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I've got a question for you Justin, not the one you think, not yet. What's the best part of high school? The great friends you make? The romance? No. We both know the best part of high school... is summer break. It's the great reset button. And after everything that happened to me sophomore year, I couldn't wait to start fresh, to tear the rest of the pages from my journal and forget it all. Except I didn't get very far.
— {{{SaidBy}}}, in "[[{{{Episode}}}]]"


Tape 5, Side A is the ninth episode of the first season of 13 Reasons Why. It is the ninth episode of the series overall.

The subject of this tape is Justin Foley.

Synopsis

Hannah witnesses a traumatic event at a summertime party. Clay tries to reason with Justin, and Marcus warns him that the worst is yet to come.[1]

Plot

Flashback

Hannah cuts her hair into a bob during summer break in order to get a fresh start before junior year. Clay invites Hannah to Jessica's end of the year party. She goes, even though she doesn't want to, and is surprised at how friendly everyone is towards her. She begins to feel like she actually has a fresh start.

Hannah is in Jessica's bedroom when Jessica and Justin show up. They start to fool around but Jessica is drunk and needs to sleep. Disappointed, Justin leaves and as he does he runs into Bryce. Bryce forces his way into the room after commenting that, "What's yours is mine". Bryce then proceeds to rape a helpless Jessica. All the while Hannah is hiding in the closet watching as it happens. Justin enters the room and tries to stop Bryce, but Bryce pushes him out of the room and locks the door. Jessica wakes up in the middle of the assault slightly out of it and begs for Bryce to stop. It is not known if Jessica passes out more than once but after Bryce is gone, Hannah exits the closet and covers a sleeping Jessica with a blanket, before throwing up. Hannah cries and says, "I'm so sorry", Hannah then leaves the party, she notices Justin who looks visibly upset.

Present day

Clay confronts Justin and asks why they don't turn in Bryce. They have Hannah's tapes as evidence to what happened that night. He says no, Bryce is his friend and someone who's always been there for him. They just want to forget what happened and hope that it goes away.

Jessica continues to spiral. She begins drinking consistently throughout the day and even on school grounds. When Clay confronts her about what happened at the party, Jessica explains what happened, Clay asks her if Justin told her that or if she remembers, she says sternly that she remembers. However, later, she begins to have flashbacks from that night that show that she remembers it was Bryce who raped her.

Marcus buys weed and plants it in Clay's bag so that he will get suspended before he says anything about the tapes. His mother picks him up from school and Clay asks to be taken to the police station to sign up for the required drug program. While there, he finally tells his mother that he was friends with Hannah and it hurts that she isn't alive anymore.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Song Title
Album
Artist
Bye Bye Bye Disconnect from Desire School of Seven Bells
Under the Spell Midnight Room Springtime Carnivore
My Life in Rewind Eagulls Ullages
Ends of the Earth In Our Heads Hot Chip
Full Court Press Tickle Torture ft. Velvet Negroni
Cannonball Hidden Charms

Screencaps

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References

  1. Official Netflix Synopsis of Tape 5, Side A