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I, just don't want anyone else to get hurt.
Marcus Cole

The Second Polaroid is the fourth episode of the second season of 13 Reasons Why. It is the seventeenth episode of the series overall.

This episode focuses on Marcus Cole's testimony.

Synopsis

Clay hides a secret from his parents. Concerned about his reputation, Marcus lies in court. Jessica and Alex skip school together.

Plot

SPOILERS AHEAD


NOTE: PLOT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Clay discovers Justin's secret heroin stash and flushes it down the toilet. He calls Tony for help but Sheri shows up instead. She's there trying to do penance for what she did to Jeff. While Sheri helps Justin get clean, Clay heads to school.

Mrs. Bryce tries to get Bryce to agree to talk to Mr. Porter but he doesn't buy it. Mr. Porter meets with Mr. and Mrs. Davis who show him the threatening messages that Jessica has been receiving. He asks her if she wants to reveal who her rapist was to him but Jessica still keeps her mouth shut.

Clay tells Jessica that he found Justin and brought him back to testify. Jessica is confused on how he knew where to look but remembers the postcard in her room. She tells him that she doesn't want to see Justin.

Tyler and Cyrus carry a mysterious bag with them through the school. Marcus lies on the stand and misconstrues the story of him and Hannah on Dollar Valentines Day.

Chlöe invites Jessica to a party at Bryce's house. Instead of staying at school, Jessica convinces Alex to skip school with her and they ask Zach to borrow his car.

Marcus also tells the court that Hannah was pursuing Bryce Walker and only used him to get to Bryce. Clay finds a second polaroid in his locker that says "He won't stop" written on the back of it. Bryce is mad that Marcus mentioned him in court, but is more grateful than angry after Marcus tells him that he was doing him a favor. Tyler is upset about Marcus's testimony so he and Cyrus decide to use whatever is in their duffle bag that day. Marcus is heading to his car when he spots the duffle bag on the floor. He goes to inspect it and instead gets pink goo shot out at him. They've also written "Hypocrite" across the back of his car.

While skipping school, Alex and Jessica stop to visit Olvia at the store but are interrupted by Mr. Baker. We learn that the Bakers are separated and that Mr. Baker is already seeing someone else.

Alex and Jessica head to the beach and share a kiss but it lasts for only a moment before Jessica starts to freak out.


Cyrus and Tyler head to the woods where they practice shooting targets.

Olivia and Tony are restocking the store when Olivia asks him if Jessica is the mystery girl on the tape. Tony never confirms or denies it, but he does say that whether or not she is, it can't relate to the trial. Because the trial is about winning the case against Liberty High and in turn, holding the school responsible, it would be hard to get justice for Jessica and Hannah at the same time.

Zach finds a dead animal in his duffle bag after practice.

Mrs. Jensen steals a file with Clay's name on it from her firm. Clay sends Alex the tapes and Alex wakes up and starts listening to them from the beginning again.

Cast

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Guest Starring

Quotes

The truth will set you free, right?
— Edward Cole to Marcus while walking up to the courthouse.
Chlöe: Hey, it's Zach's fault. He set us up.

Zach: I just gave him (Bryce) your number. The rest of it isn't my fault.

— Zach Dempsey to Chlöe, Bryce, Monty, and Scott while on the way to class.
Hannah: "Are you sure Alex should hear the tapes?"
Clay: "Odd question coming from the person who made them."
Hannah: "You were trying to protect him."
Clay: "If he can remember enough they might let him testify."
Hannah: "Testify about what?"
Clay: "About Bryce."
Hannah: "The trials not about Bryce."
Clay: "Well it should be."
―  Clay and Hallucination Hannah


Multimedia

Soundtrack

Song Artist Album Scene
Sevens Moon Duo Occult Archeticture Marcus' voice beginning his testimony; Clay tries to wake up Justin and do his laundry.
Freeze Me Death From Above 1979 Outrage! Is Now At school, Clay talks to Jessica; Bryce, Zach and Chlöe have a discussion.
Why Can't I Touch It? Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady (Deluxe Version) Chlöe congratulates Jessica for staying strong and invites her to a party.
Kiss Pale Waves My Mind Makes Noises Flashback: Hannah borrows the Jeep.
Dance with Me Lords of the New Church Is Nothing Sacred? Chlöe and Bryce play around and then have sex in the pool house.
Pillar of Truth Lucy Dacus Historian At the shore, Alex and Jessica have a deep conversation and reconnect.

Original Music

Song Artist Album Scene
Hiding Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 2 - Original Series Score) Clay flushes Justin’s stash
Lonely APM Music Jessica and Alex arrive at the movie theatre.
Polaroids Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 2 - Original Series Score) Clay finds the second polaroid
Live and In Stereo Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 2 - Original Series Score) End

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