Having a laptop makes blogging TV shows convenient, until your cat claims your lap for herself. Then it’s all just a big juggling lesson. Anyway, we start at a bowling alley and a man with a fancy wrist brace, possibly just for bowling which would be very, very fancy indeed. He’s introduced as “Mr. Prohaszka,” which is a name we heard those foreign bad guys throwing around in episode 1, so this can’t be good. In fact, the Nice Guy who walks into the alley just before closing and asks if he can join the man bowling by himself with two bodyguards watching is more than he appears, as he single-handedly takes down the body guards and shoots Prohaszka.
“36 Hours earlier.” Oh, that’s how we’re going to play this? Anyway, the flashback is to establish that the gun is jam-proof, so we will be impressed when it jams. And then the Nice Guy beats Prohaszka to a pulp and smashes his head in with a bowling ball. (A note to all those guys who say, “why won’t girls date me? I’m a Nice Guy!” It’s because Nice Guys often turn out to be psychopaths like this.) He hides the gun under a pinball machine and then waits, hands behind his head and face covered in blood splatter, for the cops. His first words to them? “I want a lawyer.” Yes. If you find yourself under arrest, those are absolutely the first and only words you say. Even if an audience did not just watch you commit the act for which you are suspected. You should rehearse this, in the bathroom mirror, alone in your living room, playing with the cat, wherever in case the situation should arise. Credits!
Matt is hanging out on a bench outside of a church when the priest comes out and recognizes him. He assures Matt that confession is privileged, but says “you could have killed ten men, I couldn’t tell anyone.” Considering when we saw Matt confessing his sins in the pilot, it was for “sins” he hadn’t committed yet, I’m not sure that’s true. But this is not my area of expertise. The priest invites Matt for coffee, since he’s so clearly troubled, but Matt just says “maybe some other time” and leaves.
Somebody, I guess a crime boss, is meeting with someone, I guess a journalist, about the trouble the Russians have been having. The crime boss is getting out and retiring to Florida. The journalist asks for any information, but the crime boss tells him he’s better off taking a pass. When the crime boss is running away, dude, take the hint.
Karen is reading a letter when Foggy comes in, much the worse for wear after their night on the town. Karen, however, is wide awake, alert and enthusiastic. And establishes that she’s not actually working for free, the way she said she would in the pilot. Good. SOMEBODY in this firm needs some business sense. Matt comes in and they get a good look at how he got beat up, stabbed, and thrown into a Dumpster last night. Or, as Matt says, he “wasn’t paying attention.” From their point of view, this would be when they yelled at his door and woke him up at 3am, right? There’s a knock at the door, which shocks them all so much that they have to stand around talking about it for a minute before realizing Karen should answer it.
Hey, it’s Necktie! From episode 1! He represents a huge company with a vague name that wants to hire the boys to represent their Hell’s Kitchen interests. Everyone recognizes that this is a shady, shady situation, but Foggy is willing to roll with it because it’s pretty guaranteed that their checks won’t bounce while Matt calls the elephant in the room by name. Necktie assures them they’ll only have to be ethical and then hands them a check. Well, that seems completely on the up-and-up. Necktie tips his hand when he asks if “all of your clients end up working for you after you get them off for murder, or just the pretty ones?” Matt points out that since Karen was never charged, her case is not public knowledge. Necktie swivels to suggesting they take on one of the cases, but they’re going to have to rush to the police station and pointedly gives the file to Matt, who cannot read it because he cannot see.
Matt can, however, follow the distinctive tick of Necktie’s watch to where he gets into a car, and then three identical cars pull away from the curb. This causes Matt’s stab wound to open (?) and him to frown and walk away.
Foggy is taking the Nice Guy’s story, but he’s clearly rehearsing a prepared speech designed to sound as legally-safe as possible. This is enough to weird Foggy into backing out of the case when Matt barges in and corrects that they are taking the case and please start over. Well, if he’s not going to worry about the strength of his business plan, at least he has no qualms about totally wasting his partner’s time.
The journalist is on a personal call at work (no judgement) when his boss comes in and tells him the crime syndicates in Hell’s Kitchen stories aren’t sexy and he should instead be writing fluff about potential subway lines. “It doesn’t sell papers!” No, but it makes for pageviews unless you’re a terrible newspaper editor who hasn’t figured out how to monetize the internet and isn’t even trying.
Matt can tell the Nice Guy isn’t being totally forthcoming, so he reminds him about attorney-client privilege. As the Nice Guy says, “just like church.” Yep, needed that one hammered again. Why, exactly? Matt starts trying to see the link between the Nice Guy and Necktie, suggesting that the Nice Guy was working as an assassin in the employ of Necktie, which he denies with the same exact unconvincing story he had earlier. Matt suggests proceeding like a normal case, but Nice Guy tells them he wants the speediest possible trial.
Hey, minor earthquake! In real life. Freaked the cat out. I doubt it even broke 4.0. Anyway, Necktie goes to the bowling alley to retrieve the gun from under the pinball table, freaking out some guys who are trying to play in the process because he is a master of how to act human, he just doesn’t like to. It’s weird he doesn’t just reach down and take it while they play, considering he takes his sweet time putting it away in full view of everyone else at the alley, including some little kids walking by, but he never passes up a chance to be a dick. I’m reminded of my brother’s first day in a new office, when someone pulled him aside and said, “don’t ever wear a tie again.”
Yep, 3.4 in Gardena. My cats are such wimps. Foggy confronts Matt about their role-switching, where suddenly Matt wants to defend the giant, soulless corporation and Foggy doesn’t think it’s worth the money to become pawns in what is clearly an evil Game of Thrones. (It never ends well for the pawns on that show. Or anyone else, for that matter.) Then they fist-bump it out.
Karen is meeting with a lawyer of Union Allied, who is trying to buy her off. He lays out a pretty straightforward case of how she broke confidentiality and could be sued, but Karen sees through the shadiness of this whole thing and her decision is not to accept, because she and Foggy are perfect for each other.
The journalist is trying to bargain with a hospital administrator so “she” can stay, rest, get better and come home. The administrator signs off on a form to give her 5 more days, then laments a measles outbreak because “idiot parents don’t want to vaccinate their kids” (YES say this as often as possible) and her best nurse is out, which I’m guessing is a reference to Claire, although I don’t know why she’d still be out of work when Matt is back in the office. Probably they didn’t want to pay Rosario Dawson for this episode but still wanted to reference that it’s all the same city. A nurse stops the journalist on his way out to say she had a good day, ie, was up for a half an hour. So I’m thinking that getting better and coming home thing is wishful thinking. He stops in to visit even though she’s asleep.
Everyone at the office is complaining that the WiFi is spotty, which gives Foggy a chance to wax poetic about making a lot of money. Switched sides again pretty quick there, didn’t you? He finally suggests that Karen bang on the router, which fixes the problem immediately so apparently it’s not someone riding on their network or any of the other nefarious things you’d automatically assume when all the good guys are bitching about WiFi.
Foggy gives his opening statement, reminding the jury that self defense defenses are actually really hard to overcome legally, like way harder than could reasonably be assumed. Matt uses his spidey-sense to know both that one of the jurors is really freaked out and that Necktie is in the courtroom. Daredevil follows the juror down the empty nighttime streets (empty city) so he can witness a thug reminding her that it’ll all be over soon and then beat up the thug for information. The thug says the juror made a sex tape and they were threatening to show it to her kids, but he works through some obscure system of lights in windows so he doesn’t know who he works for.
The juror gets excused and an alternate steps in, then Matt gives closing statements. He uses his spidey-sense to make sure no one else seems compromised, then gives a pretty good summary of, again, why self-defense is the name of the game. It’s nice to see these guys actually being good lawyers. Even if the client doesn’t deserve it.
Necktie is meeting with one of the anxious bad guys who thinks the head bad guy is letting this whole thing slip out of control. He suggests that they kill Nice Guy and make it look like a suicide the way they have been, but Necktie points out they’ve been going to that particular well rather frequently recently.
Karen stops by the wife of the guy she was accused of killing in episode 1 to ask if she was similarly offered hush-money. She was, and took it because she has kids to raise. She also blames Karen, not directly (she knows they weren’t having an affair and Karen didn’t kill him) but figures she had something to do with it.
The journalist is on the phone with the hospital administrator, thanking her for pushing through his (wife’s?) paperwork and being happy while simultaneously looking at the fluff piece on subways in the published paper and being sad. So he sold out. That makes, in this episode, Foggy and Matt (although never at the same time or for the same reasons), the journalist, the widow, and Karen as the lone holdout. Why isn’t this show named after her? Anyway, she takes that as her cue to show up and offer him more of the story about Union Allied. His shot at redemption!
The jury is back. Matt, using his spidey-sense, can tell that the jury will be hung and the prosecution will decline to retry the case about a second before it’s announced, so they can have a conversation about it, because it’s faster than just listening to the judge and jury say it.
Daredevil attacks the Nice Guy as he’s getting ready to leave town, and they have an energetic fight. At one point, the Nice Guy nearly stabs Daredevil’s face on some iron spikes, but Daredevil fights back and gets a shard of glass, which he stabs into the Nice Guy’s neck until he says the big boss is Wilson Fisk. Nice Guy immediately regrets having given the name, saying he’ll kill not just him but anyone he’s ever cared about. In the hopes of sparing them, he rams his own face through the iron spike, eye first. Eww! Daredevil is kind of not okay with listening to that and isn’t sure how to end a conversation that’s not a fight, so he stands there awkwardly. Right there with ya, buddy.
In an art gallery, the curator is trying to talk up a potential client by saying a large, white canvas is “a rabbit in a snowstorm” and pointing out that normally people come in and openly mock this particular work. Oh, yeah, that’ll get it sold. Also, the better children’s joke is “a cow eating grass,” although you have to be sure that the follow up jokes will happen in the right order:
Where’s the grass?
The cow ate it all.
Where’s the cow?
You can’t expect a cow to hang around with no grass, can you?
But of course, none of that matters because this is our introduction to Wilson Fisk.
We’ve established now who most of our characters are, and that only people with loved ones are sellouts so that’s why all of our superheroes have dead parents and tend to love ’em and leave ’em. The city is slowly coming into focus, although the events of “the incident” seem pretty removed from everyone’s minds. Most adults today, certainly all the ones writing this show, remember the events that gave us a cultural PTSD and centered in New York. I’d expect them to be using that to bring this world to life a little more, but maybe they’re just feeling that that particular reference, even if indirect, is overplayed. It does still come up in conversation often and it’s been nearly 15 years, but also that’s my point. Why doesn’t “the incident” ever come up in conversation? Why do we see no destruction? Why is there never anyone walking the street at night without a camera on them? I’m not so worried about this particular big, white canvas because I think the work is still unfinished. But we should start seeing development soon that’s not dependent on the comic books to be excited about.