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Recap / Daredevil S2 E6 "Regrets Only"

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Matt and Elektra work to steal the Roxxon ledger, while Foggy and Karen try to get a better plea deal for Frank.


Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Action Dress Rip: Elektra does this before they fight the Yakuza.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Gibson's bodyguards tie off their pinkie fingers, thinking they'll be amputated for their failure. They instead get shot in the head.
  • Blatant Lies: The statement the public defender wants Karen to sign about the hospital shooting is so fictitious (such as having Karen fleeing on foot when she was actually in Ben Urich's car) that she suspects Reyes probably handcrafted it herself.
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  • Both Sides Have a Point: When Brett tries to dissuade Nelson & Murdock from taking on Castle. Matt and Foggy believe that Castle may not deserve to die, but Brett warns them that they're pretty much signing the death of their firm if they defend him. While the firm ends up keeping Castle alive, later episodes prove that Brett was more or less on the ball.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Matt pretends to accidentally spill wine on Roxxon's accountant, and he certainly makes it look extra convincing when he's blind.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Double Subverted. When the fight in the apartment begins, the female Yakuza actually attacks Matt, while one of the men attacks Elektra. Then, when more of the gang joins in, the woman switches opponents, and the rest of the fight is mostly Elektra fighting her while Matt fights the three men.
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  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Well, okay, it's more like Fake-Out Fornication, but... it's how Matt and Elektra throw the pursuing guards off their trail. What helps sell it is the fact that Matt is blind—cortically blind, meaning his pupils don't react to light and he's not just faking it, which makes it far less believable that he just stole the ledger out from under the Yakuza's noses.
  • Fighting with Chucks: The Yakuza enforcers.
  • Fingore:
    • The Yakuza announce their intent to bring all ten of the hacker's fingers to their boss.
    • At the end of the episode, the upset "Yakuza" boss is shown inspecting a box with fingers in it just before he tells his partner how upset he is with him.
    • Subverted as well with the partner's guards, who tie their pinkie fingers in clear anticipation of having them cut off for failing their duties. The boss simply has them both shot on the spot instead.
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  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Frank says this verbatim as he explains to Karen he did not intend to kill her in the hospital.
  • Irony: Elektra jokes that apart of her deal to work with Matt there will be no sex, later they have to fake fornication to fool some Roxxon guards
  • Launcher Move: At one point, Matt shoves a Yakuza goon toward Elektra who takes him down with a closeline.
  • Left the Background Music On: Possibly. The episode opens with the Yakuza enforcers riding their motorcycles through the streets as "Date With the Night" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs plays. The riders all park their motorcycles outside the building, and the music abruptly cuts off, which seems to suggest that one of them was listening to it on a music player.
  • Mook Chivalry: The apartment fight, at least at first. Two of the Yakuza start fighting Matt and Elektra one-on-one, while the other two hang back until it becomes clear that they are needed.
  • My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: DA Reyes attempts to kick Matt and co. out by stating it's illegal for lawyers to defend a murderer that killed one of their clients, only for Matt to counter that if she's going to file the conflict of interest, Reyes will have to admit that she's responsible for jeopardizing Grotto's witness protection.
  • My Greatest Failure: Frank confides to Karen that he didn't save his family from the gang war crossfire when he saw it coming.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Elektra tells Matt the Yakuza never left New York, but just hid and waited for him to take out Wilson Fisk and their other enemies, paving the way for their return to power.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: This episode sees Elektra and Matt going undercover in a fancy dress party to steal secret information, making it seem more like a Tuxedo and Martini–style spy thriller.
  • Rank Up: The NYPD has promoted Brett Mahoney from a Sergeant's post in the Patrol Bureau to one in the Detective Bureau for taking down Frank Castle. Foggy is surprised to see Brett wearing a tie that's not a clip-on.
  • Safecracking: Matt uses his hearing to open the safe, although nothing important's inside.
  • Serious Business: Castle is considered dangerous enough that an entire floor of the hospital is blocked off for him, guarded by ESU officers with carbines, bags have to be searched twice to be absolutely certain no one's smuggling in a weapon, and there's a "do not cross" line around his bed marked with red tape.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Matt and Elektra taking on a bunch of goons while escaping with the Roxxon ledger is seen entirely through a frosted glass window.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Matt and Karen have a hard time admitting to Foggy that they are now dating.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Frank thanks Karen for giving him the family photo from his house.
  • Wham Line: Gibson protests that he would do anything for the Yakuza.
    Hirochi: Who said I was Yakuza?
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Gibson's bodyguards tie pieces of string around their pinkie fingers, obviously expecting to lose them as punishment. Hirochi has them both shot in the head.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Yakuza mooks are executed for failing to safeguard a major secret.

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