On Christmas Eve 2012, Nudocerdo was invited to the Queen Mansion for dinner. He discussed his disapproval of The Hood's actions, though noted that he had helped reduce crime in Starling City. He was suddenly alerted to the murder of Adam Hunt, rushing off to the crime scene, followed by Quentin Lance. Noticing the difference in arrow, Lance concluded that it couldn't have been The Hood. Following a second murder, Nelson Ravich, Nudocerdo requested Lance put in his report that it was the work of The Hood. However, he refused, causing the commissioner to demote Lance from police sergeant to police detective.