Oliver targets James Holder, who’s company created defective fire detectors that resulted in the deaths of a lot of people, who’s legal team has fought for the company not to be liable. When Oliver goes to pay Holder a visit, Holder is instead shot and Oliver suffers a bullet wound.
The cops attempts to place the murder of Holder on the hooded vigilante (who they started to refer to as ‘the Hood’), but as they investigate further they realize it’s someone else.
After stitching himself up in his secret lair, Oliver realizes that the bullet was poisoned and quickly takes a antidote from his secret box that he brought home with him from the island. During a black out, he has a flashback to the island where he encounters a hooded figure with arrows.
Oliver and Moira butt heads over Thea, after she’s brought home by the police for breaking and entering, and both of them take low blows at one another to get their point across. Moira takes what Oliver says to heart, and decides to punish Thea for her run in with the law.
The bullets were laced with a deadly, and rare, poison that Oliver links to a assassin Interpol nicknamed Deadshot. Even though Deadshot isn’t on his list, Oliver makes the exception because of all of the wrong he has done. Oliver tracks the money to the Russian mob, and he goes to confront them in a garage that’s a front for Alex Leonov, a Russian mob boss.
Leonov gives Oliver a real name for Deadshot, and he uses this information to find him. Deadshot escapes, and Oliver reaches out to Technical Support worker at his family company, Felicity Smoak, who hacks onto Deadshot’s computer after it’s destroyed during the confrontation at Deadshot’s hotel room.