House of the Dragon wasn’t the only water cooler show with a smackdown at a wedding party this week. The sixth episode of She-Hulk: Lawyer was all about the institution of marriage. It took Jen out of court while her colleagues argued for the law in her stead. Did you expect to see Matt Murdock? Did you think we’d get an update on Smart Hulk, or the Abomination? Maybe you were hoping to at least get a glimpse of She-Hulk’s super suit? Unfortunately! Our hero has to go to a wedding and she takes us.
Jen is right: Weddings to do often come at the most inopportune times. She is on duty as a bridesmaid for a childhood friend named Lulu, played by the incomparable Patti Harrison. Jen was actually looking forward to attending the wedding as She-Hulk. What better way to impress high school people and not blow dry your hair, right? Unfortunately for her, Lulu immediately panicked and demanded that Jen not overshadow her by being “all Hulky” on her big day. So there’s Jen, Muppeting in a Luke Jacobson original that makes her look like a flapper when in Just Jen form.Read:‘He Wants to Be Here’
Lulu remains rude, ignoring Jen’s professional achievements, then comforting her in a performative way for not having a “boy in her life” when in reality Jen isn’t… really bothered… and then Titania arrives. Jen is convinced she’s there to mess with her. Titania insists she’s a guest’s date. Lulu calls Jen crazy because she thinks she’s all about her — and frankly, being paranoid that a villain crashed into a formal event to attack her is the most classic superhero thing Jen has done yet. She-Hulk. She happens to be right, but right now the show is nailing that vicious psychological warfare that’s as effective as spanking. Later in the episode, before another bridesmaid named Heather asks Jen to iron the groomsmen’s shirts, you can hear her tell the girls that ironing is “such a Jen job” and that they don’t give her this sort of thing. late all the time. I just got teenage flashbacks that were so scary it gave me shivers. No wonder Jen loves anti-bullying hero Steve Rogers so much. She was completely bullied.
Oh, and there’s Josh! A handsome stranger approaches Jen when she goes to get some air during the rehearsal dinner. Am I wrong to be a little suspicious of Josh? He is nice and cute and complimentary. But Jen hasn’t learned the superhero lesson yet about being vigilant for those who try to get close to her, so I’m going to do it for her.Read:Jeff Garlin reveals bipolar diagnosis ahead of ‘Goldbergs’
During the reception, Jen throws himself into Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass” and gets drunk at the register. She drunkenly calls her cousin Bruce, whom she hasn’t heard from for months, weeks, or days. She chats with Josh for a bit. She throws up in a flower bed… and then Titania attacks her. Jen is initially too drunk to go green. (She forgot how to do it!) Then she does and they fight to the dance floor, where DJ In-Ched-able Hulk skillfully drops the needle on the “Electric Slide”. Titania slips on ice cubes, not broken glass, breaks her veneer and runs away to avoid being photographed. We briefly got a little more insight into why Titania hates She-Hulk so much. It seems she thinks Jen hasn’t done enough to earn her status as a public figure and potential superhero. It’s a bit of a gatekeeper and it doesn’t excuse violence, but her argument is a bit… makes sense? Not Jen! She’s a good person, but from an outsider’s perspective, she’s nothing but a total nepo baby!
This week’s legal side She-Hulk is about the end of the marriage. Nikki must help Mallory with the case of the week: a divorce settlement with a comic book twist. Craig Hollis, who prefers Mr. Immortal is a Marvel character (and founding member of the Great Lakes Avengers, shout-out) played by Veepby David Pasquesi. The ex-wives of Mr. Immortal, and an ex-husband named Sebastian, are suing him. As a superhuman Leonardo DiCaprio, this man has a habit of ending a relationship when his partners outgrow him – but he does so by repeatedly faking his death by suicide and adopting a new alias. Mallory notes that he should be in jail on multiple counts of forged identity and fraud. Mr Immortal’s snappy response is that he will never women understand. Men like to get out of any required critical thinking by claiming the fairer sex is unknowable, don’t they? Nikki uses her excellent social skills to tailor an arrangement for each husband, and they’re done!Read:Wednesday Highlights – Big Brother Network
Later that evening, Nikki spends some more time with Miss Mallory. But the paralegal is in love with DOA, because Mallory has a husband and an 11-year-old son. The two then browse Intelligencia, the “for male babies” website that Mr. Immortal tipped off. It looks like one of the ickier corners of Reddit, or 4Chan, or other worse websites that I don’t know the names of because I want to sleep at night. Nikki sees an entire members section devoted to She-Hulk, and after creating a fake profile, she finds dozens of posts organized by a user called #HulkKing on how to kill and “Cancel She-Hulk”. Yay! Mallory tells Nikki not to show Jen the “Cancel She-Hulk” page, but she does it anyway. I do not think so She-Hulk: Lawyer is the kind of superhero show where a villain kidnaps a woman, but I’m a little concerned that Nikki will get home safely after revealing this potentially dangerous information. It’s also more than a guess that Mallory discouraged her from warning her bestie.
At least we know from the next and final scene that the unseen villains are potentially too busy preparing the next stage of their wrongdoing to arrest Nikki. While Jen and Josh are sober about shared fries, we zoom out to see the two being watched by scientists. Not only do they have surveillance footage of Jen at the wedding, proving that Titania’s appearance wasn’t the only “coincidence”, but also a bunch of scientific charts and graphs and a message from #HulkKing asking if the next phase is ready to go. To go. One of the scientists takes the needle that the Wrecking Crew broke on She-Hulk’s skin in a previous episode and replaces it with a new one. Double yes! After all, there is a Big Bad lurking in the background of this fun wet show.
• In Marvel comics, “Intelligencia” is the name of a super villain group that includes MODOK, Ulysses Klaw, Doctor Doom … and Samuel Sterns, also known as the leader, who was played by Tim Blake Nelson in The Incredible Hulk. Could he be the boss of the Wrecking Crew who are literally after Jen’s blood? At Kevin Feige’s D23 song and dance, we learned that Nelson will play the leader again in the near future Captain America: New World Order, and he will take on Anthony Mackie’s Captain America, Sam Wilson. I’m going to use some deduction skills and call now, based on what we learned today and the title of the movie, that cap 4 is about internet nazis.
• And when we’re on Boss Watch, Titania’s earrings literally say ‘Boss’ in this episode.
• Mr.’s alias Immortal when he has a gay marriage is Arnie, which happens to be the first name of one of Marvel Comics’ first gay characters. Arnie Roth was first introduced in the 1980s as Steve Rogers’ childhood best friend, defending him from neighborhood bullies before Steve became Captain America. If that sounds familiar, it’s because certain elements of Arnie’s backstory were folded into the MCU’s version of the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes. Barnes is played by Sebastian Stan, who happens to be Mr. Immortal, aka Arnie’s ex-husband, on She Hulk. Chance? Follow for more tinfoil hat tutorials! There are some fans who use Arnie as proof that MCU Bucky should be canonically bisexual, so it’s not 100 percent ruled out that the She-Hulk writers caught wisely and gave it a small nod.
• Another exes of Mr. Immortal, the Baroness Cromwell, is also a Marvel Comics nod. Sometimes called Baroness Blood, Lily Cromwell is, you guessed it, a vampire.
• I know it’s annoying that Jen wasn’t allowed a plus-one at the wedding, she had to clean up and ironing duty, and teamed up with a senile dog instead of a groomsman for the ceremony… but as far as we know, she didn’t have to go beyond the 48 hours we see in this episode. That’s not bad, bridesmaids! I’d rather steam some shirts than be on a group text with people I only know superficially every day.