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Recap / Daredevil S1 E9 "Speak of the Devil"

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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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  • 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".
  • 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."
  • Epic Flail: Nobu's Weapon of Choice is the kyoketsu shoge.
  • 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.)
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  • 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 Devil 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).
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 same saying as the trope as when Karen sees Fisk on TV after talking about him.
    • Also 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.
  • 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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