Somebody call Shuri!
This review contains spoilers for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2, episode 9, titled “Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed.” To see where we left off, check out our review of Season 2, episode 8 and follow along with our full season binge here.
Hallway fight! It wouldn’t be a Netflix series without some kind of dust-up in a dimly-lit corridor, and while Jessica Jones doesn’t aspire to the same level of fight scene choreography as Daredevil, it’s certainly satisfying to see Alisa lay the smackdown on Pryce in the opening minutes — even if we then end the episode with a more upsetting version in which Alisa comes dangerously close to killing Jessica in a different hallway. (I do love the Jessica Jones version of a mom bandaging up their kid’s boo-boo: with snark and cheap whisky.)
If episode 8 was the more optimistic version of what Jessica and her mom’s lives could be, episode 9 sees the chickens coming home to roost, as Jessica reconciles herself with the fact that sometimes mothers do bad things, and while it will never change the bond they share with their kids, it doesn’t mean they don’t have to suffer the consequences of their actions.
Alisa might have good intentions and an unbreakable devotion to her daughter, but as she is right now, she’s also undeniably a danger to Jessica and everyone else around her. Until they can figure out a way to get her anger under control, Mama Bear needs to be in a place where she doesn’t have the option to hurt anyone, whether she’s intending to or not. That doesn’t mean she’s not redeemable, in a similar way to Bucky Barnes following his Winter Soldier programming (get Alisa an appointment with Shuri, stat!), but Jessica has a responsibility to keep everyone safe, not just her mom, and this seems like the most expedient way to make that happen for now.
(Sidenote: I just realized that Alias is an anagram of Alisa, and my mind is blown all over again. Blame the sleep deprivation.)
But it’s possibly even worse news for Trish, because she’s now out of her “performance enhancer” and just got an interview at ZCN after publicly quitting Trish Talk mid-show, which means she either needs another fix or she’ll be vomiting all over the cameraman tomorrow. Think that’s gonna end well for her?
Things may be going better for Jeri, who succeeds in coercing Shane to try and heal her. We don’t know the outcome of his magic hands, but it’s amazing what Carrie-Anne Moss is able to portray without dialogue while undergoing the treatment, bursting into tears under Shane’s power. If the cure works, you’ve got to wonder whether it will fix her propensity to use people for her own ends. (Probably not, but I wouldn’t have her any other way.)