Written by Sneha Koorse
Directed by Andrew Goddard
Matt and Elektra get attacked by Yakuza, and they knock them all out. Elektra’s hungry at the end of the fight, so they go to a diner, where she explains the connection between Roxxon and the Yakuza. She wants Matt’s help, but Matt super doesn’t want to help. However, it’s the only way he can get her out of his city. Besides, he thought he scared the Yakuza off, so he’d like to deal with them. The public defender representing Frank Castle shows up to get Karen’s signature on her statement, but the statement is a load of crap. The team decides (after Karen and Matt persuade Foggy) that they should represent Castle so that he won’t get the death penalty. Frank is in the hospital after the beating the Irish gave him. The team has some difficulty getting to him due to Reyes’s control, but they convince Brett (now a detective) to let them in. Karen shows him the picture from his house, and that convinces him to hire them. Reyes shows up, but Matt gives her a big lawyer smackdown and she skulks off. Frank will only talk to Karen. He tells her how his family died, which doesn’t match the official reports at all. Karen figures Reyes is covering something up, and she’s determined to figure out what it is. Elektra sends a car for Matt, so he can’t help with the case. She wants him to pull a heist with her that will reveal Roxxon’s connection to the Yakuza. So they go to the swanky party in fancy clothes, and then they steal the Roxxon ledger. But what they don’t learn is that these guys aren’t really Yakuza. Frank is supposed to plead guilty to the charges so that he can get a life sentence with a chance of parole, but he pleads not guilty, and now there’s gonna be a trial. Yikes. Foggy is very angry at Matt for bailing on them, because this might not have happened with his help.
At this point, the connection between the two plotlines mostly seems to be that Elektra is bad for Matt, even if what she’s trying to accomplish is worthwhile. She doesn’t allow him to do anything but what she wants, and that comes at a heavy cost in other areas of his life.
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Matt has a great deal of chemistry with Elektra. Even though he’s angry with her for forcing his hand and very happy to not be in a relationship with her, they work together as a flawless team, and he even seems to be having a little bit of fun with it. Worst timing ever. But tell Foggy what’s going on!
Elektra has terrible manners for someone who went to finishing school. But it’s clearly deliberate. She likes being a disgrace to her training in ladylike behavior, because that stuff is no fun. Violence is fun. She needs to go away and let Matt be a responsible adult.
Karen fascinates me in this one. Even though she very much doesn’t trust Frank, her curiosity about what really happened trumps her reservations. She’ll risk getting closer to someone who fired quite a few bullets in her direction if it means she’ll get answers. Yeah, it’s not really surprising she ends up working for the Bulletin. Her biggest drive is to discover the truth at any cost.
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