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The third episode of Iron Fist (2017).

After escaping from the Birch Psychiatric Hospital, Danny takes legal steps to get back what belongs to him. Meanwhile, Harold gets put in his place by the Hand.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Joy apparently gave Jeri the proof Danny needed for reasons unknown, previously trying to have Danny sign a deal in their favor.
  • Bait the Dog: Joy seemingly tries to reconnect with Danny, only to try have him sign a deal in which he gets a (relatively) low amount of money ($100 million) and has to legally change his name, meaning abandoning everything that rightfully belongs to him. As Jeri later points out, Danny's rightful share of the company is worth billions. Then again, she also goes behind Ward's back to slip Danny the pottery mug with the fingerprint, which Ward quickly figures out in the next episode.
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  • Berserk Button: Showing disrespect and lacking discipline in a dojo shows to be one for Danny, as he violently puts one of Colleen's students in his place when he taunts him one too many times. Colleen is not amused.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Harold once again stresses how important it is to keep Danny alive and disciplines his son never to ignore his orders again.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: While sparring with Colleen, Danny chats with her about using internal instead of external energy.
  • Ceiling Cling: Danny does this in Colleen's dojo to hide himself from Ward's men.
  • Continuity Cameo: Jeri Hogarth returns. Turns out she was once an intern for Rand Enterprises. She agrees to help Danny regain control of Rand Enterprises, on the condition that he put her firm on retainer if they succeed.
  • Continuity Nod: The organ donor is at Metro-General Hospital, Claire Temple's former workplace.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
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    • Colleen disposes of Ward's goons pretty easily.
    • Later averted with Colleen's cage fight against Rusty, where she first seems to be able to dodge his attacks and put him down casually, but then he uses his bulk and dirty fighting techniques to actually give her a quite brutal fight.
  • Destination Defenestration: The episode ends with Danny being shoved out the penthouse window he just broke into.
  • The Dreaded: Madame Gao appears at Harold's penthouse and puts him in his place, forcing him to kneel on shards of glass.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Danny was seemingly beaten bloody by monks of the Order of the Crane Mother as part of his training.
  • Interface Spoiler: Despite Madame Gao being hidden in shadow when she appears in Harold's penthouse, her identity is given away if you've already watched Daredevil (2015), or if you have the subtitles turned on. Or the fact that Wai Ching Ho is listed in the credits.
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  • Kneel Before Zod: Gao orders Harold to kneel over glass shards.
  • Mythology Gag: Colleen dubs herself "The Daughter of the Dragon" to participate in the clandestine cage match. Daughters of the Dragon was the name of a comic book starring Misty Knight and her, as well as their collective nickname.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ward has two moments. First one when Jeri presents him Danny's fingerprint, providing a legal proof for his identity and the second one when he realizes that both Danny and Joy may know that Harold is still alive.
  • Pressure Point: Having learned this from Danny, Colleen uses this move in her fight against Rusty after he has her pinned to the floor.
  • Retcon: Madame Gao is retconned into a member of the Hand after being introduced in Daredevil (2015) as member of a separate organization whose only affiliation with the Hand was that they were both tied to Wilson Fisk.
  • Scary Black Man: It's the second one sent out by Ward, this time to burn the medical records that might have Danny's skateboard accident among them.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Danny might have been willing to take the $100 million offer if it weren't for the requirement that he legally change his name.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Danny successfully convinces Jeri of his identity by reminding her that she was an intern in Rand's legal department, she called his secretary a hatched-faced bitch and Jeri gave him 5 bucks to keep him quiet. She asks where was her office and desk. He accurately remembers that she didn't have one and used a foldable table in the copyroom with a file under one leg, which she takes as enough evidence it's him. Which is remarkably faster than the Meachums, but then again, Jeri did witness Kilgrave's abilities up close so is more likely to believe in the unlikely.
  • Take That!: When Colleen dodges all of Rusty's initial attacks during their cage match, he tells her to "cut the Floyd Mayweather shit".
  • Trapped in Villainy: Both Ward and Harold discuss this, Ward when he talks with Joy and mentions how often he just wants to walk away from all this, and Harold when he tells Ward that he and Joy will be killed by the Hand if he doesn't continue to help him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Rusty. The announcer thinks the pairing is one-sided, since on top of Rusty being twice Colleen's size he fights dirty, but since he paid the entry fee he can't stop it.

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