“Jessica Jones” recap (1.1): Who can turn the world on with her smile

Next meet Trish Walker: The woman on those billboards we keep seeing and host of New York’s No. 1 talk radio show. She is trying to get her assistants to book Madeleine Albright on her show. But they say they can’t, plus the gay male assistant would rather book Channing Tatum anyway.


It doesn’t really matter because out of the corner of her eye Trish spots Jessica pulling herself inelegantly onto her penthouse patio. Look, being able to leap onto balconies with a single bound may not sound as impressive as that whole “faster than a speeding bullet stuff,” but you try doing it in skinny jeans.

Trish walks over to the patio door and lets her in. The history between them is palpable, and broken. They haven’t talked in six months. Jessica says she needed breathing room, Trish says she shut her out. Now Jess is back asking for money. So, as reconciliations go this one is off to a rocky start.


Trish asks what could be so important and Jessica tells her, “He is back.” Finally, the ominous, unnamed, unseen he. Trish chalks it up to her PTSD at first. She is still having the nightmares and flashbacks after all. Maybe if she’d go back to the therapist. But all he had her do was recite street names. Birch Street. Cobalt Lane. Higgins Drive.

But this isn’t in her head. It’s real and it is repeating itself. He is taking Hope to the same places he took her for their one-month anniversary. He didn’t die a year ago, like they thought. He’s back.


Leaving him a mystery only makes it more horrible, yet it’s clear he did horrible things to Jessica, and made Jessica do something horrible. We’re just not sure exactly what. So now she is running. Trish lays on a heavy guilt trip. How she is better equipped to handle him than some girl from Omaha. How they’ll find a way to protect Jessica from him.

Yeah, I’m inclined to agree with Jessica on this one. Run away from the big scary thing. Run away far. But Trish lays on the guilt even thicker, saying, “You’re still the person who tried to do something.” This, we can only assume, refers to her trying to be a superhero. But, you see, that’s what got her in trouble in the first place. And she tells Trish, “I was never the hero that you wanted me to be.”


Now, some reviewers (namely some guy at Vulture) read into this scene that Trish and Jessica had possibly more than just a friendship, but a hug another woman with my legs in friendship friendship. To which I say, uh, maybe. It’s unclear and unspoken. But either way, I ship it.