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The fifth episode in season 2 of Daredevil (2015).

Matt's ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios is back in town, and wants Matt's help. Meanwhile, Karen and Foggy try to dig deeper into the Frank Castle/DA connection.


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Adaptational Villainy: This version of Elektra seems to be The Sociopath, but without her father's comic-book death as the catalyst.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: This is the first episode where Matt doesn't wear his Daredevil suit even once.
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  • Anger Born of Worry: Matt's initial anger at Karen for breaking into Frank Castle's house isn't because she committed an illegal act (which is what Foggy takes issue with), but because of the fear that she could've gotten herself hurt.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Elektra profiled Matt in their first meeting based on his wingtip shoes. Likewise, Matt profiled her based on the fact that she was profiling him by his shoes.
  • Breather Episode: After the four-episode arc we just went through with the Punisher's intro, this is the first episode to not have Matt in his Daredevil suit even once, the only episode in season 2 where Frank Castle doesn't even appear on screen, and the first episode in the season to not have any major action sequences (aside from Matt and Elektra's flashback sparring at Fogwell's). It provides a bit of breathing space before seguing into the second act of season 2.
  • The Bus Came Back:
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    • Marci Stahl and Mitchell Ellison make their first appearances since Season 1. Marci is now working at Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz.
    • The "Yakuza", whom Matt faced in Season 1, are also back.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Matt brings up his father's death at Roscoe's hands, Roscoe says he has killed the fathers of many people.
  • Call-Back:
    • Matt's harsh reaction to Karen admitting to breaking into Frank Castle's house calls back to "Shadows in the Glass" in season 1, when he scolded Karen for getting attacked outside Elena Cardenas's building, as it’s the same configuration with the same characters, in the same office space, and, once again, Karen is the bold one. The only difference is that Matt admits he's upset because he’s afraid something could've happened to Karen. He feels the same as before, but it’s even stronger here because now he's got deep feelings for her.
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    • The cinematography as Karen is telling Matt, "We can sit?" is staged similar to a few episodes ago when she hugged Matt upon coming over to his apartment after Frank shot up the hospital.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: When helping Karen probe the archives for news stories around the time Frank Castle's family was killed, Ellison admits that he's great at remembering the dates of major news events but terrible at remembering his own kids' birthdays.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Marci Stahl has been hired by Jeri Hogarth's law firm in light of Landman & Zack's dissolution. She also mentions that HC&B is worried about the Punisher case since Reyes has every intention of going after Jessica Jones once Frank Castle is convicted.
    • Roxxon Corporation is again featured.
    • All the issues of the Bulletin are stored in hard copy after their server was wiped during the Incident. Also, there are plenty of newspapers that provide a Call-Back or two to previous MCU projects.
      • There is a shot of Stark Tower with a beam of light coming from it with a headline explaining the damage, which was seen in The Avengers (2012).
      • A headline shows that Cybertek eventually went to court.
  • Foreshadowing: When Foggy is looking at the newspaper on Frank Castle's arrest, there's an article to the side that reads "New Theories Shed Light on Lost City".
  • Get a Room!: Foggy knows from the way Matt begins flirting the moment Karen walks in the door that they must have kissed.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Inverted. Matt didn't have the Perma-Stubble in college.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Elektra is highly aroused when Matt delivers a severe beating to Roscoe Sweeney.
  • Internal Reveal: Foggy learns about Frank Castle's family, and Karen shows him and Matt the photo she stole from Frank's house.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: In college, Elektra and Matt enjoyed sparring matches and minor crimes like burglary and car theft as foreplay, although Elektra took things too far trying to get Matt to kill Roscoe Sweeney.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: During Matt and Karen's date, they first attempt to go to a stuffy upscale restaurant:
    Karen Page: Do you drink wine? [catches herself] Shit, I know that.
    Matt Murdock: I don't drink anything they don't serve at Josie's.
    Karen Page: Yeah, well, I don't see swill on the menu.
  • Kick the Dog: When Roscoe Sweeney finally does recognize Matt, he gloats about how he murdered Jack. Unsurprisingly, Matt beats the living shit out of him.
  • Meaningful Echo: Elektra claims Matt's German beers taste like piss, which was something Stick said in the first season.
  • Mythology Gag: During Matt and Karen's date, Karen mentions that she used to live in a small town in Vermont with a population of 400 people. In the comics, Karen was from the fictitious small town of Fagan Corners, Vermont.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Roscoe is on the receiving end by Matt. After it's finished, his face looks really fucked up.
  • Only Sane Man: Foggy's reaction when Karen admits to breaking into Frank Castle's house to get the photo of his family, and her insistence on continuing to dig into Castle, is an exasperated, "No-no, we successfully dodged a metaphorical bullet and quite a few literal ones. We need to be done with the crazy, you guys! We need normal," both referring to Matt's Daredevil activities and also to Karen for just admitting to breaking the law.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • When Karen is presenting the new information she uncovered from her break-in to Frank Castle's house, Matt pretends that he doesn't already know about Frank's family.
    • Elektra plays a bit of the role to distract the Roxxon suits enough to use a little rigged pen to crash the Asano servers.
  • Running Gag:
    Elektra: On your left.
  • Series Continuity Error: The intro text for the opening flashback (of Matt and Foggy crashing a college party, and Matt first meeting Elektra) says it takes place "ten years ago," which implies 2005. The flashbacks in "Nelson v. Murdock" established that Matt and Foggy first met in law school in 2010.
  • Shipper on Deck: After their kiss the night before, Matt and Karen can't help but flirt when she arrives at the office with coffees. Foggy has a noticeable smirk on his face.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Source Music: Matt and Elektra are listening to "Die on a Rope" by The Distillers on the car stereo when they arrive at Roscoe Sweeney's house.
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine: Elektra claims that Matt's German beer "tastes like piss."
  • Wham Shot: Rather like how the last episode ended with Elektra in Matt's place, this one shows that she left with the Daredevil suit.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Roscoe's ultimate fate is never revealed. Matt had called the police on him rather than kill him like Elektra had wanted him to, but it's never made clear if he got convicted for his past crimes.
  • You Killed My Father: Matt says this to Roscoe verbatim in the flashbacks.

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