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* The fact that the car accident in which Jessica lost her family [[spoiler:happened because her dad took his eyes off the road to try and stop Jessica from arguing with her brother. The guilt Jessica feels from essentially ''causing'' the accident must be overwhelming. This isn't helped by the fact that Jessica's last interaction with her brother was an argument.]]

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* The fact that the car accident in which Jessica lost her family [[spoiler:happened because her dad took his eyes off the road to try and stop Jessica from arguing with her brother. The guilt Jessica feels from essentially from, in her mind, ''causing'' the accident must be overwhelming. This isn't helped by the fact that Jessica's last interaction with her brother was an argument.]]



** [[spoiler: Her 12 year old brother is now the only Scholtmann left now.]]

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** [[spoiler: Her 12 year old brother is now the only Scholtmann Schlotmann left now.]]


** At the same time, Jessica didn't know that Stirling was going to use her to repay his debts. She didn't get to see that part, so to her, he was senselessly murdered and therefore worth honouring. Given the lifestyle she was living, it may not have been a betrayal...

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** At the same time, Jessica didn't know that Stirling was going to use her to repay his debts. She didn't get to see that part, so to her, he was senselessly murdered and therefore worth honouring. Given But given the lifestyle she was living, it may not have been a betrayal...

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* Jessica and Malcolm's argument in the hospital, which culminates in Malcolm deciding to quit, this time actually meaning it. You can tell how fed up and frustrated Malcolm is, with this tone in his voice of "You fucking hypocrite" as Jessica lays into her. He has done a lot for her after she saved his life in Season 1, and felt he owned her a life debt to help her so that they could do great things, and he gets treated like dirt in return.
-->'''Malcolm Ducasse:''' Everything that I have done for you! Peeling your sorry ass off the floor every single morning, working late every single night just to keep this sinking ship afloat!
** Krysten Ritter puts on a compelling mix of anger, guilt and sadness. In Jessica's eyes, she does care about Malcolm but she's angry because Trish is in the hospital, and she needed someone to blame in that moment and had to keep convincing herself that he is responsible, but she doesn't feel proud of it. For his part, Eka Darville does a fine job with being calm yet conveyed frustration well without having to shout a lot. He cares about Jessica as well and believed in her, yet feels he was wasting his time and thinks she doesn't have the respect for him in the same way he had for her. She calls him out on things she shares in some ways to make him feel bad, and this is where he can't take it anymore and is done.
**Also consider that Malcolm is supposed to mirror Jessica's deceased brother; Phillip. She said to him after Whizzer's death, when Malcolm was trying to sweep up Phillip's ashes, "He would've been your age if he was alive." And in episode 4, Malcolm protested to Jessica, "Stop treating me like I'm an annoying little brother."

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** Fridge Tearjerker: That didn't come out of nowhere, it couldn't have. Trish has been holding onto an inferiority complex towards Jessica ever since they met. How much of Trish's self-destructive behavior, highlighted this season, is a result of her hating and resenting Jessica as much as she loves her?


* Jessica tells the doctor that there is no where she feels safe. He offers suggestions of places that feel safe to most people. Jessica and Trish reject them all, and the audience knows exactly why. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Episode 5, AKA The Octopus]]
* After Trish discovers that Griffin [[spoiler:organized a surprise Engagement Party for her, Trish only replies "Thank you" and isn't even touched by the whole gesture he did for her (he even invited Dorothy and Jessica). Then Trish breaks up with him after realizing that she never loved him, and only wanted to have a career like his. It's especially heartbreaking after finding out that he genuinely cared about Trish, and that even Jessica was happy for her engagement briefly]].



[[folder:Episode 5, AKA The Octopus]]
* After Trish discovers that Griffin [[spoiler:organized a surprise Engagement Party for her, Trish only replies "Thank you" and isn't even touched by the whole gesture he did for her (he even invited Dorothy and Jessica). Then Trish breaks up with him after realizing that she never loved him, and only wanted to have a career like his. It's especially heartbreaking after finding out that he genuinely cared about Trish, and that even Jessica was happy for her engagement briefly]].
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* Jeri breaking down in tears after realizing that [[spoiler:Shane is really a fraud, and not only that, he and Inez ransacked her entire place. Carrie Anne-Moss really sells that scene.]]

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* Jeri breaking down in tears after realizing that [[spoiler:Shane is really a fraud, and not only that, he and Inez ransacked her entire place. Carrie [[note]]Carrie Anne-Moss really sells that scene.]]]][[/note]]


* Season two showcases that Jessica is the way she is mainly because the people around her are all using her for their own purposes and do not generally care about her at all. This becomes more and more glaring as the season goes on. To run down the list: Dorothy wanted to adopt her for a publicity stunt. Kilgrave wanted to use her powers and to a degree was too caught up in his own fascination of her. But now, Malcolm [[spoiler: uses Jessica to "have something to do" while he recovers from his addiction, takes every chance to go behind her back, and even when betrayed by Trish his first instinct is to lecture Jessica about "how much he's done for her," revealing that he did so just to feel better about himself, and then immediately proves himself to be corrupt by going to work for Chang.]] To make it infinitely worse, Trish [[spoiler: uses Jessica and her own involvement in her cases to feel important and the moment this starts working against her, she works against Jessica. She hijacks the investigation just to get powers herself and even goes so far as to commit murder just to prove that "for once, she can save Jessica," meaning she is "special." Yes, she is essentially willingly traumatizing Jessica to feel better about herself.]] The worst case, however, is Alisa, because [[spoiler: she explicitly states she wants Jessica nearby because Jessica can calm her down, essentially declaring that she wants to use Jessica first as a sedative, and then lectures her about how "their light should not be dimmed," that she "needs to feel invigorated" by rushing into danger.]] A running theme in the season is addiction, and Alisa showcases this perfectly by basically [[spoiler: telling Jessica that she is her feel-good drug.]] Wow. No wonder she drinks.

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* Season two showcases that Jessica is the way she is mainly because the people around her are all using her for their own purposes and do not generally care about without taking her at all.feelings into consideration. This becomes more and more glaring as the season goes on. To run down the list: Dorothy wanted to adopt her for a publicity stunt. Kilgrave wanted to use her powers and to a degree was too caught up in his own fascination of her. But now, Malcolm [[spoiler: uses Jessica to "have something to do" while he recovers from his addiction, takes every chance to go behind her back, and even when betrayed by Trish his first instinct is to lecture Jessica about "how much he's done for her," revealing that he did so just to feel better about himself, and then immediately proves himself to be corrupt by going to work for Chang.]] To make it infinitely worse, Trish [[spoiler: uses Jessica and her own involvement in her cases to feel important and the moment this starts working against her, she works against Jessica. She hijacks the investigation just to get powers herself and even goes so far as to commit murder just to prove that "for once, she can save Jessica," meaning she is "special." Yes, she is essentially willingly traumatizing Jessica to feel better about herself.]] The worst case, however, is Alisa, because [[spoiler: she explicitly states she wants Jessica nearby because Jessica can calm her down, essentially declaring that she wants to use Jessica first as a sedative, and then lectures her about how "their light should not be dimmed," that she "needs to feel invigorated" by rushing into danger.]] A running theme in the season is addiction, and Alisa showcases this perfectly by basically [[spoiler: telling Jessica that she is her feel-good drug.]] Wow. No wonder she drinks.


* Trish Walker's life before, with Jessica's help, she got away from it is an absolute tragedy mixed in with NightmareFuel. We learned a few episodes ago about Max molesting her at the age of 15. Now we see how she got sucked into the downward spiral of her fame. She's surrounded by typical YesMen who fuel her drug habits, leech off of her fame, money and success; addicted and high out of her mind. This all comes to a head when Jessica, seeking her out following Stirling's death, walks in on her in a club bathroom, high and about to [[spoiler: give a blowjob to the dealer who is selling her and her "friends" drugs.]] The way she reacts shows that before Jessica helped her up, Trish's life was a self-destructive streak a mile long. This is bad enough, but the way the rest of the season turns out, it seems Trish often takes her issues out on Jessica and so pushes away the only person who is genuinely trying to help her.

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* Trish Walker's life before, with Jessica's help, she got away from it is an absolute tragedy mixed in with NightmareFuel. We learned a few episodes ago about Max molesting her at the age of 15. Now we see how she got sucked into the downward spiral of her fame. She's surrounded by typical YesMen [[YesMan Yes-people]] who fuel her drug habits, leech off of her fame, money and success; and is addicted and high out of her mind. This all comes to a head when Jessica, seeking her out following Stirling's death, walks in on her in a club bathroom, high and about to [[spoiler: give a blowjob to the dealer who is selling her and her "friends" drugs.]] drugs. The way she reacts shows that before Jessica helped her up, Trish's life was a self-destructive streak a mile long. This is bad enough, but the way the rest of the season turns out, it seems Trish often takes her issues out on Jessica and so pushes away the only person who is genuinely trying to help her.


[[folder:Episode 3, AKA Sole Survivor]]
* It can be a little bit unsettling seeing Jeri talk about her end of life plans so casually with Jessica, for anyone who's lived with someone suffering a long-term illness.
* Foggy's cameo has a lot of this in subtext. The scene is a revealing look at Foggy and Jeriís dynamic, something only previously hinted at during ''The Defenders''. Jeri is in a terrible situation, her life is in shambles, and so Foggy does what he always does with Matt: he steps in and offers moral support. But despite it being some time since leaving Nelson & Murdock, heís clearly not used to working in such a coldly corporate environment. Heís used to working with Matt. And itís both endearing and heartbreaking to see him offer the same kind of backup he offers Matt, and to assume that heís building that kind of relationship with Jeri, only to be shut down. Especially since Jeri is doing exactly what Matt does when things get direĖ pushing people away and trying to handle the problem aloneĖ which is probably why Foggy isnít completely surprised by her response.
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* Jeri breaking down in tears after realizing that [[spoiler:Shane is really a fraud, and not only that, he and Inez ransacked her entire place.]]

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* Jeri breaking down in tears after realizing that [[spoiler:Shane is really a fraud, and not only that, he and Inez ransacked her entire place. Carrie Anne-Moss really sells that scene.]]

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[[folder:Episode 5, AKA The Octopus]]
* After Trish discovers that Griffin [[spoiler:organized a surprise Engagement Party for her, Trish only replies "Thank you" and isn't even touched by the whole gesture he did for her (he even invited Dorothy and Jessica). Then Trish breaks up with him after realizing that she never loved him, and only wanted to have a career like his. It's especially heartbreaking after finding out that he genuinely cared about Trish, and that even Jessica was happy for her engagement briefly]].
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** At the same time, Jessica didn't know that Stirling was going to use her to repay his debts. She didn't get to see that part, so to her, he was senselessly murdered and therefore worth honoring.

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** At the same time, Jessica didn't know that Stirling was going to use her to repay his debts. She didn't get to see that part, so to her, he was senselessly murdered and therefore worth honoring.honouring. Given the lifestyle she was living, it may not have been a betrayal...


** This exchange between Jessica and Trish shows thatís Mattís sacrifice in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' has become another major reason why Jessica is still reluctant to be a hero.

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** This exchange between Jessica and Trish during their movie watching on the rooftop, shows thatís Mattís sacrifice in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' has become another major reason why Jessica is still reluctant to be a hero.



* Alisa's murder of Jessica's boyfriend Sterling, especially since he was a very NiceGuy who really valued Jessica and admired her powers.

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* Alisa's murder of Jessica's boyfriend Sterling, Stirling, especially since he was a very NiceGuy who really valued Jessica and admired her powers.



** At the same time, Jessica didn't know that Sterling was going to use her to repay his debts. She didn't get to see that part, so to her, he was senselessly murdered and therefore worth honoring.
* Trish Walker's life before, with Jessica's help, she got away from it is an absolute tragedy mixed in with NightmareFuel. After we learn that she was [[spoiler: basically molested by Max, the director she worked with at the age of 15]] we see how she got sucked into the downward spiral of her fame. She's surrounded by typical yea-sayers who fuel her drug habits, leech off of her fame, money and success; addicted and high out of her mind. This all comes to a head when Jessica walks in on her in a club bathroom, high and about to [[spoiler: give a blowjob to the guy who sold her and her "friends" drugs.]] The way she reacts shows that before Jessica helped her up, Trish's life was a self-destructive streak a mile long. This is bad enough, but the way the rest of the season turns out reveals that Trish often takes her issues out on Jessica and so pushes away the only person who is genuinely trying to help her.

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** At the same time, Jessica didn't know that Sterling Stirling was going to use her to repay his debts. She didn't get to see that part, so to her, he was senselessly murdered and therefore worth honoring.
* Trish Walker's life before, with Jessica's help, she got away from it is an absolute tragedy mixed in with NightmareFuel. After we learn that she was [[spoiler: basically molested by Max, the director she worked with We learned a few episodes ago about Max molesting her at the age of 15]] 15. Now we see how she got sucked into the downward spiral of her fame. She's surrounded by typical yea-sayers YesMen who fuel her drug habits, leech off of her fame, money and success; addicted and high out of her mind. This all comes to a head when Jessica Jessica, seeking her out following Stirling's death, walks in on her in a club bathroom, high and about to [[spoiler: give a blowjob to the guy dealer who sold is selling her and her "friends" drugs.]] The way she reacts shows that before Jessica helped her up, Trish's life was a self-destructive streak a mile long. This is bad enough, but the way the rest of the season turns out reveals that out, it seems Trish often takes her issues out on Jessica and so pushes away the only person who is genuinely trying to help her.

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* Trish Walker's life before, with Jessica's help, she got away from it is an absolute tragedy mixed in with NightmareFuel. After we learn that she was [[spoiler: basically molested by Max, the director she worked with at the age of 15]] we see how she got sucked into the downward spiral of her fame. She's surrounded by typical yea-sayers who fuel her drug habits, leech off of her fame, money and success; addicted and high out of her mind. This all comes to a head when Jessica walks in on her in a club bathroom, high and about to [[spoiler: give a blowjob to the guy who sold her and her "friends" drugs.]] The way she reacts shows that before Jessica helped her up, Trish's life was a self-destructive streak a mile long. This is bad enough, but the way the rest of the season turns out reveals that Trish often takes her issues out on Jessica and so pushes away the only person who is genuinely trying to help her.


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* The way Trish [[spoiler: berates and degrades Jessica just because she doesn't feel "special" enough without powers of her own and her admission "I don't wanna be saved."]] It shows quite glaringly how both their relationship and Trish's mental state has deteriorated.


** This exchange between Jessica and Trish shows thatís Mattís sacrifice in 'Series/TheDefenders2017'' has become another major reason why Jessica is still reluctant to be a hero.

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** This exchange between Jessica and Trish shows thatís Mattís sacrifice in 'Series/TheDefenders2017'' ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' has become another major reason why Jessica is still reluctant to be a hero.


* Alisa completely breaks down in tears after hearing over the news that Karl is dead. She then knocks Marilyn unconscious, despite her being nothing but generous to her, and breaks out of the prison.

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* Alisa completely breaks down in tears after hearing over the news that [[spoiler: Karl is dead. She then knocks Marilyn unconscious, despite her being nothing but generous to her, and breaks out of the prison.]]


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** The part where Trish laments [[spoiler:not getting powers was ''after'' learning that Karl was dead. She just heard that a man died, and not only doesn't she accept any responsibility at all, [[LackOfEmpathy her first reaction was regret that she didn't get what she wanted.]]]]


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-->'''Jessica:''' I look at you now and [[spoiler: I only see the person who killed my mother.]]

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