“AKA Take a Bloody Number”
Written by Hilly Hicks Jr.
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Trish’s mom comes to visit. She offers tantalizing information about IGH, the organization responsible for Simpson’s, uh, drug issues, and possibly for Jessica’s powers, since they footed her medical bills after her family’s accident. Trish tells her to leave. Elsewhere, Jessica and Luke are working on tracking down Kilgrave together. The twelve hour time limit on Kilgrave’s abilities expires, so Luke’s okay. He says Kilgrave didn’t find out about his powers. From what they discover, Kilgrave is keeping his dad alive because he’s trying to get control over Jessica again. Sure enough, that’s what he’s doing. Malcolm’s on his way out, but he stays to help Robyn get past a bout of grief. He takes her to the river where he dumped Reuben’s body so that she can talk to him. She manages to be surprisingly inspiring. Jessica and Luke find the club where Kilgrave’s been testing his strengthened abilities. Kilgrave is there. His powers still don’t work on her...but they’ve been working on Luke this whole time. Kilgrave orders Luke to kill her, and she and Luke spend the rest of the episode in a fight to the death neither of them wants, culminating in Jessica using the rifle of a policeman to shoot him in the chin.
Things I Liked
Things I Didn’t
Jessica definitely loves Luke. Yay! Except everything is horrible right now.
Luke turning out to have been Kilgraved is one of the most gut-wrenching twists possible. Now, we can’t know how much of their reconciliation was genuine and how much of it was just Kilgrave’s puppeteering. I get the sense that it was sincere because of the way Luke fights and tells Jessica to shoot him, so that’s something, but I wish I could be more sure.
I’m running out of ways to describe how horrible Kilgrave is. But one thing he isn’t is stupid. He can stay hidden and run very effective cons for a man who always gets what he wants just by demanding it.
Robyn has such a weird, intense way of speaking. Always looking a person straight in the eyes and moving her mouth much more than she needs to for making the sounds. If she would just talk normally, I bet she’d have a more vibrant social life.
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