Jessica Jones: AKA God Help the Hobo
March 10, 2018 9:58 AM - Season 2, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Between anger management classes and tabloid scandals, Jessica and Trish track down a third patient linked to IGH. Oscar extends an olive branch.

*Vulture - The Wig Party
*AV Club - Jessica Jones’ secret? She’s always angry
*Den of Geek - The best episode of Jessica Jones season 2 so far sees Jess uncharacteristically playing good cop.

*At the anger management class, Jessica out-angers everyone by smashing the stress ball. Also, there's a heat wave according to Jess's internal monologue (but apparently not everyone in the costume department got the note, because most characters are dressed in heat-stroke-inducing layers).

*Vido comes into Jessica's apartment while his parents argue upstairs, and nearly falls out of the window but is caught by Jessica. Oscar and his ex witness the near-fall and freak out, but Oscar returns later to thank her, give her a bottle of booze, and call off the eviction. She invites him in for a drink and they talk and make out, but Oscar puts on the brakes when she tries to go below the waist, as leaping from enemies to casual sex is too much too soon for him.

*Trish and Griffin make a show of affection for the paparazzi. Griffin tries to convince her to ditch Trish Talk radio and come work for his network.

*Pryce Cheng goes to Hogarth's office, angry at her for dropping his suit against Jessica, and returns her retainer. He visits the Alias Investigations office and tries to entice Malcolm into ditching Jessica and joining his firm. Malcolm tells Jessica, and insists that she give him more actual PI work to do and a cut of the payouts, and she agrees.

*Jessica realizes that Fake-Hansen (henceforth The Killer) was wearing a wig. Trish knows the best wig stores from her It's Patsy days, and with some bribing the wig-seller recognizes The Killer's photo as being a bald woman, who only paid cash, who she assumed was a cancer patient.

*Trish tells Jessica about her failed attempt to blackmail Max. Instead of going public, they show Malcolm's recording of Max's non-confession to his current leading actress, and she walks off the set. Trish and Jessica confront him and demand he use the threat of ending his donations to Metro-General to get them to give up their IGH records, and after Jessica punches a hole in his car, he complies.

*Trish and Griffin have sex, and she tells him he's the first non-loser boyfriend she's picked. Whereupon he spends her time in the shower fielding a shady phone call about how 'she knows nothing.'

*The extorted Metro-General records reveal that an Inez Green was the only patient besides Jessica and Whizzer whose bills were paid by IGH. They have no locating info for Inez, but Jessica deduces the neighborhood she must be a squatter in based on her arrest records. A homeless man ID's The Killer's photo and points them to the abandoned building she resides in, and they break the padlock and enter. Jessica fights a shadowy figure, and Trish takes a hit off of Simpson's ability-enhancing-inhaler and joins the fray, only to find it's not The Killer. She is Inez Green, who was a nurse for IGH until The Killer threw her across a room and broke her back, and now she's in hiding from her and IGH.

*Meanwhile, someone steals all of the case files and case-bulletin-board collage from Jessica's office, which Malcolm discovers when one of his Tinder dates insists on looking for booze in the office since he has none. The thief, Nick Spanos, reports his success to Pryce Cheng, but then is attacked in his van by The Killer and beaten to death as Cheng listens. When Jessica returns home, she is arrested as the prime suspect (and so is Trish, for shoving a cop while still hopped up on Simpson's drugs), and Malcolm spirits Inez away from the scene.

*Hogarth calls Jessica for an update, but she has no dirt on the partners yet. She visits her doctor asking for any experimental/illicit treatment options, then for sure-fire quick & painless euthanasia drugs, but the doctor has nothing but palliative care options to offer, so she buys foreign drugs herself via the internet.
posted by oh yeah! (27 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I have to agree with one of the recaps that the Max plot is pretty shoehorned. How big a donor would someone have to be to get illegal medical records? And, even if a donor did throw their weight around, how many layers of bureaucracy must there be between whoever is the main big-donor-fundraising contact and the actual hospital data coordinator who could dig up the relevant files?

And, the The Killer/Inez switcheroo doesn't make sense. Jessica ID'd the neighborhood based on Inez' arrest records, but they got to the building because the homeless guy ID'd it as being where the woman in the photograph, The Killer, was living. So what was Inez doing there? If she's hiding from The Killer and IGH, why is she in her building? Did the writers do that stupid thing of making a twist that doesn't make any sense in retrospect?
posted by oh yeah! at 10:08 AM on March 10 [3 favorites]


Yeah, that's a mistake.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:37 AM on March 10


I think the homeless guy may have either been mistaken or fleecing them. (They did pay for the info.)
posted by mordax at 1:00 PM on March 10 [2 favorites]


How great is Carrie-Anne Moss in this series? SO GREAT.

Good point about the warm costumes supposedly in the New York Summer- Jessica leaves the group session and puts on her leather jacket. ("No Jessica, don't do that!" She never takes my advice.)
posted by Coaticass at 2:08 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


I think the homeless guy may have either been mistaken or fleecing them. (They did pay for the info.)

If he was just giving them a bogus location for the Killer, how did he happen to give them the correct location for Inez? It just doesn't make any sense. It's the kind of bad writing I would expect from towards the end of the season of a one-hour drama, when the staff is too burnt out and time-crunched to be able to break an episode properly, and end up putting out an episode they all later acknowledge was garbage. There's just no excuse for the Jessica Jones writers to be this sloppy from the get-go.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:34 PM on March 10


I love Trish's body language when she's hyped up on combat drugs.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:41 PM on March 10


Why is Pryce worried that Jessica might be stealing his business? It's not like their clientele overlap. He has a fancy office in a fancy building and caters to corporations and wealthy people who pay good money for his services. Jessica's clients are the down-and-out and the out-of-touch. There has to be more to his story than we've seen so far, right?
posted by plastic_animals at 6:37 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


The Inez switcheroo makes sense if IGH paid for her treatment at Metro-General. And since she was injured while working on one of their projects, it doesn't seem that implausible. They'd gotten better at hiding actual test subjects from the paperwork, but Inez's assault managed to slip through.
posted by figurant at 8:09 PM on March 10


They definitely paid for her treatment -- that's not the problem. It's that they knew approximately where she was by vagrancy violations, which is fine, but they got the precise location by showing people a photo that wasn't of her.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:38 PM on March 10


One of the things that they seem to be working on this season is the resentment and fear that non-superhuman people feel toward people with powers. I'm guessing that that's what's eating Pryce.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:18 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


One of the things that they seem to be working on this season is the resentment and fear that non-superhuman people feel toward people with powers. I'm guessing that that's what's eating Pryce.

Though, one of the recaps (not sure which episode) pointed out that it's all people of color who have been giving Jessica anti-specials attitude, and having a white lady schooling POC about bigotry is... not a great look.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:26 AM on March 11 [3 favorites]


I think the guy who finally pointed them at the building recognized the name and went with that.
posted by rmd1023 at 7:50 AM on March 11 [1 favorite]


one of the recaps (not sure which episode) pointed out that it's all people of color who have been giving Jessica anti-specials attitude, and having a white lady schooling POC about bigotry is... not a great look.

Huh. Yeah.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:13 AM on March 11


Don't forget the beef jerky and whiskey breakfast. I'm beginning to believe Jessica's real superpower is to survive on her diet.
posted by happyroach at 3:21 PM on March 11 [1 favorite]


The guy who sent them to the building said the picture wasn't of Inez, though -- he said she had a different hair color. Jessica & Trish assumed she had a second wig.
posted by Jugwine at 6:31 PM on March 11 [6 favorites]


I'm increasingly amused that approximately 75% of the things Jessica does with her superpowers is break padlocks. In the comics, her hero name was Jewel, but in the TV world it should be something like Lockbane.
posted by straight at 2:10 AM on March 13 [8 favorites]


Hey, she can also jump hella high...
posted by happyroach at 3:47 PM on March 13


Yes, right, her vigilante superhero name should be Lockbreakerella
posted by straight at 6:01 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]


I love the constant lock breaking. It is JJ’s version of the sonic screwdriver in that both give their respective characters a convenient means of getting through obstacles that are typically difficult to get through.
posted by plastic_animals at 7:48 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]


The guy who gave them the location identified Inez by name, not picture. He hadn't seen the picture at all when he came up to them, but knew the name they were looking for.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:24 PM on March 17 [1 favorite]


> I have to agree with one of the recaps that the Max plot is pretty shoehorned. How big a donor would someone have to be to get illegal medical records? And, even if a donor did throw their weight around, how many layers of bureaucracy must there be between whoever is the main big-donor-fundraising contact and the actual hospital data coordinator who could dig up the relevant files?

Not. Possible.

IAAfundraiser who previously worked for a large university including its medical school and hospital.
posted by desuetude at 12:04 PM on March 19


I think we're supposed to think he's such a big donor he can ask for things directly from the CEO or president or whatever of the hospital rather than going through the fundraising people. And in the JJ universe, that guy (whoever he is) is definitely able and willing to do shady stuff like that.
posted by straight at 11:29 AM on March 26


> I think we're supposed to think he's such a big donor he can ask for things directly from the CEO or president or whatever of the hospital rather than going through the fundraising people.

Yes, I am familiar with this level of donor. And LOLOLOL no, the President/CEO can not just go pull medical records.

Look, I'm not expecting the show to align with accurately realistic details of hospital bureaucracy, but I do roll my eyes when a show relies repeatedly on tropes like this.
posted by desuetude at 8:01 AM on March 27


This is the same hospital in which several doctors were able to conduct crazy illegal experiments on patients funded by shadowy outside organizations. I think it's safe to say the bureaucracy has a few more layers of corruption than a typical hospital in our world.
posted by straight at 10:10 PM on March 27 [1 favorite]


How great is Carrie-Anne Moss in this series? SO GREAT.



She's freaking incredible! I love her.
posted by bunderful at 5:09 PM on March 30 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I work on electronic medical records and yeah, no one can access records without a log being created. But this is set in an alternative universe, maybe the world with the Avengers doesn't have HIPPA.
posted by octothorpe at 5:12 PM on April 1


So has Boyfriend of Trish hired Big Time Private Eye Guy to steal Jessica's research on IGH so Boyfriend can scoop Trish? That's who he was talking to on the phone? I think he made some reference early on re which is more important, the story or a relationship.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 8:01 PM on April 2


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