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Jessica Jones recap: AKA WWJD

Jessica takes up tutoring and offers Kilgrave some lessons in being a hero

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Marvel's Jessica Jones

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter
Action, Crime, Drama

It’s pretty safe to say that Kilgrave is sufficiently messing with Jessica’s head now. For proof, look no further than the opening moments of episode 8, “AKA WWJD,” which starts with a literal trip into Jessica’s mind.

A young boy is rushing his sister to come out of her room and get into the car with their parents. The girl has the beginnings of the attitude we know well, one that will darken significantly after she loses her family in a car crash. Running out the door, young Jessica passes the older version of herself, and we’re back in the present.

As expected, Kilgrave has created Jessica’s childhood home, but added an armed, mind-controlled guard, Hank. “Hi, Hank.” True to his word, the Purple Man isn’t going to make Jessica reveal everything she’s carrying. He won’t, however, allowed her to go unchecked. A quick search reveals her phone in record mode. It appears that Jessica wanted to get Kilgrave’s confession for the Schlottmans’ deaths. “I came here to end the collateral damage you’re piling up around me,” she says. The recording was a last-ditch effort, but you can’t blame her for trying.

All around Jessica are memories of a past that was taken away from her. There’s the height chart, pictures of her family, and even the same couch from Sears. As creepy as the gesture is, it’s coming from the right place. When Kilgrave had Jessica captive, she told him (unwillingly, of course) that her happiest memories were of her home.

The trip back through time has naturally left Jessica a bit tired, so their next stop is her bedroom, which Kilgrave has meticulously recreated. He even used a magnifying glass to identify the CDs she had in her room.

Trish calls wondering why Jessica isn’t in jail for, you know, ripping off Ruben’s head with her bare hands. It’s a fair question. Jessica insists that she’s fine, but Trish has had a lot of people disappearing on her lately. Simpson, she tells Jessica, is missing. He took a leave of absence from the police too, which means he’s definitely off scheming somewhere after watching Jessica walk into the house with Kilgrave.

It suffices to say that the new arrangement isn’t working out wonderfully. Jessica slams the door on Kilgrave and then tears up the purple dress he gave her. It’s kind of like the first act of Beauty and the Beast, but with a lot more drinking and murder. Soon, however, Kilgrave loses his patience. The chef and housekeeper he’s paying enter the dining room and hold razor blades to their own necks. Jessica counted on Kilgrave not being able to handle her, and she wanted to see where the boundaries stood.

After a fun meal that will no doubt convince Jessica to stay — Kilgrave is really bad at this — she’s heading upstairs for the night, unless there’s a cop hiding in her dead brother’s room. Would you look at that! It’s Simpson, who has promoted himself from outside stalker to breaker and enterer. He’s there to break her out. Oh, and also to blow up the house with the bomb he put in the basement. The problem is that Kilgrave can’t die until Hope is exonerated, so that means the bomb has to go. She alerts her captor, and he correctly guesses Officer Simpson. He’s less correct about why Jessica stopped the bomb, which he sees as a sign of compassion. Not quite, dude.

Since planting a bomb that would have killed a few innocent people alongside Kilgrave, Simpson has continued to act sketchy. When Trish catches up with him saying goodbye to two of his buds from back in the day, he lies, telling her that Kilgrave has left the city for good. Hooray? He follows that up with suggesting that Trish stay away from Jess entirely, that it’s the former superhero’s problem.

But Jessica has a lot of problems. For example, she’s having dreams about her dead family visiting her, bleeding profusely, and blaming her for their deaths. Things aren’t all bad, though. At least there are pancakes and light breakfast chitchat, covering topics like “Kilgrave, did you hate your parents?” and “Why did you kill Hope’s parents?” Jessica managed to turn on her recorder, before her nosey neighbor Mrs. Deluca stuck her nose in, spilling memories and false predictions of the Jones’ deaths. Kilgrave mitigates the situation by making her tell the truth, but then he touches Jessica and ruins the scene.

“We used to do a lot more than touch hands,” he tells her.

“Yeah, it’s called rape.”

It’s the subject that the series has only alluded to thus far, but now Jessica is leaving no question about the depths to which Kilgrave went. Her rape went beyond the physical. It was emotional and affected every cell in her body.

NEXT: Could the Purple Man and Jessica work together?