Three episodes into Jessica Jones and I know one thing for sure: God, these episodes are way too long. Look, I’m not complaining about spending time with Krysten Ritter’s protagonist because Ritter is just so bloody entertaining in this role, but even I have my limits, and I found myself checking to see how much time was left multiple times in this episode. Dear Netflix, it’s okay to make shorter episodes and to, you know, do some cutting and editing. Just saying! (To be fair, this episode was two minutes shorter than the 56-minute-long second episode).
While “AKA Sole Survivor” features some major developments — namely the introduction of Janet McTeer’s superpowered mystery character — it takes way too long to get there.
The episode begins with Jessica and Trish dumping Simpson’s body in the body of water where Jessica’s family used to go on vacation, which kind of feels appropriate. Obviously, Trish wants to dwell on mourning Simpson, but Jessica just wants to get this over with so they can move on to more important things: shaking a few more IGH-related memories free. Trish suggests Jessica see a therapist/hypnotist, but in classic Jessica form, she abandons the idea midway through the session. This feels like one of those scenes that came out of a writer thinking, “Who would we like to see Jessica Jones own next?” Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually deliver because it just cuts to Trish apologizing to the doctor as he hurries out of the apartment.
While the show doesn’t give us what we all want — Jessica verbally owning a therapist — it does make up for that with Jeri’s story line. Jeri finds out that her partners are trying to push her out because of her recent ALS diagnosis (apparently, there’s a medical disclosure clause in her contract). But Jeri refuses to go without a fight. Foggy, making a low-key and logical cameo here, approaches her about fighting their attempts to fire her. But Jeri’s still trying to process her diagnosis and lashes out at the one person offering to help her. “Exercise some goddamn discretion and bury your head in the sand, because that’s where it belongs instead of up my a–,” she says. I’m not a big Foggy fan, so seeing him get owned is the best thing in the world for me. After rejecting Foggy’s help, Jeri pays Jessica a visit. She tells Jessica what’s going on and asks her to dig up dirt on the other named powers angling for her job. It’s an unusually vulnerable moment for the high-powered lawyer.
Sure, Jeri tears up Pryce’s lawsuit for Jess, but Jess still has other legal problems to deal, namely her super Oscar deciding to evict her from the building. Jessica tries to use Malcolm as a honeypot and sends him to the landlord, but that fails because the landlord has a new Cambodian boyfriend and thus doesn’t fall for Malcolm’s charms. That ends up telling Jessica all she needs to know, and she figures out that Oscar forged a green card for the landlord so that his boyfriend could enter the country. Is that enough to stop her eviction? We’ll see. (NEXT: Dead bodies love Jessica Jones)