This week’s episode is about to take the prize for least known comic book character to show up on screen, welcome to ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ Episode 8, ‘Ribbit and Rip It.’
The episode opens on two guys attempting to steal a TV, with a hero named Leap-Frog, AKA Eugene Patilio (Brandon Stanley) trying to stop them. It’s revealed that he is telling the whole story to Jen (Tatiana Maslany), including that his suit is supposed to be fireproof, but bursts into flames.
He wants “justice and compensation” for the suit messing up, and it’s revealed the creator of the suit is Luke Jacobson (Griffin Matthews), who made Jen’s outfits and her super-suit in episode 5. She explains it’s a conflict of interest, and her boss (Steve Coulter) tells her to make a compromise with him to avoid going to court.
Jen goes to Jacobson and explains that she is there about Leap Frog. The tailor is obviously not happy, and she tries to get him to agree to take some responsibility for the mess up, but he ends up blocking her in the process. “See you in court,” Jen tells him.
In court, Jacobson shows up with no lawyer. The judge asks where he is, and wouldn’t you know it, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) walks in, asking the judge to drop the lawsuit. Jen asks to speak to other clients Jacobson has worked with, but Matt points out superheroes have secret identities and who is she to find those out? So, they call Eugene to the stand.
Leap-Frog reveals that he went against Jacobson’s instructions, and the judge drops the case. Jen attempts to befriend the tailor again, but of course that fails. Cut to Jen at the bar, with Matt Murdock arriving to buy her a drink.
Jen asks why he’s in Los Angeles, and Murdock explains Jacobson made him suits in the past. They go back and forth, and this is the first time we see Jen connecting with someone who is actually interested in both her and She-Hulk. Murdock then mentions how Jen can help people who fail, and She-Hulk can help people that the world fails.
She then turns to the camera, asking “We all feel this here, don’t we?” As Murdock goes to take a call, Jen gets a weird text from the techie with the “She-Hulk fetish.” Murdock goes to leave but says that it was great to meet her.
Jen goes to meet with Todd (Jon Bass), and he explains how he just bought a real spear from Wakanda. Todd claims the country of Wakanda is trying to get the spear back, but then tries to make a move on Jen. She leaves immediately.
As she gets home, Jen gets a call from Eugene. He’s being attacked and needs her help. She agrees and goes to grab the super suit Luke made for her. Jen stops Leap-Frog’s car, and Daredevil flies off the back. He tells her she needs to back off, and the two get into an awesome fight.
Jen puts a stop to him, and removes his helmet, revealing that it’s Matt. She accuses him of not being blind, but he confirms that he is indeed blind, however his other senses are enhanced. They get into a bit of an argument, and Matt reveals that Leap Frog kidnapped Jacobson. While agreeing to help, Jen points out that it’s an easy mistake to think the man dressed as a devil would be the bad guy. “That’s a fair point,” Matt replies.
The two make it to Leap-Frog’s lair, and they strategize outside. It’s obvious the two of them have very different ideas on how to break-in, with Matt pointing out that Jen has never done this before. Daredevil does his job, breaking-in and taking out the men in the hallway.
As he’s surrounded, though, Jen does her Hulk-thing and drops a fantastic “She-Hulk smash” as she crushes the men surrounding him. Once inside, Jen takes the legal route with Eugene while Matt just kicks butt around him, also giving legal advice. Jen then turns to the camera and says, “This guy is really kind of doing it for me.”
They rescue Jacobson, who forgives Jen and agrees to make her dress for the gala. She meets Matt on the rooftop, and he explains why he won’t give a statement to the cops. They thank each other for the help, while flirting a little. Jen asks when he’s going home. He says he’s leaving tomorrow and asks Jen out to dinner next time he’s in town. But Jen has other ideas and we cut to them in her apartment making out.
Matt leaves the next morning, and Jen asks why the audience is still here? She thinks the episode should be over… but Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) shows up to get Jen ready for the gala. Jen questions the episode being the last before the finale but shrugs it off and attends as She-Hulk, looking gorgeous!
She meets with her parents (Mark Linn-Baker and Tess Malis Kincaid), who are excited to see her. Though, she spots Todd and instantly wants to walk away. At the ceremony, Jen believes at first that she is the winner, but then realizes that all the women nominated actually won. But as she is giving her speech, the HulkKing takes over and broadcasts her private footage. She gives in to her anger and destroys the room. She is stopped outside by gunpoint, ending the episode.
When ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ was announced and it was revealed that Charlie Cox would guest star as Daredevil, it was believed he would just be a straight up cameo. But it’s obvious from this one episode that it was far from just a cameo, and rather was an important character for Jen to meet on her journey to becoming a hero.
Having a character such as Jen Walters, one so tied to the “normal versus superhero” life, and a character like Matt Murdock who went through the same thing just makes so much sense. In his own Netflix show, he fought between the normal and the superhero/vigilante life, and his life of fighting crime seemingly took over.
But with Jen, we have the complete opposite. She is trying so hard to make her life as normal as possible, avoiding any of the crazy super-powered nonsense that has seemingly come with her new She-Hulk life. We see this with how Matt interacts with her, teaching her about secret identities, and balancing her own life. He also explains how both Jen and She-Hulk can help people in different ways, not just one or the other.
With both a great guest star and a surprise ending, the next episode is going to be the last and hopefully a great conclusion to an already fantastic series.
See you all next week!