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.
Jen is hurting for a yurt on this week’s episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Yes, Jen is off to Abomination’s wellness retreat for some much needed self reflection.
While on the surface this week’s episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law may seem like another one off episode with Jen at Abomination’s wellness retreat, it is actually a great character showcase for Jen. The entire season, Jen has struggled with the public image of She-Hulk and her lack of control over it. But this episode puts Jen in the spotlight, allowing the audience to understand her main emotional character arc for the entire season. The scene where we get this self reflection and self discovery from Jen is beautifully written, and of course Tatiana Maslany continues to shine with a winning performance that proves that the MCU is not short on star power at all.
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 getting ready for a date with Josh, the dashing young man she met at her friend’s wedding. What follows is a lovely montage, showing Jen and Josh bond over a series of dates. It’s evident that Jen is developing feelings for Josh, finally catching a break in the dating department after a string of bad online dates. The entire sequence builds to the first night they spend together, with Jen waking up the next morning to find that Josh has already left her apartment. Thinking nothing of it, Jen quickly sends him a text saying what a great night she had. But hours later at work, he has still not responded.
Hours turn to days, with Josh going radio silent on Jen. Jen begins obsessively checking her phone for a response from him for days, but still nothing. Luckily, on Sunday morning Jen gets a work call from Emil Blonsky’s parole officer to distract her from waiting for Josh’s response. Blonsky’s inhibitor is malfunctioning and the parole officer needs to head to Blonsky’s wellness retreat to assess the situation, but he would feel much safer if She-Hulk were to accompany.
After a drive full of tunes, including Jen rocking out to Hansen’s “Mmmbop”, Jen arrives at Blonsky’s property. The parole officer examines Blonsky’s inhibitor, and quickly fixes the malfunction which Blonsky says was caused by his encounter with an electric fence, and quickly leaves. But as Jen is about to leave, two super powered participants of the wellness retreat, Man-Bull and El Aguila, slam into her car and total it while fighting. This strands Jen at the retreat until a tow truck can arrive later that afternoon. Only one problem: there is no cell reception or internet access, so Jen is stranded for hours not knowing if Josh responded or not. Trying to distract her, Blonsky gives her a tour of the grounds, but Jen is obsessed with finding cell reception.
During her wandering to run cell reception, Jen stumbles into a barn on the property where Blonsky is holding a group therapy session. Declining an invitation to join as Jen appears to have found cell reception, Jen sits on the side as Blonsky continues the meeting. Jen is half watching the meeting, but she is shocked to see one of the gang members who attacked her on episode 3 in the alley, Wrecker, join the group. She immediately turns into She-Hulk and begins throwing chairs at the man. Sensing some tension, Blonsky asks Jen to sit down in the calming chair, as he begins to lead a discussion for Jen and Wrecker to work through their conflict. During the discussion, Wrecker takes full responsibility and accountability for his actions towards Jen, concluding with an apology for attacking her that night. But, throughout the conversation, Jen is not opening herself up or being honest with the group.
To try and help Jen work through her feelings, Blonsky asks Jen if she wants to share anything with the group. She begins telling them about the anxiousness she has been feeling about Josh not responding. Despite the men telling her that her text message was a little thirsty and cliche, Jen sends Josh a text during the middle of the meeting to ask if everything is okay with him, to which he doesn’t respond either. The men all agree that Jen shouldn’t have sent that text, and the conversation then moves to her identity as She-Hulk. This gets Jen to open up about her insecurities about worrying that people will only like her for being She-Hulk, and not for being just Jen. She then tells the group that this was the reason she liked Josh so much: because he liked her as Jen, not just because she is She-Hulk.
The men in the meeting are all moved by Jen’s honesty and pain, and immediately want to team up and kill Josh. Trying to prevent an attack, Blonsky calms them all down and gets them all to talk to Jen about her pain. The conversation calms Jen, causing her to transform from She-Hulk back into plain old Jen. It’s a transformative moment (literally and figuratively) for Jen, allowing her to see that people can see through She-Hulk and see her as a Jen just like these men have. This allows Jen to delete Josh’s number from her phone. And finally, Jen announces she is finally ready to go into the yurt and to sweat it out like Blonsky suggested she should when she first arrived.
After her time in the yurt, the tow truck arrives and rescues Jen’s wrecked car. On her departure, the group has given Jen a handmade goodbye card. All in all, it’s been a good day with Jen leaving feeling better about herself.
But then… we flashback three days to the night that Josh left Jen. We see Josh wake up in the middle of the night. He clones Jen’s phone, takes a photo of her sleeping in bed, and texts a contact in his phone named “Hulk King” three emojis indicating that he got Jen’s blood sample. And the episode ends, once again with no post credit scene.
The mystery around the big bad of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continues to develop, but we have another piece of the puzzle. The text that Josh sends references “Hulk King”, which is an indication that the villain is related to Hulk. There is the possibility that the individual could be Emil Blonsky a.k.a. Abomination himself, which means that the wellness retreat is a ruse. But since D23 confirmed that Tim Blake Nelson would return as Samuel Sterns a.k.a. The Leader for Captain America: New World Order after last being seen in The Incredible Hulk, I think he is about to make a surprise return to the MCU in the finale of She-Hulk. Given Intelligencia’s involvement, this would make sense as Sterns is incredibly intelligent and was infected with Bruce’s blood. This could explain why the Hulk King is after Jen’s blood, as he is trying to cure himself, but it could lead him down a darker path and for his debut as The Leader. Regardless of who the Hulk King is, their identity is going to be revealed very soon.
Who is the Hulk King? Will Jen ever find an honest and sweet boyfriend? And will Daredevil show up next week? 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!