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Recap / Daredevil 2015 S 3 E 2 Please

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Grieving for the life he's abandoned, Matt suffers a crisis of faith. Fisk make a deal with the FBI that turns him into a target.

  • Blasphemous Boast: Understandably Father Lantom doesn't look happy when Matt gives one.
    Matt: I’m Daredevil. Not even God can stop that now.
  • Call-Back: The scene prior to the explosion with Fisk giving his speech in the van seems very reminiscent of the scene of him riding in the van in the Season 1 finale.
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  • Call to Agriculture: Feeling he's lost his way after Matt's death, Foggy is considering abandoning Hogarth & Associates to return to the family business at Nelson's Meats, even though he has no head for the business and went to law school to get away from it. Even his younger brother who was forced to take Foggy's place is surprised he would consider this.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Karen is sent to interview a reality TV star and socialite, which turns out to be the same woman saved by Matt in the previous episode.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Still not being in top shape, Matt has no problems using an electroshock weapon. He also kills the lights in the basement to give himself the advantage.
  • Commonality Connection: Neda initially refuses to talk to Karen, as she has had bad experiences with reporters slandering her. After Karen opens up about being slandered herself about the death of her brother, she agrees to talk to her.
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  • Establishing Character Moment: Kingpin is trapped inside an upside-down car unable to move, when suddenly the heavily-armed Albanians moving in to take him out start falling to the ground dead. One agent with a handgun arrives on the scene, effortlessly taking them out with trick shots, never missing even when ricocheting bullets to hit men hiding around corners. Two men throw down their guns and surrender, only for him to immediately shoot them both in cold blood. When his gun is out of bullets, he throws the gun and magazine so hard that they kill two more hostiles. The audience immediately knows this man is without merciless, efficient, and armed with Improbable Aiming Skills. Fans of the comics know without being told it's Bullseye.
  • Flashback: Several are shown with Matt as a child.
  • Foreshadowing: We get a taste of Dex as Bullseye as we see him slaughter his way through an Albanian ambush singlehanded, then ricochet a bullet off a lamppost to take someone down around a corner, then kill two surrendering Albanians, and finally kill the last two by throwing his gun and empty magazine so that the latter impales one man through the throat.
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  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Fisk almost lets his get the better of him after he's attacked in prison.
  • Internal Reveal: Karen gets evidence Matt is alive from talking to Neda about the kidnapping attempt against her father. Matt overhears the police at the hospital talking about how Fisk has been released.
  • Jump Scare: Fisk just finished his calm monologue to Nadeem about his love to Vanessa when the whole street suddenly gets shaken by an explosion as the Albanians attack the convoy.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Dex executes two Albanians who were already surrendering. It's hard to feel sorry for them, as they previously also mercilessly gunned down dozens of agents.
  • Killer Cop: Dex executes two surrendering Albanian mobsters.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: As per usual, we see the Trope Namer doing this early in the episode.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: DA Blake Tower and the police commissioner are initially unwilling to broker a deal with Fisk. Nadeem then convinces them that the crackdown on the Albanians has saved numerous lives and it will save more in the future. He concedes that Fisk is a piece of crap, but thinks that the results will be worth it.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Wilson Fisk concedes that his love for Vanessa is a weakness that confines him better than any prison, but he is not willing to give it up either.
  • Made of Iron: Fisk barely shows any reaction after being shanked.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Foggy gives the obligatory joke about how his briefs are before his family can.
  • Never Say "Die": Foggy is skeptical that a man in a mask in Hell's Kitchen saving a family from assault means that Matt is still alive, as it's more likely to be just another vigilante inspired by him. When Karen says that she knows he doesn't believe Matt is dead because he doesn't use the word "dead", only "gone", Foggy makes a point of saying "dead" in his next sentence, causing her to storm out on him.
  • One-Man Army: Dex, with some Mook Horror Show thrown in for good measure. He absolutely slaughters all the Albanians that previously killed an entire FBI unit.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Fisk refrains from killing the inmate that shanked him, presumably because he doesn't want to endanger his deal.
  • Quit Your Whining: Matt continues to get speeches to this effect from Maggie.
  • The Stool Pigeon: The word is out on Fisk being a snitch, thus it isn't safe anymore in prison for him.
  • Vulnerable Convoy: Fisk's convoy gets ambushed by the Albanians, leaving most agents dead and Fisk only surviving due to Dex's timely interference.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Stewart Finney and the Valdez Brothers, the cronies Fisk made back in Season 2, are nowhere to be seen.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Neda thanks God for Matt turning up and saving them, Matt bitterly says that God had nothing to do with it—he did.


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