Thirteen Reasons Why: Season 3, Episode 4 “Angry, Young and Man” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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One after another, people question what if Tyler is capable of as they learn Bryce was shot. Which leads to us seeing them ask about the night of the Spring Fling.


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Director(s) Jessica Yu
Writer(s) Thomas Higgins
Air Date 8/23/2019

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Season 3, Episode 2 "If You're Breathing, You're A Liar"Bryce is discovered, and we learned what happened to Chloe’s pregnancy. This is alongside Ani continuing to guide us with a fresh pair of eyes.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Allen MacDonald
Air Date 8/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Amara Josephine Nana Mensah
Charlie Tyler Barnhardt
Dr. Singh Parminder Nagra
Dean Hart Denton
  • Zach, Charlie, Monty, Jessica | Trying To Change The Culture
  • Zach, Chloe, Dr. Singh, Tyler, Clay, Monty | Seeking Help
  • Bryce, Ani, Amara, Nora, Dean, Clay | Humanizing A Monster/ Finding Bryce
Season 3, Episode 1 "Yeah, I'm The New Girl" [Season Premiere]A new girl, Bryce missing, and everyone monitoring Tyler to make sure he doesn’t pick up a gun again – It’s all just another season of 13 Reasons Why.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 8/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Amorowat Anysia Achola – Ani Grace Saif
  • Courtney, Clay, Ani, Jessica | How Things Began For Ani
  • Tyler, Zach, Tony, Clay | The Night Of The Spring Fling
  • Bryce, Clay, Jessica, Tony, Zach, Alex, Ani, Justin, Tyler, Nora | The Monday After Homecoming
Season 2/ Episode 1 “The First Polaroid” [Season Premiere]With book writer Jay Asher not involved, 13 Reasons Why enters a new stage. One which seems ready to make Hannah less of a victim.
Director(s) Gregg Araki
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Sonya Allison Miller
Scott Reed Brandon Butler
  • Got A Secret: Tony, Tyler, Olivia
  • Can You Keep It: Jessica, Alex, Bryce, Mr. Porter
  • Pray This One You’ll Save: Clay, Skye, Hannah
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Two Girls Kissing”As Hannah establishes herself as the annoying voice in Clay’s head, Courtney takes the stand and you question if she may still to her lie or reveal the truth.
Director(s) Gregg Araki
Writer(s) Thomas Higgins
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Nina Jones Samantha Logan
Chloe Anne Winters
Cyrus Bryce Cass
Dennis Wilson Cruz
  • Maybe You’d Be Better Off Elsewhere?: Tyler, Alex, Zach, Bryce, Jessica, Clay
  • The Blame Game: Courtney, Olivia, Sonya, Mr. Porter
  • It’s Hard To Compete With A Dead Girl: Skye, Clay, Hannah
Season 2/ Episode 3 “The Drunk Slut”It’s Jessica’s turn to hit the stand as Sonya breaks her down, Clay tries to figure a way for Bryce to be in Sonya and Dennis’ crosshairs for a rape charge.
Director(s) Karen Moncrieff
Writer(s) Marissa Jo Cerar
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Mackenzie Chelsea Alden
Mr. Cole Sean Blakemore
  • Find Your People & Cut Off Those Who Aren’t Good For You: Cyrus, Tyler, Skye, Clay
  • The Rules Are Different For Us: Jessica, Marcus, Clay, Alex, Sonya
  • The Return of Justin: Clay, Tony, Justin
Season 2/ Episode 4 “The Second Polaroid”It’s Marcus’ turn on the stand and with him supporting Sonya’s goals, unlike everyone else he lies. All the while the alliance against Bryce grows stronger.
Director(s) Karen Moncrieff
Writer(s) Hayley Tyler
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Detox: Clay, Justin, Jessica, Sheri, Tony
  • Lying on the Stand: Marcus, Hannah, Bryce, Tyler, Cyrus, Mr. Porter
  • By Any Means Necessary: Clay, Zach, Bryce, Chloe, Alex, Olivia, Tony, Jessica, Dennis
Season 2/ Episode 5 “The Chalk Machine”As Ryan takes the stand, we learn more about his relationship with Hannah. Alongside seeing Alex and Jessica try to retain some sense of normalcy.
Director(s) Eliza Hittman
Writer(s) Nic Sheff
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Nora Walker Brenda Strong
  • A Seed Was Planted: Chloe, Bryce, Jessica
  • A Return To Normalcy: Alex, Jessica, Justin, Tony, Nina
  • In The Lonely Hours: Ryan, Hannah, Justin, Sonya
Season 2/ Episode 6 “The Smile at the End of the Dock”As Zach reveals there was more to his relationship with Hannah, Clay deals with the fantasy in his head of who Hannah was not matching up with reality.
Director(s) Eliza Hittman
Writer(s) Julia Bicknell
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Guess Who/What Is Back: Jessica, Alex, Justin, Clay, Lainie, Matt, Zach
  • My First Love: Hannah, Zach, Bryce
  • Reconciling The Ideal With The Real: Clay, Hannah, Olivia, Andy
Season 2/ Episode 7 “The Third Polaroid”Desperate times call for desperate measures as Clay fails to do much for Hannah on the stand and there are multiple incidents at Alex’s birthday party.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Another Ignored Sign: Jeff, Hannah, Clay, Sonya
  • Trigger: Nina, Jessica, Tyler, Cyrus, Alex, Mackenzie, Zach
  • The Final Solution: Clay, Hannah
Season 2/ Episode 8 “The Little Girl”As Olivia and Andy take the stand, and everyone deals with the tapes coming out, we get an update on Skye.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Felischa Marye
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • You Can Only Do But So Much: Skye, Clay
  • The Aftermath: Jessica, Tyler, Mackenzie, Alex, Bryce, Zach, Marcus, Nora, Clay, Chloe, Cyrus
  • Jessica, Bryce, Sonya, Alex, Matt, Lainie
Season 2/ Episode 9 “The Missing Page”It’s Mr. Porter’s turn to take the stand and with him being guilt-racked, he runs through what he wished he did.
Director(s) Kat Candler
Writer(s) Rohit Kumar
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Maureen Jeanette Pavini
Sarah Makenzie Vega
Damon Indar Smith
  • I Could Of Done More: Mr. Porter, Olivia, Hannah
  • Welcome to ASS: Tyler, Clay, Bryce, Mr. Bolan, Cyrus, Mackenzie
  • Things Could Be Looking Up: Justin, Jessica, Clay, Nina, Matt
Season 2/ Episode 10 “Smile, Bitches”As Tony reveals how he owed Hannah, and what pushed him to circulate the tapes, Clay enters the clubhouse and makes some discoveries.
Director(s) Kat Candler
Writer(s) Kirk Moore
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Karma’s A Bitch: Tony, Ryan, Hannah, Sarah, Dennis, Sonya, Olivia
  • The Dangers of Being a Coward: Jessica, Tyler, Cyrus, Mackenzie, Nina, Bryce, Zach
  • Clubhouse Rules: Sheri, Bryce, Justin, Chloe, Zach, Clay
Season 2/ Episode 11 “Bryce and Chloe”Once again Clay is at a breaking point as Bryce takes the stand and remixes what happened between him and Hannah.
Director(s) Jessica Yu
Writer(s) Marissa Jo Cerer, Thomas Higgins
Air Date 5/18/2018
Introduced Actors
Coach Rick Ben Lawson
  • The Struggle To Move On: Jessica, Nina, Zach
  • Strike Three: Bryce, Hannah, Alex
  • When Nearly All Hopes Are Dashed: Tyler, Chloe, Jessica, Justin, Clay, Hannah, Dennis
Season 2/ Episode 12 “The Box of Polaroids”Both sides have made their points, witnesses have been run through and final statements have been given. It’s time for the verdict.
Director(s) Jessica Yu
Writer(s) Hayley Tyler, Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • We Need To Talk About Tyler: Mr. Porter, Tyler, Mr. Bolan, Cyrus
  • Bryce Dependency: Justin, Bryce
  • One Reveal, Two Loses, And One Victory: Justin, Alex, Bryce, Montgomery, Olivia, Dennis, Jessica
Season 2/ Episode 13 “Bye” [Season Finale]Sometimes there isn’t a victory, perhaps not a redemption story like we see in movies, and there is just life. Something which, for one character, has made them decide to do the opposite of Hannah.
Director(s) Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • April 18th: Bryce, Jessica, Tyler, Mackenzie, Clay, Justin, Lainie, Dennis
  • April 19th: Clay, Alex, Jessica, Montgomery, Tyler, Justin, Olivia, Hannah
  • April 20th: Justin, Alex, Jessica, Clay, Tony, Caleb, Tyler, Mackenzie, Zach, Cyrus, Mackenzie
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  • Episode Focus: What Clay May Know (Jessica [Alisha Boe], Justin [Brandon Flynn], Clay and Tony)
  • Subplot 1: A Long Time Ago, We Used To Be Friends (Hannah, Jessica, and Alex [Miles Heizer])
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Tape 2, Side A”Was, or rather is, Alex really the ass that Hannah paints him as? Is Justin such a bad guy? It seems just like they didn’t know the effect they had on Hannah’s life, Hannah didn’t know how terrible their lives were either.
  • Episode Focus: Humanize (Justin & Alex)
  • Subplot 1: Either Get Recruited or Beaten Down (Justin)
  • Subplot 2: What Is Tony Doing? (Tony)
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Tape 2, Side B”Remember the need to look for that red flag in the last episode review, yeah, now it is time to grip it as Clay is getting thoughts of being a vigilante.
  • Episode Focus: What Tyler and Courtney Did (Tyler [Devin Druid], Courtney [Michele Selene Ang], Hannah, and Clay)
  • Subplot 1: And It All Falls Down (Clay, Andy, Tony, and Olivia)
  • Subplot 2:  That Was His Last Chance (Justin)
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Tape 3, Side A”You know, it amazes me how you can separate yourself from a show for a few hours, and then be put right back in your feelings when you start it again.
  • Episode Focus: The Secrets You Keep – Part 1 (Hannah and Courtney)
  • Subplot 1: The Secrets You Keep (Clay, Justin, Alex, and Courtney)
  • Subplot 2: It’s Going to Trial (Olivia and Lainie [Amy Hargreaves])
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Tape 3, Side B”More and more we see how often people avoid doing something when they could of and the show leads you to reflect on how many things you just watched, ignored, or avoided just because it would have required effort you weren’t willing to expend.
  • Episode Focus: If Only You Stepped Up (Hannah)
  • Subplot 1: The Need To Be Punished (Alex, Jessica, and Justin)
  • Subplot 2: The Secrets We Keep (Tony, Sheri [Ajiona Alexus], and Clay)
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Tape 4, Side A”Clay is losing his mind. He is seeing images of a dead Hannah, hearing things, and not in the privacy of his room but in public. The guilt is weighing on him so much he turns back into a vigilante and seemingly is ready for the truth to be revealed.
  • Episode Focus: We Are All Lonely, But I’m The Loneliest of All (Hannah and Zach)
  • Subplot 1: The Guilt Is Killing Me (Clay)
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Tape 4, Side B”As the show continues, it becomes more difficult to remain loyal to Hannah and demonize the people who contributed to her demise.
  • Episode Focus: You Exposed My Thoughts & Secrets (Hannah and Ryan [Tommy Dorfman])
  • Subplot 1: Insecurities & Dysfunction (Alex, Jessica, and Justin)
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Tape 5, Side A”Everything all leads to Bryce. The reason for so much of Hannah’s troubles all have his name involved. Yet, even with what is noted in this episode, with everyone refusing to go after him, what can be done?
  • Episode Focus: I Know What You Did That Summer (Clay, Hannah, Jessica, Justin, and Marcus)
  • Subplot 1: How Could You Do Nothing? (Tony and Clay)
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Tape 5, Side B”Did you ever wonder what happened to low-key, hopefully, fan favorite Jeff? The guy who, alongside Tony, pushed Clay to participate in life? Well, prepare for your answer.
  • Episode Focus: Repentance (Sheri, Hannah, and Clay)
  • Subplot 1: Jessica’s Downward Spiral (Jessica, Justin, and Bryce)
  • Subplot 2: How Much Is Your Child Worth? (Olivia & Lainie)
Season 1/ Episode 11 “Tape 6, Side A”Do you want something beautiful? A teen romance like you haven’t seen awhile? Do you want something tragic? Something which won’t just lead to watery eyes but maybe a little bit of snot? Well, that is what you get in Tape 6, Side A – Clay’s tape.
  • Episode Focus: The Night Of – The Romance (Hannah and Clay)
  • Subplot 1: The Night Of – The Rape and Aftereffects (Alex, Jessica, Justin, and Bryce)
Season 1/ Episode 12 “Tape 6, Side B”What can eventually break someone? What ultimately kills the flicker of hope? One can ask all these questions but to see it happen to someone, f— heartbreaking. That set of words is not powerful enough. No words are.
  • Episode Focus: The Last Flicker of Hope (Clay, Hannah, and Bryce)
  • Subplot 1: The Walls Are Closing In (Ryan, Tyler, Courtney, Alex, Sheri, Justin, Zach, Jessica, and Marcus)
Season 1/ Episode 13 “Tape 7, Side A” [Season Finale]Through 13 Reasons Why, you get to understand both the cause and effect a person’s suicide has. As well as how and why some may consider it selfish, as well as why others considering it the last, and eventually only, solution.
  • Episode Focus: The Final Day of Hannah Baker (Hannah, Clay, Olivia, and Mr. Porter [Derek Luke])
  • Subplot 1: The Existence of the Tapes Are Revealed (Zach, Courtney, Tyler, Jessica, Tony, and Olivia)
  • Subplot 2: Questions Left Unanswered (Alex, Olivia, Justin, and Tyler)
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Tape 1, Side A” [Series Premiere]Though there are a few minor changes, mostly which are understandable, Thirteen Reasons Why starts off with things being very close to the book. Well, with the exception of us getting to experience Hannah with our own eyes and perhaps Clay not being as much of a saint.

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Jessica, Tyler, Zach, Clay, Tony | What Are You Capable Of?

As you can imagine, it’s a bit difficult for some to get behind the idea of monitoring Tyler right after the “False Alarm,” which was the Spring Fling. Especially since there are those like Zach who, while scared of Tyler to a point, have no issue with antagonizing him. Yet, there is also Jessica who thinks he is a freak since it isn’t like being a perv wasn’t Tyler’s big issue in the first season. But, when it comes to shooting up the school, she gets it to a point. However, she’d prefer he’d take back his power than spread his pain around.

Hence the beautiful thing about Tony since, while most people just keep an eye on him, from a certain distance, Tony engages him. He helps Tyler channel that anger that, because he is no longer in the heat of the moment, he isn’t really sure where it came from. However, with Tyler still not talking about what was the final trigger, hitting that bag helps.

Yet, even with a whole summer of this schedule, Clay isn’t too sure if Tyler wouldn’t have killed Bryce. Which hurts Tyler a bit, but he gets it.

Commentary

Jessica asking why Tyler almost shot up the school.

Do you think you could, realistically, be around someone who was moments away from shooting up your school? Never mind give them some semblance of friendship by having them hang around you? I get Tyler is on the tapes, and that creates a bond in a way, but this seems like a whole lot to ask of people. Jessica especially since Tyler was a creep before a murderer and imagine if he caught feelings for her? Heck, considering how nice Ani was to him, before she knew the truth, you’d have to wonder how Clay would react? Particularly since he has got feelings for Ani.

That aside, while the feeling is waning, it remains difficult not to feel that 13 Reasons Why trying to have Tyler justify why he would shoot up a school is not strange. Maybe it is because many schools will be starting up in a few weeks and once more there is that worry of what will happen because of someone like Tyler? If not this show being one of the few, if only, to not romanticize a potential killer but really try to help you understand the place they were in before they almost drastically, and brutally, changed many lives forever.

Tyler, Bryce, Monty, Clay, Tony, Casey | 2nd Chances Are Hard To Come By

With it being revealed Bryce was killed due to a blow to a head, originally a shot, later said to be a blow, so comes the reaction from many of who could have done it and their motive. Focusing on Tyler, he doesn’t seem like a likely choice until we learn Monty makes it seem he sodomized Tyler on Bryce’s orders. With that idea, Tyler took his gun to face Bryce, who honestly seemed cool with dying.

Why? Well, unlike him, no one was going out of their way to rewrite his narrative and be his friend. Clay wasn’t trying to make it so Bryce could have a new lease on life and be shielded from outsiders. Tyler, on the other hand, went from a school pervert, who Clay exposed, to someone not even on Casey’s radar that much. Which is a surprise since she seems to always be on 11 and ready to stab anyone who doesn’t agree with her. Making her look like the perfect candidate for a Bryce murderer. Hell, she even wants to protest at his funeral. A strange idea, but one she thinks will be rather effective for her and Jessica’s “Hands Off” club.

But with seeing Casey’s anger, and with how Tony has helped him, Tyler seems to realize, even though Monty may never apologize, and it may take him a long time to recover from what happened, he is getting his power back. He can fight back now and doesn’t need a gun to even the scales. Also, while Clay still may not fully trust him, he did provide him a means to get better in a way the faculty of the school couldn’t. He gave him a sense of friendship, protection, and a little bit of normalcy. Which, if he had before, maybe he wouldn’t have been assaulted, or maybe someone would have done something to Monty to make Tyler feel less alone? It’s hard to say.

Commentary

Casey coming at Tyler for not supporting a protest at Bryce's funeral.

You have to wonder, what would be said and done if Monty’s actions against Tyler were revealed? He knows about what could have happened at Spring Fling, so would they be willing to risk turning him in? Would the sacrifice be worth it considering he is trying to continue Bryce’s legacy? Also, taking note Monty suffers from abuse at home, would the show dare try to humanize him like they are Bryce?

Monty aside, are we going to learn Casey’s story at all? Her whole, “Take down the patriarchy” is very one-note right now, and I’m wondering will she say anything else, talk about anything she does beyond plan the demise of jocks? It’s noted she was assaulted, was it by Bryce? Maybe Monty? How about Charlie? What’s her story beyond whatever fuels her rage when we see her?

Also, after all of Tony’s training, who’d win in a fistfight between Monty and Tyler at this point?

Amara, Ani, Alex, Zach, Clay, Justin | If This Could Happen To Them

If a rich white boy could be murdered, what could happen to an immigrant girl, a Black immigrant girl, who is nosy and likes to read people? That is the fear of Amara as things go from bad to worse and it is understandable. After all, you have someone like Clay trying to prevent someone who may be possible of killing from going to jail. Then you have those like Zach coerced into protecting someone they don’t trust, Justin is dealing with some shady character and Alex? With him having a father for a cop, combined with no one looking his direction, who is to say he isn’t part of this? That he is completely innocent?

Commentary

Amara warning Ani about how she acts.

So is the goal of each episode to eliminate someone one by one? It wasn’t Jess, it wasn’t Chloe, likely wasn’t Zach or Alex. Tyler found the body, so it wasn’t him, and when it comes to Tony, should we assume he is innocent as well? Leaving just Justin and this weird guy, who I assume is Seth, as a possible suspect? Though, with how this show thrives on drama, even with Seth making it sound like he may have done it on Justin’s behalf, could it be he took Justin’s money and just plans to bleed him dry? Particularly since he knows Justin is working now, combined with nearly being adopted by Clay’s family, who aren’t doing too bad for themselves?

Also, can we give it up to the writers for acknowledging all parts of Ani? Not just her social intelligence, and abilities when it comes to academics, but also her culture and background? Amara noting how she doesn’t want her daughter to end up like her speaks a lot to the immigrant experience – especially since Amara has taken her daughter to two western countries in hopes of providing her a better life. To which, thankfully, Ani is grateful but it does seem while she notes the sacrifice, she isn’t going to let that get in the way of curiosity. Even if the people she surrounds herself with are rather suspicious.

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