Written by Steven S. DeKnight
Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
Matt and Karen attend Ben’s funeral. Fisk learns that Leland was responsible for Vanessa’s brush with death, and not because he was trying to kill Fisk. He just wanted Vanessa gone so Fisk would revert to v1.0. He thinks he’s sufficiently blackmailed Fisk for his own protection, but Fisk’s temper doesn’t care about silly things like threats or tasers. He hurls him down an industrial elevator shaft, killing him. Fisk sends his men to find Detective Hoffman so that he can’t rat him out. Karen, Matt, and Foggy come back together and use Marci’s leads to find a hole in Fisk’s accounts. Also, Matt overhears some of Fisk’s cops talking about Hoffman, so he races to find him first, with Foggy’s reluctant blessing. He gets there just in time to save Hoffman from getting his head blown off, and Hoffman’s confession leads to the arrests of everyone on Fisk’s payroll, including a senator and the mole at the bulletin (who was not the editor). Fisk proposes to Vanessa even as FBI agents are coming to drag him away, but he has an escape plan involving lots of armored trucks and goons with machine guns. He almost makes it back to Vanessa, but Matt, now wearing the suit Potter designed for him, intercepts him. They fight, and this time Matt wins, just in time for Sergeant Mahoney (the good cop) to pull up in his cruiser. He lets Matt go and takes Fisk to jail. Nelson & Murdock finally put their sign on the outside of the building, and Matt suits up to continue protecting Hell’s Kitchen.
Fisk’s Good Samaritan monologue is perfection. The shot of the police while he’s talking about the Levite and the priest passing by the dying man. The shot of Matt, Foggy, and Karen over the part about the Samaritan. And then Fisk realizing who he really is in the story. He is the ill intent and oh boy did I get chills up my spine when he said that part. “Traveling on a road he should not have been on” over Fisk’s backup pulling up in huge trucks. Just amazing. And what makes it even better is that one of the first things Karen ever said to Matt and Foggy when they showed up out of the blue to help her was “What are you guys, some kind of Good Samaritans?” FULL CIRCLE. I freaking love this show.
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Matt is starting to get his conviction back, or starting to have it for the first time, or something. He now knows exactly where he can fit into the way the law works. As long as he can get the right evidence, he can make sure the case goes through. It just so happens that he needs to use his abilities to get that evidence. I love how much Matt loves Nelson & Murdock (but he should know better than to start celebrating too soon). However, if he wants Karen to open up to him about the weird thing in her voice, maybe he should lead by telling her his own secret.
Mrs. Urich is right: Karen didn’t push Ben into following that story. He kept going even when he was telling her he was done. I’m not sure he would’ve found the trail leading to Mama Fisk without her help, but he probably would’ve found something that drew Fisk’s ire eventually. I love how much Karen loves Nelson & Murdock too.
Foggy is definitely Matt’s rock. He’s the one who can convince Matt that the law is worth trying. It’s funny that the guy who graduated lower than Matt has more faith that the law can work. I stand by the D&D alignments I gave the three of them at the beginning. Matt is Chaotic Good, Karen is Neutral Good, and Foggy is Lawful Good.
How could Leland possibly think that admitting to Fisk’s face that he tried to have Vanessa killed was something he could walk away from still breathing? I mean, yeah, it was a good plan to keep Hoffman hidden away as leverage, but he forgot to take Fisk’s rage into account. It surpasses his reason, particularly when his mother or Vanessa are involved.
Like Matt, Fisk has finally overcome his internal conflict and figured out what his role is. He’s the villain! And he’s done pretending otherwise. Yeah, I’m liking the Macbeth comparison, because Macbeth also took a long time to come to terms with his own villainy. It drove Macbeth insane, and it drove Fisk to murdering most of his allies.
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