- "Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is the righteous man who gives way before the wicked."
- ―Paul Lantom quoting Proverbs 25:26[src]
Matt Murdock decides that he needs to speak with Father Paul Lantom before he makes any move against Wilson Fisk, so Murdock takes the priest's offer about having a latte. They discuss the Devil and whether he is real or a concept. Lantom tells Murdock a story of his past from when he was in Rwanda; there Lantom came to believe that the Devil was real when an honest, well-respected man named Gahiji was killed with his family by a military leader. Ultimately, Lantom allowed Murdock to decide for himself what to do.
Murdock goes to work; Ben Urich is meeting with Karen Page and Foggy Nelson about Fisk's press conference as he enters. Urich and the three compare notes and legal options about what to do about Fisk; all the while, Murdock is amused as he maintains his secret identity around his friends who have mixed responses to the "Mask's" efforts. They decide that they will continue their mission to take down Fisk.
Meanwhile, Fisk and James Wesley meet to discuss public opinion and the whereabouts of Detective Carl Hoffman when Nobu Yoshioka, easily dismissing the bodyguard Francis, interrupts, wanting to know why he still does not have the city block he requested. Fisk calms him by telling him that it might take Yoshioka's organization to defeat the Masked Man to expedite the delay. Yoshioka decides that he will provide someone to help.
Murdock goes to the Scene Contempo Gallery to meet Vanessa Marianna, hoping that through her he could get to understand his enemy. As the two talks, Fisk walks into the gallery. Time practically slows down for Murdock as he finally stands before his nemesis. Murdock quickly leaves the gallery after the two talks cordially; Fisk notices the exit.
The next day, after he spoke again to Father Paul Lantom, Murdock went to work where, during an impromptu celebration of getting the "Nelson and Murdock" placard, Page learns from Brett Mahoney that Elena Cardenas was killed by Junkie Jake.
The three go to the precinct and identify her body before they go to Josie's Bar to have a wake and arrange for her funeral. WHiH World News interviews Fisk about Cardenas' death and Murdock listens to the news, as Fisk taunts the "Mask" to come from the shadows. Murdock states to Page and Nelson that he believes Fisk is responsible for Cardenas' death, as she was the sole holdout of his tenement deal.
Murdock goes to his apartment and decided to kill Fisk. Beating up different drug addicts, Murdock finds Junkie Jake, but he is too high to resist. Jake tells Murdock that his employer met him at Pier 81.
At the pier, Murdock is confronted by Yoshioka himself and is beaten badly. However, when Yoshioka goes for the kill, Murdock causes the flammable liquid that immersed Yoshioka during the duel to ignite. Fisk arrives with Francis and Wesley and explains to Murdock that all of this was staged so that he and Yoshioka could kill each other. The bloody Murdock tells Fisk that he will kill him, causing Francis and Wesley to draw their guns; Fisk has them wait as he pummels Murdock mercilessly. When Fisk gives Wesley the kill order, Murdock manages to escape.
Emotional, Nelson goes to Murdock's apartment to speak to his best friend. While pounding on the door, Nelson hears a crash and proceeds to enter. There, he finds the injured "Mask" lying on the floor. Nelson calls 911 but hangs up after he sees Murdock's partially covered face in the moonlight. Nelson then pulls the mask off and is shocked to discover that Murdock is the Devil of Hell's Kitchen.
- Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil
- Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
- Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson
- Toby Leonard Moore as James Wesley
- Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich
- Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk
- Peter McRobbie as Father Paul Lantom
- Peter Shinkoda as Nobu Yoshioka
- Royce Johnson as Sergeant Brett Mahoney
- Judith Delgado as Elena Cardenas
- Tom Walker as Francis
- Susan Varon as Josie
- Michael Abbott Jr. as Junkie Jake
- DK Bowser as Patron
- Eboni Booth as Reporter #1
- Logan Crawford as Reporter #2
- Phil Cappadora as New Yorker (uncredited)
- Matthew R. Staley as Scared Addict (uncredited)
- Justin Michael Woods as Court Officer (uncredited)
- New York City, New York
- Rwanda (mentioned)
- Duel at Pier 81
- Bombing of Hell's Kitchen (mentioned)
- Assassination of Christian Blake (mentioned)
- Attack on Karen Page (mentioned)
- Attack on Black Sky (mentioned)
- Rescue of Kidnapped Women (mentioned)
- Rescue of the Kidnapped Boy (mentioned)
- Rwandan Genocide (mentioned)
To be added
- Nelson and Murdock
- Union Allied Construction
- Confederated Global Investments
- New York Bulletin
- New York City Police Department
- WHiH World News
- WNEX New York
- WZVR News
- WZTM News (newspaper)
- Russian Mafia (mentioned)
- Westmeyer-Holt Contracting (mentioned)
- Landman and Zack (mentioned)
- Federal Communications Commission (mentioned)
- Political Action Committee (mentioned)
- New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (mentioned)
- Jack Murdock
- Mitchell Ellison
- Bill Fisk
- Marlene Vistain
- Captain America
- Christian Blake
- Carl Hoffman
- Leland Owlsley
- John Healy
- Armand Tully
- Randolph Cherryh
- Marci Stahl
- Kyle Richmond
- Stewart Schmidt (picture)
- Joseph Pike (picture)
- Bess Mahoney
- Black Sky
- New York City Mayor
- Sun Tzu
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- Speak of the Devil was nominated in two categories at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
- This episode was also nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode.
- Foggy Nelson asks Elena Cardenas "¿Dónde está la biblioteca?" (Where is the library?), which was a popular catchphrase of the characters Troy and Abed in the NBC TV series Community.