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"Dying's easy. You're gonna learn about pain. You're gonna learn about loss. Every morning I look for 'em, Bill. I look for 'em but then I remember. It's gonna be the same for you. When you look at your ugly, mangled face, you're gonna remember what you did. You'll remember, Bill. You're gonna remember me!"
Punisher to Billy Russo

Memento Mori is the thirteenth and final episode of the first season of the television series The Punisher.

Synopsis

As the authorities close in, an exhausted but unbroken Frank vows to put an end to the war that has consumed his life.

Plot

Dinah Madani and Micro take a heavily wounded Frank Castle to her home. Dinah's father, a doctor, treats his wounds including performing an emergency pneumothorax due to a rib puncturing his lung. Farah Madani argues, but Hamid explains that he still has to save his life. When sticking a needle into Castle's chest to help him breathe, Hamid Madani notices that blood is coming out of the tube. He sucks out the blood using a syringe which lets Castle exhale.

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With everything against him now, Russo prepares himself at Anvil headquarters. He removes a bullet that he suffered in his escape from the hideout and then pours alcohol on it which causes him to wince in pain. He then empties his safe of money. Sensing agents closing in on him, Russo walks out and shoots all of them. As he exits the building, he sets off an explosive that destroys the warehouse.

While recovering, Frank learns that Russo escaped. Marion James and Rafael Hernandez survey the crime scene at the hideout and examine William Rawlins' corpse. James asks if there is any word from Madani, but Hernandez tells her no. Micro provides Castle with money that he stole virtually from criminals so that he can return to some semblance of a life. He tells him it's a thank you gift. Dinah tells him to disappear and warns him that if she ever sees him again, she will have no choice but to arrest or shoot him. Castle laves knowing that he still has to end it.

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Dinah is interviewed by James and Hernandez; she claims that Castle overpowered her and escaped while being taken into custody. James and Hernandez believe she is lying, but Dinah counters it by saying that throwing around accusations can be damaging, especially given what she knows about Rawlins. They all agree that the truth coming out is not the best option for the agency. Meanwhile, Micro heads to the safehouse where his family is being protected by Homeland Security. He apologizes for deceiving them again, and disappearing to help Castle.

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Curtis Hoyle wakes up to find Russo at his bedside. The two talk, Russo wants to know where Castle is, even going as far as to threaten shooting Hoyle's good leg. Hoyle admits to lying about Castle's survival to him from the beginning and makes them both coffee. As Hoyle holds out the coffee mug, Russo realizes that something is wrong and hits the ground just before sniper rounds fired by Castle come through the window. Russo shoots Curtis in the shoulder and hides from Castle. Russo holds a knife in the vicinity of the window and sees a gun shot aiming towards the knife. He then knows not to peak out the window. Castle calls Hoyle's cell and says he wants to talk to Russo. Hoyle tells Russo and asks if he will shoot him if he leans over to pass the phone. Russo informs him that he won't kill him yet. Hoyle then slides the phone across the floor. Castle and Russo strike a deal, to finish this once and for all. If Russo leaves Curtis alive, Castle with meet him at a battleground of his choosing so that they can end this. Russo tells him that he chooses the place where this all started, the Carousel in Central Park. Russo then gets up so he could see Castle through the window, he then leaves while Castle watches through his scope.

Castle remembers a memory when he and his family are at the carousel with Russo. Russo explains to Castle's family that he was named after the greatest outlaw to ever live, Billy the Kid. Russo jokes around and explains that Billy was betrayed by his friend for money and fame. Castle backs him up saying it's one of the worst things that can happen. Lisa Castle then jokes with Russo, making fun of him to which Russo replies saying she is way to smart to be her father's kid. Maria Castle informs Russo that they are his family and they are all he needs.

At the safehouse, Micro plays Go Fish with the kids and then goes to the bathroom with Sarah. There, they take off their pants and have passionate sex. At the carousel, two teenage operators close up for the night when Russo walks in armed. Dinah learns of Castle heading to the carousel and heads out.

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At the carousel, Castle, in his Punisher uniform, sneaks up on the carousel. Russo turns the carousel on, which makes Castle remember how mcuh his family loved the ride. He then sees that the teenagers are tied to horses, gagged and bleeding out. Hiding behind a tree, he gets a phone call from Russo who informs Castle that the teenagers are bleeding out and he doesn't have a lot of time to save them. Castle shoots grenades into the air which explode a few meters from Russo. They engage in a gun fight that circles the carousel. Castle is shot, but quickly wraps a wire around his leg to put pressure on it. He then sneaks around the carousel to get a good shot on Russo. He gets onto the ride and sees Russo's reflection in the mirror, he shoots but misses. Russo hits Castle in the chest, which is clocked by the vest. Russo gets shot in the mouth and screams in pain. Both of them switch to their pistols. Russo backs towards the teenagers and tells Castle to reveal himself or he will kill the kids. Russo orders Castle to throw the gun and knife, which he does. Bleeding from his cheek, Russo says attachments are a weakness, and he never had anybody, he then shoots Castle. Castle explains they both had Castle's family. Madani then arrives, but quickly gets shot in the head by Russo.

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This distraction allows Castle to charge at Russo and disarm him. Castle is brought to the floor where, Russo kicks him, but Castle throws him to the ground and punches him repeatedly. Russo takes his knife and tries to slash Castle, but the latter takes it and turns it on Russo, slowly pushing it towards Russo's eye. Russo uses a maneuver to send the knife through Castle's arm, making the Punisher scream in pain. Russo repeatedly slashes Castle and pushes him into a mirror, breaking it. As Russo prepares to kill his former friend, Castle takes a shard of the mirror and stabs Russo in the chest. Russo takes out the shard while coughing up blood, this time, Russo is punched into the glass. Castle drags Russo's face down the broken mirror, producing a mangled and scarred cheek. Russo pleads Castle to let him die, but Castle stops saying that dying is too easy. He then slams Russo's face into the mirror four times while telling him that every time he looks at his face, he will remember what he did to his family. As Russo's body lays on the ground, Castle breaks the teenagers free and walks over to Madani. He holds her bleeding head until the ambulance arrives.

Dinah recovers in hospital, and three days later Castle is brought to her bedside. James and Hernandez give him a clean slate, noting that Castle is officially dead, and "Pete Castiglione" is a free and innocent man. They show him that Russo had survived several rounds of surgery, but his face is covered by many layers of gauze. The doctors are unsure if he will suffer brain damage or memory loss.

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At the Lieberman Residence, the Lieberman's get ready for the arrival of David and Castle. As Micro gets out of the car, Castle informs him that he can't join him. Micro understands and wishes Castle on his way. David walks into his home and hugs his family, as he can finally be with them again. Hoyle walks into his support group to find that Castle is setting up for the meeting. When it starts, Castle opens up about his past trauma with the war and that he is scared of what comes next.

Cast

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Guest Stars:

Appearances

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Mentioned

Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
Penthouse Pauper Creedence Clearwater Revival Billy Russo uses his pilfered police radio to take out everyone in his path as he heads out of the building and triggers an explosion.
Blue Danube Waltz Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra As Frank Castle approaches the carousel, it suddenly starts up and Castle spots the two concession employees tied to the horses. Billy Russo and Castle face off on the carousel.
No More War To Fight Tyler Bates At Curtis Hoyle's support group, Frank Castle talks about not knowing what comes next.

Awards

  • This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Short Form – Effects / Foley.

Trivia

  • The title of the episode translates into "remember you will die". It is a common latin phrase in pop culture.
  • The final scene of the episode features Frank Castle at Curtis Hoyle's veterans group, finally talking. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot noted of the scene to EW when asked "what went into the choice to cap the season with him delivering a monologue about his fear of having a war to fight?".

References

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