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Jessica Jones finale recap: 'AKA Smile'

What did Jessica's two hands say to Kilgrave's head? Snap.


Marvel's Jessica Jones

Season 1, Ep. 13 | Aired Nov 20

I wasn’t the only one who thought Kilgrave was going to turn purple by the end of this, right? Sure, it doesn’t necessarily fit the tone of the Netflix series thus far, but his dad injected him with a purple syringe and he got purple veins. It felt like the perfect set-up for the obligatory “Let’s give the audience the wackier, fan-friendly version of the character for a few minutes before the end of the show.” Kind of like how Matt Murdock went full Daredevil at the end of season 1, even though we had all just started to really like his ninja outfit.

Now that I’ve got that off of my chest, let’s dive into “AKA Smile,” which ended up being a really solid ending to the season, on top of being just a great episode of Jessica Jones.

That shotgun blast Luke took to the head seems to have actually done some damage to the man with the unbreakable skin. When Jessica wheels him into the emergency room, the doctors there identify the damage as blunt force trauma, rather than — you know — a point blank shotgun wound. But it was quite traumatic because Luke isn’t waking up, and more concerning for the doctors, needles won’t puncture his skin. You do have to feel for the guy trying to inject Luke but who couldn’t get past the unbreakable barrier. He was just trying to do his job, and his boss has to be ragging on him. Where’s his show?

Oh, hey! Claire Temple. Jessica Jones’ biggest connection to Daredevil arrives in the season finale in the form of Rosario Dawson. Claire is as busy as ever when she runs smack-dab into a pair of superpowered individuals, but whatever. She’s seen this kind of thing before, and frankly, Matt’s powers are just as impressive. When too many questions begin flying around, Jessica and Luke have to go, and Claire is their ticket out of there.

The three are on their way out when Jessica receives a phone call, not on her cell but on one of the hospital lines. Kilgrave is watching her. Presumably from inside the hospital’s security room. After Jessica tells Claire to take Luke back to her office, she begins to track him down. This gets more complicated when the juiced-up Kilgrave uses the PA system to tell everyone in the hospital to kill Jessica Jones, which they attempt to do. It’s too bad that Jessica’s clever disguise worked for all of three seconds. She could have avoided the nasty cut she gets on her leg.

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At Jessica’s apartment, Claire is doing her best to make sure that Luke doesn’t die, but he’s making it hard for her. He starts seizing right around the time that Jessica comes back, and she and Claire have to perform an operation that is almost too gross to describe. Ugh. Here it goes. There’s fluid collecting inside Luke, but because his skin is indestructible, Claire has to bwuhhhhh. Claire has to gghhhmm. You can do this, Kevin. Breathe. ClairehastostickaneedleinLuke’seyeballandextractthefluidfromthere.

Phew, made it. Let’s move on.

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