chair next
to them with a brown coat over her shoulders.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 52.
Laurel puts her hand of Thea’s shoulder.
                    LAUREL
          I am sure you must be shaken up.
          Are you okay to be home tonight?
          You know you can always stay with
          me if you don’t want to be alone.
                    THEA
          Oliver is going to stay with me
          tonight. Anyways, I will be fine.
          Malcolm didn’t hurt me. He thought
          he could convince me of something I
          didn’t believe in. I am just glad
          happy to see that he will be put
          away.
                    QUENTIN
          You are strong girl, Thea. You did
          good tonight.
Thea takes off Quentin’s brown coat that was over her
shoulders. She starts to get up.
                    QUENTIN
          I just want to let you know that in
          the next couple of days you might
          be called to the police department
          a couple more times. You were on
          the site where we found Malcolm.
          The police are going to want to
          interview you about what happened
          tonight. The court case will be in
          a couple of days and you will have
          to be a witness.
                    THEA
          Whatever I have to do for this
          nightmare to be over I will do it.
EXT. LAUREL’S APARTMENT -NIGHT
Quentin and Laurel are walking to the front door of Laurel’s
apartment.
                    QUENTIN
          Hun, I am really proud of how you
          kept your composure in front of
          Malcolm tonight.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
53.
                    LAUREL
          The important thing is that he will
          be in a jail cell tonight. He
          doesn’t deserve to live another
          comfortable day. His trial is going
          to be in a few days. I have a
          feeling he will suffer that fate
          that he deserves. Hopefully this
          can help begin the healing process
          for Starling City.
                    QUENTIN
          Does that include you Laurel?
                    LAUREL
          I think I have already healed.
Laurel takes out her keys from her bag and opens her door.
Sara is on the couch watching the news.
                    NEWSCASTER
          Malcolm Merlyn tonight was stated
          to still be alive. The police now
          has him in custody for his crimes
          to the Glades...
Once Sara hears Laurel and Quentin walk in the door she
turns off the television.
                    SARA
          I just heard you guys come in. Saw
          on news about what happened with
          Malcolm tonight. Is Thea okay?
                    QUENTIN
          She is going to be fine. She is
          just a little shaken up by the
          whole situation.
                    SARA
          Glad to hear she is doing okay.
                    QUENTIN
          If it wasn’t for the Black Canary
          and the Hood I don’t think we would
          have ever figured out that Malcolm
          Merlyn was still alive. They did a
          great job tonight.
                    SARA
          Yes they really helped out the city
tonight.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
54.
          LAUREL
You know you guys can stop talking
in third person in front of me.
          SARA
What are you talking about Laurel?
          LAUREL
I know you are the Black Canary.
You helped save this city. Not just
tonight, but every night.
          SARA
How did you find out?
          LAUREL
I am a lawyer Sara. I was able to
patch everything together. The
Black Canary saved me countless
times. I just can’t believe I
didn’t figure it out sooner. I
noticed the scars on your back and
they were a hint of your
extra-curricular activities.
          SARA
I am sorry I never told you. I
never wanted you or dad to see that
side of me.
          QUENTIN
We can never understand what you
went through, but we will always
accept you Sara. No matter what
happens.
          LAUREL
What made you come back to Starling
City when you did?
          SARA
Do to protect my family. To protect
you guys. The League of Assassins
were out for me. I needed to make
sure you were safe.
          LAUREL
Who are the League of Assassins?
          SARA
They were a group of people I
joined when I was gone, my family.
I changed my identity to be with
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
55.
                    SARA (cont’d)
          them. The League took care of me
          when I needed it the most. They
          turned me into the woman I am today
          and I am not going to say I am
          proud of it.
                    LAUREL
          I am proud of it. I hope one day
          you can completely open up to us
          and tell us what happened. We were
          broken when we thought you were
          dead.
                    SARA
          I can never tell you Laurel what
          happened to me the six years I was
          missing. I had to go through some
          dark things to survive. I met a lot
          of bad people.
                    LAUREL
          You are a hero now and that is the
          only thing that is important. You
          brought Malcolm Merlyn to justice.
          The man who killed our friend.
                    SARA
          Coming from you Laurel, that means
alot.
                    QUENTIN
          No more secrets. Let the Lance’s be
          a family again.
The three have hug each other.
Sara phone rings.
                    SARA
          I have to take this. The Black
          Canary is needed.
She starts to put her Black Canary outfit on. She leaps out
of the window.
INT. ARROW CAVE - NIGHT
Sara walks in the room and joins the conversation with the
rest of the team.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
56.
                    OLIVER
          Thanks for coming Sara. Wanted you
          to be here for Thea’s introduction
          to the arrow cave.
Thea starts to look at the glass case that holds Oliver’s
costume. Oliver walks up to her as Felciity, Digg, and Sara
have a separate conversation in the background.
                    THEA
          I still can’t believe that this
          place was under Verdant this whole
          time. How did I not notice it?
                    OLIVER
          We were pretty good at hiding it,
          but I am glad that you are seeing
          it now.
                    THEA
          Frat Boy millionaire to modern day
          Robin Hood. What made you become
          the Hood?
                    OLIVER
          The island, it changed me. I wasn’t
          the only one that it changed.
Oliver looks at Sara talking to Felicity and Digg.
                    OLIVER
          I became a new person. When I came
          back to Starling I had a mission,
          Redeem dad’s name. But I don’t want
          to go into detail about the wrongs
          he did as a business man. Just like
          mom he did the things he did for
          the sake of this family.
Oliver hands Thea a small book with a list of people.
                    OLIVER
          He wrote this list and they became
          my targets. Until I realized that
          the people on this list wasn’t the
          true war I was fighting because I
          didn’t believe in the cause. My
          cause was to help the innocent,
          people like Tommy. I needed to
          protect my city.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
57.
                    THEA
          So, where do we go from here?
                    OLIVER
          You are good Thea, really good. But
          this life isn’t for you. It was one
          of the reasons I kept this whole
          thing a secret from you.
                    THEA
          That isn’t your decision Ollie. You
          said you fight this fight because
          of Tommy. Tommy, my brother, died
          in this madness. Some people might
          want revenge, I don’t want that. I
          don’t want anyone to have to go
          through what I had to go through.
          That will be my mission. The thing
          that will drive me.
                    OLIVER
          There is no stopping you. Is there
Speedy?
                    THEA
          I guess not.
                    OLIVER
          You are obviously great with a bow
          and arrow. But you are going to
          need some help in combat training.
Sara, Felciity, and Digg walk towards Oliver and Thea.
                    SARA
          I can help her train. It would be
          nice to have some girl power in the
          cave. Because you know we are much
          stronger than the boys. Right
          girls?
Felicity and Thea give Sara a smile.
                    THEA
          Does this make me an official
          member of Team Arrow?
                    FELICITY
          I should really start making badges
          for our team. I am glad that the
          name Team Arrow is sticking.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
58.
                    OLIVER
          We are still not called that.
                    DIGG
          I like it.
                    THEA
          It has a nice ring to it.
                    OLIVER
          Fine, Team Arrow it is.
FELICITY
Yes!
Next shot has Thea putting on her new costume. It is similar
to Oliver’s costume but has a mix of yellow and red.
As Thea puts her costume on.
                    SARA
          We all have a code name. What are
          you going to be called Thea?
Thea puts the yellow hood over her head.
                    THEA
          I thought Speedy would be a good
          fit. I guess I am going to still be
          following you around Ollie.
                    OLIVER
          Don’t you think yellow and red are
          a little too flashy for the the
          vigilante scene.
                    THEA
          I like flashy. We have to show the
          city we are symbol. Not hide in the
          shadows like Malcolm and Slade.
                    FELICITY
          Guys sorry to ruin this sentimental
          moment, but I think you should all
          see this.
Everyone walks closure to Felicity who is in front of the
computer screen watching a survalence video.
As everyone surrounds Felicity they watch the black and
white security footage of a hooded man and a woman with a
white cat like mask on.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 59.
They watch as the woman kills the guards on the security
footage. The two figures walk away with a stolen gun. They
walk off screen.
                    THEA
          Is that Roy?
                    FELICITY
          I think so.
                    OLIVER
          It definitely looks like him.
                    THEA
          Who is that woman he is with?
                    FELICITY
          The footage is from a building in
          Gotham City. He must have met her
          there.
                    DIGG
          Looks like we are going on a field
trip.
                    FELICITY
          I never been to Gotham City, but
          not like I ever wanted to go there
          either.
                    THEA
          Let’s go find Roy!
Black Canary and Oliver suit up. Thea picks up her bow and
quiver. They walk off together out of the Arrow Cave.
INT. JAIL CELLL - NIGHT
Malcolm sits in his jail cell. He wears a orange jump suit.
No one shares a cell with him.
He lies on his bed and looks at the cieling. He takes out
the pill Kate Spencer gave him earlier.
He opens his mouth and swollows. A couple of beats later he
starts to sieze.
The correctional officer opens the cell to see what has
happened to Malcolm.
He feels his wrist for a pulse.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
60.
          CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
He is dead.
THE END


2 comments:

  1. I was very impressed by this script. You obviously have a connection with the Thea Queen character and it showed in the story. It seemed like everyone good or bad knew that Thea was the was key to something bigger and something special. I've only seen a few shows of Arrow but I felt when reading the script I was watching the show. You appear to have a good grasp on all the main characters and their motivations and stayed true to the show.

    I don't know if it's from watching all that TV or what you learned in your writing class but the technical usage of flashbacks was a nice touch, which I imagine could be tricky. The part of the story that I liked the most when Thea had her morals tested when she encountered the homeless man. Although she shot the homeless man with the arrow, she did not cower and at least called for the ambulance. Of course the man ended up dying unfortunately.

    I thought this was a well put together show and as I said stayed true to Arrow Franchise. I would like to you write something from scratch, something that really has no existing formula, so I can really see your unique writing style shine.

    Overall, great connection the main character, very good knowledge of motivations of the main characters, good technical usage of flashbacks, nice thought provoking moral conflict and I'm eager to see how your style of writing will shine without any boundaries. Good Show!

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed the episode. I might write more for the site, but probably expanding on other works. I do have a movie written up, but saving that for my portfolio. Don't want to release it on the internet.

      But I do have a short story I wrote awhile ago for Comic Frontline. Here is a link:

      http://comicfrontline.blogspot.com/2013/05/we-are-all-actors.html

      Thank you for commenting =)

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