'Hawkeye' Episode 2 Recap: Clint Barton LARPs for His Life

Clint Barton set out to clean up Kate Bishop's mess in Episode 2 of Hawkeye on Disney+.

The Marvel hero Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was dragged out of retirement and away from his family vacation to deal with his past being dragged up thanks to Kate (Hailee Steinfeld). Elsewhere, Kate grows justifiably suspicious of her mom's new fiancé who appears to be hiding things from them.

Episode 2, "Hide and Seek," is the second part of the premiere launch on Disney+. Both Episodes 1 and 2 are available to watch now, with each new episode dropping every Wednesday until Christmas 2021.

Clint tries Live Action Role-Playing

Episode 1 ended with our two archery heroes coming face to face as Clint tried to discover who was hiding behind his Ronin suit.

Kate tries to keep her cool around her favorite Avenger while Clint makes it quite clear he's only there to get the suit off of her. We get a closer look at Kate's life via her apartment above a pizza place. We see her training area and the many trophies she's won throughout her years.

Cutting the peace short, the men Clint dubs the "Tracksuit Mafia" followed Kate to the apartment and started throwing Molotov cocktails inside, setting fire to the place. It's worth noting Clint's impressive skills when he catches one and throws it back at the matching tracksuit-wearing baddies. The apartment goes up in flames so Clint, Kate and the newly-named Pizza Dog make a run for it and plan to come back for the Ronin suit later.

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Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Lucky the Pizza Dog (Jolt) escape the Tracksuit Mafia in Episode 2 of "Hawkeye" on Disney+. Mary Cybulski/Marvel Studios

They hide out at Kate's auntie's place so that she can tend to her wounds from the previous night of fighting. Clint disguises himself as a firefighter and heads back to the apartment to get the Ronin suit, but sees that it's been taken. He deduces that one of the firefighters who's into LARPing (Live-Action Role Playing) took it.

Back at the apartment, though Clint is keeping Kate at arm's length emotionally, they start to get to know one another and Clint shows her how to properly take care of her battle scars.

The next morning, Clint sends his kids back home to stay with his wife Laura Barton (Linda Cardellini) while he stays to clean up Kate's mess. He promises them he'll be home in time for Christmas, which is just five days away.

Kate gets in further trouble as the news suggests the masked vigilante Ronin is wanted in connection with the murder of Armand Duquesne. Clint takes Kate back to her family and as they pass through Times Square, Kate tells Clint the reason why Hawkeye isn't as popular as the other Avengers—"branding."

He also reveals that the reason he now has to wear a hearing aid is because of the countless explosions his ears had to withstand during his life as an Avenger.

When the pair depart, Kate pushes for them to exchange numbers so that she can keep in contact with Clint.

Kate's family business is Bishop Securities which seems to be run by her mom Eleanor (Vera Farmiga). The company also gives Kate the ability to track phones with ease, as we saw in Episode 1 and we see later in Episode 2.

Kate steps into the office to see her mom but her new fiancé Jack is there, who is mourning the loss of his uncle Armand. Jack continues to rattle Kate despite trying all the tricks from a book he bought on how to be a good step-dad.

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Hailee Steinfeld receives direction from director Rhys Thomas in "Hawkeye." Mary Cybulski/Marvel Studios

Later while the three are at dinner, Kate tricks Jack into engaging in a round of fencing with her to confirm her suspicions about him. Kate can tell that Jack keeps letting her win. Knowing he's holding back, Kate aims a blow at his unguarded face which Jack defends with instinctive ease. Eleanor is furious but Kate is adamant this proves he is lying.

Afterwards Jack offers Kate a butterscotch candy which she notices bares the insignia of Armand Duquesne, which Kate believes proves that Jack was responsible for his murder.

Meanwhile, Clint is also play fighting as he tracks down the man who took the Ronin suit to a LARPing group in Central Park. He must "fight" his way through the medieval-looking warriors to track down his target. In order to get the suit back, Clint has to have a showdown with the guy and pretend to lose so that he can look cool in front of his LARPing friends. Afterwards, Clint admits to his new pal Grills that he enjoyed joining in.

Clint stashes the suit in a public gym locker and then anticipates his capture by the Tracksuit Mafia, who take him to their hideout. Unknowingly, Kate is tracking him at the same time and gatecrashes his interrogation, very unsuccessfully.

They're both captured and the mafia members inform their leader. We don't get to hear the leader's name but when we see her, it's implied she's deaf as she confidently waves away her biggest goon. Hearing impaired actress Alaqua Cox plays this unnamed villain.

After this the credits roll and we once again see a stylish Christmas-styled animated sequence, as we did in the opening of Episode 1.

Episode 3 of Hawkeye will arrive on Disney+ on Wednesday, December 1.

Season 1 of Hawkeye will feature six episodes in total, with the finale airing on December 22.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and Pizza Dog in "Hawkeye". Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.