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"Speak of the Devil" is the ninth episode of Marvel's Daredevil.

When Fisk gains the upper hand, the goal to destroy him becomes even more difficult, while Matt faces his own demons.


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  • Artistic License: At the end of the episode, after stumbling upon the critically wounded Matt, Foggy places a call to 911, but hangs up after a few rings. Even if the call could get to that many rings before being answered, a 911 hang-up is called an abandoned call, and 911 services immediately follow up on these by either dispatching a police officer to the location (if available) or by calling the number back. Because Foggy is calling from his cell phone we can assume that the 911 dispatcher was not able to determine the address, but Foggy's phone doesn't ring afterward from the call-back. Often, abandoned calls are treated as domestic violence incidents or situations where the perpetrator has forced the caller to hang up, which would warrant a police response.
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  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Matt can't help smiling on hearing Karen gush about what an asskicker the Man in Black was.
  • Cliffhanger / Internal Reveal: Foggy discovers that Matt is the Devil of Hell's Kitchen.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Justified because it's not a coincidence, but Fisk trying to incite the Man in Black—who has been laying low—to attack him.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The painting that Vanessa "shows" Matt, with its fiery cloud of tonal reds, strongly resembles Matt's perception of the world that we saw in "World on Fire".
    • Matt is cautious about being Lured into a Trap after the Russians did so in episode 2. Unfortunately Nobu uses meditation to lower his heartbeat and body temperature, so Matt won't detect him waiting in ambush.
    • When Foggy enters Matt's apartment, he finds it still smashed up from his fight with Stick. Foggy naturally assumes something bad has happened to his friend, especially on finding the Man in Black there.
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  • Double Meaning: When in the art gallery, Vanessa asks Matt "Have you changed your mind about what you came here for?", believing he's there, as he claimed, because he wants to brighten up his apartment. Matt, who is strongly considering murdering Fisk despite being devoutly Catholic, replies that "I would just need to consider the cost."
  • Dramatic Unmask: The In-Universe version; on finding the Man in Black collapsed in Matt's apartment, Foggy is on the verge of calling the police, only to hang up and unmask him instead.
  • Due to the Dead: As Elena lacked any next-of-kin, Matt and Foggy promise to make all the funeral arrangement themselves. Averted with Nobu; Fisk callously tells Wesley to let him burn.
  • Epic Flail: Nobu's Weapon of Choice is the kyoketsu shoge.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Matt wavers in his cause after meeting Vanessa and realising that she genuinely loves Fisk, and vice versa. The priest even thinks he might have gone there so he'd have an excuse not to kill Fisk.
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  • Flaw Exploitation: Fisk figures out Matt's "emotional weakness" for disadvantaged victims, plays on it, leads him into a trap, and on the matter of how long his plans have taken, outright discusses the whole idea of a "character flaw". (Rather than his own temper, he admits to not being able to quiet his mind, even when it's quiet.)
  • Godzilla Threshold: Despite claiming just a few episodes ago that he doesn't kill people, Daredevil is pretty much forced to resort to lethal force in his fight with Nobu. Although as we learn next season, Nobu isn't so easily taken down.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Nobu's ninja outfit, which is blood red with black—and the traditional attire of the Hand.
  • Hollywood Law: Matt goes to the art gallery owned by Vanessa to see how much she knows about Fisk's operations. The visit goes sideways when Fisk himself shows up, and there is a lengthy and tense conversation between the two archenemies. Since Matt is the opposing counsel on a case that Fisk is involved in (a tenancy dispute in a building Fisk recently purchased from a slumlord), this interaction is completely inappropriate. Matt knows Fisk is represented by counsel, so ethically, he can't reach out to Fisk directly; he'd have to go through Fisk's lawyers first. This is lampshaded by Fisk, who comments, "Although we probably shouldn't be talking. I believe we're on opposite sides of a tenancy case." (There's a proper aversion of this in "The Man in the Box", when Matt visits Fisk in prison, and he has to sign a waiver with Fisk's lawyer before he can sit down with Fisk).
  • How We Got Here: Matt's fight with Nobu is intercut with the story of how they wound up trying to kill each other in the warehouse.
  • Internal Reveal: Foggy discovers that Matt is the man in the mask.
  • Is That What They Are Calling It Now: Foggy got some information on the case from his ex.
    Foggy: I did a little...backchanneling with Marci.
    Karen: OK..eww! Just...what did you get?
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: When Matt asks the priest if he believes the Devil exists in person, he talks of how he didn't until the Rwandan genocide, where there was a well-respected community leader who refused to participate and so was targeted by the militia. But even they were reluctant to hack him up with machetes to Make an Example of Them, so asked their leader for permission to kill him quickly instead. Their leader decided to meet this man himself, spent hours talking to him...and then hacked him up along with his family.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Fisk asks for Nobu's help in taking down the Man in Black, planning to finish off whoever wins.
  • Man on Fire: Nobu, at the end of the fight. He doesn't seem remotely fazed by it, continuing to attack Matt as he's burning. And as season 2 reveals, he survives.
  • Necessarily Evil: Fisk claims this of Elena's death. He wasn't happy to kill her, but felt her loss would enrage the Man in the Mask enough to come out of his hiding and avenge her. Notably, when he talks about her death on television (obviously minus his part), Karen thinks that he's lying about being sorry, but Matt believes that Fisk is genuine. This does not inspire any kindly feelings in him towards Fisk.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Subverted; Matt is wavering in his willingness to commit murder until Fisk has Elena murdered. However it turns out Fisk was deliberately inciting Matt to come after him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Matt receives two, from Nobu and then Fisk, which even for his durability nearly ends in killing him. Matt then jumps through a window two stories up to get into the water after the fights, losing even more blood and taking more damage.
  • Not So Stoic: After viewing Elena's body, Foggy and Karen are openly distraught. Foggy casts a look at Matt who is expressionless behind his sunglasses...then we see his hands squeezing his cane until the knuckles turn red.
  • Oh, Crap!: Played for laughs when Matt is talking with Vanessa and is caught off guard by Fisk's arrival.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Foggy's attempt to speak Spanish to Ms. Cardenas is from Troy and Abed's Spanish rap.note 
      Foggy: Donde esta la biblioteca.
      Matt: You just asked her where the library is.
    • A more direct one at the end:
      Foggy: I heard a crash... Not the fun-sexy-time crash, more of a "I've fallen and I can't get up" variety...
  • Speak of the Devil: The episode is named after the saying, and the trope occurs twice.
    • Karen sees Fisk on TV after talking about him.
    • Nodded to when Matt asks Vanessa if she has someone in her life before Fisk is shown to be present at the art gallery.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Fisk lands firmly in this territory, between his sympathetic mannerisms and his philanthropic plans for Hell's Kitchen.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Downplayed when Fisk stops his men from shooting Matt to take him on himself, but Fisk then orders Wesley to inflict the Coup de Grâce. When Matt musters enough strength to jump out the window into the river, he has his men scour the docks with orders to shoot Matt on sight.
  • The Worf Effect: Matt is an incredibly skilled fighter with a ridiculous level of pain tolerance. Then Nobu comes along and the best Matt is able to do during the fight is avoid death. He only wins through luck and a situational advantage in the end.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Fisk's beatdown of Matt occurs while Matt has already been exhausted and sliced up fighting Nobu. He even has the gall to say that he's disappointed Matt didn't put up more of a fight.
  • Worthy Opponent: Nobu towards Matt, and namechecked. He feels killing Matt would be an honor, and becomes offended when Matt doesn't return the courtesy.

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