|"The H Word"|
|Writer(s):||Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez|
|Original airdate:||August 18, 2017|
|Next Episode:||"Mean Right Hook"|
"The H Word" is the premiere episode of season one of The Defenders.
Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand investigate criminals and fight injustice, unaware their paths are about to cross.
- Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil
- Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones
- Mike Colter as Luke Cage
- Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist
- Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse
- Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson
- Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing
- Simone Missick as Misty Knight
- Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker
- Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
- Élodie Yung as Elektra Natchios
- Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
- Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra Reid
- Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao
- Peter McRobbie as Father Paul Lantom
- J. Mallory McCree as Cole Miller
- Debbi Morgan as Dolores Miller
- Michelle Federer as Michelle Raymond
- Chloe Levine as Lexi Raymond
- Simon Feil as Mr. Berkowitz
- Monica Wyche as Defense Attorney
- Marko Zaror as Shaft
- Gabe White as Aaron James
- Deborah Twiss as Aaron's Mother
- Shawn McLaughlin as Aaron's Dad
- Danny Doherty as Bartender
- Johnny Solo as City Worker #1
- Pascal Yen-Pfister as Doctor
- Mellini Kantayya as Nurse
- Chantal Maurice as Waitress
- Paul Hickert as Warden
- Caleb Eberhardt as Young Man
- Jeff Grossman as Police Officer (uncredited)
- Mark Langston as Dinner Patron (uncredited)
Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Seagate Prison appears.
- Pop's Barber Shop appears.
- K'un-Lun appears in a vision.
- Bobby Fish is mentioned.
- John Raymond is mentioned.
- Mariah Dillard is mentioned.
- Mitchell Ellison is mentioned.
- Hernan "Shades" Alvarez is mentioned.
- Willis Stryker/Diamondback is mentioned.
- Candace Miller is mentioned.
- Sean Miller is mentioned.
- Henry "Pops" Hunter is mentioned.
- Nelson and Murdock is mentioned.
- Duncan + Dotter Design is mentioned.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology is mentioned.
- Order of the Crane Mother is mentioned.
- Daredevil's Suit is mentioned.
- Crispus Attucks Complex is mentioned.
- The top left corner of the "video feed" in the trailer has an IP number (220.127.116.11) that rolls over to nybulletin.com which emulates a New York newspaper and has video interviews of characters in the Defenders.
- The rooftop park where Alexandra and Madame Gao meet is the same place that Madame Gao met up with Wilson Fisk in Season 1 of Daredevil.
- When Luke Cage is talking to Cole in his apartment, there's a poster for rapper Jidenna's song Long Live The Chief. Jidenna performs that song in Cottonmouth's club in an episode of Luke Cage.
To be added