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Tape 5, Side B 

A distraught Hannah gets a ride home from the party. Jessica's behaviour grows increasingly erratic, and Clay learns the truth behind a tragedy.

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A distraught Hannah gets a ride home from the party. Jessica's behaviour grows increasingly erratic, and Clay learns the truth behind a tragedy.

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The Bakers' lawyer, Dennis Vasquez, is played by Wilson Cruz who started out his career in a cult classic television series that lasted one season called My So-Called Life (1994) which revolves around the struggles of teenage life in high school. His character's name was also a Vasquez but with the first name Rickie. See more »

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Clay and Tony are talking on the cliff. Clay says he's never seen a dead body. However, in Episode 10: Tape 5, Side B clay is talking with Tony again and he says that he found Jeff dead. See more »

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Lainie Jensen: [to Mrs. Baker] My son is worth everything to me as I'm sure Hannah is to you and if I lost him, felt someone had taken him from me, I would pursue any remedy possible, yes, but I don't know any amount of money would suffice.
Olivia Baker: Would you settle for say, two hundred thousand dollars?
Lainie Jensen: I think I would only settle for the truth whether I liked it or not.
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Featured in 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons (2017) See more »

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The Stand
Written by Mike Peters & Eddie MacDonald & Dave Sharp
Performed by The Alarm
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A careless mistake looms over the present in "Tape 5, Side B"
1 April 2017 | by (Blandon, PA) – See all my reviews

We're only three episodes away from the show being over now, and the show has finally thrown us a curve ball. It turns out that Clay might actually be the reason that Hannah decided to kill herself, as Tony tells him in the final minute of this episode. And his tape is next, so he's going to hear in detail why he's responsible.

Aside from that bombshell, there's a reason this episode is probably the shortest so far. It covers an important event in Hannah's final months, but it also just feels very dry at some point. Let's go over this.

So, Hannah is ready to leave the party and gets a ride from Sheri. There's Sheri, finally becoming relevant again. The two are driving, and Sheri is being annoying, until Sheri accidentally runs into a stop sign. For a few minutes, it almost seems like the knocked down stop sign will be the only thing Sheri did. But then it gets worse. Much worse.

Hannah gets to the shop from earlier ("Tape 2, Side A," I believe), and when she calls 911, she finds out that somebody has already called about the intersection. But not too long after, she finds out that there was a crash. And we also get an explanation for why Jeff isn't in any of the present scenes - he's the other student that died, and he was killed in that head-on collision.

In the present, Clay tries to get Sheri to come forward about the whole incident, but she refuses. Clay finds out that Sheri has been helping out the family of the old man who was part of the collision, and he also visits Jeff's family, talking to them about how (another plot twist) he was the one who found Jeff's body.

Not much else happens, aside from a great scene where Olivia Baker asks Clay's mom about what price she would put on her son. It's great to see these two finally meet, as they're both really great. Aside from that, like I said, this episode is kind of weak in terms of good plot. Jessica's still going off the deep end, but we knew that.

Overall, aside from some slower moments that don't really do much, this episode is pretty good. Not as good as some of the previous, but it still has some great scenes and a great story. Jeff was a great character, and I'm sad that we probably won't see him again, but he at least serves a great purpose in the story. Next episode comes Clay's tape. What did he do?

+Sheri's story

+Hannah tries to make amends

+Jeff's parents

+Bathroom scene between Olivia and Lainie

+The ending

-Feels like padding at times

9.5/10.


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