Summary: In flashbacks, Hannah cuts her hair in an attempt for a fresh start but it fails. She goes to Jessica's party and meets Clay. At the party she witnesses Bryce rape Jessica and is too afraid to do anything. In the present, Clay tries to bring Bryce to justice. Marcus has had enough and gets Clay suspended by planting weed on him. Clay opens up a little to his mom and angrily goes to Tony to let out his frustrations.
The Good: I really liked the opening sequence. It really put us inside of Hannah's life in a way that nothing else in the show has done before and it lets us understand why she is feeling so much pain and loneliness. I wish the show would have more scenes like this. It was a good showing of Hannah trying to improve her life, but ultimately failing because of how much she has been suffering. This was the most real I think the show has been when portraying Hannah.
I was happy that we got a new story for Hannah. While I don't think the party story was great, it was new and has added another big reason for Hannah to turn towards suicide. Witnessing a rape would be horrifying enough, but doing nothing and feeling guilty about it afterwards is a really interesting story and I really hope that the show explores how Hannah feels after doing nothing to help Jessica. I need more than Hannah's narration saying how she couldn't live with herself, I want to see it happen.
I thought Clay's arc was solid again. It's nice to see him get angry because of what Bryce did and quickly begin to break down once again, leading into a pretty good final scene where Clay lets out his frustrations to Tony. I liked seeing him talking to his mom as well as he got to let out some of his feelings but obviously couldn't reveal everything. The scene wasn't spectacular but it was pretty solid. Also we got to see Justin and Clay finally having a proper talk, which was also solid but unspectacular. It was nice to get a better idea of Justin's morals though.
I was happy to finally see the group do something to Clay by getting him suspended. It was much more effective of a threat than the stupid car driving scene from a few episodes ago. I also like Clay's reaction to getting drugs planted on him. By this point he's so miserable and just doesn't care so he doesn't bother explaining himself.
The Bad: The Justin and Jessica relationship is still a total failure. We have no idea why they like each other, what keeps them together or who they even are as characters and that is awful. Because of this I just can't be bothered to care about if Jessica was raped or not, and I don't care about the effect this will have on their relationship.
Jessica also seems to only now be questioning if she was actually raped which is insane. She should have been bothered by this from the very next day when she woke up, especially if she has actual memory of Bryce raping her instead of Justin. It's a really bad flaw which I wish could have been handled differently. It makes it feel like Jessica is only having problems with this when it's relevant to the story.
This episode feels like it was bogged down by many of the same flaws the other episodes had. Poor dialogue, weak characterization, focusing on the wrong thing and wasting our time with a lot of filler. In the end, the episode was a bit difficult to get through, and if I wasn't invested in Clay's story or intrigued by Hannah's, I probably wouldn't care for this at all. The show needs to start improving now if it wants to have some kind of big impact at the end.
The Unknown: Why was Hannah in the bedroom? It seems like we are getting that answer really soon.
What is with the random clips of Clay running? Where is he going? When is this?
Best Moment: Clay's anger towards Tony towards the end was the most powerful scene I suppose.
Character of the Episode: I'll say Hannah for this one.
Conclusion: This was a solid episode, but once more, it contained pretty much every big problem I've had with 13 Reasons Why as a whole. The episode was enjoyable though and had nice moments, but it's still being held back from being as good as it could be.
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