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"I think that this world, it needs men who are willing to make the hard call. I think you and me are the same!"
"That's bullshit, Frank, and you know it!"
"Only I do the one thing you can't. You hit 'em and they get back up. I hit 'em and they stay down!"
Punisher and Daredevil

New York's Finest is the third episode of the second season of the television series Daredevil.


Trapped face-to-face with the Punisher, Daredevil wrestles with the morality of vigilante justice. Meanwhile, Foggy and Karen work to save the firm.


Matt Murdock awakens from a dream in which he's a young boy being tended to by a nun. When he awakens, Murdock realizes that he has been chained on a rooftop. The Punisher greets him sarcastically as he sips coffee.

At the location which served as a trap for the Punisher, Samantha Reyes oversees cleanup of the site. Karen Page angrily accuses her of using Grotto as bait. As Foggy Nelson watches silently, both Reyes and Blake Tower imply that if news of the botched sting operation were to be released to the public, they would ensure that Nelson and Murdock are blamed for it. Reyes and Tower leave, while Nelson said he will call Murdock to tell him what happened, and Page returns to the office to see if she can make sense of what happened.

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On the rooftop, Murdock asks the Punisher why he didn't remove his mask. The Punisher replies that he doesn't care who Daredevil really is. Murdock can sense a large amount of military hardware and asks The Punisher what he's going to do with it. The Punisher simply says that he'll do what is required.

Nelson arrives at the Metro-General Hospital emergency room looking for Claire Temple. The E.R. is crammed with patients, many of them criminals. He spots Temple and reminds her of who he is. Temple is not thrilled to see him.

At the Nelson and Murdock Law Office, Page receives an angry phone call from Grotto. She tries to convince him to turn himself in but he tells her that he is leaving the city and hangs up.

On the rooftop, Murdock tries to get The Punisher to talk about himself, correctly guessing that he was a soldier, a New Yorker, and a Catholic. The Punisher tells Murdock to stop digging. The Punisher accuses Daredevil of being a coward because he doesn't kill his enemies. Murdock, with his enhanced hearing, hears someone approaching. The Punisher warns Murdock that if he makes any noise at all, he will kill whoever is coming.

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At the hospital, Nelson asks Temple if she has seen their mutual friend, but Temple responds that she hasn't seen him since she patched him up after he was nearly killed months ago. She tells him that she's been on E.R. duty all month, with no breaks. Temple said this is because she helped someone else, someone stronger than Murdock, and went against hospital policy to do it. Just then one of the patients grabs a scalpel and threatens a member of a rival gang.

On the rooftop, a veteran named Jerry asked the Punisher who he is and why he's on the roof. The Punisher introduced himself as Frank and says he came to the roof for a bit of peace and quiet and a cigarette. The two bond over having served as Marines. Murdock strained against his chains, and Jerry heard it. With the open door between them, the Punisher cocked a gun so that Murdock will hear it and stop making noise.

After Jerry returns to his apartment, Murdock asks the Punisher if Frank is his real name, and accuses him of threatening the veteran. The Punisher responds that he only did it for Daredevil's benefit to keep him quiet. The two argue about their differing methods of vigilante justice, with Murdock arguing for the possibility of redemption while The Punisher argues that criminals need to be put down permanently. After Murdock tells The Punisher that he is insane, the Punisher knocks him out.

Page visited Blake Tower in his office and reveals that she has done research into Reyes' career, and points out how many Assistant District Attorneys have lost their jobs because of Reyes' poor decisions. Tower angrily tells her to leave, but not before slipping her copies of the Punisher's files.

At the hospital, Nelson angrily addresses one of the thugs who are about to fight, commenting that he knows he's been to prison. He tells him that he is a lawyer and that the thug is being so stupid that he, a no decent lawyer, not even Nelson's kind-hearted partner, would ever represent him. He appeals to both the criminals' sense of self-interest and tells them to drop their weapons and stop fighting. They do, to Temple's relief.

On the rooftop, Murdock regains consciousness and is shocked to find a gun duct-taped to his hand. The Punisher casually tells him that there is only one round in the chamber and that he is wearing body armor, so the only way to stop him would be to shoot him in the head. He drags Grotto in front of him and tells Murdock that he's going to kill him.


Over Murdock's protests, The Punisher gets Grotto to admit doing hits for the Kitchen Irish, and to the murder of an old woman who witnessed one of the hits. Still, Murdock refuses to shoot him and refuses to shoot The Punisher to stop him from killing Grotto. As The Punisher prepared to shoot Grotto, Murdock uses the one round in the gun to shoot through his chains and free himself. He launches himself at The Punisher but is unable to stop him from killing Grotto.

At the hospital, Temple searches hospital records for Murdock's name and tells Nelson that he hasn't been checked in to the hospital, nor was there any record of his body in the morgue. She compliments Nelson on how he handled the fight between the criminals. Nelson thanks Temple and tells her that Murdock made a mistake letting her go. Smiling and returning to work, Temple asks him what made him think he did.


The Punisher shoots at the motorcycles lined up outside the Dogs of Hell headquarters, setting off an explosion which alerts the bikers inside to his presence. Murdock attacks The Punisher and is able to subdue him. He takes him into the building and brings him into a freight elevator just as the bikers arrive. When Jerry emerges from his apartment to find out what's going on, Murdock leaves The Punisher in the elevator to come to the man's aid. He grabs a biker and holds the gun to his head, warning the other bikers to drop their weapons. Once Jerry is safe inside his apartment again, Daredevil laughs as he pulls the trigger on the gun he knew was unloaded.

A long and brutal fight ensues, in which Murdock is able to defeat and incapacitate the bikers. When Murdock returns to the freight elevator, he finds the Punisher to be gone.


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  • This episode was nominated for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.


  • This episode's plot is almost exactly the same as a Punisher issue from the mini-series "Welcome Back, Frank", including dialogue.
  • The episode includes the first use of the expletive 'fuck' in the MCU films and TV series, spoken by Castle after Daredevil asks him, "What about hope?"


Song title Artist Location(s)
Ace of Spades Motörhead
  • Plays in the Dogs of Hell's clubhouse when they head outside after hearing the Punisher blow up their motorcyles.


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