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Recap / The Punisher 2017 S 02 E 10 The Dark Hearts Of Men

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As Madani and Krista debate who's worth saving, Frank prepares to storm Russo's territory. A brutal encounter pushes Pilgrim back into old habits.


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  • After-Action Patch-Up: At the beginning of the episode, we cut back and forth between Pilgrim tending to his wounds and the fight with the Nazis which show how he got said wounds. This includes pulling teeth out of his scalp after a headbutt he gave a punk earlier in the night.
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  • Asshole Victim: Nobody is gonna shed a tear for the Nazis that Pilgrim brutally slaughtered.
  • Bar Brawl: Pilgrim is confronted with his former Nazi gang who try to kill him. It doesn't end well for all involved.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Krista Dumont manipulates Madani into thinking that she wants to become her friend, when in reality, she is simply collecting information about Frank for Billy.
  • Flashback: Of Billy and Frank as young men in the military, being given some kind of initiation beating by their comrades.
  • Heroic BSoD: Combined with My God, What Have I Done?, when Frank sees that he accidentally killed a bunch of innocent women. He is so shocked that he doesn't even react when the police comes to apprehend him.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Russo's men ambush Frank and begin beating him. He gets a second wind once his bulletproof vest is stabbed. He then proceeds to bite the guy who stabbed him, then get up and slaughter the rest.
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  • Hookers and Blow: The already high and drunk Pilgrim takes over an orgy from a neighbor at whatever seedy building he's based at.
  • In Vino Veritas: Dr. Dumont shares a bottle of wine with Agent Madani and starts asking her about Castle and Russo.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Up until now, Krista Dumont only appeared to be a somewhat reluctant accessory to Billy's crimes. At the end of the episode, she is revealed to have deliberately manipulated Madani in order to get the secret out of her on how to break Castle - by making him accidentally kill innocent people.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Frank, of course, being stabbed, kicked and brutalized in various other ways by a huge number of Billy's men and still managing to kill them all.
    • Pilgrim could give Frank a run for his money with how much damage he is able to sustain.
  • Man Hug: Curtis and Frank share one before they take on Billy.
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    • In a flashback to their training in Special Forces (which involves them running through a gauntlet of fellow trainees hitting in the face), Frank and Billy shared one too.
  • The Medic: Frank points out that Curtis trained to put people back together and not to kill, like the rest of them.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Pilgrim kills the leader of the Nazi's by brutally bashing his head in, with his bare hands (more specifically, one hand).
  • Not So Different: Repeatedly pointed out by several people in regards to Billy and Frank.
  • Not So Similar: However, both Madani and Curtis point out that there is still a lot that separates Frank from Billy, most notably his unwillingness to hurt innocent people.
  • Off the Wagon: After the brutal fight with the Nazis, Pilgrim finally has a glass of scotch after refusing to drink in the previous episode. Then he steals some cocaine from a dead Nazi. Then he goes into the hotel room next to his and steals a prostitute away from the poor sap who hired them. Essentially, he goes right back to his old habits due to the massive amount of pain he was in.
  • Price on Their Head: Curtis mentions someone could do a lot with the $5 million bounty on Amy and Frank's head.
  • Right Through the Wall: The person in the hotel room next to Pilgrim's seems to have hired a prostitute and called someone to get Molly.
  • Undying Loyalty: Russo's men are now ready to die for him.
  • Villain Has a Point: While Dumont is obviously in no position to judge, given her affiliation with Billy, she does have a point about Frank, in that what he does is still clearly not right, no matter his motivations.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: A great deal, in Curtis' eyes, as he warns several of Billy's men not to come closer and then just wounds them, telling them to run away. And Philip, the only one that actually dies, really gets to him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Pilgrim steals some prostitutes and has one perform oral sex on him thus cheating on his wife. Though he obviously doesn't enjoy it one bit. (Especially when he eventually sees his wife's face on the prostitutewith messed-up makeup and all.)
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