Jennifer fights to keep the rights to the She-Hulk name against influencer Titania in She-Hulk Season 1 Episode 5, “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans.”
Unlike in previous episodes, Jennifer (Tatiana Maslany) is the one being represented in “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans.” At the end of “Is This Not Real Magic?” Jennifer receives a subpoena for trademark infringement for the She-Hulk name, and this episode focuses on winning that lawsuit. Episode five is the weakest of the series so far, as even the superpowered slant is unable to make copyright and trademark law interesting.
Titania (Jameela Jamil) is using the She-Hulk name to sell her questionable line of products. In addition, the show’s title card is changed into Titania’s brand name. Though Titania has a lot of adoring fans, Jennifer is furious at the influencer. Multiple people call Jennifer out for not trademarking her name first, but Jennifer admits she didn’t realize that she needed to. Jennifer finally embraces the She-Hulk name, which is a notable moment for both her and the series. She hires Mallory (Renee Elise Goldsberry) to represent her, a new character with a lot of potential.
The concept of a superhero having to defend her rights to her name in court is an interesting idea in theory, but the episode isn’t funny enough to make the execution work. The previous episodes work because of the wacky hijinks in the courtroom that make the legal aspect of Jennifer’s life entertaining. Though there are a couple of funny moments in the episode, they pale in comparison to the previous installments.
The episode’s primary highlight is when Jennifer, after seeing one of her dates from last episode, gets the idea to have her dates from her She-Hulk dating profile testify to prove that she has been using the She-Hulk name prior to the trademark. What follows is a humiliating string of men testifying on Jennifer’s behalf, but also insulting her in the process. The brilliant move is enough to win the case, but the embarrassment Jennifer must go through is disheartening.
At the case’s conclusion, Jennifer and Mallory go out for drinks to celebrate the victory and begin to bond. The moment is cut short when Mallory makes it clear that she doesn’t want to be Jennifer’s friend. Even though their initial interaction is on a professional basis, it’s unclear why Mallory is so rude to Jennifer at the case’s conclusion.
The episode’s subplot involves Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) and Pug (Josh Segarra) attempting to contact an in-demand superhero fashion designer. Their quest leads to some bootleg Avengers (Avongers) merchandise, but the two eventually get a meeting with “drip broker” Alonzo (Griffin Matthews). Alonzo is an amusing character, and he eventually agrees to make Jennifer outfits that she can wear as both Jennifer and She-Hulk.
For many fans, the most notable moment of “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans” is the tease of Daredevil’s helmet at Alonzo’s studio. Even though Daredevil’s appearance in the series has already been revealed, it will be interesting to see what his role will be when he finally appears in the flesh. Though the episode contains the typical Easter eggs, there is no post-credit scene to complete the episode.
While the current episode has a couple of moments, it simply isn’t as funny as the previous ones.
Author: Jessica Wolff
Jessica Wolff is a graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Film/Video. She has a passion for entertainment and representation in entertainment. She currently resides outside of Washington, DC.
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