Having followed Semyon’s tip and then torturing Claire’s neighbor Santino from there, the Russians have found Daredevil’s medical assistant. Lucky for her, she’s able to get off a phone call to Matt before they take her, leading to a great moment where Matt, dressed in street clothes, folds up his cane and takes off running to Claire. Of course, he finds the apartment ruined and no sign of Claire. The best he can do is track down Santino, which ends up being a good move, since the kid remembers the name on the cab that took Claire.
You know what would be a really unexpected move at this point? How about shifting to Fisk on a date with Vanessa, the gallery employee that he spoke with at the end of the previous episode? He wants to thank her for her help with the painting, which now hangs in his bedroom. It’s the last thing he sees at night. Fans of the comics will recall that Vanessa is the name of the Kingpin’s wife and the woman who eventually convinces him to give up his criminal ways (until her untimely “death”). But for now, Vanessa is just a woman, going out on a date with a very nervous, very powerful man, who feels inclined to give us and his companion some backstory. Fisk grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, but left the city entirely when he was still young. When he came of age, he returned with his sights set on fixing the neighborhood that he could feel inside him.
The nice thought finds a stark contrast in the next scene, when we see the Russians beating on Claire. There’s a powerful moment, though, shortly afterward, when she begins to laugh as the lights shut off unexpectedly. Daredevil is in the building! And you know what that means: punches. Matt punches a lot of guys in order to free Claire, but she is the one who delivers the final blows to the last Russian standing. While she’s not gravely injured, the whole experience did take a toll on Claire, who gets some t.l.c. from Matt for a change, but all is not well between the two. She needs to know that everything she’s going through for him is a part of something bigger, that Matt is working toward something specific. He doesn’t really know what that is besides trying to make the city a better place, but at least he tells her that his name is actually Matt, not Mike.
Karen and Ben meet to discuss the next step in their investigation, but the reporter has a problem with this being “their” project. He stopped by the auction, not because he was looking out for Karen, but because he was there for the story. Ben thinks it’s worth pursuing, but not with her help. He’s had some bad luck with his sources—one of whom is very likely his bed-ridden wife—running into trouble after the stories hit.
And Wilson proves Ben’s worries legitimate after Anatoly interrupts his date with Vanessa, which the Russian’s head will soon come to regret. Meeting the socially awkward crimelord later that evening, Anatoly gets a face-full of SUV door, until there’s no more face left. This makes it two episodes in a row that end with some spectacular violence. The move was one that Wesley didn’t see coming, and he warns his boss that it will start a war. “I’m counting on it,” Fisk tells him.
The structure of the fourth episode of Daredevil did something that I really didn’t expect to see from Marvel. With Matt’s and Fisk’s parallel stories, the show is showing us that we’re dealing with two men who want the same thing. They both want to fix Hell’s Kitchen, and they’re going about it in different ways. The surprising thing is, however, that their methods aren’t really that different. We spend minutes on end watching Daredevil pommel Russians without too much concern for their safety. Fisk is equally violent, but his outbursts are more concentrated. The show even gives both of them potential partners who are uncertain about whether a relationship is possible. The connection goes beyond being just a cute parallel, because by placing Matt next to someone as evil as Fisk, the series is showing us that it’s willing to be critical of Daredevil and his methods.