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Malcolm Merlyn

The Undertaking is an episode of season 1 of Arrow. It premiered on May 1, 2013.

Synopsis for "The Undertaking"

Appearing in "The Undertaking"

Featured Character:

Supporting Characters:


  • Dominic Alonzo (First appearance)
    • Casino Security (Single appearance)
  • Malcolm Merlyn (Flashback and main story)
    • Tempest Organization (Flashback and main story) (Origin)

Other Characters:

  • Tommy Merlyn
  • Amanda Chen (Mentioned only)
  • Andy Diggle (Mentioned only)
  • Cayman Fidelity (Mentioned only)
  • Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) (Mentioned only)
  • FBI (Mentioned only)
  • Henry Goodwin (Mentioned only)
  • Jean (Oliver and Laurel's friend) (Mentioned only)
  • The List's villains (Mentioned only)
  • Ray (Oliver and Laurel's friend) (Mentioned only)
  • Rebecca Merlyn (Deceased) (Mentioned only)
  • Sagittarius Company (Mentioned only)
  • Sara Lance (Mentioned only)
  • Starling City Police Department (Mentioned only)
  • Ted Kord (Mentioned only)
  • Unidac Industries (Mentioned only)



  • The List (Flashback only)
  • Markov Device (Real name revealed) (Behind the scenes)
  • Oliver Queen's Bow


  • Queen's Gambit (First appearance chronologically) (Flashback only)



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  • The title of the episode references Malcolm Merlyn's masterplan whose origin is revealed in this episode.
  • Malcolm Merlyn references "his special bond" with Moira Queen which will be explored in Season 2.
  • The Markov Device is a nod to the DC superhero, Geo-Force/Brion Markov, who has geokinetic powers in the comics.
  • During a flashback, Laurel mentions to Oliver their friends "Ray and Jean". This is reference to Ray Palmer and Jean Loring. Both would eventually show up as characters in later seasons of Arrow but are not the same people mentioned by Laurel.

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