“Jessica Jones” recap (1.04): Love thy neighbor or whatever

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Previously on Jessica Jones: Jessica and Luke get super close. Trish gets super tough. Jeri is getting super divorced. Kilgrave gets super creepy. Well, more creepy. He was already pretty fucking creepy as is.

Jessica is pondering the extreme horribleness that is her newfound knowledge of Kilgrave’s proxy stalking of her. It could be anyone in a city of more than eight million people. But, you know, no need to be paranoid or anything.

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She arrives at her apartment to find a well-heeled new client waiting outside of Carl, and uncomfortably watching her junkie neighbor Malcolm struggle to unlock his door. The care with which Jessica always treats him is so nice. Though, at this point, you’ve probably realized all this screen time for a seemingly peripheral character means he is not actually all that peripheral. More on that later.

New upper-crusty client lady is someone named Audrey Eastman. Eagle-eyed viewers and/or anyone who owned a TV set in the mid-’90s will recognize her as Susan from Friends (played by actress Jessica Hecht). You know, the woman Ross’s wife Carol left him for and married. So there you have it, yet another subtle hat tip to all the lesbian ladies in the audience.

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She is going on about her cheating husband “Carlo,” who is blindly ruining the lives of everyone in his path. She’s also asking a lot of questions about Jessica’s business. So naturally we’re all rather suspicious about her. I mean, we want to trust her because Carol and Susan were such a nice couple, and Susan used to give Ross endless crap. Still while something seems off, Jessica warily takes the job to get compromising shots of Carlo.

Before the ink can dry on the contract Trish calls in a panic. Sgt. Simpson is back and trying to break down her door. Jessica tells her to go hide in her panic room with Jodie Foster and wee baby dyke Kristen Stewart. Sorry, I just assume they are just naturally hiding out in any and all panic rooms. Don’t you?

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Jess arrives and recognizes Simpsons’ crazed determination as something other than Kilgrave’s mind control. It’s the guilt caused by Kilgrave’s mind control. So she opens the door to his bewilderment. Simpson recognizes her and Jess explains they’re together inside doing stuff with their earphones on. Trish pops her head out to confirm that, “Yes, she’s with me.” Ladies, you make it so easy.

After confirming that yes, Trish is alive, and no, Simpson did not kill her, but yes, he sure tried–he starts to stumble off proclaiming his monsterhood. Jessica feels bad for him, but Trish is feeling less charitable. I feel less charitable, too. But that might also be because I know what a total jackass anger monkey he becomes later.

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He is concerned for Trish’s welfare, Jessica says she has it covered. But then he mansplains why he would still be better at protecting her, despite not having any superpowers. Jessica doesn’t have time for his fragile male ego and tells him to go home, she has an idea.

That idea is to have Trish grovel on air. Through gritted teeth. And with withering death stares at Jessica. Afterward, Trish says “men and power” is “seriously a disease.” Yep. Can we get that printed up on a T-shirt and send it to all 431 male members of Congress? The 104 female members of Congress don’t need one; they already know.

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