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Recap / Daredevil S2 E9 "Seven Minutes in Heaven"

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Frank deals with Fisk in prison, while Matt tracks down a Hand base.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Appropriated Appellation: Fisk decides to take the title of Kingpin from Dutton after his defeat.
  • Back from the Dead: Nobu appears at the Farm alive and well, despite being last seen as a burning heap on the floor.
    Daredevil: Wait. You're dead.
    Nobu: There is no such thing.
  • Blood Is the New Black: After being locked in Dutton's cell block and fighting his way through every inmate in there, Castle is positively dripping with gore.
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  • Call-Back: When Frank says that the next time they meet only one will walk away, Fisk responds with, "I'm counting on it," just like he said when Wesley warned him that killing Anatoly would start a war with the Russians.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: There's a very brief shot of Stewart Finney sweeping the floor when Fisk is being processed, moments before he properly introduces himself to Fisk.
  • The Chessmaster: Invoked when Fisk tells Frank that he plays "the long game."
  • Cold Open: A ten-minute-long one detailing Fisk's life in prison.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Frank immediately goes for the eye, the groin, and the throat when he fights Dutton's men.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Fisk is brought in to prison, he still has wounds around his face from his last fight with Daredevil.
    • Additionally, he pauses when removing his cufflinks; as Season 1 showed, they were his father's and have great personal significance to him.
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  • Cruel to Be Kind: Matt severs his ties with Foggy because he acknowledges that he is no good for him.
  • Enemy Mine: Not once is Castle happy with it, but by helping Fisk he is able to get info on his family's deaths.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Fisk's conflict with Dutton.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Fisk buys loyalty in prison by seeing to it that the loved ones of his subordinates are taken care of; additionally, he refuses to dip into the reserve funding he has set up to keep Vanessa safe and comfortable.
  • Eye Scream: Frank gouges out an inmate's eye with his thumb.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Before unmasking, and even before speaking with Peter Shinkoda's distinctive voice, the masked Nobu does a slow-motion, spinning kick to Daredevil's face—the exact same move that opened episode 9 of season one. He also uses the same weapon he did to inflict those scars on Matt.
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  • Foreshadowing: Two episodes ago, Matt and Elektra discussed all the scars he got from his fight with Nobu. Guess who's Back from the Dead?
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Look at the assignment board at the Bulletin office. You'll notice that Ellison seems to have revamped the paper's priorities. Rather than the fluff pieces Ben Urich criticized Ellison for prioritizing, they're focusing on important city matters, including a mugging in Hell's Kitchen, a major rape trial, a building fire, a police-involved shooting in Hell's Kitchen, police brutality allegations, and a stalking incident involving the mayor's wife.
  • Gorn: Frank's massacre in Dutton's cell block is probably one of the most brutal scenes in the entire series.
  • Hallway Fight: Fisk tricks Frank into entering a cell block, locks him in, and releases all the prisoners, who are quick to get revenge on him for killing their boss. He ends up having to go down a corridor, stabbing his way with a shiv.
  • Hellhole Prison: Rikers is shown to be extremely corrupt as Frank has to fight a whole cell block let loose on him after he was sent to assassinate Dutton.
  • Honor Before Reason: Zig-zagged with Frank. One the one hand, taking Fisk's deal is practical in that it gets him a chance to find those responsible for his family's deaths instead of rotting away in prison, and his chances of killing Fisk before the guards stop him are slim. On the other hand, Frank chooses to get his revenge instead of trying to eliminate Fisk, even after Fisk both shows and tells Frank exactly how much greater a threat he could become thanks to Frank's actions.
  • How We Got Here: The episode ends the cold open with the last shot from the previous episode, after nine minutes showing what Fisk has been doing since he arrived in prison.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Frank tells Fisk that he doesn't make deals with shit-bag has-been mob bosses. Fisk takes exception to "has-been".
    Fisk: Has-been?
    Castle: You heard what I said.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During Frank's fight in the prison, one of the men comes at him with a sharpened stake. Frank uses it against another inmate. We actually see it come out the man's back. Slowly.
  • Impersonating an Officer: On Fisk's arrangements, Frank is smuggled out of the prison disguised in a corrections officer's riot gear.
  • Ironic Episode Title: Taken from a teenage kissing game, here it refers to the seven minutes Fisk allows Frank to accomplish his Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Dutton's cell block.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Rather than fighting Dutton himself, Fisk instead informs Frank that Dutton most likely arranged the deal that got Frank's family killed. When Frank fatally wounds Dutton, Fisk takes over as the prison kingpin. Fisk then helps Frank escape prison since he figures that on the outside Frank will continue killing Fisk's competition.
  • Man in White: Fisk wears white institutional apparel as a new inmate, but switches to orange after about a few months go by.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Downplayed, at first, as Dutton doesn't own the entire prison—just Block D. By the end of the episode, however, it looks like Fisk controls the whole place, as he is able to arrange for Frank Castle, a maximum security prisoner, to just walk out.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the aftermath of Frank's massacre of the inmates, the blood pattern on his shirt forms a rough, red-on-white version of his distinctive skull logo.
    • Fisk tells Frank that he has "a gift" for killing, which ironically plays off of the MCU's use of the term "gifted" to refer to superhumans.
    • Fisk's machinations in prison allude to a comics story, "The Devil in Cell Block D." Dutton's role resembles the one played by the Owl in the comics version, and he even resembles the way the Owl was drawn in those comics.
    • Frank's plot draws in limited fashion on elements of Punisher: The Cell, a Punisher MAX one-shot in which he deliberately gets sent to prison so he can exact revenge on people responsible for his family's death.
    • The prisoners in cages in the Hand's lair allude to the Shadowland storyline, where they did something similar.
  • Mugging the Monster: Stewart Finney was an accountant who embezzled from his clients. And got caught after he skimmed the brother of a very influential Justice Department official.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Frank's actions ensure that Fisk will be well positioned to take over the prison, and perhaps a good portion of the Northeast's organized crime circuits in the long run.
  • Not So Different: Stewart Finney instantly connects with Fisk by appealing to him as a businessman, and persuading him that they both are superior intellects compared to the rest of the inmates.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Averted. It's made quite clear that Fisk is bleeding through the limited funds that the federal government didn't seize when he was arrested, and his new source of funding comes from taking over Dutton's contraband business.
  • One-Man Army: The inmates of Dutton's cell block find out the hard way why Frank is so feared.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite arranging his assassination, Fisk decides to spend the time Dutton has left with him so he doesn't die alone. Of course, it's as much an opportunity to indulge in Evil Gloating as anything else.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Donovan tells Fisk that he needs to keep his criminal activity in prison to a minimum because he does not want to jeopardize his chances at an early release. He could have killed Dutton himself, but it would have been linked to him and destroyed his chances for parole. When he helps Frank escape it is not out of the kindness of his heart, but because Frank can weaken many criminal elements outside the prison so Fisk can take over more easily once he's out.
  • Prolonged Prologue: A ten-minute one about Wilson Fisk's arrival in prison, and his time adjusting to the life until Castle is brought to him, picking up where the last episode left off.
  • Reality Ensues: When Fisk arrives in prison, most of his assets are seized by the federal government. He's able to get a percentage of holdings secured in offshore banks, enough for him to have a small cushion, and enough to hide Vanessa overseas. To recruit the Valdez brothers, who are Stewart Finney's friends, Fisk arranges for Donovan to have their mother's rent paid out indefinitely. However, this isn't exactly cheap, as Fisk burns through almost all the remaining money he still has, with Donovan warning him that he'll need to be careful lest he start dipping into Vanessa's funds. So his motivation to take over Dutton's ring isn't just about getting rid of a competitor, it's also about getting access to his money.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Fisk's first recruit in prison is Stewart Finney, a bespectacled white-collar criminal who plays a role similar to James Wesley's role in Fisk's outside operation.
  • Scars Are Forever: Nobu reveals that he still has some fairly horrible scars from when Matt burned him to death.
    Nobu: I hope you still have scars to remember me by.
  • Sinister Shiv: As most of the episode takes place inside a prison, there are a whole mess of these.
  • Tempting Fate: Yes, you should totally threaten Wilson Fisk, Dutton. I'm sure your years of experience as kingpin of an underground contraband ring will trump his experience on the streets of Hell's Kitchen.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Fisk does this to Castle repeatedly in the episode.
    • Dutton points out that Frank's Roaring Rampage of Revenge will never really end. Frank agrees, not that it does Dutton much good.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Frank and Dutton, underestimate just how manipulative and ruthless Fisk can be. Dutton is surprised when Fisk has Castle kill him, and Castle is surprised when Fisk sells him out when the job is done.
    • Fisk in turn, admits he believed the newspaper articles describing the Punisher murders were "apocryphal". He is surprised when Castle not only kills Dutton but butchers his entire gang.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Fisk slams Castle onto the table during their scuffle.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Fisk ensures that his claim to power inside of prison is guaranteed whether Frank survives or not.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fisk attempts to pull this on Frank, letting him die in the cell block after he killed Dutton. When it fails, Fisk decides to change his plan and let him escape prison so he will take out his competition.


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