I’m betting that everyone is hyper-aware of the eyeballs in their head right. Those of us lucky enough to not have our heads impaled by spikes were treated to an intriguing third episode of Daredevil, one that—for the most part—eskewed the normal punchy-kicky routine for more legal drama, which makes sense. Matt Murdock is a lawyer after all. It’s about time we saw some lawyering.
Aside from a few extraneous plotlines, the third hour of Daredevil was structurally not unlike a solid episode of Law & Order, kicking things off with the case that the firm of Nelson & Murdock would eventually take on. In this instance, we see a man named Healy, an apparent bowling enthusiast, try to join in on the game currently underway by a well protected bowler named Prohaszka. Turns out that Healy is also a fan of martial arts, giving people compound fractures, and smashing heads in with bowling balls, because that’s what he does to Prohaszka, before stashing his faulty gun in a nearby pinball machine and proclaiming, “I want a lawyer.”
One of the lawyers he’s lucky enough to get, Matt, is currently struggling with his morality. While sitting outside a church, he’s approached by Father Lantom, the priest he confessed to in the first episode. Lantom would like to talk about Matt’s recent struggles over a latte, but the lawyer needs to get back to his office and avoid tough questions about the morals of what he does at night.
Someone who is happy to ask questions about what Matt is up to, however, is Ben Urich, a newspaper reporter with a long history in the Marvel Universe. Ben has called in a favor from a source, a man named Silvio with vague ties to the criminal world and a name that has also been in the comics for a while. Someone is snapping up all of the power in town, and it has Silvio spooked. Rigaletto, the man who previously held Mr. Farnum’s debt, is no more, and Silvio isn’t sticking around New York to sort the matter out. Urich suspects it’s the Russians, but Silvio has a different kind of tip for him: don’t go poking around.
Unfortunately for the law offices of Nelson & Murdock, that mysterious criminal force comes knocking on their door in the former of Wesley. Having opened a file on them at his employer’s command, he would like to offer to keep the practice on retainer for a large sum of money. The zeroes on the check have Foggy convinced, but Matt has too many questions about Wesley, his employer, and why he happens to know so much about Karen’s past with Union Allied, even though the police never filed charges. Just as a way to get acquainted as potential business partners, Wesley gives them Healy’s case to take as a dry run. Matt, more than a little suspicious, follows his potential employer outside by the sound of his watch—which is really cool. The suit gets into one of three awaiting SUVs and makes a call exclaiming, “It’s been taken care of.” Wesley’s shady exit combined with the blood soaking through Matt’s shirt is more than enough to make him worried that his Daredevil antics are catching up to him.
At the police precinct, Matt enters the interrogation room a little while after Foggy has started talking to Healy. The guy couldn’t seem any sketchier, asking questions about which version of his story will sound better to a jury, but even after Foggy expresses some hesitance about representing the thug, Matt is on board. He needs to learn more about Healy and why a business conglomerate is representing him. The whole interview turns into an interrogation of sorts, something that the defendant picks up on. Healy, sensing that the tide has turned, informs his lawyers that they’ll go to trial, he won’t testify and very self-assuredly puts his fate in the hands of the jury.
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