The Return



Critic Consensus: Notwithstanding its action-heavy plot, "The Return" mainly stands out as a dramatic and emotionally ambitious episode.

Episode Info

Malcolm puts Oliver and Thea in a dangerous situation that lands them on Lian Yu with Oliver's former enemy Deathstroke. In a flashback, Oliver and Maseo return to Starling City to retrieve the Omega bio weapon.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
Manu Bennett
as Deathstroke
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Critic Reviews for The Return

While I think the idea of swapping locations for the flashbacks is interesting, and like I said, the flashbacks this week are far more engaging than they have been, I still hold firm to the idea that we don't need the flashbacks anymore.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

There was plenty of good drama to be had this week, especially concerning the ongoing Lance family woes.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

The real fun of this episode was the flashback full of bafflingly bad hair.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

In the end, The Return was a decent episode. Though the plot was questionable and sometimes pointless, it was nice to see some more truths come out into the open.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The Return was a weird episode. Enjoyable, but weird.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

More so even than other Arrow episodes, this is a tale of two halves... 'The Return' mostly strikes a decent balance between fan service and spectacle.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

What an odd (uneven?) hour of television. Instead of a well-woven story, Arrow Season 3 Episode 14 consisted of moments in time and they were quite scattered.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With all of the callbacks to season one and season two, "The Return" almost could have been a "clip show." wasn't. It was more clever than that.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If the aim was to focus on strengthening the relationship between Oliver and Thea, then I suppose they succeeded.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's nice to be reminded where the cast was before we met them in Season 1 and to see how far they've come since banding together to help Oliver save their city.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…