Why is everyone so mad at Annalise Keating on this week’s How to Get Away With Murder?
Our protagonist — who’s recovering from a recent gunshot wound to the abdomen, need I remind you — just wants to take a nap. Is that so terrible?
It’s not like she’s abandoned one of her students to a stint in the psychiatric ward. Or refuses to feel even a smidge of guilt about framing one of her former clients on murder charges. Or is possibly carrying around a decade-long secret about mixing up an innocent single mom in some rich dude’s murder trial that eventually led to that woman’s demise.
Oh wait. Come to think of it, Annalise is kinda guilty of all those sins. And thus, the “we’re outta here!” united front of Michaela, Connor, Laurel and even Asher begins to make sense.
But that’s hardly the only bombshell from “She Hates Us.”
Indeed, Frank makes a whopper of a confession to Laurel. Connor learns that somebody has damning video footage from “Shooting Night.” And the Caleb-Michaela love train gets (at least temporarily) derailed when they lob the word “whore” at one another. Shall we recap?
THE WEEK IN FLASHBACKS | We go back 10 years to see Annalise very far along in her pregnancy, sweetly sparring with Sam about her maternal reluctance and sharing a tender moment with Bonnie (who was in therapy with Sam, and seems to know an awful lot about what makes a pregnant woman comfortable). Still, she gets the OK from her doctor to take the 90 minute flight to Cleveland to work a Federal case involving the murder trial of a hedge-fund heir named Charles Mahoney — and it’s there we realize Wes’ mom Rose had some connection to the case. She thinks Annalise is just some nice new pal she met at the playground, but when Annalise slides her files across the coffee shop table, Rose looks terrified. Annalise promises she can protect Rose — but knowing the woman ends up in a pool of blood in an apparent (but possibly suspicious) suicide, it looks quite possible that our heroine fails to make good on the deal.
WES HAS BEEN TRIGGERED | Our guiltiest law student goes to the hospital seeking sleeping pills. He’s only been getting 2-3 hours of zzz’s per night, but the gorgeous young doctor puts him under a psychiatric hold when he casually mentions he might commit suicide if she doesn’t fill his prescription. Therapy proves good for Wes’ soul, as he finally unloads some past burdens about his mom’s suicide and the pressures of being in law school — but much to the relief of his fellow Keating Fivers, he doesn’t mention the events of Shooting Night.
MUTINY AT THE KEATING FIRM | Laurel gets indignant that Annalise refuses to help spring Wes from the ward — and loses her job as the “New Bonnie” when she insists Annalise would make it all better by forgiving the guy who was supposed to aim for her leg but instead went for the kill shot (or something close to it). Asher, Connor and Michaela are aghast when they learn the truth — mostly because a spiraling Wes holed up with a professional listener might lead him to confess — but the quintet bonds rather nicely after going to the hospital to ensure their pal’s release. As Asher puts it, who needs psychiatric help when “we all gots each other”?
CASE OF THE WEEK | Annalise is thisclose to finishing up a guilty plea for a client who shot a romantic rival — until the victim’s mother (Women’s Murder Club’s Paula Newsome, absolutely devastating) shows up demanding to be heard. She wants a “restorative justice hearing” — and possibly a shorter prison term for her son’s killer — because she needs to let go of her anger, make something good come from her grief, and not watch another young life get flushed away, too. Annalise opposes pretty much everything the victim’s mom is saying, but just as she’s swayed to join the cause, the young man takes a life without parole plea. Newsome’s brief goodbye hug to the killer — and her insistence they stay in touch, that they’re “in this together” — shouldn’t have been so moving, given the brevity of this story arc, and yet, somehow, I was reaching for the Puffs when it concluded.
WAIT… WHAT?! | Annalise leaves her old file on Charles Mahoney propped against Wes’ apartment door — though we don’t know exactly what it is he’ll learn (or if the file contains any intel on his mom). Laurel tells Frank she can’t take all the lies between them, since she’s falling in love with him. She admits to taking the blame for Wes in Annalise’s shooting, but when he doesn’t offer any quid pro quo, she assumes he wants to break up. As she flees the apartment in tears, he stops her cold with three words: “I killed Lila.” And if that’s not enough OMGoodness, Connor gets a video sent to him via email showing Wes at the Hapstall Mansion, dashing into the bushes with Michaela and Laurel. He only shares the intel with Annalise, but his working theory is that Philip is back! (Why do I think somehow Caleb is involved, though?)
IN OTHER NEWS | Annalise refuses to take Caleb back as a client (despite his begging) — and on his way out, he spars nastily with Michaela, too. Frank goes to see Nate and try to convince him to check in on Annalise — which he eventually does, leaving Chinese takeout and wine on her doorstep when he finds she’s not home.
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