At this point in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, I’m mostly tuning in because, well, as Forrest Gump once said, “I’ve come this far. Might as well continue. So here I am in Episode 6, titled “Just Jen,” the synopsis of which tells us is about Jen dealing with She-Hulk issues at a friend’s wedding. Well, let’s hope for the best and dive into it.
By the way, the whole recap at the start of every She-Hulk episode is pretty hilarious. Nothing happens on this show that deserves a “Previously On,” because each episode is its own standalone thing. From what I’ve read, the showrunners revamped the entire season in post-production – the Hulk episodes weren’t supposed to air until the middle of the season – and (except for a few minor things of the plot) no one seemed to notice, because there is absolutely no dividing line to hold on to.
What Happens in She-Hulk: Lawyer Episode 6
Anyway, Episode 6 opens with Jen receiving a wedding invitation from her friend Lulu. Her very loyal assistant Nikki helps her get ready for the outing and is dying to see her friend’s new awesome jumpsuit – the one Edna Luke Jacobson made last week. I’m going to be honest and reveal that I had completely forgotten about Luke until this exact moment. Not that such details matter.
Then Jen breaks the fourth wall to helpfully let us know that this is a standalone wedding episode, and if we find her placement awkward throughout the series, well, that’s just the nature of weddings. I understood?
She-Hulk arrives at the pre-wedding party and all the bridesmaids note how beautiful her big green ass looks. Lulu berates Jen for looking all “fat” and makes her promise not to show up at her wedding looking like that. These are difficult problems to overcome. (Surprisingly, the CGI effects here are really good.)
Jen also learns that she will be participating in the wedding ceremony alongside someone named Jonathan, who is literally the best, according to the other women at the party.
Meanwhile, Mallory and Nikki deal with an asshole man who calls himself Mr. Immortal. He wants a divorce from his current wife – “Relationships eventually become stale,” he says during one of his asshat male tirades. He would rather die than tell his wife about his feelings. To find?
Here’s the kicker: Mr. Immortal can’t die. (Nikki scolds him for “explaining” the concept of immortality to Mallory too, by the way.) He only pretends to kill himself whenever he gets tired of his wife – an action Mallory and Nikki completely disapprove of. Eventually, he tires of his lawyers’ judgmental attitudes and jumps out the window to prove his point – he’s immortal and can’t die. Interesting.
Meanwhile, Lulu makes fun of Jen’s love life, which irritates our heroine. Being single sucks, according to Lulu. Then, if that wasn’t dramatic enough to face a show, Titania arrives. Tensions rise. Jen thinks the supervillain fashion diva is out to play with her brain and begins to lose her temper. Lulu tells her to calm down, “It’s not all about you Jennifer. ” Burn.
Jen heads outside and is greeted by a kind man named Josh. Then the scene ends.
Later, Mallory talks to Mr. Immortal’s ex-wives and ex-husbands. We learn that he’s forged fake identities over the years and he’s lucky his ass isn’t in jail. Mallory says she’ll help, but he’ll have to pay, which is completely believable lawyer language.
Back with Jen, she goes to the wedding in an oversized pink dress and is quickly put on iron duty. She has to iron all the men’s shirts, you know? Because they’re too busy playing Mario Kart to offer a helping hand.
To make matters worse, it turns out Jonathan is actually a dog. Wow, plot twist!
We return to Mallory who offers all former spouses of Mr. Immortal to share his fortune in eight ways. Naturally, they object because some had been married to him much longer than others – one of them even “had a child with that idiot”.
Meanwhile, Jen gets drunk, which is a recurring theme on this show: if trouble gets you kids down, drink like there’s no tomorrow and hope your superhero powers are enough to keep you going. give you a hangover.
Back at the office, Nikki quickly arranges everything with the ex-spouses. She rewards the group with money and… several moments of intimate eye contact with Mr. Immortal because that’s all a woman wants. It’s funny.
Now Jen is drunk flirting with Josh. At one point the music picks up and she tells her new boyfriend that she just wanted to come to a wedding to show how well she is doing in life. Not really. She says that.
Josh tells her that he thinks she’s pretty awesome and she runs outside to vomit up the horrible amount of booze she’s consumed (is this show really about an alcoholic who is in desperate need of an intervention ?). Titania takes the opportunity to hit our brave daughter. A half-ass fight breaks out. Titania convinces Jen to transform into She-Hulk and the two women face off during the wedding party until Titania slips on ice and breaks her veneers. Gah!
Lulu walks in and everyone braces for the worst, but somehow she’s overjoyed to see She-Hulk. I guess she’s drunk too. So, thanks to a good dose of alcohol and violence, everything went well.
Mallory and Nikki discuss their super tough case and accidentally stumble upon a website called Intelligencia filled with people who hate this troll show who want She-Hulk dead. Nikki rushes to tell Jen since some of the comments include death threats, but Jen is too busy eating fries with Josh to get the message. The camera zooms out and we see scientists in hazmat suits and rubber gloves placing a scary needle inside a metal briefcase. End.
Final Thoughts on She-Hulk Episode 6
This episode of She-Hulk felt closer in spirit to what the showrunners of our big green heroine are ultimately striving for – 30 rock-ish levels of crazy comedy – even if they fall well short of their objective. You see, to accomplish such a task, you need to have A) Tina Fey and B) great writers who know how to create clever satire. In 30 Rock, we actually care about Liz Lemon; his difficulties, his dreams. Despite minimal success in the television industry, the character’s work issues often seeped into her personal life and made happiness, love, and even motherhood harder to achieve. 30 Rock also applauded the establishment and poked fun at our largely male-dominated society, albeit in a thoughtful, insightful, and extremely funny way. My God, I miss this show. (For a similarly styled comedy that also features a healthy dose of Tina Fey, check out Hulu’s terrific Only Murders in the Building.)
She-Hulk, on the other hand, thinks it’s hilarious, and the whole cast seems to be having fun, but no one has a good grasp of the material. The series looks more like parody than comedy and is far too lazy to achieve the kind of success it probably should. There was an opportunity to explore the nuances of the superhero genre from a female perspective in a witty and insightful way. Unfortunately, She-Hulk seems to have been written by a group of bitter Hollywood ex-wives who were far too in love with themselves to see the potential of the source material. We lament possibilities more than we appreciate successes.
Who cares about a character whose problems are so easily overcome? Who cares about court cases when writers don’t seem to know the first thing about the law? Who cares about superheroes when they live in a world completely devoid of consequences?
The creative minds behind She-Hulk: Attorney at Law certainly don’t, but they do love booze.