Ashes, Ashes is the sixth episode of the first season of The Defenders.
Stick offers up a theory, Danny finds himself sidelined, and Alexandra learns that it's not easy being the leader.
Alexandra Reid sits in her room, listening to classical music on her phonograph. The trance, however, is distrupted by a scratch on the record, prompting Reid to stop the instrument.
Meanwhile, the Defenders conversed over Sowande's final words, about how the Hand wished to have the Iron Fist with them. Though Rand protested that they only wanted to divide them, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Matt Murdock and Stick agreed that sidelining him and keeping him safe would be the best decision. Danny physically fought the others over this decision, but he was knocked out in the end.
They tied him up and discussed their next move. Matt told them about the hole he found when Midland Circle was still a construction site, but he thought it gone when contruction was finished, but he wasn't sure. So, they decided to look further into the architect of the building Jessica was investigating.
Elektra dreams about a moment she and Matt had before she died. She finds a card of her memorial at Matt's apartement afer waking up.
Stick pack up Sowande's head in a box. He converses with Luke. When Jessica and Matt return to his place, he finds the card missing.
The leadership of the hand discuss the receival of Sowande's head. They disagree about the Black Sky.
Jessica and Matt visit the architect's home. Madame Gao and Alexandra converse. Danny wakes up and tries to free himself. He talks with Luke. Jessica and Matt talk with Lexie. Alexandra finds Elektra at her grave. Jessica and Matt find the blueprints to Midland Circle in the piano with plans to bring down the building. Luke talks with Stick. Stick knocks him out with smoke, planning to kill Danny so the Hand can't use him to open their locked door.
Elektra stops him while Jessica and Matt rush to safe Danny. Elektra kills Stick in front of them. They fight. Elektra wins and takes Danny to Alexandra who's talking with Murakami. The Hand gathers and Alexandra tries to convine the captured Danny to work with them. Afterwards the Hand fight with each other and Elektra kills Alexandra declaring her the leader of the Hand.