She-Hulk: Attorney at Law took a detour this week by delivering an episode that mostly stood on its own, while also advancing the stories and themes the show has focused on so far. As a result, it changes the flow and presents the viewer with an opportunity to get a better understanding of Jennifer, the person, than She-Hulk, the hero.
1. A Self-Wedding Episode
Early in the episode, Jennifer tells everyone exactly what they want. He was invited to a friend’s wedding and talked to Nikki about it. Jennifer then turns to the camera, and in a fourth wall break, she says she knows the viewer thinks this is an inconvenient time for a self-contained wedding episode, but that’s how these things work in real life. Here, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law firmly sets the stage for the rest of the episode by making it clear that this chapter of the story will be a relatively standalone installment that doesn’t lean too much into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe or even the main story of the show itself .
For the viewer, this openness is refreshing and helpful; for the rest of the episode, it’s easier to go along for the ride without worrying about the aforementioned context or the implications of what happens next. That’s not to say it doesn’t advance the overall narrative or move the characters; it certainly does that. However, it also presented the show with an opportunity to fully lean on Jennifer, rather than She-Hulk, and it took advantage.
2. Just Jen
As the episode title suggests, this episode is about Jennifer, for the most part. Previously, the show put more emphasis on She-Hulk, but when she goes to the wedding in her hulked-out form, Lulu (the bride) asks her not to take all the attention away from her on the day. at his wedding. Jennifer agreed, so she had to go through the ceremony as her own person. This allows the viewer to better understand how Jennifer is treated by her friends and acquaintances, something that the show has avoided since it showed her family dynamics earlier in the series.
Lulu walks all over Jennifer by voluntarily telling her to clean up other people’s messes when half the staff threatens to quit due to mistreatment. Additionally, other brides treated Jennifer in a similar manner as they dried the groomsmen’s shirts. In doing so, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continues to widen the gap between Jennifer and her other half, about the powerful power of one and the shyness of the other. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Jennifer meets Joshua, a nice guy, at the wedding, and she says she thinks he’s good in his human form. It’s a far cry from previous episodes, where some of Jennifer’s dates made it very clear that they were only interested in her She-Hulk side. Consider it a win for Jennifer, as the series continues to build on both sides of the character.
3. Marriage Fight
Don’t worry, there’s still She-Hulk smashing to be had. Titania ruins the wedding by taking an invitation from one of the groomsmen. His presence is immediately fishy with Jennifer, who says that he is only there because of their fight. Of course, he was right; while Titania plays nice at the beginning, she actually takes her time and waits for the perfect moment to attack, which comes when Jennifer has a little to drink. He comes out to throw, and Titania attacks him, reminding her enemy that she literally said, “It’s not over yet” in their last conversation. Jennifer tried to fight in her human form, but she was too drunk for that. After the initial difficulty, she becomes She-Hulk to level the playing field.
A wedding fight ensues, as they fight over the venue for the reception. The DJ chose “Electric Boogie” as the soundtrack for the smackdown, which quickly ended when Titania fell through some ice and cracked her veneers. Humiliated, he walks away, giving Jennifer victory by forfeit. It’s safe to assume that this won’t be the last time the two rivals throw down, and this failure is sure to add more fuel to the fire.
4. Not Just Trolls
Jennifer faces one threat, but others lurk on the horizon. Nikki and Mallory stumble upon a menacing internet forum, where users express their hatred for She-Hulk and wonder how they can kill her. Mallory dismisses them as trolls and advises Nikki to withhold information to avoid giving these people any power through publicity. Nikki didn’t listen, as she called Jennifer and intended to tell her all about it. At the time, Jennifer was still at the wedding, so Nikki left her a message. Toxic trolls are depressing enough, but real danger lurks on the horizon.
The episode ended with the scientists secretly spying on Jennifer while she was at the wedding. In what appears to be a state-of-the-art facility, they package some sort of mysterious serum that is clearly meant for She-Hulk. It’s unclear who these people are, and what their intentions are, but it seems like they intend to hurt Jennifer in some way. Time will tell what their plans are.
5. Meet Mr. Immortal
Aside from Jennifer’s adventures, the episode features Corey Hollis, also known as Mr. Immortal, who enlists the help of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway because he is at the center of an unusual divorce case. As someone whose body regenerates after any injury, Hollis has mastered the art of “killing” herself to escape relationships. The resulting pattern leaves him with a string of scorned exes, demanding payback for the various ways Hollis’ “death” ripped them off.
Nikki saves the day, because she gets each ex what they want; for one, it’s as simple as apologizing with prolonged eye contact. This case brings up Hollis, and it also makes for a fun way to introduce Mr. Immortal, a character that has been around for decades, in the MCU.
Six episodes of, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continues to strike a fun balance between the two sides of Jennifer Walters. This week’s episode of the series was one of its most grounded outings, as it focused on Jennifer’s time at the wedding while also including her ongoing struggle to equally embrace both sides of herself. It will be interesting to see how these two halves continue to come together as the series progresses and Jennifer may be forced to develop into a full-fledged superhero due to the aforementioned threats that await her.