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Courtney Crimsen, what a pretty name. What a pretty girl. With her perfect family, coffee together, every morning. And you're also very nice Courtney, everyone says so. You're nice to everyone, all the time. You're one of the most popular girls in school. And you're just... so... nice. Right? Wrong.
— {{{SaidBy}}}, in "[[{{{Episode}}}]]"


Tape 3, Side A is the fifth episode of the first season of 13 Reasons Why.

The subject of this tape is Courtney Crimsen.

Synopsis

Hannah and Clay connect at the school dance, but a crass rumor ruins the mood. Clay takes Courtney to visit Hannah's grave.

Plot

Flashback

Courtney and Hannah make up after the whole photo scandal. They decide to go to the winter formal together with a group of other students. Montgomery propositions Courtney after finding out that the picture was, in fact, Hannah and Courtney. Courtney lies, it wasn't her but Hannah with another student, Laura. To make matters worse, she adds made up details about Hannah's sex life to secure his belief that Hannah is a slut simultaneously adding to the rumors of "Hannah the Slut".

Clay and Hannah share a slow dance, Montgomery with his new information, interrupts. Hannah argues with Courtney, she just wanted to be her friend, she asks why she would do something like this, Courtney defends herself, she is still afraid of being outed. Hannah fires back before she leaves, disgusted with Courtney. Jessica ends up getting drunk at the formal because she's not over her breakup with Alex. Hannah decides to drive Jessica home. Her car doesn't start so Tony gives her a jump. Before they leave, Tony gives Hannah a cassette tape of the song she slow danced to earlier.

Present day

Clay asks Courtney if they can talk. Clay takes her to visit Hannah's grave. Once there, Clay wonders why Courtney is ashamed of being a lesbian. Courtney tells him that it's because she has two gay dads and she knows how hard it was for them to be gay while growing up. For the first time, Courtney shows some emotion over her contribution to Hannah's suicide.

Justin, Zach and Alex kidnap Clay and drive him away while interrogating him. While they're driving, Alex speeds down the road longer and faster than he was supposed to, ignoring Zach and Justin's plea for him to stop. They get pulled over by a cop who, luckily, is Alex's Dad. In elation at having a police officer at their side, Justin tells Clay that they can't be touched now because they are bulletproof. Once Clay gets home, he finds out that his mom is going to be a litigator for the school. She asks Clay if he knows of any bullying going on at the school and about Hannah Baker. Clay denies both and later cries in the shower.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guest

  • Ellen Ho as Ashley
  • Hannah Payne as Stephanie
  • Danielle O'Dea as Theresa the Barista
  • Gabrielle Haugh as Laura
  • Karjen Kahn as Secretary/Miss Douglass


Quotes

I should've kissed her, but I can't.
Clay
Bryce [to Jessica about Alex]: "Okay, seriously, how does he get all the hot girls? I mean his dick must be huge."
Jessica: "Only one huge dick in the vicinity at the moment, Bryce."
―  Jessica and Bryce
Bryce: "Listen, Laura, you ever want to swing the other way..."
Laura: "You'd be the last person I called. Right before the police."
―  Bryce and Laura
Boys are assholes. Some are assholes all the time. All are assholes some of the time.
— Hannah Baker on the tapes

Hannah's Reason

Courtney lied to Montgomery about the photo Tyler took, and said it was Hannah with another student, Laura, a known lesbian at Liberty High. She then adds made up details about Hannah's sex life to secure his belief that Hannah is a slut simultaneously adding to the rumors of "Hannah the Slut". Hannah tells her that she didn't have to throw her under the bus.

Trivia

  • Hannah and Clay kiss for the first time, in a flashback, in this episode.

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Song Artist Album Scene
Intro Song: "Oh In This World Of Dread, Carry On (13RY Edit)" by Eskmo.
The Night We Met Strange Trials Lord Huron Hannah and Clay dance together - plays at the beginning of the episode and at 28:50, 32:17, and 52:56[1]
One Mark of The Beat Poppy Brothers Hannah's dad gives her keys to a new car; Hannah and her friends arrive to the winter formal[1]
Living in Fiction Icky Blossoms Living In Fiction – Single Hannah and the other girls go into the dance.[1]
Amused Amused - EP Hunger Plays during the Winter Formal (dance)[1]
Hollow Visions Eagulls Eagulls Plays while Clay and Hannah first dance together and jump around.[1]
Cinnamon New Mistery Cullen Omori Hannah rescues a drunk Jessica at the dance from the jocks.[1]
Thirteen New Moon Elliot Smith Clay in the shower; credits[1]
Finding My Wings Pedro Costa Finding My Winda – Single Background music in the coffee shop scene.[1]

Original Music

Song Artist Album Scene
Courtney Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Score) Courtney speaks hypothetically about her sexuality in the cemetery, Tony gives Hannah a jump start after the dance.[1]

Gallery

Images

See also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 TuneFind (tunefind.com) –– "13 Reasons Why Soundtrack - S1E5: Tape 3, Side A" (Retrieved January 14, 2019)
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