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"Daredevil" is the thirteenth episode and first Season Finale of Marvel's Daredevil.

As Fisk's list of allies — and his patience — grows thin, Matt, Foggy and Karen discover a possible weak link in the operation.


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  • Abandoned Area: Hoffman is being guarded in a derelict concert hall.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The episode ends with Daredevil standing on a rooftop, hearing a woman scream and leaping into action.
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  • Answer Cut: The cop who takes Fisk off Matt's hands wants to know what name he should put in his police report. Cut to our heroes looking at a newspaper article on Daredevil.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Fisk asks if Matt thinks "one man in a silly little costume" can really make a difference in the world. He apparently didn't collect any Captain America trading cards. In all seriousness, Fisk gained his foothold in Hell's Kitchen in part because of the damage from the Chitauri invasion. From his perspective, while heroes might save the world, they haven't done anything about crime, corruption, greed, poverty, and urban decay. That is... until now.
  • Artistic License – History: Fisk describes a Samaritan as simply someone who is "from Samaria." This is technically correct, but fails to prove the lesson of the parable. "Samaritans" were a separate branch of Judaism, or more accurately of the Israelite religion, dating back from the split between the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel, and the original point of "The Good Samaritan" (emphasis added) was that the Samaritan helped someone who was not only a stranger, but a stranger he would be neither obligated nor expected to even approach. Then again, Fisk admits to not knowing much of religion.
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: While talking with Matt at the office, Karen looks like she's about to tell Matt that she killed Wesley, but then switches to instead say she fears Fisk will learn about her having been with Ben at the nursing home. It happens again at the end of the episode when Matt tells her that he's sensed something different about her.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Hoffman closes his eyes as his fellow corrupt police prepare to shoot him. He cringes as a volley of shots ring out, then opens his eyes to see Matt taking down the last of them.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Fisk is arrested, his empire brought down, and the city is safe. But, as Karen pointed out, it won't undo the damage Fisk has done, bring back the good people killed, or erase the things they had to go through at this point.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Matt gets a new armored suit from Melvin Potter. Potter says that the "process" isn't complete, though, and that only the black portions of the suit will give the most protection and that the red portions (most of the suit) will only stop a knife coming in at certain angles.
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  • Call-Back: With Karen freaking out and fearing Fisk will find out that she killed Wesley, Matt has to remind her what he promised her about keeping her safe.
  • Comic-Book Shows Don't Use Codenames: Finally averted at the close of the episode, as the media christen Matt's new red suited persona as "Daredevil". Karen says it seems a bit much, but grows on you, which Matt seems to agree with.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Karen is furious that Ben's editor had the gall to turn up at Ben's funeral after having betrayed him to his death. But there's a woman standing next to the editor, looking upset as she places flowers on his grave. On a rewatch of the previous episode, there's a quick shot of her listening in on Ben and the editor arguing, during which Ben happens to mention speaking to Fisk's mother.
  • Cop Killer: Multiple FBI agents and NYPD cops are gunned down by the paramilitary team that are hired to free Fisk from the prison van after he is arrested.
  • Dirty Cop:
    • A death squad of corrupt police from the Fifteenth Precinct is sent to kill Hoffmann and anyone else with him.
    • One of the FBI SWAT Agents is on Fisk's payroll and kills the other cop inside their armored van to break Fisk out of custody.
  • Heel Realization: After being exposed and arrested, Fisk recounts the parable of the Good Samaritan and realizes that he's not the Samaritan who selflessly helped the wounded traveler, or the priest or the Levite that both ignored him, or even the "men of ill intent" who wounded him in the first place, but rather the ill intent itself that made those men want to attack the traveller at all.
  • Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: As Leland passes some ledgers over to Fisk, Fisk notices that Leland's hands are trembling. Leland tries to pass this off as shivering due to the cold, only for Fisk to point out that he's also sweating profusely.
  • Hope Spot: Fisk and his cronies are arrested by the FBI and everyone's celebrating... halfway through the episode. Then the other shoe drops.
  • If I Do Not Return:
    • After he's been rescued, Fisk calls Vanessa who is waiting by a helicopter, telling her to leave if he doesn't arrive. When she refuses, he assures her that if he doesn't arrive, it will only be a temporary inconvenience.
    • Leland reveals to Fisk that he's had Hoffmann in protective custody since he vanished, and if Leland doesn't report in at regular intervals, this witness will be taken to the feds and testify about everything he's done for Fisk. Fisk considers this...then throws Leland down an elevator shaft and sends out his men to find Hoffmann and kill him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Matt gets some upgraded batons that finally let him showcase this skill.
  • Improvised Weapon: Fisk uses a piece of rebar during his fight with Murdock.
  • In-Joke: "Nelson & Murdock: Avocados at Law." Karen is rightfully confused.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Back in "Condemned" Fisk tells Murdock over the radio that: "Not everyone deserves a happy ending". After intercepting Fisk's truck, Murdock tells him that what he said was right before repeating the line.
    • Back in "Speak of the Devil" Fisk responds to Murdock's death threat with the line: "Take your shot." In this episode Fisk threatens to kill Murdock and gets the same line is response.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Daredevil has a nasty smile when he finally has a chance to dish out a beating to Wilson Fisk.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Karen approaches Ben's wife at the funeral and reveals her guilt at having pressured Ben into writing the story that got him killed. She isn't having it, saying that no-one ever forced Ben to write a story, and he regarded Karen as the daughter they never had specifically because she never gave up.
  • Mood Dissonance: The music playing during the arrest montage.
  • Mythology Gag: The artist's rendering of Daredevil in full costume on the front page of the paper is almost identical to the cover art of Daredevil #60.
    • Also, Fisk in his jail cell at the close of the episode is wearing an all white prison uniform (having worn black or grey all season), calling to mind his iconic white suit from the comics, and soon after he accepted his place as a villain, not a savior, no less.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Downplayed when Matt and Foggy acknowledge they can't go back to the way things were between them, but are willing to move on together.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Fisk notices Leland sweating profusely and deduces that Leland is double-crossing him.
  • Red Herring: Turns out Ben's boss is not Fisk's mole at the paper.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Fisk kills Owlsley for poisoning Vanessa, opening the possibility of Hoffman turning state's evidence against him. He almost manages to get Hoffman anyway but by that point it was damage control.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Turns out Foggy has known about Matt frequenting Fogwell's Gym for all this time, but just didn't know what Matt's connection to the place was.
  • Ship Tease: Foggy leaves to help Marci find a new job, with the suggestion that they might be hooking up on a more permanent basis. There's then a close up shot of Karen taking Matt's hand as they enter Nelson and Murdock.
  • Shout-Out: The sequence of Fisk's breakout and escape involving trucks, ambushes and mercenaries/corrupt cops disguised as SWAT are more than a little reminiscent of the Joker's capture in The Dark Knight.
    • Similarly, Fisk's halfway-through beat-down of Murdock (involving carrying him aloft and bringing him down) is way too reminiscent of Bane's "breaking of the Bat", as well as its subsequent adaptation in The Dark Knight Rises, to be coincidental.
    • Furthermore, Fisk's realization that he is the "ill intent" comes across very much like Jules' realization that he is the "tyranny of evil men."
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After Fisk's Heel Realization above, he immediately decides that he's just fine with being a bad guy, because that's what Hell's Kitchen deserves after (from his perspective) it has actively resisted all of his attempts to "save" it.
  • Title Drop: Matt's masked alter ego is christened "Daredevil" by the media, which is both the title of the episode and the show.
  • True Companions: The team of Nelson, Murdock & Page are reunited, and take open pleasure in working together again.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Fisk abandons all pretense at being calm and affable when Daredevil stops his escape plan:
    Fisk: I wanted to make this city something better than it is, something beautiful. You took that away from me! You took everything! I'M GONNA KILL YOU!
    Matt: Take your shot.
    Fisk: This city doesn't deserve a better tomorrow! It deserves to drown in its filth! It deserves people like my father! People like you!
  • With This Ring: Fisk hands an engagement ring to Vanessa just as they're dragged apart by FBI agents arresting him. When Vanessa gets the news that Fisk has been stopped from reaching her, Vanessa places the ring on her finger before leaving on the helicopter.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Fisk on seeing Daredevil and realising that he's the Masked Man in Black.

 
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A lawyer from Hell's Kitchen who saved an old man from being hit by a truck as a child. Matt was exposed to dangerous chemicals the truck was carrying and lost his sight as a result. However, the chemicals also greatly enhanced his other senses. These abilities made him a Living Lie Detector in addition to giving him remarkable spatial awareness. Matt became an extremely versatile gymnast and martial artist as well, and decided to take the law into his own hands when the traditional justice system failed.

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