Warning: Below contains complete spoilers Episode 8 of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, which is now streaming on Disney+. To refresh your memory, check out our review of last week’s episode.
Well, here’s our reckless look. And while it’s been referred to as a “pattern,” that doesn’t seem to bring Charlie Cox back as Matt Murdock’s justice. It’s not just a small part, but a crucial role in this episode and the She-Hulk arc as a whole. And it’s a testament to “Ribbit and Rip It” that there is an actual competition to Daredevil as the best part of the episode. This penultimate entry is, without a doubt, She-Hulk: Best Lawyer’s Half Hour So Far, in honor of both Jen and Matt, giving us emotional stakes and major plot, and resident Sneaking in a bit of sitcom goodness. It’s, in more ways than one, the episode we’ve all been waiting for.
One of the biggest complaints about She-Hulk so far has been their length: While being honest with their chosen sitcom format, 30 minutes a week often doesn’t feel like enough to do everything they’re trying to do with Jen’s story And the Respecting some of the MCU’s larger obligations And the Make each episode feel special and independent in its own right. So with all of that in mind, I have to appreciate how much Episode 8’s extremely narrow writing was able to squeeze it in without feeling too incomplete and rushed.
Part of that is due to the “lawyer show” premise that She-Hulk takes a back seat this week, although that doesn’t mean they’re completely sidelined. Instead, we get an absolute joke from the client, Eugene Patillo aka Leap-Frog, as he sued Jen’s tailor, Luke Jacobson – who also happens to be Daredevil’s tailor – bringing our MCU lawyers together. And really fast, let’s get to the Leap-Frog: it’s so far else A deep reference for comics fans to enjoy, but otherwise, it’s totally forgettable. This is a good thing. With everything we have to cover in this episode, there’s no room in the spotlight for a villain of the week.
Instead, we’ll see Matt and Jane legally squawk in a quick court scene. Matt’s entrance is wonderfully understated – he’s just a regular barrister, after all! We are also reminded of how good he is at his day job. For those of you who might be worried about She-Hulk turning Daredevil/Matt Murdock into a joke, it’s quite the opposite: He’s getting his time to shine too, and if one of the goals of this episode is to make us equal more bragging for Daredevil: Born Once Else, well, you got the job done. In addition to his legal wit, his shy, witty sense of humor – almost surprisingly – works perfectly here, especially in the next scene after he does better than Jane and Patello in court.
Matt, ever chapter chapter (my Salah I missed this guy, can you say that?), Jane stretches out a peace offering in a proper green Appletian form, and the two engage in a touching conversation that only two superhero lawyers can have. Matt’s note about Jane’s unique position – “Jane Walters can use the law to help people when society fails them; She-Hulk can help people when they break the law” – not only is our hero that needs to be heard, but he is able to shape the whole spirit of the series (although Only one episode having one, no guarantees for a second season yet). And we’ll get to that later, but Cox and Tatiana Maslany’s chemistry? off the charts.
After a Leap-Frog gets himself into some trouble by being a bad guy and kidnapping Luke, Matt and Jen are rolled into each other’s orbits again, even if Jen doesn’t realize it at first. From here we got else Fans of the slightly larger MCU should enjoy: She-Hulk and Daredevil are battling! No matter how brief (because of the absolute necessity of episode length), it’s a welcome piece of excitement to watch. The She-Hulk’s use of the “thunderclap” is not just a nice demonstration of one of the Hulk’s underappreciated powers, but one of two outlines that this episode gives to the pilot. It’s one of those times when you truly Seems like a Marvel show in a good way, and both heroes appear to be their formidable fighting strengths, even if the She-Hulk manages to defeat Daredevil, forcing Matt to reveal his identity to her.
He lets him explain the situation to her, though, giving us the inevitable team up as Jane realizes her client might be dumber than she thought. There’s some fun banter as Matt’s stealthy approach collides with Jen’s “responsible and smashes” person, and after the two decide to go their separate ways and do their own thing, we get more action. Daredevil fans rejoice – we get Entrance fight scene! Could a daredevil look really be appropriate without it? Of course, do not reach heights Famous portal fight in his Netflix series — one of the best action sequences that Marvel as a whole has to offer — but it’s a great taste for it, with Jen crashing through the roof just to remind us who this show actually is. However, there are some nice visual homages to Daredevil’s show in these parts of the episode, with scenes drenched in choppy monochrome lighting.
With Leap-Frog out of the way and Luke at Jen’s side once again, she and Matt share another sultry moment at the reckless red neon lights. Again, I have to say this: Their chemistry is great throughout this entire episode, even when they’re bickering, but it’s great here because they playfully rub shoulders. And oh my goodness they really did: Excuse the rudeness, but Jane and Matt Pang. over here! On the Disney + MCU show! If it wasn’t clear from “Captain America f—!” In the pilot, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law doubles down on the fact that he’s not afraid to dip his toe into more adult fare — including his “Sick Conclusion” joke. Oh, and Matt, in a totally reckless outfit, taking a walk out of disgrace? What more could I ask for?
But despite this satisfying episode outcome, She-Hulk didn’t stop there. From here we get to perhaps Ribbit and Rip It’s smartest move: her amazing heel turn at the end. Just when we think we’ll see Jane lying in the glare of her hook for a while, she does some fourth wall breaking to build tension before we head off to the party, which I assumed would save at the end of the season. but that Why This episode is pretty clever: it takes our expectations of a beautiful sitcom arc that past episodes have gotten and smashes Hulk-Smashes to shreds.
With Jane honored at the party—and learning she’s one of many female lawyers to have won plaudits for a seemingly beautiful performance—the real villain of the season, Intelligencia, strikes, and it goes way beyond the petty memes made in some dirty forum. They broadcast, in full view of Jane’s family and co-workers, a video clip Josh took without her consent to having sex. It’s a totally devastating violation that made my heart sink and boil, and it’s a heavy subject I never expected the MCU to deal with. Jane made a very understandable anger.
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“Once they see you as a monster, it will never go away”: Bruce’s warning in the pilot rings agonizingly here as Jane crashes the screen and chases after those she thinks are responsible. As party attendees — even those who know and love Jane — look on in horror, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law makes emotional bets she’s only hinted at before. I don’t know how the final episode could top the season, but the stage is definitely ready for the end.