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#TGIT Thoughts on Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder

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My cable for some reason does not like for me to watch the local ABC channel without rebooting it so last night I missed Scandal and part of HTGAWM. I’m getting caught up now On Demand.  Sadly  On Demand I am not really allowed to pause so my thoughts will be brief and erratic.

We begin with the hand off of Olivia to “Iran” only Olivia managed to stop it from happening altogether by bamboozling both sides and making them both run scared from the meeting place.

Mellie gives a great speech to the Vice President, Andrew which totally emasculates him. Andrew threatens Mellie that she will never be president either because he will tell the press about their torrid sex life. Clearly, Andrew needs to die.

In the White House secret chambers. Olivia’s extraction chances are at about 30%.  It’s obviously took risky. But Fitz insists they continue with their plan. I have a lot of questions. I thought the kidnappers had Olivia in a Hollywood studio of some sort on US grounds. Where was the transfer point? Was it in Iran? How could tweedle dee and tweedle dum get Olivia to Iran? Continue reading


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SAG Awards: What Do You Think Of The Winners?

The SAG Awards were last night and if you are like me you did not watch them. That doesn’t mean we can’t still debate who should have won.  I’m of the (probably unpopular) opinion that Viola Davis should not have won for How To Get Away With Murder.  I love Viola Davis. I think Viola Davis is brilliant in her role. However, if you have ever watched Orphan Black, where Tatiana Maslany plays a ton of different clones, there is really nothing and no one who could be more worthy of the Best Actress award. I’m sorry. There are four or five people in a scene at once, all of them very different and they are all Tatiana, and you completely forget about that while you are watching. It’s a great show.
I have no idea what Birdman or The Imitation Game is about. I’ll wait for y’all to enlighten me. I loved The Grand Budapest Hotel.
I think Homeland is so good it was just up against some really stiff competition. I’m also a huge fan of Shameless and Olive Kitteridge.
Click through for the list of the big winners…

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How To Get Away With Murder: Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me (Recap)

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This is not going to be a very good recap. I’ve watched the episode twice now. The first time there was so much sunlight in the room I could barely make out the night scenes. I’ve now watched it again and I am still confused. I eventually read another recap to get a sense of what happened. Here is the gist of it.

Annalise and Sam get in a terrible fight over pregnant tank girl. Sam knew she was pregnant. Annalise has threatened him that everyone who came in contact with her including her professors will be asked to submit DNA. Annalise goes in on him and calls him a liar and a cheat and basically anything she could throw at him. Sam begs for forgiveness at first.

Then, apparently because Annalise likes to fight dirty and wanted to hurt Sam she tell him she has been screwing Nate. She tells him intimate details. Describing the immense pleasure he brings her. This causes Sam to lose his ever-loving mind. He becomes violent. Throws the phone. He tries to strangle her as she taunts him to kill her. Then he leaves.

Everything has led up to pretty much all of the Keating Five and Rebecca converging on the house/law office. Michaela for some reason wants to return the statute of blind justice to the office after deciding stealing it from Asher was a dumb idea. Rebecca is there to carry out Nate’s mission to retrieve incriminating files from Sam’s laptop.  Wes, Laurel  and Connor are going to make sure nothing happens to Rebecca.

Michaela arrives first followed by Rebecca. Sam tries to throw Rebecca out but she races upstairs and locks herself in the bedroom where she retrieves the files. Michaela calls Wes and tells him to hurry. She goes upstairs as well. Finally, the other three arrive and Wes gets Rebecca to come out of the bedroom. Eventually, there is a melee at the top of the stairs. Sam has grabbed Laurel (why?) and Michaela jumps in to help her. In the midst of the fracas we are to believe that tiny Michaela threw a grown man over the balcony. He’s dead. It was Michaela who killed Sam. Now we know. Continue reading


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How To Get Away With Murder: He Has A Wife (Recap)



Tonight is the last show before we are all caught up. And we are supposed to get the story from Lila. This should be a good one.

Lila’s Story

Her story starts six month ago. She’s a nervous virgin. She has a virginity pact with Griffin but she has met a married man. Mr. Darcy. She is telling her story to Rebecca, by the way. They are unexpected friends. The goth chick and the sorority girl.

In their next scene on the roof Rebecca arrives with coke and molly for Lila. Lila is smiling and Rebecca asks why. She tells Rebecca, “We did it.”  She said he made her feel safe. Then he couldn’t get enough of her. Lila’s phone rings and it’s a photo of Sam’s penis. They both giggle.

In a third scene Rebecca shows up on the roof again. Lila is crying because Sam wants to break up with her. Lila is thinking about staying with Griffin. Rebecca says that Griffin is a Jesus obsessed control freak who made her sign a virginity pact. Lila says Griffin was right. Lila asks Rebecca is it strange that she wants to go over to his house and show his wife all the pictures of his junk on her phone? Rebecca says that is normal. But but tells her not to  do that.

The next scene shows Lila showing up crying and very upset at the law office. Bonnie opens the door and Lila asks for Annalise. Bonnie assumes it is one of Frank’s students of the month at first. She asks if she needs a lawyer. Lila says she needs to talk to Annalise about her husband. Bonnie tells her that she will regret this. She tells her to leave or she will call 911. She tells Bonnie she came to tell her something important. She can’t keep it a secret anymore. Continue reading


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How To Get Away With Murder Recap: He Deserved to Die



This was a great episode free from any unrelated cases. Here is what we learned.

Fast Forward

Next week should be the last week of all the flashing back and forth to different points in the story, now that we are finally getting used to it. This week we find out for sure that Rebecca killed Sam.  We see Wes carry Rebecca up to the upstairs bathroom and gently wipe away the blood that is all over her so they can leave without attracting attention. They share what is supposed to be their first kiss. Later, at the motel room hideout, Rebecca tells Wes,   “He wanted to kill me. I had no other choice. I had to kill him, or he was gonna kill me. I saw the trophy sitting there. I hit him in the head. He deserved to die. And I’m glad he did.” This seems important to me in that Rebecca was explaining it to Wes as if he was not there. It seems the Keating Four showed up after the deed was done. Now after seeing the ending, Wes’s blind faith in Rebecca seems misplaced. Is she lying about killing Sam to cover for someone else? I’m confused.

Rebecca fells badly for involving Wes. Wes tells her things will be fine and to just stay in the room. For some reason she calls 911 and then hangs up and says, “I’m sorry this is a prank call.” And 911 doesn’t call back. That was weird. Wes calls from a new burner phone at the gas station to let her know they are dumping the body and everything is fine.

The Procedural Case

The procedural this week is Rebecca’s murder trial in the Lila the Tank Girl case. It’s all about the autopsy. I suppose the lesson is never trust an autopsy. Apparently the first one missed a couple of things like red marks on her neck, and oh yeah a pregnancy. Sloppy work. The other lesson is, you can always buy an autopsy that is better for your side. And finally, if you need to buy some time, a fake cry of rape against the other suspect works well. Continue reading


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How To Get Away With Murder: This Is (Not) Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole

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The title of this week’s HTGAWM, Freakin’ Whack-A-Mole doesn’t seem to fit the pace to me. Sure, Connor said it when they crew rolled up on Asher while heading off to dump the body, but this episode was a lot slower than most. For awhile there, it was more like Paper Chase, just a show about law school.  No one new died this week. No one even got laid until the very last scene and we did not see any of that action. It just rolled merrily along until the last four minutes. Here is what we learned this week.  I’m a bit distracted so please fill me in on anything I missed in comments.

Things We Learned in Class This Week: Habeas Corpus (Produce the body) Annalise calls the interns The Keating Five.

Things We Learned From The Procedural Case This Week:  This week’s case is a death penalty appeal. Because all first year law students work on those.  Is David, the defendant, related to Annalise?  The original death penalty case was presided over by Asher’s dad. This explains his place on The Keating Five.  Judge Millstone kept a daily journal every day except the day he met with the ADA in the death penalty case. Asher confronts his father asking him if the ADA gave him the heads up that someone had committed perjury. Judge Millstone got a federal judicial appointment shortly after that.  Annalise is really good in the courtroom and is not afraid of a Senator. Is this the end of Asher’s usefulness to The Keating Five? What does Annalise do with disposable interns?

Things We Learned  About Bonnie This Week:  She told Sam everything she is doing is for Annalise. She’d do anything for her. Am I the only one that flops back and forth between Bonnie being gay or straight? I know bisexual is a choice, but I’d really prefer an either or answer in this case to determine where her true allegiance lies. Bonnie is always lurking everywhere. And the last place we see her on this episode is THE LAST PLACE I expected to see her. Continue reading


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#TGIT Update


Grey’s Anatomy

I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy a million years ago. I remember McDreamy. I remember the Asian doctor whose relationship ended sadly. I don’t remember much else, or why I stopped watching. I don’t recall actually breaking up with Grey’s specifically, I think we just grew apart and sort of consciously uncoupled in an amicable way. But now, it seems weird not to tune in to all three Shondaland shows on Thursday nights. I like it again. But it is still like when you hang out with your girlfriend and she is watching her soap opera and you don’t know any of the backstory on anyone. Was it just me or did the whole mystery sister/daughter line just sort of go away? Did I miss something? Did the love child doctor just leave forever?  Last night I was just getting in to the lesbian marital problems storyline and now they are going to break up? Someone is actually named Arizona? I’m still going to watch this for a while, but I feel like I need a friends chart. Continue reading


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How To Get Away With Murder: I’d Recognize That Dick Anywhere

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I have a confession to make. I ventured out in the world yesterday and it was tiresome. I haven’t had much recapping mojo lately. So last night I made the very conscious decision to cheat on you. I watched HTGAWM without you. I didn’t recap. I didn’t even make mental notes of clever things to say. I sucked down copious amount of wine, and just watched the show. As retribution for this indiscretion, I’ll do a post that is not the usual recap and just share the thoughts I can remember with you today. Ready?

Connor is a versatile little man whore.

He’s a top! He’s a bottom! And apparently he’s great at tossing a salad! In this episode,  Connor um, went to the ATM to uh get to the bottom of this weeks procedural case. Connor knows no bounds when is comes to kissing ass. And Annalise repays him with the murder weapony statue this week.

Meanwhile, Oliver his innocent IT lover ain’t happy. When he finds out that Connor has tongued another, he dumps him. And yet, on the night of the murder, Connor go straight to Oliver. Connor has a full-blown meltdown and confesses to Oliver over and over that he “screwed up.” Clearly, he is talking about a different kind of screwing. But what does it mean? Why does Connor seem to be more freaked out by the murder than all the other little lawyer wannabes? Did Oliver take Connor back since his other lover killed himself right in front of him? Or is this the first time Oliver has seen him since the night his tongue wandered into another man’s nether regions? Continue reading


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How to Get Away With Murder: Smile or Got to Jail (Recap)

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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. Continue reading


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How To Get Away With Murder Recap: It’s All Her Fault!


We start this week with a flashback to the murder scene. Michaela screams the line that becomes the title for the episode, “It’s all her fault!” Previously, I think most of us supposed that she was referring to Annalise, but now, after watching the episode once, it’s most likely she is talking about Rebecca.  How the hell did Rebecca get four (maybe five, we still have no idea what Asher was doing on the night of the murder) law students to hide the dead body of their law professors husband? What the hell goes on between September and December. I am dying to know.

Flashback to two and a half months earlier. Annalise is very suspicious of Sam. She knows Sam is lying to her about something to do with the dead chick in the water tank.

In the classroom, Anna talks about how to know if someone is lying.  She uses Asher as an example of someone who might have a skeleton in his closet. Interesting, no? She says to the class, “Ask yourselves, do you know who anyone really is? Your instincts better be good, or you’ll find yourself choosing the wrong people to make a study group with, to sleep with, or even marry.” Dun da dun dun… Continue reading


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Random Thoughts on the Scandal Premiere


Was the Gone Girl product placement because the movie is coming out? Or just a pop culture connection to Olivia being on an island and  a “gone girl’?

Did we really need to see the finger banging?

How did Olivia get her hair straightened between the island girl do and the car ride, which appeared to be from the airport?

Who leaves an island with expensive wine deliveries by boat with no one there but your horny finger banging boyfriend to go back for a funeral when you just decided to leave that life forever?

Someone who wants to fuck the POTUS again, that is who? WTF is wrong with Olivia or whatever her dumb name is now? Continue reading


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Viewing Primer For ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder (Episode One Spoilers)

HTGAWMOkay, here is my take on things so far. This may be useful down the road, or not. Your opinions may vary. Please share with me. And forgive me, I’m writing at 5 am because I went into the world yesterday and got hit by one of my narcolepsy things when I got home. I hope I am making sense.  I know this will be the water cooler talk for the day and I wanted to have something up.

Setting: Philadelphia, Middleton Law School, Courtrooms, Good Places to Dump Bodies.


Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) Keating is a law professor and practicing criminal defense attorney. Keatings opening line is “I don’t know what terrible things you’ve done in your life up to this point, but clearly your karma is out of balance to get assigned to my class.” There is an age-old rule given to new teachers, “Don’t smile until Christmas.” It’s generally thought to be a bad rule, but I say from about 7th grade on, it can be useful, if not a bit excessive. You don’t have to wait until Christmas, maybe just Halloween. The point is to be firm and in control until rules are set and behavioral expectations are being consistently met. Only then can you lighten up. I took Keating’s comment to be her version of that. Oh was I wrong. As it turns out, being assigned to her class can be life-altering, and making her short list of five interns can ruin your life.

Sam Keating (Tom Verica) Annalise’s husband who is a psychology professor. Sam is interviewing for a job a Yale.One of his female students  has gone missing and is found dead in a big water tank of some kind that is connected to a sorority house on the first episode. What the heck kind of water tank was that? It was huge and made no sense. It seems like Sam  could be connected to the dead girl, Lila Stangard’s, death. When the couple watch the news of Lila’s death on TV Annalise says, “I betcha the boyfriend did it.” It wasn’t said as a casual comment. The two stare at each other and Sam say, “I guess we’ll see.”   Continue reading


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