When we left Jones in AKA Crush Syndrome, she had just learned of Luke Cage's superpowers. And, apparently, this makes Cage even more attractive to Jones (birds of a feather, eh?) because this episode has lots of Jones-Cage sex, sex and MORE sex. Oddly enough, it all works and does not seem out of place. However, as a heads up, make sure the children are sound asleep before you watch Episode 3.
Episode 3: AKA It's Called Whisky
The way I see it, being a hero just puts a target on your back. ~ Luke Cage
Armed with the knowledge of each other's superpowers, Jones and Cage have fairly graphic sex. One of Jones's upstairs neighbors, Ruben, is watching the whole affair before Jones slams the door. Afterwards, Jones and Cage discuss superherodom. Jones reveals her powers were obtained in an accident; Cage received his as a result of an experiment.
While incarcerated, Cage was a volunteer for a cell regeneration
experiment that created Super Soldiers (you know, that same stuff Captain America received!).
A prison guard named Rackham amped up the juice to kill Cage,
which instead gave Cage his superpowers.
Cage causally asks Jones "aside from the big green dude and his crew" if she knows anyone else like them (love the MCU tie-in; those only watching the movies are really missing out). Jones tells Cage she was a superhero once, but it did not work out and Cage seems to agree that being a hero is not all triumph and glory. The two sleep together again, and once done, Jones stares at the picture of Reva in Cage's bathroom. Cage tells her that she was his wife and died in a bus crash. With that, Jones hurriedly leaves.
Jones and Cage like each other.
And Jones is keeping a HUGE secret from Cage.
Jones heads to a liquor store to buy a cheap bottle of whisky and hears a talk show host on the radio trash talking Hope. It seems the city is not that impressed with all these superheroes and villains running around and causing a ruckus post-Battle of New York and Age of Ultron. This, undoubtedly, is the precursor to Captain America: Civil War and the forthcoming Superhero Registration Act.
While listening to the radio, Jones Google's Sufentanil, the medical grade anesthesia she will need to stop Kilgrave. The talk show host's banter annoys Jones, and she asks Hogarth to defend Hope publicly to the press. Hogarth refuses without more evidence, and thus, Jones asks Trish, who has her own radio show, to tell her listeners mind control is real. Trish is hesitant, and Jones realizes Trish's home is a virtual fortress - video surveillance cameras, steel enforced doors, bullet proof windows and a home gym for training. Seems Trish is doing everything she can to protect herself from Kilgrave's grip.
Trish is not Hellcat. YET.
Jones leaves Trish to find the Sufentanil. She goes to Wendy, Hogarth's soon to be ex, who declines Jones's request to help. Then, she looks around the hospital and debates taking people out to steal the Sufentanil. She decides to leave, and finds her friend Malcolm outside being hit by a guy. She quickly defends him. Later on, she receives a call from Trish who has decided to do the promo on Hope by interviewing her remotely. Jessica is not thrilled with the idea. But, she presses on in her quest to find the Sufentanil. She decides Cage might know drug dealers, since he is a bartender. At the bar, Cage cannot provide her the anesthesia, but what he can provide her is, well, more sex.
Which leads to Cage FINALLY saying his most well known comic book quote, "Sweet Christmas!"
I laughed. Well played, Marvel. Well played.
The next day, Trish does the interview with Hope. Hope discusses her time under Kilgrave's control, and how she fought to not kill her parents despite his request. Hogarth breaks up the interview and claims Hope is delusional and had a "psychotic break." However, Trish quickly defends Hope, compares the situation to the Avenger's prior battles (I mean, is this city not used to weird villains popping up everywhere? Why would they not believe Kilgrave's powers existed?) and begins berating Kilgrave. Jones begs Trish to stop, and Kilgrave calls into the radio station himself saying that insulting him would be "wildly dangerous." Jones realizes that Hogarth set the entire radio interview up for Trish to defend Hope and the "crazy notion of mind control."
While Jones and Trish leave the radio station building, a man comes up to Trish out of nowhere. Trish punches him, thinking it is Kilgrave. Instead, it is just a fan of Trish wanting an autograph. You know, a fan of Trish when she was the teenage star, Patsy Walker.
He even says, "I miss the red hair!"
In the early days (1940s-1967), Patsy's comic was a teen romantic comedy.
In the 70s, she was merged into the Marvel superhero franchise as Hellcat.
Jones heads back to her apartment where she finds her neighbor Ruben carrying Malcolm. Malcolm, who is a heavy drug user, accidentally walked into Ruben's apartment where he and his sister Robyn live. Jones takes Malcolm to the hospital and throws him at a nurse, claiming he lunged for her. This creates a distraction and Jones is able to steal the Sufentanil. As she leaves, she sees a downtrodden Malcolm sadly looking at her.
Meanwhile, Trish receives a knock on the door by a police officer. He identifies himself as Officer Will Simpson, played by actor Will Traval who fans may recognize from ABC's Once Upon A Time.
He claims he is there to investigate Trish's assault on the fan. Trish lets him in, and Simpson immediately attacks Trish. Suddenly, Jones arrives. Realizing Simpson has been sent by Kilgrave to kill Trish, she gives Trish the anesthesia. Jones tells Simpson that Trish is dead, and runs after him dropping Trish's phone in his pocket to track him. She follows him to an apartment where he is meeting Kilgrave. Kilgrave is going on about how he never liked Trish, calling her a "teenager do gooder." Just as she is about to grab Kilgrave, Kilgrave instructs Simpson to jump off the building. Jones saves him, and has a flashback to the night Reva Connors was killed. Kilgrave instructed Jones to "get rid" of Reva Connors. Once she comes to, Jones attempts to chase Kilgrave, and at every corner, someone is in place to attack and attempt to kill Jones.
She finally wards them all off and ends up in a room full of photographs of:
Herself. But, BUT, who has been taking all these photographs and following her?
Jones catches Simpson who has jumped off the building. She tells him that he is free from Kilgrave's control and can leave. Then, she heads to Cage's bar and tells Cage she cannot see him anymore. Cage thinks it is because he has a dead wife, and tells her, "you do what you need to do."
And with that, Jones leaves to find out who the mystery photographer is helping Kilgrave.
Click here for Episode 4 Recap: AKA 99 Friends.
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