It’s bad enough having a maniac with mind-control abilities to deal with. What Jessica Jones does not need is a drug-addicted super soldier — basically if Captain America was a dickhead — on her case while she’s trying to figure out how to deal with a suicide and a bunch of near suicides.
When the action picks back up after the previous episode’s insane shocker, Jessica’s thoughts focus more on the past than what’s in front of her, and that might be for the best. Because what’s in front of her isn’t great either. We see the moments leading up to the car crash that took away her parents and brother again, but then the memory shifts to when she first regained consciousness in the hospital room. Trish was there, with her cartoonishly evil mother. Apparently, the young starlet had a little mishap involving fire and alcohol at a nightclub recently — who hasn’t been there? — and Mrs. Walker sees the recently orphaned Jessica as a solid diversionary tactic.
Real nice, Mrs. Walker.
Back at the restaurant and in the present day, Jessica quickly formulates a plan for how she and the other survivors will avoid too much scrutiny around Hope’s death. They’ll tell the police that they were all at the (closed) bar to get a drink with Jessica’s former client and that then Hope killed herself in front of them all. Though the group is hesitant to go along with the lie at first, they eventually see the strategy in Jessica’s plan and agree to it.
And so everyone is free to go about their way, and for Jessica, that takes her over to Trish’s, where the two friends talk about the likelihood of Albert still being alive (not good) and how badly Jessica wants to actually murder Kilgrave (real bad). The trouble is that Jessica isn’t getting nearly the amount of sleep she needs to stay clear-eyed and full-hearted so that she can’t lose against Kilgrave. But as always when you’re Jessica Jones, there is work to be done.
That work is going from morgue to morgue looking for Albert’s body and hoping that the corpse will point Jess and Trish in Kilgrave’s direction. It’s pretty bleak, but not as depressing as the morgue worker who fashions himself a foodie. Trish uses her connections to get the guy a table at a fancy restaurant, which buys them text updates about the morgue’s intake. After a false “good night,” Jess continues to follow the trail all night in a cab, which eventually leads her to a spot that may have once been a morgue but now appears to be a club or something. Exhausted, Jessica takes a sit and a light doze that ends up being one of the most traumatic naps ever. In her half-awake stupor, she believes she sees Kilgrave, because what other self-respecting man would wear that much purple? She follows the man into the street and right into the front of a delivery truck. You know, Trish might have been right about that whole sleeping thing.
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While Jess is bouncing back from getting hit by a truck, Trish is dealing with something equally annoying: Simpson. The stalker has tracked her down to her radio show and is hoping to explain why he attacked her, as if telling her more about the context of the choking will bring to light the fact that he’s actually a really good guy. It was the drugs, he explains. But she doesn’t have to worry about any of that now. He’s quit, so there will be no more Nuke-ing out from Simpson. Totally, dude. He is still looking for Jessica though, which isn’t a great sign.
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