When Jessica's friend is added to the list of those murdered by Kilgrave, Jessica comes up with a desperate plan to evade her stalker and stop the growing number of victims–despite the best advice of her friends and frenemies.
It's my belief this series is heavily symbolic. So what does that mean for an opening like this one? The wolf is answering the door, and our heroine is being thrown drunkenly into the trash. This might just be the lowest we've seen Jessica Jones so far this season. The encounter with Wendy on the train platform and Ruben's murder just punctuate how low she has gone and how powerless she is against Kilgrave.
It also helps me understand the door metaphor. Jessica's been cavalier about her door being locked all season so far. It seems stupid, given how many are after her, but I ask you: what's the point of worrying about a lock when you know people who can snap a lock open... or tell someone else to? There's a greater level of security needed when you work against someone like Kilgrave. Taken to its logical extent, Jessica's decision to try and get herself locked up in a maximum security prison seems like an obvious conclusion–if a stupid one, like I'm hopefully going to show.
Malcolm, Simpson and Trish are the friends trying to save Jessica from herself, with Jeri Hogarth doing the same in her own way. I'm totally with them-maximum security means nothing to Kilgrave from the outside, as events in the police station prove. Once Jessica gets past the best hurdles her friends can throw at her she's going to be in the hands of the system: and the system is exactly what Kilgrave manipulates best. And this is what makes no sense to me, unless Jessica is simply really terrified: her plan involves putting a lot of defenseless, innocent (and insane) people between Kilgrave and herself. This is her plan? Make people with even less power and knowledge than she has into, essentially, living targets? Stupid. And in the end absolutely moot, and all the sturm und drang is pointless. Kilgrave has her checkmated.
This show has been pretty thick with the violence but what it does best is creep you out. That penultimate silent scene in the police station–from Jessica's desperate, frustrated attempt to get herself incarcerated, to Kilgrave and Jessica chatting while everyone else is a frozen statue? Well staged. Kilgrave's moment of raving gave my jeebies serious heebie. It sort of proves my point too: Kilgrave has no scruples about attacking anyone, a lesson the death of Ruben should have driven home. Nobody dies today; instead Kilgrave sends Jessica home with orders to find a special gift, which leads her to her childhood home, where Kilgrave awaits. So the episode starts with Kilgrave in her office; it ends with Kilgrave occupying the most intimate part of her memory. Symbolism and metaphor, anyone? And rhetoric aside: has Jessica really given up and given in? And if so, what does that mean for her and for the future? Is that little voice inside still fighting?
Bits and Pieces
Simpson and Trish are continuing their explicit relationship. Am I the only one who thinks Officer Simpson is on the hot side? Whatever your opinion, I can't be alone in liking how this show writes relationship dialogue.
Malcolm is growing into a very interesting character now that he's been released from dependency on drugs.
Jessica's behavior in getting Wendy to sign divorce papers is actually sort of helpful. Now Jeri realizes how much Wendy knows, remembers and is willing to use.
We're learning more about Trish's mother, who seems heavily into verbal control and, very possibly, physical abuse.
Luke watch: he isn't around this week and his stand-in at the bar gives Jessica a little slice-of-life talk, advising her to forget him.
The scenes with Ruben's sister, Robyn, were poignant and hilarious at the same time. She reminds me very much of a certain type of New Yorker.
Nothing new about Hope or the baby?
Homeless man: You stink.
Jessica: Well, I'm a piece of shit, and shit stinks.
Homeless man: Got a dollar?
Jessica scoffs and searches her pocket.
Jessica: Blimpie's punch card. Two away from a free sub.
Simpson: Some people need to be removed from this earth, and Kilgrave is one of 'em.
Trish: We don't get to decide that. Killers decide that. That's what makes them killers.
Simpson: That is naive–
Trish: And idealistic, and futile. But I want justice for my friend. For that girl in prison. For you and me. I want Kilgrave to live long and alone and despised until he wants to die, but can't. Because that's justice, and I'll fight like hell for it.
Simpson: Wow. You just need a flag and a horse.
Trish: I'd look goddamn good on it.
Kilgrave: Crappy fluorescent lights and cockroaches and loud cell phones and the smell of piss! I am trying to profess eternal love here, people!
Five out of five: a riveting episode which kept me on the edge of my seat until the final moments. I can't wait till they bring back Luke, though I fear that ship has sunk.