She-Hulk Recap: Episode 3 | Jen finally takes control of She-Hulk’s narrative
Megan Thee Stallion is officially in the MCU
In the third episode titled, “The People vs. Emil Blonsky”, we find Jen (Tatiana Maslany) back at the high-security prison, questioning Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) a.k.a the Abomination about his prison break.
In the last episode, Jen agreed to represent Emil but got quite the shock after seeing footage of the Abomination fighting in a cage match in Macau. But as Blonsky explains, it was Wong (Benedict Wong) the current Supreme Sorcerer who forced him to escape.
"I was FORCED to leave my cell." 🙄 pic.twitter.com/morWkX8h1X
— She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (@SheHulkOfficial) August 31, 2022
As Jen is driving back from the prison, she calls Nikki (Ginger Gongaza), Jen’s paralegal/ best friend, in the hopes of contacting Wong. Nikki is already on the case by looking up Wong on Linkedin. And least to say that Wong’s internet presence is pretty non-existent. In a fun, throw-away shot, Wong’s Linkedin profile says he was a “Target Sales Associate” for 9 years. Wonder if he still gets any discounts…
In the first fourth-wall break of the episode, Jen lets go of the steering wheel and says to the camera, “I know you can’t wait to see Wong. I get it. I just wanna make sure that you don’t think this is one of those cameo every week type of shows. It’s not. Well, except Bruce. And Blonsky. And Wong.” A subtle nod to the Marvel fans who only watch the MCU for cameo after cameo.
The news is still pretty obsessed with who She-Hulk really is and the online Marvel bros have taken issue with the Hulk now being a woman. (Shocker!) With tweets saying, “so we gotta have affirmative action with superhero now” to “no more female superhero plz.” It’s funny until you realize that this was the very real reaction from men online about She-Hulk.
We cut back to Jen who is now in the office ignoring the news about her. Nikki wants her to do an interview to control the narrative but Jen refuses; she just wants to be a normal She-Hulk lawyer. Her boss, Holden Holliway (Steve Coulter), then calls her in to help with another case.
Jen’s old co-worker, Dennis Bukowski (Drew Matthews), you know, her extremely sexist ex-co-worker, is in some trouble. Apparently, he believed he was dating Megan Thee Stallion, yes you read that right but it turns out it was just a shape-shifter. Dennis gave his supposed girlfriend upward of $175,000 in gifts. Yeah, not the brightest guy on the block…
But in walks in Mallory Book (Rene Elise Goldberry) who is also in the Superhuman Law Divison. Dennis makes a gross comment to Mallory so she is out. It’s a quick cameo but if you know anything about the She-Hulk comics, that is definitely not the last time we will see Mallory. It doesn’t matter anyway because Dennis of course wants a man to be his attorney so he chooses Pug (Josh Segarra).
No matter though because before Jen decides to help Dennis, Wong portals into the office. Wong explains to Jen that Blonsky told the truth. Wong needed to fight against a “worthy opponent” as part of his training to become Sorcerer Supreme. Wong doesn’t want Blonsky punished but he refuses to erase everyone’s memories. (It’s fine we’re definitely still not thinking about Spider-Man No Way Home). Jen points out that’s completely unethical anyway (thank you, Jen) and suggests that Wong can help by simply showing up at the hearing.
Jen is back at the prison for the hearing. Of course, Wong is late. So Jen draws out the hearing. She brings other witnesses and makes a pretty strong case for the release of Blonsky. As the parole board brings up the damning footage of Blonksy’s escape, Wong finally shows up!
Before we hear what Wong has to say, we are back in the courtroom. Dennis’s case against the shape-shifter, Runa an elf from Asgard, is being heard. Dennis wants compensation for emotional and financial trauma. As Runa’s attorney explains, no one in their right mind would believe they would be dating the real Megan Thee Stallion but the judge ultimately decides to bring this case to a trial.
We’re back at the prison as Wong confirms what he told Jen. He explains to the parole board that he forced Blonsky out of his cell but Blonksy returned of his own will. To prove that Blonksy can control his anger/power, he turns into the Abomination. He frightens everyone but shows that he has control and that he did reform while in prison. The parole board has a lot to think about before they make their final decision.
Jen and Nikki are back drinking at Legal Ease, talking about the press Jen has been getting. Nikki argues once again that this negative press can go away with a simple interview. But again, Jen just wants to go back to being a normal lawyer. Jen doesn’t want any of this press. Pug joins Nikki and Jen to complain about how Dennis is a complete moron. They completely agree but it gives Pug an idea.
Jen testifies for Dennis. She confirms that yes, Dennis would absolutely believe he would be dating the real Megan Thee Stallion because he is just that delusional. Because of Jen’s testimony, Dennis wins his case. And surprise! The real Megan Thee Stallion is in court, listing to this hearing. She says, “That’s right, there’s only one Megan Thee Stallion!” It’s about time she joined the MCU.
hotties, you already knew. there’s only ONE Megan @theestallion😜💚
— She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (@SheHulkOfficial) September 1, 2022
But the wins don’t just stop for Dennis because the parole board has decided to free the Abomination on the condition that he never turns into the Abomination and wears an inhibitor in perpetuity.
Jen’s problems still remain outside of the courtroom though. She doesn’t want any press but Blonksy reminds her that they will write a story no matter what. He reiterates what Nikki has been saying all along, better to be part of the news than be it.
So, Jen as She-Hulk does an interview with Citizen News. Before they cut to the commercial the host says, “When we come back, She-Hulk shares her diet and exercise secrets.” Because that’s clearly the only thing we care about when interviewing women.
Jen is walking back home when trouble arises. A man grabs her from behind and while Jen panics for a minute, she remembers that she can transform into She-Hulk. Suddenly, four guys appear with what looks like Asgardian weapons. But they are still no match for She-Hulk. Before the goons drive off, one reveals that he couldn’t penetrate Jen’s skin for her blood. Looks like even more trouble is on the way for Jen. But before that can happen, Jen looks at her reflection in a car’s window, finally seeing who she really is.
Before sulking that you have to wait a whole week for another episode, make sure to stay around for the post-credit scene. You definitely won’t regret it.