13 Reasons Why, episode eight

Andy Baker is taking the stand. It is going to be a rough day but there are bigger issues. Everyone at school has listened to the tapes and now they are eyeing all the people named. Justin is back to school and Clay gets a call from Skye and then cuts. Alex breaks the news to Jessica. He wants to just cut class. Marcus and the others are having a meeting to talk about what to do.

Totally unaware, Bryce walks with his buddies talking about the ribbon cutting at the field later that day. Someone wrote rapist on his locker. He isn’t worried about it at first but then he hears his own voice talking about rape and runs into a classroom to see what it is. Zach tells him that the tapes are out. Tyler gets locked in the dark room. Andy testifies about the zero tolerance policy that Liberty promised.

Girls gossip about what exactly Chloe knows in the bathroom and she overhears. She goes into a stall and takes out a marker. On her way out, she passes Jess and it turns out she scribbled out all the hate about Jess on the wall. Cyrus’ sister lets Tyler out. She still wants that date. Bryce calls his dad. He needs the legal team to step it up. Justin confronts him but gets nowhere. Justin flashes back to the morning after he raped Jess and the phone call he had with her.

Zach finds pictures of his sister in his locker and confronts Tyler about it. Tyler claims he didn’t do it and someone is fucking with him too. He thinks it’s Bryce. In class, Justin talks to a dealer. He’s got a hook up for some H. On the stand, Andy’s affair with his current girlfriend comes out. Hannah knew about it. Bryce wants to make a statement but his father tells him to hold off. He steps away and his parents talk about whether or not he’s capable of doing something like this. Zach is done.

He fights with his mom and drags his sister away from the ribbon cutting event. His mom seems to think that no one cares about the tapes and they should support Bryce. Marcus makes his speech and resigns from a club before accusing Bryce of rape. The principal tries to move on with the program. Chloe seems uncomfortable. Tyler and Cyrus are in the woods shooting and celebrating their victory. They talk about The former’s date with Kenzie. Then Tyler shoots and kills a bird.

Alex is freaking out and calls Clay. No answer. Bryce corners Marcus who defends himself. With the tapes out, Bryce is done but Marcus still has a future. Jess gets home just as her dad gets off the phone. He wants to go to the police about what was said on the tapes. Jess just doesn’t want to talk about it. Olivia Baker talks about the stress but on the cross her family’s history of anxiety comes up.

Clay is visiting Skye. She tells him about her condition and that she likes him but she needs to move on. She can’t be with him anymore. The Bakers fight about fault and blame. Alex gets to Clay’s house and finds Justin OD-ing and choking on his own puke. He struggles and pushes and is able to roll Justin over so he doesn’t die. Jess visits Mrs. Baker. Alex and Justin talk about shooting up and Alex’s scars. Clay gets home and he’s not happy. He apologizes for upsetting them with the tapes but it will be worse before it’s better.

Tony works out for a bit at the gym. His boyfriend introduces him to the one eyed guy and Tony takes off. Alex is remembering things. He talks to his dad about the party and pushing himself and wanting to play a shooting game to trigger more memories. His dad isn’t sure about it though. Mrs. Baker reads Hannah’s poetry and sees it as a call for help because of things at home. Then she and Jessica talk about loving who you shouldn’t. They hug and cry.

The Jensens fight about Clay leaking the tapes and what that means for his mom’s job. His dad has had enough. He sends Clay to his room and yells at his wife. Clay passes Justin on the stairs. He goes to his room and yells at hallucination Hannah. Justin leaves. He goes to his mom’s house.

This isn’t going to end well for Justin. Like at all. Also where has Porter been for the last few episodes? He needs to show up and sort things out. I appreciate that Zach finally stood up to his mother and protected his sister in the process. That was good. I don’t know what to make of Cyrus at the moment.

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13 Reasons Why, episode seven

Hannah and Clay talk about the universe being infinite. They are high. Clay’s alarm sounds. He gets up and leaves a message for Skye about court and dealing with Justin. He goes out front to get the paper and finds another note that says “Hannah lied.” Alex’s mom wakes him up with balloons. It’s his birthday. They are having a party. Alex seems less than enthusiastic. Tony gets coffee with his boyfriend and they talk about the self defense class the latter is teaching. There is a guy with one eye that Tony is interesting in hearing about.

Alex and Jess walk through school. They catch up with Zach and Alex discovers the birthday banner they got for him. Bryce ruins it and then Alex lashes out and calls him a rapist. That sets Jess off and she runs. Tyler is in the dark room when Cyrus’ sister shows up. She asks him out and he agrees. Clay is on the stand. He talks about his friendship with Hannah. Marcus is getting blackmailed and he turns to Bryce for help. He finds none though. Clay admits that he and Hannah did drugs. Marcus gives in and wears a dress, but he turns it into a stunt at a pep rally. Tyler wants to go bigger.

The defense shreds Clay after that. He has a talk with his dad about keeping secrets. He gets to school just as the pep rally is ending and thinks back to a similar event the year before. Afterward he and Jeff had talked about Hannah . They made plans for a party. Present day Clay watches as the baseball team hangs up a jersey in Jeff’s honor. They talk about Jeff’s loyalty. Sheri approaches Clay and they talk about that party at Jeff’s house. Tyler runs into Alex and his dad at Baker’s shop. He scores an invite to the birthday party.

The Bakers clean up Hannah’s grave and talk about missing signs. They kiss. Jess hangs out with her support group friend at the mall. They are trying on clothes and Jess has a flashback. She runs out of the store crying and her friend talks her through it. At dinner, Mr. Baker wants to finalize the divorce. Immediately. Mrs. Baker is shocked. At that party at Jeff’s house is where Clay and Hannah do drugs. They are all very happy. Alex’s birthday party on the other hand is not a happy affair.

Clay is thinking about that other party. Zach and Jess run Tyler off and Alex gets pissed at him. High Hannah and Clay talk about souls and the universe. Alex’s birthday party turns to shit and then gets worse when he starts playing a shooter video game. His father confronts him and they get in a screaming match. Then Alex turns on everyone else. Jess stands up to him though. It doesn’t end well. Tyler goes home and chats with Cyrus. It’s personal. He’s after Zach.

After the party, Clay finds another polaroid on his car. There’s a note about The Clubhouse on it. He knows he has to help. The Jensens fight and Justin listens from Clay’s room. Clay remembers the morning after the party when they are all coming down. Hannah talked about wanting to die and Clay did nothing. He can’t let that happen again. He gets home to find his parents hanging out with Justin. He’s angry. Bryce gets pushy with Chloe so she backs down and has sex with him. Jess spies on Justin at Clay’s house.

Things are getting worse in Clay’s head. He wants to make things right. He’s only interested in helping Hannah and he tells the hallucination as much. He thinks the best way to do that will be to release the tapes so after reading the comments on the articles about the trial he does just that. Regardless of the consequences.

I didn’t hate Clay this much in the first season but obviously he is awful. Like really just selfish and terrible. The audacity dude. I get why Tyler hates Zach now and that it’s this personal thing but I still don’t feel like Zach is the bad guy here. He’s probably the one leaving the pictures.

13 Reasons Why, episode six

Next up in court is Zach. He’s got a letter from Hannah and seems nervous but his mom knows he will be great. That doesn’t help him. Clay talks to Sheri about the polaroids. She wants to help and says that he can trust her. Both the Baker parents are in this together. Clay pushes Alex about his memory but he’s not making much progress. In class Tyler and Cyrus mock their sub and Tyler tells his new pal that they got spotted shooting and will now face consequences.

Porter got bailed out and wants to keep helping these kids any way they can. Ryan talks to Sheri about a place at school called The Clubhouse. She isn’t willing to help him though. Porter and the baseball coach have a chat about his jailtime. Justin shows up at school and turns heads. Jessica is hanging with her support group buddy while Alex breaks the news that he can’t testify. Justin comes in and confronts Jessica. She is not interested and turns to leave. He passes out. Clay and Tony take him home after a confrontation with Bryce.

On the stand Zach gets ripped apart because he did have more contact with Hannah than people knew. In fact, they spent a summer getting pretty close because no one else was around. It was the summer his father died and he was able to talk to Hannah about his feelings. They were more than friends though. They were together and had sex. A lot. He didn’t tell his buddies though.

The Bakers fight about their own relationship. They also decide to call Clay to the stand. Justin is hiding out in Clay’s room when someone breaks in. He hides in the closet as the intruder rummages through things. That’s when Clay’s dad gets home. The intruder flees and Justin gets caught. At school, Clay hears about Zach’s testimony. Zach fights with Bryce and then has an argument about Hannah with Clay in the parking lot. Afterward, Clay is just over it and tells as much to Sheri when she wants to talk about the polaroids.

Tyler and Cyrus get taken to the shooting range to learn gun safety. That’s their shooting consequences. Alex’s dad is the one to show them how. Zach finds Alex in the locker room when they are supposed to be doing physical therapy. Alex is in a mood and fights with Zach. It gets him riled up enough to prove his … equipment still works. Thank God for small favors. Clay talks to Mrs. Baker about testifying. She needs him to help. Jess goes to her support group and talks about Justin.

Cyrus and Tyler are up to no good. They are drinking and hacked Zach’s phone. They find a video of Marcus with a stripper. Cyrus wants to distribute it wide but Tyler wants to fuck with him. Clay gets home and has a sit down with his parents and Justin about Justin staying with them and telling the court. Tyler has a moment with Cyrus’ sister. Zach fights with his mom about his feelings while Clay and Justin fight about who Hannah really was.

Then Justin talks about the break in. Clay assumes Bryce and they look around to see if anything is missing. Justin seems to notice something is missing from his bag but he tells Clay that everything’s good. Zach’s testimony wraps up with him explaining that he and Hannah broke up at the end of the summer. He didn’t defend her to his buddies.

I feel really bad for Zach here. Clay is an ass. Justin is right, for once. I still don’t understand why Cyrus and Tyler are going after Zach of all people. He seems the quietest.

13 Reasons Why, episode five

Tyler and Cyrus are adding to their wardrobes. They made shirts that read “assholes.” Porter goes outside to find a brick through his car window. There’s a note attached that reads know your place. Bryce gives Chloe a ride to school and mentions that his parents want to have her over for dinner that night. Clay has to get to school but first he takes care of Justin. Zach has breakfast with his mom and she rags on Hannah.

Mr. Baker shows up to sit in court with Mrs. Baker. Clay has Tony in to babysit Justin and Ryan has his turn on the stand. He talks about the school not seeing signs of trouble. Tyler gets called into Porter’s office to talk about the photos of Jess that turned up recently. The defense pushes Ryan about Hannah’s poetry. Tyler is pissed everyone else is walking away from the stand fine and he still got shit.

Justin and Tony have a chat about his time on the streets before Tony decides they are going to head out. Jess and Alex talk about the kiss and coping. Clay gets a lead on where the room in the polariods is. The defense keeps pushing Ryan about who Hannah’s poems were about. He says Justin. Speaking of, while on their little walk, Tony and Justin get spotted. Now everyone will know he’s back. Testimony ends for the day. Mr. Baker plans to keep coming back. He goes home to his girlfriend though.

Drug tests are scheduled for the baseball team so the coach gives out clean pee for anyone that needs it. They guys talk about Justin being back in town but Bryce keeps saying he has it under control. Ryan feels bad so he goes to apologize to Mrs. Baker and they end up talking about her journal and poems. Jessica talks to Porter about quitting cheerleading and Justin. Bryce and his dad are chatting while Chloe does dishes with his mom. She sees bruises on Chloe and seems concerned until Chloe explains that they are from cheerleading.

Alex and Zach are exercising. He talks about the kiss with Jess and how it made things weird. Sheri shows up for her shift with Justin and ends up chatting with Mrs. Jensen. Jess goes to a support group. and makes a new friend. Tyler’s mom comes into his room and talks to him about his new friend Cyrus. They were spotted shooting guns. Tyler blames it on Cyrus and says it was just a BB gun.

His mom believes him. She doesn’t like guns. Alex is having some problems getting aroused. He tries a video chat porn site but it doesn’t work. Clay gets home and talks to Justin about Jessica. Porter goes to see Justin’s mom and ends up fighting with her boyfriend in the yard. Clay wakes up to find Just gone. Porter gets arrested.

I feel bad for Porter. He’s trying so hard but it doesn’t get him anywhere. Jess too but at least she is making a little bit of progress. She made a new friend. I still don’t understand how Ryan can be on the same level as these other people.

13 Reasons Why, episode four

Clay tries to wake Justin up to no avail. Instead he opts to do Justin’s laundry and finds heroin. He calls Tony for help. Bryce gets up and finds his mom already in the kitchen. She tries to talk to him about the trial and school but he plays dumb. Tony is on probation and can’t get involved with Justin. He sends Sheri instead and she plans to sit with Justin while Clay goes to school.

Jessica and her parents go to see Porter about the note. He wants to know if there is anything else he can help with. Marcus talks to his dad about testifying. He’s worried but his dad tells him to look out for number one. Zach joins Alex to eat and gets teased about it by the baseball crowd afterward. He has no use for them and walks away. Clay tells Jessica he has Justin. She is not interested.

Marcus takes the stand and talks about his history with Hannah. Chloe tells Jessica she wants to help set her up with someone. Jessica goes to find Zach and Alex to ditch. Zach can’t but he lends them his car and they go to the movies. On the cross examination, Marcus straight up lies about his date with Hannah. Clay finds another polaroid of Bryce. “He won’t stop,” it says. At school Tyler is pissed about Marcus’ testimony.

Marcus comes back to school and explains to Bryce that he planted the seed for him to spin his own story. After their trip to the movies, Alex and Jessica visit Mrs. Baker. Things only get more awkward when Mr. Baker stops in. The teens leave and the Bakers talk. He’s started to move on and is seeing someone. She’s focused only on the case. Cyrus and Tyler set Marcus up. He opens a bag and gets a face full of paint.

Seems like that’s the end until he walks behind his car to find the word hypocrite painted on the back. Marcus is on the stand talking about leading by example. He knows Bryce feels the same way. Bryce, who is at home having sex with Chloe. Jessica and Alex talk about feeling disconnected. They slowly walk into ankle deep water. They kiss for a few moments before Jess pulls back in tears. She tells Alex that Clay has Justin but she never wants to see him again.

Clay gets home to sit with Justin. Sheri heads out and they talk a bit about Jessica. Marcus reports the fire and what happened to his car to Porter. He’s being targeted. Porter wants to know who would go after him. Cyrus and Tyler shoot guns in the woods. Alex is confronted by his parents for ditching. He rages and hides away in his room. Clay’s mom talks to the defense attorney about the trial.

Zach goes to the locker room after practice. Bryce gave him answers to their math test and he looks at them again. He sees blood in his bag and freaks out. They are both pleasantly surprised about Marcus. Mrs. Jensen warns about secrets but the other woman isn’t worried. She leaves and Mrs. Jensen snoops. She finds that they have Clay’s phone records on file. Clay is ready to give Alex the tapes because he has to take Bryce down.

He talks to hallucination Hannah about the polariods and how he needs Alex to testify. He debates with himself but eventually sends the tapes to Alex who wakes up when his phone chimes that they were received. He starts listening right away.

I can’t figure Zach out. Is he good or bad? I really thought Marcus would sell the guys out to protect himself but he’s even smarmier than I thought. Clay is so focused on Bryce he doesn’t see anything else. That’s his problem.

13 Reasons Why, episode three

On his way home from Skye’s Clay gets run off the road on his bike. He doesn’t get home until 5 in the morning and ends up fighting with his parents. Jessica gets ready for school and court. Clay goes to see Skye and she dumps him. At school, Alex tells Jessica and then Clay about the note he got. He doesn’t think it was Bryce. He thinks it was Zach. Clay pushes for Jessica to bring up Bryce on the stand.

She gets pissed and leaves. She gets to class and finds pictures of herself with Bryce calling her a slut. She takes down the pictures and leaves. Marcus is concerned when he sees her storm by. Tyler is getting picked on when the outcasts come over and sit with him. Suddenly he’s got a group of friends. Jessica is on the stand. She talks about what happened to Hannah and then pulls out the pictures from school.

They actually get admitted as evidence before the defense moves on to ask about the demise of Jessica’s friendship with Hannah. It paints the latter as jealous. Clay gets pissed that Jessica didn’t accuse Bryce. He goes to see Skye but she’s gone. She was transferred to another facility but the staff can’t tell him where. Zach and Bryce argue at practice and Zach tells him that he has his back.

Jessica’s parents don’t know what to do and try to talk to her. She tells them they don’t understand. She later tries to explain to Clay but he doesn’t listen. He wants to find Justin and bring him back to coberate her story. Tyler hangs out with his new buddy Cyrus for dinner. Cyrus’ dad tells them to resist authority. Clay is focused on bringing Justin back. He recruits Tony to help and they start making the rounds of shelters.

After a few false starts, they track him down and Clay brings him home. Marcus is next to testify and his dad prays for him. They are in the middle of a campaign event. His dad is running for office and Marcus promises that his testimony won’t get in the way of it. Tyler and Cyrus mess around in the basement. Marcus wakes up in the night to find someone has lit the campaign sign in the lawn on fire. Justin smokes out of Clay’s window.

Is Zach on Alex’s side or not? I can’t tell. I also forgot about Marcus so this should be interesting. I’m glad that Tyler has a new crowd and that Tony and Clay are in cahoots again.

13 Reasons Why, episode two

Things are weird for Clay. He’s got a talking hallunciation and he’s trying to figure out what sort of mission she must represent. His mother knocks on his door and wakes him up. They talk about court. Then hurries to get ready and leave for school. Skye turned up unannounced to pick him up. She wants to ignore what happened the night before. Courtney talks to her dads. It’s her turn to testify.

Zach’s mom wants him to get help before testifying. Bryce’s father offered their legal team and she is going to take him up on it. Zach is not happy about that. He gets a call from Alex. He needs a ride to school. Jessica gets to school and sees Chloe and Bryce. She freaks out. Bryce sees Zach with Alex and gets mad too. Things only get worse as Jessica goes inside and finds a note trying to silence her. Porter approaches and tries to be helpful. She isn’t all that interested though.

Clay talks to Tyler about polaroids in the recently ransacked yearbook room. Jessica and Alex talk about her situatoin. He thinks testifying will help things but she doubts it. Courtney talks about the night that she slept over Hannah’s and they kissed. That night Mrs. Baker is talking to the mom PR lady that is staying with her when they uncover the dress she was wearing when she found Hannah buried in a drawer. Porter meets with Sheri who is also coming back to school.

Bryce asks Zach what’s going on with him and Alex. He’s busying confronting Clay about the tapes and getting his memory back. Chloe doesn’t believe Jessica about Bryce and tells her as much. Alex is frustrated and lashes out at Zach as a result. Jessica finds Courtney in a coffee shop and talks to her about testifying. Bryce sits alone at the field. He was subpeonaed too and seems to be ignoring it.

That night Clay gets home to find Skye there for dinner. Things are a little more tense at Tyler’s house where his dad talks about transferring him because he has no friends and Courtney is dealing with being outed in court. Dinner at the Jensen house is an awkward affair. Skye gets handsy and then she and Clay go upstairs. Mrs. Baker is mad the PR lady for washing her dress so she hangs out with Tony for a bit instead. Clay has some trouble holding up his end of the bargain in bed and Skye gets offended.

She feels like a stand in for Hannah and that he doesn’t like her or feel attracted to her. She storms out and speeds away. Alex gets a note of his own. It’s a target sheet from a gun range with a message about killing himself. Clay gets to Skye’s house and finds her being loaded into an ambulance. Her mother tells him to go home.

I feel bad for Zach. He really can’t win here. He sees what Bryce is up to and can’t put a stop to it. Alex and Jessica have a rough go of it too. Those notes. I don’t understand why Alex doesn’t tell him policeman father. That would help wouldn’t it?