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Recap / Daredevil S3E12 "One Last Shot"

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Fisk's long-awaited reunion with Vanessa doesn't go as planned. Meanwhile, the reconstituted Nelson & Murdock take Nadeem as a client and prepare to use him as a witness against Fisk.

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Matt and Nadeem work together to fight off Fisk's assassins when they're ambushed en route to the courthouse.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, it seems like during the years overseas, Vanessa has had a change of life and is scared of all the violence surrounding Fisk. In reality, she doesn't want to merely be an accessory anymore, but to go all in.
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  • Boom, Headshot!: Nadeem by the end of the episode, killed by Dex on Fisk and Vanessa's orders.
  • The Bus Came Back: Vanessa finally returns, after being absent since the end of season 1.
  • Character Death: Ray Nadeem, murdered by Dex. Minor character Mrs. Falb from the previous episode was also Killed Offscreen by Dex.
  • Dead Man Writing: A video variation, but Nadeem returns to his now-empty home and films a video of himself to send to his wife and son, knowing he's probably going to die.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: After Matt successfully gets Nadeem to the Grand Jury, where he testifies, and it looks like they might actually be able to make a case against Fisk, it's revealed that Fisk has subverted the jury by threatening them and their families — despite him not knowing they would be hearing his case until five minutes before the hearing started.
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  • Disappointed in You: Fisk doesn't use these words exactly, but it's at least certainly the impression that Dex gets from Fisk's response when Dex attempts to apologize for failing to assassinate Karen. He also realizes that Dex killed Mrs. Falb to get the "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" painting because he had conceded to Mrs. Falb's reasoning for not giving up the painting.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Nadeem when Dex arrives to kill him. He just states that he hoped it'd be Dex, and though he does try to convince him to turn on Fisk, when that fails, he calmly accepts that he's going to die, and even pulls a Suicide by Cop to force Dex to shoot him right there in the backyard.
  • Headbutt of Love: Fisk and Vanessa do this upon being reunited at the episode's beginning.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nadeem allows Fisk to kill him so his family will be safe.
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  • Hope Spot: Matt is able to get Ray to the courthouse safely despite assassination attempts, and Ray gives a very convincing testimony. Unfortunately, it's rendered moot when Fisk is instead able to simply threaten the jurors into not indicting him, and then Nadeem is later killed by Dex. As a result, Matt—who had decided to try doing things Foggy's way and trusting the system—immediately goes back to his original plan of killing Fisk.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: It becomes clear that Dex isn't even close to the new James Wesley he tries to portray himself as. Fisk still finds him useful though.
  • Jury and Witness Tampering: Fisk does a two-stage tactic to keep Nadeem's testimony from being used to indict him: first, he tries to have his men kill Nadeem while he's being escorted to the courthouse, but after Matt and Nadeem thwart that attack, settles for intimidating the grand jury.
  • Killed Offscreen: Dex murdered Mrs. Falb to get the painting back. Fisk is not impressed by it.
  • Lady Macbeth: Vanessa has fully become this by the end of the episode. While Fisk initially tries to keep her out of the dirtier parts of his life, she insists that she can't really be a part of his life unless she's part of all of it, and he ultimately agrees and fully lets her in. She then encourages Fisk to go ahead with having Dex kill Nadeem, when he and Felix were initially planning to let him live and simply discredit him by having him prosecuted for the murder of Agent Winn.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Nadeem is making an apology phone call to his wife from Fogwell's, it's staged and shot very similarly to Matt's father's last calls before his match with Creel.
  • Pet the Dog: Fisk is grateful towards Felix Manning for keeping Vanessa safe during the time he was in prison and thus forgives his failing to kill Nadeem.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Foggy and Matt once again work together as Nelson & Murdock, attorneys at law, to represent Agent Nadeem when he testifies against Fisk.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Nadeem may have made the right decision and did what he could to protect his family during the shootout, but Seema is still furious with him for lying to her over and over, and despite Ray's repeated apologies to her, makes it clear that that's not enough, and Ray himself later notes that even if his testimony is successful, his wife still may not come back to him.
    • What's more, Blake Tower absolutely refuses to give Nadeem full immunity, no matter how much Matt and Foggy try to push for it, when he was an accessory to multiple murders, insisting that the best offer he'll give is a five-year sentence. Ray actually fully accepts that this is a fair deal and chooses to go through with it.
    • Fisk and Vanessa may genuinely love each other, but they have not seen each other in a very long time, and Vanessa had to travel far to get there. As a result, their reunion is rather awkward, and while Vanessa is appreciative of the grand efforts Fisk has gone through to make her feel at home, she's really just tired and wants to go to bed.
  • Suicide by Cop: Dex wants to take Nadeem somewhere more private to kill him in order to avoid witnesses, but Nadeem draws his gun so that Dex is forced to shoot him right there in the backyard.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In private, Matt calls out Nadeem on working for Fisk and, before that, falling for his schemes and putting him in the position where he could regain all of his power. He also reams him out for not reporting Tammy for murdering an agent and not doing anything at all against Dex even after seeing that the latter had murdered a priest. Nevertheless, he defends Nadeem when Tower uses these exact same arguments the same way Nadeem defended himself from Matt's accusations: by emphasizing that he did what he did out of fear for his family.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: While avoiding Fisk's assassins on the way to the courthouse, Matt and Nadeem briefly hide in an empty bus, and when the killers approach, Matt pretends to be a confused, helpless blind man before he and Nadeem get the drop on them.


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