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Recap / The Punisher 2017 S 02 E 01 Roadhouse Blues

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While driving through Michigan, Frank stops for a beer at a roadside bar. But staying out of trouble has never been his strong suit.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Rachel first sees Frank, she calls him "Rough Road". Beth jokingly tells Frank that was actually a pretty funny insult and he agrees.
  • Badass Bystander: Ringo, the bar's bouncer, puts up a pretty good fight against Pilgrim's people before being killed.
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  • Blatant Lies: When asked by Frank why she is being attacked, Rachel first tells him that the attackers wanted to party with her and got angry when she said no.
  • Blood Knight: After bringing Beth to the hospital and driving away with Rachel, the latter fearfully asks Frank whether there'll be more attackers. He just angrily grunts that he hopes so.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The drunkard who tries to hit on Beth and then picks a fight with Frank.
  • Camping a Crapper: Pilgrim’s people try to kill Frank in the bar’s restroom.
  • Cold Open: The episode starts with a bloodied Frank and Rachel in a car, driving away from Pilgrim's people, with Frank shooting a few of them.
  • Corrupt Cop: Among Pilgrim's associates is a cop, who is just addressed as 'Lieutenant'.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Pilgrim's introduction scene shows him with a roughed up interrogation subject, whom he murders after getting what he wants and saying a prayer while killing him.
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  • Exact Words: Pilgrim didn't promise the man he is interrogating in his introduction scene to let him go - he promised to give him peace. Meaning, praying for him while he murders him.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: A drunken bar patron attacks Frank with a broken beer bottle. Unsurprisingly, he get his ass handed to him.
  • How We Got Here: The major part of the episode shows the build-up to the Cold Open.
  • Improvised Weapon: Frank uses his belt wrapped around his arm for protection.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: Frank tries to quietly leave Beth in the morning but after stumbling upon her son he invites them both for breakfast.
  • Playing Drunk: Frank does this when he approaches the restrooms where Pilgrim's mercs are attempting to apprehend Rachel.
  • Rasputinian Death: Ringo gets stabbed and shot several times before he finally goes down.
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  • Rescue Romance: Beth and Frank have sex after the latter defends the former's honor at the bar.
  • Titled After the Song: The title comes from a song by The Doors.
  • Two Shots from Behind the Bar: There's a sawed-off behind the roadhouse bar, but unfortunately they don't keep it loaded, so Beth has to load it in the midst of a firefight.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Beth's son Rex acts extremely mature for a 8 year old, being fully aware of the concept of sex for starters.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Frank has no problems whatsoever with hitting or killing Pilgrim's female enforcers.


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