Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Jessica Jones Recap: Shots and Chasers

What happened to Trish? According to Jess, "An asshole happened to her." Doctors don't really know what to expect — what's going on inside of her body, or if she'll ever wake up — but apparently other "back alley" doctors do sketchy surgeries to try to give superpowers to normals, so this is not an entirely unfamiliar concept to these fine medical professionals.

Trish is going to end up with powers, right? That's gotta be where this is going. You know Jess will feel so ripped off when that happens, since she had to undergo 20 days of torture and Trish got in and out of the operating room in under ten minutes. Plus, their entire dynamic hinges on Jess knowing she has superpowers and Trish doesn't, while Trish has a (psycho) mom and Jess doesn't. Or, you know, didn't.

Also, given everything Trish knows about what happened between Jess and Kilgrave, it's awfully misguided of her to think having powers would make her invulnerable. It just makes you vulnerable in different ways! Kilgrave was attracted to Jess because of her powers. Whizzer ran himself into dust. The powers seem very cool and tempting and obviously none of us fantasize about being the superhero's sidekick. But Trish should really know better.

Dorothy, Trish's mom, is having this uncharacteristic moment of clarity now that her daughter could die. She doesn't blame Jess, nor does she blame herself. How liberating for you, Trish's mom! She tells Jess they are each other's only family, which Jess knows isn't true.

Speaking of Jess's family: Alisa broke out of jail, scooped up some clothes from Goodwill — which aren't totally dissimilar in style to the flannel-shirt outfit Jess wears on the rare occasion she goes without her jacket — and makes it to every tourist's favorite destination: Times Square. I have never related to Alisa more than in this moment, when the swarms of annoying people all around fill her with a murderous rage.

Every Trish Talk poster she sees (and there are a lot of them) reminds Alisa of the woman she has decided is responsible for all her troubles. This escalates when Alisa swings by the radio station, unaware that her target spectacularly quit days ago. I burst out laughing when the clueless radio guy tried to diffuse the situation by saying, "Let's get you a tote bag." Alisa very coolly chucks him through a plate-glass wall.

As long as we're talking about women who handle setbacks in completely reasonable ways: Jeri hunts down the pawn shops where Inez and Shane sold her stuff, and also gets her hands on a gun (and curly fries, great multitasking). She then tells Inez that Shane is a con artist who's been using her this whole time, getting thousands of dollars from women he wrote to while he was in prison. "You were homeless while he was building his nest egg," Jeri lies. When Inez is sufficiently furious, Jeri helpfully arms her with the gun. Inez fires at her (I assume now ex-)boyfriend, and Jeri, concerned citizen, calls 911 to report a shooting.

Costa and his partner Ruth Sunday, the female cop who has never liked or trusted Jess, grill her at Alias. Where could Alisa be going? Jess rifles through one of Karl's old journals and reads his notes: Patient exhibited obsessive destruction fixation on an object or person. Jess figures out that Alisa will be after Trish and that Trish will not be safe without Jess at the hospital with her. Sure, her location is private now. But "It's Patsy," Jess says. "It'll leak."

Right on cue, Mama Rose Walker blows Trish's cover. She just can't help herself. Alisa is holed up in the Paradise Suite wiping her sobs and snot away with one of Karl's classic rock T-shirts when she sees Dorothy on the news, outing Trish's location. Solid work, everybody.

And with that, Alisa steals an RV from a totally oblivious teenager. Remember how much she loves to drive? It's been years, hasn't it, since she's been behind the wheel? I bet Karl was all, "I love you too much to let you drive. What if you have a feelings attack?" Just like husband No. 1, Karl probably kept Alisa riding shotgun. But no more.

Setting aside what I said about how Trish should know better, have I ever envied Jess's powers more than when she kicked the door clear off the car because she was fed up with traffic? (No, I have not.) Jess and Alisa arrive in Trish's hospital room at the same time. Jess tries to talk her mom down, assuring her that Trish isn't responsible for all of her anguish. "That's just a story that you've made up in your head." Then Alisa grabs Jess and uses her arm to choke Trish, which is all very poetic and horrifying, but Jess is able to reach her mom somehow, begging her not to take Trish, her family, away. "Don't do this to me again, please."

Alisa is centered by this, and she's as stunned as anyone by her return to a non-homicidal setting. You can see she's working out a plan. A plan that won't work without Jess.

But just as these two are connecting in a way that could prevent anyone from getting killed, Costa and Sunday bust into the room. Alisa takes Sunday hostage, then jumps backwards out the window. They're … a lot of stories up. Sunday dies on impact, a pool of blood swelling around her body, with a little trail of bloody footprints marking where Alisa fled.

Dorothy's "We're the only family we have left now!" thing lasted approximately half an hour. Now that she knows the deal with Jessica's mom, she's here to tell Jess that Alisa "must be so proud of the heartless monster you turned out to be." Trish has been transported to the morgue, and is anyone else surprised there isn't a doctor or nurse with her at all times? Seems like sort of a skeleton staff there. Cops are here to shadow Jess until it's all over, in case her mom comes back. Costa, who stuck his neck out for Jess over and over, still believes in her but the body count has gotten too high, too close to home. "Hey, Jones, don't try and be a hero," he tells her. "You know that's not you."

I am extremely grateful for the comic relief that is the morgue attendant, who quips about Trish, "I told her to stick with her lifestyle format." Remember how useful he was re: IDing Dr. Leslie Hansen's severed head? Those were the good old days.

Jess gets a minute alone to talk to Trish, who is unconscious. She admits, in this basically empty room, that she was "always jealous" of Trish for having her mother. "I had no goddamn clue what I was even wishing for. And now I don't know what to do." Trish comes to with this loving greeting: "Asshole."

After confirming some important basics — "Am I dead?" "No, but you should be after that stupid shit you pulled" — Trish lashes out at Jess for derailing her "one chance" to have powers. Jess doesn't even deserve the powers she has, Trish rages: "All you do is piss them away when you could be out there helping people." Jess cracks, fuming that she is over "being the focus of your ridiculous insecurity." Trish calls Jess a coward, and Jess accuses Trish of keeping her expectations just high enough to "make sure that I feel worthless."

But then the second Alisa calls, Jess refers to Trish as her best friend, and when Alisa and Jess need a place to meet, Trish volunteers her apartment. They really ARE sisters, if they can go from hating each other to saving each others' asses just like that.

Trish tells Jess where she's stashed Simpson's arsenal and tells her to "put [Alisa] down. You're the only one powerful enough to do it." Trish also says she would totally do it herself if she were powered, which is not exactly relevant or fair, but whatever, we've all been through a lot. (Also, I don't buy it! Look at how Trish has handled her own abusive mother. She won't even delete the woman from her phone, and here she is telling Jess that matricide will be easy as pie?) Then Trish has some exorcism convulsions and I am more convinced than ever that some super-stuff is brewing under her skin.

Soon enough, Jess manages to give her tail the slip and gets the morgue van driver to give her a lift to Trish's place. By the time Alisa gets there, Jess has her gun cocked and pressed against the back of Alisa's head.

Jess feels like she's out of options. Alisa — who isn't the world's most unbiased party here, but sure — insists that isn't the case. Jess points out that Alisa just came within an inch of killing Trish. Alisa ecstatically responds, "An inch is miles for me!" She says that Jess can pull her back from the edge every time, and they can do this as a team.

But the fact that Alisa thinks she had "no choice" but to kill Sunday loses Jess. "There is always a choice. Your brain is just too goddamn broken to ever make the right one."

Alisa says there's nothing to live for without Jess, which would have been a more touching thing to say before Karl died. "So pull the trigger," she tells her daughter. "Honestly, I'd rather it was you."

I don't think Alisa believed Jess would actually do it. Just days earlier, Alisa was appalled to learn Jess was racked with guilt for being the "distraction" that caused the family car crash. If Jess was crushed by how responsible she felt for that — a fatal accident that took place when she was just a child, riding in the backseat — how would she ever live with herself for literally killing her mom, point-blank?

Jess loses her nerve. Alisa grabs the gun and just knocks her out cold. Family! Alisa kidnaps her own daughter so they can run away together just like she hoped. They're far enough away from New York City to hear nothing but crickets in the quiet. It's three of Jessica's favorite things: a violation of her consent, a family road trip, and the suburbs.

*Washington Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 687[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 66 (+10.6%) from the 621 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 184 (-22.9%) from the 805 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] Washington was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 19, 1802, from portions of Evesham Township, Little Egg Harbor Township and Northampton Township (now known as Mount Holly Township, New Jersey). Portions of the township were taken to form Shamong Township (February 19, 1852), Bass River Township (March 30, 1864), Woodland Township (March 7, 1866) and Randolph Township (March 17, 1870, reannexed to Washington Township on March 28, 1893).[19][20] The township was named for George Washington, one of more than ten communities statewide named for the first president.[21][22] It is one of five municipalities in the state of New Jersey with the name "Washington Township".[23] Another municipality, Washington Borough, is completely surrounded by Washington Township, Warren County. Contents 1 Geography 2 Demographics 2.1 Census 2010 2.2 Census 2000 3 Government 3.1 Local government 3.2 Federal, state and county representation 3.3 Politics 4 Education 5 Transportation 6 References 7 External links Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 102.706 square miles (266.006 km2), including 99.522 square miles (257.761 km2) of land and 3.184 square miles (8.245 km2) of water (3.10%).[1][2] The township borders Bass River Township, Shamong Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township in Burlington County; and Egg Harbor City, Hammonton and Port Republic in Atlantic County.[24] Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Batsto, Bear Swamp Hill, Bridgeport, Bulltown, Crowleytown, Friendship Bogs, Green Bank, Hermon, Hog Islands, Jemima Mount, Jenkins, Jenkins Neck, Lower Bank, Mount, Penn Place, Pleasant Mills, Quaker Bridge, Tylertown and Washington.[25] The township is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve.[26] All of the township is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.[27] Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1810 1,273 — 1820 1,225 -3.8% 1830 1,315 7.3% 1840 1,630 24.0% 1850 2,010 23.3% 1860 1,723 * -14.3% 1870 609 * -64.7% 1880 389 * -36.1% 1890 310 -20.3% 1900 617 99.0% 1910 597 -3.2% 1920 500 -16.2% 1930 478 -4.4% 1940 518 8.4% 1950 566 9.3% 1960 541 -4.4% 1970 673 24.4% 1980 808 20.1% 1990 805 -0.4% 2000 621 -22.9% 2010 687 10.6% Est. 2014 673 [11][28] -2.0% Population sources:1810-2000[29] 1810-1920[30] 1840[31] 1850-1870[32] 1850[33] 1870[34] 1880-1890[35] 1890-1910[36] 1910-1930[37] 1930-1990[38] 2000[39][40] 2010[8][9][10] * = Lost territory in previous decade.[19] Census 2010 At the 2010 United States Census, there were 687 people, 256 households, and 177.9 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.9 per square mile (2.7/km2). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 2.9 per square mile (1.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.89% (645) White, 1.89% (13) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.15% (1) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.64% (25) from other races, and 0.44% (3) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 9.02% (62) of the population.[8] There were 256 households, of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.[8] In the township, 18.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 33.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.9 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.[8] The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $96,250 (with a margin of error of +/- $21,869) and the median family income was $108,239 (+/- $9,762). Males had a median income of $19,946 (+/- $15,879) versus $41,250 (+/- $4,961) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,808 (+/- $10,822). About 0.0% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.[41] Census 2000 As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 621 people, 160 households, and 112 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.2 people per square mile (2.4/km²). There were 171 housing units at an average density of 1.7 per square mile (0.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 83.57% White, 2.90% African American, 0.32% Asian, 12.08% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.07% of the population.[39][40] There were 160 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.27.[39][40] In the township the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.[39][40] The median income for a household in the township was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $42,188. Males had a median income of $32,000 versus $31,719 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,977. About 8.0% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.[39][40] Government Local government Washington Township is governed under the Township form of government. The governing body is a three-member Township Committee, whose members are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle.[6][42] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. As of 2015, the members of the Washington Township Council are Mayor Dudley Lewis (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2016; term as mayor ends 2015), Barry F. Cavileer (R, 2015) and Daniel L. James (R, 2017).[3][43][44][45][46] Federal, state and county representation Washington Township is located in the 2nd Congressional District[47] and is part of New Jersey's 9th state legislative district.[9][48][49] New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[50] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021)[51] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).[52][53] For the 2014-15 Session, the 9th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township).[54] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[55] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[56] Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.[57] The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January.[57] As of 2015, Burlington County's Freeholders are Director Mary Ann O'Brien (R, Medford Township, 2017; Director of Administration and Human Services),[58] Deputy Director Bruce Garganio (R, Florence Township, 2017; Director of Public Works and Health),[59] Aimee Belgard (D, Edgewater Park Township, 2015; Director of Hospital, Medical Services and Education)[60] Joseph Donnelly (R, Cinnaminson Township, 2016; Director of Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Education)[61] and Joanne Schwartz (D, Southampton Township, 2015; Director of Health and Corrections).[62][57] Constitutional officers are County Clerk Tim Tyler,[63] Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield[64] and Surrogate George T. Kotch.[65] Politics As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 536 registered voters in Washington Township, of which 85 (15.9% vs. 33.3% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 271 (50.6% vs. 23.9%) were registered as Republicans and 180 (33.6% vs. 42.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[66] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 78.0% (vs. 61.7% in Burlington County) were registered to vote, including 95.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.3% countywide).[66][67] In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 221 votes (59.2% vs. 40.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 142 votes (38.1% vs. 58.1%) and other candidates with 7 votes (1.9% vs. 1.0%), among the 373 ballots cast by the township's 533 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.0% (vs. 74.5% in Burlington County).[68][69] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 250 votes (57.9% vs. 39.9% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 168 votes (38.9% vs. 58.4%) and other candidates with 11 votes (2.5% vs. 1.0%), among the 432 ballots cast by the township's 545 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.3% (vs. 80.0% in Burlington County).[70] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 272 votes (62.1% vs. 46.0% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 160 votes (36.5% vs. 52.9%) and other candidates with 4 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 438 ballots cast by the township's 558 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.5% (vs. 78.8% in the whole county).[71] In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 156 votes (66.4% vs. 61.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 61 votes (26.0% vs. 35.8%) and other candidates with 10 votes (4.3% vs. 1.2%), among the 235 ballots cast by the township's 509 registered voters, yielding a 46.2% turnout (vs. 44.5% in the county).[72][73] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 186 votes (62.4% vs. 47.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 91 votes (30.5% vs. 44.5%), Independent Chris Daggett with 17 votes (5.7% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 2 votes (0.7% vs. 1.2%), among the 298 ballots cast by the township's 552 registered voters, yielding a 54.0% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county).[74] Education The Washington Township School District serves students in public school for pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at Green Bank Elementary School. As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 37 students and 4.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.81:1.[75] The school's $5.4 million building opened in September 2006.[76] Since the 2007-08 school year, as part of an agreement with the Mullica Township Schools, Washington Township receives teaching support from the Mullica district and shares its superintendent, business administrator and other support staff. Washington Township students in grades five through eight attend Mullica Township Middle School as part of a program that has expanded since it was initiated in the 2007-08 school year.[77][78][79][80] Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Cedar Creek High School, which is located in the northern section of Egg Harbor City and opened to students in September 2010.[81] The school is one of three high schools operated as part of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, which also includes the constituent municipalities of Egg Harbor City, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, and Mullica Township, and participates in sending/receiving relationships with Port Republic and Washington Township.[82][83] Cedar Creek High School is zoned to serve students from Egg Harbor City, Mullica Township, Port Republic and Washington Township, while students in portions of Galloway and Hamilton townships have the can attend Cedar Creek as an option or to participate in magnet programs at the school.[84][85] Prior to the opening of Cedar Creek, students from Washington Township had attended Oakcrest High School, together with students from Hamilton Township, Mullica Township and Port Republic.[86] Students from Washington Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.[87] Transportation As of May 2010, the township had a total of 54.31 miles (87.40 km) of roadways, of which 29.32 miles (47.19 km) were maintained by the municipality and 24.99 miles (40.22 km) by Burlington County.[88] The only major roads that pass through are County Road 542 and County Road 563. Limited access roads are accessible in neighboring communities, including the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton and the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township, Port Republic and Bass River Township.
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