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Recap / Daredevil 2015 S 3 E 3 No Good Deed

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As Fisk moves into swanky new digs amid a public outcry, Matt wrestles with how far he's ready to go to right this wrong. Dex's aim comes into focus.


  • Bait the Dog: Dex comes across as quite sympathetic when he's telling his psychologist about his relationship with Julie. The shrink thinks so too, and clears him for duty. Then it turns out that their "relationship" is Dex stalking this woman without her realizing it.
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  • Both Sides Have a Point: Foggy is incredibly disappointed at DA Blake Tower, who is backing down on trying to take down Fisk and is more concerned with gathering voters for his re-election, however when Blake shoots back that Fisk is under the protection of the FBI, and even if he really wanted to shove Fisk back into his cell where he belongs, there isn't anything much that Blake could've done about it; especially when his hands are tied.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Matt severs ties with Foggy just after revealing himself to be alive to protect him from Fisk. He also tells him not to talk with Karen about it and even steals his wallet from him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Protestors outside the Presidential Hotel chant "Lock Fisk up!" and Nadeem dismisses Karen's story as "fake news".
  • Exact Words: Julie is just there for Dex, not as his girlfriend, but as someone who is there for him to follow around. Julie also doesn't judge or blame Dex not because she's supportive to him but because she's not in his life to judge or blame him.
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  • Hallucinations: Throughout the episode, Matt has hallucinations of Fisk, who is taunting him about his weakness and daring him to cross the line to stop him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Matt frequently struggles with his desire to put an end to Fisk once and for all. Maggie warns him not to become the monster himself.
  • He Who Must Not Be Named: The name Wilson Fisk is not uttered in Mitchell's home since his wife was deeply disturbed by Fisk killing Ben and feared for his life.
  • Implausible Deniability: Fisk tells his lawyer right in front of the FBI to check for Vanessa. Donovan makes a crappy attempt to explain that Fisk is not implying they know the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive. Fisk then adds that they should keep her safe and the charade is over.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Everybody learns about Fisk's release.
    • Foggy learns about Matt being alive. Donovan and Fisk learn about Daredevil being back.
  • It's All My Fault:
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    • Nadeem blames himself for the deaths of his fellow agents.
    • Foggy still blames himself for Matt's apparent death.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Matt strangles Donovan in his car to get information about Fisk.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he might be a bit of a dick about it, Mitchell is right about Karen being biased in the Fisk case and possibly causing the New York Bulletin a good deal of credibility loss.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fisk starts trying to lull Dex, expressing his condolences for the deaths of his colleagues and complimenting him for his skills. Dex doesn't bite yet.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Karen ends up missing Matt due to his hallucinations of Fisk causing him to leave the protest site just as she's arriving.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The name of this episode references this trope.
  • Saying Too Much: Mitchell's wife lets the fact slip that she and her husband arranged the dinner as a date for Karen and Jason, Mitchell's nephew, by saying that she and Mitchell were also set up on a date by their editor.
  • Shower of Angst: Fisk has one in the opening scene.
  • Stalker with a Crush: During a talk with the psychologist, Dex mentions that he has a girlfriend named Julie that helps him cope. Turns out he doesn't. Julie is just a girl he follows around and spies on without her realizing it.
  • You Remind Me of X: Mitchell tells Karen that she is just as much of a pain in the ass as Ben, though he took years to become like that.

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