Beware the Spoilers
How freaking flawless is Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher?!? That end monologue wrecked me. I had tears in my eyes listening to Frank tell the story of coming home, the meaning of “Penny and Dime” for Frank, and the last night he spent with his daughter. Frank was ready to check out after he came as close as he could to getting his revenge and he needed to confess his sins. He needed someone to know it all came from a place of love. In the end Matt and the NYPD kept Frank alive, but if the show would have decided to kill off that character (and I am so happy they didn’t) how impeccable would that end have been for him.
Before the gut wrenching monologue, there was probably the most intense torture scene the MCU has allowed for so far. I had to press pause after the drill thru the foot, it was just too much for me. The head of the Irish mob, Finn, came out of retirement to find man who killed his son and took his money. Though Finn seemed more upset about the money than his son. Frank is no sucker. He allows himself to be taken (in front of the carousel I presume his family was killed at) and allowed Finn to torture him so his admission of where the money is stashed would come off as a genuine confession and not a setup for a trap.
Daredevil was able to follow the trail of bodies to where the Irish were keeping Frank. Even though Frank had an escape plan in place, he was still outnumbered by the remaining mob members. Matt’s rescue, where he took time out from beating on mobsters to stop Frank from killing anyone, allowed for Frank to live.
For now, the bloody raging thru the streets chapter of The Punisher’s story is closed. Daredevil made sure Sgt. Mahoney got the credit for finding Frank so the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen could have faith the system works. Karen hopes DA Reyes will not be made into a hero for prosecuting Frank. Now we get to the start of the more conspiracy portion of The Punisher’s origins as Karen discovers Frank has a shadowy group keeping an eye out for him.
What exactly happened to Frank and his family is unclear. Karen does learn from a nurse, who treated Frank that while he was in the hospital with the bullet wound to the head, a group of suits (that also wear ear pieces) were around to keep an eye on Frank. The suits pushed for a DNR and after Frank’s plug was pulled, he died for a few minutes. Then his heart started again and he woke up. The nurse took Frank home at his request and against hospital orders. When Karen went to visit Frank’s home he used to share with his family, she unknowingly tripped an alarm and the same group of suits showed up. Karen made sure to leave no prints while she was searching the home and was able to get away before the suits could find her. She has yet to tell Matt and Foggy all about her adventures in Frank world. I think her curiosity has to do with the brother she briefly talked to Matt about. There is a tie in there I’m sure.
Matt had a good day as he got to have a few beers (and some shots) with Foggy and Karen at Josey’s and topped off the evening with a sweet, yet very sexy kiss with Karen in the rain. Showing that he wants more than just a fling with her, he asks her out to dinner the next night before she catches a cab home. Matt is on cloud nine as he walks thru the door of his apartment. It all comes crashing down shortly thereafter as he realizes Elektra is in his home waiting for him.
I know it is only episode four of thirteen, but “Penny and Dime” may be the best entry of the series. The sermon from Father Lantom at Grotto’s funeral (attended by only Matt, Karen, and Foggy), the desperation of Finn, and those final moments with Frank were a perfect mix of personal reflection and brutal savagery. If the only complaint I can muster about the episode is that you could smell that ending coming from a mile away, then that is pretty fantastic. Even then, I feel like that was a great way to start the next big arch for the season.
What did you think of “Penny and Dime”? Do you think Jon Bernthal deserves all the awards for that performance? Why do you think Karen feels the need to find out what she can about Frank’s past? Let me know in the comments section below and please do not give any spoilers away for future episodes. Not everyone can binge the entire series. I will be doing one episode recap/breakdown of Daredevil everyday so come back tomorrow for “Kinbaku” and check out the other episodes of Daredevil here.