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"Oh, sure. But how do you avenge death by a thousand cuts? All the little slices over the years, then the final stab, the secretary."
Wendy Ross-Hogarth[src]

AKA 1,000 Cuts is the tenth episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Jessica Jones.


A discovery has the potential to change the entire game -- if Jessica can refuse Kilgrave's offer.



Kilgrave caught up to Jeri Hogarth in her car and enthralls her to take him to a doctor whom she trusts; ironically, it is Wendy Ross-Hogarth, so they go to the Hogarth Residence where Kilgrave has the physician stitch his wounds. The doctor and the telepath talk about their respective relationships and how they feel betrayed. During the conversation, Hogarth reveals that Hope Shlottman was pregnant but had an abortion; she also says that she kept the fetus to see if the powers of Kilgrave could be duplicated but the experiment failed.

In the warehouse, Oscar Clemons attempts to secure the crime scene while temporarily repairing his broken hand. Jessica Jones is forced to bind the hands of Albert Thompson to keep him from fulfilling his son's command and has to put a bullet in the mouth of Trish Walker to help her fulfill her directive of putting a bullet in her skull so that she can break her trance. Jones tells the others that she is immuned to Kilgrave's power, that Thompson reveals is an airborne virus that he thinks can be permanently cured. Walker and Thompson go to his hotel room to create the antidote while Jones goes to find Kilgrave.

In her search, Jones calls Hogarth and becomes suspicious when the lawyer keeps asking about the whereabouts of Thompson. When there is a knock on the door of the Hogarth Residence, Kilgrave panics and, as a distraction, tells Ross-Hogarth to get her revenge on Hogarth by cutting her 1,000 times; Ross-Hogarth chases her former lover, counting each strike. Pam enters and hits the physician in the head with a vase killing her. Jones arrives, tells Hogarth that she was a murderer for deactivating the live wire in the warehouse, and tells Pam to plead self-defense in killing Ross-Hogarth before leaving again.

Meanwhile, Robyn is forcing Malcolm Ducasse to distribute flyers pertaining to her missing brother Ruben; Jones will not participate in the deception. Eventually, Jones finds Kilgrave in her apartment, saying that he had Shlottman freed from prison with the appropriate paperwork; all he wants in return is his father. Confirming that Jones is immuned to his power, Kilgrave is knocked unconscious and gagged.

Evil Simpson

Meanwhile, Will Simpson goes to the warehouse, filled with Combat Enhancers, and, after getting the location of Walker from Clemons, shoots the superior officer in the head, pours accelerant over his body, and sets the place aflame. He goes to the hotel room of Thompson and assaults the older man, but Walker is able to push him from the room. She steals the pills from her now former boyfriend's pocket.

Ducasse tires of holding the secret that Ruben is dead and tells the Kilgrave Victim Support Group to relieve his conscience; Robyn hears the confession. She convinces Donald and Jackson to accompany her in confronting Jones, the one who Robyn feels is ultimately to blame for Kilgrave's rampages.

In the 15th Precinct Police Station, Pam sees the true nature of Hogarth and tells her to leave her alone.

While Jones calls Shlottman to tell her that she will pick her up from the Northeastern Correctional Facility, Robyn and the men enter Jones' Apartment and attack her, with Ducasse trying to defend Jones. Jones is knocked unconscious, and Robyn, not knowing who Kilgrave is, frees the telepath. The next morning, Jones is awakened by Shlottman's phone call, asking her why she is late in arriving. Jones goes to the prison to learn that Shlottman is gone; Kilgrave has taken her to Niku in exchange for his father.


Jones brings Thompson to the restaurant and the scientist sprays himself with his antidote; however, it does not work as Kilgrave commands the man to stand by his side. Jones sees the scene: if anyone does anything threatening toward Kilgrave, he has Robyn, Jackson, Donald, and Ducasse with nooses around their necks while Shlottman is seated by Kilgrave unable to move. Shlottman begs Jones to kill their rapist, but Kilgrave gloats that Jones will not because she wants to save Shlottman and still be "heroic" in her eyes. Shlottman breaks a glass and stabs herself in the throat with it, telling Kilgrave that Jones is now free with her death. Kilgrave runs with his father, ordering the four to jump. Jones saves the four from hanging before attending to the fatally bleeding Shlottman. Shlottman begs Jones with her last breath that Jones will kill Kilgrave; Jones swears that she will.


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  • Prior to the official release of the synopsis, the title of the episode was leaked as AKA The Kumbaya Circle Jerk. This is a reference to how Robyn describes the Kilgrave Support Group.
  • The title references the Chinese execution method of Lingchi, or "death by a thousand cuts". The punishment was reserved for crimes considered severe in the extreme, such as patricide or treason.


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