Iron Fist opens late at night. Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) wakes from a fitful sleep. It turns out, her timing is perfect, as two men break into her apartment. As they fight, one robber suddenly stops her, “We’re trying to help!”. They plead their case that Danny Rand (Finn Jones) isn’t who he says he is. However, Colleen is not interested in their help. She can take care of herself, and forces them towards the door, “Get out!”.
It turns out, Danny has been there the whole time. Colleen stares at him icily, “Don’t be here in the morning…”.
Much to Colleen’s dismay, Danny hasn’t disappeared in the morning. In fact, he’s worried for her safety and insists that he stay. However, as Colleen has proven repeatedly in the first three episodes, her fighting skills are on-par with his. The two engage in a flirty sparring session as both stubbornly try to prove their point. Despite Colleen’s better judgement, Danny wins her over. He can stay.
Later, Joy (Jessica Stroup) bumps into Danny meditating in front of her building. Despite all the tension between Joy and Ward (Tom Pelphrey), she can’t deny her fondness for Danny. They were kids together. She emotionally recounts loosing her father at the age of 13. The trauma from his death, as well as the too recent deaths of the Rand family almost destroyed her.
As they walk through her brownstone, Joy suddenly hands Danny a stack of legal documents. It turns out, the Meachum’s are prepared to pay Danny $100 million dollars for his shares of the company. However, the agreement also mandates that Danny must change his name. This is too much. As Danny storms off, Joy watches him go, “I live in the real world, Danny. This is how it works!”.
Later, Danny bumps into Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Ann Moss). Thoroughly rattled from his dealings with Joy, he visits his parent’s grave. Sitting in front of the headstones, he learns that Jeri is in charge of the Rand family estate. “You are worth billions, Danny. Not millions…”. Jeri vows to help him keep his name, and ultimately prove his identity.
Across town, Harold (David Wenham) is in the midst of a sparing session when the penthouse goes black. An angry disembodied voice fills the room, “We made a deal…”. A frightened Harold pleads for forgiveness from the unseen intruder. The man is in over his head. Nervous tension hangs in the air while the woman forces Harold to kneel in broken glass. When he looks up, his mysterious visitor disappears into the darkness.
Meanwhile, Colleen and Danny just can’t make things work. After a disagreement inside the Dojo, Danny ends up staying in Jeri’s swanky hotel suite. Unable to sleep on the ultra soft bed, he drags his blankets to the floor. While he stares out over the Manhattan skyline, he flashes back to his childhood. A 10 year old Danny crouches on the floor. The little boy bites his lip as monks savagely beat him with tubes of bamboo. Danny finally cries out, and looks down as a trickle of blood falls on the floor.
Later, Danny meets with Jeri on a bustling Manhattan street. She’s been struggling to prove Danny’s identity. It seems everything which can do that is disappearing. Furthermore, it seems like the Meachum’s are definitely behind it. In a last ditch chance to think of something he missed, Danny visits a hospital. He’s looking for an x-ray from an old skateboarding injury. However, someone has beat him there. A fight breaks out, before the file room goes up in flames.
That night, Colleen visits a cage match. When an opportunity for an open fight is called out, she jumps at the chance. The announcer looks her over hungrily, “She calls herself The Garden of the Dragon!”. An awed hush falls over the crowd as a gigantic fighter steps up to challenge her. The momentum changes repeatedly, but Colleen finally emerges victorious, leaving her opponent unconscious and bloody on the floor.
The next day, Danny and Jeri meet across the boardroom table from the Meachum legal team. Despite the crowd of high paid lawyers on the other side, Jeri simply rolls a child’s art project across the table. The clay pot, which Danny made for Joy when they were children, definitively proves that Danny is who he says he is. Furthermore, there is even fingerprint of Danny’s captured in the paint. It is war between Rand and the Meachum siblings.
As the episode comes to a close, Danny scales the side of a building in an attempt to tail Ward. There’s a moment of silence, as a window opens and Danny is thrown backwards off the building. While the final credits roll, things look bleak for Danny Rand.
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