At the end of Episode 4 of “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law,” Jennifer Walters receives legal documents stating that she has been sued by Titania over the use of the title “She-Hulk.” Jennifer has to not only find a lawyer to defend her case in court, someone who is as good as, if not better than her, but also witnesses who will vouch for her. Episode 5 follows her plight to win the case against Titania and in the process, she also gets herself a new superhero suit.
‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Episode 5: Recap Summary
Jennifer Walters is bombarded with Titania’s “She-Hulk” promotions, i.e., a luxurious line of skincare, beauty, and wellness products. From TV to billboards, Titania’s brand is the latest sensation. Even her friend Ched is selling the She-Hulk products and comes to her one day to have signed copies under the impression that it is Jennifer’s business venture.
Jennifer and Nikki arrive at a presentation held by Titania for her fans. There, Jennifer tries to make her understand that she is using a name that is someone else’s (it is Jennifer’s name, after all) and, on top of that, is suing that person (Jennifer) for using it. But Titania clearly states that the name belongs to her and her alone. Later on, at her office, Jennifer accepts that she doesn’t like the name, but it is a “thing that happened” to her. She loves parts of it, like She-Hulk’s hair, the fact there is no hangover, and it brings security. But all this doesn’t make her a different person who requires a different name. She doesn’t tell Nikki that she is completely over “She-Hulk” but “the most over” it.
Pug approaches Nikki and asks her to join him for a speaker drop. He needs two pairs, “one to rock and one to stock,” but they are only offering one pair per customer. He knows a guy named Alonzo, a drip broker, who can provide anything “fashion-wise.” In return, Nikki wants Pug to reach out to his guy Alonzo and find someone who can customize clothing for Jennifer. Pug nods and a deal is struck. Both arrive at a café that, according to Pug, is just a front for a superhero clothing business. A guy inside takes them to a door that has an intercom system. Through this system, they successfully lie to the designer about Jennifer Walters’ being a top-tier Avenger and gain entry to his studio for a consultation at a later date.
Jennifer is summoned by Holden Holliway to his office. He asks her about a billboard he saw that had her name (She-Hulk) along with the words “booty boost smoothie” attached to it. Jennifer explains everything to him, but Holliway states that since she, a member of the GLK & H family, is facing a lawsuit, it becomes difficult for the company to run its business as nobody wants to hire a firm that cannot handle its own mess. Holliway thus sends Jennifer to Mallory Book, Jen’s rival, who will fight Jen’s case. Although Mallory doesn’t like Jennifer, by accepting Jennifer’s case, she proves that she is a real pro at her job, top of the line. Period. But she makes it clear to Jennifer that they are not colleagues. Jennifer agrees.
At the first hearing, Titania’s lawyer shows a video of Jennifer denying being called She-Hulk because it’s not her name. In defense, the book presents an interview where Jennifer accepts herself as She-Hulk. However, the judge asks for a pattern of Jennifer’s personal use of that name to be presented at the next hearing, which she declines, as it will make them lose the case.
Nikki takes Jennifer, who is in her She-Hulk persona, to the fashion designer, Luke Jacobson, for their appointment. Luke isn’t impressed at all by the way Jennifer dresses. Nikki asks him to make a suit that will fit both Jennifer Walters and She-Hulk. After much persuasion, Luke orders extra blots of stretch wool. He will need a lot of fabric.
Back at the office, Jennifer and Nikki meet Todd, one of the guy’s Jennifer used to date, and find out that he is one of their company’s biggest clients. Later, Jennifer realizes how she can use all the guys, a total of four, she went on dates with as witnesses in court. In fact, she has a dating profile as She-Hulk. All this is proof that can help her win the case. So, at the second hearing, all four guys agree that they dated “She-Hulk.” Finding enough proof, the judge favors Jennifer and orders that all of Titania’s products carrying the name “She-Hulk” be recalled and the usage of the name be ceased. After coming out of the courtroom, an overjoyed Jennifer asks Books if she can buy her a drink to “say thanks.” Books agree. At the pub, they have a fun time talking about the case, and Jennifer mentions how happy she is now that she and Books are friends. But all that Books return to her is a smile and a “thanks for the drink.”
Jennifer then returns to Luke for her new clothes. He has not only made a new suit for her but also something “extra.” As she tries on her new clothes, Luke notices a part of one of his clients’ clothes and shifts it to a safer spot. It is the Daredevil’s mask. But it’s not red. It seems that Episode 6 will introduce Daredevil to the MCU. We have already met Matt Murdock in “Spider-man: No Way Home” as Peter’s lawyer. Here, however, we will see him as the devil from Hell’s Kitchen. We can only hope that it will also bring us face-to-face with the villain of the show. With only 5 more episodes remaining, it is high time for that.
‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Episode 5: Easter Eggs Explained
She-Hulk Was a Trademark: The case Jennifer fought in court is quite meta in nature. The reason is that Marvel bought the She-Hulk trademark for real. This is because CBS, after the success of its TV show “The Incredible Hulk” in 1980, couldn’t make its own spin-off based on She-Hulk.
Avengers Merchandise: Iron Man Three boots, Avengers t-shirts, caps, and other merchandise can all be seen in Episode 5. Merchandising is an integral part of film promotions and the production giants’ making of money. Pug’s obsession with superhero merchandise is just a nod to the popularity of superhero merchandise all around the world. And one might say that this is a way of Marvel patting itself on the back since it really boomed the merchandise industry after Iron Man (2008).
Fashion Designer Luke Jacobson: The history of Luke Jacobson goes back to the 1980s. He was a fashion designer and a lover of Dakota North, who herself was the lead in a series of comics by her name, created by Martha Thomases and Tony Salmons, that came out in 1986. Dakota North is the sole agent of an international and private security agency that specializes in dealing with wrongdoings in the fashion industry. And her first case was with Luke Jacobson. There were only five issues in the series before it came to an end. The series was standalone in nature, but Marvel later introduced the character, and he was seen alongside Daredevil, Luke Cage, and some other superheroes. Luke Jacobson is based on the real-life friend of Martha Thomases, gay fashion designer David Freelander. Thomases had stated that she also wanted Luke to be gay, but Marvel’s take on queer was very different back then from what it is now. Luke appeared in 3 out of the 5 issues, but he was never a part of the Marvel universe until now. Many of us will relate her to fashion designer Edna Mode from Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” who in turn resembles record-setting 8-time Academy Award winner (Best Costume Design) American fashion designer Edith Head. With such a history behind Luke’s bold character, we have to wait and watch how the MCU uses him.
Batman’s Nipples: When Luke orders fabrics for Jennifer, he runs his hands over a mannequin with a black suit with abs and, more interestingly, nipples molded into it. Only Batman fans will realize that the suit is a clear nod to the famous or rather infamous suits from “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin” with their signature nipples as donned by Val Kilmer and George Clooney.
Daredevil’s Cowl: We finally get to see a part of Daredevil in Episode 5 before his potential arrival in Episode 6. We see his cowl. While the design is the same as the one, we had seen in the Netflix series, the color is yellow and not red. Marvel seems to have taken inspiration from the original 1964 Daredevil costume that was designed by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett when the character was introduced in “Daredevil” #1. It was in 1965 that Wally Wood changed the design and gave it the timeless red color that we are accustomed to. But not for long.