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Recap / Daredevil S2 E11 ".380"

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The hospital is attacked by the Hand, while Karen meets up with Frank to seek answers.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Affably Evil: Madame Gao is once again nothing short of polite towards Daredevil, giving him valuable information about the Blacksmith.
  • Big "NO!": Claire in response to Louisa's death.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Brought up when Frank is discussing Karen's titular .380 pistol.
    Frank: People who don't know shit about guns usually go for something shiny. You know, something with a... with a fancy grip.
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  • Creepy Child: The children who had been captured by the Hand are obviously Brainwashed and Crazy as well as having unknown substances pumping through their veins. They spend most of their time staring creepily at people, waiting for the Hand to come rescue them. Also, at least one of them killed his own father.
  • Critical Research Failure: Frank asks the waitress for coffee, and later that she keep it coming in large quantities. This implies a need for caffeine. Yet he, the waitress, and Karen all fail to notice that she is serving him decaf, as indicated by the orange handle on the carafe. This standard goes back to the 1920s, and never has any impact on the story at all, so it seems it can only be a creator's error.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: Elektra hides in the back of Stick's car to ambush his two underlings.
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  • Destination Defenestration: Claire shoves a Hand ninja out a window with an IV pole. Not long afterword, she's thrown out the same window by another ninja. Luckily, Daredevil is able to catch her mid-fall.
  • Diner Brawl: Frank lures a couple of hitmen to the diner, unbeknownst to Karen. Once they enter, he savagely beats and kills them. Karen is horrified.
  • Enemy Mine: Madame Gao is willing to give Daredevil all the information she has regarding the Blacksmith, since she wants to see him gone as much as Daredevil does—he's her chief competition in the city's drug trade.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: One of the gunmen guarding Madame Gao's dry-cleaning front complains that another gunman's kid is playing with the clothes rack again. Except the kid's at basketball.
  • Facial Horror: Two examples:
    • The beating Frank gives one of the hitmen is pretty graphic, with broken bone sticking out of his cheek. He does this after shooting him.
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    • Frank himself has a downplayed example, as the beatings he took from Wilson Fisk and the other inmates have left him with enough cuts and bruises that most people don't recognize him walking around in public, or avoid looking at him directly, despite his face being on television and the internet as a fugitive 'serial killer' loose in New York.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the Blacksmith's men shouts, "It's been a long time, hasn't it Frank?"
  • Grappling-Hook Gun: The ninjas use these to scale the walls of the hospital.
  • Hand Cannon: Castle complains about these, how people realize they "kick like a mule" and they become "afraid to use it".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Claire's coworker gets stabbed through the chest by one of the Hand's ninjas.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Frank and Karen stop briefly at a diner when searching for the Blacksmith, and Frank asks the waitress to bring him "about as much black coffee as this place can pump out."
  • Nice to the Waiter: Frank and Karen have a thoughtful conversation in the diner, during which Frank is kind and charming to their server, unfailingly polite. Then he tells everyone to hide under something made of metal and brutally tortures and kills the hitmen the Blacksmith has sent after Karen.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Played straight when Matt jumps to save a falling Claire and catches her before they go through Soft Glass.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Despite being initially furious with Daredevil, Frank becomes disturbed when 'Red' tells him that, in the case of the Blacksmith, he should probably break his no-kill rule. Frank even tries to talk him out of it, because the rule can't be broken "just once."
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: With the creepy children, undead enemies popping up out of nowhere, and the flickering lights, to say nothing of the obviously inhuman Madame Gao, this episode feels a lot like a horror movie.
  • Punctuated Pounding:
    • Frank delivers one to Daredevil after the latter interrupts his assault on the Blacksmith's boat.
      Castle: When are you gonna learn? Mind your own... God! Damn! Business!
    • Subverted, when Daredevil easily escapes Frank's assault and proceeds to beat him into submission.
  • Reality Ensues: Done several times this episode:
    • When Matt rescues Claire by diving out a window after her, they crash through a Soft Glass window. Except, it isn't so soft, and they are both injured in the fall, and can barely even move for several minutes afterwards.
    • Turns out, attacking someone by scaling a building and climbing in a window in full view of them is a really bad idea, especially if you have no ranged weaponry, as one hapless ninja discovers.
    • Treating multiple patients at a hospital without giving them any sort of admission form is quite stupid, as it leaves the hospital liable and allows for a relatively easy cover-up if any of them die, as there is no paperwork.
    • Also, it's hard to get an employee to help you with a cover-up, especially if you have screwed her over enough times in the recent past that she doesn't have much to lose if she refuses.
  • Red Shirt: Claire's co-worker Louisa, who takes a Hand katana meant for Claire through the chest in the episode's opening.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Claire quits after finding out that the hospital would rather get paid to keep silent about the unrecorded patients than report to the authorities about what they find from the autopsy of the Hand ninja that Claire killed.
  • Title Drop: Done courtesy of Frank Castle.
  • Trailers Always Lie: When Claire tells Matt, "It's not your city anymore," she has her back to the camera and the tone is different. In the trailer for season 2, we get a closeup of her face when she says it, and in a much angrier tone.
  • Wangst: Frank calls out Karen on her self-pitying angst about Matt not fully returning her feelings for him, when Frank would do anything to get his wife and family back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: As soon as Karen realizes that Frank has been using her as bait to lure out some of the people hunting her, she calls him an asshole. He admits that yes, he is.


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