We flash forward to Homecoming night right away. We learn some new information about the night Sam was murdered. It looks like Rebecca did the dirty deed. Wes comforts Rebecca. There is a shit ton of blood. Michaela is not handling things well. Connor is once again very angry at Michaela, seemingly for being such a wimp. She seems to be losing touch with reality. Who can blame her? There is a man losing an AMAZING large amount of blood on the floor next to her. She is crouched down clutching a bookshelf. The camera keeps doing a close up on her engagement ring. Wes is comforting Rebecca who is sitting in Annalise’s chair behind the desk. My first thought was that Annalise has developed a sexual relationship with Wes and convinced Wes to convince Rebecca to kill Annalise’s husband. She has promised to get her off. Because, How To Get Away With Murder. Wes’ whole personality shift has occurred because Annalise has groomed him into her sexual minion. Just my initial response to all this. I really have nothing to back it up.
Flashback two months prior. Michaela is in bed in a torrid sex scene with her fiancé. After sex he suggests quitting his job that paid for a very nice engagement rock to move to Philly and be trophy husband. Michaela says she is not interested in being married to a loser. Plus the nanny will take care of the kid. She only wants one, he wants more. The fiancé walks Michaela to work because there is a murderer or two on the loose and he meets the other interns. Connor seems to know him very well. He whispers to Michaela that he guesses they have more in common than he thought. Oh so Connor use to fuck Michaela’s fiancé when they were in boarding school together. That explains the animosity. Her finance is gay and using her as a beard. Although he did seem into the sex with Michaela so I guess he is bi. This is all news to Michaela.
Annalise is asked to take the case representing the athlete who is on trial for killing water tank girl. But before she takes the case she needs to know that Sam is not the real killer. Nate checks out Sam’s alibi, a speaking engagement out of town at Yale. He never showed up. He claimed to have food poisoning. This caused him to lose his job offer to teach at Yale.
The interns all go with Annalise to see the client for the procedural case for this episode. A lady arrested for having sex in the park. Wait? Was this against the law in the late 80s or early 90s I’m asking for a friend…. Anyway, while they wait Wes asks Connor if his IT boyfriend can help him hack a phone. Oh Wes, lesson one, know your enemies. Lesson two, everyone is potentially your enemy. Lesson three don’t give colleagues information they can use against you. Connor is not your friend.
So for whatever reason, all the interns are there to get the soccer mom out of jail. She is very grateful. All charges have been dropped. They all walk out together and then she is immediately arrested for being a terrorist. Yet another person living under an assumed identity? Why? During a meeting with the team, and the clients husband, Connor needles Michaela about her fiancé keeping secrets from her. The soccer mom client arrested for apparently jacking a random guy off in the park (again, has there been a ruling on the legality of this?) is accused of being part of bombing. The soccer mom all but confesses. She wants to take a ten year plea. Annalise says she can win this. She is going with a brain washing defense a la Patty Hearst. This procedural case seems to be sort of a throwaway storyline. Did we really need two cases in a row where the spouse has a false identity? Was there more we were supposed to get from this?
Annalise tells Frank, in front of the interns, to leave the lawyering to the lawyers. Wait what? Frank is not a lawyer? This is news to everyone. What is he then? Asher somehow comes up with important information. He gets the trophy that Annalise took away from Connor. So Asher is currently in possession of the soon to be murder weapon. Annalise tells the client she has to go meet with the “cult leader.”
Meanwhile Connor and Asher talk about Frank. Is he not really a lawyer? They are also having a pissing contest over “the trophy” which is sort of the immunity idol of the interns in addition to eventually becoming the murder weapon. Connor has it but Asher is about to take it. Lots of tension between these two. Michaela says she never thought Frank was a lawyer. Wes’ phone rings. It’s someone calling for Lila on the phone from his bathroom. Wes realizes Rebecca hid Lila’s phone in his bathroom. Sounds like someone wanting to do a drug deal. So Lila was a drug dealer?
Flash Forward to the night of Sam’s murder. Michaela is still freaking out. Laurel says that the bonfire is their alibi. They were at the bonfire, thus there is smoke on their clothes, etc. Sounds like something Frank might have planted. Annalise is controlling Wes. Frank is controlling Laurel. They all go to the bonfire and take a shit load of selfies. Micaela is a wreck still. Connor grabs her and takes a selfie but first he gives her the title quote, “SMILE or go to JAIL!” They post all the photos on the Internet and claim the bonfire as their alibi if it comes to that.
Back to the soccer mom confronting her cult leader with Annalise. Dude says he spent the last 20 years waiting for her and it was worth it. She looks great. She says he doesn’t look too bad himself. He tells her not to say that too loud, there are a lot of lonely guys in here looking at him. They hold hands. He says he will testify on her behalf. She smiles. These two clearly still have the hots for each other. Why is this soccer mom who is married with two kids, and who has an imprisoned ex lover that she is still pining for giving out random handies in the park? We never get an answer to that.
Annalise and Sam have a double dinner date with friends. He announces he did not get the job at Yale. Nate is still checking out Sam’s alibi. He left Yale at 7 and was not back until 6 am. The alibi does not hold up. He was not at Yale when the murder occurred.
This is the first episode with two procedurals. The football player case has been taken on by Annalise. He says that he was at a frat party. Lila was pissed at him. Some of the girls wanted coke so he called Rebecca. She was friends with Lila. He knew Rebecca dealt. But Wes knows it was really Lila who was the dealer based on the phone call. Rebecca came over with the coke and he was in the middle of fucking her when Lila walked in. Wes knows he is lying. Dude says that he and Lila had promised to be celibate until marriage. This is such a crock of shit. He says Lila lost it. She was screaming and scratching him and that is why his DNA is under her nails. He says that Rebecca set the whole thing up. Rebecca did it not him. Rebecca used his phone to text Lila and tell her they were together.
Wes prints up a fake attorney license to get into see Rebecca. Wes tells her he found Lila’s phone. She calls for the guard and busts him letting them know he is not a lawyer. He screams at her that the jock is going to pin it all on her. Why would Rebecca have Wes thrown out when he is there trying to help her? Why?
Meanwhile, Laurel is meeting with Frank and Bonnie. she wants to leave to go to a Law Review party. Ah..Paper Chase memories. I never wanted to be an attorney but I always wanted to go to a great Law School and be on the Law Review. Frank gives her permission to go. Bonnie is pissy about it. Bonnie is pissy about everything. It’s rowdy party. Laurel meets a legal aid guy and they get cozy. Michaela and her fiancé are there. Connor is being the third wheel. Michaela tells him to piss off. Connor says something like there was a time when he thought he would be the one with the engagement ring. Michaela asks what he is talking about and Connor says they were sixteen locked away at an all boys school, it’s not a big deal. Michaela is furious.
Wes is coming clean to Annalise. He says Rebecca needs him. He is trying to help her. He doesn’t care if she fires him. She doesn’t. So does that blow my whole theory about Annalise seducing Wes? Probably. Back to square one I guess.
In court Connor tells Michaela he hooked up with all of the hot guys in boarding school if it makes her feel any better. And he hardly remembers what her fiancé’s cock looked like. Oh, but then he says he does. Burn. Also in court Laurel finds out that Frank was there when she made out with the hot legal aid guy at the party. Frank seems…ominous.
The cult leader guy is called by the prosecution. He says that the bomb was all the soccer mom’s idea… UT OH. Everything is going to shit. Annalise crosses and says he said that he told her that the bomb was all his idea. She says it was not until he talked to he spoke to the defense that the prosecution called him as a witness. And now his story has changed. He got a deal.
Annalise’s team gets three hours to build a new defense. The client disappears. The judge issues a bench warrant. The case is on hold. the cult leader dude got immediate early release and ran off on a bus with the soccer mom into the sunset.
Annalise warns Michaela to choose her husband carefully she says ” You will only have yourself to blame if it ends badly.” There seems to be a lot of piss poor choices in spouses going around.
Nate LIES to Annalise and tell her that her husbands alibi is solid. WHY? Nate wants Annalise to go home and be with her husband. Is he saying this just to get her out of his hair?
Flash forward to the murder of Sam again. Michaela has lost her engagement ring in all the drama. It came off somewhere. She freaks out.
Back to whenever. Michaela is surprised by her fiancé. She says he should have told her. He says he is not gay it was something that happened when he was a horny kid at an all boys school. He loves her and he is not gay. She says that her wedding gown is Vera Wang. Not off the rack Vera Wang, but bespoke Vera Wang. It cost her a fortune. So he better be sure. Because if he is gay and does anything to discredit her she will ruin him. Ah young love.
Bonnie and Sam. Hmmm….. have a discussion about Annalise repping the footballer. Something is up with those two.
Back in class, the trophy goes to… Wes. And Annalise says she is representing… Rebecca….Annalise and all her minions arrive to depose her and she is told her client just confessed….Boy that trophy gets passed around a lot. Did is skip Asher or was it passed twice?
Wait what? Viola Davis utters her last nine words on the next episode? So that is why the kids are more interesting… I’m still in. What does that even mean? How can she utter her last nine words? Will they show another flash forward with her getting killed? “I taught you how to get away with murder” is nine words…..