‘She-Hulk’ Episode 4 Recap: Dating, Magic, and Marvel Easter Eggs
Love and magic collide in episode 4 ofstreaming on now.
The first three installments are already available. Here are our, and , and that’s our dive into the fourth installment, titled “Isn’t That Real Magic?” Wong returns for another cameo, along with plenty of Easter eggs and a fun post-credits scene. Lots of spoilers to follow!
Episode 5 drops September 15, with more arriving every Thursday (here’s the full).
Episode 4 introduces Donnie Blaze, a low-rent stage magician in possession of a Teleportation Sling Ring (as used by Doctor Strange and his wizard buddies). It turns out that Donnie is actually a former student of Kamar-Taj and uses his household to send unwitting helpers to another dimension. Encouraged by Cornelius Willows, the Mystic Castle’s Curator of Curiosity, Blaze isn’t particularly confident about his ability to control the portal – nasty enough for the hapless volunteers who might find themselves in a land of blood or worse, Pomona.
Meanwhile, Wong is dancing to The Sopranos theme in Kathmandu. He watches Season 5 Episode 12, Long Term Parking, which is, yes, the one where Adriana, glamorous nightclub manager and reluctant FBI informant, is taken into the woods and murdered. Is there any significance to this reference, other than perhaps alluding to the danger of living a double life? Wong swears revenge for the spoiler and make an example of Blaze setting a precedent for anyone who threatens the reality of the Cloth by misusing the mystical arts.
Sure, everyone loves Wongers, but my new favorite character is Madisynn King (two N’s, one Y but that’s not where you think!). Played by Patty Guggenheim, this always tipsy Fort Lauderdale party girl doesn’t bat a false eyelash when she finds herself in a different dimension, makes a deal with a talking goat, and teleports away with a bloody heart. Case closed!
Sex and the She-Hulk
Is there anything worse than dating in your 30s? Jen embraces romance in her She-Hulk form, creating a dating app profile only to find no one wants the real her (except oblivious budding entrepreneur Alan, leading to a tense standoff over the law Project). Did you know that Tinder is ten years old? It does, and it still provides sitcom fodder, apparently.
Best friend Nikki notes that “straight life is dark” and suggests that Jen create a profile in the form of She-Hulk (must be better than a corporate photo). Jen’s dates involve a handsome but angry dude, a cocky director, and a weirdo fanboy before she gets to a sensitive, caring, and gorgeous pediatric oncologist who just wants to share fries. Sadly, even he isn’t perfect, dodging the second he sees Jen become herself again. Another example of She-Hulk using the superhero genre to offer barbed commentary on sexual politics in the modern world.
A kind of disappointment
Episode 4 is almost halfway through the season, and that’s usually when these Marvel shows up the stakes considerably. That still hasn’t really happened here: CGI creature combat is the most basic, throwaway form of superhero combat. And the big cliffhanger involves… an usher knocking on Jen’s door. Is it too much to ask for Jameela Jamil to show up? She’s the closest thing to the show’s main antagonist so far and her character Titania hasn’t been seen since Episode 1’s cliffhanger. This episode at least sets up a one-on-one. head between the two, in the form… of a trademark dispute. I can not wait.
“Pretty disappointing way to end this episode,” Jen notes as she breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly. “I bet there’s a funny tag!” There are, but again, just because the show points to a weakness, it’s still a weakness.
Episode 4 post-credits scene
I told you Wongers couldn’t stay mad. Maddisynn and the Sorcerer Supreme are now popcorn and cocktail buds, drinking yak milk and watching This Is Us.
Random She-Hulk Thoughts and Marvel Easter Eggs
- Wong’s favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. Simple, classic, tasty.
- Look for the hot doctor reading Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a collection of essays on feminism, race, and competitive Scrabble.
- Jen’s to-do list includes: Preparing orientation language for Emil Blonsky’s Inhibitor, buying purple and green highlighters, meeting Nikki in the bathroom at 11:47, buying (and reading) How To’s friends and influence people, sign up for Big and Tall, edit a to-do list (2 hours), order cheetos (and chopsticks), research iconic privacy cases, and drink more water.
- Also on his to-do list are cases involving names familiar to comic book fans: Kraft v Soule refers to David Kraft, who wrote almost all of the Savage She-Hulk comics of the early 1980s, and Charles Soule, who wrote an acclaimed run of She-Hulk. from 2014 ; while Lee v Byrne needs no explanation. Judge Hanna is also likely a reference to artist Scott Hanna.
- The to-do list refers to some required look-alike rights work for a client called “Ms Pete”: Megan Thee Stallion’s real name.
- Donnie Blaze is played by Rhys Coiro, husband of series director Kat Coiro.
- Wong wants to make an example of Donnie Blaze for abusing a Sling Ring, but it’s OK to ?
- Wong may not think much of “Mystic Castle” (notice how I put it in quotes), but it reminds me Los Angeles’ magical castle, which has an enchanting and eerie history.
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