I'll be ashamed for the rest of my life.
Zach Dempsey

The Smile at the End of the Dock is the sixth episode of the second season of 13 Reasons Why. It is the nineteenth episode of the series overall.

This episode focuses on Zach Dempsey's testimony. He serves as the narrator of this story.

Synopsis Edit

Clay tries to figure out where the Polaroids were taken. Justin shows up at school. Zach's revelation about Hannah takes everyone by surprise.

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Sheri and Clay are at Monet's when Clay shows Sheri the Polaroids. Mr. Baker attends court with Mrs. Baker. Clay tries to help Alex get medically cleared for court but Alex is struggling to remember. Tyler tells Cyrus that they got caught by the neighbor shooting and that his parents are going to take them shooting instead. Mr. Porter heads to his office when Coach Rick stops him and tells him that he got his friend at the police to cover up the fight he had with Justin's Mom's boyfriend. Alex tells Clay that he isn't able to testify. Jessica sits with Nina in the cafeteria when Justin walks in. He tries to talk to her but she tells him that she wishes he were dead.

He leaves but as he does he runs into Bryce and passes out having to have Clay and Tony carry him out of the cafeteria. Zach tells the court that, during the summer his dad died, he spent a lot of time at the movies trying to hang out with Hannah to make up for what he did to her during the school year. She became someone he could talk to and the person he lost his virginity with. They spent the majority of the summer hanging out and having sex. Andy tries to get Olivia to forgive him for leaving her and not fighting for justice for Hannah. When Olivia can't forgive him, he reveals that he is living with his mistress and her daughter.

Justin goes back to the Jensen's house and is there when someone breaks in. He hides in the closet and is unable to see who it is. Once he comes out of hiding, Mr. Jensen finds him and Justin swears it wasn't him. Zach returns to school and finds a mockery of blood stained underwear with "Hannah" written on it in his locker, implying someone teasing him Hannah losing her virginity to him. This pushes him over the edge and he gets into a fight with Bryce before Coach Rick breaks it up. Olivia talks with Dennis and Andy about adding Clay as a witness to redeem Hannah's image. Clay confronts Zach on his way to his car because he's upset that Hannah lost her virginity to Zach and not him. Clay learns from Sheri that the Clubhouse is where the Polaroids were taken. Mr. Down takes Tyler and Cyrus shooting so that they can learn how to properly handle a gun from Mr. Standall.

Alex begins to give up on physical therapy so he starts a fight with Zach. He stops suddenly when he surprisingly is able to get a hard-on, which he hasn't managed to get since the accident. Clay is called to testify so he heads over to Olivia's house to prepare. Jessica recounts her story to her support group. Tony goes to see Caleb but notices that one of his students is a guy that he beat up in the past so he leaves. Tyler and Cyrus come across a video of Marcus getting a lap dance and decide to use it to mess with him. Jessica talks to Nina after the support group and Nina tells her that she should be so proud that she told her story tonight.

Clay goes home and is confronted by his parents about hiding Justin in his room. His mom agrees to let him stay with them but that they have to let the court know that he's here as well. Clay talks to a hallucination of Hannah and asks her if it would have been him she lost her virginity to instead of Zach, if he'd been there that summer. Justin walks in before he gets an answer. He calls him a dumbass for thinking that Hannah losing her virginity to Zach changes who she is. Justin tells Clay about the break-in and Clay thinks that they may have taken something. They look through the room and Justin realizes that someone took the gun that he was hiding in his duffle bag but doesn't say anything to Clay about it. Zach is in the school locker room when he gets very angry and starts to beat up the lockers out of frustration.

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Soundtrack Edit

Song Artist Album Scene
Had To Hear Real Estate Atlas Flashback: Hannah writing her letter to Zach; cuts to present day as Zach reads the letter before the trial. Repeats; End credits.
How You Do It (Deluxe Version) Good Looking Animals Evolve (Deluxe Version) Clay and Sheri talking about the Polaroids at Monet's.
Also Spruce Zarathustra Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Zach watches 2001: A Space Odyssey
A Dream of You and Me Future Islands Singles Zach and Hannah are talking at the Crestmont when Zach invites Hannah to hang out.
Oh Yeah Yello Stella (Remastered 2005) Flashback: Zach and Hannah watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Souvenir Ochestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Best of OMD Flashback: Zach and Hannah have sex.
Your Love Haerts 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 (Music from the Original TV Series) Flashback: Zach frequently visits the Crestmont just to see Hannah but disguises it as just seeing films.
It Can't Wait Downtown Boys Cost of Living Tyler and Cyrus find dirt on Zach online.

Original Music Edit

Song Artist Album Scene
Dining Out APM Music Flashback: Zach talks to Hannah at the movie theatre.
Back To School Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 2 - Original Series Score) Justin comes back to school.
More Than Friends Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 2 - Original Series Score) Zach tells Hannah he's a virgin.

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