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Daredevil Season Finale Recap, Ep. 113, “Daredevil”

We’ve finally come to the season finale of Daredevil! I have to say, this has been one of my favorite shows to recap. Waiting a week to watch each episode was SO DIFFICULT but entirely worth the slow burn of Matt Murdock’s development into a proper hero. This season has far exceeded my expectations for what this show could be (and I wasn’t expecting much) and I’m already itching for season two! Now that’s out of the way, on to the finale!

Okay, so we’re starting off with me crying: it’s Ben Urich’s funeral and he is being laid to rest by Father Lantham. Matt and Karen are in attendance as well as Ben’s wife, Doris. Oh and Ben’s editor, Ellison, showed up, too. (Wonder how guilty he’s feeling for not taking Ben seriously about Fisk?) Noticeably absent? Foggy. Karen pays her respects to Doris and Doris is pleased to meet her, as Ben admired her. Karen tells her she blames herself for Ben’s death but Doris reminds Karen that Ben never pursued a story unless he wanted to.

Father Lantham speaks to Matt, who is obviously raging inside at Ben’s death. He also blames himself, which Lantham discourages, but Matt isn’t swayed and Karen “helps” him leave the funeral.

Back at the office, Karen accuses Ellison of being Fisk’s paid mole at the paper, but Matt reminds her that Ben never said he had evidence of that. Switching gears, Karen notes her disappointment in Foggy not showing up for the funeral. Matt takes the blame for that as well, and tells Karen she should go home to get some sleep. She tells Matt that she’s worried Fisk will discover she went to St. Benizet with Ben, but I think she’s more concerned with Fisk discovering her showdown with Wesley in that basement. She feels like trying to fight Fisk is hopeless since he has so many resources but Matt is like, “Hey! I said I would protect you after the whole Union Allied thing, right? Still binding.” Then Matt promises that everyone who’s in bed with Fisk will get what’s coming to them – including the big man himself.

Vanessa has recovered enough for Fisk to bring her back to his penthouse and she finds him staring out the window as she emerges from the bedroom. He’s been looking over money transfer documents to prepare for Vanessa to leave the country but she again refuses to leave without him. He indicates that something’s wrong with the numbers and says he’ll have Leland look into it.

Fisk and Leland meet at a garage of sorts as Leland fills him in on the current structure of their enterprise. Leland adds that they’ll need to find a replacement for Madame Gao’s heroin trade, as she is in the wind, and implies that maybe she wasn’t their ally after all. Then Fisk shows Leland the documents he had been reviewing in his penthouse: evidence of the transfer he ordered Wesley to make before he was found dead. Fisk says there are some irregularities with his accounts and Leland brushes it off as cover for the authorities should they come sniffing around. As Leland gives the document back, his hand shakes almost violently and he begins to sweat noticeably, even though it’s freezing outside. The jig is finally up and when Leland confesses, Fisk assumes that he killed Wesley because he discovered the irregularities and that he was responsible for the attack at the benefit. Leland denies the former, but cannot skate around the latter, as Fisk has realized that Gao was in on the attack as well. Leland confesses that the poisonings were meant for Vanessa to nudge Fisk back on track, and somehow this man doesn’t think his life is in danger as Fisk becomes more irate by the second. He tells Fisk that they’re going to part ways amicably because he’s got leverage: the missing Detective Hoffman. He’s paid Hoffman $10 million to wait for daily calls from Leland ensuring his safety; if he doesn’t get a call, Hoffman will go to the feds and spill his guts about all his dealings with Fisk. Thinking he’s covered all his bases, Leland asks if they have a deal and Fisk is like, “Mmm, no,” and punches him square in the face. Looks like another Wilson Fisk Signature Beatdown! Leland tases Fisk but doesn’t take him down, so Fisk gets revenge for Vanessa by throwing Leland down an elevator shaft. Then he orders his men to sweep the city to find Hoffman and kill him.

Matt tears up the heavy bag at the gym as Foggy arrives. He tells Foggy that he tried going out and knocking some heads, but Ellison wasn’t available for a chat so he’ll try again tomorrow night. Foggy asks if Matt wants to talk about his anger issues and Matt’s like, “You’re not my priest – who you would have met if you’d shown up for Ben’s funeral.” Foggy says he got a call from Marcie when he was on his way to the funeral and she’s copied some good, incriminating documents on Fisk. Matt thinks Foggy is being irresponsible involving Marcie and packs up to leave, vowing to go after Fisk again. Foggy worries what will happen to Matt this time, since he found him nearly dead the last time Matt went after Fisk. He tells Matt to use the law to combat Fisk like he always preached to Foggy and Karen, saying they’ll take them down together. Matt’s like, “Oh, so we’re a ‘we’ again? We can’t go back to the way things were, but we can try to move forward.”

So they do…directly to the police station to see their buddy Mahoney. After Foggy hands over some more (good) cigars for Mahoney’s mom, he begins to spill about the fire at Madame Gao’s warehouse and his run in with the man in the mask. They fill Mahoney in on pieces of their investigation, namely that they think Fisk murdered Ben for visiting his mother, and Mahoney says they found no evidence of that at the scene. A couple of officers exit the building saying they’re looking for Mahoney inside, and Matt hones in on one of their cell phone conversations: the officer is talking about the hunt for Hoffman. When Mahoney goes back inside, Matt fills Foggy in on his suspicions and they realize they need to get to Hoffman before Fisk’s men find him.

At the office, Matt, Karen, and Foggy are three researchers once again as they comb through the documents Marcie smuggled to them. Karen wonders if Hoffman will actually testify against Fisk if they find him, but Matt is sure he will based on the disappearances of all of Fisk’s other allies. Then she asks how they found out about Leland hiding Hoffman, and Foggy and Matt lie badly about a run in with the man in the mask, saying they think he’s trying to do the right thing. Foggy doesn’t think these documents will help them nail down Leland, but Matt makes an important point: men of financial privilege will not often use their own money for something when they can use someone else’s, just as Karen finds a property rundown that is one property short but shows no profit loss. With the location of the missing property in hand, Matt lies smoothly that he’s going to report this info to Mahoney, but he really leaves to go investigate himself (plus a mask). Foggy sees right through this but Matt tells him this is where law meets real life and he can’t risk losing Hoffman to dirty cops.

Driving across town, Fisk gets a call which seems to imply that someone had located Hoffman. Fisk gives the order for the closest team to move in and specifies that there be no survivors.

Leland’s guys distribute dinner as they keep a watchful eye on Hoffman – and the clock. Leland is due to call in eight minutes or less. No call and they’re blowing that popsicle stand. Just then, a team of dirty cops burst in and execute every single guy watching over Hoffman. They’re about to kill Hoffman (who has squeezed his eyes shut) but instead of a single shot, we hear lots of punches thudding and shots flying wildly until Hoffman finally opens his eyes to see the man in the mask beating down the last cop. Hoffman is wearing a blood mask (so popular this year) and shaking like a leaf when Matt pulls up a chair to talk to him. Matt tells him that he can go turn state’s evidence on Fisk rightnow or he can wait for Fisk to send more people to kill him. Hoffman isn’t convinced that he won’t be killed anyway, so Matt tells him to turn himself in to Brett Mahoney specifically and get linked up to a couple of lawyers who can’t be bought. He says he’s going to follow Hoffman as he turns himself in and Hoffman won’t like what happens if he doesn’t.

And so, bloody and fearful, Hoffman approaches Mahoney at the station saying he needs to make a statement. Fast forward and Hoffman is being represented by Nelson and Murdock as Hoffman prepares to give a video statement before a federal panel. Matt relays that Hoffman isn’t seeking a deal but only wants to provide evidence as a sort of penance, and Hoffman is ordered to start at the beginning, leaving no details out.

Then we have a montage! It’s Turk Barrett being run down by the FBI! It’s a bunch of crooked cops being led out of the 15th precinct! It’s Ellison Caldwell being arrested at the Bulletin! It’s Landman being surrounded as he gets to work (and as Marci looks on in her car)! It’s Senator Cherryh being carted out of his offices!

The arrests are all over the news and Fisk ties up loose ends as he prepares to be arrested. He tells Vanessa that she needs to do something for him and explains a plan as the FBI files into the building. With them breaking his door down, he proposes to Vanessa and is then led outside to a media frenzy. He is cuffed and put into a secure transit vehicle with armed guards in the back while reporters continue to shout questions at him.

Matt, Foggy, and Karen celebrate the news of Fisk’s arrest and they toast to all the people who suffered at the hands of Fisk.

In the transit vehicle, Fisk begins to tell a biblical story about a man on his way to Jericho. The traveler was set upon by thieves on his way until a good Samaritan rescued the man and put him up in an inn using all of his money because he loved his city and everyone in it. Fisk says he always thought he was the Samaritan in the story but realizes that he’s actually the ill intent who set upon the traveler. Just then, his whole police escort is stopped on a bridge and they come under assault from a group of mercenaries. The cops call for back up and are taken down one by one and the assault is televised.

Foggy puts Karen in a cab and tries to convince Matt not to go get involved. Matt asks him to trust him and Foggy relents, telling Matt to go be a hero.

With all the cops down, the mercs prep to retrieve the package. One of the guards in the back with Fisk kills the other and Fisk is freed and escorted to a delivery  truck to be taken to another location. He yells to his team to take out anyone who tries to follow by ground or air.

Matt heads back to Melvin Potter, who has finished Matt’s new suit. Matt is pleased, but Melvin wants to know if this means Betsy is for sure safe from Fisk. So Matt’s all, “I’m a man of my word, Melvin.”

Standing on a rooftop, Matt listens for chatter about Fisk just as the delivery truck pulls into a warehouse and he is transferred to a smaller delivery truck for Summerville Department Stores. When one of the mercs announces that the package is en route with an ETA of 18 minutes, Matt hears this and springs into action. Fisk speaks to Vanessa (who is waiting by a helicopter for a swift extraction) and tells her to leave without him if he hasn’t arrived in 20 minutes’ time. He adds that if he doesn’t make it, it isn’t the end of their relationship but an inconvenience, promising that nothing will ever keep them apart.

As the driver announces a 15-minute ETA, the truck is hit through the windshield by a stick and flip over onto its side. Fisk exits the vehicle with a gash on his head, and Daredevil jumps down onto the truck to confront Fisk. One of the mercs opens fire and Matt does some fancy stick work while Fisk makes a break for it. Matt corners Fisk in an alley (giving us a full view of the new costume!!!) and Fisk begins to rant about how Daredevil robbed him of his ability to make the city a better place. Then he says he’s going to kill him, and Matt’s like, “COME AT ME, BRO!”

They start fighting and each get in some good hits, but Daredevil is doing the most damage until Fisk begins to use his brute strength to throw Daredevil into walls and dumpsters and run at him like a bull seeing red. Daredevil recovers as Fisk finds a pipe to use, but Daredevil’s better: he uses his pipe to lay Fisk out. With some strategic hits to the head area, Fisk is disoriented but gains the upper hand and lifts Daredevil above his head only to throw him bodily onto the ground. He continues to strike and scream at him on the ground until Daredevil declares that this is his city and rises up to knock Fisk down with his sticks. Fisk taunts him that one man in a silly little costume can’t make a difference, so Daredevil hits him with a final leaping punch – just as Mahoney shows up in his squad car. Mahoney realizes that Daredevil is the man in the mask and accepts that he has just caught a fugitive, and so calls it in.

Vanessa disappointedly waits at the helicopter when Francis (presumably) tells her that it’s time to go, now or never. Slipping the engagement ring Fisk gave her on her finger, she boards the helicopter and they lift off.

Back in the alley, Mahoney cuffs Fisk and wonders what he should call the city’s new savior in his reports as Matt scales the walls like a parkour master. And Karen grabs up the newest Bulletin which dubs him Daredevil. She, Matt, and Foggy discuss the new moniker and its applicability as Foggy finally installs their sign on the office. Then he bails to help Marcie find a new job since her bosses are mostly under indictment. Matt and Karen send their thanks but Foggy reminds them that Fisk still needs to go to trial, which could easily be a year from now. Matt chooses to focus on how Fisk is in prison where he belongs and revels in the fact that they put him there. As Karen goes to enter the office, Matt stops her, saying he’s noticed something weird in her voice for a while. He says he thought it would go away when Fisk was put away but it hasn’t, and she basically says putting Fisk away has left deep scars that they can’t forget. Matt says they can promise to move forward, together, and they head into the office.

Fisk is kept in a small windowless cell and sets about passing the time: with his bruised and cut up face, he stares at the latest white stucco wall in his life, seemingly biding his time.

And Daredevil stands on a rooftop surveying his city and, hearing a scream, leaps into action once more.

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 111, “The Path of the Righteous”

Fisk, Wesley, Leland, and Fisk’s guards stride into the closest emergency room with a poisoned Vanessa asking for help. The medical professionals immediately spring into action as Leland continues to half-heartedly ask if he should be checked out, too, since he had the champagne as well.

Karen comes to visit Matt all, “What the hell, bro?” since Foggy won’t answer her calls. When he lets her in, she suggests they sue the negligent jerk who “hit” Matt but after noticing how wrecked his apartment is, she starts asking more important questions like, “Were you really hit by a car?” She correctly infers that Matt’s injuries are related to his visit to Vanessa (and Fisk) but he wants to just drop the subject. So Karen gets to the reason she’s there: the discovery of Fisk’s mother in the nursing home upstate. He tells her that it was reckless for her to visit the woman and Karen’s like, “Well I couldn’t reach you and didn’t want the opportunity to slip by.” She tells Matt what she learned from Fisk’s mom about how he murdered his father and she thinks they might be able to use that to convince people to look into Fisk’s past for criminal activity, but Matt isn’t so sure. He tells her to go to the office and tell Foggy about what she found anyway, though.

Foggy wakes up to a call from Karen and it’s clear he spent the night with his ex, Marci. He’s grumpy and tells Marci he doesn’t want to work with Matt anymore and she doesn’t care at all, wanting to avoid “getting sucked into the drama.”

Leland tells Wesley that Fisk is in no fit state to lead their joint venture and expresses concern at how someone would so publicly try to kill Fisk (risking his and Wesley’s lives in the process). Leland doesn’t think Madame Gao had anything to do with the attack and Wesley assures him that the Japanese aren’t responsible, either. A guard informs Wesley that three of the other people who ingested the champagne have died but Leland still wants to talk business. Wesley instructs him to reach out to Gao and, still jumpy, Leland agrees.

Claire (!) has come over to check on Matt’s wounds and has to stitch the gash in his abdomen again after he tore the stitches trying to move around too soon. He tells her meditation helps with pain control and healing but she says he still needs to take it easy or she’ll be stitching up his corpse next. Claire suggests that he gets some kind of armor which reminds him of the armor in the lining of Fisk’s suit he saw in the warehouse. As she’s prepares to leave, Matt offers Claire a drink but she says she can’t stay because she needs to pack to get out of the city for a while. He continues to pry and she finally tells him that nothing has changed about how she feels about his nighttime activities so she’s moving on. Claire says she’ll always be there to give him stitches and stuff but that has to be it.

Karen meets Ben on the dock and he’s upset with her for taking him away from his wife to go on a wild goose chase. He lays into her for lying about why they really went upstate but she presses that Ben should print the story about Fisk killing his father. Ben tells her it’s a bad idea because in the end, Fisk can just turn it all into a sob story and use his mother to back him up, absolving him in the eyes of the public and getting them nowhere in prosecuting Fisk. Then Ben clues Karen in on the spiked champagne from the benefit and points out how Fisk has people in the media on payroll to cover it up as they both conclude that someone is trying to kill Fisk.

Wesley joins Fisk as he waits for news about Vanessa in the hospital. Fisk is a mess at the prospect of Vanessa dying and Wesley says he sent Leland to speak with Madame Gao to see if she can shed some light on the situation. Fisk implores Wesley to find the person who did this so he can “look into their eyes as he salts the earth with their blood.” So he’s pretty serious about his vengeance. He tells Wesley to personally make arrangements so that if Vanessa recovers she can be sent away someplace safe. And in a rare show of humanity to someone other than Vanessa, he thanks Wesley for…well, I don’t know what, exactly. But Fisk doesn’t run around thanking people. Anyway, the doctor finally emerges and tells Fisk that Vanessa will pull through and Fisk goes in to see her while Wesley leaves to handle some business.

Matt, his wounds, and his feelings turn up at Holy Eucharist but Father Lantham isn’t for dancing around the subject this time. He talks to Matt about trying and failing to kill Fisk and how he feels about that, but Matt evades the question. Lantham says that he knows who he is and what he does, but he’s unsure how he’s doing it, and Matt says it’s from the accident in his youth which both gave him heightened senses and put the Devil in him. Father Lantham isn’t so sure Matt’s crusade isn’t just both his good and bad sides manifesting themselves as he treads the path of the righteous.

Back at home, Matt tries to meditate but keeps flashing back to the particularly brutal parts of his fights with Nobu and Fisk. He’s distracted but the flashbacks have given him an idea, so he pulls out his trunk and becomes the man in the mask once more.

Turk Barrett runs through several streets and alleys and Matt finally stops him on a rooftop after Turk trips. Matt tells Turk he wants information about who makes Fisk’s suits. When he threatens to throw Turk off the roof, Turk spills about the connection.

Fisk gets a call from his mother while he sits with Vanessa but ignores it. Instead, he steps outside to speak with Wesley (who is telling someone “we’re on the same page” over the phone). He asks Wesley to returns his mother’s call to see what she needs and Wesley obliges, natch. Leland arrives and Fisk slips back into Vanessa’s room before Leland can talk business with him. Stepping aside, Leland tells Wesley that he spoke with Madame Gao who he thinks doesn’t appear to have been responsible for the attack. Brushing that topic aside, Leland presses Wesley about Fisk’s recent absences from the business, claiming that the person who came after Fisk will come after him again and take advantage of the void in the market. Wesley says Fisk will return when he deems it appropriate and sends Leland home to wait for an update. Then he calls Fisk’s mother back and his first name is James? Okay. And Marlene spills about her recent visitors.

Matt breaks into a garage and after looking around a bit we can see it’s the same place Fisk brought Leland to get fitted. Matt takes a quick look around, immediately coming across the super durable fabric from the lining of Fisk’s suits, just as a man arrives. The man walks directly to the fabric hanging on his dummy and senses it’s been messed with and Matt shows himself from the shadows. Matt asks if the man works for Fisk and, instead of answering, the man begins to throw Matt all around his garage.

Wesley wraps up his call with Marlene by telling her he will have Fisk call her as soon as possible. Then he asks for one of the guards gun and keys, ordering him to be the gatekeeper to Vanessa’s hospital room while he’s away and to tell Fisk that he won’t be long should he come looking for Wesley.

The man in the garage continues to beat Matt senseless and they both alternately gain the upper hand by incorporating more than one dangerous object lying around the garage. The man is very strong and a skilled fighter but Matt regains control when some chains allow him to flip and kick the man to the ground. After he is defeated, the man begins to sob, saying that Matt shouldn’t be there because “Mr. Fisk is gonna be mad and hurt her.” Matt surprises the man by using his name (Melvin Potter) and asking who Fisk is going to hurt. We learn that Betsy, who helps Melvin with his memory, is under constant threat from Fisk as part of the consequences of Melvin letting anyone into the garage that Fisk didn’t bring there personally. Matt gently calms Melvin, telling him that they have that in common, but instead of working for Fisk he wants to stop him. Melvin perks up at this and tells Matt that he’s made many suits for Fisk lined with his special fabric. Matt asks Melvin to make him a costume out of the material so that he can help keep people like Betsy safe and Melvin’s on board.

Karen finds Foggy drinking his sorrows away at Josie’s and joins him for one. She tells him he’s a dick for ignoring her calls all day and he says basically the same things Matt said about the information she uncovered when she and Ben visited Fisk’s mother (that the woman’s old and has a faulty memory and no one will care). Foggy asks about Matt and she tells him that Matt asked about him, too, and they go back and forth as she tries to pry out of him what their problem is. Foggy says he and Matt are going through a rough patch and that although he wants to talk to her about it, he can’t. Karen reminds Foggy that Mrs. Cardenas’ tenement building was torn down that day, telling him that he and Matt need to hug it out and move on because Fisk is still out there destroying Hell’s Kitchen, then leaves him there to finish his bottle.

As she walks home, she leaves Matt a message about her run in with Foggy and tells him they need to get their shit together. (Seriously.) Then she calls Ben and explains what little she knows about the rift between Foggy and Matt, saying she thinks everything is about to fall apart. He tells her that the only way he can continue to do what he does is to keep putting one foot in front of the other to do his part and she thanks him for being there for her and caring. Then we see Ben’s been looking into Fisk’s past – via old photos of Fisk’s father’s failed campaign posters. When Karen gets to her building, she is immediately grabbed from behind by a man.

Fisk talks to Vanessa about his lack of personal faith or religion. He goes into all the ways he was exposed to it and how it seemed it should be, but he never could believe in praying. Fisk promises Vanessa that, since he can’t pray for her and mean it, he will make the person who did this to her pay.

Karen sluggishly wakes up in a chair at a table. The building around her is empty and behind her, Wesley says he almost thought she wouldn’t wake from the drugging. He sits at the table across from her and says he wants to chat. Wesley says that he originally thought Karen wouldn’t be a problem after the Union Allied article since she signed the non-disclosure agreement and was supposed to go away. He says her choice not to do that brought her to the building now, and she’s like, “I’m not scared of you.” Then he pulls out the gun and puts it on the table before asking her if she loves Hell’s Kitchen. He confesses that he doesn’t and hates a great many things about it, but he stays because Fisk needs him. Wesley says Fisk might love Hell’s Kitchen as much as he loves his mother, and he was surprised that Marlene remembered her. He says Fisk would be disturbed to find out Karen had found out about his mother let alone gone to see her, so he’s taken it upon himself to handle the situation. When she finally gives him the “if you’re gonna kill me, kill me” kiss off, Wesley says he’s not there to kill her, but to offer her a job.

Fisk leaves Vanessa’s room and, after requesting some coffee, wonders where Wesley’s gone off to.

Wesley says he wants Karen to convince Ben that she was wrong about Fisk being a villain and that he’s a great guy, and then give the same speech to anyone else she’s talked to about the Union Allied scandal. Karen holds tough again, saying she’d rather die first, so Wesley’s like, “Oh, I didn’t tell you? We’ll kill everyone you love first and let you watch as they all die knowing it’s your fault. And then we’ll kill you.” Wesley’s phone rings and Karen makes a quick grab for the gun and she’s got him dead to rights.

On the other end of the call, Fisk waits by Vanessa’s bedside for Wesley to answer. Karen’s eyes glaze with the power of her position and Wesley bluffs about whether the gun is loaded. He takes a step to get up and Karen fires a shot into his chest! Then, to make sure she’d done the whole “kill someone in self-defense” thing right, she shoots him a few more times. Wesley’s phone begins to ring again in front of his body, now slumped in the chair, and Karen hastily wipes her fingerprints from the gun and table before hightailing it out of there.

The Questions: Who is behind the spiked champagne? Will Matt and Foggy finally be able to bury the hatchet and restore their friendship and Nelson & Murdock? Will Karen tell anyone about killing Wesley? And what in the world will Fisk do without Wesley?

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 110, “Nelson v. Murdock”

Alright, things are getting really real on Daredevil. Honestly, if you’ve gone ahead and watched the rest of the season, I wouldn’t even be mad. No blame, no shame. But keep coming back to relive your favorite OMG moments!

A severely battered Matt wakes on his couch. He is absolutely covered in cuts and angry looking bruises. He even has stitches in some important abdominal areas. As he struggles to lift himself off the couch, Foggy tells him he wouldn’t do that if he were him, but maybe he would because he really doesn’t know this guy who’s supposed to be his best friend. Foggy says Claire came by to stitch him up after but what he really wants to know is, is Matt really blind?

Flashing back to college, Foggy (plus a bunch of shaggy hair) and Matt meet for the first time and Foggy goes down his list of “things I can tell just by looking at you”: Matt is blind, and as his last name’s Murdock, he must be that kid from Hell’s Kitchen who saved the man crossing the street all those years ago. Matt downplays the situation but Foggy thinks he’s a hero and takes to Matt immediately. Assuming that hanging with Matt will undoubtedly score him access to ladies he would otherwise never have a shot with, Foggy suggests they go meet some at a coffee shop.

Back in Matt’s apartment in the present, Matt has explained the “world on fire” to Foggy, but all Foggy can hear is that Matt has had some kind of visual acuity all along and feels super betrayed. Foggy’s pissed that he told Claire about his vision and vigilantism, but Matt insists he had no choice but to clue her in when she found him in the dumpster. Then Foggy asks Matt if he had anything to do with the building explosions like the news has been alleging, but Matt says everything – including his current state – is Fisk’s fault (well, part Nobu’s fault, too). Just then, Karen calls Matt and Foggy guilts him about not wanting to get her involved. When she calls Foggy’s phone after not getting an answer from Matt, Foggy tells her that he’s looking after Matt, who has been in a car accident. He rushes her off the phone, telling her to stay at the office, but Foggy isn’t happy. He wants to know every detail of what Matt’s been keeping from them.

Fisk meets Madame Gao in a lovely garden where she says what happened to Nobu was “unfortunate.” She says he was prideful taking on the man in the mask himself, and asks if Fisk has found the man in the mask yet. Gao expresses concern that Nobu’s clan will be out for revenge soon and Fisk is like, “I know that already.” So then she gets to the point, asking, “What happens when your ambition turns to me?” Fisk assures Gao that she has always had his respect, but this doesn’t assuage her. She says when she met him, he was of a single mind, determined to make the city better, but now he’s got two minds – and the second one is clouded by love. He needs to choose between being the savior or oppressor, light or dark, and must choose wisely or others will choose for him.

Ben visits his wife, Doris, in the hospital and lies that the doctors think her heath is improving. She asks him about his work and when he tries to brush it off saying he should focus on being with her, Doris says he wouldn’t be Ben Urich if he wasn’t chasing down leads for a story. As she convinces him that he has learned from his youthful recklessness and become a responsible and careful reporter, her eyes glaze over and she forgets their conversation and greets him anew. Shirley arrives to speak with Ben and tells him that she did everything she could, but the extension he filed for was denied. :(

Foggy goes through Matt’s stuff and finds his vigilante gear. Matt tells him the Internet helped him acquire everything and Foggy wants to know how Matt can fight so well, because he definitely didn’t learn it from his dad. Matt says an old man named Stick taught him how to fight and helped him realize that his blindness wasn’t a disability. Foggy presses, wanting to know exactly what Matt can do, so Matt gives him a taste: Matt can tell that Foggy hasn’t showered since yesterday morning, that he had onions in his lunch yesterday, that his heart beats faster every time Matt says anything more, and on. Foggy is completely weirded out and gets pissed when he realizes that Matt has always known every time Foggy lied but played along instead of confronting him. He wonders if anything between them was ever real.

In another flashback, the jovial buddies drunkenly walk around campus talking about their futures as lawyers and weighing the importance of Spanish over Punjabi. As they take a breather on some steps, Matt comes perilously close to revealing his abilities but is able to cover it when Foggy asks him when he had his first drink. Matt recalls the sip of scotch his father gave him before stitching his eye up after a fight that he lost, and Foggy thinks Jack would be proud of Matt today. They dream about futures as successful defense lawyers before heading back tot heir dorm.

At work, Ben peruses a pamphlet on hospice and it looks like that’s the next step for Doris. His editor, Ellison, stops by his office to ask why Ben gave his most recent assignment to another reporter and Ben brushes it off as a personal matter. Then Ellison gets to the point: there’s going to be an opening on the Metro desk at the end of the month and he thinks Ben should take the position, dangling the “better benefits” in front of him as incentive. Ben says he’ll think about it.

Back at the office, Karen calls Foggy again and notices a box on her desk. Ben surprises her, having slipped in through the unlocked front door. He tells her that the box is hers now, and it contains everything he has on the Fisk/Confederate Global story. Ben tells her that the story can’t be the most important thing for him right now because of Doris’ health, that he needs to take some time off to look after his wife at home. Struck with an idea, Karen asks Ben to take a ride with her up north to a nursing home she’s heard about and he agrees.

As Wesley helps Fisk finish dressing at his apartment, Owlsley expresses his displeasure at how Fisk indirectly dispatched Nobu, and Fisk tries to convince him to speak to Madame Gao on his behalf. Owlsley isn’t into this idea, because although he never really liked Nobu, he also sees how Fisk has changed since he began seeing Vanessa. In the end, though, he agrees to speak to Gao.

Matt dresses as Foggy speaks with Mahoney. Mahoney said that the junkie who killed Mrs. Cardenas jumped off the roof of the shooting gallery he frequented, and Foggy wants to know if Matt did it. Matt says he only told the guy to go turn himself in and that he didn’t kill him, it was Fisk. He also assures Foggy that he’s never killed anyone although he did go to the warehouse intending to kill Fisk. Foggy is disgusted at Matt’s presumption and Matt says sometimes the law isn’t enough.

Flashing back again to their intern days at Landman and Zack, Matt and Foggy sit in on a settlement and witness a sick man being railroaded by the firm. In their tiny office, Foggy tells Matt that he heard they’re going to be offered permanent positions, but Matt is hesitant because what happened today wasn’t right. He challenges Foggy to consider whether he wants to be part of litigation that defends corporations and, seeing the logic in Matt’s argument, Foggy begins to pack up his stuff so they can go save the world together.

And in the present, as Foggy hesitates to ask Matt something, Matt reminds him that he knows when he lying – and can tell from his breathing patterns when he wants to say something.

On the way north, Karen and Ben discuss the advanced stage of Doris’ Alzheimer’s. Karen expresses her sympathies and Ben thinks Doris would like her, saying he wishes he’d taken her to meet Doris when she was a little more lucid. Then they arrive at the nursing home.

Inside, Karen signs a visitor’s log and Ben wants to know what they’re doing at this opulent nursing home with its grand staircases. She tells him to hang in there and have a look around with her.

Foggy yells at Matt for recklessly running around town picking fights in costume. He wants to know how Matt goes from getting heightened senses as a child to vigilante. Matt says that listening to how the city suffered every night eventually spurred him to do something after many years of turning away from things. He heard a girl crying over her father who was abusing her after her mother was asleep and after realizing social services and police wouldn’t or couldn’t help, he followed the man one night and beat him to a pulp. As he made mince meat of the man’s face, Matt told him if he touched his daughter again, he’d know and he clearly loved the empowerment he felt from getting some justice for the little girl. Foggy thinks this is evidence of Matt simply needing an outlet for his violence and Matt’s like, “Yeah, I don’t want to stop.”

Karen and Ben wander around Saint Benezet (which is so much more awesome than my apartment building, btw) and Karen “randomly” wanders to a door and knocks so that she and Ben can “get a feel for the place.” The occupant, Mrs. Vistain, lets them in but realizes – after she puts her glasses on – that she doesn’t know Ben and Karen, but amicably answers their questions anyway. We find out that the woman has been at Saint Benezet since her husband died, but he wasn’t her first husband – he was her third. The first, she says, “tried so hard, but he drank, you know?” Karen asks if she had any children with her first husband, and Mrs. Vistain reveals that her sweet boy is none other than Wilson Fisk. Then, because she got used to spilling the beans, I guess, Mrs. Vistain begins to tell Karen and Ben about Wilson’s involvement in the death of his father.

At a benefit, Fisk, flanked by Vanessa, gives a gruff speech about being the kind of guy who steps forward when his city is in a time of need. He glad hands after getting off stage and runs into Owlsley who says, “It’s all taken care of.” Senator Cherryh approaches and pulls Fisk aside to talk about zoning, and Wesley, Vanessa, and Owlsley discuss Cherryh in their absence. As they talk, a man, and then a woman hit the floor, foaming at the mouth. The only thing they have in common is the champagne they were drinking, which Leland drops when a third man hits the floor. Fisk orders Wesley to get the car – just as Vanessa, too, hits the ground from ingesting the champagne.

Foggy continues in on Matt and argues that Matt has put Karen and himself in danger by keeping this from them. Matt tries to convince Foggy that if he doesn’t continue, Fisk will win out – exactly the way he won over Mrs. Cardenas. He tells him that they don’t live in a world that’s fair and he’s just trying to make it a better place. Foggy thinks he sounds an awful lot like Fisk and worries at Matt’s potential for murder. Then he throws down a couple of consequences that could have emerged from Matt’s deception: Matt could go to jail, and Foggy could have been implicated in his deeds. Foggy can’t move past this and questions his entire friendship with Matt and leaves Matt to break down in sobs.

In a more recent flashback, Matt is covering his latest fighting injuries with a lie about getting hurt taking out the trash at Josie’s. Foggy sketches a mockup of the Nelson and Murdock sign that they’ll hang at their firm (when they officially start one). He tells Matt that he’s nervous, but he trusts him and he’s with him, for better or worse. Mirroring the moment they met in college, Foggy is excited about their new frontier together and they toast to the future.

At their offices, Foggy boxes up his stuff and throws the new Nelson and Murdock sign in the garbage before leaving.

The Questions: What will Ben and Karen do with their new dirt on Fisk? Did Leland have something to do with the poisoned champagne at the benefit (he looked real shaky in that scene)? Is Vanessa going to die? And will Matt and Foggy be able to repair their friendship?

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 109, “Speak of the Devil”

You’re back for week nine of Daredevil recaps? What patient Netflix viewers you are! Thanks for sticking with me, dear hearts. On to the episode!

Things are getting thick quick! The episode starts with an awesome fight. Matt, along with his sticks, fight a ninja-type in red, who gains the upper hand. He trips Matt up like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, complete with a “get over here!” moment. As the camera zooms in, you can tell from the eyes that the red ninja is Nobu. (Or maybe I can tell from the eyes? Hard to say.)

A pensive looking Matt parks on a bench outside Holy Eucharist and Father Lantom approaches, offering some quality confession time, so Matt takes him up on the offer (as long as it includes lattes and a less formal, communal dining room setting). Lantom begins by trying to get Matt to admit that he’s the man in the mask, but Matt asks him if he believes in the literal Devil. So the priest begins a tale about his younger days in the seminary when he believed the Devil was just a construct. He says theologians reinterpreted mentions of “satan” in the Bible for propoganda, which actually means “adversary” in Hebrew. But then, when working in Rwanda, Lantom saw the Devil in the militia, who forced Hutu villagers to murder their neighbors and whose commander viciously murdered a respected village leader and his family. So, yeah, Lantom believes in the actual Devil.

Ben is pissed that Fisk undercut his story and that his editor loves him so much, and Karen and Foggy thinks they should keep digging. Ben thinks that’s how you get beat up when Matt arrives and agrees with him. Then Ben shares that he got a visit from the man in the mask – along with the documents that were on the thumb drive he got from the “man.” After discussing the connections between Fisk, the Russians, the man from the bowling alley, Hoffman, Blake, et al, the gang decides to pursue connections from Confederated Global to Westmeyer-Holt to Fisk and leave the rough stuff to the “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.”

Fisk reviews construction plans for Hell’s Kitchen as Wesley catches him up on public opinion and upcoming meetings. Fisk wants to know where Hoffman is and no one knows, but Wesley promises that he’ll be found. Wesley adds that the man in the mask is an active target for authorities when Nobu barges in, breaking a guard’s hand in the process. He’s clearly pissed off and when Wesley doesn’t accurately translate his words to Fisk, we learn that Nobu speaks English! Nobu tells Fisk that he hasn’t held up his end of their land deal and doesn’t want to hear Fisk make excuses as to why he hasn’t gotten the full city block he was promised. Fisk offers another block, since the one originally designated for Nobu is held up by a tenement building (presumably Mrs. Cardenas’ building), but Nobu doesn’t want that, either. Nobu says that even he has those he must answer to, and tells Fisk to do what he needs to do to clear his block quickly. Fisk tells him that is Nobu could go ahead and get rid of the man in the mask, it might make it easier for Fisk to give him what he wants, so they make a deal to draw out their foe by tugging at his heart strings so someone from Nobu’s organization can take care of him.

Back at their offices, Foggy, Matt, and Karen talk through their case and all the dead ends they’re turning up. Just then they get a visit from Mrs. Cardenas who says Fisk has doubled the payouts to her and her neighbors and some of them are thinking about taking it. Foggy tells her to stand firm and she says that she won’t take the offer and will do her best to convince enough neighbors to stand with her to make a difference. After she leaves, Matt says Karen and Foggy shouldn’t have encouraged Mrs. Cardenas because they’re naive about how dangerous Fisk is. They decide that knowing your enemy is the best move against Fisk so they have to keep digging – quietly – to find hard evidence. Then Matt takes off to visit Vanessa at her art gallery to try to get to Fisk.

As he enters the gallery, he notes several armed guards as Vanessa greets him. They banter about his need for art to impress the ladiez and she describes a painting to him: it sort of looks like the way Matt sees the world, “a world on fire.” Then, apropos of nothing, he asks about the art choices of her boyfriend, so she’s like, “Ask him yourself.” Fisk – and more guards – walk in and Matt barely controls his anger. Vanessa introduces the two and guides a strained and layered conversation about art and the tenement case. As Fisk goes on about his dedication to making the city a better place, Matt grows more and more uncomfortable and eventually makes a rushed exit.

Looks like he needed some spiritual guidance, because he went to see Father Lantham at Holy Eucharist. Lantham says he was worried Matt would go do something foolish, and Matt says he hasn’t done anything – yet. He recounts his visit to the gallery and says he only learned that Fisk has someone who loves him and would mourn his loss. Lantham says judgement and vengeance are best left to God when murder isn’t in one’s heart, and Matt’s like, “How do you know I’m not a murderer?” He grapples with the notion of allowing Fisk to ruin Hell’s Kitchen and Lantham reminds him that there’s a lot of ground between doing nothing and killing. Lantham says that committing a murder can be as harmful as poisoning a public well, that the consequences of the action will spread to one’s friends and family. He doesn’t believe Matt truly wants to kill Fisk, but that he went to Vanessa looking for a reason (or a way) not to.

The next day, Matt returns to the office and tells Karen that he didn’t get the info he needed from his visit with Vanessa. She says that she and Foggy had better luck and identified the guys who attacked them outside Mrs. Cardenas’ building via their contracting licenses – and they work for Westmeyer-Holt. But, after reaching out to Ben, they discovered that the guys are off the map, just like Hoffman and Tully, so they won’t be able to use them to flip on Fisk. Then, to boost morale, Karen presents Matt with the new Nelson and Murdock plaque to mark their business officially and they gush over the good they’ll do for the world. Karen answers a call to the firm and from the sound of it, it’s bad news.

Karen, Matt, and Foggy positively identify Mrs. Cardenas’ body at the morgue, and Mahoney tells them that a known junkie was seen fleeing with Mrs. Cardenas’ purse. Mahoney says she died from multiple stab wounds before ambulances could arrive on the scene and a broken up Karen tells him that Cardenas had no next of kin, only them. Foggy offers to take care of the funeral arrangements and while he and Karen hug, Matt gets white-knuckle pissed.

Back to the fight from the beginning of the episode! The man in red uses his weapon to cut Matt several times and after Matt kicks him in the face he is revealed to be Nobu (was this really meant to be a surprise?). Nobu says it’ll be an honor to kill such a worthy opponent and proceeds to cut and slice Matt some more before hooking and dragging him across the floor.

The gang gathers at Josie’s for some somber drinking and Matt tells Foggy that maybe the idea of a criminal element at Cardenas’ building was a load of bull, suggesting that Fisk had her killed. Speaking of the devil, Fisk shows up on TV saying he knew Cardenas’ building was unsafe which is why he offered her and her neighbors payouts to leave. He goes on about the awful things in the city threatening good people – calling out the man in the mask for being a coward. Karen’s in her cups and wishes Fisk would get buried by a pile of raw sewage, or barring that, that the man in the mask would knock his head off. Matt takes this opportunity to make an exit and Karen tells him that he has to believe that Fisk will get what he deserves.

Back home, Matt stares at the trunk in his closet with his father’s boxing gear and memorabilia inside before opening it before reaching into the false bottom for his own crime fighting gear. He hits the streets and pummels several people as he asks about the junkie who “killed Mrs. Cardenas.” Finally someone talks and Matt shows up at a shooting gallery and finds the man just after shooting up. Then Matt finds Mr.s Cardenas’ purse and snatches the man, who thought Matt was a hallucination, up and starts beating him up. He asks the guy who paid him to kill Mrs. Cardenas but after more punches to the head, the guy reveals that he was approached by two guys who took him to Pier 81 for the job. Matt tells him to turn himself in to Mahoney and threatens to find him again if he doesn’t.

Then Matt arrives at the warehouse at Pier 81 – and it’s the scene of his knock down, drag out fight with Nobu. He finds the place largely empty but for some city plans on a table, then begins to hear a faint, slow heartbeat. Nobu drops down into the room and they remember each other from the docks. It becomes clear that killing Mrs. Cardenas was Fisk and Nobu’s plan to lure Matt via his emotions all along. Matt says he came there for Fisk but will settle for Nobu and Nobu starts the fight by throwing several daggers at Matt, who blocks them with his sticks. Up close, the two kick and strike each other until Nobu catches Matt across the face with a well-placed punch.

Back at Josie’s, Foggy and Karen are rapidly approaching wasted so she helps Josie cut them off. Foggy feels responsible for what happened to Mrs. Cardenas and feels like he’s failing at helping good people by following the rules. He wonders what can be done to someone who owns everything and everyone, and Karen says they’ll do the only thing they can: make them pay.

And Matt flips himself out of the hook and drag to boot Nobu in the chest, sending him flying into a wall. They are both hurt and a fluid leaks copiously onto the floor at Nobu’s feet. With some last words, Nobu throws his final strike at a downed Matt. Matt flips out of the way just in time to grab and throw one of his sticks at the lamp above Nobu, sending sparks flying down at the flammable liquid on the floor and burning Nobu alive. Then Fisk comes in with Wesley and a guard, like, “Ooh, thank you! That was so necessary, I just couldn’t figure out the least messy way to get it done.” Fisk confirms everything we already knew about his plan to lure Matt by killing Mrs. Cardenas and seems to enjoy goading him.

Matt is very hurt and can barely stand, but he isn’t impaired enough that he can’t threaten to kill Fisk. Fisk is like, “Come at me, bro!” so Matt does – but maybe he shouldn’t have. With heavy, swinging blows, Fisk strikes Matt a few times, but honestly, that’s enough. Matt’s down again and uses Nobu’s weapon to strike at Fisk, only to discover his suit is lined and the blade didn’t penetrate it. Enraged, Fisk, throws Matt into a desk and pounds on him like a gorilla before throwing him through a table. Fisk tasks Wesley with killing Matt, but with another precise throw of a stick, Matt saves himself before leaping out of the building into the river below, bleeding heavily. Fisk orders men on the dock to kill Matt should he resurface and says he’ll let Nobu burn.

Drunk Foggy shows up at Matt’s apartment vowing to make Fisk pay for what happened to Mrs. Cardenas. Then he hears a crash inside and goes to the roof entrance to get into the apartment. As he creeps down the stairs, Foggy notices all the broken furniture and grabs a weapon (smart!). Just then, Matt stumbles out of his bedroom dressed as the man in the mask and falls to the floor. He grabs a phone to call the police but hangs up after staring at the face a little longer. Moving closer, Foggy looks his friend over and removes his mask, discovering that the man in the mask was Matt all along.

The Questions: Is Karen getting a taste for vengeance? How will Matt come back from this latest defeat against Fisk? Will we get to see Claire again (please say yes)? Should Owlsley and Madame Gao be watching their backs? And how does one make someone who owns everything and everyone pay for their misdeeds?

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 108, “Shadows in the Glass”

Wilson Fisk wakes from a fitful sleep to stare at the “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” painting he bought from Vanessa. This seems to calm him and he begins to go about his daily routine: chop fresh veggies for a perfectly cooked omelet to be enjoyed alone, choose from many similar suits and shirts what to wear today and dress, and choose the same exact cuff links from a lovely collection to wear every day and examine his reflection. Except it’s not him. When he looks into the mirror, he’s sees the image of a boy who looks an awful lot like him covered in blood.

Remember when Matt and Stick wrecked Matt’s apartment having that knock-down, drag out fight? Matt never cleaned that mess up. His alarm wakes him at 7:00 and the showrunners give us such much appreciated gratuitous shirtless Matt, and he braces himself to face the day.

Karen doesn’t want to tell Matt about her investigation with Ben, but Foggy thinks it’d be better to clue him in on things. He also thinks he should finally tell Karen her coffee sucks and I guess Foggy should learn to make coffee, eh? Foggy begins to bandy the idea of “keeping Matt in the dark” (poor choice of words!) just as Matt arrives, so Foggy hastily tries to change the subject. Matt isn’t fooled, though, and asks what’s up so Karen spills about her Union Allied investigation. Matt thinks the whole idea is half-cocked and dangerous but Karen says she won’t sit by and not do something for the people Union Allied might hurt next. She adds that Ben is the guy helping them investigate and break the story. In a successful effort to help Karen and Foggy stay out of his way while he continues his vigilante bit, Matt insists that they all promise not to take unnecessary risks and to make sure to try Union Allied on their turf: the courtroom.

Nobu is pissed at Fisk because his Black Sky shipment went belly up. Fisk insists that he held up his end of the bargain and adds that it’s not his fault Nobu didn’t tell him how important his shipment was before he went and lost it. Fighting words! Nobu spouts a flow of angry Japanese, prompting Fisk to apologize and Nobu leaves with a final threat. Once he does, Wesley chimes in that he doesn’t like Nobu’s attitude, since the yakuza aren’t really contributing anything like Madame Gao or Leland. Fisk says they have to keep playing nice while Nobu remains a necessary evil to endure.

In a flashback, we get a peek at little Wilson Fisk back in the…’70s? His father, Bill, is running for election and Willie is helping make endorsement posters while his mother, Marlene, tries to balance their bills nearby. Throughout, Bill exhibits all manner of dubious parenting (who encourages their kid to idolize corrupt politicians?) and spouts a lot of macho crap (“My dad let me swig his beer before I could even talk!”) that Marlene disagrees with, but Bill ignores her. As Willie chokes on his first sip of beer, Marlene wants to know who else is worried about the family’s finances besides her. Bill says he got a loan from Rigoletto, referring to it as an “investment.” He tells her she knows nothing John Snow, that Willie is smarter than her, and she’s got to spend money to make money. He’s a real gem.

Back in the present, Fisk has another famously awkward conversation with Vanessa over the phone when Wesley calls and interrupts. He says Detective Blake has woken up and if he recovers from his extensive injuries, Blake might not be too happy that Fisk had him shot. Wesley says “taking care of him” will be an issue since Blake’s hospital room is under guard by police (two of whom are Fisk’s) from the man in the mask. So Fisk tells Wesley to set a meeting for him with Hoffman, and Fisk will convince him to do the job in person.

As Foggy tries in vain to convince Matt that he’d be put to better use on the streets taking skulls and cracking names (his words, not mine), Matt reads something about Confederated Global Investments – the same company that hired them to defend our favorite bowling alley assassin a few episodes back. He asks Karen if Westmeyer-Holt Contracting is one of the subsidiaries that she tracked down from the Confed Global check, which it is. The contracting group has several complaints against it just like Mrs. Cardenas’, so it’s up to Foggy to call her landlord, Tully, to see if he can shed some light on the situation. Just then, Karen sees a news alert that Blake has regained consciousness and it looks like the man in the mask has another job tonight.

Fisk makes the hard sell to Hoffman and says things will end badly for him and Blake if Blake “speaks out of turn.” Hoffman is reticent and says Fisk doesn’t have to worry about him talking, so Fisk tells him the real reason Blake needs to go: he didn’t call when his phone (and thus the addresses for the Russians) was compromised and that led to a string of unfortunate events for Fisk (a huge no-no). With another veiled threat, Fisk asks Hoffman how much his friendship with Blake is worth to him and it seems Fisk has broken Hoffman.

Hoffman shows up at the hospital looking like he’s got a midterm but didn’t study. He approaches one of the officers guarding Blake’s room who searches him (and his paper bag) before letting him into Blake’s room. Hoffman pulls a syringe out of the bag and injects its contents into Blake’s IV – just as Blake wakes up and the man in black arrives with a stick-aided sleeper hold. After lying an unconscious Hoffman on the floor, Matt puts a chair under the doorknob and begins to question Blake. Officers begin forcing their way into the room as Blake’s heart monitor goes off the charts and Blake leaves Matt with a small clue. He says, “Is it my turn for this?” and Matt flees into the night.

Fisk has taken a squirrelly Leland to visit his suit guy, Mr. Potter. Leland doesn’t love needing a specially lined suit to protect him from the man in the mask and Fisk offers to move Leland to a safe place with a dozen guards. Wesley arrives to report on Blake’s assassination. Neither Fisk nor Leland are pleased to learn that Blake spoke to the man in the mask before dying and Fisk assures Leland that he’ll handle it, which doesn’t sway his opinions on Fisk capabilities of late.

Flashing back again, Marlene comforts Willie with some zuppa (delicious!) after he comes home bloody from a fight. Apparently some kid named Bernie is to blame. Then here comes Bill being a hard ass, taking Willie’s cake and making Willie tell him the truth: Bernie was knocking Bill’s election signs down and called the Fisk men losers. Bill and Willie visit Bernie and, after a little verbal provocation, Bill begins beating the crap out of Bernie with his own bat. Then he forces Willie to join him, screaming, “Kick him!” until a crying Willie kicks Bernie in the ribs again and again.

Fisk wakes from another fitful sleep with a start and stares at “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” again, and we’ve got a repeat of the opening sequence. The only difference is that Madame Gao has invited herself over this morning. Fisk makes sure that his BFF Wesley will be there and makes tea for himself and Gao. Then two shoes drop: Wilson speaks and understands Mandarin and Madame Gao speaks and understands English. Not only that, Gao speaks Japanese and knows Wilson does, too. With this new transparency, they dismiss Wesley to converse in private.

Madame Gao starts in on Fisk in much the same manner as Leland and Nobu, saying he’s gotten sloppy and emotional in recent weeks (how else could she know where he lives?). She tells him that she’s not there to chide him, but as a courtesy. She warns him to get it together or she’ll take her business elsewhere. Then Fisk rage flips his gorgeous dining room table and screams Wesley out of the apartment.

Flashing back again, Bill parks Willie in a chair in front of a white stucco wall (that looks an awful lot like “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” tbh). Bill tells Willie to stare at the wall and think about the man he wants to be until he comes back home. This concerns Marlene, who doles out a couple of “I told you so’s” when Bill says he’s going to sort out his loan to Rigoletto. Bill puts on the same cuff links Wilson wears as an adult and then flies off the handle at her questions and slaps her. Then takes off his belt and whips Marlene as Willie sits crying, staring at the wall.

Wesley has come back to Wilson’s apartment with Vanessa. She asks Fisk what’s wrong and insists that he tell her, no matter what he believes she’ll think of him.

Back to the traumatic domestic abuse evening, Bill continues to attack Marlene and blames her for all his problems. Fed up, Willie grabs a hammer and warns his father to stop. Bill goads him and Willie hits him in the head with the hammer once, then twice, then a few more times as he yells “Keep kicking him!” (like Bill did when they attacked Bernie). Marlene comforts Willie, who is splattered with blood, then tells him to the saw as they begin the dirty business of dismembering and disposing of Bill.

Fisk tells Vanessa that he and his mother carried bags of his father each night for a week to the river. No one asked questions about the disappearance knowing Bill owed money to Rigoletto, and Willie was sent away to live with relatives on a farm. Fisk says he wears his father’s cuff links to remind himself that he is not cruel for the sake of cruelty (debatable) and Vanessa tells him he isn’t a monster. He goes on to tell her that people just don’t want to see him shine and are trying to take him down, but he won’t let them.

The man in the mask visits Ben as he leaves work in the pouring rain and asks him to expose the man responsible: Wilson Fisk. Ben wonders why he didn’t go to another reporter and Matt says it’s because he knows people who trust Ben, who realizes this is about Union Allied/Karen. Then Matt begins to feed Ben info, including Leland Owsley’s name and the dirt on Blake, Hoffman, and Fisk. Unfortunately, none of his proof is reliable, but Matt says exposing Fisk will do enough to get the city to turn against him.

For the third time, Fisk wakes from a fitful sleep with a start – but he doesn’t stare at “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” this time. He rolls over and gazes at Vanessa instead. His morning omelet has doubled as Vanessa joins him for breakfast, and he is clearly at sea. She picks his suit, shirt, and cuff links today, and in a voiceover, we hear Ben reading his Fisk expose. Then Fisk appears on TV in a press conference, demonizing “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen” and publicly blaming him for all that’s gone wrong recently. Stunned, Matt, Karen, and Foggy all tune in to this press conference as well, which has effectively killed Ben’s story. Fisk announces his name loud and proud, vowing to take back Hell’s Kitchen.

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 105, “World on Fire”

Claire surveys her injuries before a shower at Matt’s apartment and emerges to find him preparing breakfast. She asks him if he has a job to get to, so he tells her he has his own law practice. When she takes a seat at the table, Matt tells her she just opened a stitch on her back and when she asks how he knew, he says he could smell the copper in the air. As he checks her out, her breathing pattern assists him in hearing the old ship-like noise that is apparently the tell of a hairline rib fracture. She’s amazed at his ability to see so much without traditional sight, and he tells her there are a lot of aspects of life that allow him to create imagine sort of impressionistic paintings that end up looking like a world on fire to him.

He goes on to tell Claire that the Russians know who she is now so he wants her to stay with him until he figures out how to get them off her back. Then he moves in for a kiss, because why not, and Claire says she’d wondered when he would do that. Matt preps to leave and she asks why he doesn’t go to the police. He says beating people up at night wouldn’t endear him to the cops and thinks if he takes down Fisk he’ll put an end to much of the violence in Hell’s Kitchen. Claire worries that Fisk might not be the leader Matt’s looking for, but he’s convinced that Fisk hired Healey to murder Prohaszka at the bowling alley, so he needs to find someone who’ll talk. Claire says she heard a name when she was being held: Vladimir.

Vladimir is on the phone telling someone to call him back (I wonder who?) when Wesley arrives. Wesley says he’s there to iron out some small details about their agreement and asks where Anatoly is. Vladimir wonders the same thing and Wesley, lying smoothly that Anatoly was pleased with their deal and might be celebrating, urges Vladimir to get in touch with his brother quickly. Just then, Sergei comes in and says, “We found him.”

They’ve recovered Anatoly’s body from a lot around the corner, and Vladimir mourns his brother. As he expresses his regrets, he finds a black mask hidden in Anatoly’s jacket and so orders every man to hit the streets and bring the man in black’s head.

Leland, Madame Gao, and Nobu wait in a garage for Fisk and watch his SUV be hosed down of Anatoly’s blood. Fisk and Wesley arrive and Fisk apologizes for his absence. He goes on to say that the Russians aren’t part of their concern any more due to his decapitating Anatoly. Every one is pissed and when Leland asks what happened, Fisk is all, “Anatoly made me mad and embarrassed me in front of Vanessa.” Wesley clarifies that Vladimir is under the impression that the man in the mask killed his brother which should stave off any retaliation while they all band together. Everyone wants to know how the business will change and Fisk says the shares will be split equally once the dust settles, so they all agree to the new deal. Before he leaves, Nobu reminds Fisk of his promise to him and those he works for, and Fisk walks Madame Gao to her car which she immediately hears as, “I want a favor.” Fisk says he only wants to put the unpleasantness behind them.

The Russians transport one of Madame Gao’s blind delivery men and the drivers question the man. He doesn’t answer so they get out to make the delivery, telling the man to wait in the car. He sings as he waits and we see Matt creep into the alley during a series of 360 degree camera views. The Russians emerge from a building and Matt leaps into view, doling out punches and kicks to both of them and cracking the windshield. Two more men come out of the building and open fire, killing the poor blind delivery man, and Matt hides behind a door. When they catch up to him, he leaps out and lays into both of them. With some sweet flips and liberal head strikes, he incapacitates them. The last begs Matt not to take his head like he did Anatoly, which naturally confuses Matt, just as the police show up. Matt makes it to a rooftop nearby and overhears that the cops say, “Be advised: two on foot, one en route to 15th.”

The next day at the office, Karen is struggling to make her crappy office equipment work while Foggy looks on in amusement. He tells her that the phones aren’t working and she’s like, “Ugh, it’s the rats.” She tells Foggy that she’s got the phone guy working on the line now and exterminators coming Monday, and she’s settling into being an Office Manager quite nicely. Matt arrives and asks Karen and Foggy if they’ve heard anything about a decapitated Russian in the news, which they haven’t, just as they get their second walk-in ever.

Bess Mahoney, the sergeant’s mom Foggy buys stogies for, referred Mrs. Cardenas to “Senor Foggy law” ( :) :) :) ) and she’s got a problem with a slumlord named Tully. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment but Tully wants to make condos, so he sent men over under the guise of construction improvements who only wrecked things and left her and her neighbors with no working water or electricity for days. She says police won’t help and she doesn’t know what to do. Foggy notes that Tully is offering payouts which they could pressure him to increase, but Mrs. Cardenas insists that she and her neighbors just want to stay in their homes. Matt breaks out his fluent Spanish to tell Mrs. Cardenas that he and Foggy would be her lawyers and that Foggy would speak to Tully’s lawyers. This unnerves Foggy as Tully’s lawyers are at Landman and Zack, the same firm they turned down job offers from after promising internships. Foggy’s nervous so Matt suggests he take Karen along.

Matt visits Sergeant Mahoney at the station and asks for some of the complaints filed against Tully. Mahoney is dubious that he’ll be able to make anything stick on Tully but goes to gather the files anyway. Matt takes a seat and hones in on an interesting conversation going on in an interrogation room. Detectives Blake and Hoffman are questioning Piotr, the remaining Russian from the alley, about the dead men they found. Piotr offers up Wilson Fisk and Blake and Hoffman ask what else he knows. He says he knows nothing else other than you’re not supposed to say his name, but Blake and Hoffman begin a series of sketchy actions: Black uncuffs Piotr then discusses with Hoffman whose turn it is to “take it.” Then Blake punches Hoffman good, and, as they both shout for backup, they complete their assassination by telling Piotr he shouldn’t have said the name, and Matt reacts too slowly to intercede.

Foggy and Karen arrive at Landman and Zack and Karen thinks it looks like a place where you buy a clone. They’re approached by Marci Stahl, who clearly knows Foggy and is now working at Landman and Zack. In fact, she’s part of the team defending Tully and she hardballs them immediately. Marci says the workmen were making requested repairs and didn’t finish because of the “criminal element” in Mrs. Cardenas’ building. Foggy tells Marci they’re going to fight Tully and they know they have all the leverage before telling her she sold her soul when she signed on at Landman and Zack. And not to be left in the dark, Karen asks about the nickname Marci has for Foggy, Foggy Bear, which he says is a result of their former relationship.

Fisk and Wesley drive as Wesley fills in Fisk about Piotr’s predicament and gives Wesley his wine recommendation for the evening before Fisk exits the car.

Foggy and Karen get to Mrs. Cardenas’ apartment to find huge holes in the walls and her living by candlelight. He tells Mrs. Cardenas that he and Karen will do what they can for repairs because Tully won’t just yet, and they pull together a plan to take care of her and her neighbors.

The man in black pays Blake a visit in an alley and questions him about killing Piotr. Though he initially denies knowing Wilson Fisk, he admits to the killing after a couple of vicious strikes, but accuses Matt of liking to kill Russians, too. Matt wants Vladimir and Blake says he doesn’t know how to find him, which Matt verifies via Blake’s heartbeat. He asks how Fisk and the Russians are connected and why Prohaszka needed to go, and Blake goads him about his lack of knowledge, earning him a knock out, and Matt steals his phone.

Vanessa arrives to a chic but empty restaurant to find Fisk, who didn’t want to be interrupted at dinner again. She wonders at his ability to be honest with her so he starts immediately by saying he doesn’t like to be in public or be questioned, but she can ask him anything and he’ll always be honest. So she’s like, “Okay. What’s the wine tonight?”

Vladimir is obsessively wiping down Anatoly’s body when he gets a visit from Turk Barrett. Turk has some information about the man who killed his brother. He says an acquaintance of his works in a chop shop that just had an SUV in whose back seat was covered in blood and brains. He says it was brought in by a big bald guy and that he heard him say something about the man in the mask, causing Vladimir to conclude that Fisk is running the show here. Vladimir tells him men to ready all of their fire power and tells Turk to put out a bounty: $1 million to whoever finds Fisk tonight. Then he resumes his creepy sponge bath.

Foggy successfully fixes Mrs. Cardenas’ sink and she’s so overjoyed that she offers him and Karen dinner as thanks. She sets them up at a table and walks away, and with the candlelight, Karen and Foggy find themselves on a date.

Matt has Claire read through Blake’s burner phone and she describes a text with a bunch of street intersections. He recognizes one of them: Troika Restaurant, the same location the Russians were holding the little boy. After finding this phone that receives these locations on a cop who just killed a Russian in interrogation, Matt suspects he’ll find Vladimir at one of those locations. Claire asks what he’s going to do and he automatically responds, “Whatever it takes.” Their differences about his vigilantism come to light and she realizes she can’t let herself fall in love with someone who is a hop, skip, and jump away from criminal himself. Matt’s like, “I guess you can’t,” and then leaves to investigate the text locations.

Fisk and Vanessa enjoy their dinner and she discusses a past suitor who won her over with a line. She wonders if he’s shocked but he’s just disappointed he didn’t have a smooth line to feed her, too, but she tells him she’s glad he didn’t. She admires the wine selection and he admits Wesley picked it out for them, referring to him as his friend and assistant. He tells her the nature of his business makes him feel alone, that his dream for setting free the city’s potential makes him feel lonely. He fingers his cuff links and she notices they’re the same ones he wore the last time they met, and he tells her they belonged to his father and he wears them to remember him. Then he asks her what kind of gun she has in her bag. Vanessa admits she has a .22 because she knows he’s a dangerous man. Fisk says he’s done things he’s not proud of and will do more in the future in service of his vision, but says he takes no pleasure in hurting people. He says the city needs to die before it can be reborn and that she doesn’t need her gun because she’ll be safe by his side, so she slides it across the table and he puts it into his jacket. Across the room, Marcel makes a phone call.

One of Vladimir’s men returns saying Turk got a call on a location for Fisk. Matt uses his heightened hearing to note that Vladimir wants Fisk held until he arrives.

Foggy recounts tales of pranks on blind men and he and Karen seem to be having a great time. She asks him what’s the deal with him and Marci, and he says she wasn’t quite a meat grinder in a skirt when he knew her. He says maybe Matt’s poor dating decisions are rubbing off on him, and she wonders if Matt dates a lot so Foggy’s like, “Um, if you call sexual musical chairs ‘dating.'” Foggy says needing to touch people’s faces, but especially women’s faces, helps Matt with his conquests, giving Karen the idea that Foggy should touch her face so she can see how a blind person would see her? (Makes little to no sense.)

One of Madame Gao’s blind men arrives at a Russian location and is shown inside just as Matt attacks the remaining guard outside. Inside, the men are armed to the teeth with automatic weapons and Vladimir makes last-minute inquiries. Just as someone notices how odd it is to be getting another delivery from Madame Gao, the delivery guy whips out a remote and triggers a bomb that explodes the entire building and the surrounding ones – including Mrs. Cardenas’.

Foggy and Karen are thrown to the floor, both impacted by the explosion, and Foggy rises to find Mrs. Cardenas with a nasty cut on her forehead as another shock shakes the building. Foggy leaves to check for other hurt people and Karen is left to tend to Mrs. Cardenas.

At the restaurant, Fisk and Vanessa watch no less than seven buildings go up in flames across the city. Wilson tells Vanessa that he destroyed the men who kidnapped a little boy and beat his father in front of him (which is true, but such a misleading way to characterize that story). Vanessa is turned on by this? Fisk calls Marcel over and just when you think he’s going to kill him he hands Marcel an envelope and thanks him for his discretion and for making a call for him.

And at the same Russian location where we saw our suicide bomber, Matt regains consciousness and hears Sergei and Vladimir escaping.

Turk Barett counts his money as he languishes in having helped set up the Russians at Fisk’s behest as he takes a ride with Wesley. Wesley tells him that Fisk is grateful and Turk is curious about why they’d plant the mask. Wesley explains his long game and Turk admires his planning.

Vladimir and Sergei continue to escape as Vladimir swears to make Fisk pay, just as Matt jumps out of the shadows and attacks them. He lays into them, knocking Sergei out easily, and just as he’s about to give his coup de grace to Vladimir, the police show up and shout, “Hands up!”

The Questions: Is this is the end for Maire (yes, I’ve given them a ship name)? Are the Russians officially a non-factor in Hell’s Kitchen? How nuts is Vanessa on a scale of school lunch peanuts and raisins to trail mix? And how is Matt going to slip away from the cops this time?

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Marvel’s Daredevil Recap: Ep. 103, “Rabbit in a Snowstorm”

Still holding to your promise pace your doses of Daredevil? Good!

A man walks into a bowling alley… I know how much this sounds like a bad joke, but that’s really how the episode starts. A man walks into a bowling alley and asks for some shoes and a lane. He is told by the counter attendant that the alley is closed which confuses the man as there is another group of men still playing. The attendant says Mr. Prohaszka has an agreement with the owner to bowl whenever he wants and he can ask Prohaszka if he’d like some company. The man approaches Prohaszka and persistently asks to join his game until he sics his bodyguards on the man. Then the man pulls a couple of quick movements, knocking the bodyguards out with no problem and pulls a gun on Prohaszka.

Thirty-six hours earlier, Turk Barrett nurses his broken nose as he sells guns to the bowling alley fighter. Turk loves his pistols but the man would prefer a revolver since it’s less likely to jam – which is exactly what it does when the man tries to pull the trigger on Prohaszka. This forces the man into brutal hand to hand combat with Prohaszka, complete with painful-looking limb breaks and blunt force trauma to the head by bowling ball. Now covered in blood, the man stashes his faulty gun under one of the pinball machines, calmly gets down on his knees with his hands behind his head as the police arrive, and immediately asks for a lawyer. I wonder who?

Outside Holy Eucharist, Father Lantom finds Matt sitting on a bench and offers Matt some coffee and a chat but Matt declines. Out at a deserted dock, Ben Urich meets with Silvio for some more quid pro quo. Silvio is getting out of town and Ben wants to know why, but Silvio won’t utter a peep without first getting some info from Ben. Ben tells Silvio that the Russians are dealing with some problems after their human trafficking shipment was destroyed and he thinks there’s a new player involved. Silvio tells Ben that he was grateful for leaving his children out of his negative press and then warns Ben to not get involved, saying some fights just get you bloody. Ominous!

At the office, Karen is shocked by what she reads in a letter and hides it as Foggy comes in, still hungover from drinking that eel. Their banter notes that Karen is no longer working for free (as well she shouldn’t!) and Matt arrives with a huge bruise on his right eye. Immediately after, they get a walk in: Wesley.

Wesley says he’s approaching them on behalf of a conglomerate to get their services on retainer, but Matt wants to know why he wouldn’t choose a larger, more well-known firm. He’s hugely skeptical that Wesley won’t identify himself or his employer, or what they actually do, and so remains unconvinced – even as Foggy is dismayed at Matt’s rudeness. Wesley takes a shot at Karen when it seems he isn’t getting his way after offering a large sum of money to retain Nelson and Murdock, causing Matt to ask her to leave as he reads Wesley his rights. Wesley apologizes and Matt questions Wesley about how he even knew about Karen’s case (which never made it to the press). He asks that they simply review the case he’s presenting before deciding not to take it on and must get to the 15th precinct in 38 minutes to handle it. He leaves and Matt tells Foggy that he’ll meet him at the precinct then follows Wesley.

Matt isolates and focuses on the sound of Wesley’s watch and as he gets into a three-car motorcade of SUVs, he hears Wesley say, “It’s been taken care of.” And just then, he notices that the stitches in his side have come undone and he’s bleeding into his fresh white shirt.

At the precinct, Foggy gets a head start getting to know their client – the man from the bowling alley! He tells Foggy that he only wanted to play and Foggy counters with the attendant’s account that has the man bashing in the deceased’s skull with a bowling ball. The man claims self defense, saying the men threatened him verbally and physically (but not before asking Foggy if that sounded good as a defense). He maintains that he had never met the victims before and that he regrets his actions. Sociopath alert! Foggy takes note of the man’s careful and measured word choices and wonders if he’s been around the judicial system a time or two before. The man says he had issues but is better now and Foggy begins to give him the “we’re not taking your case spiel” – just as Matt arrives and says they’ll take the case.

Ben is on the phone at the New York Bulletin trying to sort out insurance coverage for someone. He’s seeking an extension and, to his dismay, is simply referred to a website. Ben’s boss, Ellison, comes in wanting to talk about the next editorial spread. Ben wants to focus on organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen but Ellison tries to rein him in, saying he’s on the City desk and organized crime is not “sexy.” Ben presses that the Russians and Union Allied could figure into his story, but Ellison refuses because it doesn’t sell papers. He assigns Ben a subway story at which he balks. Ben throws the fact that the New York Bulletin used to publish hard-hitting news once upon a time in Ellison’s face and Ellison has his own truth bomb to drop: all of their peers are earning more money than they are to publish news to blog sites from home. (Don’t hate!) Ben relents and Ellison promises to see if there’s anything he can do to help Ben’s insurance situation.

Matt starts in on the man, John Healey, encouraging him to spill the beans under attorney/client privilege so they can build a solid defense. And also so Matt can find out who the man who hired him and Foggy actually is. Matt says Healey must be important for a conglomerate to pick up the bill for his murder defense. He also claims that knowing who hired them might help build a defense, but Healey just repeats that he just wanted to throw a few balls. Matt asks if Healey provoked the victim in any way, which he denies. Matt notices that Healey isn’t too concerned about their ability to win the case and at this, Foggy wants to step aside for a private chat. Foggy thinks they shouldn’t take the case, calling Healey a shark in a skin suit. Matt insists they try the case and take it to a jury. He tells Healey that they should waive criminal law 180.80 so the DA can explore a plea, but Healey doesn’t like this idea at all. He wants the 180.80 date, wants them to waive all hearings and discovery upon his indictment, and wants to go to trial, saying he has “faith in the judicial system.”

At the bowling alley, Wesley arrives at a pinball machine to retrieve Healey’s stashed gun. After waiting for some jerk to finish his game, he grabs the gun, greeting some kids on his way, and leaves the alley.

Foggy is really confused as to why Matt is making them take Healey’s case. The whole situation stinks but Matt claims this is just one of those situations where they had to take a case for the money. They make their peace and begin to discuss the facts of the case. Considering Prohaszka’s bodyguards have refused to give statements, their plan is to argue that Healey’s cuts and bruises are defensive wounds (rather than evidence of a victim fighting against an execution), with Foggy handling opening arguments and Matt taking the closing. Matt says they should cash the check Wesley gave them and have Karen dig into Confederated Global, just as they notice that she’s not there.

She’s at some intimidatingly sterile-looking offices meeting with a lawyer who is asking her to sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding her little Union Allied snafu. If she signs, she doesn’t get sued for violating her signed employment non-disclosure agreement and gets six-months salary. Karen hates all of this, knowing that it’s tantamount to her agreeing that everything Union Allied did to her is okay, but the lawyer tells her that she’s looking at a very appealing clean slate if she signs.

Ben is at a hospital discussing someone he doesn’t want to be put into a communal room. He’s turning in the forms for an extension to Shirley, who is trying to convince him that there isn’t anything that can be done for “her.” He says he knows that if he relents she will be sent to an outpatient facility and eventually pushed out on the street. Shirley gives him a five-day extension but can’t promise his appeal will go through, and Ben gives her a cheese blintz by way of a thank you. Then he goes to visit “her”: she’s his wife, Doris, and she’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Back at Nelson and Murdock, Foggy and Matt work on their case but everyone’s having problems with the Wi-Fi. Karen updates Matt about Confed Global: it’s a subsidiary of a loan out to a holding of a subsidiary, yada yada. She goes to bang on the router to make the Wi-Fi work again, but not before Matt can tell her to nix the long lunches until their case is finished.

In court, Foggy nails his opening arguments, stating that the jury must bear in mind that this entire case is based on the prosecution proving Healey wasn’t justified in defending himself. Matt listens closely to the jury and he hears the heart of one of them speed up as Wesley (and his ticking watch) enter the courtroom. Outside, some tough guy approaches the juror and it’s obvious he’s blackmailing her with some knowledge he’s holding over her. He tells her to go home and play her part – just as the man in the mask attacks him. The tough guy says that he’s got a tape of the juror from when she was young that she does not want her children to see and Matt wants to know who hired him. The man doesn’t know, saying he walks past a building and if there’s a light on, he has a job. He’s says that if he doesn’t complete this job he’ll be someone else’s light in a building, so Matt tells him to tell the juror to get herself excused and leave town.

At the end of the trial, the judge excuses the blackmailed juror, replacing her with one of the alternates, and Matt stands before the jury box to begin his closing arguments. He spends several seconds listening to their hearts, which all remain steady, before starting. He talks to them about good and evil, right and wrong, but ultimately tells them that they can’t base their decision on morals. As jurors, they have to decide based on the law and the evidence that the prosecution has put forth. He says the prosecution has failed to meet their burden of proof and urges them to acquit his client.

Leland and Wesley have a meeting as they’re being driven around and Leland is antsy because he can’t speak with Wesley’s employer. He’s indisposed with art, Wesley says, but Leland isn’t quelled. He’s nervous about Healey’s case and the heat it’s bringing on their conglomerate, but Wesley says everything will be fine as long as Leland continues to play his part.

Karen visits the wife of Daniel Fisher and she already knows who Karen is. Karen wants to work with Mrs. Fisher to expose Union Allied, but she’s already signed the same non-disclosure agreement that had been thrust at Karen. Mrs. Fisher advises Karen to take it and let it go. She’s feeling guilty because she encouraged Daniel to look into the shady numbers at Union Allied and it cost him his life. She tells Karen that if she has anyone in her life she cares about she should let it go.

Ben gets a small break where his wife is concerned as Shirley was successful pushing his appeal through. He takes a look at the subway story he’s not proud of as Karen arrives at his office. She tells him exactly what he suspected, that there’s more to the story, and prepares to give him the proof.

Back in court, the jury has reached a verdict for Healey. Matt hears Wesley’s watch ticking and notices too late that there was another bought person on the jury causing it to be hung. Healey, in his way, thanks Matt as the judge admonishes the jury to reconvene, even as Matt knows Healey will get off.

And sure enough, Healey walks free. He’s packing a bag in a car trunk when the man in the mask attacks. The two engage in the tight-quartered frantic hand-to-hand combat that we’ve come to know, love, and expect from Daredevil, complete with knees to the face, body slamming, and fighting with broken glass. Matt gets the upper hand with the glass primed to pierce Healey’s throat and asks Healey who he works for. Healey initially refuses but after Matt cuts him some, he rolls over – on Wilson Fisk. Matt lets him go, telling him to get out of town, but Healey says he’s now a dead man because no one says his name. There’s no hiding from Fisk and he kills anyone who speaks his name to prevent anyone from doing the same in the future again. So, to spare himself a painful death, Healey impales himself through the eye on a rusty piece of metal in the alley.

In an art gallery, a lovely woman approaches a bald man who is staring at a painting. It’s a monotone piece made of varying shades of white. The attendant says that the worth one attaches to art is directly related to how it makes you feel. The man remarks that this painting makes him feel alone.

The Questions: Does Karen know what she’s getting into by pursuing Union Allied? Will Nelson and Murdock get some legit cases where some shady business people aren’t pulling the strings? And who is Wilson Fisk? (No spoilers, comics fans and binge-watchers!)

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