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Recap / Daredevil 2015 S 3 E 4 Blindsided

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While Matt infiltrates a prison to find information on the Albanians, Fisk puts Dex in his crosshairs and a fed-up Foggy goes on the offensive.


  • Bavarian Fire Drill:
    • Matt gets out of a prison in Lock Down by having an Albanian strip the uniform and riot equipment from a guard and escort him out as a civilian lawyer caught in the Prison Riot. Unlike other examples of this trope this is not presented as easy and they would have never made it without Matt's Super Senses guiding them.
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    • Earlier Matt bluffs his way in for a prison visit using Foggy's stolen ID. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as Foggy is also on Fisk's hit list.
  • Call-Back: The entire exchange between Matt and Fisk over the phone has strong vibes of their first conversation.
  • Could Say It, But...: Ray does this, telling Dex "it would be inappropriate" to tell him he's under investigation by the OPR.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Fisk has the prison nurse try to inject Matt with a syringe, several prisoners backing him up if he fails, and a couple of corrupt guards ready if Matt escapes them. And in case he somehow escapes a prison in Lock Down, the taxi driver has been replaced by another assassin.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Marci encourages Foggy to run for District Attorney. While she doesn't think he can win this late into the election, it would surely draw attention. And it does, when he convinces Brett to let him give a speech to cops attending a union gathering, who all are quick to throw their support behind Foggy because of their mutual anger over Fisk getting house arrest.
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Matt clearly didn't think through that Fisk still owned guards and inmates at Ryker's.
  • Enemy Mine: Matt and the Albanian boss Vic Jusufi make a deal. Vic helps Matt out of prison, in exchange for Matt seeing to Fisk getting incarcerated again, so the Albanians can get their revenge.
  • False Flag Operation: Turns out the Albanians didn't shank Fisk. He bribed a life inmate named Jasper Evans to do it so he could get an excuse to get out of prison.
  • Foreshadowing: Tammy Hattley's advice on how to treat your loved ones is to hide scary information from them rather than attempt to be forthcoming, saying that even if the lies are made to hide danger, they can't be worried about something they don't know. She's purposely hiding information about her allegiance to Fisk from Nadeem.
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  • Hallway Fight: We get a great one at the prison Matt visits that is one lengthy 10+ minute continuous take.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • While she suspected it before, now Karen has confirmation by Foggy that Matt really is alive, as Foggy has no intention of lying for Matt again.
    • Matt tells his girlfriend that Matt is alive, though stops short of revealing that he's Daredevil.
    • If Fisk wasn't sure that Matt was Daredevil before, the ability of a blind man to fight off an attempted assassination, which Fisk is watching on CCTV, would have confirmed it.
  • I Know You're Watching Me: After lying to the OPA to cover for Dex, Fisk gives a Meaningful Look at the camera after they've left the room.
  • I Owe You My Life: Nadeem tips off Dex that the OPA is investigating him, and Fisk lies about Dex shooting the surrendering Albanians—though only with the aim of manipulating Dex in the long term.
  • Lies to Children: Nadeem's superior advises him to use comforting lies to his son about the danger of his job rather than Brutal Honesty.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fisk, once again. He lies for Dex, claiming that he killed everyone during the convoy raid in self-defense, compliments him one more and diverts his attention to the slanderous way the New York Bulletin is presenting this as an FBI bungle, all to get closer to controlling the troubled man.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Fisk is able to organise an attempt on Matt's life and watch it on CCTV from the apartment the FBI are keeping him in, despite ostensibly being under 24 hour surveillance.
  • Mythology Gag: Matt ending up in the river in the back of a cab on the orders of Fisk comes from Born Again.
  • Not My Driver: Matt manages to get out of Rikers and into the cab that brought him there. But just as he recovers from the sedatives, he realizes too late that the driver who brought him there has been replaced with a driver working for Fisk. The assassin bails out and the driverless cab flies into the river.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: There are portions of the one-take fight scene where Matt keeps his back to the camera only to be knocked out of sight before Charlie Cox pops back into frame.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Already wound up about Fisk, and then finding that Matt is alive and has been hiding the fact for months, Karen deliberately confronts three gangbangers who are hassling passing women. Fortunately they're more interested in running away once she produces her gun.
  • The Oner: The one-shot take goes beyond just the initial fight scene and keeps going as Matt eventually makes his way to the Albanians, learns everything he needs to know about Fisk, and then they hatch an escape plan — all in one take over 10 minutes! And it's a true one-take (with a few places where the directors put spots for cuts if issues cropped up).
  • Prison Riot: One occurs while Matt is trying to escape Ryker's.
  • The Paranoiac: Foggy is more than a little nervous after his run-in with Matt, constantly checking the lock as he is scared out of his mind of Fisk.
  • Take Five: The first thing Supervisory Special Agent Wynn does when he arrives at Fisk's safehouse is tell Dex to get himself a cup of coffee. It's an excuse to keep him out of the room while Winn does an interview of Fisk regarding Dex's actions during the motorcade attack, and Dex immediately knows something is up. Later on, Dex uses the same line to get another agent out of the monitor room — even giving him a couple dollars — before Dex confronts Fisk.
  • Troll: Dex takes a bite out of Fisk's burger solely to see how he reacts. He is a bit disappointed when the man just cuts out the chewed off piece.
  • With Friends Like These...: Blake Tower talks his fellow officers into listening to Foggy for a minute, only to find Foggy criticizing his handling of the Fisk affair and announcing he's running in opposition.

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