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Recap / The Punisher 2017 S 02 E 13 The Whirlwind

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The season comes to an explosive conclusion as Castle and his allies deal with Russo and the Schultz family once and for all.


  • The Adventure Continues: The season ends with Frank gunning down gangsters, showing that he has fully embraced his identity as The Punisher.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Billy, to both Curtis and Frank.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Billy turns to one of these to patch him up after Madani shoots him in the gut. He has to actually drink for his hands to stay still during a surgery. Deconstructed, as not only is he woefully ill-prepared for the operation Billy is demanding of him, but remorselessly steals all of his money and leaves him for dead in a dumpster as soon as he passes out.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: The beginning of the episode makes it appear as if both Billy and Dinah perish during their fight with Billy choking Dinah to death and Billy dying from the bullets wound, however they are revealed to have survived their fight later on, as Billy was too weak from the gunshots to actually kill Dinah.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite landing face first into the sidewalk from a 3-story building, Dumont's face seems to have suffered no visible damage.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Frank shoots Eliza in the head as she's about to stab Amy with a table knife.
  • Broken Pedestal: David accepts his parents are absolute monsters who have killed scores of people to "help" him, more out of the family legacy than true love for him.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Anderson threatens Frank that he will kill him, in spite of the fact that Frank has killed most of the men he and Pilgrim could throw at him mostly alone. This bites him back hard later.
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  • But Now I Must Go: After all their enemies are dead, Frank parts ways with Amy, wanting her to have a normal life. He even pulled some strings and sends her to a friend of Curtis who is running a Diving School, as that was always her biggest dream.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A sort of paternal/protective variant between Frank and Amy. By this point Frank and Amy have grown attached to each other and Frank will miss her as she goes her own way, but all he's able to say is "You know, kid, sometimes... you find, things... and uh... they change your life." Amy understands his meaning anyway and gives him a touching hug before departing to start her new life.
  • Chain Pain: Pilgrim wields a length of chain against Castle during their fight.
  • Dented Iron: After all the horrendous violence they've suffered all season, Frank and the Pilgrim are far from top form. Their fight is a brutal exchange of blows between men who can barely stand.
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  • Due to the Dead: Curtis closes Billy's eyes after he Dies Wide Open.
  • Dying Alone: Billy is afraid of this and calls Curtis to be with him during his last moments. Instead, Frank comes and finishes him off.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: Frank takes down a group of cops in the hotel elevator on his way to find Pilgrim.
  • Enemy Mine: A brief one between John Pilgrim and Frank towards the end, since John informed Schultzes he killed Frank, resulting in those two thinking Amy is on her own.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Discussed. Frank recorded Anderson's threat to him than mentioned among others all the crimes throughout this series. Amy then threatens him that she will publish it, leading him to eating a bullet.
  • Exact Words: Curtis promises Billy that he won't call the cops – instead he calls Frank.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Krista Dumont is still alive, but as Mahoney puts it, she might soon wish that she weren't, as she fell out of a third-story window. When Madani meets her, she is in bandages. And given that she is about to go to prison and soon receive the message of Billy being dead, death surely would have been a more kind fate for her.
    • Anderson chooses suicide over Amy giving the incriminatory recording to the New York Bulletin
  • I Have Your Wife: Eliza doesn't directly threaten John, but having his son Lemuel come to the phone and then telling him to remember what he is fighting for very much implies that she is willing to hurt his children if he fails his task.
  • I've Come Too Far: When Amy tries to convince Pilgrim to let her go, he states that he wishes he could, but it is too late.
  • I Work Alone: During the final scene after a Time Skip, Madani (who now works at the CIA) offers Frank a job. He declines, stating that he already has a job as the Punisher.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • John Pilgrim gets to walk away with his children, despite the dozens of innocent people he has killed in service of the Schultz family.
    • Doctor Charles steals all of Billy's money and leaves him to bleed to death in dumpster, and gets away with it.
    • Nobody of Billy's gang who got provided with new identities by the man himself last episode are shown getting their just deserts.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Billy Russo is shot twice in the chest in the middle of telling Frank he's sorry for "whatever he did," clearly not realizing those words mean jack due to his Lack of Empathy.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: Frank's original plan for dealing with both of the Schultzs. However, Eliza gets her brains blown out before Frank has a chance to explain this. Anderson ends up taking up the offer.
  • Liquid Courage: Doctor Charles needs a lot of it to steady his nerves before operating on Billy.
  • More Dakka:
    • During the hotel shootout Pilgrim brings progressively more firepower to bear against Castle, going from a pistol to a shotgun to a machinegun.
    • The final scene of the series, after the Time Skip, when Frank Punishes the gangsters. When the gangsters argue about the purpose of the meeting, they all pull out pistols - and then Frank walks up, dual-wielding fully automatic weapons and unloads into everyone there.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Eliza Schultz shows herself to be more vicious than her husband Anderson. Not only is she trying to convince him that John Pilgrim has become a liability and subtly threatens Pilgrim with his sons, but when confronted by Amy, Anderson just yells angrily while Eliza quietly grabs for a knife to stab Amy.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Frank's and Pilgrim's final fight is an ugly, staggering affair, with both of them nursing so many injuries from earlier in the season that neither can make a particularly impressive go at it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A variation as David wonders how he could never have known how his parents were murdering people to help his career and how many people died while he honestly thought he was doing good.
  • Mythology Gag: Madani, now working for CIA, contacts Castle trying to recruit him as an assassin in what looks like a desert location. The MAX Punisher series was kicked off by the CIA trying to recruit Frank to fight the Taliban.
  • Plausible Deniability: Invoked by Curtis in why David's family kept him out of how far they went to have him stay in power.
  • Outside Ride: Frank leaps onto the hood of Pilgrim's car as he's fleeing with Amy.
  • Reality Ensues: As Doctor Charles lampshades, no matter how badass a person is, if someone starts pulling bullets out of their guts without anesthesia, the pain is going to be more than they can bear. Russo ends up passing out. Once he does, the Back-Alley Doctor decides to just take his money and abandon him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Curtis decides to just let David walk away and then does the same, apparently severing his ties with Frank for good and finally returning home.
    • Dinah decides to quit Homeland Security. At first it seems she might walk away. Instead she ends up joining the CIA
  • Shout-Out: The death of Billy Russo seems in many ways like a modernized take on Kurtz's death scene from Apocalypse Now; the hero wordlessly executing the Secretly Dying villain with the latter's tacit approval, set to a dark war themed rock ballad (in this case, "Rooster" by Alice in Chains).
  • Shovel Strike: The first improvised weapon Pilgrim attacks Frank with is a nearby shovel.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: One possible interpretation of Frank shooting Billy dead in the middle of Billy's ramblings about his complicated feelings towards Frank - it might have been Frank's way of demonstrating that his feelings at that point was that Billy was just another bad guy who needed killing and that their supposed connection had become entirely one-sided.
  • Speak in Unison: The Running Gag of the season claims Mahoney as its victim this episode: when he mentions Frank, Madani and Curtis reply in unison, "Who?"
  • Time-Delayed Death: Billy. Having been shot once in the chest and twice in the gut, Mahoney hangs a lampshade on it. "Looks like you killed him, only he doesn't know it yet."
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: The back-alley doctor removes two bullets from Billy until the latter passes out.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There is no mention of what became of Beth and her son Rex from the first episode.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: The Schultzes use this against Pilgrim, by having his son call him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Pilgrim and Frank seem to consider each other as this by the end, to the point of bantering with one another during their brawl, and Frank letting him walk away with his sons.
    Frank: [barely able to stand] You need a minute?
    Pilgrim: [equally battered] I was waiting on you.


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