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: What are you working on? Ben Urich
: Uh... It's nothing. Just, uh... outsmarted by a story. Doris Urich
: You'll figure it out. Always do. Ben Urich
: There are more important things than the job right now. I should be here with you, not chasing down leads, getting my ass in trouble. Doris Urich
: Your name is Ben Urich... and you are a reporter. It's not a job. It's who you are.
: We all have things we hold onto for ourselves, that we don't want anyone to know Ben Urich
: But there's always someone who does, sooner or later.
: All the people here, all the years that they've lived, there must be so many stories. Ben Urich
: Only thing we have, everything said and done. No buildings named after us, fancy inheritances to leave behind, just... the stories those who were close to us tell to keep us alive. Even if it's just in memory. Karen Page
: Well, maybe that's enough.
: [a Typed Editorial Heard Read in Voice Over
] 'You get what you deserve'. It's an old saying. One that survived the years, because it's true. For the most part. But not for everyone. Some get more than they deserve. Because they believe they aren't like everyone else. That the rules, the ones people like me and you, the people that work and struggle to live our lives, just live, don't apply to them. That they can do anything and live happily ever after, while the rest of us suffer. They do this from the shadows. Shadows that we cast. With our indifference. With a pervasive lack of interest in anything that doesn't directly affect us, we, in the here and now. Or maybe it's just the shadow of weariness. Of how tired we are, struggling to claw our way back to a middle class that no longer exist, because of those who take more than they deserve. And they keep taking, until all that's left for the rest of us is a memory of how it used to be before the corporations and the bottom line decided we didn't matter anymore. But we do. You and I, the people of this city we still matter. There's someone in Hell's Kitchen that doesn't share this belief. He's been among us for quite some time. You've never heard his name. You've never seen his face. He's stayed in the shadows. Because men like him, men that want to control our city, our lives, fear the light and what it reveals. This man must no longer be allowed to operate in the darkness. If he has nothing to hide, let him step forward.
: [as Daredevil
] I didn't blow the hell out of the Russians. And I didn't shoot those cops. Ben Urich
: So, what? You want me to write your side of this? Matt Murdock
: No, I want you to expose the man responsible. The man who's tearing this city apart, piece by piece. Ben Urich
: You got a name? Matt Murdock
: Wilson Fisk. Ben Urich
: Never heard of him. Matt Murdock
: Because he doesn't want you to. That's what makes him dangerous. Living in the shadows, no one knowing who he is. Ben Urich
: Said the man in the mask.
: Right now they hate you. And have no idea who this Fisk guy is. Matt Murdock
: [as Daredevil
] You can change that. Ben Urich
: So could a hundred other reporters. Why me? Matt Murdock
: There are good people who trust you, Ben. I have faith in their judgment. Ben Urich
: Union Allied. Guessing that was you who dumped that guy on the doorsteps of the Bulletin? Matt Murdock
: I think he's connected to Fisk. Ben Urich
: That woman you saved that night? She's a good kid. Still believes you're a hero, despite what everybody's saying. Matt Murdock
: People like her are why I do this. Ben Urich
: If I do the smart thing and say no? Matt Murdock
: Then I'll have to stop him some other way. Ben Urich
: That has a ring of finality to it. Matt Murdock
: I'm not a killer. I keep telling people that. Ben Urich
: But that could change, couldn't it?
: Go get 'em, Matt. Daredevil
] Hell's Kitchen is my neighborhood. I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night, watching from the darkness. Forever in darkness. A guardian devil.
: Cool color. Matt Murdock
: I wouldn't know.
: I got a lead on my story. I think that Natchios was set up by the real Kingpin. Matt Murdock
: Why are you telling me this? Ben Urich
: They say the Kingpin doesn't just kill you, he kills your whole family. I think your girl's in trouble. I thought you might know somebody that could protect her.
: You're a man of principle, of conviction. I understand that, I even admire it. But you went after my mother. That's not something that I can forgive. Ben Urich
: I wrote a lot of stories in my years pushing ink. You know how many times people have threatened me get me to keep my mouth shut? Wilson Fisk
: But this is my mother that you brought into this, Mr. Urich. My mother! So I am not here to threaten you. I'm here to kill you!
: People seek the truth no matter where they find it. Wilson Fisk
: That may have been the case when you and I were young. This world around us is preoccupied with celebrity weddings and videos of cats. But complicated issues, issues that matter? They take too much focus. They take too much time away from texting and the thousand channels on the satellite dish. Ben Urich
: Guess I have more faith in humanity. Wilson Fisk
: Ah. So did Christ, if I recall.
: Run the article. It'll sell papers, it's sexy. Ellison
: You sound like a whore. Ben Urich
: Well, I learned how to be one from you. I get lucky sometimes, sure. Land a story that makes a difference, like Union Allied. But most of the time, now, working for this paper... I might as well be wearing lipstick and a red dress.
: I read every big story with your byline. The VA kickbacks, toxic runoff, the Teachers Union scandal. Hell, you pretty much brought down the Italian mob back when I was in diapers. Whatever happened to that reporter, Mr. Urich? Ben Urich
: He got old. And a hell of a lot less stupid.
: You said you read a bunch of my articles. Remember the one about the, uh, the runoff? What that company was dumping into the river? Karen Page
: Yeah, sure. Ben Urich
: Fished the guy that tipped me off out of that same river a month later. And that fella trying to clean up the Teachers Union, moved out of the state after flyers went up saying he was a pedophile. They underestimated what people in power will do to stay there. Didn't think you'd make the same mistake after what happened to you. Karen Page
: What about the woman, from your first series of articles about the VA? What happened to her? Ben Urich
: She met the worst fate: married beneath her to a workaholic who never appreciated her.
: Still not sure about this mask guy. Karen Page
: He didn't hurt Ben and he didn't hurt me. I'll take the Devil of Hell's Kitchen over Fisk any day. Plus, he kicks ass.
[Matt smiles, Foggy scoffs
] Karen Page
: No, you should've seen the way that he was flipping around in the rain. Foggy Nelson
: Well, if he's such a badass, why did he come to Ben? Why not just take Fisk down himself? Ben Urich
: Maybe he knows there's some roads you can't come back from.
: You think someone's trying to kill Fisk? Ben Urich
: I've been writing about crime in this city since before you were born. The only thing I know without a doubt is you don't get to be the man at the top without making enemies looking to tear you down to the ground.
: There are no heroes, no villains. Just people with different agendas.