Each week, Darren from @darrenmoviereviews will be recapping the most recent episode(s) of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and the show’s overall connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
All rise, court is in session. It’s time for Jennifer Walters to show off her lawyering skills as she fights for Emil Blonsky’s freedom on this week’s episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
After two episodes that were introductory and did not get to the focus of the show, we finally got a taste of the legal comedy aspect of the series. We finally see Jen in action, defending Emil Blonsky, while Pug takes on a new client who has a claim against a powered individual. While it’s a very self-contained episode that does not set up the larger story of the season, it’s a terribly fun episode with the majority of the jokes landing, unlike last week where they were very hit or miss. Minus a bit of an awkward post credit scene, the episode delivers exactly what I want in a legal comedy. And as with the first two episodes, Tatiana Maslany continues to be sensational as Jen and proves herself to be the latest, greatest addition to the MCU.
And into spoiler territory we go. If you have not seen this week’s episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, stop reading now. If you have, keep on reading to find out what we learnt on this week’s episode…
The episode begins with Jen visiting Emil in prison, trying to find out why he left prison to fight in an underground fight club. Emil reveals that he was forced to escape prison by none other than Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme. With this piece of information, Jen asks Nikki to track down Wong so she can corroborate Emil’s story.
We then get a bunch of new stories about Jen representing Emil, and her being a superhero attorney. Jen is not happy with the narrative they are painting of her, to which Nikki tells her that she needs to respond and take control of the narrative.
Back at work, the superhero division has got its second client: Dennis, Jen’s old co-worker from the DA’s office. It turns out his girlfriend was not Megan Thee Stallion, but in fact a shapeshifting Asgardian elf who defrauded him of approximately $175,000. When Jen walks into the room, Dennis says immediately that he does not want her on the case, so it is assigned to Pug. While meeting with Dennis, Renée Elise Goldsberry’s Mallory Book appears for a brief moment and quickly exits the room as she is not impressed with Dennis at all. As the meeting is wrapping up, Wong opens up a portal. He has come to talk to Jen as she requested to speak to him.
During her conversation with Wong, Wong confirms that he forced Emil to leave prison. Why? Because he needed to fight a monster and prove himself worthy of becoming the Sorcerer Supreme. Wong says that Emil behaved honourably, and asks Jen to release Emil from prison. Jen clarifies that that decision is up to the review board, not her. Wong then tells Jen he won’t erase everyone’s memory to make them forget that Emil left prison, to which Jen says that is incredibly unethical. He does however offer use of the mirror and shadow dimension to help. Jen says that what he can do to help is to show up to the parole hearing and speak to the matter, to which Wong agrees.
Elsewhere, Pug is interviewing Dennis about his case to figure out their best strategy. But after Dennis leaves their meeting, he comes back and says that he has had a change of heart and wants to drop the case, which Pug finds unexpected. In fact, this is the shapeshifting elf, which Pug discovers as the real Dennis calls him with one more piece of information. Pug then calls for security, but the elf quickly leaves the office and shape shifts into Pug and tries to get him caught in a sexual harrasment complaint on her way out of the building.
It’s now time for the review board hearing for Emil’s parole. In attendance: Jen, Emil, the board member, and Emil’s 8 soul mates who he has met through the prison pen pal program. Not present: Wong. The review begins with the Board asking Emil if he feels like he has been rehabilitated. Emil thinks he does, embarking on a long winded answer to buy time for Wong to arrive. During his speech, he confirms that he has all of the conditions for his parole in place for his living situation. We then cut to various individuals who work at the prison and speak to Emil’s change of character and behaviour while incarcerated. Every single one of them praises Emil and speaks highly of his character. As the last character witness wraps up, Wong opens up a portal and apologizes for arriving late.
We then cut to Dennis’s case. Dennis and Pug are in court as opposing counsel has filed a motion to dismiss the claim on the grounds that Dennis’s ex-girlfriend has Asgardian diplomatic immunity. His ex-girlfriend begins the “Asgard is not a place but a people” speech, but the judge cuts her off. Her lawyer argues that the text messages between Dennis and her client would prove that no one in their right mind would believe that her client was actually Megan Thee Stallion, and therefore Dennis gifted this money knowingly. However, the judge denies their motion and allows the case to proceed to trial. Then, after leaving the bench, the judge comes back up and changes his mind and reverses his decision. Once again, the elf is impersonating someone to get out of the charges against her.
Back at the review hearing, Wong explains the circumstances under which he forced Emil to leave prison during his incarceration and confirms that he left Emil with no choice. In fact, he tells them that he offered to free Emil after Emil helped him, but Emil insisted on returning to prison. Jen then delivers her closing argument, saying that all the evidence shows that Emil is a changed man and knew what he was doing by asking to return to prison. However, the board is still concerned about what will happen if Emil turns into Abomination and loses control. Emil quickly demonstrates this by turning into Abomination but showing he still has full control. But this has the unfortunate side effect of breaking his cage and terrifying the review board. Jen quickly tells Emil to change back into his human form, apologizes to the board and asks them to forgive her client’s enthusiasm as he didn’t mean to scare everyone. However, Jen continues stating that this shows her client could have escaped prison at any time, but choose not to, showing he is truly rehabilitated and deserves to be free. The board says they will reconvene once they reach a verdict, and then turn their focus to Wong as he admitted to aiding a prisoner escape prison, which is a crime. Hearing this, Wong quickly opens up a portal and leaves the prison before the board can continue any further.
On the way out of the prison, Jen refuses to answer any of the press’s questions about the hearing or being She-Hulk. She ends up at the bar with Nikki, where Nikki tells her that an interview will correct the narrative in the media about her. Jen tells Nikki that she just wants to go back to be an unnoticed lawyer and to just be able to do her job, but Nikki tells her there is no going back. Pug then joins them, and they begin talking about Dennis’s case. Jen expresses her dislike of Dennis and calls him gross. But this gives Pug an idea, and he asks if Jen will say that under oath?
The next day, we are back at Dennis’s trial. Jen is being sworn in as a witness, and tells the court about her work relationship with Dennis. Pug then asks Jen if Dennis ever shared his dating life with her? Jen said he did so prolifically and unprompted, and calls him a self-absorbed, chauvinistic and conceited individual. However, hearing this unflattering account of himself, Dennis himself objects as to the relevance of this testimony. While the judge warns Dennis that he cannot object as he is not a lawyer in this case, the judge agrees with his sentiment and asks Pug to get to the point. Pug then asks Jen if she thinks that Dennis would actually believe that he could pull off dating the real Megan Thee Stallion? Jen says absolutely because she believes Dennis to be a pathological, entitled, and delusional man.
Based on this testimony, the judge rules in favour of Dennis and awards him damages in the full $175,000 he spent on his ex-girlfriend, while sentencing the elf to sixty days in jail for impersonating an officer of the court. At the reading of this announcement, the real Megan Thee Stallion jumps up in the audience of the court room and screams out that there is only one real Megan Thee Stallion.
In the hallway outside the courtroom, Dennis asks Pug and Jen if they think he stands a chance with the real Megan Thee Stallion? But they both tell him no. However, as Dennis continues talking, he gives Jen an idea: removing powers so no further harm can be done.
Jen is called back to the prison for the decision of the board on Emil’s parole. They grant Emil’s parole, effective immediately on the condition that he cannot turn into Abomination ever again and he must wear an inhibitor that dampens his powers. They warn him if he breaks these conditions, he will be sent back to prison.
After successfully helping her first client, Jen gives her first interview as She-Hulk. And the first question from the news anchor: how did she come up with the name “She-Hulk”? Jen explains that this name was not her choice, but given to her by a random guy on the news. However, before she can say anything more in the interview, the news anchor tells the audience they are heading off on a commercial break, but to tune in after the break for She-Hulk’s diet and exercise routine.
On her way home that night, Jen is attacked by muggers in the alleyway. But with her powers, Jen turns into She-Hulk and easily defeats them and their weapons (which are either of Asgardian or Chatari origin). The muggers run away, and in their van, their leader asks if they got Jen’s blood sample? The man with the needle says no, revealing a broken needle. In response, the leader says that their boss will be mad.
For this week’s post credit scene, we see Jen signing up the real Megan Thee Stallion as her newest, and favourite client. The two of them begin dancing and twerking. Megan exclaims that Jen is way more fun than her previous lawyer, and Jen says she will kill for Megan. But Megan tells Jen to dial it back.
This week’s episode of She-Hulk introduces a prominent character from the She-Hulk comics: Mallory Book, played by Renée Elise Goldsberry. While we only see her for a brief moment, given her role in the comics and the casting of Goldsberry, we are bound to see more of her in this series and in the MCU going forward. In the comics, Mallory is a brilliant lawyer that becomes a rival of Jen’s while they work at the same law firm. However, over the course of the comics, they become more than just rivals as Mallory eventually begins to defend supervillains and makes it her mission to destroy She-Hulk. Given that this series is the introduction of She-Hulk into the MCU, it is most likely that Mallory is being set up as a long term villain for She-Hulk’s future over the next two phases.
Who is the individual who hired the muggers to attack Jen? Will Jen set her narrative straight in the media? And who will Jen’s next client be? Check back next week for the next She-Hulk: Attorney at Law recap to find out if we learn any of these answers as the next adventure in the MCU unfolds!