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Recap / Jessica Jones (2015) S2E3 "AKA Sole Survivor"

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After Simpson's death, Trish and Jessica find a surprising lead on IGH, while Jeri deals with a potential forced ousting by her partners.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Anger Born of Worry: Griffin and Trish get into an argument over their mutual worry about each other.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Jessica's neighbor asks her if she still has any loved ones, or if she just push them away.
  • Back from the Dead: The false Dr. Hansen reveals that Jessica was actually dead for real and was revived after IGH's treatment.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The first scene sees Jessica speaking in voiceover as Simpson's body is tossed into the ocean, seemingly doing her internal private-eye monologue. Then the camera pans to reveal that Jessica is reminiscing out loud and explaining to Trish the sentimental attachment she has to this beach.
  • Big Eater: Maury's computer password is "Food82", which he keeps on a sticky note attached to his computer where anyone can see it.
  • The Bus Came Back: Jessica and Trish call in a favor with Maury Tuttlebaum, the morgue attendant at Riverbank Medical Center that they previously encountered when searching the morgues for Kilgrave's father. Trish asks him how he liked Per Se.
  • The Cameo: Foggy Nelson makes a short appearance, trying to help Hogarth against her partners.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: After Maury's autopsy on the skull, it becomes clear that somebody is impersonating Dr. Hansen.
  • Due to the Dead: Jessica and Trish put Simpson's body to rest at the seaside.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There's an "S. Jackson" and "F. Jones" on the apartment directory in Dr. Hansen's building.
  • Jump Scare: When Jessica rotates the item she pulls out of the incinerator and realizes she's holding a charred human head. She drops it in shock while Trish nearly vomits.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Trish tells Griffin to stay away as long as she is in danger from IGH.
  • Lonely at the Top: Jeri mentions to Jessica that she is estranged from her family, so she really only has her money, her clients, and her firm.
  • The Lost Lenore: It's strongly implied that Foggy has been using Jeri as a surrogate for Matt. His offer of help sounds like something more appropriate to say to Matt than someone like Jeri.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Jessica's landlord happens to be gay, and thinks that Jessica sent Malcolm there to seduce him in order to get her to stay, which he rejects due to having a boyfriend. Malcolm is understandably confused by the rebuff.
  • Mythology Gag: Dr. Maynard Thibault, the hypnotist Trish hires, is well-known to Marvel fans as the Ringmaster, a low-level crook whose MO is hypnotizing crowds while his circus robs them.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Oscar catches Jessica in his apartment, he calls her out for manipulating a child. Jessica responds that she thought he was asleep, which obviously doesn't make it any better.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Malcolm's plan to drive off the paparazzi outside Trish's building is to give them a "tip" to send them to Griffin's place. This manages to chase off all but one of the photographers. The one who got overlooked snaps pictures of Malcolm getting into Trish's car and follows them to where they end up crossing paths with the fake "Dr. Hansen". One of the photographer's pictures captures the fake "Dr. Hansen" as she's fleeing the scene, which helps Jessica's case, but he puts one of the others out for circulation in the tabloids, making it seem like Trish has dumped Griffin for Malcolm.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Trish getting a phone call telling her the skull has been identified as Dr. Hansen and she realizes the woman Jessica is meeting is someone else.
    • Also, Jessica when she realizes "Hansen" is as strong as she is.
  • The Resenter: Jessica is still pissed at Hogarth over the Kilgrave matter and initially refuses to help her. After the latter tells her that she has ALS, Jessica seems to reconsider.
  • The Reveal:
    • Turns out the diagnosis Hogarth received two episodes earlier was ALS.
    • Jessica wasn't just saved by IGH. She was literally brought back from the dead.
    • Turns out Jessica's new superintendent Oscar is a former forger on parole.
  • Ungrateful Bitch:
    • It's understandable why Foggy wants to help Hogarth fight off her partners who want to buy her out, because he would've done the same for Matt. But how does Hogarth take this offer of help?
      Jeri Hogarth: You want to help me?
      Foggy Nelson: We can fight this.
      Jeri Hogarth: Do you think that we're friends?
      Foggy Nelson: [meekly] Uh, I'm sorry?
      Jeri Hogarth: Do you think because we have shared a table a handful of times in court, that you have the right to involve yourself in MY life?! MY shit?! A partner, your goddamn boss?!
      Foggy Nelson: [stammering] I didn't mean—
      Jeri Hogarth: You. Cannot. Help. Me! You cannot do anything but your job! So, uh, exercise some goddamn discretion, and bury your head in the sand, because that's where it belongs, instead of up my ass.
      Foggy Nelson: You're gonna need people. No one goes through something like this alone.
      Jeri Hogarth: Well allow me to be the first to try...
    • The fake "Dr. Hansen" seems very pissed at Jessica for not appreciating being brought back to life and given powers as a result. Though as later episodes reveal, it's a lot more complicated than that.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Trish is very much pissed over Jessica's decision to bench her by calling the paparazzi on her.
    • To a lesser extent, Malcolm is not exactly pleased at Jessica for not warning him the landlord was gay.