5 Takeaways from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 5

She-Hulk: Lawyer continues to build Jennifer Walters into a fan-favorite character while exploring a number of compelling themes, namely the legal ramifications of having superpowered individuals living in the modern world. This fifth episode also sets the stage for what promises to be a devilishly delightful return.

1. Leans into the human side

The first few episodes have leaned into the balance between Jennifer Walters, the person, and She-Hulk, the budding superhero. This week’s edition still incorporates that duality, but it focuses more on the human side than its predecessors. While Jennifer is in She-Hulk form for the majority of the episode, there’s no smashing or crime stopping this week. Instead, the primary conflict comes in her legal battle with Titania. In doing so, the series adds more depth to Jennifer as an overarching character, helping to cement her status as the next big thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

2. What is my name?

As seen at the end of the previous episode, Titania trademarked She-Hulk, and she sued Jennifer for the use of the name. This week’s episode opens with a commercial for “She-Hulk by Titania,” a line of beauty products. The popular line also has a billboard and a radio commercial, so Titania’s theft of the name is inevitable for Jennifer. She becomes increasingly frustrated, especially when she sees that Titania is literally selling a lip plumper laced with snake oil. “She’s literally selling snake oil,” she tells Nikki.

But initially, Jennifer can’t do anything about it from a legal standpoint, since Titania technically owns the name. Naturally, as a lawyer, Jennifer knows she can win the battle in court, setting the stage for the climactic hearing later in the show.

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3. The drip broker

One of the show’s running themes has been Jennifer’s questionable fashion sense, given the lack of stylish options for someone who often transforms into a Hulk-sized creature. Fortunately, Nikki and Pug connect with Luke Jacobson, a tailor who specializes in the superhuman. Pug has a connection through his “Drip Broker” who supplies him with limited edition sneakers – including the new Iron Man 3s. Nikki bends the truth by telling Jacobson that Jennifer is already an Avenger, and although he is reluctant, he eventually makes her a new suit to fit her human self and her superhuman size.

The tailor also gives Jennifer something “extra,” but she says she doesn’t foresee a use for it. The viewer doesn’t get to see what this item is, but it’s fair to assume that it will eventually become She-Hulk’s costume. With that in mind, it’s only a matter of time before we see the hero in all her glory.

4. Unusual courtroom tactics

Jennifer continues to showcase her unusual courtroom tactics as her brilliance once again saves the day. Earlier, she realized that she had to practically insult one of her firm’s clients to win the case because she had to prove that he was delusional enough to believe that Megan Thee Stallion wanted to date him. (It’s a long story.)

This time, with her right to use the She-Hulk name at stake, Jennifer has a “Eureka” moment when she sees that she can prove her ownership by getting her former dates to testify about her in court. These individuals recall how Jennifer referred to herself as She-Hulk, thereby demonstrating her claim to the name. This tactic works to perfection as the Judge sides with the titular hero and forces Titania to stop her use of the She-Hulk name immediately.

5. Devil’s In The Details

One of the most exciting moments in this week’s episode was practically a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter egg. In the closing moments of the show, the aforementioned Drip Broker walks up to a crate with a helmet that looks rather familiar. Naturally, its horns are unmistakable; the helmet belongs to Daredevil. What it does to Drip Broker is yet to be seen.

However, fans have known for a long time that “The Man Without Fear” will be a part of She-Hulk: Lawyer, at least in some capacity. Along with the recent announcement of Daredevil: Born Againthe sight of the helmet is sure to excite hardcore and casual fans alike, as it will be fascinating to see how this series brings Matthew Murdock (and his alter ego) back to the MCU.

Five sections in, She-Hulk: Lawyer has firmly found her voice as a heartfelt, realistic portrayal of a new character’s struggle to embrace her identity as a superhero while staying true to her former life as a lawyer. The combination of these two worlds continues to be a fertile ground for exploration, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

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