Wedding Filler – Review of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode Six “Just Jen”

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Up to this point, I’ve enjoyed the comedic adventures of Jennifer Walters in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Unfortunately, the latest episode of the first season, titled “Just Jen”, didn’t really hit home for me. Jennifer even acknowledges it during the opening of the episode when she breaks the fourth wall. I’m generally not a fan of filler episodes and “Just Jen” fit that bill for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Spoilers ahead, so don’t read if you haven’t watched the latest episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

When I sat down to watch this episode and Jennifer addressed the camera stating that this was going to be a wedding episode, I felt a moment of quiet unease. Wedding episodes on TV sitcoms generally try too hard when it gets to the hijinks and awkward comedy situations. I wish I could say that “Just Jen” doesn’t fall into that category of previous wedding-centric episodes but I’d be lying if I said that.

With that being said, there were some genuinely fun moments throughout the episode, particularly during the B-Plot involving Mr. Immortal, Nikki, and Mallory. There were also some cute moments with Jen at the wedding where she met a guy who seemed genuinely interested in her (not She-Hulk, something Jen found to be the case in the previous episode when her previous dates had to speak in court).

When Jen arrives at her old friend Lulu’s wedding, she does so as She-Hulk (in one of the form-fitting dresses Luke designed for her in the last episode). Come to find out, though, Lulu doesn’t want She-Hulk at her wedding, she wants Jen (under the excuse that She-Hulk’s presence would distract from the “her big day”). While I’m loathed to bring up reality TV at any point in time, it’s apt to say that Lulu has some Bridezilla moments in the episode. I had to wonder why Jen would even bother going to the wedding if this was gonna be the case.

Two major moments happen at the wedding itself. The first being Jen meeting a handsome man named Josh, who immediately starts flirting with her. My radar immediately went off with Josh, despite his banter with Jen, pointing to him being a potential bad guy. It’s probably wrong to say that but it makes sense story-wise (especially given the closing moments of the episode). The second major moment is the arrival of Titania, fresh off her courtroom defeat and looking to stick it to Jen any way she can. Unfortunately, the second fight between the two superpowered women doesn’t have a satisfying conclusion, as Titania slips and busts her veneers. I wish I could have found this whole sequence funny but it just didn’t resonate with me.

On the flipside, the B-Plot of the episode involving Mr. Immortal was quite hysterical, largely because of the no-nonsense Nikki taking charge during the proceedings. Mr. Immortal is one of those C-List (or even D-List) Marvel Comics characters that hardly ever pops up in the comics themselves. The plot cooked up for the character was actually rather ingenious. It turns out that Mr. Immortal is trying to divorce his wife, since the spark just isn’t there anymore. When Mallory and Nikki question him about his supposed immortality, Mr. Immortal smashes the window in Mallory’s office and takes a nosedive onto a car several stories below, only to brush himself off and then re-enter the building. It’s one of those outrageous moments that just pulls a laugh out of me that I didn’t think was going to be there.

As it turns out, Mr. Immortal has left a string of previous spouses in his wake (eight of them to be exact). Apparently, his go-to method for getting out of a marriage is to “commit suicide” in a public way, then get up later and move on to another part of the country. Unfortunately for Mr. Immortal, someone with a smart phone captured the most recent attempt on video, which was then uploaded and found by one of his spouses. All of the ex-spouses (and all of them are deeply funny in their own way) are suing him, leading to a conference with all of them versus Mallory, Nikki, and Mr. Immortal. Nikki shines in this scene, taking charge of negotiating a settlement for each spouse (with Mr. Immortal uncomfortably having to agree to it in order to avoid multiple counts of fraud and forged identities).

The ending of the episode segues things in to what should be the next major plot arc, namely some nefarious group trying to get their hands on She-Hulk’s blood. Nikki and Mallory browse a site called Intelligencia, a site that is basically said to be a website for incels and misogynists. Mallory and Nikki find a page devoted to She-Hulk, calling for her to be cancelled and several threads being devoted to death threats. We then cut to a lab where we see an attendant holding the bent needle one of the Wrecking Crew tried to use to steal She-Hulk’s blood. A new vial is set up with a much larger needle, potentially one strong enough to pierce even the tough skin of Jen when she’s in She-Hulk form.

While I’m still enjoying the series overall, this was the first miss episode for me of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The situations (outside of the Mr. Immortal plot) didn’t really land for me and I found myself drearily getting through them. Hopefully, next week’s episode will rebound significantly.

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