She-Hulk: Lawyer takes a detour this week by delivering an episode that mostly plays itself out while also developing the stories and themes the show has focused on up to this point. As a result, it changes the pace and allows the viewer to gain a better understanding of Jennifer, the person, rather than She-Hulk, the hero.
1. A standalone wedding episode
Early in the episode, Jennifer tells everyone exactly what they’re after. She gets invited to a friend’s wedding and talks to Nikki about it. Jennifer then turns to the camera and, in a fourth wall-breaking moment, says that she knows the viewer thinks this is an inconvenient time for a standalone wedding episode, but that’s how these things work in real life. Here, She-Hulk: Lawyer sets the stage for the rest of the episode by making it clear that this chapter of the story will be a fairly self-contained installment that doesn’t lean heavily into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe or even the main storyline of the show itself.
For the viewer, this openness is refreshing and helpful; for the rest of the episode, it’s easier to go along for the ride without worrying about the aforementioned context or implications for what comes next. That’s not to say it doesn’t further the overall narrative or move the characters along; it certainly does. But it also presents the show with a chance to lean fully into Jennifer, rather than She-Hulk, and it capitalizes.
2. Just Jen
As suggested by the title of the episode, this episode is mostly about Jennifer. In the past, the show has put more emphasis on She-Hulk, but when she goes to the wedding in her cut-out form, Lulu (the bride) asks her not to take all the attention away from her on the wedding day. Jennifer agrees so she has to go through the ceremony as her human self. This allows the viewer to gain a better understanding of how Jennifer is treated by her friends and acquaintances, something the show has shied away from since showing her family dynamics earlier in the series.
Lulu walks around Jennifer by volunteering to ask her to clean up other people’s messes when half the staff threatens to quit due to mistreatment. Additionally, the other bridesmaids treat Jennifer the same way as they make her dry the wedding shirts. Thereby, She-Hulk: Lawyer continues to widen the gap between Jennifer and her other half in terms of one’s powerful power and the other’s timidity. It’s not all doom and gloom though. Jennifer meets Joshua, a nice guy, at the wedding and he says he thinks she’s amazing in her human form. This is a far cry from previous episodes where some of Jennifer’s dates have made it abundantly clear that they are only interested in her She-Hulk side. Consider it a win for Jennifer as the series continues to build both halves of the character.
3. Wedding match
Don’t worry, there’s still some She-Hulk smashing to be had. Titania crashes the wedding by getting an invitation from one of the groomsmen. Her presence is immediately irritating to Jennifer, who claims that she is only there because of their feud. Of course she is right; while Titania plays nice at first, she’s actually biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike, which comes when Jennifer has had a little too much to drink. She goes outside to throw up and Titania attacks her, reminding her enemy that she literally said, “This isn’t over” when they last spoke. Jennifer tries to fight in her human form, but she is far too drunk to do so. After some initial difficulties, she transforms into She-Hulk to level the playing field.
A wedding fight ensues as they settle into the venue for the reception. The DJ chooses “Electric Boogie” as the soundtrack for the smackdown, which quickly ends when Titania slips on some ice and cracks her veneers. Humiliated, she storms off and gives Jennifer a win by forfeit. It’s safe to assume that this won’t be the last time the two rivals throw down, and this setback is sure to add more fuel to the fire.
4. Not just trolls
Jennifer deals with one threat, but others lurk on the horizon. Nikki and Mallory stumble upon a menacing internet forum where users express their hatred for She-Hulk and wonder how to kill her. Mallory dismisses them as trolls and advises Nikki to keep the information secret to avoid giving these people power through publicity. Nikki doesn’t listen as she calls Jennifer and aims to tell her all about it. At that time, Jennifer is still at the wedding, so Nikki leaves her a message. Poison trolls would be disturbing enough, but real danger lurks on the horizon.
The episode ends with scientists secretly spying on Jennifer while she is at a wedding. At what appears to be a state-of-the-art facility, they are packaging some sort of mysterious serum that is clearly meant for She-Hulk. It is unclear who these people are and what their intentions are, but it seems that they intend to harm Jennifer in some way. Time will tell exactly what their plans entail.
5. Meet Mr. Immortal
In addition to Jennifer’s adventures, the episode features Corey Hollis, aka Mr. Immortal, who seeks the help of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway because he is at the center of a rather unusual divorce case. As someone whose body regenerates after any injury, Hollis has mastered the art of “killing” himself to escape conditions. The resulting pattern leaves him with a string of scorned exes demanding payback for the various ways Hollis’ “death” screwed them over.
Nikki saves the day as she manages to get each ex what they want; for one, it’s as simple as an apology with prolonged eye contact. This case delivers Hollis’ comeuppance, and it also provides a fun way to introduce Mr. Immortal, a character that has been around for decades, into the MCU.
Six episodes in, She-Hulk: Lawyer continues to strike an entertaining balance between the two halves of Jennifer Walters. This week’s episode of the series was one of its most grounded outings yet, as it focused on Jennifer’s time at the wedding while also incorporating her ongoing struggle to equally embrace both sides of herself. It will be interesting to see how these two halves continue to coexist as the series continues, and Jennifer may be forced to evolve into a full-fledged superhero due to the aforementioned threats that await her.