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Recap / The Punisher 2017 S 01 E 13 Memento Mori

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As the authorities close in, an exhausted but unbroken Frank vows to put an end to the war that has consumed his life.


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  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the flashback, Frank's daughter asks Billy how he knows that he was named after Billy the kid, since he claimed he was an orphan just before.
  • Asshole Victim: Even after seeing how brutal Frank's killing of Rawlins is, Director Hernandez says that he can't find much sympathy for the dead man.
  • Big Damn Heroes: While she takes a bullet in the head for it, Madani's timely arrival gives Frank a few valuable moments, otherwise he would have died.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: While talking to Dinah about bringing Frank to the Madanis' apartment, Farah speaks to her daughter in Farsi, while Dinah speaks in English. Then, when Hamid talks to Farah in Farsi, she responds in English.
  • Blatant Lies: Dinah sees right through Marion's bullshit when she claims she didn't know about Rawlins and his criminal activity.
  • Book-Ends:
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    • The final duel between Frank and Billy takes place on the carousel, on the very same fairground where his family died.
    • A season-long one; Frank started off the series under a new identity, a construction worker named "Pete Castiglione". The CIA gives him back this identity at the end of this episode.
  • Bullet Time: Happens as Frank tries to snipe Russo in Curtis's apartment.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Frank disfigures Russo by dragging his face over a broken carousel mirror, leaving him heavily scarred and driving shards of glass into his face.
  • Combat Breakdown: The final confrontation between Frank and Russo starts off as a gunfight with both using multiple firearms. Once it gets to the carousel they're down to handguns, then knives and fists, then a broken shard of a mirror.
  • Cool Uncle: Frank's kids saw Billy as this, tragically.
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  • Cruel Mercy: Frank spares Russo, leaving him to Homeland Security, not before disfiguring him so he will live in constant pain.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: You might be surprised to see this trope associated with The Punisher, but that's exactly what Frank and Micro get. While Frank is still officially at large, the CIA and Homeland Security have purged his fingerprints and DNA from the country's criminal databases and set him back up with the identity "Pete Castiglione", and he begins attending Curtis support group, allowing him the chance to begin the road to recovery. Meanwhile, Micro finally gets to go back to his family, allowing them all to finally begin healing.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: After a long, brutal gunfight that devolves into a fistfight and knifefight, Frank stabs Russo in the abdomen with a shard from the carousel mirror, then grinds his face against it, breaks his arm, and repeatedly slams his face against another mirror, leaving him with shards of glass sticking out of his face.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Russo looks up knowingly at Curtis as he realizes Curtis is drawing him into Frank's firing line. A split second later, he's diving to the ground and pulling out his pistol as the first of Frank's bullets comes through the window.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Between David and his wife. Understandibly, given that the two haven't seen each other for so long.
  • Hollywood Healing: After being beaten down so brutally during the last episode, almost dying because of it at the beginning of this episode, Frank shouldn't have been back on his feet being able to confront Billy that quickly.
  • Irony: Billy claims he was named after Billy the Kid, who got betrayed by his friend. The situation is reversed in regards to him and Frank.
  • It's Personal: Russo tells Curtis he's beginning to take it personally when Frank tries to snipe him in his apartment.
  • Kick the Dog: Billy sets up the fight on the same place where Frank's family died and even kidnaps and injures two innocent teenagers as leverage.
  • Knife Fight: Frank and Billy's fight at the fair culminates in them fighting each other with army knives after they both lose their guns.
  • Moral Myopia: Billy, the guy who betrayed his supposed best friend Frank and had a hand in getting his whole family killed, has the gall to accuse Curtis of betraying him in keeping Frank being alive a secret to him.
  • Mythology Gag: In what might be the darkest example for the series, Frank proceeds to ram Russo's head into a mirror on the carousel, leaving him horrifically scarred, but alive. Fans of the comics will know that Billy Russo was a hitman who was horrifically scarred after trying to assassinate Frank for the mob, leading to his comics alias Jigsaw. Those who started with following the MCU will notice a similarity to Brock Rumlow's unwitting metamorphosis into Crossbones at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (later confirmed in Captain America: Civil War).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Madani had a clear shot at the back of Russo's head, but the kid that was being held hostage blurted out "Please, lady...", which alerted Russo to her presence and allowed him to turn and shoot her.
  • Not So Different: How Hamid Madani justifies helping Frank, pointing out to his wife that as refugees of the Iranian Revolution, they know that freedom fighters sometimes break the law. Farah Madani points out that they never took sides.
  • Not So Similar: As Curtis points out, while Billy and Frank are similar in some aspects, Frank would never betray a brother.
  • Pet the Dog: Billy actually keeps his word and lets Curtis live after Frank agrees to let him walk out.
  • Pillow Pistol: Like before, Curtis instinctively reaches for the gun under his pillow when he realizes Russo is in his bedroom, but Russo has already taken the gun.
    Billy Russo: Looking for this?
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Billy dismisses killing Afghans to Curtis as nothing wrong, claiming that they always did that among themselves.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Billy threatens to kill two teenagers if Frank doesn't put down his gun. True to the trope (and against all real-life training), Frank does so, and is shot (in the vest) twice. It is only Madani's appearance that gives Frank an opening to bull rush him.
  • Sequel Hook: Russo is the only member of the conspiracy still alive, but he's comatose, with doctors unsure if he will ever regain significant brain function.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Hamid Madani towards treating Frank, know that even though Frank is a wanted criminal, he's also dying so "everything else can wait".
  • Shout-Out: A gunfight on a moving carousel? Not the first time Jon Bernthal's done that. Even the cinematography is similar.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Dinah takes a headshot from Russo, and the hemorrhage from the wound is pretty heavy (even by this show's standards), but she survives, and without any apparent brain damage.
  • Unflinching Walk: Russo doesn't even glance at the Anvil headquarters as he makes it explode as he leaves it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Russo has one after a stray bullet hits him in the cheek.
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Billy pulls out the bullet Madani put into him during the last episode.
  • Where It All Began: Russo decides to face down Frank at the carousel where the Castle family was killed.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Frank bodyslams Russo during their fight.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Dinah's father points this out in regards to Frank, see also Not So Different above.


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