Karen fights to protect Nelson and Murdock, Claire works an ER that’s ready to explode, and the Devil and Punisher of Hell’s Kitchen have a chat.
After the disaster of D.A. Samantha Reyes’ attempt to take out The Punisher, she and her assistant attorney, Blake Tower try to control the scene and narrative of what happened, threatening to throw Nelson and Murdock under the bus. Without much support from Foggy, Karen steps up and looks for a way to insure their jobs are not in danger, digging up information on Reyes and her history in the district attorney’s office. Her record is riddled with scandals and cover-ups involving the mishandling of cases, but in everyone of them, Reyes manages to escape any sort of consequences while all of her associates have their jobs and reputations ruined. Bringing this to Tower, she appeals to his survival instinct, trying to convince him that one day it will be Tower that Reyes throws to the wolves, and asks for help to save Nelson and Murdock. Tower is unmoved and calls security, but not before subtly slipping Karen the information they have on The Punisher.
Foggy searches the city for Matt to figure out their next course of action in The Punisher case, and also worried he’s finally u against someone he can’t beat. Fearing the worst, he goes to Claire’s E.R., which is wall to wall filled with criminals, some of The Punisher’s latest victims. After Claire disappeared from her shift to help Jessica and Luke, her supervisors have decided to punish her by giving her these night shifts, made worse by the gang rivalries ready to tear each other apart, with hospital beds and a few security guards holding them back. But it’s too much as two criminals finally come face to face with each other. Foggy, using his thug-life lawyer skills, talks them down from killing each other in front of over a dozen witnesses and things begin to settle down. Thankful, Claire helps him search hospital records across the city to see if Matt has shown up anywhere.
He hasn’t, as he’s currently chained to a rooftop with The Punisher, or as he comes to call him, Frank. Held prisoner, Matt tries to learn as much as he can about Frank, where he comes from, his past military life. But Frank isn’t as forthcoming with his own information, more interested in talking about their own roles and what they do to protect the people of this city. Frank believe he’s not the bad guy Matt thinks he is, and that The Daredevil isn’t the hero the city makes him out to be. When The Daredevil takes down a criminal, they go to jail, but sooner, rather than later, they’re back in the street doing the same crime or worse. When The Punisher takes someone down, they stay down. To Frank, Matt is just one bad day away from becoming him and killing the scum of Hell’s Kitchen for good, and he intends to push him over the edge. Matt isn’t the only prisoner Frank has as he puts a gun in Matt’s hand and pulls out a bloodied Grotto, giving him the choice of saving Grotto by killing Frank, or letting him die. Either way, the blood is on his hands.
For the lack of action the episode doesn’t provide throughout, it makes up for it in a big way in the end with an intense fight sequence as Matt tries to escape The Punisher and fights off the gang members that have come to kill him. This sequence, while not done in one take similar to season one’s “Cut Man,” it does a good job of following the action and simulating the one take scene with very well hidden cuts. As entertaining and action packed the sequence is, when comparing to the raw style of “Cut Man,” it doesn’t hold up.
After getting only glimpses of the new character of The Punisher, “New York’s Finest” finally gives a look at the man behind the sniper scope, and he’s not who we thought he’d be. Nearly the entire episode devoted to Matt and Frank having a conversation about their ideals and methods, The Punisher proves to be a character as deadly in his words as he is his actions. Often composed and collected when he speaks with Matt, we witness as the layers Frank has around him are slowly torn down to get an introductory understanding of his character.