Mean Right Hook is the second episode of the first season of The Defenders.
As a new conspiracy takes shape, Matt finds old habits are hard to break, Jessica gets in over her head, Luke tracks a lead, and Danny meets his match.
Taking to the rooftops, Matt Murdock surveyed the immediate area. In one direction, he heard young looters raid a nearby business, its employees armed and ready with shotguns cocked. As fast as his feet could move, Murdock scaled across a couple buildings, leapt down from a fire escape and quickly subdued the gunmen, whom showed no interest in lowering their firearms. Afterwards, he walked away from the alleyway.
The following morning, Trish Walker walks to her car, leaving a message for her sister Jessica Jones asking on her condition. Reaching a small crowd and a line of police, she requested to get through but discovers her car is stuck in a cave-in. On Trish Talk, Walker engaged her listener via calls, in which they discussed the earthquake that was centered in Hell's Kitchen. She received a call from a geologist, whom informed her that the quake was no ordinary quake, only happening 300 feet deep beneath the surface. When the call is cut abruptly, Nicole informed Walker that their superiors did not want them to continue the conversation and to redirect.
Meeting her superior Captain Strieber at the scene, Misty Knight is brought up to speed on the situation; he disclosed that they had received a tip by Jones that John Raymond had kept a stockpile of explosives in his apartment. The two briefly commented on Jones' appearance before Knight approaches her, witnessing her make a few rude and nasty comments to an officer. Allowing her to leave the scene, Knight caught her steal a document and tries to catch her, only to be too late.
At Chikara Dojo, Colleen Wing commented that the building was intact, finding no structure damage. She rejoined with a meditating Danny Rand and spoke to him about Shaft; she informed him that despite not knowing Rand, he referred to him as "Iron Fist," cited that their fight was based in New York City, and remembered a specific sword used in their struggle.
In Harlem, Claire Temple provided immediate aid to those injured in the quake, while Luke Cage lifted debris from damaged buildings. The two regrouped, walked and spoke about Cage assisted in helping Cole Miller. Despite informing her that he was doing his best to step away from trouble, Temple informed him that his search for answers would be at Trouble in a Pair-of-Dice instead of Elmore's.
Murdock returned to his apartment, shakened by his encounter in the alley. Though he turned to a first-aid kit, he angrily shoved aside from the table. He, soon, directed his attention to the chest with his Daredevil's Suit before he received a call from Foggy Nelson to meet at Josie's Bar.
Reid attended a private musical performance and was approached by Sandra, whom conversed with her about the song the quartet played and offered to have a public show because of the grand donation to the theatre. Eventually, Reid was pulled aside by Madame Gao, informing her that their digging has left them at a blockage crafted by the Chaste. Though Gao pushed that they have tried all they could to dismantle it, Reid believed the blockage was a door in need of a key, ordering that they seek answers from the Chaste.
Carrying the stolen document, Jones searched through shelves and drawers filled with files on Midland Circle Financial and associated businesses, taking pictures of every document; gradually, however, she became distraught on what the businesses did and sought assistance from a clerk. Jones, redirected to an archive elsewhere, was stopped and taken aside by Jeri Hogarth.
Nelson and Murdock sat at the bar of Josie's, trying to reconnect. When Nelson asked if he had returned to his vigilantism, he also commented on Murdock's bloodied knuckles. Irritated, Murdock attempted to leave the bar but stayed upon Nelson's protests. Calming down, Nelson gave Murdock cases that he was too busy to work on at the time, citing that he had hoped that this would keep him from being Daredevil again.
Hogarth informed Jones that the case that she is in has reached the eyes of the FBI and warned her about digging further and getting into trouble. When Jones informed her that John Raymond was innocent and questioned her reasoning for warning her, Hogarth requested that she take some free time away from the Raymond case, Jones chose to ignore Hogarth and walked.
Nightfall at Trouble in a Pair-of-Dice, Cage confronted Turk Barrett on where he could locate White Hat. At first, Barrett claimed to not know whom the individual was but retracted, telling Cage that he only knew him by his common appearance of wearing formal white. Leaving, Cage threatened that if he was not telling the truth, he would return.
Rand and Wing traveled through Chinatown and entered the Wall of the Chaste. While Wing discovered a sharpened sword to the one mentioned prior, Rand called her over to a trail of blood, leading them to a room filled with deceased members of the Chaste. He also noticed a banner with the image of K'un-Lun. Elsewhere, Cage witnessed a blue van arrive across the street, calling Detective Knight to inform her; he would drop the call, however, after seeing Cole Miller converse with White Hat, deciding to handle the situation on his own.
As Hogarth left the building, she pulled Nelson aside and tasked him with taking care of any and all issues that arose from Jones's actions, asking that he disconnect her from Hogarth, Chao and Benowitz. Returning to her apartment, Jones spoke with Walker through her cellphone. Approaching her door, she noticed the door was ajar and told Walker that she would call her back. Slowly, she walked towards the door and sighed at the sight of Malcolm Ducasse. Believing it was only him, Jones began to scold him but stopped when John Raymond himself pulled Ducasse close and held a gun to his head, telling Jones she should not have searched for him.