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Recap / Daredevil 2015 S 3 E 5 The Perfect Game

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To quell the rising backlash over his release, Fisk serves up a scapegoat to the FBI. Dex misses the mark when he runs into a woman from his past.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Fisk takes a page from Misty Knight's playbook and basically relives Dex's life by reading a few psychiatric reports.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We learn about Benjamin Poindexter's past through Fisk's investigation.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As a child, Dex killed his baseball coach by ricocheting a baseball into the back of his head, simply for benching him for the remainder of the game—not as any kind of punishment, mind you, but simply to allow other kids the chance to play.
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  • Frame-Up: Nadeem begins a manhunt for Matt, as Fisk falsely gave him up as one of his former associates.
  • Get Out!: Foggy to Nadeem, after the short interrogation is over.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Dex lets a few details slip he knows about her life, Julie realizes that their meeting wasn't a coincidence, but that he has been stalking her. She immediately runs away scared.
  • Internal Reveal: Karen finally tells Foggy about killing James Wesley, after being questioned about him by Nadeem.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The scene with Matt's cab being fished out of the water only for Fisk to discover Matt's body is missing is taken straight from Born Again. There's even the repeated line of "There is no corpse", something that, owing to writer Frank Miller's love of repetition in dialogue, was repeated frequently in the scene in the comics.
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    • The baseball story featuring Dex is taken from a possible made up story of Bullseye's past of when he was a major league pitcher, pitched a perfect game, and then killed an opponent with a ball to the head out of boredom.
    • Dex's hat from his kiddy league baseball team has the classic Bullseye costume logo from the mainstream comics.
  • Lack of Empathy: Dex as a child, to the point that his therapist had to train to him to be empathetic.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The last scene is a flashback to Matt returning to his apartment after escaping the sinking taxicab and the FBI raid from his perspective.
  • Out of Focus: Matt is almost entirely absent from the episode.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Nadeem suspects Matt is leading a double life, that said double life caused Matt and Foggy's split, and that his and Foggy's taking a case of a criminal back in Season 1 was in service to that. He is in fact absolutely right except that he thinks Matt is a gangster, not a vigilante.
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  • There Are No Therapists: Averted, as Dex did see one for years, Dr. Mercer. But after she retired, as she had a terminal disease, he felt lost again.
  • The Sociopath: In his childhood, Dex killed his baseball coach in a moment of anger, and admits that he fully did it on purpose and enjoyed the feeling. Dex's therapist actually notes that he has psychopathic tendencies, and literally has to teach him how to display empathy for others since he's incapable of naturally having it. At his later job at a Suicide Hotline, he is shown trying to convince somebody not to kill himself... but to murder his stepdad, who is the source of his pain.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Foggy accuses Nadeem of being one to Fisk, along with the entire FBI.


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