13 Reasons Why (2017– )
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Tape 4, Side B 

Inspired by a friend's poetry reading, Hannah pours her heart out. Tony confides in Clay about the night of Hannah's death.

Director:

Gregg Araki

Writers:

Kirk A. Moore (teleplay by) (as Kirk Moore), Brian Yorkey (created for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Minnette ... Clay Jensen
Katherine Langford ... Hannah Baker
Christian Navarro ... Tony Padilla
Alisha Boe ... Jessica Davis
Brandon Flynn ... Justin Foley
Justin Prentice ... Bryce Walker (credit only)
Miles Heizer ... Alex Standall
Ross Butler ... Zach Dempsey
Devin Druid ... Tyler Down
Amy Hargreaves ... Lainie Jensen
Derek Luke ... Kevin Porter
Kate Walsh ... Olivia Baker
Brian d'Arcy James ... Andy Baker
Josh Hamilton ... Matt Jensen
Tommy Dorfman ... Ryan Shaver
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Hannah is touched by poetry recited by fellow student Ryan Shaver and pours her heart out after encouragement from his side. Ryan helps Hannah write but betrays her by publishing the poem against her will in his school magazine. Tony confides to Clay about the night of Hannah's death. Written by ahmetkozan

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Drama | Mystery

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Rafael, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

This is the second time Alisha Boe and Ross Butler have worked together - previously they appeared in two episodes of Teen Wolf (2011) together. See more »

Quotes

Ryan Shaver: Hannah, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to make you feel embarrassed or humiliated. I know what that's like.
Hannah Baker: You do?
Ryan Shaver: I'm a skinny faggot who writes poems. I mean, please.
Hannah Baker: I don't think you're supposed to use that word.
Ryan Shaver: Mmm. You're not. I'm allowed.
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Same Dark Places
Written by Joshua Epstein, Benjamin West, Daniel Zott
Performed by JR JR
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Another excellent episode has Clay learning a dark secret in "Tape 4, Side B"
1 April 2017 | by arussell23See all my reviews

Coming right off the heels of the best episode yet ("Tape 4, Side A"), "Tape 4, Side B" is almost on the same level. It tells another deeply involving, personal story about Hannah while also delivering the same level of quality to the present story lines this time around.

Hannah's story this episode is about her poetry club. Yes, she did used to go to a poetry club, at least like 3 times. She met the resident gay newspaper editor Ryan there, and eventually trusted him enough to write her first poem. And what a poem it is, because the snippets we hear of it are quite good, especially for a 17 year-old. Of course, something has to go wrong because this is 13 Reasons Why, and Hannah's poem is leaked into the school newspaper and everybody laughs about it. Everybody except Clay, who is of course insensitive about it.

Clay's story this episode follows directly after the last episode, in which he goes to the counselor and basically says nothing before leaving. He leaves school with Tony, and they go rock climbing. When they get to the top, Tony reveals a truth: He was at Hannah's house after she killed herself. That explains quite a bit about why he was so chummy with her mom, and all that. He gets home after all of this, with the tapes back, and his parents basically tell him that he's allowed to skip school but only if they know he's safe.

There are some other smaller plot lines sprinkled throughout. Clay's mom is still working on the case against Hannah, and is trying to decide whether she should take herself off the case. Hannah's mom gets the magazine with Hannah's poem in it from Clay, and her and the dad also have a dinner out where she pretends Hannah is still alive.

The one subplot that doesn't work, and I've mentioned this before in my reviews, is that Justin's threats seem very out of left field and also are not very interesting. He keeps saying that he wants to kill Clay or something like that, but nobody else seems up for it, and it just seems very silly. He's almost like a cartoon villain.

Aside from issues with certain characters, this episode is among the best so far. It's got a great main story, with Hannah becoming even more vulnerable and Clay finding out more about how all of the pieces fit together to form Hannah's story. It's clear to me that this show can maintain an excellent level of quality, so now all I wonder is where this show will take us next!

+Clay finds out about Tony

+Hannah's poem

+The Bakers' grief

+Parents being reasonable

+Brilliant writing

-Justin is not interesting anymore

9.8/10.


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