At the end of “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” Episode 1, we saw Jennifer Walters reveal her She-Hulk persona and bring Titania down in the courtroom. Keeping in mind that so many people saw her, the word was bound to spread. Episode 2 shows how Jennifer balances her newfound popularity and her job.
‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Episode 2: Recap And Ending
Jennifer Walters has become an overnight sensation due to the stunt she pulled at the Metropolitan Courthouse by bringing down Titania. However, Jennifer doesn’t like it. Not one bit. For her, it is all a distraction from the work she loves to do. A reporter interviewing an eyewitness addresses Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk. The name is going to stick, whether Jennifer likes it or not. One night, when Jennifer and her friend Nikki go to a pub, she finds out that people are digging her She-Hulk look. So she turns green unwillingly. At the pub, she meets her boss, who tells her that they have lost the case they were fighting. Their opponent, GLK & H, argued that it was a mistrial because she saved the lives of the jury, and so their judgment was biased in her favor. She has become a liability for the DA’s office, and so she is being “let go.” A drunk Jennifer isn’t able to register what she is told until a few seconds have passed. Then realization strikes. She has been fired.
Due to her latest revelations, no other law firm is willing to hire her. And her spirit is almost broken. Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, she receives a text from her mother for a family dinner. After dinner, Jennifer’s father reassures her that everything is going to be okay. She is “still standing,” and she gets to “keep moving on.”
Another night, while she is by herself at a bar drinking, she is approached by Holden Holliway of GLK & H, the very law firm that costs Jennifer her job. He wants her to work for them. But there is a condition that is more of a catch for her. GLK & H have just started a Superhuman Law Division, and they want her to be the face of it. This means that she’s got to come to work as She-Hulk too. She feels “agnostic,” thinking that she is absolutely qualified for the job, but people around her will only think that she got the job because of her powers. Then she finds out that her first case is the parole of Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination. This is the guy who tried to kill her cousin Bruce (The Incredible Hulk, 2008). As much as she doesn’t want to represent Mr. Blonsky, she is told that if she doesn’t take the case, she will lose her job.
Jennifer Walters arrives at the secure facility that holds Emil Blonsky to talk to him. Emil makes it clear to her that he is a changed man. It was the US government that made him a monster so that he could take down the Hulk, who was considered a threat back then. He finds it unfair that he is behind bars now, whereas the Hulk has been deemed a superhero. He has even written haikus for his victims. When he asks if she can help, all she says is she will “think about it.”
After returning home, Jennifer decides to talk to Bruce about it before she can make her decision to take up the case. She rings him up and tells him that she has to take on Emil Blonsky as her first client or she will lose her job. Bruce tells her that he is completely “okay with it.” Apparently, Emil wrote Bruce a nice letter “a while back” along with a “heartfelt haiku.” Both of them have put their past behind them. Then, when Jennifer asks him if he will come to LA anytime soon, he tells her that he has some things to take care of for the time being. We then see him inside a Sakaaran spacecraft traveling through space. (While some of us wonder where he is going, others are asking themselves how Jennifer is able to contact Bruce using her phone when he is in outer space.)
Jennifer calls Holliway and tells him that she will accept his offer. But no sooner does she tell him that she has a strong strategy than he tells her to look at the news. When Jennifer turns on the news, she is taken aback. Footage has been leaked in which Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination, is seen in an underground fight club after having escaped from prison. The mid-credits scene shows Jennifer helping her father with chores.
“She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” Episode 2: Easter Eggs
A New Job with Old References
When Jennifer Walters is looking up jobs on her laptop with her friend Nikki, there are multiple references to superheroes. Firstly, the lock screen wallpaper on her phone is that of Captain America’s “behind.” Next up, her job search lands her on a web page titled “10 Offbeat Jobs to Make a Fresh Start.” On the same page, there are links to other articles;
- The article headline about a man who fights with metal claws in a bar is a direct reference to Wolverine.
- The next article below mentions a giant statue coming out of the ocean that refers to “Eternals,” at the end of which we see the Eternals turn Tiamut to stone before he could emerge from under the ocean.
- There is also a QR Code right next to the title, that if you will scan will take you to the first issue of She-Hulk, i.e., “She-Hulk” (2004) #1.
In the comics, Holden Holliway is one of the partners of the law firm Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway, much like in the show. His granddaughter, Sasha Martin, became a super-criminal Southpaw; he formed the Superhuman Law to protect her against criminal charges. He even hired Jennifer Walters so that she could pose as Sasha’s role model. We do not know if this is the very reason why he hired Jennifer in “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law,” but we can’t tell for sure.
Jennifer visits Emil Blonsky at a Department of Damage Control (DODC) prison. The last time we came across the DODC was in “Ms. Marvel,” where they were tracking Kamala as well as the ClanDestines. The fact that Emil is there brings in the possibility that the DODC has been around for a very long time (since the events of “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), at the end of which Emil was captured).
Emil Blonsky, AKA Abomination
The legendary Tim Roth returns as Emil Blonsky, AKA Abomination. The first time we saw it was in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk,” which featured Edward Norton as Bruce Banner AKA Hulk. The last time we saw him was as Abomination in 2021’s “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”. With him back, it proves that “The Incredible Hulk” is MCU canon.
Bruce Is a Different Person
When Jennifer is talking to Bruce about her first client, Emil Blonsky, Bruce tells him that he has moved on and is a “completely different person, literally.” The emphasis on “literally” is authentic, as it was Edward Norton’s Hulk that fought Abomination in “The Incredible Hulk”. But now we have Mark Ruffalo. This is yet another dig at the show’s meta nature to break the fourth wall, much like how Jennifer can address us, the viewers.
The MCU Timeline
It was in 2021’s “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” that we saw Shaun and Katy arrive at a secret fight club in Macau, where he finds his sister Xialing. When he enters the compound, he sees Wong and Abomination fighting each other. The footage of this very fight is what leaked at the end of this episode. This means that the events of “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” and those of “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” take place concurrently. We even get to see the cage in “Shang-Chi…” after Wong opens a portal and takes Abomination along. It is the very cage inside which we see Emil Blonsky in Episode 2.