She-Hulk Recap: Episode 8 | Daredevil and Jen team up
Charlie Cox is back in the all new episode, "Ribbit and Rip It"
The character we’ve all been waiting for has finally made their debut in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law… Eugene Patillio a.k.a. Leapfrog (Brandon Stanley)!! Just kidding. In the penultimate episode, “Ribbit and Rip It”, Charlie Cox is finally back as the one and only Matt Murdock.
Ribbit and rip it!
— She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (@SheHulkOfficial) October 6, 2022
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. The episode starts with two men robbing a store. Leapfrog, a man literally dressed up as a frog, tries to stop them. He obviously fails but as he tries to escape with boots that somehow blast him away, they malfunction. We know all this because She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) is his lawyer. But, as it turns out, Luke Jacobson (Griffin Matthews) is Leapfrog’s tailor. Obviously, this creates some ethical issues for Jen. But nonetheless, Leapfrog’s dad is an important client at GLK&H so alas, Jen is forced to take the case.
Jen tries to reason with Luke but tensions rise after Jen accuses him of making faulty boots. Before this, Luke was going to make Jen a dress for a gala, in which Jen was nominated for “Female Lawyer of the Year”, but now, she will see him in court.
Fast forward to court. Luke’s lawyer is none other than Matt Murdock!!! This scene is great for many reasons but it also brings up important issues about the MCU universe. You see, Jen wants Luke’s clientele list to be made public to prove that other suits have been defective. This leads to bigger discussions about superheroes and their right to privacy.
Matt also reveals that the Sokovia Accords have been repealed. Remember that highly problematic bill that would have the government control and regulate superheroes? Yeah, #teamcap all the way. Anyway, it’s a pretty big deal and ultimately makes Jen lose her case. That’s not the only reason though. Matt is able to smell that Leapfrog used jet fuel in his boots, something Luke instructed him not to do. Good try, Jen, but even as the case gets dismissed, Luke still hates her.
Jen is sulking at Legal Ease when Matt buys her a drink. They start conversing and the chemistry is undeniable. Tatiana Maslany and Charlie Cox are so just so good together. They have some fun banter when Matt ultimately tells Jen his ethos, saying, “The way I see it, Jen Walter can use the law to help people when society fails them. And She-Hulk can help people when the law fails them.” It’s something Jen hasn’t quite grappled with yet. After their flirty banter, Jen turns to the camera and says, “We’re all feeling this, right, it’s not just me?” Yes, Jen, we are all feeling it. But Matt gets called away for “legal” business. It’s ok though because Jen gets pulled away too. The She-Hulk fetish freak, Todd Phelps (Jon Bass), needs legal help.
You probably guessed it. Todd doesn’t need legal help, he just wants to see She-Hulk. He reveals he won the bid for a Wakandan war spear. He makes the point to say it cost him a million dollars. Big whoop Todd. He does have some of my favorite lines though saying, “God, no one is collecting African shit on my level. I love Wakanda. You know, I actually studied abroad there. Wakanda forever!” Yeah, Jen immediately leaves after that incredibly embarrassing conversation.
Jen comes home but can’t quite relax because Leapfrog calls her in distress. Apparently, someone is chasing him… wonder who that could be!? It’s now a She-Hulk vs. Daredevil fight. Daredevil is in his yellow and red costume and Jen only defeats him after she super-claps. That’s when Jen discovers that Leapfrog has kidnapped Luke and also who Daredevil actually is. She says, “So, are you, like, a superhero? Like the Gold Devil?” It’s really cute when Matt is taken aback and says,” I’m Daredevil!” Jen makes a witty comment back and says, “It is very daring to use ketchup and mustard as your color scheme.” So instead of fighting, they team up to save Luke.
— She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (@SheHulkOfficial) October 6, 2022
Matt and Jen are on the roof figuring out a game plan. Matt tells Jen that there are 25 goons in the building. Of course, Jen is skeptical and asks how he knows that. He reveals that he can hear heartbeats. Taken aback, she says that’s pretty far-fetched but then Matt says, “I can hear yours too. Your heart’s beating pretty fast.” Swoon!!!
Jen wants to smash her way through but Matt says stealth is the way to go. Jen lets Matt lead the way as she doesn’t have quite the experience taking out bad guys.
A classic Daredevil hallway fight scene takes place. Did I mention how great it is seeing Charlie Cox back? While Matt would have fought every goon off, Jen smashes her way in, reminding him that this is her show.
They get to Luke and instead of giving himself up, Leapfrog leaps his way out of the window, falling to the ground. They of course catch Leapfrog and Luke forgives Jen. He will now make her gala dress saying, “Try not to get too bloated between now and then.” There’s that fun banter again!
Jen finds Matt on the roof again. He isn’t the type of guy to give statements to the cops. They have a sweet moment and Jen asks when Matt heads back to New York. Not until tomorrow…commence Matt Murdock sleeping with She-Hulk. Again, did I say how great it is to have Matt Murdock in the MCU?! After that swift romance, Matt does the walk of shame, a moment I didn’t know I needed. But Jen is confused as to why the camera is still in her living room. As Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) stops by to do her makeup, she totally forgot that the gala is tonight. Jen says to the camera, “This is the big twist, isn’t it? But the question is, is it the kind of twist that’s like ‘there’s another Hulk but this one’s red,’ or like, ‘I’m getting fridged?” well, not exactly Jen.
Multiple women, including Jen, win the “Female Lawyer of the Year” award because why would they only give it to one woman? As Jen gives a speech, Intelligencia interrupts. They hacked the screen to show everyone a non-consensual sex tape between Jen and Josh. They claim Jen can’t be a true Hulk because she is a “slut.” It’s a jarring moment and a true violation of Jen’s privacy. For the first time, Jen Hulks out. Mallory tries to warn her but Jen smashes the screen and ruins the building all while the world is watching.
It ends with The SWAT team we saw from Ms. Marvel showing up. Jen has now turned into a “monster” that Bruce warned her about. Jen looks at the camera and it’s a very heavy moment. Marvel is depicting the all-too-real female experience. Jen can’t have the ability to freak out when a sex tape is leaked because then people will blame her. Those who saw She-Hulk as a hero will now turn their backs on her. This episode is by far my favorite and I can’t wait to see how next week’s finale ends.